VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 28, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
bmartin08 (12) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 28, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 27, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 20, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - JUN 20, 2007
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 19, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 18, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
eaglefan538 (2893) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 15, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
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.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2007
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2007 Very smooth, thick pour. Opague black body with a dark brown head. The aroma is rich chocolate coffee, mild bourbon and brownie batter. Flavor is bakerís chocolate, rich coffee, and milk chocolate covered raisins. Finishes with a strong bourbon/perfumy hop taste with some vanilla and dryish oak hints. I had this one time before and was quite disappointed. This one made up for it.
Stine (1574) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Velvety, impenetrable black pour. Certainly blacker than many, proving this with an almost chestnut shaded head. Nose of a seared espresso mocha and a bourbon-soaked german chocolate cake. Initially, an offensive one-dimensional canvas of coffee grounds skirting the surface of a bourbon pool. With warmth, the malts and the barrel arrive hand in hand. Dark chocolate, sultry vanilla vapors and smoke. Smacking, soy sauce finish with a hint of wet cardboard. The astringency of the dark roast never completely gives way. Not artfully rendered, and quite bombastic without much of true substance. Age should help. Thanks Adam!