Fin (8699) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2015 Bottle at Craigís bit tasting, Edinburgh, 21-03-09 thanks to Craig for a nice evening and for getting some great beers Iíve finally moved this over after months of Craig telling me that Iíd rated this and put in the Founders Breakfast Stout box rather than this one. Pours dark thick oily and a little sticky, yes this is pretty much shark eye black with no real head that I noticed. Some vanilla and bourbon on the nose and very much in evidence in the mouth, also its very roasty. Soft feeling in the mouth, the alcohol leaves a steady warmth around the gums and across the tongue, its good. A really nice stout that finished with a little hoppy flurry. A7 A4 F7 P4 OV15 3.7 Had this again June 17th 2015 at Craigendmuir campsite, purchased at Beer Gonzo website Loz is right, my rating at Craigs in 2009 is tight, really mean, Loz thinks itís a 4.9 as usual her generosity knows no bounds, but it is good, really bloody good, I could go on and on about it but I canít be bothered, just try i, itís great.. A7 A4 T8 P4 OV17 4.0
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 (1812) - 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, 09í. 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 doesnít quite do the perfect aroma justice, but itís 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 (4362) - 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 (1199) - 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 doesnít come off íhotí 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 Iíve had. A must try!
Kestral (506) - Ňrnes, 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. Canít quite put my finger on what I feel is lacking, but itís not perfect.