mar (5457) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
big thanks to thirdeye11 and mora2000 for bottle #8455. poured black with no head. nose is vanilla, alcohol, roasted malts, chocolate, and more bourbon. thick on the palate, flavor is alcohol, vanilla, bourbon, hot finish. Cavie (4874) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Bottle with big thanks to thirdeye11 and Mora2000. He almost sold his naming rights to this beer but no one took him up on it. Poor Bill. I’ll enjoy your beer though! Pours a sticky brown color with a slight bit of carbonation. Aroma is huge vanilla with stinging bourbon, wood, cocoa, heavy dark malts. Wow, nice. Flavor is very sweet with a sharp touch of tart wood. Bourbon finishes out the flavor with a nice punch of roasted malt. Wow fantastic. Lovely. dyetube (1378) - Hurst, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2010
This beer pours a black with a medium tan head. The aromas are soy, roasted coffee, chocolate. The mouthfeel is stick, bitter and heavy like motor oil. Great beer! illinismitty (2377) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Bottle shared with my brother, cousin, and some chick. Pours a viscous black with a faint brown head that disappears. Full bodied with a slick, velvety mouthfeel. Outstanding aroma- and you smell this thing 6 feet away- bourbon, coffee lacquer, and port wine. Flavor of espresso, plummy red wine, bourbon, and cherry. Oaky and warming finish, but not hot or peppery. A slow sipper for sure and nice melding of flavors. Excellent. Worth the price? If you split with four people...yes. douglas88 (9797) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 18, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2014 22 ounce bottle thanks to Dunt. What a nice brew, despite the price and the somewhat uninteresting name of ’rare’ it holds up as a great brew. Pours a pure black color with a medium deep brown head. The aroma is heavenly; massive rich bourbon just explodes out of the glass, some dark fruits, cocoa, and wood later as it warms. A wonderful flavor; hot, just inhaling warms you up, massive bourbon, but not just bourbon, perfect bourbon, vanilla, wood, rich dark fruits and chocolates mix, this is no one trick pony, in fact it is very complex. Lovely. A great example of craft beer. Yes, this is massively a bourbon beer. But it is also a great Imperial Stout. I could rate this even higher.
Sledutah (7979) - Utah, USA - DEC 18, 2010
22oz bottle, #4265, generously shared by Doug, thanks urnes011 (16) - Minneapolis, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Appearance: Poured thick black with a medium sized dark tan head, it left a nice brown coating on the sides of the glass
Aroma: Bourbon, roasted malts, vanilla and chocolate
Taste: Smooth and full mouthfeel. Dark malts, chocolate and bourbon
This was an awesome beer. I enjoyed and savored every drop.
Bottle to snifter. In the middle of a Minnesota blizzard I am happy to say this beer completes me. Pours black and doesn’t let any light through with no head. Viscous as hell. The aroma is out of this world and far beyond any beer I have ever had with huge bourbon and caramel notes. There is a sweetness that I can’t get over. Taste is smooth, extra smooth and you can really taste the barrel in this one with a vanilla finish. Being a bourbon county lover I can say this is leaps and bounds better than the original and anyone who says it’s not worth the price should reconsider...worth every bit of the 42.99 plus tax. mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2010
After spending the last 2 hours trying to push my buddy’s car through the snow, and in the freezing minnesota cold, I finally get to pop this beer open. Big thanks to my buddy and his friends for bringing bottles up from chicago. Pour is black with an almost non-existent dark tan head. Excellent aroma here. Actually like the aroma more than the flavor. Quite sweet. Big chocolate and cream notes. Nice warming sensation with every sip, and lingering aftertaste is of chocolate chip cookie dough. Really just a great barrel aged beer to sip on during the great minnesota blizzard. Now just to find a hotel room because I’m stuck. pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Bourbon county rare. 5oz sample at goose island clybourn on the Black Friday releas... Pours a
velvety, silky solid liquid night black pour with a thin khaki head
quickly receding towards the glass’ edge leaving a wispy presence of
it’s former self... Aroma is fairly assertive on the bourbon front,
somewhat thick and sticky, with molasses and vanilla. Subtler coconut
undertones mingle soflty with the aforementioned qualities... Flavors
are much of what was described in the nose with smooth bourbon
characteristics combining sublimely, well perhaps not to that extent,
with more than subtle hints of vanilla. Not so much heat or a boozy
presence detected (as it would with a fresh batch of BCS) although does make an appearance in a slow yet persistent manner...
Body has held up to the prolonged aging which is significant in
itself. Carbonation is present and body is smooth. Decadent to say the least. Not sure if it’s worth the pricetag but it’s a must-try for me as a bourbon county stout lover.
8/4/9/4/17 cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2011 Re-rate of brief notes from summer of 2011 from bottle. More rich chocolate cake than I remember, still strong but integrated bourbon with nice wood notes. Extremely rich and flavorful but a touch of heat detracting from a darn good beer!
Had on tap on Black Friday at Clybourne.
A-pours an opaque viscous black liquid with a dark tan head that is a little thin.
S-the nose has strong bourbon notes and a touch of wood. Creamy milk chocolate and notes of caramel come in with a touch of anise and some fusel alcohol in the back.
T-light bourbon notes, subtle but additive, sweet notes of dark fruits, black cherries and ripe plums, rich chocolate cake with a touch of bitter bakers chocolate. More malt sweetness comes in blended with some tangy anise, fusel alcohol in back with a fair bit of heat in the finish.
M-huge chewy body, nicely carbonated, fairly dry finish with a crispness that seems almost astringent.
D-pretty good stuff here, nice balance of malt sweetness and rich chocolate flavors. The bourbon barrel is done very well and the body holds up nicely. its a little sweet, boozy, and hot to be great, hopefully some of that will mellow with age but the sweetness could be an issue.