BenDover (217) - Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2009
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours very dark, almost black, with some dense tan foam. This beer is very thick like cream -- wonderful mouthfeel. Reminds me of Holland’s Dragon Milk (at brewpub) but much better. Some vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. Great stuff.
yngwie (15764) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 12oz. It pours a really dark brown body, topped by a small, creamy, brown head. Tar, some smoke, charcoal, hints of alcohol and a little vanilla in the aroma. And mocha coffee. The flavor is really divine, with mocha, charcoal, some vanilla and bourbon. Smooth and silky as can be, full-bodied, warming and dry. Even the finish is lovely, with a fine coffee-like bitterness. A true beauty. 090925
KawaBomber (218) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2009
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
12oz Bottle: Pours opaque black w/ a small, creamy dark brown head. Beautiful beer. Aroma is bourbon, coffee, chocolate, a little smoke/ash & just a touch of vanilla. Wow! Flavor is just as intense as the aroma. Huge coffee flavor w/ chocolate, oats & a nice bourbon undertone. Very robust beer, thick & creamy mouthfeel w/ a long drawn out coffee finish. Amazing beer, very hard to believe this is over 11%...I haven’t had a beer this well put together in a very long time. Bravo Founders!
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at Darkness Day and this beer is incredible. Pours black with a dark tan head; good lacing. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, bourbon and maple. Flavor is bitter with sweetness. Palate is creamy and thick.
smith4498 (3322) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from a trade with Daknole. Viscous black pour with brown head. Aromas of burnt malts, bourbon, oak and vanilla. Lots of bourbon and it only gets stronger as it warms. Oak and vanilla flavors are also pretty strong. Full body with minimal carbonation and a slick, creamy mouthfeel. Very nice. Thanks Dak.
BVery (8692) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2009
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2013 Bottle. Tap at Sheffield’s. Jet black pour. Thin head. Bourbon/alcohol and coffee on the nose. Taste is wood, bourbon, vanilla, coffee. Body is oily smooth - ths is a killer brew.
SpencerDB (223) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the ORF tasting. Thanks to whoever brought it! I was pleasantly surprised with this one. The aroma was a pleasing blend of bourbon, mocha, and vanilla. Nothing overpowering or unpleasant about it. Taste was really nice too. Had a little kick to it that I want to say was a little higher hop content than other bourbon stouts. Great brew
kappldav123 (5597) - GERMANY - DEC 11, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to mashmaster for this one. Bottle looks really good, the beer in the glass better. Deep black, small creamy head. Starts very strong and malty, notes of strong coffee. Also some liquorice. Finish a bit woody-prickly, modest alcoholic, also with notes of chocolate. A wonderfiul beer!
luttonm (3416) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Huge brewed coffee nose. Dark, opaque brew with hazy head. Creamy body, lots of coffee. I say italian roast and espresso, a bit burnt and aged. Huge tan legs that stain the glass. Glad I got to try this.
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at Monk’s. Pours jet black, small mocha head. Rich bitter chocolate and coffee aroma, vanilla and bourbon. Unfortunately, flavor is very boozy with a bit too much bourbon. I may be in the minority, but this is my least favorite of the three (Canadian, regular, then Kentucky).