ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Reviewed 12/25/2012. Bottle says 14.3%. 22 oz bottle poured into an adorable little goblet.
A: Pours a pitch black color. Much like regular BCBS, the dark tan head fades away to nothing in little time. Nice alcohol legs.
S: Smells quite similar to BCBS, with bourbon, chocolate, dark fruits, cream, and brown sugar...right up until rich, exquisite black coffee makes itself known. This is such a joy to inhale, even over regular BCBS. Wow.
T: Itís BCBS with coffee. No, that doesnít sound terribly descriptive, but the coffee used is completely fabulous, and plays perfectly with the big sweetness and decadence of the base beer. Tiny little subleties of cream, vanilla, hazelnut, dark fruits, bourbon, and rare (just kidding about that one) give it real enjoyability factor. A little booze pops up in the finish, but not nearly enough to suggest itís 14.3%. This one will completely wreck me in the morning...
M: This doesnít seem to feature the syrupy heft of the base beer. Rather, itís drier and thinner, featuring carbonation that seems to be a bit more vibrant. Still an amazingly sticky and viscous coffee stout. The flavor intensity and finishing booze still suggests one to ísipí. Actually, I kind of prefer the feel of this over standard BCBS.
O: I didnít think this would be much better than BCBS - but I was wrong. Even though itís quite boozy, itís one of those offerings where the intense flavors render that problem moot. Iíd even say it lives up to the hype. Good luck killing a bomber solo if youíve already had a few drinks tonight, though...my body is saying ínoí but my tastebuds are saying ífuck yes!í
Krej (163) - USA - JUL 17, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not as good as the normal bourbon county stout but still pretty good. Yeah........... (Just killing characters)
ACHops (957) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 15, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Brouwerís. Pours thick viscous deep inky blacksmith thin oily dark mocha head that fades quickly to a thin whisp. Aroma is heavily roasted dark chocolate malt, fresh brewed coffee, a decided dry oaky note that follows through the finish. Taste is... whoa. Amazingly thick mouthfeel. Huge rich dark chocolate syrup with a couple shots of espresso infused comes to mind. Rich, dry, oaky finish with notes of toasted caramel and vanilla bean on the finish. Dark chocolate and espresso dominate. I donít know that this is better than standard BCS - definitely comparable in quality, and the coffee melds incredibly well with the base beer, but the original balance seems superior to me. Still, that is nitpicking here. World class beer.
furthur (426) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JUL 13, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft, decent head for what it is, faded, little lace. Aroma sweet coffee, boubon, anise, molasses, cookies and burnt sugar, smoke, oak, dark fruit deep in the nose. Taste is sweet coffee, vanilla, oak, smoky burnt sugar, anise, bourbon. Palate super rich, carbonation subdued. This is sweet, almost too sweet, but the Flavors are amazing.
ChrisSc (426) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle into tulip. Minneapolis. 2014 vintage.
Pours jet black with small rim of offwhite head.
Aroma is really nice. Rich coffee and coconut. Oaky whiskey notes are pretty heavy. Subtle alcohol.
Taste is sweet up front but balanced by bitterness in the finish. Really well done.
Body is very full. Very rich. Smooth texture. Long long finish.
This is a really rich sipper. Vey full of flavor.
The_Osprey (3218) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Keg at the White Horse, Parsonís Green. A half pint for £3.50 - other London pubs take note and feel ashamed. The tap label says 2011 vintage, but Iíll take that with a pinch of salt. Black, small foamy brown head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate and vanilla. Body is medium, slightly foamy, low carbonation. Taste is milky bourbon, lactic, chocolatey with plenty of the promised coffee, boozey finish. Very nice. May well have got a higher rating if it wasnít served so cold, but I didnít have the time or patience to wait for it to warm up.
evergreen0199 (2387) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Keg at The White Horse American Beer Festival 2015, Parsons Green, London. A black coloured pour with a thin beige head on top. Rich, bourbon, coffee aroma. Tastes rich coffee, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, sweet. A really big Imperial Stout and great to see it here in London.
WingmanWillis (15) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at Sloany Pony American bf. Pours black with dirty tan head. Smell the bourbon and coffee, taste the bourbon but not too overpowering and develops into coffee and roasts. Nice and viscous. Sticks to your ribs. Urter filth and bloody lovely.
ctipping (214) - Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle poured into a goblet. Consumed in 2011, but I didnít record what year bottle it was. Pours a very dark black with a small tan head. No lacing. No retention. Sticky as hell. Looks like regular Bourbon County.
Bourbon and lots of it on the nose. I get the stout behind it a bit and some of the coffee, but really itís a bourbon show. After a strong whiff, I actually get a strong fruitiness that I didnít get before.
Bourbon and coffee flavors mix. Itís a nice blend, really. Itís not too coffee forward. Has a chocolate flavor in the back and a bit of a vegetal flavor that is odd. Itís all about the bourbon, though.
So boozy. So very very boozy. Low carbonation. Not too heavy, but a thick, mouth-coating stout. Itís a hint smoother than regular Bourbon County.
I donít think the coffee adds much. It adds a slight dimension. . A delicious beer, but I think itís still rough around the edges.
BiiruBierBeer (605) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2015
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Smells like bell peppers, enchiladas, and coffee. Medium carbonation with mild foam. Taste is very roasty coffee, alcohol taste and warmth, mild bourbon, dark chocolate, and bell peppers in the aftertaste.
Barrelbelly (703) - BELGIUM - JUN 21, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 Bottle. Aroma and taste of dark roasted coffee, thick and dry malt bitter aftertaste, but still some sweetness. Great well balanced beer.