Arayaga2 (1943) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opens with no audible indicator of escaping carbonation. Pours placid reddish black like spent transmission fluid. Aroma is heavy coffee, with chocolate. Taste is heavy on the coffee, but quite pleasant. The character turns bourbon vanilla as it warms. Mouthfeel is thinner than expected, and carbonation is predictably low, which is good. $6/12oz
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 25, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz. Murky black brown pour, light does not penetrate, brown around the edges. Very limited brown head, a ring sticks around and a swirl leaves a minibubble lace around the glass.
Aroma is abundant with roasted malts, espresso, vanilla, woody tones, caramel and molasses. All this does nothing but increase as it warms.
Mouthfeel is near creamy, surprisingly a bit lively for the dissapation of the head.
Taste is everything in the nose intermingling. Great barrel and vanilla one second, dark chocolate, molasses and espresso the next. Finishes with just a hint of coffee, and molasses. There are no negatives in bitterness/sourness or anything overdone in this. As long as you are ready for what you should expect from this, there is absolutely no dissapointment.
This is the best double stout I have had sans aging flat out. There is no need to cellar this to get what you are expecting. I have several to age, but I’m guessing this will be one that does not change much from age. The Alesmith stouts are the only others I’ve had that can equal this without age.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 25, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into a snifter. Oily black pour with almost no head. Dark chocolate, fresh roast, vanilla, and bourbon in the aroma. The flavor is sweet with chocolate and vanilla on top before giving way to lovely bourbon notes and a bitter coffee finish. Very good.
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2% poured to trappist glass at cellar temp. huge aroma of crunchy coffee beans. a touch of vanilla but still very subtle (if at all) on the cocoa or wood. appearance is pitch black with filthy brown head that recedes very quickly. flavor is very bitter of acidic coffee grounds. bourbon burn makes its way through my chest and even into my arms quickly. wood becomes more apparent, truly earthy and organic. alcoholic burn continues to make its way through the body but taste is not prevalent. bitter acidic aftertaste continues to wane. vanilla comes in flashes when you least expect it. bourbon and chocolate flavors are hardly present at all suprisingly. overall one of the biggest ’big beers’ ever, yet still unto itself amongst its peers, remaining unique and worthy of its reputation. alcohol notes and strong bourbon character is one thing, but this remains too acidic like a poorly brewed cup of coffee to offer advantages that its brother (regular breakfast stout) cannot.
AmEricanbrew (6463) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAR 24, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ink black with a light brown head. Deep, rich dry chocolate aroma with vanilla and wood. Smooth medium/full body with soft carbonation. Great black roasted malt flavors with tobacco and sweet n’ boozy wood and vanilla. Very freaking good. Thanks to Brad for this bottle.
CptGreencoat (95) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2009 Bottle shared with my roommate. Pours to a greasy, slimy, mess of black. Nose is bourbon, coffee and chocolate. Very strong (less chewy than I expected), and equally complex. Upon taste, you experience coffee, carmel, chocolate, nut, raisin, malts, oak, cream, and - of course - bourbon. Do what you can to get ahold of this one.
ElDuderino (184) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2009 2009 Bottle. Whoa, serious change from previous vintages. The Aroma of coffee dominates everything. Espresso on steroids with some melty milk chocolate dropped in. The body pours black as night with a dark brown creamy head. The intense coffee flavor really perks up my nose and opens my senses during eat sip. The body is heavy and rich with thich sweet malts, chocolate and heavy rich coffee. I am getting much less barrel than in years past but there is still that almost sour wood funk lying way in the background. I love this beer. Hate the new label though... oh well.
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 22, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours motor oil pitch black; thin tan head.
Potent coffee bean aroma, just a shade of bourbony sweetness also; wood and perhaps licorice.
Flavor - rich, bitter, roasted, awesome bourbon sweetness. Smooth but also aggressive. Hint of whiskyish burn in the finish. Body is surprisingly far from thick. This is what regular breakfast stout wants to be. As delicious as Peche Mortel but with added complexity from the bourbon finishing. Very excellent. I’m very curious if previous years’ batches were even better with the vanilla.
madvike (3134) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2010 Bottle - Pours jet black with a very small bubbly tan head. The aroma is a blast of coffee with a little bourbon burn The taste is really where this brew shines, with a strong coffee flavor up front, with vanilla and butterscotch flavors balancing it out a bit. The finish is a lot of roast with a bit of hop bite and a nice warming alcohol. Feels medium to medium-full bodied and a little oily. Just a fantastic brew. Update: Gotta knock off several taste points because the last several times I’ve had this, the taste has been very ashy and harsh. Not a trend I’m excited about.
GranvilleTim (1778) - Granville, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep black pour with brown head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, and slight bourbon. No single aroma is overbearing- nice blend of all. Taste is complex- smooth roasted malt, bourbon, dryness, more bourbon, with the stout flavor charecteristics running throughout. I was afraid that this beer would not live up to the hype- I am glad to be wrong. I love bourbon, I love stout, I am happy. The head dissapated after several sips, but left a noticeable lace.