rouhlas (777) - GREECE - DEC 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml bottle shared at home, thanks Thanasis!! Black color with beige head. Aroma is full of vanilla, light chocolate, wood, bourbon - alcoholic. Taste is sweet, same as the aroma, vanilla chocolate and bourbon alcoholic. Medium to full, silky sticky body with soft carbonation and alcoholic coconut finish.
Art (2121) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a dark black brown with a slight medium brown head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of light cocoa, vanilla, bourbon booze, toasted nuts, light coconut. Definitely all well melded together. This is the aged bourbon county I have grown to know but with a light amount of vanilla. Tried this side by side with vanilla rye and they are totally different beers. This one has mellowed out while the rye is bold.
charule (1520) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared big thanks to artmcd8. Poured thick black with min to no head. Aroma light bourbon vanilla char oak real smooth. Min carb thick bod. Nice classic boozy BCBS taste with mellow vanilla marshmallow.
bnielsen13 (256) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared by deyholla at steasy66 house. Pours black like oil with a minimal tan head. Aroma is sweet, strong bourbon and vanilla. Flavor is the perfect blend of sweet, bourbon, vanilla, marmallows. Excellent beer.
thomashall (227) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2010 bomber...big thanks to Derek for bringing this! Pours thick jet black with no head. Strong bourbon aroma with sweet notes mixed in. Pick up the vanilla in the smell and taste. Really smooth and rich. Amazing beer...so glad I got to try this!!
Bacterial (2071) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at Steazy’s by Derek - thanks!!! Dark black pour. Big boozy and vanilla nose and again in the taste. Yummy. Loving this.
Steasy66 (1053) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oily black, no head. Aroma is full of vanilla, chocolate, bourbon. Flavor is oily bourbon and toasted mashmallow with some vanilla in the finish. Great stuff.
JStax (3548) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle sample at a tasting. Pours a thicker black with a brown head of foam. The aroma has subdued vanilla, bourbon, toffee, fudge, cake. The taste is sweet bourbon, vanilla, chocolate. Great stuff! Thick mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. This beer is great, and hopefully the new vanilla rye turns into this in a couple years.
Garlic_of_Doom (555) - SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Dale, thanks!
Pours black with a minimal brown head, no retention at all.
Aroma has bourbon, dark chocolate, liquorice and slight alcohol.
Taste is bourbon heavy with dark chocolate, cherry liquor praline, sweetness (no distinct vanilla), dark tobacco, slight alcohol heat.
Full body, soft carbonation, silky smooth.
Short chocolate bitter after taste with slight heat.
Another "legendary" Bourbon barrel aged Imperial Stout , very well balanced but didn’t blow me away. Still, glad to have had it.
markextrae (1875) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
bottle recieved in a trade. thanks a lot to my man jeff for helping me land this big want together with the rare!! drank it at the same day together with my friend. cellarad in perfect conditions ever since. poured your regular bourbon county black with no head. instant hit of sweet vanilla! I have no idea why people are saying "the vanilla has faded" or those bottles weren’t cellarad properly. any way... dark chocolate, oak, chocolate covered raisins, sweet complex vanilla, bourbon, (more of a smooth bourbon smell as rare) sweet taste, with a lot of vanilla sweetness and bourbon, no spicy alcoholic mouthfeel. sweet complex bourbon, prunes, some kind of creme brule, vanilla cream, just one hell of a silky smooth mouthfeel. this was hands down the best beer i have ever had! words can’t describe how i enjoyed this! this beer has everything i want in my stouts! let’s hope the vanilla rye will be just as good this year!