Nickls (2356) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Black hue with a rich darker tan head that lasts really well. Not as bourbony in the aroma up-front, but the roastiness really shines and even a hint of sweetness comes in. Lots of warming alcohol on the palate, roasty, touch sweet, but definitely get the barrel aging at the end. Full, thick body. Just a wonderful brew.
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 8, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice find for my 400th rating. This terrific beer has the rare ability to be both pleasantly dark and bright, with coffee and tobacco, oatmeal, molasses, malt and maple, nice sour and great aftertaste.
Atom (2134) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap pours dark brown/black with tan brown head. Aroma is strong of oak and coffee. Taste is similar to aroma with vanilla and chocolate, coffee is more up front. Taste very similar to CBS a little less sweet but again I think it just takes away from what makes the Breakfast Stout, itself, so good. Disappointed.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - AUG 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from beernbourbon (bottled on 02/15/10). Pours very dark brown with a creamy thick tan head. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, oak and whiskey. The flavor is smooth whiskey, semi-sweet chocolate, lightly bitter roasted malt and a slightly acidic coffee. Full body with mild carbonation and a thick, lush, velvety mouth feel. Great Imperial Stout with lots of whiskey and oak barrel qualities, just a bit too much chocolate in my opinion, but excellent none the less.
leems (406) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 3, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle via trade, I recently had the standard BS and was impressed but I wasn’t sure what I’d think about adding the bourbon... HOLY FLAVOR EXPLOSION BEERMAN! The bourbon and oak just accentuate all of the oatmeal, chocalatey, and coffee goodness of the original. This beer blew me away, it made me sad that I shared the bottle with a friend, and only got one in the trade! Time to line up some four packs!
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - JUL 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2012 Bottle, courtesy of Ryan, thanks a lot!. An opaque black beer, with a small, frothy, mostly diminishing brown head. The aroma is moderately to heavily malty (roasted/burnt grain, black chocolate, hint of coffee), with notes of bourbon, wood, alcohol and a touch of vanilla. The flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, oily/creamy, lightly sticky texture, lively carbonation, long finish with moderate bitterness, moderately alcoholic. It really looks superbly dark and menacing, with more than reasonably good aromas and flavors. A bit sticky and, but not overly so. The bourbon is rather noticeable. Overall agreat beer, although I prefer Expedition or the regular Breakfast Stout.
porterhenson (13) - Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Black as night and as smooth as a stretch of newly blacktopped highway. Love the chocolate and bourbon and coffee inter-twinings. Can’t believe anything that potent went down so smooth. Had my first from a wisened barkeep and then combed Chicago for one of the last cases left in the city. I was kind enough to share with some fellow beer lovers and they were as equally impressed.
mixmasterob (1049) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 28, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured jet black with little head. Viscous, oily pour. No lace. Aroma was of coffee, roasted malts, oak and some bourbon notes. The bourbon was not overpowering, just a perfect subtleness. Flavors start with heavy notes of bourbon, a bit of roasty sweetness and a lingering coffee bitterness. This is the ultimate after dinner brew. I couldn’t detect any booze in the aroma or finish, quite well done. A beauty of a stout that lives up to the hype. Bottle courtesy of wavers1, thanks a ton buddy! Pretty pumped I have one more for the cellar.
KyotoLefty (9114) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 28, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at the brewery, side-by-side with CBS, as my first 2 drinks of 2010 RBSG. Beautiful black with a lovely tan lace. Big coffee, bourbon, vanilla aroma. Big bourbon and oak flavors with coffee. Super roasted and sweet. Very smooth, with a good sour-fruit tang. Well balanced. Great way to start a wild weekend!
GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours black with a very small brown head. Aromas of dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and Sleepy Monk Monastary blend coffee. Flavors follow the aromas with the addition of a little fruit note (cherry?) Mid palate. Would have given a perfect score if the finish lasted longer. It seems to fall off a little too quickly. Overall an oustanding beer, but what else would you expect from Founders!