dmac (3983) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2007 12 oz bottle. Wow this is the best smell ever. Poured black as the night itself, thick and dense, with a lovely brown creamy head. Aroma is out of this world, my first ten ever. Notes of coffee, espresso, chocolate, vanilla, and just a hint of bourbon. Flavor is still a bit hot with lots of warming on the back of my throat that detracts me slightly from the awesome flavor in my mouth. If this mellows a little with age this will be the BEST BEER EVER!
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2008 12oz bottle. Pours very black with not too much brown head. Aroma is cold, day old coffee grounds. Overwhelmingly strong and one dimensional. I’m not picking up too many other aromas except for really strong coffee grounds, and not in an especially appealing way – and I love coffee. The taste is better and more complex. Thick, roasty, coffee. The coffee taste is more fresh and appetizing than the stale coffee aroma. I would really like to try more of this to get a more accurate opinion. It tasted good but was not world class in my opinion. Will reserve final judgment until I have another bottle.
Fresh 4-pack, resampled. The coffee this time was not stale, day old grounds but it still dominated the nose. I can hardly get any bourbon in the aroma (or the taste for that matter). This is not a bad beer just not that good of an example of a bourbon aged stout, especially for the price and availability. BA Blackout, BCS, and expo/double cream are all substantially better than this.
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2009 Pours an almost tar like black, very little head. Aroma is as you would expect, coffee and whiskey on the front, ith a heavy roast rounding things out. Some vanilla and perhaps even a burnt orange back note. flavor is powerful and bold. Coffee and bourbon seem to be seamlessly integrated, an almost perfect balance. Good bottle.
dchmela (2631) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Boboski for the tasting. This was an absolutely wonderful beer. Pours out really black, oily with no head. Aroma is chocolate malt with a healthy nose full of bourbon and oak. Very nicely balanced taste with chocolate, oak, bourbon, and vanilla all coming through. Thick, oozing and incredible.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 16, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ticker rating as we all know how much i love coffee. Oily black, almost no carbonation whatsoever. Aroma dominated by bitter coffe grinds, no bourbon detectable. Flavor doesn’t have as much coffee as aroma suggests, but enough to turn me off. Very light bourbon through the middle, lends some much desired sweetness, helps to mellow the coffee. Just not my thing.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy hopscotch. Thanks for sharing this highly rated brew! Pours black/brown with a small light brown head. Smells of big coffee, but the bourbon keeps in check. Really helped out the nose I thought. Some chocolate and roast in there too. The taste is pretty up front with the bourbon, the coffee is up in your grill as well. I liked the blend here. Too much coffee sometimes turns me off a little, so this was a nice balance. Finish was smooth, and the alcohol was masked pretty good I tought. Excellent.
fonefan (34443) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. [ Courtesy of drewbeerme ] Black color with a average creamy good lacing mostly lasting brown head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, burnt, dark chocolate, vanilla, light hoppy, cask wood, bourbon. Flavor is moderate sweet and light to moderate bitter with a long duration, nice balance and very harmonious. Body is full, texture is creamy and smooth, carbonation is soft. Very very nice ;o))
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed with grassrootsVT at 4 am after he helped me fix my toilet with a knife, a nail, and some silicon...
Appears a pitch black with a 2 finger high, tan head. Tons of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of coffee grounds, cocoa, fresh espresso beans, roasted nuts, creamy vanilla.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a huge nod to ground coffee and not enough of the oak, or bourbon going on as anticipated.
Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied, rich, huge coffee, sweet, creamy, with a grainy, biscuity feel in the swallow.
Personally, I enjoyed the regular Breakfast Stout more. Maybe it was the bottle? I’ve heard these have differed.
MadIndian (2365) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled with Stegosaurus, courtesy of trade with Ohio Dad. Another great one from founders. Great pour, great coffee/oak/roast aroma. Roast ,wood and coffee taste. Blended rather well, Really good. Thanks guys.
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 5, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
poured into snifter. sure it is definitly good. pours a thick black motor oil glug of a consistency, with a dark caramel head. coffee overwhelms the aroma. coffeee thruout on the taste, with a sweet milky finish. palate is a milky feel, presents itself nicely. a complex beer that has a sweet finish to aftertaste... the bourbon age comes thru in the finish... good and mouthwatering.