tectactoe (2014) - Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Inky black body with almost no head at all on the pour - just a timid, light-tan ring that outlines the edge. Aroma has the Bourbon County sweet signature bourbon, oak, & melty chocolate, only this time thereís more of a sweet, vanilla saccharine presence, rather than just your normal barrel vanillin. Brown sugar, molasses... lots of bourbon. All the usual Bourbon County suspects are there. Taste is much the same; heavy bourbon with a mixture of sweet vanilla, brown sugar, dense cocoa fudge, & mild oaky tannins throughout. Itís very warm... almost hot, even, & maybe more so than some vintages of the original Bourbon County. More bourbon, vanilla, & some deep fudge in the finish. Huge, sticky, thick mouth feel. Very nice, awesome take on BCS, although I donít believe itís worth what it takes to get a bottle now.
SpongeRuiner (745) - Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 Thanks tectactoe for getting this one together. Fantastic smell. Was really looking forward to this one. Perfect feel. Really good stuff. Definitely one of the best Bourbon County.
MadIndian (2410) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle gift from SJ , Goose Island night. Another winner from this brewery. Canít believe it is retired as we had two bottles?
Nice roasted, vanilla, nut, Earth and chcolate flavors. Well blended with a nice strong vanilla bean and honey finish.
MattiasA (862) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is up there as one of the best iíve ever had. Bought at Systembolaget as a limited release a couple of years ago.
rood (32) - Borgerhout, BELGIUM - FEB 9, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to BelgBeerGeek for sharing this one.
If you want to smell & taste hazelnut, praline, chocolate, cocos, vanilla, bourbon, honey, caramel, this is your beer. Not very complex but mouthfeel is good and has a great aroma & taste. Praline in a glass.
ekstedt (5482) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (65 cl) from Systembolagetv via a collueage. Black with small dark beige head. Intense chocolate and coffee roasted aroma, som soft vanilla and barrel notes. Full bodied, oily an viscous. Sweet with medium bitterness.
Abio (1616) - Waasland, BELGIUM - FEB 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating 1501. Very dark brown, almost pitch black. Less siropy as expected. The vanilla gives a nice touch to this brew. Combined with the coffee and chocolate, this one is really like tasting a dessert. I like it for sure. 2010
DocLock (7912) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft from TJís summer 2013. Poured dark black with brown head. Nose was oaky bourbon, dark malt, ample vanilla, molasses. Tasted rich, roasty dark malt, oak, bourbon, vanilla, and cacao. Complex and delicious.
AirForceHops (3295) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle won at Binnyís raffle (Clayborne across from G.I.) after the BCBS release on Black Friday. Color has a coating of oily irradiance over the tope of the stout. Coats the glass with a oily residue. Nose is light traces of vanilla bean, chocolate and booze. The flavor is an exact replica of the aroma. I feel like the booze is out of place after after 3 years of age. Texture is oily and silky. Donít get me wrong itís still good however, the vanilla has got to be much tamer then it was at release or 18 months ago. Wish I would have had this 18 months ago. Overall I enjoyed it like every other BCBS, top notch even after 3 years old.
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pous black, no head
Smell boozy raisin, red fruit
Taste sweet vanilla, very sweet, bit of roast, smooth and sugary, huge vanilla flavor
Smooth as hell, medium body
Sweet, still very good