ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 15, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
12oz bottle from bruisiní ales, 2009 release. pours a beautiful, oily, slick black with a thin, chocolate brown head. aroma is outstanding with big notes of fine bourbon, dark roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, vanilla, and smoked wood. damn this smells great. flavor is one of those "my goodness" moments when words are hard to come by to describe how wonderful this brew is. huge roast coffee notes up front, with oaked bourbon and vanilla blending in seamlessly, followed by dark, bitter chocolate, and hints of dark red fruits and roasted nuts rounding out the sip. finishes with a semi-sweet hit of chocolate, coffee, and lovely bourbon. palate is silky smooth, full bodied, and simply a pleasure to drink. overall, nothing short of perfect.
BgThang (126) - Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2009
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
WOW. this beer pours black and coats the glass like coffee that has been sitting on the stove all day and almost is sludge. The flavors on this are an explosion of greatness that one is fortunate to experience. Coffee, choloate, caramel, roasty toffee. Damn this is good
Beerapprentice (207) - Hopatcong, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Smells of bourbon, first and foremost; chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. Prevalent taste of bourbon, malts, chocolate, and coffee with light carbonation. Rich dark brown colour with slight, quickly disappearing light brown head. Excellent, flavorful bourbon stout.
cgarvieuk (17022) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 13, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2011 Bottle at home with Tom and Royce ... smokey woody nose ... again i get the Bourbon ... lots of woodness and a little smokeyness ... coffee and vanilla as expected... good balance... but just not quite there for me ...3.5
<tk2> Bottle at home with Fin...smokey woody chocolate malt nose ... deep dark chocolate with the bitterness that comes with a 70+% coco chocolate ... light vanilla ... bourbon seems much more subdued this time 3.7
Tk3 2009 Bottle at my cloisters Bar staff tasting no2... deep deep black ... huge coffee nose little smokey malts ... smooth sweet lots of chocolate ... little charcoalin linger ... little bourbon, but quite light. 4.1
bottle at chrisís ... huge coconut bourbon ...sweet roast .... vanilla.... huge chocolate ... realy quite nice
trevor211 (1408) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 12, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
09 release. Big thanks to both MrChopin and Bobby91w for including a bottle of this with recent trades - never again will I say killer beers donít come with twist-off caps! Pours a sludgy motor-oil black with a minimal burnt mocha-colored head. Big, full-bodied, roasty coffee hits your nose right away - like a filter full of just-used grounds. Itís beginning to make me think that 8pm isnít a good time to drink this one. =) Some chocolate, tobacco and vanilla as well, with bourbon-infused oak also prominent. Crap this is a big brew - it socks you in the face and then laughs at your astonished reaction on the way down. The coffee is really prominent in the flavor, but itís incredibly smooth and creamy, with some cacao notes as well - this actually reminds me a lot of a good tiramisu, chased with a stiff Irish coffee. For 11.2%, it hides the alcohol fairly well, but itís still a bit boozy. I could see this being referred to as "the good stuff" by a wrinkly pipe-smoking man with a shotgun, sitting on a rocking chair on his front porch. Kudos, Founders.
bubbleflubber (2015) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 11, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a wonderful brew! Pours opaque black into the glass, with a thinning tan ring (due to the ABV at work). The nose contains coffee, whiskey, and some dark chocolates. The flavors follow much in tow, rich, malty, with a thick, silky mouthfeel. Lots of coffee beans, bourbon (without being boozy), bitter dark chocolates, molasses, slight legumes, and licorice. Finish concentrates on the licorice and coffee notes, with nice infusions of vanilla and cloves... a nice hint of alcohol to close the effervescence. This is extremely complex, and a wonderful quaff! Great, just superb.
coharahawk (170) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On draft! at Sugar Maple. Pours pitch black with a long-lasting, thick tan head. Aroma is loaded with oak and bourbon along with toasted malt, coffee, chocolate and some vanilla. Flavors start out milk chocolate followed by huge dose of oak and finishes with hop bitterness and alcohol. Smooth and thick mouthfeel. I was amazed to see this on tap, and it was even better than I remembered.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2009 [Bottle] shared by STLWill. Pours a pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is in your face acrid coffee grounds, lots of bell pepper, dark chocolate, and surprisingly little bourbon. The flavor carries a lot more of the bourbon presence than the nose, super acrid coffee again, and lots of chocolate. If the coffee tasted less like old stale coffee grounds and more like actual coffee, this beer would be even better.
SAVertigo (20) - Shillington, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2009 Had this bottled at Union Jackís Pub in Boyertown, PA.
I ím a huge fan of the regular Breakfast Stout, but this was heads and shoulders above the regular version in every, single, way.
It smells like, chocolate whiskey if that makes sense. You get the coffee/chocolate initial blast that the Breakfast Stout is known for, followed by the whiskey nose.
The taste was, quite simply, a darker whiskey infused Breakfast Stout.
Fantastic. Next year I am finding more than just 2 bottles of this, it is THAT good.
IF you see it, buy it on the spot.
dmschefke (571) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
#100. Been saving these for the right time, might as well do it at 100. 09 bottle and will do the 08 in a couple days. Pours a pitch thick black with very thin brown creamy head. Aroma is as advertised, tons of coffee, chocolate, and bourbon, hints of vanilla, wood, and smokiness. Flavor at first had me worried, it was quite strong and almost overbearing. Next sips eased that worry and it became very delicious. Everything in the aroma came out in the taste, with the addition of dried fruits, bitter sweetness, roasted malt, with a bit of a sour/earthy finish. Definitely the most complex beer I have tried to date.