jrallen34 (3488) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer is simply outstanding, beer of the year, right up there with Pirate Bomb. Drink this beer now its perfectly aged and ready to go. The explosion of coconut is perfectly sweet and not overbearing. The aroma is a sweet bomb but you come back for more. The taste is balanced expertly with the coconut melding with barrel, and dark chocolate. I hate the hype train, but damn this lives up to it.
Alengrin (2879) - BELGIUM - APR 3, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of the most sought after versions of BCBS, vintage of 2013; my bottle says 14.1% ABV instead of the 13.9% ABV given above. I taste this special treat from an old port wine snifter at near room temperature. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, near to black but not entirely so; only in the last remnants of the liquid, a cloudy brown appearance reveals itself, with tiny bits of dead yeast and proteins lining the glass wall. The head is thin, beautifully deep beige and a bit coarse, but is sadly reduced to an irregular, wafer-thin rim around the glass in instants. I passionately fall in love with the aroma: what a divine bouquet rises up from the bottle... I could sniff this for hours on end: deep dark chocolate sauce, raisins, candied figs, vanilla-like oaky tannins, Islay whisky, liquorice, old sherry, soy sauce, candied orange, eucalyptus syrup, espresso, cocoa powder, cedar wood, pear syrup, Worcestershire sauce, some cooked meat or fried eggs far away but not disturbing at all, and indeed a faint hint of coconut, though I suspect this volatile aroma has faded considerably in the course of almost two years. The taste amazes me even more: a complex and baffling experience indeed, starting off with a very dense, pointy, refined, concentrated, candied sweetness, cloying a bit to the lips, candied oranges, pear, dried dates and indeed a hint of dry coconut meat; a tinge of carbonation pierces through, as well as subtle sourish and salty accents (red berries and soy sauce). Then a profound chocolate maltiness unfolds in all its glory, bitter chocolate with caramel and cashew nuts, spreading over the tongue and mouth cavity, with a fat, oily mouthfeel; a wonderful symphony of sweet versus bitter, with a lively, almost faintly clove- and cinnamon-like spiciness to it (perhaps the rye whisky already speaking?). Bitter wins in the end, as - almost unexpectedly - a tangy yet still mellow roasted coffee ’blackness’ appears, almost cappuccino-like in combination with the bittersweet chocolate, warming and filling the back of the mouth. Even before I swallow the first sip, it is clear to me that this beer increases in complexity as it makes its way through the palate; the finish beautifully recaptures the whole taste trail from beginning to end, blending the candied sweetness, the bittersweet chocolate malts and the softly roasted coffee bitterness into one concentrated ’ball’ of taste, which is finally confronted with a big wave of warming, whisky-like alcohol which also remains on the tip of the tongue after swallowing but somehow manages to remain gentle in all its force; a clear, drying, tannin-like woodiness ensues, as well as a background hint of peppery, leafy, noble hops adding a subtle, double bass-like structure to the whole. The complexity and richness of the malts, including a warm sense of high quality, aromatic coffee and again the woody tannins, linger for hours after swallowing and the alcohol warms the heart... Things just keep happening here, no matter how many sips you’ve taken. Though I have to admit I expected more coconut presence, this is still one of the most noble stouts I ever had the pleasure to enjoy. I particularly appreciate the follow-up of tastes in this one, sweet and bitter and bitter and sweet all make their appearance one by one only to lead to a resolving climax, as in a classical drama, though I did find the alcohol and the cloying sweetness perhaps a tad over the top - I had the same experience with AleSmith’s Speedway Bourbon Barrel Aged, and like in the case of the latter, this is the only thing keeping me from giving both stouts a perfect score. Obviously, in view of this beer’s complexity and greatness, this is only the slightest form of criticism, if any; both remain unforgettable and both surely belong to the best beers I ever tasted. This one, too, is a slow sipper for sure, to be treated with graciousness, dignity and respect. It is obvious that a lot of thought went into this beer; it is as if the malts were selected especially to fit in with the spirit of the barrel in which it has aged (and frankly, I would not be surprised if this is indeed deliberate). Fantastic example of the style, definitely worth the money (which was quite considerable, needless to say...). A world-class masterpiece, that is beyond doubt. I will remember this for the rest of my existence and I will keep the empty bottle in my cellar, only to look at it every now and then with a feeling of nostalgia...
