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RATINGS: 2256   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28/5   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 19/20
brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - NOV 13, 2009
Hugely dark pour with a minimal head. Aroma is a knockout with bourbon, chocolate, and smoked woody notes. Flavor brings in sweet dates, oaky hints, and a bit of roasted coffee beans. Finally, ’coffee’ done right, not overpowering. The malted milk flavors are amazing, and the coffee aspects have given way to the bourbon notes. A bit of age has done wonders here. Fantastic brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
trayns (246) - Beverly Hills, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2009
Tap at Ashley’s in Ann Arbor, Awesome beer - this one on tap is phenomenal. There was little head, and a deep dark mean look. The flavor and palate stick with you and its not too sweet to enjoy over a few pints. This is one of the best stouts - easy hands down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2009
Bottle thanks to StFun. A quick hard pour yields only a swirling dark tan cover that subsides to a ring and then to nothing over a pitch black body with brown edges. Aroma is chocolate, bourbon, smoke, some vanilla, creamy, charred oak. Taste is powerful, charred oak and bourbon, the body underneath is some chocolate, roast malt, nice lingering wood and bourbon but a bit too potent, I prefer the regular Breakfast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odde (308) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Thanks to ucusty for the trade! Black with a short light brown head. Smells like coffee and alcohol. The bourbon barrel accent is rather subtle. Tastes of coffee and unsweetened chocolate. Thick mouthfeel. I’m not the biggest coffee fan, but this was enjoyable. This is for the beer connoisseur that likes their beer like they like their coffee and women--tall, dark and hairy with a bit of a jab.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MereLikesBeer (195) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2009
On tap at MBG Harvest Fest 09. Tasty, Tasty, Tasty...what else is there to say? Very dark pour, nice dark brownish tan head. Intense taste, as I have come to expect from Founders beer on tap. It was chocolaty and fruity, as well as a big coffee flavor. Great flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SHIG (4381) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - OCT 25, 2009
Bottle thanks to Optigon: Poured a thick black with little to no head. Aroma was full on bourbon with dark fruit and coffee mixed in. Taste was rich chocolate and coffee with a bourbon and oak undertones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 19, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2010 12oz 2008 ed? courtesy of Shyam. Pours used motor oil black with a thin, dark brown head. Leaves spotty lacing as the beer disappears. Aroma is beautiful: dark chocolate ganache, plums, dates, spiced rum, vanilla extract. Taste is intense milk chocolate, cocoa, but is overall very mellow, muted, and not overpowering. The bourbon, oak, and 11% have all faded away making this so easy to drink. Dry finish with lingering gourmet chocolates. 10/19/2009 8/4/7/4/16=3.9

12oz 2009 ed. Pour is still midnight with an easily coaxed, wickedly dark brown head. The thin bubbles persist leaving some spotty lace. Aroma is at first beautifully soft butterscotch and buttery bourbon but can devolve quickly to something that is not so different from just straight rubbing alcohol. The taste is wickedly soft from the beginning, rich bourbon and coconut, but moves quickly to something that is very oaky, tannic, dry, dry and chewy like an over-oaked red wine. The palate is silky but moves to chalky and dry. Not really doing it for me. 12/1/2010 8/4/7/3/15=3.7

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drowland (7774) - Georgia, USA - OCT 19, 2009
12oz bottle (2009) into a snifter. Rating #1300! Pours deep black with shimmering brown when held to the light. The small head is dark leather brown and dissipates quickly into a small ringlet. The aroma is honestly comprised of mostly a big dose of fresh roasted coffee. Underneath this is a small helping of nice bourbon and oak characteristics including a lot of vanilla and a touch of wood. The sweet aroma of whiskey touches through but not much. A drink taken in while inhaling starts quite sweet and flows into wood and vanilla mixed with a touch of citrus. The mid is all added coffee and this is definitely what lingers with undertones of very dark chocolate. As it warms the chocolate comes out more and more. There is a nice carbonation that mingles perfectly with the silky mouthfeel. This is honestly good but I was expecting more bourbon stout and less breakfast stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beer5000 (5727) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 17, 2009
355 ml bottle. Black body with a thin brown head. Aroma of burnt malt, charcoal and barbeque sauce. Flavor of dry, roasted malt, roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, bourbon perfume and alcohol. Not to much bourbon flavored, and that’s a good thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 14, 2009
12 oz bottle from good ol’ MrBunn. This is the last of the "monster" trade we recently pulled off. Pours a rich, deep black with minimal head. Aroma is all dark chocolate and roasty coffee beans. Taste is all coffee and STRONG, lovely vanilla. So much that I want 5 more! This is great stuff. The bourbon undertones are definitely there, but so well balanced as to make this ridiculously smooth for the ABV and style. Lovely... just, so damn lovely.

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