nearbeer (4624) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 26, 2009
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2009 12 oz. Chocolate black with a small but lasting disc of foam. Nose of smoked Baby Ruth candy bar: chocolate, charred mesquite, vanilla, peanuts and caramel. Taste is the same with some added whiskey and vanilla. Medium-heavy body is dangerously smooth, watery and drinkable. Some bits of peppery alcohol warming on the finish.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2009 Room Temp:Black liquid. Bigger than expected head which fades to a clingy,ring of lasting foam. Overwhelming coffee aroma. Undertones of the bourbon aging, and chocolate. Not much really. Smooth as silk texture. Rolls over the tounge. Upfront dark fruit,chocoalte malt and wood. Heavy ashy,coffee,bourbon flavor follow. Finish is lingering balanced malt and wood from the bourbon aging,with a bare hint of vanilla. Iím guessing this is about a 8-10 month old bottle....Suprised for all thatís here itís pretty balanced out and real tasty. Also,not near as sweet as expected. As it opens a bit the ashiness goes away a little. A somewhat one sided aroma and heavy ashiness really are the only negatives here. Maybe not the most complex malt profile,but ... Overall this is a strong,but very creamy,easy to drink stout with a tasteful bourbon barrel aging.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - AUG 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle thanks to bret27. Black with a tan head. The aroma has dominating coffee, mixed with plenty of oak and alcohol. Hot flavor with a little bourbon, wood, and coffee. Medium-full body with some tannic, woody astringency and alcohol burn in the finish. A blast of flavor, with a cool mix of coffee and bourbon that works a little better than in the aroma. The mouthfeel definitely brings it down though, with too much astringency and alcohol. This is one that I can see liking a lot better with a good deal of age on it to soften things.
tomthompson89 (1973) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Brewpub. OUT OF THIS WORLD!! so so nice in a sniffter, black with some beigeish foam. nose is oak, vanilla, coffee, chocolate and bourbon. Flavour is this and more. wish it was still in bottles but tap was fantastic.. this is the ber i was given when i told kevin my bartender "I was in his hands"
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
birthday bottle thanks to mar. poured black with a copper head and some nice lace. aroma was very upfront with coffee and chocolate then followed by subtle hints of bourbon and vanilla. flavor was lots of chocolate, bourbon, dark fruits, licourice, coffee, and dark roast. body was thick with low carbonation. very good imp stout and one heck of a good beer. thanks mar.
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. Pours a burnt motor oil black with chocolate head. Aroma smacks you in the face with coffee, hints of bourbon. Flavor doesnít let up after that, strong espresso, bourbon, little oak. Mouth feel is heavy body, creamy, low carbonation. Overall, this is an excellent stout, loved it! Try cold and allow to warm, then taste again. Very nice beer!
JoeTheYounger (1179) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - AUG 21, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from DuffmanSW shared with mspindler. Pours dark black with thin brown bubbly head. Aroma and flavor of sweet roasted coffee, vanilla, oak, earthy. Espresso bitterness, silky, alcohol taste. Low carbonation. Overall enjoyable.
robertjm (837) - Albany, California, USA - AUG 19, 2009
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(trade with xmarcnolanx) At first pour it looks like motor oil with no sign of a head, but by the time the beer is in the glass thereís a dark tan head about 2mm high, which settles down to a ring of foam. Zero light penetrates the glass when held up to a 60w bulb! Strong aroma of cocoa powder with hints of vanilla. I could sit here taking air hits off the glass for a long time its so good. Remember I said looked like motor oil? It has a thick body of motor oil when drinking too. Huge flavors of coconut and vanilla. Make no mistake this is a sipping beer, the flavor is so intense. Once you get over the extreme roasty aftertaste thereís a warming on the palate of the bourbon which lasts for quite some time. While this may not turn out to be your favorite beer of all time, if you like imperials and you like alcohol barrell aged brews you MUST try this one.
sebletitje (8666) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 16, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours pitch oily black, thin mahogany head with long lasting golden lacing.
Aroma has strong notes of booze, bourbon barrel and oak wood, lot of dark chocolate.
Flavor, warming abv, thick chocolate palate with boozy notes of oak and bourbon barrel. Roasted malts coupled with some coffee and toasted grains and some lingering chocolate bitterness with some interesting hoppy twist, though faint can be felt.
Overall palate is thick and oily with a good punch of alcohol warmth.
This one had a low carbonation.
This one is definitely not as good as the older version but packs a good punch nonetheless.
Fin (9175) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2015 Bottle at Craigís bit tasting, Edinburgh, 21-03-09 thanks to Craig for a nice evening and for getting some great beers Iíve finally moved this over after months of Craig telling me that Iíd rated this and put in the Founders Breakfast Stout box rather than this one. Pours dark thick oily and a little sticky, yes this is pretty much shark eye black with no real head that I noticed. Some vanilla and bourbon on the nose and very much in evidence in the mouth, also its very roasty. Soft feeling in the mouth, the alcohol leaves a steady warmth around the gums and across the tongue, its good. A really nice stout that finished with a little hoppy flurry. A7 A4 F7 P4 OV15 3.7 Had this again June 17th 2015 at Craigendmuir campsite, purchased at Beer Gonzo website Loz is right, my rating at Craigs in 2009 is tight, really mean, Loz thinks itís a 4.9 as usual her generosity knows no bounds, but it is good, really bloody good, I could go on and on about it but I canít be bothered, just try i, itís great.. A7 A4 T8 P4 OV17 4.0