GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle # 11,838
Dark black pour with a dark brown pour. Bourbon aroma and vanilla. Taste is bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, oak, creamy. A damn fine beer. Coats the mouth, esophagus and stomache as well as the glass. Flavor intensifies as it warms. The alcohol becomes more noticable. The beer clings to the glass like motor oil. I can’t wait to see how it ages in 1 year time, and in 2 years time. That is if I don’t drink the other bottles sooner.
zach8270 (3472) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
(bottle - 22 oz) This is it. The pinnacle of the Bourbon County series. We’ve tried the others and now are trying the big daddy. Dark black pour with a mound of puffy tan foam. Huge bourbon aroma with a nice roasted note underneath it that lets you know there’s tons of chocolate and roasted malts just waiting for you. When you take your first sip you immediately get the bourbon flavor. Lots of oak and vanilla mixing with that wonderful bourbon flavor that combines with the chocolate and roasted malts to give it almost a creamy flavor and texture. Reminiscent of the original Bourbon County, but worlds smoother. So incredibly smooth and rich. Probably the best barrel aged beer I’ve ever had.
jtclockwork (8443) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at Mikey’s tasting. Pours pitch black. Nose and taste of whiskey barrel, bouquet of chocolate roses, vanilla, plum and raisin.
GT2 (8440) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 11, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
651mL courtesy of ygtbsm94. The pour is your typical BCS- jet black ink into the snifter with really no head. But holy crap this stout leaves some incredible legs on the snifter as you swirl it. Huge, cascading legs. The aroma at first is not what I was expecting: all raisins and dark fruit and not much bourbon and much less PVW23. But as it warms and you give it some time to open up you are rewarded with gigantic coconut oil, coconut rum, buttery coconut cake, cinnamon and dark chocolate mousse. There is just no way this beer smells this good. You could sit here for hours. Taste is gorgeous: so smooth, coconut oil abounding, warming but soft bourbon. No heat. Palate is your typical BCS perfection- slick, oily, massive.
So is it worth it? Yes.
sebletitje (6700) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille #5250 partagée avec Joe, Degarth.
Noire, col est fin et doré laissant un léger filament huileux sur le verre.
Arôme est plein d’alcool, tonneau et bourbon qui sont bien présents, malt et café.
Au palais, malt, tonneau est bien rendu avec un fini moka, caramel, le tout est réchauffant en bouche. Des notes de vanille venant du tonneau ajoutent une douceur en bouche qui se mélange parfaitement avec les notes de café.
Vu le prix de la bouteille à 45$ je trouve que cette dernière se démarque peu de la qualité des autres bières de la série BCS si ce n’est pas la rareté du tonneau utilisé pour ce mélange.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick black pour with little carbonation. Light tan head. Bourbon aroma with notes of vanilla and a bit of chocolate. Very creamy with a hint of roast underneath. Very creamy flavor. Easy bourbon flavor throughout. Lightly roast flavor. Incredibly smooth and easy to drink. Slightly fruity. Hides the alcohol very well.
ekoerper (589) - Iowa, USA - JAN 7, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tasted side by side with a ’08 bottle of BCS. Pours pitch black opaque with vanishing tan head. Bourbon is very up-front in the aroma, as well as roast and vanilla. Mouthfeel is viscous, smooth, creamy, and warming; the alcoholic bite is subdued compared to the 2yr old BCS. Flavor is flawless perfection; bourbon and oak come in strong, but well balanced, chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. Definitely the best barrel-aged stout I’ve tried to date.
markwise (4467) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to Degarth for sharing this one. Pours a dark brown with a small off-white head. Nose is huge bourbon presence, chocolate, and more booze with slight vanilla. Flavor is same: like a glass of bourbon with some chocolate, vanilla, and a hint of roast. The flavor is a bit messy, but after some time this will probably be a thing of beauty, like all Bourbon County Stouts. There is noticeable chocolate and vanilla, but I am sure this will become more pronounced after time. This beer has a medium to light body, and lingers with a very nice bourbon flavor. Very nice beer.
cbfobes (2294) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 6, 2011
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2013 Rating #500! Bottle #2533 shared with family over the holidays. Pours jet black with a thin brown head that lingered in the glass the entire I was drinking it, aroma smacks you in the face with bourbon, vanilla, molasses and oak, the flavor is so smooth with touches of chocolate, toffee and vanilla. The bourbon is very noticeable but is so much smoother than BCS. The wood notes really come through in the finish. This is by far the best beer drinking experience I have ever had.
phaleslu (6509) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz. bottle from Wine and Cheese Place. Bottled 11/19/10, and I didn’t pay attention to the number on the bottle (but it was high enough to indicate this isn’t completely rare). Pours a dark, oily, opaque brown color- basically black- with a tiny tan head. Aroma of bourbon and vanilla immediately emerges from the glass, then backed up with notes of chocolate, caramel, molasses, oak, and coconut. The flavor delivers the same vanilla and bourbon immediately, along with caramel, roasted malts, chocolate, oak, molasses, and just a hint of earth and dark fruits. Full-bodied, with minimal carbonation and an oily-smooth mouthfeel. I’m surprised at how full and rich this was after spending so long in the barrels. The alcohol is present, but more muted than in new BCS, which can be hot in fresh bottles or on tap. Everything here is so balanced and so smooth. My feeling is that this beer is not going to get any better with age, and that you should open it sooner than later if you have one; I’d be surprised to see it still drinking this well beyond a year from now. I promised myself I’d be honest in my assessment after spending so much on a single beer, and I feel that I am: this is absolutely amazing, and exactly what I want in a barrel-aged imperial stout (which is pretty much my favorite style to drink as it is). It was fun to watch the reactions of everyone I tried it with last night- the consensus was that this is a special beer that lives up to its billing and is clearly better than the regular BCS. Is it worth $38-$50? Probably not, and it’s hard to say that any beer is. But this is certainly great enough to seek out any way you can.