Dodgrblu (692) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 29, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Shared 22 ounce bottle courtesy of Twelve Rounds Brewing, nice bourbon aroma and flavor, bourbon executes control over the vanilla. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
ineedbeer (1369) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bottle at a Migration Week event; I assume this has been properly cellared.
Aroma has a slight vanilla note, but the vanilla has definitely faded from where it was even 2 years ago. Moderate bourbon note with light roast and nice chocolate notes. Some light oak character.
Pours a tar black color with a small, dark mocha head that recedes quickly to the edges. Light lacing and fairly long legs.
Flavor is similar to the aroma with a very faded vanilla presence. Some moderate sweetness with nice roast character. Moderately strong chocolate with quite a bit of bourbon and light oak notes. Medium bitterness with some oxidation creeping in. Very little alcohol spice notes.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and has definitely thinned compared to fresher Bourbon County. Medium low carbonation, low astringency and medium alcohol warmth.
Overall, a nice beer, but definitely a shell of its former self. I like that it has thinned out and the alcohol has mellowed, but there is almost no vanilla left in this beer.
slowrunner77 (7884) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"as with the regular version, a little sweet and hot, but otherwise delicious. not better imo than the base beer, so not worth the extra coin, but very good nonetheless. big on the vanilla, which BCS already was, so i was already wondering to the point of more vanilla. tasty, but ever so slightly sweeter than BCS, which is overkill. smooth as hell, though."
JBPortland (1294) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle pours oily black with small tan head. Nose is very hot and boozy, some dark fruity bitter dusty cocoa and chocolate. Taste is a bit thin, kind of average dark fruity bourbon spice, some chocolately oak. The nose is actually a bit harsh. Not a lot of vanilla is detectable. Finish is boozy spice chocolate and some oaky cream cocoa, dusty chocolate, hints of vanilla. Unfortunately this was clearly way past its prime. Still enjoyable but not on the elite level one would hope for.
Lukaduke (2793) - Gray, Maine, USA - SEP 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared thanks to JBPortland ! Pours a silky dark burnt umber color with a finger of quickly fading khaki foam. Nose is a blend of deep dark burnt cocoa with hints of bourbon and vanilla. The palate follows with lots of boozy burning bourbon and shallow vanilla bean accents. Super boozy with lots of dark cocoa, gooey chocolate and lingering bourbon heat. Glad to have tried it but not worth the hype at this point in its life.
hopdog (10284) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2010 vintage. Poured a black color with a small sized off white head. Roast, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, wood, some more vanilla and wood.
Douberd (3728) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Taster at Zeebra II.
Pitch black pour, small dark brown head with okay retention. Almost no lace.
Aroma of bourbon, quite some of vanilla, alcohol.
Great taste, lots of vanilla in there, a bit boozy, cloying sweet but still makes you want another sip and fast.
Full body, a bit high on the carbonation, very sticky on the palate.
RobertDale (4554) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle share. Thanks Dustin! Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, malt, and fruit. Taste is bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and dark fruit. Bottle held up very well all things considered. It was amazing.
Enjoyit (3671) - Vadum, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black of color with a beige head. An aroma of raisins, sweets, spice, port, vanilla, coconut, rum and prunes. A flavor of vanilla, coconut, rum, alcohol, prunes, raisins, dry and liqurice.
Travlr (17716) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 25, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Almost completely black color, dark brown head. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, dark espresso. Taste is more vanilla and rich unsweetened cocoa. Tasty.