RasmusOtt (1867) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2015 Bottle from trade with arminjewell. Aroma has ofc the base of bourbon county. Some sweet vanilla, rich dark chocolate, figs prunes, dates, dark caramel coconut bourbon quality, well balanced with a big coffee roasted (light fruity) coffee and a hint of some earthy notes. Taste is smooth with dark rich chocolate, bitter roasted coffee, dry mouthfeel, sweet dark fruits, vanilla, coconut, some warming alcohol and a woody feel aswell. Love this stuff. Not as guilty a pleasure as the vanilla version. Had this again @ 2015. The Aroma of this one was very coffee forward in an almost spicy way along with the BC base. The taste was just smooth and coffee forward with all of those BC notes and qualities like vanilla, dark sweet fruits, chocolate etc. along with a smooth body.
onceblind (6379) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
GABF 2011. Pitch black with a tan head. Aroma of deep roasty cocoa, syrup, coffee, and big oak tones. Taste has loads of cocoa syrup, coffee, oak, more coffee, sweet roasty chocolate/black malts, all on a huge smooth outstanding mouthfeel. A little boozy, in a good way. So sweet and coffee-ish.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - OCT 17, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
2010 release, consumed last October. Not sure what it was like at the release, but this was already showing green, vegetal, oxidized coffee character that ruined the otherwise stellar BCS base beers. Iím not sure how they do their coffee infusion but it added an unpleasant aspect to the beer that was hard to get over. As you would expect from BCS though, itís one thick, silky beer with a lot of bourbon and heat. Iíd be open to trying a newer, fresher release, but this was a miss for me.
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2014 36cl, Vintage 2013, exclusive American brew, with coffee, from De Hopduvel Gent, very complex sweet Stout, heavily roasted and slightly alcoholic/woody, not too heavy, very balanced, hazy, nearly no head, top class!, yet very expensive!
fidelis83 (2267) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - SEP 26, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber bottled 03.26.2010. Pours inky black with a thick skim of oily brown head, the head lasts a good while, the beer itself leaves a nice coating as the glass empties. Aroma is bourbon, molasses snaps, leather, port soaked fruits, roast, chocolate, dark roast coffee, earth and burnt sugar. More dark fruit and molasses as it warms. Flavor is big on bourbon and vanilla, dark caramel, maple sugar, dark, nutty and slightly smokey coffee notes, molasses and licorice. As it warms more coffee and dark caramel come out as well as a longer, nutty mocha fade. Palate is heavy in body, oily, creamy and completely coating on entry, has a light, but noticeable carbonation and creamy, oily and sticky finish. Simply fantastic, Iíve had several bottle of this since I bought it last year and itís just as good as, or better than the day I bought it. It has changed some and the coffee is not as strong, though it wasnít really super coffee laden in the first place, just about lives up to the original.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2010 bomber purchased at Rodmanís Grocery in DC last year. pitch black pour with a small tan head. deep dark coffee nose with traces of bourbon seeping through. Iím sure the coffee would have been stronger when this was fresh. thick body with lots of roast, deep dark fruits, bourbon, oak, light vanilla, caramel and lots of sugar. definitely still an alcohol bite on the top of the mouth. aggressive barrel aged finish with lots of bourbon notes, alcohol, vanilla, dark fruits, toffee and light coffee.
Scopey (10641) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 bottle (from Utobeer) at Angís birthday tasting. It pours jet black, with a thin tan head. The nose is light roast filter coffee, coconut, ginger, roasted malt, vanilla and alcohol. The taste is full of coffee, coconut, roasted malt, dark chocolate, solid alcohol warmth, toasted sesame seed, soy sauce, gingerbread, bourbon, wood and vanilla, with a very long, big, roasty finish. Full body, fine carbonation and velvety mouth-feel. Surprisingly smooth and well balanced. Definitely has to enjoyed in small measures, but really good nonetheless.
JoePeesie (920) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A bruiser of a coffee stout at 13%, this beer is definitely best fresh if you want to enjoy the big coffee flavor, but takes on a more balanced subtle life after about a year. Of the two choices I prefer it aged.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Serving glass: Poured from bomber into Snifter.
Appearance: Almost black with thin brown head and light lacing.
Aroma: Booze, bourbon, coffee, chocolate, licorice and molasses.
Taste: Tastes like chocolate covered espresso beans that have been soaked in bourbon. The chocolate and coffee are augmented by molasses, anise, roasted barley and a big blast of alcohol. Tastes like a less boozy and bourbony version of the standard Bourbon County, with just a dash more coffee.
Palate: Ridiculously smooth and creamy with low carbonation and a nice warming finish.
Overall: Somehow the addition of coffee tempered this beer and made it even better. Just a perfect way to end a night. Superb.
harrisoni (16051) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2011 Bottle on Angs birthday. Thanks to Scopey for this. Black. Lots of coffee. Thats pretty good. There is some alcohol on the finish. Very malty and coffee on aroma. Thats pretty big. Not too subtle or balanced. Its good but yes too big. Some vanilla comes through from the Bourbon still. Too alcohol hot on the finish. Could I drink a whole bomber of this? I doubt it. Having more and intense flavours doesnít always mean having better flavours. Thanks for allowing me to try it though Paul.