rxeight (1299) - Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2014 2012 bottling. Fantastic stuff. Nice warm bourbon aroma. Great balance of bourbon, coffee and chocolate. Not as heavy on the bourbon as some of the others, but this does have some age on it. The coffee held up remarkably well, i thought that would fade out over time.
Re rate with 13 bottle. For some reason, this years batch didnít impress. A little thin, bourbon was a bit light. I guess when I had it the first time I was a bit new to the BA stout scene, and now Iíve had a lot that impress me more.
14 another year and Iím even less impressed. Thin and weak. If this were a shelf 6 pack Iíd put it next to black butte porter. Not worth the hype or price.
abemorsten (2746) - MosterÝy, NORWAY - AUG 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle kindly shared by gunnar. Black body with a veil. Black with Coffee and vanilla dominates the nose at first, then the bourbon comes sneaking; and raisins. Thick, oily and alco warm. Coffee, vanilla, wooden notes and roasted malts.
gunnar (5267) - Sandnes, NORWAY - AUG 29, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared bottle at local tasting, thanks to my secret summer santa 2014 for this one. Pours black with a ruby note, no head. Aroma of dark fruits, coffee, vanilla and dark malty goodies included some bourbon. Taste is smooth,light creamy mouthfeel, vanilla, heavy dark malts, soy, caramel,tar and liquorice. Classy beer.
Holmen2 (866) - NORWAY - AUG 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Alomost black, with a hint of red. Next to none head. Aroma of coffee and vanilla, with a hint of blackberries. Taste of dark chocolate with vanilla, combined with bitterness.
Sigmund (5089) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared 355 ml bottle at local tasting. Pitch black colour, no head. Strong and intense aroma of bourbon / oak / vanilla, nearly hiding the roasty, chocolate and coffee notes in the background. Low carbonation. Sweet and rich flavour, notes of bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate and coffee.
OldGrowth (2654) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle, from trade (2009) with ross, another in the "i havenít rated this yet" series. real good aroma, sweet, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, blackish brown color, small head little to no lace. sweet flavor. heavy body. kind od a still creamy mouthfeel, sweet finish. Iíve had this a bunch of times, this one is at a nice point, still get the barrel, but not hot like younger versions
MWMBeerguy (104) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had only a small sample at a beer show but it had wonderful coffee aroma and a smooth palate. I'd love to get a bottle to sit and ponder with sometime.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
hackobock (1306) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 2014 version, june 20th. Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, oak, bourbon. Taste is medium sweet with bourbon, vanilla, light caramel, medium bitter chocolate. Finish is medium roasted bitterness with a light alcohol warmth. Body is medium, slick texture and soft carbonation.
BeerViking (2445) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, near black with a thin crema, burnt coffee, liquorice, black treacle, and ashy dry. Gorgeous.
Darkmagus82 (1024) - - AUG 10, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Transfer from BA review on 10-14-12 with slight modification after pouring from bottle and trying again-
Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance Ė Served a black colored brew with only a tiny off white head which faded very fast to leave some patchy spots of lace on the sides of the glass as well as some small islands of foam floating on the top of the brew.
Smell Ė The aroma was lighter then I was initially expecting. It had nice notes of coffee, dark chocolate, some vanilla sweetness and a nice boozy bourbon aroma. While it was light it was quite nice and warming in smell.
Taste Ė The taste begins with roasted malt and coffee flavors. Some sweet vanilla and dark chocolate are up front and grow stronger toward the middle. While these flavors grow stronger, some lighter bourbon flavors come to the tongue. While the bourbon starts out lighter, by the end it really picks up in intensity with the chocolate and caramel lessening some in the profile. Along with the boozy flavor increasing in intensity, so too does some of the coffee flavors, which in the end, when combined with roasted malt flavors creates a quite roasty and pleasantly bitter boozy taste on the tongue.
Mouthfeel Ė The body of the beer was on the creamier side with a carbonation level that is below average. Both the lower carbonation and thicker-creamier body are fantastic for the brew and really accentuating the roasted, coffee, and bourbon flavors of the brew.
Overall - A very tasty beer and one that is well worth a try. While it is fantastic with its wonderful roasty and bourbon flavors its reputation precedes it some. I actually think Founders Breakfast is more balanced then the Kentucky. While with this said however, the Kentucky is definitely a beer to try if you have the chance.
musinj6 (391) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
First time I was able to have my own bottle as opposed to a small sip from a bottle share event. Holy crap. No head. Dark black. Honestly, it doesnít look like much. Aroma of sweet bourbon. Subtle coffee and chocolate. A bit of vanilla. Woody. Mildly sweet, but subdued by the booziness, which isnít overpowering in the least. Mildly bitter on the back in. Long bourbon finish that is very smooth. Full bodied & chewy. Delicious!