joekfsu (138) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. Pours pitch black in kind of that thick motor oil kind of pour. Limited amounts of dark tan head but the head lingered until the last sip. Aroma of bourbon and oak with some coffee and earth sprinkled in. Initial flavor is dominated by alcohol and coffee, with some bourbon noted in there at times as well. Flavor ended with much of the same but almost became sweeter from chocolate and less of the bitter coffee taste. Tons of lacing, very heavy body, very limited carbonation, and the alcohol was definitely detectable in this one. To summarize, have fresh pairs of underwear on hand when trying this, you will need them.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour, small brown head. Aroma is coffee all the way. Flavor is coffee beans, chocolate and caramel then to the bourbon and oak. The bourbon is very subtle but probably muted by the coffee and the oak comes through pretty nicely. Creamy mouthfeel and the coffee beans are as bitter as it gets. The oak and bourbon really linger and the coffee isn’t too much. Just a nice version of breakfast stout but nothing too crazy.
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2008 Bottle. Pour was very dark with a small tan film, some lacing. Aroma was great, plenty of coffee, chocolate, malt, and some bourbon/oak. Taste is similar with some hop bitterness in the finish. Mouth was big, thick, and creamy, without too much carbonation. Overall, a great imperial stout.
jbuzz (748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Tasting at Three Cellars Milwaukee. Simply amazing. If you like Bourbon you’ll love this! Coffee and chocolate mixed with Bourbon. Smooth and very satisfying.
gunsho (134) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 30, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
simply put, one of the best. the breakfast stout in itself is fantastic but add the oak barrel aging and you get added notes of vanilla, oak, and of course bourbon. i gave one of my four pack to a friend from new hampshire, he said it was the best beer he had ever had.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Bob for this one. Dark, thick black pour. A medium brown creamy head disappears quickly. Aroma is a chalky coffee and chocolate. Flavor is boozy up front, chocolaty, slight sourness, bakers chocolate bitterness lasts in the finish, and a slight caramel bourbon flavor is noticed. One of these is enough for me, I much prefer the original breakfast.
jeffwilliams11 (310) - hooterville, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2008 this is one unbelievable beer. piles of coffee and chocolate all rounded out with that smooth burbon finish. i could drink this every day and not get bored with it.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2009 Black with a medium tan head, moderately dissipating. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, sugar, coffee, some oak and moderate bourbon. Taste of bourbon, coffee, light chocolate, roasted malt and some saltiness. Smooth and finishes up a bit roasty with some bourbon and warming effects. I like it better than I did the first time, but I still prefer the original breakfast stout.
At Three Cellars tasting Founder’s Brewery night. Very dark brown with thin light brown head. Smells of bourbon & coffee. Taste of overpowering bourbon & some coffee. Kind of sticky & tastes a little too much like bourbon (yuck). Over-rated, IMO.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2009 Charred coffee, bakers chocolate, wood, oak, vanilla, oily, amd ph yeah, bourbon. This nose through taste through finish. Sureal heavan.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - MAR 25, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 12oz bottle and served in a snifter. This beer poured an almost opaque black with just a few rays of light seeping through around the edges of the glass. A thin head of tan foam lasted throughout, leaving some thick lace. The aroma of the beer was made up of a heavy dose of strong coffee, chocolate, smoke, burnt malt, and just a hint of bourbon. The flavor consisted of sweet chocolate, vanilla, espresso roast coffee, and a very nice, mellow bourbon flavor. The bourbon was not overpowering or in the way, just complimentary to the other flavors. The mouthfeel was full-bodied and slightly sticky. Very light carbonation. A really nice imperial stout that uses barrel aging to add another layer of flavor...not overtake the base beer. Like a cup of strong coffee with a nip of whiskey.