Iphonephan (7074) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2012
From a 22 oz bottle shared at Canaan Valley. Pours black with a tan head. Bourbon and dark cherries in the nose. Coffee come through in the flavor, but not in an overwhelming way. Warm, boozy finish. Very very nice. reggiedunlop (3725) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2012
2012...pours pitch black with a thin mocha head. Aroma has sweet coffee and nice bourbon...a hint of toffee. Flavor has perfect amounts of bourbon and coffee to go with vanilla and toffee hints...good roastiness...slightly sweet. Mouthfeel is medium and silky with a warming bourbon/coffee/roasty finish. Christpuncher (3188) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2016 The more i drink this beer, the more it may be the best beer i have ever had. aroma of a wonderful black coffee, some sweet bourbon. perfectly balanced flavors with a sweet coffee bourbon finish, pours like motor oil. black with a thin tan head. really love 2015 trumpetskid (106) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2012
2012 bottle. Pours pitch black, small tan head that disappears immediately. The aroma is dark chocolate, vanilla, alcohol and earthy coffee. the flavor is bourbon county stout with a nice balanced, earthy coffee bitterness. The coffee does a nice job of balancing out the sweetness of the base beer. The coffee isn’t over- powering, but a nice component to a nicely balanced beer. Great stuff ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Reviewed 12/25/2012. Bottle says 14.3%. 22 oz bottle poured into an adorable little goblet.
A: Pours a pitch black color. Much like regular BCBS, the dark tan head fades away to nothing in little time. Nice alcohol legs.
S: Smells quite similar to BCBS, with bourbon, chocolate, dark fruits, cream, and brown sugar...right up until rich, exquisite black coffee makes itself known. This is such a joy to inhale, even over regular BCBS. Wow.
T: It’s BCBS with coffee. No, that doesn’t sound terribly descriptive, but the coffee used is completely fabulous, and plays perfectly with the big sweetness and decadence of the base beer. Tiny little subleties of cream, vanilla, hazelnut, dark fruits, bourbon, and rare (just kidding about that one) give it real enjoyability factor. A little booze pops up in the finish, but not nearly enough to suggest it’s 14.3%. This one will completely wreck me in the morning...
M: This doesn’t seem to feature the syrupy heft of the base beer. Rather, it’s drier and thinner, featuring carbonation that seems to be a bit more vibrant. Still an amazingly sticky and viscous coffee stout. The flavor intensity and finishing booze still suggests one to ’sip’. Actually, I kind of prefer the feel of this over standard BCBS.
O: I didn’t think this would be much better than BCBS - but I was wrong. Even though it’s quite boozy, it’s one of those offerings where the intense flavors render that problem moot. I’d even say it lives up to the hype. Good luck killing a bomber solo if you’ve already had a few drinks tonight, though...my body is saying ’no’ but my tastebuds are saying ’fuck yes!’
italianjohn (3186) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Pitch black pour with a nice tan head ... aroma of fresh grinded coffee, roasted malts and light bourbon/oak with a touch of vanilla .... tastes of roasted coffee, vanilla, licorice, chocolate, bourbon and dry oak with a slight nutty/coconut flavor ... light bitter dry and oak on the back end .... very dry brew and slightly boozy ... definitely a full flavored and full bodied brew timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2013 Pours a midnight black with a fizzy tan head - no retention or lacing, a mahogany hue lines the glass. Hot aroma of rich bakers chocolate, sweet bourbon vanilla and oak, some coconut notes, and slight fresh coffee bitterness. Tastes fantastic - rich vanilla and oak, incredibly rich blend of milk and dark chocolates, slight coffee presence. Pretty viscous and very chewy, notably carbonation but not bad. Overall this is just fantastic, but there is not an incredible difference between this and the regular bourbon county. It is a better version, more balanced and sharper, but not overwhelming coffee-y 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.