argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 1, 2010
Shenandoah Throwdown, 22oz bottle, thanks ? Small brown head with brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, Bourbon, some vanilla, light caramel. Taste is sweet, Bourbon/boozy, some coffee, light vanilla, vinous. Sticky full body, light acidity. Lubiere (13992) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2011
A deep dark stout with a thin dark brown head. In aroma, bitter chocolate with green pepper corn, coffee grinds, ashes, alcohol warmth. In mouth, a superb blend of nutty chocolate, warming alcohol, smooth coffee notes, all smooth and delicious. Bottle from Boutip, shared with GRM, Probstk and Ian, Dec. 2 2011. Drake (13954) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2010
Bottle shared at the RBSG Grand Tasting. Pours a dark brown color with a medium brown head. Aroma of bourbon, coffee, caramel. Fairly sweet. The taste is coffee, caramel, toffee and mild hops. Medium-full bodied. kermis (13882) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 10, 2013
Sample at GABF 2013. Pours black with a big beige head. Aroma of big malt, roast, coffee, caramel and milk chocolate, Put together the flavour is like an amazing dessert or chocolate. Heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Christian (13680) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2013
Black with a small tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and cocoa powder. Sweet and full bodied BCS flavour with fresh ground coffee beans on top of that. Doesn’t have quite as inviting an aroma, but the flavour is out of this world
Stuu666 (13635) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 28, 2015
Bottle at Ash’s, cheers BenH. Pours black, nose is huge coffee, chocolate, taste is roasted, toffee, sweet chocolate, coconut, vanilla, light coffee. BeerandBlues2 (13594) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a small, frothy tan head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is earthy and spicy coffee with dark chocolate and roast malt, dates and prunes. Flavor is malt dominant with earthy and spicy coffee, dark fruity esters, light hops and bitterness, alcohol warmth and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation. Dogbrick (13145) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2010 Sample from bottle #2153 at the "Beer Tasting on the Front Porch". Pours black with a medium thick and foamy dark tan head that dissipates slowly. Patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted coffee and malt along with some oak and vanilla. Rich and smooth body with flavors of coffee, dark malt, chocolate and vanilla. Warming alcohol in the background as well. The finish is espresso and bittersweet chocolate with a lingering roasty aftertaste. Great beer all around. crossovert (13080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2011
UPDATED: APR 29, 2013 Decided to crack this one after hearing the coffee flavor is fading fast, I think a couple months of aging will be good for this brew. IIRC it has already been pre-aged for quite a while then the coffee added.
Pours a thick, dark black and try as it might, the light can’t shine through this beastly opaque liquid with only a hint of ruby/brown at the very top edge. The head is huge and dark tan, though it dissipated quickly with no lacing, no biggie with this type of alcohol content.
The coffee is still there in the smell and it blends wonderfully with the Bourbon County Stout. This one is also significantly oakier than the regular it seems. The nose is a cornucopia of dark malt scents including, chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, and a hint of fruitiness. The coffee is in there with a nice fresh coffee smell that isn’t the same as the roasty malt scents. On top of it all is the aforementioned oak, very nice woodiness and vanilla smooth out the smell. And of course you can’t forget the bourbon and the alcohol, both add a sweet alcoholic bite just to prick your nostrils.
The taste is pretty damn good, I’m not a fan of BCS, and I’ve only had it fresh so having it mellowed out and with coffee added, it is a whole other beast. It is still on the cloying side with a big alcoholic punch, but it is infinitely smoother with the coffee addition and extra aging. The bourbon is still key here but when it melds with the coffee it smooths out and becomes delightful. Of course the chocolate, roasty malts, caramel, and dark fruit all make an appearance here as well as the oak.
The mouthfeel is rich and thick liek BCS with a subtle carbonation. The alcohol is once again a bit burning but dramatically reduced form BCS. The drinkability issue and cloying mouthfeel were somewhat fixed but not completely, nevertheless, the hardly get in the way of the decadent flavor.
I did not want to believe the hype, but this is so much better than BCS and one of my favorites now.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-14-2010 02:19:11
Edit: I thought hte 13 vintage was awful. Black pepper dominated. Downgraded. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2010
(22oz bottles, 2010 vintage, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours an opaque black body with a medium brown head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, toasted coconut, caramel, cedar, and bourbon. Flavor of coffee, roasted malt, caramel, mocha, bourbon, toffee, and vanilla with a soft, creamy mouthfeel. Delicious.