Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
Pailhead (4806) - 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: Don’t know what the big secret was, but for some reason they didn’t 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.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 12, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Moved from bourbon to kentucky, now back to bourbon....
Draft at MSBF. Pours a dark oily black color with a thick tan head. Nose is chocolate, java and some very light notes of bourbon. Taste is rich and chewy, leaving a velvety feel on your mouth. Enough bourbon is tasted to make an impression but is not overwhelming. Chocolate and coffee also make an appearance.
aarossell (151) - Grandville, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2006
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smooth, deep, dark, creamy, rich flavor, robust but not overly cocky, pure stout and pure flavor. No nasty bitterness, no sick alcohol overtones. Just delicious, holy crap was this good.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just found my notes from when I had this last fall. Served in a snifter at the brewery. Looks great. Taste is not overpowering, incredibly creamy, with chocolate, and some espresso, vanilla and bourbon. I hope I get another crack at this one.
CaptainCougar (7132) - 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!
jtw (1098) - farmington, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
jsquire (3464) - 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.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Darft at MBG summer 05’. Dark oily black with big tan head. Beer was "growing legs" in a plactic glass, pretty impressive. Aroma has a nice mix of chocolate, bourbon and faint coffee. Flavor much the same with tons of chocolate initially, faint bourbon and coffee. Can dig this because neither the coffee or bourbon completely dominated the beer.