birderbeerer (112) - Virginia, USA - APR 13, 2011
Pours black, almost more like a super-rich brown with a small but stubborn head.
Strong bourbon scent but within it are deep, rich malt scents. Dark chocolate, dark fruits, and black licorice.
Taste is so smooth! Immensely rich taste but allowing for big sips too. Mellow caramel with raisins, figs, and dark chocolate, all imbued with bourbon. And the bourbon is smooth too. No bitter, no smacking, only ever so slightly boozy.
Rich, mellow, smooth, and huge. What a unique and special treat to enjoy this beer. Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 10, 2011
Tasted at the mikes gi vertical. Nose is high sharp alcohol. Smooth bourbon. Taste massive alcohol bomb with oak and hints of cherries waaaaay in the top and back. Massive alcohol. Lots of movement but lords hotness. Super glad I got to try this one. BOLTZ7555 (3028) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 9, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2011 Sampled @ RBWG...not sure who brought this but THANKS!!! Had this side-by-side with all of the Eclipses including PVW and it did more than hold its own. Squid ink with a small chestnut film that quickly slides to the sides forming a ring around the inside of the glass. Smooth and silky bourbon, vanilla, fudge, pudding, baker’s chocolate, dark fruit and oak. You can definitely tell that this has been aged for 2-years and using high caliber bourbon...all of the rich flavors are present without harsh, off, or hot qualities. Extremely complex. Liquid velvet in terms of consistency. World Class!!! BUMP!!! MeadMe (1694) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2011
Thanks to the Chicago crew for sending this one my way.
Pours black as night with just a few bubbles. Aromas of rich roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and a bit of booze. Flavors are nice and rich roast and fudge. The barrel really comes out nicely with flavors of vanilla and smooth bourbon. Thick and still on the tongue. Could use a bit more carbonation. Real nice brew. portableparty (2398) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2011
Bottle to snifter. Pour is oily black with a tan kahki head that fades to a tiny thin collar. Aroma is bourbon coco and vanilla with a solid roasted malt scent, and a boozy scent. Taste is awesome smooth bourbon roasted malt and chocolate vanilla and coffee, and some cream, and alcohol. palate is full and subtle fizz with a awesome slick coating and finishes dry. Really happy I tried this one, because this may never be avilable again!
DalzAle (2040) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2011
Bottle thanks to portableparty!! Dark black pour, quickly dissipating carbonation and a mellow vanilla bourbon and chocolate/whiskey aroma. Flavor is also very mellow oaky bourbon, vanilla, a little caramel and finished with a very soothing and warming good bourbon aftertaste. I hate to admit it, but this one really lived up to the hype. drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2011
Bottle shared by the other Matt the other day at the other house. This is the other Bourbon county, the green one, served in a Russian River wine glass. Thanks Matt! This beer was also drank close to the same time the Bourbon County Brand Stout (regular) vertical was drank. I’ll review that later.
Beer looks exactly like BCBS, it’s black, thin head of small tan bubbles, minimal lacing, low carbonation, the swirl leaves a coating on the glass, legs appear, looks really nice.
Aroma is great, it has this sweetness from the malt, hints of roast with a strong but not overpowering woodsy and liquor character. The liquor is smooth and flavorful on the nose.
Beer is medium in body and lowly carbonated on the palate. Beer is sweet at lead off the way a syrup is sweet, giving way to a huge, flavorful midpalate experience of strong liquor and alcohol. The finish is a little dry with minimal bitterness, somehow accenting the flavor of the oak and the bourbon, it tastes really nice. For such a big and aggressive beer it drinks wonderfully. I am very curious to see how this ages. Very excited about this beer in general. I am not a scotch or single malt expert but all of these nuanced flavors from the different barrels definitely makes me curious.
Serving type: bottle chibuck (3521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Bottle provided by Mike for our tasting tonight...Black pour with light carbonation, typical bcs...The aroma is pretty light, especially for a bcs, I’m shocked. Its not hot at all where is rare for a bcs beer, even one of the older aged ones. While I don’t love the heat, I miss it a little. The aroma of vanilla and bourbon is nice, just not enough of it to get me really excited...The taste is really smooth, lightly creamy. Lots of vanilla is really nice, makes this really easy to drink. Light bourbon and alcohol, flavor palate just doesn’t have a ton going on.
An aged BCS, smooth, but the aging makes its loses a lot of its character. Worth trying, but not worth the price tag.
fata2683 (2202) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2011
sampled during the 2011 RBWG weekendbottle pours thick black with a medium dark brown head. Aroma is equal parks vanilla and bourbon. Flavor is rich and thick roasted malts, sweet bourbon, coconut and toffee. Finishes with a oak and hot alcohol finish. Lovely stuff. Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Bottle, i’ve had this 3 times now. Pours a black body with pretty much no head faint bubbly top, little to no carbonation. First off i get a lot of bourbon and wood tones. Subtle chocolate with a roasted malt tone. Light vanilla mild coffee toned bitterness. Still i find this too boozy and next to a 2008 BCS i felt there was little to no difference, hence i felt this was a big rip off. Well even if it was outta this world 50$ for a bomber, is ridiculous. Maybe that left a bit of a sour note on this. On a whole there’s too much alcohol despite the lighter oxidation barreling notes.