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!
jmikolich (1458) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz, pours a nice deep dark black, no light seeping through, aroma is more of chocolate than coffee, however there is coffee and milk, the taste is more of the same, chocolate while the back of the swallow hits the notes of bourbon, not overpowering, allows me to enjoy the Breakfast stout... this is absolutely fantastic.. im excited for the New Release.
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of JB175. Pours an oily dark opaque black with a minimal light brown head. Nose is coffee with hints of bourbon. Palate is coffee, dark chocolate milk and bourbon. Creamy mouth feel with a mellow finish. Alcohol is well hidden but has a warming affect ĺ through. This stuff is delicious.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle brought out as a surprise during Founders event at South Philadelphia Taproom. And what a surprise it was! Pours pitch black with thin coffee colored head. Excellent aroma which is dominated by bourbon and oak but not too much so that you cantít detect the chocolate and roasted coffee. I smelled this beer for several minutes before sampling it. This beer is very smooth considering itís complexity and ABV. Lots of bourbon and oak flavor, roasted coffee maltiness, vanilla, chocolate candi sugar and caramel. Excellent!
neuskoul (1) - USA - MAR 14, 2008 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I cant believe the craftmanship of this beer! It has an aroma that can only be described as coffee meets sweet chocolate meets the aroma of a freshly ground coffee beans. Its head is small and frothy, AWASOME beer, period.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from ughsmash. Aromas of oats, sweet malted rich chocolate and coffee. Black body with just a dusting of darktan cover for head. Good sweet chocolate and roasted coffee flavor. Body seamed to be little thinner than couple of other impy stousts Iíve had. Good beer and thanks Jason for the trade.
DoubleBubble (107) - Mescal Lakes (wherever that is), Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a black/brown color with a 1" light brown head. Very spotty lacing. Aroma of expresso/ coffee, light chocolate, roasty malts, and oak. Flavors of oak, coffee, very slight vanilla, and light chocolate. Smooth on the tounge, a little bitter, but no lingering aftertaste. Wonder what would happen if I drank this for breakfast instead of the morning coffee.
Goodgrief (1795) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - MAR 10, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2008 Sept. 2007 - Delicious blend of coffee, bourbon, oatmeal and chocolate. The regular Breakfast Stout is outstanding and the bourbon aging actually complemented and enhanced the flavor rather than overpowering it. Excellent. Thanks to eaglefan538 for sharing. Now to find more....
April 2008 - Second tasting, not as impressed. A lot of bourbon overwhelms most of the other flavors. Still good, but bumped down from the 4.6 original rating.
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - MAR 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2009 Brew smells awesome, like a black hole of roasted coffee and bourbon. Pours black and thick like oil, perfect tan and frothy head. Top half is the perfect Imperial Stout, complex, smooth, and bold. Roasted barley, malt, coffee, chocolate, and just a hint of oats and bourbon. Delicious! Thick and creamy and awesome. Bourbon becomes overpowering in the bottom half however. The further you get into the bottle, the more the complexity gives way to bourbon.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the bottle, pours a thick black with a thin tan head that stays on the outside of your glass as you drink it. The bourbon isnít as strong as the Goose Island Bourbon County, but it picks up the aroma/flavor well in this beer. The main aroma I think is still of coffee and the vanilla really isnít noticeable. Great flavor though and it is very easy to drink. Still doesnít seem like a 10% beer, it goes down so smooth. Very enjoyable.