tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2007 Wow I finally got to experience this lovely stout! Deep drown color, pours almost like maple syrup, medium beige head - very creamy and nice lacing. Aroma of dark roasted coffee, bourbon, oak, with a slight hint of sweetness. Wonderfully rich and satisfying flavors, coffee, earthy malt, oak, maple syrup, caramel, bready yeast. Just all sorts of things to please your palate!
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - APR 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the notch on the front label, Iím guessing that this was bottled in late 2006, from a stubby twist-off 12 oz. bottle, sampled at room temperature in a snifter.
Poured a syrupy blackish dark coffee brown with a frothy, creamy, bubbly topped brown head, good retention, small amount of laced sticking.
Big earthy expresso nose with milk chocolate, vanilla, a subtle sweet fruitiness, a pronounced green oak woodiness, and a light charcoal.
Good even moderate carbonation and a crisp, dryish, silky slick, creamy smooth, airy, full bodied mouthfeel.
A pleasant sipper, earthy expresso and coffee beans, grainy, caramel, green wood, hints of charred embers and oily smoke, vanilla, the alcohol is well masked and provides a low warmth in the palate, the hops are buried and soft, and a dry bitter coffee and licorice finish.
This is pretty good, but for the price and taste, I think I prefer the regular Breakfast Stout.
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a pleasant surprise. The name made me think maybe this was somekind of hillbilly joke, but it is actually a wonderful desert beer. Coffee and chocolate notes, like a Bellís Expedition Stout, with a great alcohol warmth and a bourbon note that actually works. The general effect of using a whiskey bottle to age beer is usually nasty, destroying all subtlety, but this does add to the intensity and complexity of the beer. Very dark, almost opaque, small dark head. Nose announces the flavor well. Even a good hoppy finish. Just great.
mkofron (155) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 23, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is roasted coffee and caramel. Pours a very dark brown with a small delicious dark brown head. Appearance and aroma alone are very enticing. Flavor matches the aroma and the bourbon becomes more apparent as the glass empties. Lighter body than I was expecting. Thanks to the mad_scotsman for this excellent beer.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - APR 23, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Laphroig 10 year peatiness embedded in a deep, silky distinctly chocolate malt. I drank this over two hours while watching a movie. Each sip was lush. Iíve had bourbon, whiskey, barrel aged stouts- the thing that distinguishes this one is that usually the barrel aging provides a decidedly addiditive characteristic that can be separated out and identified. The KBS barrel aging is so intricitely woven throughout that it cannot be isolated unalloyed from the rest of this magnificiently constructed beer. Thanks to Randy at Archer Liquors.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 22, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from a 4-pack (thanks Artusory!). Pours an opaque black/brown with a quickly fading brown head that leaves a constant ring around the glass. Earthy potting soil and rich coffee is propelled up to your nostrils by a gust of bourbon. Flavor has notes of ultra-rich chocolate, oak, bourbon-drenched soil, roasty coffee, dark caramel sweetness and ends with a twinge of tropical fruit. The body, although full, is surprisingly of medium consistency with a rolling fine-beaded carbonation. Everything from Founders is just classic.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2007 Blackened body with a remarkably velvety mocha-brown head. Aroma of top quality premium dark chocolate and fresh roasted espresso bean with subtle bourbon and charred oak in the background. Great coffee, vanilla and dark chocolate characters with tons of sparkling vitality, like a juiced up version of the standard breakfast stout. Velvety and ultra smooth with medium oatmeal starch qualities. Rich, complex and decadent. This is the first new (to me) imperial stout to really reach out and grab me in a long time. Excellent beer. So rich and decadent, but when you want that in the form of an imperial stout, this is spot on.
hoppymeal (38) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beer pours jet black with a reddish brown head that quickly dissipates. Strong roasted malt scents mix with a sweet chocolatey aroma. The first taste brings vanilla followed by roasted coffee beans. The beer is not as thick as one might expect from the flavor and aroma. As the beer warms the vanilla aroma is more evident. This beer has a little more sweet flavor to it than their regular breakfast stout which helps to round out the roasted flavors and also helps to accentuate the vanilla flavor. Very well balanced and highly drinkable.
BillVanE (19) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
this is an amazing beer overall I couldnít be happier. It is thick like a melted choclate shake in your mouth. its chocolaty, smoky, bitter, malty, every thing I could hope for it was. this was a treat. I could wipe my stout mustache off while drinking this but not my smile, a pure joy to drink.
alohaC (12) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 20, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fresh í07 bottle. Pours a deep, dark brown - almost black and a little oily. A light brown head foams up about a half-inch, but diminishes quickly. Some of it clings to the glass and provides a nice lacing effect, though - something I find in most Founderís beers. Similar to the regular breakfast stout in aroma with big chocolate malts and dark roasted coffee at the forefront with a faint smokieness of wood and bourbon in the background. Huge coffee flavor still dominates, but is smoothed out and creamier with hints of vanilla. Extremely balanced, smooth and slightly chewy on the palate with just moderate amounts of carbonation. The bourbon really makes more of a presence as the beer warms, but it still maintains its incredible balance and smoothness. Very, very drinkable and some of the coffee bitterness has mellowed. I really like what the wood did for this one. Definitely a beer that lives up to its reputation. Iím glad I have more and some in the cellar from last yearís batch.