unclemattie (4356) - Georgia, USA - SEP 4, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz twist-off bottle. Vintage 2006. Big bourbon barrel aroma. Lots of vanilla, coffee, wood, big chocolate. Smells of charcoal. Big bourbon and vanilla flavors. Full bodied Stout.
thickfreakness (132) - AUSTIN, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to a friend for picking up an 07 4-pack of this in Indiana for me. A vigorous pour into my glass leaves a one inch dark, oily mocha colored head that fades to some lacing. This one is pitch black. The smell is coffee grounds, cocoa, slight bourbon/vanilla and astringent oakiness. Flavor is much of the same with a huge hit of coffee and oakiness followed by a smooth chocolate and bourbon finish. So Texture is velvety smooth. Alcohol is slightly present at the finish with a slight burn in the back of the throat but it also warms the belly. Compared to fresh I much prefer the aged smell and flavor; the fresh was much more coffee centric and a year+ on this one has allowed more character to come forward and made it much more balanced and flavorful.
Drake (10406) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy cdumler. Thanks Chris! Dark brown pour with a small brown head. Very strong and very bitter roasted coffee aroma with oak and vanilla trying almost in vain to fight their way through. Taste is strong coffee, very roasted malts and oak and vanilla notes. Full bodied. People who don’t drink coffee beware, this will be over the top for you, as it was for me, but it is a damned good beer.
Capa (2265) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark with a deep tan head. Strong bourbon aroma with some chocolate, molasses, and dirt. Smooth bourbon and roasted malts in the flavor with light cocoa, and that damn dirt again. The body is perfect for the flavor. The bourbon is a little harsh in this one but I’m sure another couple years in the cellar will fix that.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 25, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2009 400th rating! Thank you Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA. Pours a pure, opaque, oily black with a very fine, thin, shimmering caramel head. Heady aroma of sweet coffee, caramel malt, dark dried fruit, and oxidized notes along with a slightly smokey, almost honey edge. Flavor contains the perfect level of sweetness to support and compliment the incredibly complex, multi-layered flavor profile. The first level of flavors consists of dark roasted malt and subtle hops bitterness followed by bourbon sweetness, smoke, and wood-aged characteristics. Coffee is present as well but doesn’t overpower or dominate the other flavors. Still more flavors arise with a hint of dark black cherries and well-integrated alcohol. The body is perfectly balanced with smooth, mouth-filling expressions of bitterness, sweetness, and the full range of flavors in between.
PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: (received in a trade about 6 months ago, but I forget from who. Thanks though) Pours opaque with a fading, very deep brown head. The aroma is pungent and charred. Smells like old/used coffee grinds, an ash tray with water poured into it, a touch of vanilla/booze sweet undertones, and lots of whiskey/oak character. A bit harsh. The body has a substantial feel without being cloying. Starts off harsh and one dimensional with just the base beer character showing it’s overwhelming coffee grind flavor. However, as it warms a touch of vanilla comes through, followed by more bourbon/cask character. The sweetness from the barrel balanced the base beers homogeneous bitter coffee grind character. (I’m not really a fan of the Founders Breakfast Stout) But this stuff gained a lot from the barrel, giving it that bourbon sweet bite and balancing the harshness. It worked out really well. This is significantly better than the Breakfast Stout (which had no subtleties) In short, the barrel character saved the beer and gave it some nuances to enjoy.
craftbeerdesign (2243) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2011 2011 and 2010 vertical on 3/25/11.
2011 bottle pours black with a slim tan head. sweet vanilla nose with some bourbon seeping through along with light coffee and chocolate notes. not sure what happened here, but I feel this years batch is off a bit. medium body - very creamy throughout. well blended mix of bourbon, vanilla, coffee and chocolate. sweet, bitter and coffee infused finish with a nice layer of bourbon.
pours black with a slim tan head. the coffee has faded on this vintage with the bourbon coming through a bit stronger. solid body with subtle coffee notes, big chocolate candy bar notes, light bourbon and big oats. very smooth throughout. this vintage feels more balanced. still bitter on the finish with coffee, chocolate and light vanilla with notes of bourbon seeping through.
2010 bottle on 8/15/10. deep black pour with a thinner 1/8" tan head which fades to a thin lacing. wonderful nose full of sweet chocolate, deep espresso and lots of bourbon. as the beer warms and recedes in the glass, the coffee notes become more pronounced, while the bourbon fades off. Fresh from the bottle pour, there is a perfect blend of coffee and bourbon. Sweet chocolate thick body (almost chewy), with lots of vanilla, oak, bourbon and smooth dark roasted coffee. It really doesn’t get much better than this. On the finish, the bitterness comes forward and you can really feel the 70 IBUs on this. A dark piece of chocolate coated with espresso beans soaked in bourbon. A true masterpiece by Founders.
2010 bottle on 3/19/10. pours a dark black with a 1 finger tan frothy head... big coffee and bourbon nose... really deep roast. medium body with vanilla, bourbon, lots of coffee and some smooth dark chocolate. big bourbon finish with more chocolate... outstanding, but I think it will continue to get better with age.
2006 bottle thanks to TBC. This rating and bottle is to celebrate the birth of my daughter... I’ve been saving this bottle for a special occasion... pours a deep dark black with a good size tan head. aromas of bourbon, coffee, licorice and vanilla. simply outstanding... nice solid body over the palate with the licorice coming through strong on the front of the palate and the bourbon aged barrels on the finish. coffee undertones on the sides and deep roasted malts throughout. Founders has crafted a world class beer and deserves all the hype surrounding this beer.
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - AUG 10, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong and rich with a very thick palate and well balanced flavors of oak, coffee, vanilla, malt and chocolate. Deep dark with a reddish brown head. Very good.
Praetorian (86) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours like motor oil with a very small head but has good lacing. The aroma is of minerals, bitter black coffee and dirt. Has a flavor of coffee with notes of chocolate and oak. Full bodied and very bitter throughout with a syrupy texture. A good stout, but very harsh-not for beginners.
m4rest88 (387) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - AUG 7, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with virtually no head. The body is murky with no particles. The body hue is a very dark brown color, maybe even black.
The aroma of the beer is very moldy, minerally, with a hint of a cobweb scent. - Smells a little like an attic that hasnt been opened up in years.
The initial flavor is moderately sweet with the finish being heavily bitter. The body feels full to the palate and the texture feels syrupy. The beer has soft carbonation. A little Disappointed by this beer.