joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Kentucky Breakfast Stout pours black as night. Visocus body that gurgles into my snifter. A chocolate half finger head formed on the pour that faded to a ring. The ring leaves ringed lacing after each drink. Very handsome beer.
Big notes of coffee and vanilla. This beer absolutely makes my mouth water. Mild bourbon and oak. The coffee smells freshly brewed and hot. This very easily could be the best smelling beer Iíve ever had the opportunity to smell.
The flavor is as good as the smell. One of the best beers Iíve ever tasted. Starts off with freshly brewed coffee and cream. Mild vanilla up front. Mid palate the coffee gets stronger and is accompanied by hazelnut, a splash of bourbon, and even a little hop spiciness. Excellent!
Mouthfeel is perfect. Thick and creamy body. Sluggish carbonation lets the beer work through my mouth velvety smooth.
There is no doubt about this beer beeing a sipper but itís one that I could sip from the moment I rolled out of bed until I fell back asleep.
This is one special brew. I wasnít sure if this would live up to all the talk or not. It lives up to and surpasses the talk. One of the best beers Iíve expierenced in my drinking days. Exceptional!
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from trade with kmweaver. Thanks Ken! Pours a black thick rich color with a decent size tan head. Aroma of bourbon, malt and vanilla extract. Taste of coffee, caramel amd molasses. The flavor is silky smooth and smokey. Has a nice creamy chocolate start with a bit of earthy finish. Very nice brew!
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAY 21, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2012 12oz bottle. Aroma is sweet coffee, molasses, bourbon, vanilla, wood and dark dried fruit. Appearance is pitch black with small brown mostly diminishing head that left virtually no lace. Flavor is heavy sweet espresso malt. Palate is full body, oily flat. Some alcohol on the nose and palate but you wouldnít know itís 10%. Really didnít like this beer back in 2007 but I am loving 2012! Great balance between the coffee and bourbon. Sticky sweet deliciousness!
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Best beer I had at the GTM í06. Black as the inside of a coal mine. Flavor of the meanest stuff youíve ever consumed. Made me go back and skip line several times..and I never do that ;-)
millysdaddy (67) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 20, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy of TURDFERGUSON (thanks!). Looks like motor oil as it fills up the class with a thick, brown head. Tons of coffee and chocolate in the aroma. You can really taste the oak and bourbon along with vanilla and more coffee and chocolate. Tasty but quite heavy - you can almost chew it!
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - MAY 19, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle from Drewbeerme. Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of coffee and wood. Tastes of coffe and very woody and sweet bourbon.
dra19 (89) - holland, Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Founders. Pours black with brown head. Strong aroma of coffee, vanilla, malts, and bourbon. Great coffee and bourbon flavors. A great brew from Founders.
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured jet black with a small dark drown head. Aroma of coffee, vanilla, and roasty malt. Smelled incredible. Flavors of roasted coffee to start followed by vanilla hints and alcohol. Finished very strong with bourbon flavors. Filling.
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2007 To me, this stuff is just amazing. Aroma is of alcohol, vanilla, woody, coffee, chocolate. Something very astringent in there too, probably the oak. Color is insane, a black hole from which light cannot escape. And holy cow the viscosity of this beer is high, you can tell when you swish it. Flavor is incredibly complex-thereís a lot in this beer. Coffee is huge, plus vanilla, some bourbon, and again something very bitey probably from the oak. With every sip I find something new and enjoy it more. Better warm.
skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 16, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12oz bottle from Slam. The pour was thick and black. It stank like fresh ground coffee beans. The flavs were coffee, chocolate, smoke, and whisky. On the last sip it smelled like strong chocolate bourbon. This is one of the heaviest and sweetest imperials that I have tried. Kick ass