thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This stuff is incredible. Please age this one a bit, as it really shows some improvement over time. The Bourbon County Reserve pours a pitch black color with a minimal brown head. The aromas hit you in waves from the glass. Tons of vanilla and whiskey like smells that really get your tastebuds in the mood for something special. The mouthfeel on this is great too--nice and thick. The flavor is the winner, however. The flavors are of vanilla and chocolate together, with a nice kick of bourbon in the end. This is a very refined beer, that has a lot to offer those who have a distinguishing palate. I canít wait to get my hands on some more
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks Styles for picking me up some of this.... Pours black with a nice brown to tan head Aromas were earthy and bourbon with nice roast malt and dark fruit. Flavor was bourbon up front and then a nice array of roast and chocolate malt flavors also picked up some licorice and pepper at the finish. Amazing!
henrikb (1259) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted blind at Sk8vikings amazing Porter/Stout tasting - Black body, big creamy head, some laces; Huge sweet alcohol powering nose, flowery sweet, Bourbon barrel, with some time the oak becomes balanced, unfortunately the alcohol and sharpness of the Bourbon (Bourbon is a terrible Whiskey anyway, why ruin you beer with such a barrel) overshadows the depth and complexity, sweet oxidized notes as well; Huge very, very sweet alcohol like body; into medium long finish with lots of fresh wood and again alcohol (or maybe the sharpness of the Bourbon) that overpowers everything else.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pitch black colour with a nice head. Lovely aroma of thich oliy, roastedness, liqouirise, vanilla, sweetness and a touch of oaks. Lovely flavour of smooth roastedness and hints of coffee. Ends up little alcoholic and very powerfull.
sunevdj (3353) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2007 (Blind rating at sk8vikingís.) Pours black with a brown dimminishing head. Smells nice and hoppy. Sweet and very full. Aromas of roasted malts, alcohol, oak, liquirish and prunes. Full bodied. Crispy dry finish. Fantastic... But the bourbon notes the day after are not as good.
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Pours black and opaque with a pretty much absent head. Distinct aromas of oak and bourbon. Rather full-bodied with plenty of sweet, roasted malt. All the burned malty accents are pretty much hidden underneath the sweetish bourbon notes. Lightly bitter malt finish. 030606
DeppityBob (28) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - JUN 2, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Simply astounding. I have one bottle left and I am saving it to celebrate when my nephew and I open our own business. Itís that good.
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - MAY 21, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of The_Enemy. This beer in a word is incredible. Pours to a ink black color, with a thick, creamy, cinnamon head, and a soft carbonation. The nose on this beer is wonderful, and just packed with big aromas of dark chocolate, espresso, oak, vanilla, bourbon, and light smoke. The palate is rich and oily on the tongue with big flavors of dark chocolate, espresso, licorice, oak, vanilla, and flavors of bourbon. This beer finishes with more of those complex and wonderful dark chocolate, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors, and ends with a warming, peppery burn that lingers. Phenomenal example of Imperial Stout, and bourbon barrel aging and conditioning takes this beer to new heights. Very, very impressive beer.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2009 Black, slight brown dissipating head. Complex aroma (let it breath a bit) of chocolate malt, oak, hint of boubon, smoke and others. Full bodied, oily, smooth. Bourbon-oaky flavor is there in full force. Underlying flavors of dark fruit, vanilla, coconut and slight smoke. Slides smoothy down the throat with a big wave of alcohol warmth, finishes with another push of oak. An intense, rich warming brew. A fireside ale if there ever was one. If you dont currently have any hair on your ass, you will after this.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black. Insignificant tan head. Nose of isopropyl, dark chocolate, wood, coffee, licorice, and dark fruits. Flavor adds vanilla, marshmallows, prunes. Full, smooth palate. Excellent.