jstraw (1930) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2009 In bottle at Jerryís. Black with creamy, dark, cappuccino head / Big tobacco, chocolate, and wood nose / Full bodied with lush hop underpinning and creamy, long finish / Flavors of tobacco, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and oak / Perfect.
fiver29 (1035) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This one reminds me a lot of the GL BA Blackout Stout. Bottle pours black with an aroma that makes me want to keep smelling and drinking it. Smells of dark coffee and some bourbon abound. Head is a dark tan, almost milk chocolate color. Head does not last very long. Tastes like roasted coffee and bourbon from the first sip to last. Mouthfeel is velvety silky smooth with some occasional hints of oats. This is simply an outstanding brew and is easily of my favorites.
LeMunche (66) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2008 MMMMM. The original breakfast stout is good, but this one is so much better. Maybe it was due to the freshness (brand new bottle),, but I found the coffee in this one to be of a much higher quality. Adding the bourbon aging was also a huge plus. It seems that on some sips, this beer got close to a milkshake taste and feel while on others it was a balanced bourbon brew.
Sarcastro (1) - Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2008 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I think Bourbon aged beers tend to go a little overboard with the bourbon these days. I think this is probably my favorite one. It is probably one of the best balanced beers I have ever had. It is strong with hints of coffee and bourbon mixed well. Pours pitch black. Very strong on the palate.
mixinnixon2000 (227) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2008
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with small tan head. flavor of burnt coffee, oak and roasted malt. I can barly taste the burbon, but I guess that is what the alcohol flavor is. this is an excellent stout.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 18, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Yum! Poured a black body with a small wispy brown-grey head. Oaky, sweet, complex, and clean. A great approach of vivacious bourbon flavor, but balanced keenly with subtle oak. F yeah!
17thfloor (2431) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2010 [08 bottle sampled 3.17.08] Pours somewhat thick black with a small wispy brown head. Strong aroma of ground coffee, some alcohol, oak and earth/dirt. Bitter! wow thick black coffee, gritty, some vanilla in the finish. A little more one-dimensional than I was expecting, but way smooth and drinkable. Roasted/burned coffee beans. Pretty dry for the style, and I like that. I see where it gets its name from though, thisíll wake ya up and really strong coffee flavor. Reminds me slightly of Olfabrikken Porter, but more drinkable. "A hint of coffee..." is a bit of an understatement. The bourbon shows up in the finish... but must be at room temperature. 22.214.171.124.18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
[rerate spring 08 bottle enjoyed 10.29.09] Pours a shinny obsidian color with a fizzy foamy mocha head. Aroma of stale coffee beans, hard roast, bourbon is very faint, dirty coffee filter, some light vanilla and a touch of booze. The 09 bottles seem to be way more barrel forward.
The bourbon and barrel only really linger in the aftertaste, slight burn. Flavor follows, corse coffee, lots of bitter dark creamy chocolate. Medium/full bodied, creamy, with corse sizzling carbonation that is slightly distracting 4.5. I think I prefer regular breakfast stout! I am actually pleased that this held up as well as it did.. 126.96.36.199.17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
[spring 08 bottle] figured I should drink this before the coffee goes to shit. Aroma of stale coffee, cream, slight bourbon. The bourbon is really nice on the first sip but then is harder to detect with each successive sip, soy, cream, stale coffee, lost its depth and edge, love the way the barrel note has mellowed but I know now to drink these fairly fresh... coffee does not hold up! Medium/full, creamy, slick oily, faint carb. 188.8.131.52.16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
[2010 bottle, 3.23.10] Strong aroma of ground coffee and oatmeal, not much bourbon, maybe just a touch. Flavor is quite a bit different than other vintages, cookie, very light bourbon, fusel alcohol, ash, fruity, weird bitterness, floral, just not right, maybe a touch vegetal, charcoal. This does have a very nice woody cedar-like quality, lightly oaky but more woody/cedary/peppery, more oak chip like and not bourbon barrel. Medium/full bodied, a bit heavy on the carbonation relatively, kind of airy fizzy but still creamy. 184.108.40.206.15. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . .
[2009 bottle rated 6.22.10] Pours an oily super dark brown near black but still quite brown with basically no head but some sticky dark tan lacing. Aroma of crunchy coffee, medium super nice vanilla, very nice bourbon and oak aroma, super dark caramelized sugars, slick, dark, dark dark molasses, spicy woody oak, bourbon again... love it. Flavor is a bit more oily, touch of soy, crunch stale coffee, almost sour, sour cream, balanced bourbon, so Tyranena like now, the finish is a bit soyish with some sweeter notes, the aftertaste is really spectacular though, subtle roasty coffee, hint of sour cream, balanced spicy dry wood and bourbon with just a lingering pleasant hotness. This seems a bit more viscous than I remember, soft light carbonation, thick and viscous but not sticky, still super drinkable though but feels the heaviest out of the vintages Iíve had. Love this beer... maybe love regular BS better, but founders this is Founderís contribution and it is amazing. 220.127.116.11.18
hombrepalo (1833) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Iím really not a stout drinker but this bad boy was awsome! A memorable beer, the taste is just so heavenly, in a category of its own. Poured like most stouts, dark as hell with brown head. Aroma of coffee, vanilla, and ohh the sweet chocolate. Taste is so complex yet balanced of all of the aromas mentioned above. Medium body makes this stout even more enjoyable. Loved it!
lb4lb (2548) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2014 bottles courtesy of Dmac621 & Iowaherkeye. Thanks!!
Pours pitch black with a big medium lived dark brown head. Smell is strong coffee, mild bourbon and oak. Very well balanced smell and not overly bourbony. Taste is equally as well balanced with rich dark chocolate like roasty malt, a touch of vanilla, stong oak flavor, a touch of bourbon, and bold coffee flavors and a bit of caramel. This is really nice, and quite a bit more enjoyable than the original breakfast stout. Medium to thick body and moderate to light carbonation. Awesome beer and one of my absolute favorites, especially with 1 year of age on it.
On tap at BB Rovers. Well this is still very good, but the bourbon flavor is much stronger than I remembered. Not as intense of a bourbon hit as Goose Island BCS, but a bit more than ideal.
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Founderís on release day. Dark black in color with a deep brown head. The aromas were powerful with scents of coffee, milk chocolate, vanilla, oatmeal and bourbon. This continued into a powerful but smooth palate that was complex and extremely well balanced. Not much has to be said about this one other than it this truly was wonderful!