bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown with a small spare tan head. Aroma of bourbon, oak, lightly smoke sausage, and vanilla extract. Flavor of roastiness, malt, cocoa, and bourbon with a dry finish.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2008 Date: 11/29/2006
Mode: Hand Bottled
Appearance: black, wispy tan head,
Aroma: strong roasted malt aroma that morphs into a note of sweet bourbon,
Body: creamy body,
Flavor: flavor has a lots of vanilla sweetness, nice roasted character, well blended bourbon with the roasted,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 16/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
Rastacouere (6123) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 22, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ypsilanti sample. Pitch black pour, elevating a foamy tan head that lasts surprisingly well. Beany, fennel reminiscent roasty and vegetal nose offers a lot to think on. Light yet sufficient carbonation, full bodied, well done in that regard as barrel-aged impies tend to be pretty thinned out. Pleasant and obviously well brewed, yet frankly, Iíd rather have the regular imperial stout. This tastes pretty much as the commercial description puts it, in other words, I donít see what sets it apart from another bourbon impy, oily and sweet with great doses of hampering roastiness, ponctuated by woody vanilla suggestions. While the malt appears well extracted, but coffee imparts a rather raw vegetal feel and and at the same time enhances the cheap alcohol feel which is really too bad as the "barreling" was not overdone.
BBB63 (5966) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 didnít 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!
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 11, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This Imperial Stout pours a deep black color. Medium to small sized tan foamy head. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and a hint of bourbon. Medium bodied Imperial Stout. The malts are chocolate, coffee and roasted malts with a hint of bourbon and oak. The hops are earthy. Very smooth taste. Nice balance. Hides the alcohol very well. Hints of vanilla and oak. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
Pailhead (4637) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - OCT 15, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2006 On tap @ MBGF: Donít know what the big secret was, but for some reason they didnít want to say exactly what this was until one of the guys behind the tap inadvertantly shouted it out. Now it turns out he shouted out the wrong name, and now my rating is here instead. Excellent chocolate aroma with bourbon, light alcohol, and a hint of wood. Dark brown with no transparency and a tan ring for a head. Roasted coffee is really subdued compared to the regular version. Notes of bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate. Chocolate increases in the finish and lingers into the aftertaste. As it warms vanilla becomes more noticeable. Absolutely excellent. Please bottle this so I can get more!!! And one more thing, when you brew something this good, tell people what it is.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thick chocolate with vinous bourbon, vanilla and oak in the alcoholic aroma. Opaque black body is topped by a dense tan head that lasts well and laces. Roastiness in the flavour with liquorice notes that are somewhat overwhelmed by the alcoholic, bourbon barrel character with oak and vanilla also apparent. Thick, rich mouthfeel with fairly low carbonation. Sampled on tap at the Michigan brewers Guild Summer Festival 2005.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Cquiroga for sharing this beer. Poured black with a brown edge and a small brown head. Pleasant aroma of vanilla ash, coffee, smooth mild bourbon, and some chocolate to round it out. Vanilla appeared to start off the flavor . Notes of coconut and chocolate. Moderately bitter and dry finish. The body seemed a little light to me.
jsquire (3402) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was my standout favorite of the 2005 MBG Fest. Very dark beer with an oil slick of a brown head. Coffee and bourbon dominate the nose. Lots of buttery bourbon, wood, roast coffee bean and chocolate flavors with a strong hop finish. This is a good example of using the barrel to compliment the beer and not just to overpower it. I could enjoy the Breakfast Stout on a more regular basis, but this is a very special treat.