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RATINGS: 2355   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - APR 8, 2010
2010 bottle. Pours a super thick luscious looking inky black with a nice 2 finger tan head. The aroma was nice coffee, roast, chocolate, and alcohol. The taste was amazing with roast and coffee coming in first followed by some chocolate then the bourbon and vanilla flavors come at the end of each drink. This coats your mouth with creamy goodness followed by some hottness in the end. In my opinion this beer lives up to the hype it has been given. This is a very enjoyable beer and if you have any more bottles of this it would be hard not to drink them. I think I shall drink em.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - APR 8, 2010
Bottle. A huge thanks to the team at Gomers in Lees Summit for letting me get a bottle of this one. Poured a pitch black color with a faint tan head. Aroma was amazing. bourbon, coffee, vanilla, and oak. Flavor was like none other. Bourbon up front, followed by roasted malts, smoke flavors, and chocolate. Finish was smokey and a little boozey. A must try.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
sunnyridge (222) - USA - APR 5, 2010
Finally got to have this one on tap!!! MMMMM. smells of bakers chocolate, bourbon and heavy coffee. Fairly similar in taste. Founders lets the coffee come out most but the taste is balanced with bourbon anf light vanilla. This is to beer what Dr, J, Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Kareem, etc are to basketball- this is a hall of fame beer. If you donít like this beer, well, then, whatever, forget you.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ContemplateBeer (1996) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 5, 2010
Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, cigar, oak, chocolate. Appearance is black with carbonated tan head that left lacing all over the glass. Flavor matches the nose, with a bourbon attack followed by a medium-bodied coffee flavor. What I really loved here is that the coffee flavor was fresh and not spent, as happens so often in the style. Palate was creamy and bubbly. Oooohhhhh yeah...

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rags2rags (149) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2010
I was lucky enough to get to try this on tap at Med Mex, served in a snifter. Pours pitch black with a finger of deep brown head. Aromas were fantastic; chocolate, coffee, vanilla, burnt sugar, and, of course, bourbon. After the wonderful aroma, the taste was a little bit of a letdown. Yes, the flavors carried over, but it was a tad on the sweet side. A good beer, but donít drink it before a meal. Save it for dessert.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
carlb (107) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2010
Pours a beautiful silky, dense, black that absorbs all light. A thick, creamy head forms. The nose is firmly chocolate, bourbon, smoke, layered with notes of vanilla and dried fruits. The palate is rich with a medium-full body, with intense lingering of bourbon, chocolate malt, smoke and vanilla. Attractive lacing. This stout makes me smile. Definitely moreish! Reverence and dedication to sensory exploration is a must. This is not a quaffing ale but a serious sipper for pondering and reflection. The alcohol is hidden behind the richness. With dessert or after dinner or whenever you have time to spare and enjoy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2010
black, negligible head, tiny tan bubbles rim the glass, trace of lace. noce of coffee, chcolate, bourbon, malt. flavor of chcolate malt, alcohol, bourbon, t5ouch of coffee bitterness. full bodied, alcoholic finish. i love the alcohol hit. there is a touch of sweetness, but nicely offset by the alcohol. george brought a couple cases back from his journey to founderís brewery.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mora2000 (6155) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2010
Thanks to slasher007 for sharing this beer. This has been on my to-try list for years and it didnít disappoint. The beer pours a thick black with a brown head. The aroma is bitter coffee with some chocolate as well. The flavor is very complex with bourbon, oak, chocolate and coffee. The aftertaste is heavy on the chocolate with a strong warming from the alcohol. Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. An outstanding beer overall.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - APR 2, 2010
I believe this is a 2009 bottle, consumed in April 2010. Appearance: Pours a viscous dark brown with no head.

Aroma: Spent coffee grinds, cold black coffee, a layer of booze and roasted malt.

Taste: Black coffee, burnt office coffee and nice sweet bourbon notes.

Mouthfeel: Slick, medium bodied.

Overall: Not enough bourbon and too much stale coffee. I love stout, I love coffee and I love bourbon but this didnít jive very well for me.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 2, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2010 Bottle at Rattle n Hum. A near religious experience. So much vanilla, espresso, oak, bourbon, maple syrup. Body is ultra think. Literally exploding with over the top flavor. This will silence you in disbelief.. perfect. Unbelievable!!


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