randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 6, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
375ml bottle.2011 vintage.Wow.Pours a black/brown with a thin brown head that laces the glass.Nose is mind blowing with notes of chocolate,raisin,bourbon and anise.Mouthfeel is silky smooth and creamy with tastes of coffee,chocolate,milk,oaky bourbon and dark fruit with NO EVIDENCE OF ABV!!! One of the all time beers.Smoking!
chef201atc (261) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark pour with reddish hints and a slight head. Licorice and dark fruits on the nose. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than expected. Flavor is vanilla, licorice, and figs with a sweet finish.
Swolf3 (261) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with Gabe @ Monks. Poured like oil with black color with small tan head. Aroma of sugar, vanilla, and alcohol. Taste was very well balanced and sweet. Not overdone with the bourbon and very smooth and easy to sip. Just wish I had more...
ewestern (254) - Ohio, USA - JUN 14, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderful aroma of malts with a nice oak and bourbon blanket to it. Flavor is mostly roasted malts in the form of dark chocolate with some hints of coffee. Smooth and soft with an alcohol bite and bitterness at the end.
mkade8883 (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black, and completely flat. Aroma is strong of bourbon, with some nice roasted malt. It’s viscous and thick on the palate, and rather delicious. My only wish is that there had been even a little carbonation. Still a really tasty brew.
n0mel (250) - FINLAND - OCT 12, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. The color is NOT pitch black, but almost black. Nonexistent head. Aroma is that of coconut, vanilla, malt; sweet. Very nice. Flavors are malt, coffee and alcohol. Mouthfeel is oily, no carbonation really, but not smooth like e.g. an oat stout. Finish is sweet and malty, a little bit bitter, and alcohol. Overall, this is was a very nice beer, but the alcohol shines through more than I am used to, taking some points off it. Also, quite expensive.
41cubs (249) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is the only beer in my experience that comes close to the fullness and intensely luscious aroma of G.I. Bourbon County Stout. Aroma is rounded out green oak with rum and bourbon depth and sweetness, along with a backdrop of soy sauce and yeasty sweet chili sauce. The flavor is more subdued most of the way with the malts dominating in a melange of balanced earthy, sweet, smokey goodness. The finish is purely of the barrel with a singed distilled spirit, alcoholic note drying out the experience but leaving a beautiful lip smacking residue. The body is the lightest thing about the beer and may make it more approachable for some. There is a slickness to the mouthfeel that reinforces the richness of the experience. Excellent. Thank you Port Brewing. 2012 small bottle.
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2008 Vintage 375ml Bottle. Inky black pour with an inch of micro bubbled, deep tan froth. I got bits of espresso, wood, toasted malt, bitter chocolate and a tiny bourbon note in the nose. Taste is of heavily roasted malt, toffee, licorice, overly ripe fruit and creme brulee. Could detect a little oak and vanilla as the beer warmed up. Mouthfeel wasn’t as thick as I thought it might be, but definitely solid and not at all thin. The bourbon hit me in the finish with a huge dry sour mash character. This brewery just keeps rolling out some ridiculous beers. Exceptional!
aleph (231) - - APR 10, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2012 Bottle and draught @ Port Brewing. Motor oil pour, deep dark brown no head. Oak, bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts. Oily, thick, smooth mouthfeel.
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Inky black-brown pour with a short lived tan head. Intense aromas of vanilla extract, bourbon, and sweet malt. Flavor is well balanced and not overpowering, with sweet vanilla, bourbon, and a hint of oak on the finish. Very smooth and rich. This is a truly extraordinary beer!