phaleslu (6397) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2010
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
1400th rating. Draft at the Goose Island Invasion at International Tap House in Chesterfield. I started with this one in a BCS flight alongside the regular one and the Vanilla one. The aroma made it easy to identify next to the two identical sister beers, with rich, smooth coffee roast coming forward first, and then bourbon, chocolate malts, vanilla, oak, and cream. The flavor takes it to another level: quite simply the best ícoffeeí beer Iíve ever had (and Iím not a coffee drinker), with absolutely perfect balance between the smooth, roasty coffee, the rich, creamy chocolate malts, and the barrel notes of bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Full-bodied, with enough carbonation and booze to keep it from being completely oily and smooth. The booze is a nice complement, though, and doesnít really warm significantly until itís all the way down. I couldnít get enough of this (ordered a full glass after the BCS flight), and Iím interested to see what a bottle of this is like compared to the drafts I had. Amazing.
theSlipperyPen (236) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
After a short lived fizz of dark brown head this rests black as pitch. Itís a big, viscous monster, a boogie-man of a beer. On the nose bourbon, vanilla and oak are immediately pronounced . Thereís no mistaking the whiskey. But almost as strong is the chocolate, which rises like an expensive malt truffle. This seems to have more of a fruit presence than the normal Bourbon County; I can find steeped cherries, plums, burnt raisins and baked apples. There is also a strong marzipan aroma and perhaps even a touch of cinnamon. Surprisingly, however, the coffee really isnít developed or distinct. It is detectable, but itís held so close to those bourbon and chocolate aromas that itís easily diminished. That said , one can pick it up in the mouth, where itís balanced carefully against the bourbon and chocolate. There is ash and molasses, tobacco and leather, and definitely something of walnut or hazelnut. It seems that the liqueur sweetness serves to add some backbone to the more subtle flavours, which otherwise may be tyrannized into nothingness by the staggeringly strong whiskey. The mouth feel is very thick with a medium to low carbonation - very smooth. The bold ABV is present but less so than the normal Bourbon County, which also seemed thicker in its body. Given two years in the cellar and this will be something special. As it is, I prefer the non-coffee original, but this is nonetheless an impressive stout and a defining desert beer.
emacgee (4009) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared by JCB. Pours a dark black showing some light and a dark tan head. Nose is rich with coffee and chocolate upfront and notes of molasses and vanilla with a mild alcoholic character. Flavor shows bourbon and vanilla with chocolate and coffee in the background and mild alcohol. Palate is thick and viscous with a mild warmth. Me gusta.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, courtesy of either MatSciGuy or pantanap, I think. Thanks, guys! Pours a very dark, chocolate-brown color; thin, medium-brown head with patchy lacing. Wow, loads of coffee, caramelization, sharp bourbon, and burnt malts in the aroma; very dark and warming, hugely full, quite intense, and solid. Full body; light carbonation; reasonably smooth in the mouth and a touch warming; loads of coffee, toasted marshmallow, dark caramels, and charred / burnt malts; the coffee presence is nicely roasted, nicely rounded; the coffee addition, per usual with coffee stouts, doesnít really do a ton for me, but the barrel-aged core is definitely tasty stuff; solid, but a huge coffee presentation that just doesnít do a lot for me: over-the-top, well-roasted coffee. Eh. Lengthy finish: lots of darker caramels, brown sugar, and (again) well-roasted coffee throughout and lingering.
gam (3216) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich tan head medium carbonation very dark pour aromas smooth bourbon and coffee mix rich chocolate a cigarette touch vanilla liccorice sweetness flavours expresso coffee a wonderful fizz morishing taste with a strong cigarette taste dry to perfection dark chocolate sweet liccorice a vanilla bourbon smoothness to add giving the imperial delightful palate taste pleasers aftertaste of dryness a perfect bitter and fizz malt brilliance
vyvvy (3951) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours extremely dark with a tan head. The aroma has lots of bourbon, oak, vanilla, coffee, lots of cream and heavy roast. Medium/full body with a good amount of sharp carbonation. The flavor starts very hot and alcoholic with lots of phenolic spice. The bourbon and coffee actually take a minor role to the harsh alcohol burn. There is some roast and vanilla, but itís hard to find under the alcohol. The finish is still hot as can be along with some dark chocolate. Way too hot for this to be enjoyable. I had much higher hopes than this delivered.
Ober (2809) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - SEP 6, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, Bourbon County Coffee Stout 2010. A black colored beer, with a thick foamy dark beige almost brown head. The aroma of bitter chocolate with vanilla, dark fruits and notes of coffee. The taste of coffee with vanilla, dark fruits in chocolate. A little burny of the alcohol. The aftertaste is burny, there is coffee with dark fruits and some sweet vanilla.
TURDFERGUSON (3948) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this a couple times over the last few months. One shared by stfun a few weeks ago in winston salem and one shared by someone in the carolina crew at toddís house. This beer, like KBS, comes as billed. Heavy on the coffee and bourbon. These are two culinary items that when on their own, i really love, but when they are melded together to enhance another item such as an imperial stout, the love isnít there. Its good and I can appreciate it. But I dont really want to drink too much of it.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A Mes rate. Bottle from Uto, drunk in the house in Devon looking out through the window over the sea.
Jet black, you could hold this up next to a lighthouse and still not a sliver of light would show through. A beautiful lasting tan head tops it off really well. Ok good start. Right then, this is a little beauty. Rich and warming. Amazingly oaky, plenty of tannin and coconut plus notes of leather, preserve fruit and flakey bitter dark chocolate. Iím not really getting as much coffee as I was expecting. I mean itís there quite clearly but I was something of wake me up levels from what I have heard, instead itís just gloriously integrated. This is a good one all round. Balance, poise, elegance and then a kick in the knackers. Just bloody brilliant all round. Considerably lengthy. Utterly wonderful mouthfeel, up there with the best Iíve had. The oak, bourbon and chocolate in the finish is pant wettingly good. Ok enough notes. I have half a glass left. Iím gonna thoroughly indulge myself.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - SEP 1, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2011 Courtesy of Pailhead, 2 times. Oily black, coats glass. Sweet bourbon, caramel, chocolate up front, faint coffee, very faint hop backend. Flavor dominated by bourbon/caramel up front, coffee through the finish, turn off, for me. Oily slick body and mouthfeel. decent overall. Second bottle, 4/9/11. Coffee is absent, which doesnít bother me. Flavors have rounded out pretty well, bourbon, chocolate and roast. Still has some warming alcohol. Not my normal thing but dig this. Original rating 9/4/7/4/15.