BeerZombies1 (37) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 11, 2014
American double / Imperial stout
12.7 % ABV
APPEARANCE: Poured out a deep dark night sky black, with reddish hues around the rim. No head at all and no lacing. Very small tan halo.
AROMA: Right away I am blown away by the nose on this. Intense chocolate covered berries, jammy, sweet malts. The rye barrel hits hard, vanilla, oaky. Nice espresso in there also.
TASTE: Blown away. Intense velvety chocolate and a ripe berries. Very flamboyant. No hiding the layers of flavors. Dark, deep, roasted coffee little spice and heat on the backend I'm assuming from the Templeton barrels.
MOUTHFEEL: Thick and syrupy like I expect form Bourbon County. Very little carbonation, coats the mouth in an oily slick feel.
OVERALL: I for one loved this beer! Very balanced for being so complex. My favorite Bourbon County to date.
RATING: 5/5 Zombie Heads!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone mfp13jr (152) - Glenville, New York, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Excellent barrel aged stout. The rye adds a spiciness that most can’t touch. Warm alcohol and dark cherries fill the nose. Alcohol and dark fruit, plums, raisins, cherries, force their way on your tongue. Finish is long and warming with a lasting alcohol. Alengrin (5369) - BELGIUM - DEC 3, 2016
Vintage bottle at Bart’s Bourbon County tasting in Bruges. BCBS aged on rye barrels (like several other variants) and ’fruited’ with rather unlikely fruits: marionberries (an American bramble species), boysenberries (a hybrid of bramble and raspberry) and mulberries (a completely different and delicate kind of fruit with superficial resemblances to brambleberries). Thin, yellowish beige, quickly dissolving head, black robe with mahogany edges. Wonderful bouquet of bitter chocolate, wet wood, vanilla-like oak, whisky, toasted brown bread, old dry sherry (maderisation effect - stunningly beautiful in this case), lots of berries but indistinguishable from each other (could just as well be blueberries or blackcurrant, though a blackberry juice aspect is certainly there), cooked dark fruit or even ’forest fruit’ jam, old raisins. Intense fruitiness in the onset, a ton of dark berries providing a soft, fruit jam-like sweetness alongside a crisp but soft, vivid sourishness surrounding a more ’deeply’ situated dried fruit sweetness and meaty umami aspects; thick, oily, softly carbonated body. A multi-layered, deliciously thick caramelly, nutty and eventually deeply chocolatey maltiness ensues, providing a mouth-filling bittersweetness in which this lush dark fruit sweet-and-sourishness unabatedly persists, cutting through the whole and refreshing it at the same time; drying wood tannins, spicy and perfectly dosed hops and a lot of warming, but non-astringent, old port- or sherry-like alcohol bring the finish to utmost perfection. I had great tasting experiences with this world famous brand of beautiful beers, but this one stands a good chance at being the most perfect, delicate, complex and wondrous Bourbon County I ever had the pleasure to taste. Absolute genius at work here. 77ships (9827) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 26, 2014
Thanks! 655 ml. bottle sampled @ ZBF 2014. Pours an oily black with zero head. Nose is astonishing, thick molasses, bourbon goo mixed with gelatine candy and berries, warming, high quality alcohol. Tastes of berry-flavoured gummy bears, molasses, very strong, excellent warming whiskey, thick molasses, candy, vanilla, faint coconut and very thick brown sugar. Very warming, drinks like motor sludge in a good way. I <3 BCBS. koleminer20 (3597) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 9, 2014
On tap at Heidelberg for a Goose Island migration week tap takeover. The pour is a beautiful black like the others. There isn’t any head, just the beautiful black fluid of the gods. The aroma is nicely fruity, with a strong malt and roast backbone. The licorice and rye whiskey come through nicely and I just love the heated fruits. The flavor is blasting with fruit! Holy hell. I didn’t expect that. The roastiness and little bourbon come back on the end. But I love the fruits. It maintains a great fruitiness without compromising the lack of over-sweetness that shouldn’t be present. The mouth feel is a little thinner than the others but still thick and oily. I just it. The aftertaste is a little sweet and nicely roasty with a great, coating lingering beautifulness ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
ebone1988 (1925) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2016
Aroma is wonderful, barrel, roasted malt, licorice, sweet, booze, boysenberries, wonderful. Appearance is black, not much head left but wonderful. Taste is fruity, barrel, booze, tart, then like regular Bourbon County, just great. Mouthfeel is thick, soft carbonation, tons of berries in the aftertaste. Overall, my god. This is wonderful. MarinEvelyn (854) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2014
aroma is very sweet, malty, and fruity (berry). Sort of like a very rich berry pie. Nice dark brown/black color, small head rim. A little alcohol in the aroma as well. Wooh, flavor stands up to the beautiful aroma. Very strong berry, some bourbon, malty, sweet, creamy, delicious. Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2014
To follow up the barrel aged Hunahpu’s with this "surprise" bottle shared with Damico is to simply be in beer nirvana. Pours a dark black color with a thin caramel colored head that breaks down to an oil slick. Aroma of chocolate and berry, with some vanilla underneath. Sweet chocolate taste with notes of berry, spice, and vanilla. The berry is at a perfect level, and works amazingly well with complexity of a barrel aged stout. It’s sort of like Dark Horse Tres on steroids. Really quite divine. Art (3217) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2014
Bottle shared at DLD. This one pours a dark brown black with a purple brown head. The aroma is of vanilla, fudge, jam, big berries. The taste is sweet with an alcohol burn. The flavor is like a black raspberry chip ice cream. Wow this stuff is amazing! zchall23 (12) - , Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2015
I love all bourbon county, but this is one of the best variants and is reminiscent of the aged Bramble I’ve had in the past with it’s more balanced jamminess.