BrooHa (120) - New York, USA - DEC 1, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bourbon smell hit you right away. If youíre a bourbon-lover (which I am), then, IMO, this is a treat! Is it as good as having high quality bourbon? No. But the meshing of the two is great! Vanilla also in the nnose along with dark chocolate and cocoa. Pours extremely dark and viscous. Reddish/brownish, minimal head. HEAVY mouthfeel. Syrupy. Very, VERY hot. I like it but this will probably be even better in the next year or two. Bourbon dominates with some woodsiness and cocoa. Sticky sweet finish. Very nice. Must... find... more...
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber Shared by J12601. Pours a nice pitch midnight black- oily with a decent foamy deep beige head. Aroma is a nice medium to low vanilla- definitely there but not overpowering- lots of big chocolate, roast, moderate bourbon barrel, oak, char, light burnt notes- oily with some tobacco as well. Flavor is big chocolate, nutty, sweet tootsie roll, roasted barley, coffee, mostly big body without getting too thick or syrupy- more vanilla as it warms, some toast, burnt notes, light ash, licorice, and toffee. Smooth in the end. Goes so damn good with brownies.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle that I took to Paulís tasting. Pours a viscous oily black, no head. I donít get a ton of vanilla at the beginning (though it develops a whole lot as it warms), but there is a lovely fudge and brownie aroma. Which made this pair up really well with the brownies that Paulís grandmother sent along. Which were pretty damned awesome. Lots of chocolate and toast, vanilla and caramel. Bourbon and wood, and just tons of fudge. Medium bodied, oily and velvety, with more chewy chocolate flavors. A bit warm, fudge filled brownies, malt and a bit of toasty char on the finish. The vanilla definitely grows to prominence as the beer warms up. Great stuff, but Iím not sure if I like it better than regular bourbon county.
daknole (8013) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Well I have been waiting for this one for a LONG time. Black pour. Brown head. Aroma is very much like regular BCS but with a tad more sweetness and chocolate cake. Flavor is a bit sweeter than regular BCS and it seems a bit smoother. Very oily texture...thick and delicious. Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate...what more can you ask for!
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is hot alcohol blowing out evaporating and almost burning the nose hairs,settles down quickly so that you can distinguish that classic bourbon fragrance that makes BCS so special, vanilla at this point is hard to distinguish,eventually you pick it up,but still rather subtle. Texture is silky smooth,taste is that great bourbon saturated malting that makes this brew such a work of art. Vanilla now more evident,but still not dominant,which is a good thing. Another masterpiece in this historic series. I still feel people do not appreciate enough what an outstanding stout this is,even before its enhancements. Kudos to the Halls
Hair6a11 (1238) - Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2010 Bottle: Pours a Jet Black/Brown with tan head - Iím sipping this proper and the head is nonexistant down the line in a snifter - quite dissapointing honestly. Bourbon is ever present on the nose, but there is also a chocolate note as well, combined with a hint of vanilla bean and a touch of toasted oak. Perhaps a bit of licorice as well. This is a slick and heavy brew, naturally - there is a level of bitterness that is present initially, as well as at the end of the long finish. The roasted element is quite subdued and seems to show itís face to me fairly rarely, honestly. The Bourbon element meshes well with the chocolate, maltiness, and vanilla bean. I notice at times a bit of dark fruits - Later on there is indeed a small level of graininess, for better or for worse - and this one is a chewy one, to be certain. Itís a great brew - But I feel like it has a few minor flaws.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - NOV 25, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz., bottled on 11/05/10. Pours a typical dark brown/black, but with a minimal thin and spotty head of dark tan that quickly reduces to a completely flat surface. After the lackluster pour, the aroma definitely gets things going, with great barrel notes of rich vanilla, bourbon, oak, and chocolate. Agree with comments from other raters that the nose on this one isnít as different from the regular as the Coffee, but thereís a definitely uptick with the decadent vanilla which is nice. Flavor brings it home in great order, with more vanilla, oak, chocolate, and bourbon. Thereís a great slick and oily mouthfeel with just a little prickly carbonation to keep things interesting thatís also well received. Overall this is another nice one to go along with the Coffee release, and makes me more hopeful to get a chance to try the Rare.
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This one doesnít differ from the original as much as the coffee does, but if you like the original, this one is just more of the same. A little smoother and a little more vanilla (no surprise). No complaints here!
deyholla (5403) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Sarah! Poured black with a dark brown head that dissipated quickly to the edges. Aroma was sweet with a strong vanilla note joined by a strong bourbon note and backing dark grains and chocolate. Flavor had more dark grains with strong bourbon and vanilla with the vanilla really coming out in the finish. Nice mouthfeel, creamy and smooth.
zach8270 (3047) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
(bottle - 22 oz) Had two bottles of this over the course of the night. Deep rich black pour with a dark tan head. Huge bourbon in the nose with a ton of vanilla. Almost has a creamy coffee smell to it. Very sweet and warm. Flavor is immense. Vanilla, bourbon, roasted coffee, burnt malts and cream all rolled up into one thick and delicious beer. The vanilla rolls around with the bourbon and the stout and sits perfectly on the palate. A little hot but it was only 2 weeks old. Canít wait to try it with some age on it. Incredible.