Dstructo (7) - Hollywood, Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2010 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Out of the 12oz into a snifter. Pours thick dark brown w/ a few bubbles clinging to the glass as the lacing falls like oil after the 1st delicious sip. Aromas of roasted malts, vanilla, & bourbon. Not as heavy as I anticipated. Goes down smooth w/ flavors of coffee, bourbon, vanilla & chocolate. Warms me right up. Even @11.2%, I could easily see drinking this as often as it is made available to me...
robbmotiwalla (60) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iím not too big into stouts, but with the rave reviews that this beer receives i figured I had better snag some if i see it... for only $18 for the 4 pack. I enjoyed the 70 IBUs, however I thought there was too much coffee taste, but that soon subsided, and you get the hops in the middle, then comes the bourbon, its all in the finish. Iím sure if i liked stouts as much as i like IPAs this would be number 1. but it was very good, and i caught myself thinking about it at work all day yesterday. way to go founders
bierenutz (4) - Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2010 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer poured a dense 2+ finger light brown head that subsided after several minutes leaving fairly uniform lacing aroung the glass. It was dark, virtually black, with reddish hues so thick that direct sunlight could not penetrate through. The smell was a potent malty-coffee-chocolatey aroma right up front with hints of vanilla, oak and bourbon. Despite the lack of aging, the alcohol is will hidden until after the swallow when the heat reveals itself. The coffee and chocolate flavors meld together nicely in a smooth silkiness. It was very thick and creamy and an excellent sipping beer.
bhensonb (13218) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from the Texas trading king - ericandersnavy. Pours quite black with a few dark tan and temporary bubbles. The aroma is coffee. Not stale. Just so strong it defies freshness. Fullish body with mild carbonation. Flavor is oh so coffee. Thereís bitter, but that could be the coffee. Thereís oaky wood. Gives astringency. Vanilla or bourbon? It is not coming to me. But something is really going oily all over my mouth and lips. Buried in here somewhere is that thick essence proving this was aged in a spirit barrel. Itís coming out, but it takes awhile. The oaky vanilla does arrive. Mouthbending stuff. Whoof! Finally itís tasting like bourbon.
MrMugs (30) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 26, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour oily black. Aroma of coffee and bourbon .
Taste the same as it smell, two of my favorite drinks in one....bourbon and coffee.
Now if they could just get the price down a bit.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Flying Saucer in KC. Pours a black body with a finger-width, very creamy, dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a very thick lacing. Gorgeous on tap. Aroma is surprisingly still filled with fresh coffee beans. Donít get me wrong, I know the the standard Breakfast Stout is filled with coffee, but after trying the Canadian Breakfast Stout, I was expecting the coffee to be a bit more subdued. I was wrong. Thereís a good amount of bourbon and if the coffee werenít so strong, this would probably be a bourbon bomb, but the smell on this is fantastic. A good amount of vanilla with some wood, plenty of rich chocolates, and a light hop. Just a touch of burnt ash. As this warms, the coffee mellows just a bit and allows everything else to shine. Flavor is just as nice. Starts with a very deep, dark chocolate that lasts throughout with just a touch of sweetness. Its like a melted dark chocolate bar that lays across the tongue while the other flavors develop. A good amount of woody coffees that never get out of hand as well as some vanilla bourbon. The bourbon is subtle at first, but grows in the finish as this dries completely. The dry finish creeps up on you. I didnít notice how dry this was at first because of all the intense flavors. A very light hop bitterness accompanies plenty of coffee and a touch of ash in the finish. Very lengthy aftertaste after a bit of a chalky feel (only knock on the palate, but with this amount of coffee, its almost expected). Full body with a creamy carbonation. Overall, damnit this is outstanding. My kind of beer. An abundance of bold flavors that maintain an amazing balance. The coffee, bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate work wonders together. Holy shit, this was awesome.
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2010 12 oz bottle from Princetonís. Pitch black pour, barely one finger of tan head in spite of a vigorous pour. Awesome lacing. Aroma is heavy coffee for me with a hint of chocolate and maybe a note o bourbon. Thick and chewy mouthfeel with massive coffee and bourbon flavors. Finish is a sticky chocolate one that hangs around for awhile and then leaves you with some coffee notes on your tongue. Opened at about 50 degrees, definitely got more boozy as it warmed up. Still a kickass beer though even with the alcohol presence.
monkeychugg55 (991) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a thick black with a small, brown to tan head. Huge woody aroma with coffee, vanilla, roasted malt, and chocolate. Amazing flavor. Similar to, and much more intense than the aroma. Lots of everything, with some bourbon to boot. Creamy and thick, with very soft carbonation, and a little heat on the finish. I can taste vanilla five minutes after a sip. This stuff is absolutely amazing.
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 24, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a small and quickly dissipating brown head. Coffee dominates the aroma, but chocolate is also present. Tastes of strong coffee along with chocolate, vanilla, and a pleasant bourbon finish. This is a great beer, and iím looking forward to enjoying it again when winter returns.
djtimeless (222) - Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours out pitch black with little foam. Smells sweet and roasty. Lots of chocolate, coffee, vanilla flavors. Nice bourbon wood notes. Sticky sweet finish. Great beer.