Hair6a11 (1387) - Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2010 Bottle; Pour is dark brown/black with a modest khaki head - there is a faint ruby highlight at the end of the glass, to be fair. Now then; bourbon, chocolate, and coffee beans on the nose. No surprise, really. The body of this brew was slightly lighter than I was expecting, however. And itís sweeter, too. Bourbon notes mesh with cocoa - while fresh roasted coffee beans intermix with bananas and chocolate syrup. The finish is slightly boozy - All in all, a bit too sweet (I love sweet brew to be fair), and the retention on the head is mediocre upon warming. Either way though , a fine brew.
crossovert (7909) - Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2013 Decided to crack this one after hearing the coffee flavor is fading fast, I think a couple months of aging will be good for this brew. IIRC it has already been pre-aged for quite a while then the coffee added.
Pours a thick, dark black and try as it might, the light canít shine through this beastly opaque liquid with only a hint of ruby/brown at the very top edge. The head is huge and dark tan, though it dissipated quickly with no lacing, no biggie with this type of alcohol content.
The coffee is still there in the smell and it blends wonderfully with the Bourbon County Stout. This one is also significantly oakier than the regular it seems. The nose is a cornucopia of dark malt scents including, chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, and a hint of fruitiness. The coffee is in there with a nice fresh coffee smell that isnít the same as the roasty malt scents. On top of it all is the aforementioned oak, very nice woodiness and vanilla smooth out the smell. And of course you canít forget the bourbon and the alcohol, both add a sweet alcoholic bite just to prick your nostrils.
The taste is pretty damn good, Iím not a fan of BCS, and Iíve only had it fresh so having it mellowed out and with coffee added, it is a whole other beast. It is still on the cloying side with a big alcoholic punch, but it is infinitely smoother with the coffee addition and extra aging. The bourbon is still key here but when it melds with the coffee it smooths out and becomes delightful. Of course the chocolate, roasty malts, caramel, and dark fruit all make an appearance here as well as the oak.
The mouthfeel is rich and thick liek BCS with a subtle carbonation. The alcohol is once again a bit burning but dramatically reduced form BCS. The drinkability issue and cloying mouthfeel were somewhat fixed but not completely, nevertheless, the hardly get in the way of the decadent flavor.
I did not want to believe the hype, but this is so much better than BCS and one of my favorites now.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-14-2010 02:19:11
Edit: I thought hte 13 vintage was awful. Black pepper dominated. Downgraded.
finol (2255) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 5, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from UTO beer.
Chocolate dominated aroma.
Huge beer with taste of coffe beans, chocholate and pepper.
SourNotes (104) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
poured into a brandy snifter, used motor oil black with a thin layer of head. the head dies off leaving a lace that clings to the edge of the glass. splotches of carbonation patches bubble up in random spots throughout the beer.
smells amazing, coffee, bourbon, roast, malt, caramel, oaky notes with touches of vanilla.
Tastes so smooth and rich. malt and coffee with chocolate riding it out, nice run of bourbon right smack in the middle giving to caramel and vanilla oakiness. suprisingly smooth, definately not "hot". There is a nice alcohol taste taht comes out in this but nothing like regular BCS, old Rasputin, or KBS. its subtle and rounded. the balance of flavors in this is perfect.
Sticky on the lips, round full and smooth with a nice oiliness on the tongue. The aging must have mellowed this out to perfect drinkability. I donít think i want to age any of my bottles, going to drink them all within the year.
This was way more drinkable than I expected it to be. very intense brew though. Balanced complexities wins in this. nothing sticks out over anything else.
bring out the Kentucky Pecan pie for this one just like KBS. I can think of nothing better to pair this up with.
Hoprider (105) - DENMARK - FEB 26, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with very little head. Aromas are full on bourbon cask, vanilla, corn sirup and a hint of coffee. The mouthfeel is great - medium thick. The taste Is initially bourbony with sweet notes of vanilled oak. The alcohol is well hidden here. The finish is more malty and nutty but the whole is very sweet. Fortunately I have a sweet toth.
suprchunk (2342) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a jet black with a tan head. Head sticks around for a bit, leaves a good amount of lacing on the goblet.
Smells great. Huge coffee, chocolate, raisins, malt, caramel, wood, and bourbon. Very complex and really entices the imbiber to go ahead and take a drink.
Big malt up front. Finishes with some vanilla and coffee. Nice chocolate and caramel undertones. Everything seems to blend together like it is supposed to. Slight woodiness and a bit of a sweet bourbon taste, but not so much that you would pick it out at first. A little hot from the ABV, but very well hidden mostly.
Coats the inside of the mouth like used motor oil, in a good way. The sweetness seems to dominate in this department, but it isnít so cloying that you donít want to drink more; ala DL.
If I were brave and had a full day to recover, I could drink this all night. Might take a few wallets full of cash to pull off too. I really enjoyed this fine beer and look forward to many more releases. Hopefully this trend of on-offs comes to an end and they concentrate on the good stuff like this.
Damico (2684) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow - I canít believe that back to back I prefer this right now over the vanilla. The beer smells almost like a chocolate brownie - the roasted malts with the coffee having dissipated immensely. The beer pours dark coffee black with a very small head. The flavor is so smooth with bitter but terribly smooth coffee notes that have a lot of chocolate shining through which I love! Alex gets credit for saying fudge brownie!
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
#900!!! 750ml bottle shared with my brother and buddy. A deep dark pour with a thin brown head. The aroma is pretty boozy with hints of chocolate and coffee. The flavor is heavy, but oh so good. Pretty boozy but has good coffee bean and chocolate flavors, with malts as well. A damn great beer!!!
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bomber. Pours black with a nice brown head. Nose is of bourbon, coffee, vanilla and alcohol. Very similar to regular GI BCS. Taste is bourbon prominently with coffee in background. Was really hoping for more coffee flavor. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with alcohol noticeable. A bit sweet. I drank this bad boy by myself one night. Fortunately, I had the next day off as this one hit me with quite a buzz.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rating from Black Cat version, 7/4/6/3/12 = 3.2, will update with the bottled version when I get to it in the backlog, as I have better notes on that one.