ThisWangsChung (448) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Reviewed 1/1/2013. Bottle says 11.5%. 22 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a pitch black color. The head is a one finger light tan color with poor retention. Thereís splotchy hints of lacing left down the glass.
S: Hey, someone misplaced catty Simcoe hops in my imperial stout! That green, citrusy aroma is unmistakeable. Underlying roasted malts, tart fruits, and cocoa powder try to balance things out, but thereís something oddly medicinal in the nose. Please donít carry over to the flavor...
T: Itís not as harshly bitter as I feared...actually, itís too far in the opposite direction; more on that later. A bit of roasted coffee appears initially, before ending with a lot of bright fruit sweetness and a bit of booze. The finishing hops bring along a significant grapefruit presence - actually, the finish is downright candy like in its sweetness combined with the chocolaty, fruity flavors. Itís just like biting into chocolate-covered grapefruit. Without a doubt, itís too sweet at the end of the day - I really need some roasted bitterness here (if not some herbal, piny hop qualities too) to balance out the citrusy/chocolaty nature. A bit of hop harshness appears when the beer warms up, which doesnít balance things any.
M: A bit thinner and more carbonated than I expected from the base of BCBS. The finish is quite sweet and lingering, which kind of kills the drinkability in conjunction with the booze presence. Despite the sweetness, it doesnít feel sturdy or substantial like it should.
O: Not what I was expecting. This comes across like a glorified citrus-and-chocolate dessert liquor instead of an awesomely balanced hoppy RIS; I REALLY wanted more hop and roasted bitterness. All the Simcoe dry-hopping gives it such a weird cloying flavor thatís even a bit unpleasant. Time to cork this bitch up - no way I can drink this in a single sitting. I sampled about 1 oz. from another bottle (also dated 11/19/12) and it tasted exactly the same - thereís far too much strange sweetness and offputting citrus character. Iím still torn on whether itís infected or just not very good, but Iím lowering my scores regardless. Two bottles tasting exactly the same doesnít bode well for this batch, if not the beer in general.
Errl (564) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle-Nose is coffee, sweetness, pine, roast, spice..Taste is chocolate, roast, spice, cream, hop bitterness, dry, pine hops
DiarmaidBHK (2274) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Wegmanís Leesburg. Pours black with a quarter inch of khaki foam. Not much on the nose. Slighty burned malt and licorice on the tongue. Theres also a bit of sweetness that comes through. Taste lingers a bit. Eh! Iím not really feeling this one.
illiniphil (61) - Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tar black with a tan head. Notes of cocoa, coffee and molasses. You can tell the foundation is the Bourbon County stout but with a dry finish. Very nice beer but makes me want the real thing - a Bourbon County Stout!
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Sherls91 (4) - Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2013 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow same base as Bourbon County, but dry hopped instead of barrel aged? What? This stout is awesome, but still not as good as its aged brother. I had this on tap at Nevins, a local watering hole. Poured a light chocolate colored 2 finger head and the beer itself was the color of obsidian and just as opaque. Chocolate was a feature of this beer but the hops really come through. More of a lighter stout in your mouth but flavor is the key and keeps you wanting more. I would love to have this as a warm-up to the Bourbon County. That may not be a good idea,11% ABV to 15%...on the other hand, maybe that is the start of a good night! If you see this on a menu, order it.
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EtTuCthulhu (396) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - APR 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brewís aroma is overwhelmingly (read: disgustingly) boozy with very slight hints of hops and toasted caramel malts, but the appearance is an opaque black color with a brown ring of foam on top of the edge of the liquid. The taste is a lot better than the smell, for there is no boozy burn or oiliness to the beer at all; rather, the taste is mildly umami, mildly sweet, and slightly bitter, and the mouthfeel combines a medium body, thin texture, soft carbonation, and long finish, which results in the second of these two facets being inappropriate for the style that this beer claims to be.
RespertFTW (115) - - APR 16, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Very thick dark pour. Malt, raisin and chocolate aroma and taste. Nice palate, thick and creamy. Solid beer.
Arayaga2 (1623) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2013 Cola black with a cocoa colored head. Aroma is chocolate, a bit of coffee, and a piney hop buzz pulled together with some booze. Taste is more of the same: rich with malt, mole-asses, liquorice and prune, with high alcohol evident from start to finish. $10/22oz
PhillyCraft (1971) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2013
2.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sample at Pour house, pours black, light off white head, not much lacing. Sticky palate. Aromas are barrel, nail polish remover and acetone. Taste is toffee, bourbon, chocolate, smoked malt, and caramel. Thicker bodied. I enjoyed everything but aroma but when u factor in that this was produced by the man...ill pass. Buy American!
akoeninger (156) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2013 Pours very black with tan head. You first notice the floral, citrus smell of the hops but then as it continues you get the chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt you would expect. Hints of alcohol as well. This beer tastes complex! You get the hops first, then a yummy chocolate flavor with some alcohol. Where a barrel-aged beer would turn sweet and bourbon this gets bright and floral. This brings out more refreshing take on a normally heavy style. It?s just good and different. The hops do not dominate but come in subtly in a masterful way. The finish is still warming and roasted, yet tropically fresh.
BrentBlack (9) - Adirondacks, New York, USA - APR 11, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge whiff of the hops upon pouring...faded quickly to a boozy roasted malt. Flavor matched the nose of this one well. Kind of a burnt caramel roasted malt flavor with a big boozy finish...nice imperial stout. Bottled on date of 11/19/12. Didn't get much of the hops so this one may do better with some age. Brewer suggests drinking within 180 days of bottling.
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