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RATINGS: 2069   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A bit of backwoods pleasure without the banjo. This strong stout is brewed with a hint of coffee and vanilla then aged in oak bourbon barrels. Our process ensures that strong bourbon undertones come through in the finish in every batch we brew. We recommend decanting at room temperature and best enjoyed in a brandy snifter.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drowland (7059) - Georgia, USA - OCT 19, 2009
12oz bottle (2009) into a snifter. Rating #1300! Pours deep black with shimmering brown when held to the light. The small head is dark leather brown and dissipates quickly into a small ringlet. The aroma is honestly comprised of mostly a big dose of fresh roasted coffee. Underneath this is a small helping of nice bourbon and oak characteristics including a lot of vanilla and a touch of wood. The sweet aroma of whiskey touches through but not much. A drink taken in while inhaling starts quite sweet and flows into wood and vanilla mixed with a touch of citrus. The mid is all added coffee and this is definitely what lingers with undertones of very dark chocolate. As it warms the chocolate comes out more and more. There is a nice carbonation that mingles perfectly with the silky mouthfeel. This is honestly good but I was expecting more bourbon stout and less breakfast stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beer5000 (5126) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 17, 2009
355 ml bottle. Black body with a thin brown head. Aroma of burnt malt, charcoal and barbeque sauce. Flavor of dry, roasted malt, roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, bourbon perfume and alcohol. Not to much bourbon flavored, and thatís a good thing.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 14, 2009
12 oz bottle from good olí MrBunn. This is the last of the "monster" trade we recently pulled off. Pours a rich, deep black with minimal head. Aroma is all dark chocolate and roasty coffee beans. Taste is all coffee and STRONG, lovely vanilla. So much that I want 5 more! This is great stuff. The bourbon undertones are definitely there, but so well balanced as to make this ridiculously smooth for the ABV and style. Lovely... just, so damn lovely.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jzzbassman (1525) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2009
This one just hits me in all my good spots. Smooth bourbon burn....check. Coffee, vanilla, oak......check. This just has so much going on and I canít get enough.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2009
A Mes rate. Bottle at home thanks to Grant.
A thick vampire black pour with a decent, lasting tan head. Big chewy chocolate malt all round. Coffee and vanilla are a given, as are the stinking barrel notes. But there is something just that bit extra here. Yes the bourbon is obvious too but there are distinct notes of Islay whiskies that really make a difference. Seaweed, peat, slight iodine, yum. The alcohol is just a little on the raw side but itís not too much of a spoiler. The vanilla and marzipan notes are excellent from start to finish. Great great beer, itís just too hot. Cut out the raw boozy character and it would be sublime. As it is, I find it just s little over the top.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scubatrip (605) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2009
From the bottle and courtesy of Secret Santa, pours black with a thick tan foamy head. Aroma is coffee beans. Taste is smooth but with definite alcohol. Flavors of coffee, vanilla, dark roasted malts, alcohol, and a lightly bitter aftertaste. Thick but smooth, a flavorful beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2009
Bottle. super coffee choc malt nose I could smell this all day. A touch boozy but huge flavor intense roasted malts and a thick mouthful. As good as it is I may prefer the regular breakfast to it. Glad I got to try this. Ty Ryan. †

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 2, 2009
Thanks to rustychiles for the share on this one. Pours a viscous black with no head. Aroma of thick roast, vanilla, chocolate, and bourbon. Iím no bourbon fan, and this was still a little harsh for me, but this was a pretty darn good bourbon stout. Especially the aroma. As it warms, the bourbon, vanilla, diecetyl, chocolate, roast, and alcohol flavors meld together better. Pretty good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 2, 2009
Pours a viscous black with a small brown head. aroma is bourbon coffee chocolate licorice. flavor is chocolate, licorice, coffee, hops, chocolate, bourbon. slick mouthfeel and pronounced chocolate sweetness melds with the coffee and bourbon and hops in the finish nicely. awesome imperial stout.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
caresville (106) - Vernon, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2009
w-o-w. pours midnight black with an almost nothing beige head. aroma is deeeeeep, dark chocolate, black coffee, kentucky bourbon, and maybe some more black coffee. taste is very strong of coffee, with some chocolate and an alcohol finish. very thick, roasty and full of coffee and chocolatey goodness. best imperial stout i have had in my life. one of the best beers i have ever had in general, hands down.


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