McGrupp612 (139) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled side by side with the regular breakfast stout. This was much, much better. It was dessert in a snifter. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon dominate the nose. Heavy oak, bourbon and vanilla, however it is kept in check by the chocolate, coffee and dark malts. My favorite from founders.
Rustyham (1811) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Holy shit this is good. Like a handful of magic, it tastes like jewels and courage. Makes you want to fuck. Bottle thanks to either JW77, Daknole, or Ryan.
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 8, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to STLWill for this tasty brew. Poured into a brandy snifter, 09’. The pour produces an oily impenetrable black with no head to speak of. The nose is rife with rich chocolate, light roasted coffee, burboun, vanilla, wood and minimal booze. The flavour doesn’t quite do the perfect aroma justice, but it’s enjoyable. Lots of bourbon up front, and in the finish. Loads of coffee and oatmeal flavour as well, doing well to hide the booze. The finish is rather watery compared to the massive fullness up front. As it warms, the bourbon character takes over, in a delicious, but boozier way.
jkwalking05 (4355) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black in color with a decent sized dark brown head. Aroma is dark roast coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, leather, oak, bourbon and earth. Taste is coffee, oatmeal, dark chocolate, bourbon and oak.
juiceisloose (1198) - Windermere, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
New label bottle, courtesy redlight, Thanks Brent! Pours a dark brown color with a small brown film that slides back into the body. Just by the aroma you can tell this one is going to be a slow sipper. Rich dark chocolate, fresh roasted coffee, oak, and bourbon dominate the nose. The flavor shows the same dark chocolate and roasted coffee up front, but the roastiness is mellowed by the oak and bourbon. Vanilla from the oak comes in and sweetens things up a bit. There is some nice heat from the alcohol on the finish, but not overly hot. Medium-full bodied and very smooth with subtle carbonation, but this is still a slow sipper from all the rich flavors and alcohol. This is a really nice bourbon barrel stout.
kennydiaz (354) - Manahawkin, New Jersey, USA - AUG 6, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice dark brown with hardly any carbonation.Hints of Vanilla, coffee, chocolate and hints of oak flavoring. One of the worlds best.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Beer Engine in Lakewood 8-2-09. Served in a glass mug, which at $2.00 for the glass, it was quite a bargain...unlike the beer. At like $9.00, it was well worth it honestly. The aroma is rather relaxed, notes of coffee are well hidden with the vanilla and oak scents. The flavor is equally relaxed, but the coffee is still there. It has this amazing buttery-nutty taste to the coffee flavor, not the burnt coffee flavor that is often in the big stouts. It really has mellowed nicely and doesn’t come off ’hot’ at all, even for the 11.2% which snuck up on me like the Hillside Strangler.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Serving: 12 oz. bottle.
Appearance: Pours like black tar with a thin, brown ring around the edge of glass.
Aroma: Dark, roasted malt, coffee, smoke, and bourbon.
Taste: Dark roasted malt, coffee, a little alcohol, raisin, light bourbon notes, and bittersweet dark chocolate.
Palate: Low carbonation with a rich mouthfeel and amazingly short finish.
Overall: The alcohol is well hidden and the bourbon blends nicely (not overpowering like some). Simply put: one of the best impys I’ve had. A must try!
Kestral (506) - Årnes, NORWAY - AUG 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to the folks at Hopcat for this. Pours black with a 5mm chocolate milk head. Aroma is big. Chocolate hits first, then the whiskey notes of smoke and some tar, roasted malt, bbq, dark fruits. Flavour is full. Smoke, wood, coffee, chocolate. Fairly intense espresso finish. Some alcohol is felt when it warms a little. Thick body. Definitely a sipper. Can’t quite put my finger on what I feel is lacking, but it’s not perfect.
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sampled side by side with the Canadian version. I was happy to see the differences between both, and after all was said and drank the KBS faired better with me. Upfront aroma of strong coffee, burnt malt, and blended whiskey. Notes of chocolate, raisin and nuts came through. Opaque dark brown body with low carbonation, a pencil thin head and spotty lacing. Loved the overall taste of this one, a really strong and robust blend of heavy malts, bittering hops, and smooth whiskey. Typical imperial stout taste that is moved up a level or two across the board. Roasted, burnt grains and plenty of coffee with a woody nutty almost fruity aftertaste. Drinks slow and deserves to be done so. Heavy and good. A wonderful treat.