BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This isnít the same label but based on my research I will assume it is the same beer. Bourbon County Imperial Stout. Picked up in Manchester, Vt.
Going to to have to just go freestyle here because this is one the most amazing beers I have had in some time. I grabbed it simply because I liked the style, the label and the sound of it! Imperial Stout and Bourbon...how can that go wrong? It was a gift for my man Nate at WoB in Tampa. And he is so cool ...and he shared it with me :) Cuz that is what cool beer aficianados do.
The aroma was smooth, layered...complex. Touch of soy sauce, chocolate, cedar, yeasty nuttiness...dark fruitcake! Like a good tawny port...but BEER! It was deep and dark and chewy and decadent.
I started to get angry that sample sips were wasted on people saying things like "too much, itís too sweet, yuck.." so I took their their samples from them and gladly drank away...sparing them the horror of imbibing something so epic!
Now I am just angry with myself for not picking up MORE! This has now become my most memorable beer.
DrinkinWell (64) - - DEC 10, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours dark black with very little head and virtually no lacing. A beautiful, bold barrel-aged bourbon stout. Aromas are vanilla and oak, hints of caramel. The liquor comes through as it hits your tongue, balanced by slight chocolaty sweetness. For those who love bourbon beers, this is a must have.
kwd1996 (17) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent. One of the best barrel aged stouts Iíve ever had. Do yourself a favor and grab one.
mverity (115) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 bottle from Proof Bottle Shop. I set the bottle out about an hour before I opened it. Poured into a large snifter. Deep opaque black with a thin chocolate colored head. Head lasted well under a minute. No lacing, but some sticky legs. Lots of vanilla, bourbon and molasses in the aroma. Not much else in the nose. Nice bourbon warmth throughout the taste without it being overpowering. Typically I donít like a ton of bourbon booziness in a stout, but this holds it up extremely well. Bourbon taste without the booziness. Nice vanilla sweetness in the front with some toffee and chocolate up there as well. Mid-palate is some of that molasses with the bourbon and earthy oak at the end. You certainly donít get any of the 14.9% abv in this bad boy. Mouthfeel is nicely viscous without being thick, very low carbonation. Great beer...but I am slightly underwhelmed by all the hype.
Cubatobaco (3) - Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2013 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thereís really not much else to say about this that hasnít already been stated. It gets better with time and the new 2013 is off the charts! Do yourself a favor and seek this out if you have never had the chance to drink one.
WillRunForBeer (187) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Aces and Ales. Assume 2013 vintage. Pours black with a coffee brown head. Aroma of raisin, roasted malt, caramel, licorice, dark chocolate. A powerful brew with flavors of licorice, dark chocolate, raisiin, vanilla. Canít really hide the abv. A big beer!
VIBhunter (14) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter tasting glass at about room temperature.
Aroma - Over powering smoke and wood smell. Some dark chocolate, leather, vanilla, and licorice.
Appearance - Dark coffee pour with about two finger head. Has some carbonation and very little lacing at the top of glass.
Taste - Bourbon, wood, chocolate, and black licorice.
Palate - Very complex taste but the bourbon and wood stands out with a dry sweet finish.
Overall - Hopefully, overtime it becomes better as some ingredients mellow out and some mixed in more. First time tasting it and I have to say its worth seeking out if you are a bourbon or oak aged beer lover like me.
MrFecesious (656) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle share taster. 2013. Black body with dark brown edges. Aroma is super hot with bourbon, traces of the dark chocolate fill the sinus cavity after, with licorice. A lot. Taste is very sweet. Dry, tingly finish. Will mellow out nicely over the next few years. Pretty hot right now.
jzzbassman (1414) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 Bottle. Pours a deep black with very little head or lace. Aroma is most noticeably bourbon, with shortbread cookie and caramel. Flavor is richly malty, toffee, caramel, and the wonderful bourbon. Low carbonation helps keep the "spirit" of this one, alcohol well hidden. Fine beer that I think is worthy of the hype.
Oogiee (15) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
caramel, roasty, coffee, nuts, chocolate, herbs, resin, earthy, leather, licorice, raisin, vanilla, soy sauce, black, brown foam, heavy cloying sweetness, medium bitterness, umami, full body, oily feel, creamy, slick feel, thick feel, soft carbonation, long finish,
Seabass1964 (2) - Paragould, Arkansas, USA - DEC 7, 2013 does not count
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black as night, strong enough to be bourbon and coke. Rich coffee, vanilla, and chocolate with a shot of whiskey right in the middle. Great tasting overall just a little strong on the bourbon.