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RATINGS: 2313   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28/5   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
barak316 (107) - Elyria, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2010
WOW!!!!! by far the best stout I have ever had and I am a huge stout fan. First off the smell almost as complex as the taste. You can smell bourbon, vanilla and cappucino. Second the appearance was second to none. Pour out like motor oil with a think dark tan head. Third the taste was very complex. There was choolate, vanilla, bourbon, coffee and a twinge of oakiness. All of it was blended masterfully. This is a must try if you ever get a chance to get your hands on it.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
yamar1221 (40) - USA - MAR 19, 2010
12oz bottle into a snifter had an oil black pour. Practically no head, giggled in the glass. Cocoa and oak tones in the aroma. Fantastic flavor with a coffee roasty taste and a great bourbon singe in the aftertaste. Great w/ vanilla ice cream!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
LighthouseBeer (10) - Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2010
Wow! This stout spans the board of flavors. Very complex, smooth and dark with a lacy head. Noticeable bourbon that mellows as it warms. Leaves a dark tan resin on the glass that looks as though brandy had been drank out of it. All the great flavors of chocolate, coffee, oats, and vanilla that flow throughout its oaky finish. Slightly reminicant of the Backwoods Bastard; a truely awesome stout.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
portableparty (2279) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2010
12 oz. bottle to snifter. Aroma is rich oaky burbon with coco. Appearance is oil like black with minimal head with sticky lacing. Taste is rich oak and coco with burbon and spice. Palate is full rich and somewhat fizzy with a warm swallow. Another one in the books, these guys just can’t do bad!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - MAR 17, 2010
I really don’t think I have to say much about this. This is just freaking delicious. Coffee, Vanilla, Bourbon, what more could you want in life?

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2011 Very delicious imperial stout. Pours a dark black color with a caramel colored head. Has an aroma of bourbon with hints of coffee, vanilla, and malt. The alcohol comes through on the smell and taste. This stout has it all sweet and malty on the front, bitter and biting alcohol on the back. Thin mouthfeel. Notes of vanilla and coffee which linger on the tongue through the finish. This is most definitely a snifter worthy stout. October 19, 2011 - had a 2011 bottle celebrating the birth of my son. I think this brew really starts to hit its stride 6 months after the release. 2010 Bottle on November 20, 2010. This is drinking even better now. The beer has mellowed perfectly, perhaps a bit more creamy. Dec. 16, 2010, a growler fill from Bowery Beer Room. 7-8 months and this brew is really good. The coffee bite and booziness mellow, and the creaminess kicks up. I am tasting more chocolate than I did a month ago.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
thebarnesbomb (18) - Indiana, USA - MAR 17, 2010
AWESOME brew! One of the best (imperial) stouts one will have the privilege of drinking; copious coffee malt, jet black pour, lingering and brutal on the palate, outstanding all around. Cheers!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 16, 2010
Hell yeah!!!Bottle-pours a dark black coffee with a quick fading light brown head.Nose is strong dark roast coffee with resin hops and candied vanillaish notes.Mouthfeel is PERFECT with smooth toasted malts and sweet hops and coffee blending together in seamless harmony.This is up there with the best beers out there.Founders is really impressing this ATL boy!!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - MAR 16, 2010
2009 batch on tap at the Brewpub. Deep rich brown in a snifter glass with a thin tan head. Aroma was huge coffee, bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, chocolate, all kinds of dark rich alcohol smells. The bourbon came through but did not overwhelm. Flavor was similar. A lot of coffee notes, some good bourbon kick, some vanilla from the oak and a fair bit of roasted malt and chocolate. This beer just would not quit. A little heavy on the alcohol presence, but nothing to intimidating. Wonderful beer.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2010
UPDATED: APR 13, 2011 2011 batch. Phenomenal. Less boozy than last years, even when fresh. Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow, wow, wow. Near perfection.

Enjoying my second bottle of the Feb 18, 2010 batch on January 2, 2011. Damn. Damn, damn, damn is this good. Gotta give a little bump to the score particularly due to the incredible aroma. I could sniff on this all night. Wow. Appearance also gets a bump and I’m enjoying the reduced booziness from the fresh bottle. One of the best beers I’ve ever had. A special blend of all the coffee-infused Imperial Stout goodness with the warmth and complexity of a fine Bourbon. Fantastic. Incredible. On and on and on and on, adjective upon adjective upon adjective...NOMNOMNOMNOMNOM

12oz bottled Feb 18, 2010. Served cool room temperature into a Duvel tulip. Pours black, quite thick with a one finger brown head that reduces to a small foamy ring and cap, leaves some spots of lacing. Aroma is heavy on the wood, nice amount of bourbon, vanilla, strong coffee, some chocolate, a little charred. Flavor brings in a very good dose of dark chocolate and coffee bitterness, vanilla, bourbon, fair amount of alcohol, especially early in the glass. Mouthfeel is full, but not overly so, feels like there is oatmeal here, does get a tad sticky, low carbonation. Overall, for a coffee stout, any coffee influence is generally overshadowed by the charred oak and bourbon. Still excellent impression overall, for my first ever KBS. Never thought I’d see this on store shelves in Georgia, and it’s quite a treat. Every single Founders beer I’ve had has blown me away. This one had the most hype, but lives up to it in every way. Cheers!
Aroma 9, Appearance 3, Taste 9, Palate 4, Overall 18, Score 4.3


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