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Founders Bourbon Barrel Stout

Founders Bourbon Barrel Stout
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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 4.06/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Imperial coffee stout brewed with a hint of chocolate and aged in bourbon. An absolute decadent beer. Dark, robust and full of the complexities that you would expect from Founders. "A bit of backwoods pleasure".

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtw (1153) - farmington, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2005
rating moved from the Kentucky Breakfast entry....
draft at the 2005 michigan summer beer festival. seems like their regular imperial stout with bourbon and vanilla notes. an interesting take on an already very good beer, but founders did a good job with this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 10, 2005
MiBG Fest 2005: Now we find out it was the Bourbon Stout so I have moved my rating...

One of the must have beers and it didn’t disappoint. Those coffee and mocha characteristics still shine through the nose. The barrel aging is done nicely, adding to the beer and not overpowering the orignal flavors and aroma. A touch of vanilla and oak add to the rich coffee and chocolate flavors with a minor undertone of crisp bitters. The feel is oily and lush, not heavy at all. A knockout once again, beergeek worthy indeed!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2005
On tap at the 2005 Great Taste of the Midwest: Pours a rich opaque black with a dark tan/light brown head. Aroma is rich and bourbony with dry roasty, sweet dark chocolate. Body starts sweet malty and full with lots of bourbon and roasted malt balance. Nicely complex and very enjoyable. Another great Founders brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 22, 2005
Couleur noire foncée, faible mousse brune, plutôt diminuante. Baril de bois aux ports imbibé d’alcool, chocolat, café, vanille, goudron. Un amas de puissantes saveurs régie par l’alcool et le bois, style chêne. Fudge, moka, vanille ainsi qu’une belle touche de café fraîchement moulu en bouche. Faible carbonatation, texture huileuse et sirupeuse, corps d’épaisseur moyenne. La bière semble toujours un peu jeune. Échantillon, Michigan brewer’s fest, Ypsilanti, Michigan, Juillet 2005.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Poured at 4:20 pm at the Great Taste of the Midwest, Madison, 8/13/2005. This was one of my last beers of the day, given my wife and I needed to get back to Champaign that night. I’m a big fan of the latest Founder’s Imperial Stout, but this took my experience to a whole new level. Rich flavors of vanilla and dark chocolate with roasted nuts on the nose and then on the palate. More chocolate mixed with wood and toffee working through as it glided down my throat. I really can’t describe this better than StewardofGonder, so be sure to read the previous comments! But I will rate it a bit higher, this was awesome stuff to me. Founders needs to bottle this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Tap @ GTMW. Deep midnight brown in color with a thin, creamy tan head. Aroma prominently features chocolate and roasted malts with bourbon, cedar and vanilla serving a sweetening supportive role. Glorious chocolate and roasted pecan flavoring is perfectly complimented by the bourbon traits. Some dark chocolate pulls through the other headliners. Sweet caramel underscored with vanilla. Sauna cedar panels add a unique depth perception. Fudge brownie resonance. Medium-to-full bodied. Creamy, fudgey and enriched with vanilla cedar tones. An improved manifestation of their standard imperial stout and enjoyable in every sense.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silphium (3192) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2009 Re-rate based on sample 8 May 2009. Imperial Bourbon Barrel Stout. Deep opaque brown/black body, thin ochre head. Oaky, vanilla nose with coffee and burnt plum, vinous. Boozy body with burnt heavy roast, bourbon, licorice, chocolate, and molasses. Bitter and quite hot. Excellent complexity but the bitterness and heat limit the rating. Regardless, a much improved version from the first one I tried in 2005 (see rating below).

2005: On tap at Founders. Dark brown/black in the snifter, thin off-white head. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, and brown sugar. Oaky body, yet subdued, with vanilla, chocolate, and molasses dominating the palate. No burn or alcohol flavors are apparent. Definitely a "young" beer treated sparingly with oak, a refreshing change from many imperial stouts that bombard the palate with strong bourbon notes. Medium-thick body, oaky finish. Moderate complexity. This was a nice sipper. 7-4-8-4-15 (3.8).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2005
this was a wonderful beer at founders brewing...leftover from their black beer party on 4/2/05...a nice black app. with thin brown head...sweet bourbon nose with an abundance of sugars and a touch of chocolate...flavor is of sweet bourbon, chocolate, and some coffee...smooth and creamy palate withg great lacing....a delight!

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