dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Bottle at churchkey. Pours black with brown head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee, sweet roast. It’s super thick and delicious, coffee helps to balance the beer better than standard bourbon county; it takes out some of the sweetness and adds some roasty bitterness. Really great beer. RoyalTenenbaum (6) - USA - DEC 23, 2012 does not count
Aromatic with deep notes of bourbon, chocolate, malts. Coffee is subtle but present. Divine mouth feel grows in complexity as it warms. 9 out of 10 for the style. Would bang.
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Pours dark with a head that looked thick but disappears fast and no lace. The bourbon is very evident in the nose. The coffee is in the taste more than the aroma. Great bourbon taste with nice coffee background. A great beer all in all. burgy (456) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2013 2013 Bottle. Just fantastic! Much better this year! Much better fresh!
2012 bottle. Holy aromas! This is a sweet, brown sugar, coffee, vanilla, boozy, forward smelling beer. I love it. Appearance pours a deep dark oil looking brew with wispyead that is gone quick. Taste starts sweet chocolate then moves to bitter cofffe/toffee/chocolate, the roasted malt compliments the coffee very well. Palates is medium to full and provides an awesome feel. Overall, this is one of my favorite beers. Ever. ** on a second go 4 month aging it is weakened...** Bjshades (156) - Iowa, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Pours a dark black with strong bourbon flavor with hints of coffee. Little disappointed that it doesn’t have stronger coffee notes but still solid.
BLuke01 (32) - Frederick, Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2012
22oz 2012 bottle. Pours a jet black with minimal head that fades really quickly. Aroma has huge bourbon oak vanilla and milk chocolate. Coffee comes through slightly but not as much as I hoped. Taste has deep notes of vanilla and milk chocolate. Finishes with bourbon intertwined with coffee roasted nuts and dark malts. Overall very smooth for the alcohol and big flavors. Can?t wait until I have another 2012 in 2017. AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2012
22 oz bottle - 2012 bottling. Pours jet black, viscous, medium head, tan-leather color. Not a lot of lacing or retention. Big aromas of vanilla, coffee, maple, milk chocolate, and roasted sweet nuts. Taste is of creamy cocoa, sweetish coffe, slight nuts and vanilla. Very well balanced and very delicious. No burn. Sweet coffee finish. Yes. Nickls (2523) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Bottle, 2012 vintage. Absolutely jet black pour with a nice finger of dark tan head. Quite bourbon forward in the aroma at first, roasty, dark figgy sweet notes, and the coffee is not actually all that front and center. Pretty similar to the regular bourbon county in bourbon and sweetness profile, but the coffee addition is really nice as it balances it out well and adds a nice drying element. Thicker viscous body with tight carbonation. Good stuff! ads135 (4587) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Bourbon County has never my favorite of the style. The bourbon flavor is overwhelming. This helps it age better than most, but its always a bit too sweet and acidic. This version fixes what in my opinion is the beers weakest characteristics. It has a smoother mouthfeel, the bourbon is tempered by the coffee, and aged at 2 years, it really came into its own. Tried at the Cork and Barrel vertical rare beer tasting in Dec. 2012. PhillyCraft (7074) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2012
’12 Bottle shared by Bill. Black pour with coffee colored medium head. Good lacing. Notes were fresh green pepper, coffee was minimal for a "coffee stout". Alot more coffee present in older bottles I have tried. Lots of milk chocolate. Also some oak and sweet malts. Smooth palate. Nice beer but the Rare and Vanilla trump it big time.