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RATINGS: 2067   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
A bit of backwoods pleasure without the banjo. This strong stout is brewed with a hint of coffee and vanilla then aged in oak bourbon barrels. Our process ensures that strong bourbon undertones come through in the finish in every batch we brew. We recommend decanting at room temperature and best enjoyed in a brandy snifter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2009
bottle from í08. Pours a deep brown nearly black. Vanilla, coffee, whiskey, roast malts, sweet, some mild spice nose. Flavor is a rich coffee, lots of roast, chocolate, bourbon. oily full mouthfeel. Bourbon lingers all the way through. Great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Tampa Tasting Group as part of a blind coffee beer tasting. Pours a muddy dark brown to black with a thin tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, some notes of caramel, honey, and molasses. Flavor is roasted and malty with notes of vanilla, bourbon, wood, coffee, chocolate, some hints of caramel and honey. Generally medium to full body with a pleasing malty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
CheersMate (1315) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - APR 25, 2009
Picked up at Brawleys in Charlotte, North Carolina. Poured like motor oil, big time! No head, but the small head was a heavy chocolate color. Perfrect looking beer. This is how I love my stouts to look. Huge wood and roast aroma. Not hard to smell at all. Just an amazing aroma, of wood, chocolate. Chocolate is very aromatic. A delicious smell. Wish it had some bourbon smell, but very aromatic. Oh man, perfect flavor. Nice thick chocolate, slight coffee taste, with an awesome bourbon finish. Just a wonderful bourbon taste that lingers. Nice woody taste. A perfectly nuanced beer. Overall, my favorite beer. Nice hop taste mixed in wood that bourbon/wood aftertaste. Let this sucker warm up and it just gets better. I was raised in Kentucky, so this is a providential moment in my life.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beernbourbon (1394) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 25, 2009
Dark black with nice deep brown head. A lot of bourbon and vanilla in nose, (which I like). Flavor is vanilla, malt and bourbon. Itís a little hot, but I still like it. maybe a little out-of-balance, but still awesome stuff. seemed to mellow out as it warmed. I liked it better 20 min after openeing.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
zizzybalubba (1626) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2009 12 oz. bottle purchased at Coasters (but enjoyed at home). Amazing aroma of bourbon, vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. Color is black with a very thin brown head; it appears to be very thick. Strong coffee and chocolate flavor up front with a vanilla and alcohol finish. The bourbon aging gives a wonderful vanilla flavor that really does not taste boozy like you would expect from bourbon. Good luck finding this one, but if you do you will not find many beers better than this. Phenomenal.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2009
Poured black. Thought I was pouring motor-oil. Thin brown head that dissipated fast. Aroma of bourbon, coffee, and caramel. Flavor over powered by bourbon and coffee. Alcohol strong in the finish. Heavy beer, thick mouthfeel. This would probably be better if it was aged.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Holtguy (134) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2014 Pours black with tan head. Thick and oily pour. Aroma is coffee and bourbon. Flavor is the same, coffee and strong bourbon notes, which balance the coffee brilliantly. Itís a heavy, high alcohol brew so it takes some time to consume, which makes it all the better. Re-rate 2014 - my initial rating is of the 2009 batch, and Iíve had both the 2010 and 2011 versions as well. 2009-2011 batches were awesome. I never got to try 2012, but 2013 was significantly worse than in years past. It was no longer a distinctive brew as it tasted much like the regular Breakfast Stout. Founders redeemed themselves in 2014 with a beer much closer to the 2009-2011 juggernaut. I canít help but give this beer a perfect score, because it is perfect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2009
Thanks bgurdman. Brown-black pour, thin dark head. Roast aroma, some bourbon. Some bourbon-caramel smoothness, bitter melon, smoke. This is good, but Iím missing something if itís supposed to be great. Thick, lightly tannic mouthfeel.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2009
Drink this at room temp... Pours about as nice as any stout can pour, pitch black with a wonderful head, great retention... Amazing aroma of what bourbon chocolate coffee liqueur should smell like, very creamy smell... Taste matches the aroma almost to a t, but it is not nearly as creamy as the Breakfast Stout... Dry coffee oaky body that is not overly heavy while being full bodied with an intensely full mouthfeel. the warming sensation is a bit much, but if thats the only downside...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bukowski9 (129) - Piqua, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2009
Bottle pour.This was absolutely wonderful.The coffee ,vanilla flavors and bourbon were very well balanced,and the oak comes through just enough.Was actually very smooth for a stout and easy to drink.A+

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