GranvilleTim (1759) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black oily pour with a fading mocha brown head. Aroma is dark fruit, coconut, and bourbon. Taste is smooth, too smooth for 14.1%. Chewy, thick, delicious. Dark fruit, coconut, rye. Easy to drink but it was one beer to drink as slow as you can since it was a beer you never wanted to finish. The beer clung to the side of the glass.
Vestergaard (675) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating #500! Bottle 22oz thanks to Aaron! Pours a pitch black with tiny to no head. Aroma has huuge bourbon, vanilla, cocoa, fresh coconut meat, roasty, fudgy, toffee, caramel malts. Taste is sweet up front with vanilla, coconut, chocolate, prunes, banana, bourbon and some oaky dryness. Much more smooth than the regular BCBS. Low carb, big oily body. What a treat!
Scola729 (34) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I loved this beer. The coconut balanced out the flavor of base BCS, not too strong, but great aroma and then subtle coconut at the end. Wish that wasn't the only time I had this
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dEnk (4159) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ bourbon County tasting. Aroma is big chocolate, some roast and light coconut. Flavour is creamy chocolate, liquorice, roast and faint coconut. Very nice.
JulienHuxley (3874) - Trois-Rivičres, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Bourbon County tasting. Black pour with very thin brown foam. Aroma is not as coconut forward as I expected, light coconut, lots of chocolate. Taste has much more coconut, great coconut taste, lots of chocolate,light booze. Palate is rich, decadent, vintage bourbon county style. Tasty.
Steve_0 (3129) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2015
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home with my wife. Bottle has about a year on it. Pour is pitch black with a big brown head and sticky lacing. Big toasted coconut, dark chocolate, brown sugar, deep espresso, somewhat earthy, vanilla, bourbon, and raisins in the aroma. Taste is still huge coconut, cocoa nibs, woody, some coffee, maple syrup, German chocolate cake, some spice, and vanilla with a smooth finish. Thick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Still very complex - chocolatey with spices, coffee and rum cake. Really delicious stuff and has cellared extremely well.
sawbuck (399) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Thanks for the bottle uncle buck. Nice aroma of coconut, bourbon, and charcoal. Pure ebony color. Rich sweet molasses up front. Overtones of charcoal, mellow bourbon, and some hints of coffee. Finishes with some dry bitterness and a nice alcohol burn. Worth the wait.
AWISLguy (1594) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber shared with ck1 at Timothy O’Tooles Bourbon County release party on Spit Cup weekend. Black pour no head. Aroma is almost all bourbon, with touches of chocolate and carmel. Taste is significantly different from the nose. It is sweet coconut, chocolate, caramel and of course vanilla. Seems to cut through the bourbon. Finishes quite sweet, but not cloying. 5.8, ck1 says 15
aleigator (365) - GERMANY - DEC 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Dan, thank you very much!
Pours a viscous, jet black color with no head, while some chunks of coconut float in the brew.
Sweet aromas of cane sugar, toffee, molasses, and burned coconut. These blend well into wooden, slightly boozy, hot barrel qualities, among bakers chocolate.
Has an incredible smooth mouthfeel, super creamy, drinks like chocolate with loads of cocoa nibs and glazed, slightly burned coconut. The bourbon acts as an intriguing counterpart to that, providing wood and earthy maltiness without revealing any booziness, less intense than the sweeter parts of the stout, still easily balancing the beer. Instead of a noteable carbonation, there is smooth creaminess, heading into a mousse au chocolate direction. The Bourbon in this beer is by no means dominant on its own, but blends perfectly into the chocolate qualities. Finishes with dark chocolate, as well as an appealing, lingering bourbon note.