hombrepalo (1936) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample pour at GI Sunday Funday. Similar to the original but a bit less on the vanilla and coconut side and slightly boozier. Pours pitch black, no head, no lacing. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, roasted cacao nibs, dark chocolate, mild coconut. Flavor is immediate bourbon rye but gives way to an amazing complex flavor bomb... Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, back to chocolate then some coconut then back to bitter chocolate with some good bitterness sneaking through right at the end with the alcohol warning. Fantastic.
Steve_0 (3347) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle at Big Beers in Vail, CO 2015. Two year aged version. Pour is pitch black with a frothy brown head and great lacing. Big coconut, brown sugar, rich dark caramel, toffee, light bourbon, some raisins and wood in the aroma. Taste is Big chocolate and coffee, maple syrup, brown sugar and coconut - very rich and decadent - figs, toffee, and bourbon. Thick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Seriously tasty shit!
arminjewell (8622) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour on tap at FOBAB 2014, 2 year aged version, thick oily black pour with creamy dark caramel colored head, aroma brought notes of thick whiskey, bourbon, milkshake type notes, nice cocoa powder, coffee, roast in there into a bit of molasses,vanilla,and oak. Taste is a mix of cocoa, coconut, vanilla, whiskey, slight spice out of the rye portion into some bourbon, oak, slight yeasty notes with a hint of roast, finishing thick, sweet, slightly dry.
tectactoe (3118) - Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap: 2-year Templeton Barrel Aged. Blacker than squid’s ink, just like regular old BCBS. No head on this one. Barely a trace of foam at all. Dessert-like aroma of huge, dense fudge, burnt brown sugar & caramel, molasses, heavy barrel vanillin, & thick maple syrup (like from the barrel as well). Strong bourbon component with a plentiful hand of spicy oak. Similar flavor; large piles of dark chocolate, fudge batter, & caramelized brown sugar are jettisoned into your senses. Spicy bourbon, charred wood, maple syrup, molasses, & bitter cacao nibs lead into a semisweet outro that lingers like a Riesen candy. Loads of fudgey caramel in the finish with a nice, warming bourbon drizzle. This is goddamn delicious.
crossovert (9206) - Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Draft. Honestly I had this side by side with the propreiters and this one is terirble, just pure booze and some sugar and vanilla flavors.
Art (2252) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at fobab. Pours a deep dark brown black with a slight light brown head. Thanks to the founders rep who poured some of his for me. Aromas of vanilla, cocoa powder, light alcohol. Taste is definitely sweet and smooth. Like BCBS but smoother. Maybe less of a vanilla aroma. Medium thick and medium light carb.
BBB63 (6449) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ GI Wrigleyville 15th anniversary: pitch black with small head and minimal lace. Big char and roast with red whiny notes. Moderate pumpernickel and coffee notes. The mouth feel is aggressive and ashy, slight sticky notes. Just seems a tad washed out but still very tasty.
rxeight (1891) - Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Swing top growler, from beerlistman, thanks! Look and mouthfeel of regular bourbon county. Doesn’t have as pronounced of a whiskey note. Has a caramel taste that I don’t think I’ve noticed anywhere else. Makes it like a bourbon milky way once it warms. Very good stuff.
alexsdad06 (7031) - Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at FoBAB. Pours dark brown to black in color with a thin beige head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malt, dark chocolate, spicy rye, bourbon, wood, burnt caramel, molasses and vanilla. I liked it, but not as much as the original.
Steasy66 (1086) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at FOBAB. Super smooth, tasted a lot to me like ’08 BCBS. Really fantastic.