jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample glass at a monthly tasting - huge thanks to Brett for bringing this one out. And itís a happy coincidence that this actually makes up my 250th rating! Black in the glass with a thin tan rim of head and significant lacing. The nose is just plain huge, with coffee, bourbon, vanilla, and roasted malt. The flavor is, again, huge, with big espresso, heavy dark malt, and a big dark bourbon punch. Thick. Amaaaaaaazing. A big huge heavy hell of a beer. Definitely one for the books, and Iím really glad I got to try it.
juiceisloose (1050) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber courtesy pantanap. This one pours a very thick pitch black color and topped by a small, smooth head of khaki colored foam that slowly fades to a thin film leaving sticky lines of lace behind on the glass. The nose is really nice and lets you know that this is an intense brew. Huge amounts of milk and bitter dark chocolate and caramel malts come rushing through follwed by the freshly roasted espresso beans, and smooth bourbon. Vanilla laden oak finishes things off. The barrel is very prominent and smooths out the roasted espresso. The flavor follows with the dark chocolate, fudge, and roasted espresso and then is smoothed over by the oak, vanilla, and boozy bourbon. The earthen roast from the espresso add some needed bitterness to cut through all the rich chocolate sweetness. Full bodied, thick, and coating on the mouthfeel with balanced carbonation leading to a nice warming finish from the boozy bourbon. This is an excellent slow sipper, but one best enjoyed in smaller quantities. This was the 2nd time I had this, and wasnít overly sweet like the 1st bottle I tried. Great beer.
egajdzis (5116) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, espresso beans, dark chocolate, smoke, light vanilla, and faint bourbon. Taste of bitter espresso beans, roasted malts, dark chocolate, some vanilla, and bourbon, but played a backseat here as opposed to the regular Bourbon County.
boamr (309) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Mashmaster. Thanks Tom. Pours jet black with a thin head. Has a huge coffee smell with a little booze in there as well. Has a big coffee taste with some booze on the finish. Needs some time in the bottle but overall itís solid.
callmemickey (1859) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Pitch black, thick motor oil. Large dark tan head. Solid retention, but only the spottiest of lacing. Very nice collar forms once the head settles.
S: Rich chocolate, caramel, espresso, oak, bourbon and vanilla. Not as much coffee as I was expecting, but the nose is complex and enjoyable.
T: Like the nose, not as much coffee as I was expecting, but delicious none the less. I wasnít a fan of the regular BCS, I found it too boozey and abrasive even with age... this was super smooth. It has all the good flavors of BCS plus some coffee all wrapped in a tight, well-crafted package. The bourbon is subtle and serves to accentuate the rich chocolate/caramel malt base.
M: Simply stunning. The weight of the body is ideal... in the medium range of full bodied. Smooth, even carbonation throughout. Nice, light bitterness in the finish.
O: I plowed through my 22oz bottle way too quickly for a 13.00% brew. Very pleased with this offering, I hope it makes a repeat appearance every year. Now lets see if I can sit on my other bottle for at least a year. Its going to be tough.
TomDecapolis (4332) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUL 9, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Intelligentisa is one of the best coffee roasters in the USA and their Black Cat espresso is pretty amazing...oh and I like beer. So this one pretty much canít go wrong. Pours a deep black with some amber notes and a bubbly tan head. Aroma of this great almost over the top espresso nose, chocolate, toffee, roasted malt, light alcohol notes and caramel. Flavor of chocolate, espresso, bourbon, vanilla, oak and fudge ice cream topping.
TheEpeeist (3049) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
25 oz bottle. My rating #1700! Dark brown with a tan ring of foam. Nose is molasses, fudge and espresso with soothing bourbon vapors. Hot and silky with a rich cocoa body. Fades to a tongue tingle and a burn. Taste is dark chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Hints of coconut, licorice and prune finishing with bitter espresso bean. Intense.
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle thanks to Ryan! Poured a black color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of coffee, roast, some wood, and some bitter chocolate. Tastes of coffee, vanilla, cream, bourbon, and chocolate. Sweet and some alcohol in the finish.
drowland (5688) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2010 6/26/10. Bomber shared by degarth at the Tally Tasting 2010, meaning I got to save my bottle, bwa ha ha. Honestly, the aroma is basically a toned down BCS. The flavor however, has an amazing coffee finish. Love it!
thebaldwizard (1204) - Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black body with a nice brown head. The aroma is full of coffee, vanilla, and some heat. The palate is massive! Thick and oily, wonderful. The taste is much the same as the aroma, with the booze hitting first and the coffee coming through in the middle. Nice stuff, canít wait to see what it tastes like once the heat settles a bit.