shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque black with a light brown head. Aroma is coffee, roasted malts, and some bourbon. Flavor is coffee, bourbon, woody notes, and a light alcohol burn.
TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - MAY 4, 2007
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2007 Pours about as black i as I have ever seen. Forms into a small very dark tan head that fades pretty quick. Taste is just about perfect. Nice coffee blended into just a bit of bourbon. A little less than I thought it would be actually. A top notch, extremely drinkable brew.
JorisPPattyn (7675) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 3, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Foxy, dark-beige head, thick, over jet-black beer. Capuccino: coffee with cacao. Chocolate malt used by the ton. A bit of tannines. DVD says Irish coffee. Taste yields cigarette ashes, coffee, moccha. Enormously long-lasting coffee palate. Full bodied doesn’t come near. The alcohol comes out in the aftertaste at last. Syrupy MF. Superb stout, the barrel aging here is really fully integrated in the flavourprofile. More than worth looking for. Big thanks to Dirk!
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of chilled coffee and vanilla. A relatively thin and carbonated body. More coffee, vanilla and chocolate in the flavor. Mostly dominated by the coffee and vanilla, with very little bourbon and a dry, heavy and bitter finish. I was surprised at the lack of bourbon in this brew. GI BCS is too much and this is too little. Was hoping for something in between. Was hoping for a lot, but was relatively disappointed. Don’t get me wrong: A real nice beer and the alcohol is practically undetectable. Was just too remeniscent of Terrapin’s Wake ’n Bake, which isn’t a bad thing at all, but when considering how elusive this beer can be, was looking for some more "oomph!"
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - MAY 1, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours jet black of course. Aroma oak and coffee with some cocoa sneaking in there. Taste is much the same with a full/oily body and the taste of bourbon and coffee beautifully blended together. Bold stuff and quite good despite its somewhat narrow dimensions.
mrjames (21) - Clinton Twp, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong alcohol/bourbon nose. Silky black color and texture. This was an extraordinary beer. Tremendous amount of flavor. Strong roasted flavor massive coffee flavor, overpowering malt and alcohol sweetness. The bourbon flavor is not subtle at all. My only complaint was that there was not much balance to all the flavors competing for attention at once.
Duster72 (117) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours inky black with a smallish dark brown head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, and alcohol. Taste is dominated by the coffee, but the bourbon/oak flavor gives it a very nice nuance. Chocolates and vanilla also lurk in the background. I am not a coffee person, but this was pretty good. Mouthfeel was creamy and exceptional. I was surprised to be able to drink the whole thing since I am not a fan of coffee at all, but this was a pleasant change of pace for me. Very nice.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Black as can be, not much of a head, more of a tan foam ring. Burnt malts with hints of vanilla, and maybe a hint of coffee. Not really a whole lot of bourbony barrel stuff in there, which wasn’t a dissapointment.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, thanks to sersdf. Dark dark pour with an oily tan head. Intense coffee aroma with bitter chocolate - really smoky but not in an acrid way. Flavor is very well developed. Bourbon and oak are immediately apparent, so is the alcohol. Coffee notes and an excellent finish. Smooth and full on the palate. World class.
ArcaneApollo (3) - Troy, New York, USA - APR 27, 2007 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I tasted this at a beerfest in Boston. All told, i must have tried over 25 beers that afternoon. Kentucky Breakfast was one of the first I tried and set an impossible standard to live up to for the rest. Its silky smooth chocolate entrance is complemented perfectly with the bitter coffee and bourbon aftertaste. One of the best stouts available. Every bourbon should be mixed with beer!