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RATINGS: 1915   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.29   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
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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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2008
Ok...I knew this beer was going to be great, but, for some reason I was thinking it was a hype thing and wasn’t expecting it to be nearly as good as it appears. I was wrong. It pours with a black body topped by a thin to medium thick, light brown head with a good amount of lacing left on the glass. It’s sweet and malty with notes of roasted coffee and chocolate, as well as a nice underlying vanilla, bourbon note. Amazing...just the right amount of bourbon comes through. Full bodied, creamy and smooth.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Poured into a Stone Old Guardian tulip glass, "Is good for everything a stout ought to be good for"!!! Appearance is thick and dense brown-to-black motor oil, minimal brown head mostly disappears but there is some cream and bubbles on the edges, very mild lacing. Smell is huge roasty malts, espresso with tones of bitter chocolate, bourbon, woody oak, and vanilla are prominent, touch of dark fruits and molasses/ brown sugar. Taste is predominately bitter coffee/espresso complimented well by the bourbon alcohol and wood presence and backed up with bittersweet chocolate, there is great balance here between those primary flavors, some molasses and alcohol warming in the finish. Mouthfeel is very full-bodied, thick and viscous texture you need to chew through, ample carbonation. Drinkability is good, I liked this considerably better than the original Breakfast stout which was much more coffee-forward and not as balanced, the alcohol is subdued despite the 11% level, this was definitely a treat, hopefully I can get my hands on more in the future.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclemattie (4328) - Georgia, USA - SEP 4, 2008
12oz twist-off bottle. Vintage 2006. Big bourbon barrel aroma. Lots of vanilla, coffee, wood, big chocolate. Smells of charcoal. Big bourbon and vanilla flavors. Full bodied Stout.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thickfreakness (132) - AUSTIN, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2008
Thanks to a friend for picking up an 07 4-pack of this in Indiana for me. A vigorous pour into my glass leaves a one inch dark, oily mocha colored head that fades to some lacing. This one is pitch black. The smell is coffee grounds, cocoa, slight bourbon/vanilla and astringent oakiness. Flavor is much of the same with a huge hit of coffee and oakiness followed by a smooth chocolate and bourbon finish. So Texture is velvety smooth. Alcohol is slightly present at the finish with a slight burn in the back of the throat but it also warms the belly. Compared to fresh I much prefer the aged smell and flavor; the fresh was much more coffee centric and a year+ on this one has allowed more character to come forward and made it much more balanced and flavorful.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2008
12 oz. bottle courtesy cdumler. Thanks Chris! Dark brown pour with a small brown head. Very strong and very bitter roasted coffee aroma with oak and vanilla trying almost in vain to fight their way through. Taste is strong coffee, very roasted malts and oak and vanilla notes. Full bodied. People who don’t drink coffee beware, this will be over the top for you, as it was for me, but it is a damned good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Capa (2203) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2008
Dark with a deep tan head. Strong bourbon aroma with some chocolate, molasses, and dirt. Smooth bourbon and roasted malts in the flavor with light cocoa, and that damn dirt again. The body is perfect for the flavor. The bourbon is a little harsh in this one but I’m sure another couple years in the cellar will fix that.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 25, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2009 400th rating! Thank you Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA. Pours a pure, opaque, oily black with a very fine, thin, shimmering caramel head. Heady aroma of sweet coffee, caramel malt, dark dried fruit, and oxidized notes along with a slightly smokey, almost honey edge. Flavor contains the perfect level of sweetness to support and compliment the incredibly complex, multi-layered flavor profile. The first level of flavors consists of dark roasted malt and subtle hops bitterness followed by bourbon sweetness, smoke, and wood-aged characteristics. Coffee is present as well but doesn’t overpower or dominate the other flavors. Still more flavors arise with a hint of dark black cherries and well-integrated alcohol. The body is perfectly balanced with smooth, mouth-filling expressions of bitterness, sweetness, and the full range of flavors in between.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Bottle: (received in a trade about 6 months ago, but I forget from who. Thanks though) Pours opaque with a fading, very deep brown head. The aroma is pungent and charred. Smells like old/used coffee grinds, an ash tray with water poured into it, a touch of vanilla/booze sweet undertones, and lots of whiskey/oak character. A bit harsh. The body has a substantial feel without being cloying. Starts off harsh and one dimensional with just the base beer character showing it’s overwhelming coffee grind flavor. However, as it warms a touch of vanilla comes through, followed by more bourbon/cask character. The sweetness from the barrel balanced the base beers homogeneous bitter coffee grind character. (I’m not really a fan of the Founders Breakfast Stout) But this stuff gained a lot from the barrel, giving it that bourbon sweet bite and balancing the harshness. It worked out really well. This is significantly better than the Breakfast Stout (which had no subtleties) In short, the barrel character saved the beer and gave it some nuances to enjoy.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign (2204) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2011 2011 and 2010 vertical on 3/25/11.

2011 bottle pours black with a slim tan head. sweet vanilla nose with some bourbon seeping through along with light coffee and chocolate notes. not sure what happened here, but I feel this years batch is off a bit. medium body - very creamy throughout. well blended mix of bourbon, vanilla, coffee and chocolate. sweet, bitter and coffee infused finish with a nice layer of bourbon.

2010 bottle
pours black with a slim tan head. the coffee has faded on this vintage with the bourbon coming through a bit stronger. solid body with subtle coffee notes, big chocolate candy bar notes, light bourbon and big oats. very smooth throughout. this vintage feels more balanced. still bitter on the finish with coffee, chocolate and light vanilla with notes of bourbon seeping through.


2010 bottle on 8/15/10. deep black pour with a thinner 1/8" tan head which fades to a thin lacing. wonderful nose full of sweet chocolate, deep espresso and lots of bourbon. as the beer warms and recedes in the glass, the coffee notes become more pronounced, while the bourbon fades off. Fresh from the bottle pour, there is a perfect blend of coffee and bourbon. Sweet chocolate thick body (almost chewy), with lots of vanilla, oak, bourbon and smooth dark roasted coffee. It really doesn’t get much better than this. On the finish, the bitterness comes forward and you can really feel the 70 IBUs on this. A dark piece of chocolate coated with espresso beans soaked in bourbon. A true masterpiece by Founders.

2010 bottle on 3/19/10. pours a dark black with a 1 finger tan frothy head... big coffee and bourbon nose... really deep roast. medium body with vanilla, bourbon, lots of coffee and some smooth dark chocolate. big bourbon finish with more chocolate... outstanding, but I think it will continue to get better with age.

2006 bottle thanks to TBC. This rating and bottle is to celebrate the birth of my daughter... I’ve been saving this bottle for a special occasion... pours a deep dark black with a good size tan head. aromas of bourbon, coffee, licorice and vanilla. simply outstanding... nice solid body over the palate with the licorice coming through strong on the front of the palate and the bourbon aged barrels on the finish. coffee undertones on the sides and deep roasted malts throughout. Founders has crafted a world class beer and deserves all the hype surrounding this beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Strong and rich with a very thick palate and well balanced flavors of oak, coffee, vanilla, malt and chocolate. Deep dark with a reddish brown head. Very good.


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