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RATINGS: 1820   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.29   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2007
Aroma is vanilla and bourbon, which also carries over into the flavor. The coffee makes an appearance up in the flavor as well. Not as much bourbon as I imagined, which I think is a good thing for me. Incredibly smooth for an imperial stout. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2007
12oz bottle, sampled alongside the Breakfast Stout. Pours pitch black, with a short, light brown head that quickly diminishes to a thing ring of bubbles that hugs the walls of the snifter. Strong coffee aroma; with some dark chocolate, oak and vanilla. The coffee aroma is stronger here than it is in my Breakfast Stout. The coffee again defines the flavor, again with some bitter dark chocolate in the background along with caramel and burnt toast flavors. Bourbon was not as prominant as I expected. More intense than the Breakfast Stout, but still smooth and enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 28, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2007 Pours like motor oil with a thin tan head. Notes of chocolate,bourbon, and strong coffee fill my snifter. Big malty flavor that surrounds your palate. Nice bitter finish. Superbly balanced. Tremendous stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bmartin08 (12) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 28, 2007
12oz bottle from Julios. Smells of bourbon but where was it in the taste? Thatís not going to keep the score to far down for me but I was expecting to get kicked in the as$ with bourbon when I took a sip. However, I Absolutely loved this beer and the palate is awesome! Jet black with minimal head. Flavor was a dark coffee and slght choclolate. Wish I had more!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 27, 2007
12 oz. bottle from drewbeerme. Pours thick, black and opaque with a thin tannish head that leaves a trace of lace. Bold roasty coffee aroma, a bit of charcoal initially with boubon undertones. Flavor features more coffee, bitter chocolate, rich bourbon and vanilla, tannic notes, alcohol nicely balanced with sweet, tart and astringent flavors, then a slight puckery aftertaste. Full body, very smooth - like liquid silk - and rich creamy carbonation. A real treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 20, 2007
12 ounce bottle from Beer Depot in Ann Arbor, MI (June 2007) drunk at cellar temperature from a Corsendonk glass at my parentsí house in southern Wisconsin. Beautiful pour, impenetrable midnight with a chocolate-pudding head that decays slowly leaving thick dark lacing.....nose is nearly all coffee at first, surprising as usually the bourbon overpowers these things, but slowly some oaky hints, burnt caramel, and faint traces of berries show up; its assertive and different, anyway....very rich mouthfeel, somewhat dry and coffee-ground-like at first, the gritty texture giving way to velvety cakiness quickly, dark bitter chocolate infused with blueberries, and doused briefly in fairly young, harsh bourbon....bitter and long, burnt malty character runs through to the finish. I had the feeling this would disappoint me, and it didnít actually, I find it quite interesting and different from most other BBA Imperials Iíve had, the whiskey not overdone at all; that said, itís a little harsh to drink with regularity so Iíll probably save a bottle or two for just a little mellowing. Perhaps not quite deserving of its praise, but not completely overrated either.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - JUN 20, 2007
A black and huge head of tan pour wit a huge aroma of expresso and mocha. Flavor is sweet with same flavors but with an added oilyness and a slight petrol taste. Well hidden alcohol but again a nasty gasoline aftertaste that probably came from overoasting or something.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 19, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2008 On tap at the brewery. Pours a dark black with a ruby head and lots of lace. Big aroma of rich chocolaty malt and traces of bourbon. Flavor is slightly sweet malt with tones of chocolate, coffee, and with some bourbon kick, but not at all overpowering like I feared. The initial stout is somewhat subdued, more so than there regular imperial, which really allows the bourbon to come through without being overpowering. Has a noticeable alcohol character throughout. Very drinkable, complex, not overdone, really outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 18, 2007
Bottle: Pours pretty much pitch black with a thin bubbly brown head. Aroma is of sweeter coffee and chocolate and some bourbon spice. Flavor is lightly malty and rich coffee and chocolate flavor. Sweeter than i expected, strong vanilla notes and slight bourbon and oak flavors. Not nearly as bourbony as i thought it would be either.Though that is not a negative. The body is medium. The slight sweetness and the more subtle flavors of this stout combined with not as thick a body as some make this an extremely easy drinking stout. I love imperials but cant drink them everyday. But this one i wish i could drink everyday!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
eaglefan538 (2893) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 15, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2008 Bottle courtesy Robert at statelineliquors.com. Pour was black, nice tan chocolate had, slow/delayed developing head just like a fresh Bfast Stout, a pretty pour despite the aging. The head had good retention and great lacing, nice job, Founders! The aroma got me all excited, coffee, oak, light smoke/ash, vanilla, and bourbon, but the latter didnít overwhelm at all, just a nice beautiful coffee presence and so much other character there. Flvaor was much the same, all things melded together prefectly with a touch barrel aging, nothing dominant, a smooth treat, fabulous. Did I rate the regular breakfast stout highly enough? This stuff rocks! Thank you, my friend, Robert!!! Re-rate, September 07, bottle courtesy of nolankowal: Original rating stands, a fabulously done beer. Thanks, John! Rerate (4/08) in horizontal alongside two vintages (08 and 07) of ST Jah-va and a Peche Mortel bottle x 12oz. Finished right behind the Peche, the bourbon-notes just too strong after leading with the Peche. Still a very well done brew w/ BAíing. The regular breakfast stout needs to stand up against Peche one day.

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