Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2007
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from 1FastSTi. You know, some beers are all hype and don’t live up to expectations...This is NOT one of those beer. Black and oily with no head and minimal carbonation. Aroma is fantastic!! Coffee and roasted malts and slight bourbon notes. The mouthful is soooo smooooth. How do they do that???? Anyway, coffee, slight vanilla, some smoke,sweet mollasses, and roasted malts dominate the taste buds. This one of the best beers I’ve had in a long time. Thanks, Blake
diabel (1590) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JAN 8, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the Düsseldorf Gathering. Deep, black body. Pours like sirupe. Caramel coloured, creamy head. Very intense aroma of pure chocolate, liquor and cofee. Moderately bitter, moderately sweet flavour. The flavour is not as complex as the aroma, but a very nice stout. I wish they’d serve this in my hotel in stead of coffee at breakfast.
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JAN 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dusseldorf Gathering, Bottled. Strong aroma of coffee and vanilla with varnish although only (?) 10%. Black color, small light brown head, few lace. Sweet, coffee, varnish, moccha, vanilla, chocolate, black currant and more. Too much to mention, very complex. I think it’s even unbalanced because all of these flavors.
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. pours pitch black with brown head. cold coffee aroma lots. very thick consistency. lots and lots of coffee and some burbon as well.
shadey (1845) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 30, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black pour with trace lacing of dark tan. Aroma is strong coffee, some cream, some touches of bourbon and vanilla. Flavor is well blended, quality stout with coffee and nicely mixed bourbon with the accompanying vanilla. Very nicely done.
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I have had this one a couple different times, but thanks to Mike Mcallister and Vintage estates I had it again the other night...and figured it would be a good one to notch in as my 100th rating. Shared with Mikemcallister, Black95tt, and Ron the owner of vintage estates. I love the original breakfast stout, and this is just as good with a whole new level of complexities to it. This beer changes a lot throughout starting cold, to warming a little then moving to close to room temperature. Lots of bourbon and coffee and the beginning, followed by some chocolate and more coffee and maybe even caramel or toffee. Followed up by a lot of vanilla and oak and other woodsy characteristics. Overall really good stuff and always a treat to have this beer.
rudolf (2310) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks Santa! Utter black, brown head subsides into a thin film. Nose is tar, coffee, slight bourbon, some chocolate covered cherry, vanilla. Flavor is bitter malt, chocolate, coffee, maybe a hint of tobacco. Great burnt malt w. coffee finish. Great heavy mouthfeel. Stunning. An example that shows that barrel aging can be great when done well.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had been looking for this for a long time, and Rooftoprogue casually throws this in a box as an extra. Thanks Rob! Pours a viscous oil brown black with a very faint wisp of a brown head (sort of disappointing). But the aroma makes up for it, which you can smell across the room. Strong aroma of dried oak and dark roast malt, with some vanilla in the background. Soft carbonation and a silky mouthfeel. Initial flavor of coffee and dark chocolate that transitions to vanilla, pepper, and dark roast malts. Bitter but mildly sweet finish, with small hints of bourbon. Lots of dusty, dry char on the finish. I liked this one a lot. Probably the strongest wood and char notes of any beer I have had so far. I rated this lower than the Breakfast, but I like it better. WTF?
TheEpeeist (3137) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2006 First beer in a 5 round, top-rated imperial stout blind tasting to be held over the next few months. Four beers with similar characteristics will be sampled in each round. Round 1 - Bourbon Barrel. 12 oz bottle. Dark chocolate brown with a wisp and thin ring of tan head. Intoxicating nose of oak, bourbon and dusty dark chocolate; fruitcake and currants emerge. Silky sipper with bourbon and Baker’s chocolate. Lime peel tingle. Notes of coffee with cinnamon stick. Beet sweetness.
NYMojoMan (12) - Arden, North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2007 This is a beer that makes itself want to rerate every other beer. I had this at a tasting in Atlanta. Slightly chilled from Room temp in a Three Philosophers Snifter WOW is all I say! Stout color is there with little head. At 10 % The Trolls in the Stout barrels release flavors unknown to any other stout. I;ve had the breakfast stout and I know this sounds crazy but the vanilla bean coffee, chocolate fades into a Bourbon Frappucino. Thats What I taste. I am a brewer and Have made imperial stouts that blow my mind but I have no clue how this is done. All i have to say is Best american beer ever for me now.!!!!