JorisPPattyn (8914) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUL 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010 Vintage No head, dark brown beer with ruby reflections. Cold coffee, even stale coffee - nose is a tad disappointing. Coffee, with a good shot of Bourbon, and black chocolate. Indeed Bourbon County Coffee - with a cappucino streak? Very thick-bodied, alcoholheat, warming as none. Better than the sum of its parts - but it just can’t stand up to the Rare...
cbfobes (2846) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by drowland at BCS Vertical tasting, opened up both 2010 and 2011 bottles, pours black with a nice dark brown head, the aroma is a ton of coffee on the nose, which is to be expected. The 2011 was much sharper than the 2010. The flavor has an awesome amount of vanilla, chocolate, bourbon all mixed well with the coffee. Very nice mouthfeel, delicious.
dogfish120love (1074) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown near black, with a caramel colored lacing. Aroma is heavy in coffee and alcohol, with notes of soy and chocolate. Also, there are slightly medicinal aromas. The flavor is extremely sweet and the palate is syrupy and sticky to the touch.
radarsock (1146) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2012 Thanks, Adam Jackson, this is your gloryhole. It’s a watery blackish darkened toned imperial stout and the head leaves almost immediately after being poured. The coffee and alcohol dominate the nose, but there’s also blackberries, roast and chocolate but it’s not as dominating. Tastes of dark-roast coffee, roasted malts, beet sugar and cloves. Mmmmm.
AdamChandler (4049) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 25, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2013 2013 Bottle consumed on Black Friday (day of release) at Goose Island Brewpub in Chicago. Sizable pour at room temp.
A - Pours dark brown into the glass. light brown on the edges. Pretty black in the glass but not pitch black. No head at all.
S - Big coffee at the start, boozy musky hot bourbon scent followed by raisins and vanilla. Love the vanilla finish in this. I’ll note that the 2013 fresh has the most remarkable coffee smell in almost any beer I’ve had. The only beer with a better coffee smell was Kentucky Brunch from TG and honestly, on the mass scale, this is remarkably huge in coffee.
T - Wow. Okay. yeah, the coffee is big in 2013. previous batches had a more muted coffee taste but this explodes with fruity sweetness and ripened tree fruit. Pears? The classic BCBS taste is here with oak, bourbon and figs. Dried dates and some banana on the end. The only annoying thing about this beer is the overpowering tobacco at the finish.
M - 20% carbonation. Heavy body. Insanely boozy delicious finish.
O - I’ve had Coffee BCS 11 and 12 but both I had after a year they were bottled. 2013 fresh is simply mind blowing. Enjoy this one ASAP if you have it. Previous rating was 3.8...I’m bumping that WAY up.
Marheb (3896) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 25, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011/12 Bottling: Intelligentsia Anjilanaka: Aucune amertume de torréfaction en vue, ni dans l’arôme, ni dans le goût. La perfection n’est pas loin comme avec la classique...chocolat et café en harmonie, pas de chicane.
seymour (1800) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JUL 23, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tasted 2010 vintage from bomber into tulip glass. HOLY...SHIT...WOW, thank you, Vince! It poured an opaque old motor oil black color with reddish tints at the edges with moderate brown foam and nice Belgian lace. Nice protein retention for such age (flaked oats?). True-to-style Russian Imperial Stout aromas and flavors, which is to say "delicious": rich, dark, malty, bready, fruity, caramelly, toasty, roasty, plus coffee plus nutty tannins, plus bourbon, hardwood, faint vanilla, very mild beneficial oxidation. Medium body and carbonation. Super-smooth, creamy and chewy mouthfeel. Long-lasting bittersweet aftertaste which eventually finished dry. Intelligentia is my all-time favorite coffee roaster and I swear I could taste it in there. Lots going on here, but held in perfect harmony. Just oh, so very, very good.
KyotoLefty (8480) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 bottled shared at RBSG 2012 on the bus. Black and oily. Creamy coffee nose, soy and vanilla. Flavors of vanilla, bourbon, Coke, chocolate, light coffee. Rich and flavorful. Great body. Lovely stuff.
mbsmith (72) - Missouri, USA - JUL 20, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 bottle. Definite coffee in the nose. Nice dark brown head but fades quickly. Caramel, chocolate, sweet bourbon and dark roast coffee dominate the flavor profile. Thick like whole milk. I think this is quite a bit better than the standard Bourbon County offering. Almost too sweet but the coffee pulls it back from the edge. Smooth finish with alcohol aftertaste.
HoppyAlesToYou (164) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - JUL 17, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My 2011 bottle was poured into a snifter. I regained composure after an initial sniff, and was able to identify caramel, chocolate, roasted coffee, alcohol, slight butterscotch, soy sauce, vanilla, and oak. The appearance leaves a little to be desired, as the fizzy brown head quickly faded to a thin ring around the glass. The taste begins with medium sweetness, followed by light bitterness and lingering umami. Its body is medium, with a slick texture, almost flat carbonation, and long finish. Overall, this is a fantastic BBA stout, and the coffee enhances the aroma and flavor without becoming conspicuous. Kudos to the brewers and barrel aging crew at Goose Island.