blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 1, 2009
bottle poured a super black color with a thin wisp of brown head and a still appearance. aroma is hearty, molasses, brown sugar, burnt barrel, rich bourbon, vanilla, and toasted coconut. mouth feel is super thick and the carbonation fairly low. the flavor is initially crushing with some undeniable alcohol heat. then emerges thick chocolate malt, lots of sweetness, charred barrel, bourbon burn, and some bitterness. perfect setting sitting back sipping this by the fire watching the snow pile up outside. nramsburg (259) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2009
On tap at the Ginger Man in NYC:
Itís hard not to begin gushing about this one right off the bat, but Iíll begin with a quick description:
Pours to a a deep dark black with a seriously hot aroma. The bourbonís here from the get-go. Smoke, caramel, chocolate and a bit of deep vanilla. Lots
On the palate itís smokey, deep, complex and, as you might guess, pretty bourbon-y.
This is one hell of a beer. Give it a try.
BVery (10312) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2013 TAP: pours jet black, nose is rich, smokey, bourbon, a little caramel. Taste is similar to the aroma, and its awesome. Fantastic beer - one of the best all-time! Oily palate and the alcohol is a bit warm. skmikeg (1826) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2009 Pour a pitch black with a small head which disappers over time. nice aroma of bourbon, coffee, and choclate. intial flavor is that of a fine bourbon, with chocolate and coffee notes. mouthfeel is oily and sweet. the bourbon flavor in this beer really makes a unique beer that is full of flavor. this is a craft beer and whiskey drinkers best friend. overall. a excellent beer. GlenVargas (148) - Missouri, USA - FEB 26, 2009
After first spotting the Bourbon County Stout on ratebeer, I had to wait almost a year before I got my hands on one (and I even went to the Goose Island brewery in Chicago--it was out that day!). Well, when I finally drank this highly-anticipated beer, it was one of those rare occasions when all good things in life converge and the soul feels at peace. Whatever, I was feeling in love that night, so I had goo-goo eyes for everything, but I can honestly say that this beer was fantastic. The bourbon smell and taste really hold up, and you canít argue with 13%. Hell, I canít argue with anything about this beer. Tops!
Ramenen (466) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - FEB 26, 2009
Thanks to ghawener. Drank it at El Flor for New Years Eve. Wow. Talk about a potent brew. Take it easy and slowly with this one. More like a port wine than a stout. Extremely sweet, caramel, not very smoky or peaty. Yes is more like a dessert wine. ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2011 12oz bottled 10/8/08 from Archer Liquors. Pours a very thick, jet black, with a whispy dark chocolate brown head that quickly fades leaving no lace. aroma came blasting from the glass with big, oaked bourbon notes up front that slowly mellow into roasted coffee, chocolate, and smoke. on the first sip...wow. this is a massive brew. starts out like the first sip of Woodford Reserve with flavors of oak, vanilla, and burnt grain. Flavors of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, toffee, and a hint of sweetness balance the bourbon flavors beautifully. Flavors are quite complex and with a lasting bourbon finish. Palate is full bodied, thick, and velvety smooth and a substantial warming quality making this a great winter stout. Overall, one of the best stouts Iíve ever had and perfect if youíre a beer geek who also happens to enjoy quality bourbon.
*re-rate* 2010 edition - wow, this brew really is just incredible. the bottle brings beautful notes of buttercream frosting, toffee, and more sweet vanilla to the forefront balancing the perfectly smooth, spicy bourbon. the dark chocolate notes are much more prominent on the back end making this bottle as decadent as they get. just awesome. topherh (1928) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - FEB 24, 2009
2006 vintage Pours black with a few brown bubbles. Aroma is bourbon, oak, vanilla and roasted malts. Flavor is much the same with added hints of chocolate and smoke. budallpro (20) - , Missouri, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Bottle of í06. Pours black with thin brown head. Loaded with bourbon flavor throughout. With hints of vanilla, burnt malts. Overall taste is very complex. Enjoyed sipping it slowly. Miksu (5053) - Jyvšskylš, FINLAND - FEB 21, 2009
12 oz bottle (vintage 2007) at Stockholm Beer Festival 2008. Pitch black with small head. Strong sweet and perfumed bourbon aroma with vanilla, salty licorice and dark chocolate. Rich sweet chocolate and bourbon flavor with vanilla, salty licorice and some grainy notes. Some coffee and charcoal towards finish. Very warming. Good strong bourbon character but not overpowering.