corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Pours viscous, pitch black and completely opaque with a half finger mocha head that immediately disappears. No lacing left behind but it does have lasting legs that coat the glass in a muddy film.
Barrel character is really strong in the nose but it seems nicely integrated into aroma. Lots of spicy bourbon but it’s not overpowering with dry oak, toasted coconut and vanilla bean notes. Sweet, slightly roasted malt backbone with sweet and dark chocolate, molasses, coffee bean, baker’s chocolate and subtle roast/burnt malt.
On the fuller end of medium bodied with subtle viscosity and an excellent barrel character that’s perfectly integrated into the base beer. Spicy bourbon barrel with toasted coconut, marshmallow, vanilla and a wonderful spicy PVW flavor. Subtle boozy heat but not fiery, harsh or overpowering. Tastes just like the spirit without obliterating the base beer. Sure, there’s some sweet booze and heat lingering throughout but the other barrel notes and malt backbone counter things nicely. Fudge-y chocolate goodness with fudge, caramel, molasses and toffee give it a sweet and dessert like quality but it’s not one-note. There’s some roast with hints of dark chocolate, roasted gourmet coffee bean, burnt toast and oatmeal. The high ABV is extremely well masked making this delicious, complex beer dangerously drinkable. The flavor of this beer is close to perfect. koleminer20 (4171) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2015
From notes. Shared at a BCBS tasting put on by Brian Winters. Thanks! I didn’t get the bottle number on this baby, but oh man. The pour is a thick, viscous, oily black with a medium brown collar of head. The aroma is phenomenal. Heavy roasted malts and chocolate to go along with a wonderful bourbon complexity. This is probably the best smelling bourbon barrel character I’ve ever picked up in a beer. There is a lot of dark fruit and a little toffee in there. The flavors mimic it as well. The only thing that pails is there is a light lack of vanilla in the aroma. This is detectable in the flavor, and I love it. The malts and dark fruits are killer, and there is just a great bourbon presence. The mouth feel is viscous and chewy with a soft carbonation and a lingeringly boozy, caramel, malty finish. I love it BeerBunker (966) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2015
22oz bottle. Been Waiting years to drink this. Pours black with a small an head. Aroma is strong on the bourbon. Lots of chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and dark fruit in the nose. Smells absolutely fantastic. Taste is of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and dark fruit. Has a very strong, underlying bourbon taste. Lingering taste of bourbon and vanilla. Mouthfeel is thick, and almost oily. Body is thick and sticky. The alcohol is definitely warming on this one. It goes down very easy. Delicious. AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JUN 12, 2015
Incredible blend of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and dark fruits fill your nose and palate. Deep brown pour with a dark tight bubbled head. Thick, viscous mouthfeel and a surprisingly dry finish. BREWMUSKCLES (2759) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2015
cocoa beery with flavor of bourbon. malt and licorice behind it. powerful enough with moderate body and mouthfeel. for me the vanilla is unwelcome in the bourbon.
bigtaster (1038) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2015
From the bottle into snifter. Black viscous poor, small tan head. Nose is incredible, small hints of cardboard but mostly tons of incredible Bourbon and chocolate, some raisins, scotch. Oily body, soft carbonation, incredible mouth feel, a bit of heat in the finish. Loads of chocolate, vanilla, Bourbon. Wow, really great. PriorL (3068) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 22, 2015
Sample at Epic Bourbon County Tasting, thx to Bart and Thijs!
APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, small unstable beige head.
NOSE: lots of bourbon, alcohol, very sweet, boozy, some coffee.
TASTE: bourbon, sweet, lots of alcohol, boozy, alcohol warming, caramel, oak, bourbon overload actually. Was looking forward to this one quite a bit, but was disappointed quite a lot... hopdog (13247) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2015
22oz bottle. Bottle 2425. Poured a black color with a smaller sized head. Roast, wood, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and dark fruits. MrHangover (4693) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2015
Bottle @ the Epic Bourbon County Tasting. Really proud to be this beers 400th rater! Pours another pitch black beer with a slight brownish hue around the edges. Aroma has massive bourbon, sugary touches, caramel, molasses, licorice, oaky influences. I’ve never tried Pappy van Winkle bourbon, but I’ve had several PvW BA beers and this one has the PvW influences in there for sure. Flavor has epic bourbon touches with a mellowed out, sweet alcoholic background. Very malty, roasty, woody and incredibly sticky and sweet. Lots of layers here, but the bourbon is strong in this one. Great complexity, base beer has faded to background but is still showing his greatness. Awesome beer! Maarten1993 (1408) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2015
Drank at the magnificent BCBS tasting in Bodegraven 10/1/2015. Really good. Very rich and comprehensive taste. Bourbon county core with lots of complex extra layers.