tectactoe (2337) - 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 (7921) - 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.
artmcd8 (1787) - 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 (6155) - 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 (1523) - 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 (5904) - 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 (995) - 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.
jmagnus87 (2732) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft at Olympic. From notes. Oak, vanilla and rye notes. Pretty darn good. Very thick and sticky, very sweet. Would be very happy to drink this one again.
drsordr (1237) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft to taster at FoBAB 2013, pours opaque black. Nose a little muted bourbon and some vanilla. Taste bourbon and rye in the taste. Not as alcoholic astringent as some.
AirForceHops (3524) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample bottle at Goose for the Black Friday event 29 November, 2013. Glad I got to try the base for some of the BCS variants. This is not something you will see very often. Pitch black oily type of color. Aromas are rye malts, coffee dregs, a touch of vanilla bourbon and pumpernickel bread. Flavor is powerful notes of booze, dark roasted malts, burnt rye bread and vanilla oak. Secondary flavors of dark chocolate and cold coffee. Rye whiskey makes itself known to me in the finish. The 13.5 % gives a warming after the sip yet alcohol doesn’t distract from the flavor. I still really enjoyed this base rye stout.