AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
adamjackson (936) – Canaan, New Hampshire, USA – FEB 16, 2013
Late 2012 Release. Enjoyed in a wine glass at room temp with Chris.
A – Poured a heavy oily black. Very big 3 finger espresso colored head that faded to nearly nothing
S – Nose is as expected. Not as boozy as BCBS but very much big on vanilla, dark chocolate and espresso beans with a hint of campfire.T – Loads of boozy bourbon charred oak alcohol at the front. Middle is dominated by vanilla and toasted walnuts and caramel. Finish is all oak..just smokey and oaky and big. I get a hint of off-flavors like cheap candies and smoke but it’s not too bad.M – Heavy body, swishable carbonation, nice and boozy and almost a champagne like finish with some stickiness of coffee beans.
O – This is a top 50 stout? It’s great and I’m going to rate it appropriately but I don’t see this as a HUGE whale of a stout on RateBeer. Drinkable, delicious but bourbon county is about 80% of what this is and far more accessible. If this was on the shelf next to BCBS, I’d grab it but it’s not worth the limited release and regional availability to seek it out.