rxeight (1662) - Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 edition (1/11/12 bottling). Absolute madness around chicago to find this over the past week. I was told to let the thing sit for a bit a let the coffee level off, but I couldnt wait, I’ll try again if a bit to see what changed. Poured into snifter. Dark dark color, barely any head. Fantastic bourbon aroma, has a nice touch of coffee, not overpowering at all. Taste is the uniquely bourbon county flavor. The bourbon flavor dominates but not strong like whiskey, the pefrect amount. Also taste some chocolate and maybe a bit of molasses. And of course a fantastic bold coffee. Thicker than just about any beer than I’ve ever had. This is a slow drinker, spent about an hour and a half drinking half the bottle, enjoyed every second. Everything I love about bourbon county with a nice touch of coffee on top.
MiamiRedhawk (12) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer is awesome, pours out very black, almost like a molasses, head is a dark brown color, it smells of coffee and chocolate, almost tastes like a barley wine up front with all the alcohol but finishes with that coffee flavor, very nice, this isnt for the weak. 1 of these and thats it for you for the night.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 30, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz bottle, 2011/12 Bottling, sampled fresh: simply outrageous aroma: silky dark chocolate aroma with the most unbelievable fresh coffee aroma: dark cherry, mint, and piney bitterness...dark brown with ruby hints, and a deep chocolate brown small bubbled head. Palate is smooth, lightly bubbled, lively and fun! Flavour is a wonderful balance between chocolate and coffee...both bitter, both sweet and full of an amazing fruitiness...top notch beer, beats the hype...
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz, 2010 vintage bottled on 03/26/10. Pours a black body with a thin, creamy, dark brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves a solid lacing. Aroma is really nice. I can tell the espresso has diminished over the 2 years, but there is still a lot of fresh coffee that mixes well with the big base. Tons of rich chocolate, some vanilla cream, caramel, nice roasts, and a solid oaky bourbon that comes out much more as this warms. Flavor is just as nice. Lots of rich chocolate, caramel, bourbon, and coffee up front before this gets oaky and roasty with a nice vanilla cream. Bourbon, chocolate cookies, and toffee pick it up at the end as this finishes sweet, but balanced with a nice coffee and roasty bitterness. Some alcohol warmth in a lengthy aftertaste with some raisin dark fruits coming out. Full, creamy body with a light carbonation. Overall, a fantastic beer. There is lots of coffee, but I imagine its died down a good amount over the years. However, I really like how it plays off the big bourbon and rich, big malts while staying balanced rather than being the main focal point. I really liked this one.
baker2gs (1) - Streamwood, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2012 does not count
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had a 2011 bomber just the other day. You can really get the Intelligentsia coffee and bourbon barrel flavors.
pushkinwow (2175) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010 bomber, from bauermj. Black with a ruby hue, brown head that practically disappears. This one may have been better fresh - some vegetable, roasted malts, coffee, alcohol, chocolate, bit of anise, vanilla. Above average body, moderate carbonation, bit prickly, thin compared to some of the bourbon county beers, bit bitter yet more sweet, nice coating on the palate.
Strykzone (5260) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at an rsbls tasting. Thanks Jason. Wow is this good. All of the wonderfulness of the BCS with a fantastic coffee on top. The coffee adds some bitterness. Just a fantastic beer.
hapjydeuce (963) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 19, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle acquired in trade with pantanap. Thanks again for the epic brews Kan! Pours crude-oil black with a nice ring of beige head. Medium to low carbonation. Wonderful aroma of vanilla bean, espresso and bourbon-saturated oak. Makes my mouth water just smelling it. Flavor is a smooth transition from smoky roasted malt and coffee to sweet vanilla, molasses; finally moving into warming bourbon and oak wood. Very balanced overall and the beer improves with warmth. Thick, coating mouthfeel. A nice winter warmer that demands slow sipping and savoring. A real treat. Bourbon leans a bit hot, but it doesnt take too much away from the entire package.
arkurzynski (1653) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2014 Bottle shared by motortoddhead. Deep black pour. Bourbon, vanilla, wood, molasses, alcohol, mild roast malt, and faint green, earthy coffee. Sweet sticky molasses, vanilla, roasted malt, mild booze, coconut, and bourbon barrel. Mild to moderate smooth coffee at the end and in the finish. Could have used a ton more coffee. Lingering tacky sweetness. Ultimately smooth and tasty, but lacking the punch to really separate it from the original. Re-rate: the coffee used in the 2014 version really popped and the bitterness helped to temper the sweetness of the base. +1
Dfonorow (1676) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is black with a tight knit, tan bubbly head. Aroma is of coffee, bourbon, and some sweet malted barley. Flavor is a tad thinner than I thought it would be for the ABV but it is quite balanced and ends in a nice crisp hoppy finish. Lots of coffee in the body but the boozy undertones overwhelms it. Nice texture, and it gets better as it warms.