beersearcher (2268) - Glendale, California, USA - JUL 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottles broken out for the Beer Belly stop of Migration Week. Quite a treat. Just a big delicious aroma here. A true smell it more than drinking beer. Smooth and not as sweet as the coffee or cherry rye. Heat is there but it is not an overpowering presence. Love the hand numbered bottles.
toxichop (268) - South Gate, California, USA - JUL 12, 2013
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
S: The bourbon is nicely plesant, licorice, oak, and plums the sad part is there is also a sharp soy smell. P: Black with 1 finger reddish brown head that leaves a nic residue. T: Mellow bourbon, lots of oak, hints of mollasses, and chocolate. M: Full bodied, silky, with low to medium carbonation. O: Finally got a chance to try this, I hate small pours but I dont think Im gonna be able to try this again. Nice brew.
AdamJackson (1994) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 27, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cpetrone84 graciously shared this bottle with me on his way home after visiting Hill Farmstead. We had a few other special treats.
A - Pours pitch black, not quite as oily as I thought it would be, minimal head with almost no lacing. Appeared mostly flat
S - Licorice, Vanilla, Plums, Coconut and charred oak were the biggest notes. Smell was something bigger though, something I couldnít quite place my finger on but it smells fantastic.
T - Very little sweetness, Lots of flavors going on, very big but yet well integrated bourbon notes. After drinking a lot of Pappy and other wheated bourbons lately, this tastes just like Pappy 20 at least as far as the bourbon notes go. Not too oaky, loaded with vanilla, some plums, brown sugar, candy corns, not too sweet at the finish and NOT boozy.
M - Oily, slick and heavy. Not fudge-like or thick but smooth and just a bit thinner than í10 BCBS in a 12oz format
O - Itís amazing how drinking half of this bomber was so easy not because it was tasteless but because it was so refined and not boozy at all. BCBS Rare is not the king any more though. There are a lot of great beers that have taken itís place but, for a 2010 stout, itís fantastic and lovely. Really something special.
jsquire (3297) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle 5901 -- Opaque beer with a this wisp of tiny bubbles for a head. Magical nose of wood, bourbon, vanilla and roasted malts. This is one of those beers that I could just smell for half an hour. Huge taste of chocolate, cocoa nibs, bourbon, vanilla, plum, raisin and prune, wood and alcohol. Sweet and sticky on the lips. So rich and so good.
deekyn (984) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 17, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2014 Bottle 6,073. Finally pulled this one out of the cellar. A- heavy black pour but not as viscous as I would have expected. Very minimal dark tan head and absent any real lacing. S- loud grains and toasted malts first. Bourbon, licorice, cacao follow. Baked pie crust, dates, chocolate covered raisins, rich vanilla, toffee, peanut brittle, jiffy puff marshmallows, brown sugar, maple syrup and a vanilla creme br√Ľl√©e. Some faint earthiness. As it warms, alcohol begins to overpower. Just a symphony of aromas. M- a medium to heavy body for such a beer, with a dry, full palate and a mild but efficient stinging carbonation. T- bourbon, vanilla, toasted marshmallow and a tangy cacao to start. Alcohol, grains, graham cracker crust, pancakes and delectable maple syrup are next. Charred oak, licorice, brown sugar, chocolate and dates fill the middle. The entire taste flows from one period to the next with the long mild ending, consisting of more grain, brown sugar, sweet malts, toasted sesame seeds, and tangy cacao, continuing the trend of smoothness. 9/9+
5000 (5981) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 7, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle: † WTF am I going to say that over 300 people before me havenít said. † How about this? † I have bottle #2018, bottled on 11/19/2010. † I could go into the looks, aroma, and taste... but why bother. † This is the 4th best beer on ratebeer. † What do I think? † I think I am going to drink this whole thing without sharing it with anybody because its that good. † Thatís what I think. † I just realized I cannot just type about this beer, I need to put in some f*cking numbers. † Yup, see that, I just put in those numbers you see above. † Yeah, this one is the tits. † 4, 9, and 19 never looked so good! † Donít try and argue with me. † I have more 3s, 8s, and 18s that you wouldnít ever know what to do with, but they donít f*cking belong here. † Donít question 5000.
ICEatALAMO (848) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle. Finally a beer that has lived up to the hype. The pour is dark with some head. The aroma is blissful, not overpowering bourbon, but enough to warm your nose. The taste is the smoothest beer I have ever had. Never had it fresh, but the bourbon is mellow, but has tons of flavor. Finishes perfectly smooth. Canít say enough about this beer, finally a 5.0!
acearl (371) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Jet black thick pour with virtually no brown head, smells of molasses, malt,
vanilla extract and of course the bourbon barrel, thick texture, a sweet bread, complex with many flavors, only negative is that it is a concentrate type of composition.
rxeight (975) - Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at GI 25th block party. Pour is midnight black, no head. Aroma of very easy bourbon. Taste is very similar to the standard bourbon county. Not on the bourbon as the í12 i had the other night. I guess the real difference is that this is much smoother, possibly the smoothest bourbon stout ive tried. However, the beer had zero carbonation. Not sure if it was due to the age or the keg. Overall ths was a very fine bourbon stout, just doesnt have much to seperate it from the regular bourbon county or justify the insane price it commands on the secondary market.
Vaiz (3099) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ ZeeBra Extreme Beer Festival 2013. Pitch black pour. Aroma is huge leathery bourbon, some alcohol, vanilla. A bit overpowered. Flavor is extreme bourbon, envision myself sitting in the wild west, in some old saloon with some rich cowboy smoking a huge cigar and drinking this ages old bourbon in front of me. Exquisite, but a tiny bit too much for me.