MoritzF (9015) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - APR 15, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(35.5cl bottle) Pitch black colour with a creamy beige layer. Strong roast-malty aroma with a smoky touch, notes of (burnt) wood and a tinge of vanilla and alcohol. Burnt bitter flavour with a moderate oaky sweetness, full bodied with a mellow mouthfeel. Roasty malty taste with chocolate, leather, mocha and a distinctive touch of vanilla. Long-lasting roasty and slightly woody finish with vanilla, mocha and a mild, well-integrated alcoholic burn. Also the barrel notes of vanilla fit very well. Superb (09.IV.09).
tlay10 (7) - , Nevada, USA - APR 15, 2009 does not count
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Disappointed with this one. It didnt live up to the hype in my opinion. It had a great coffee aroma but the bourbon flavour didnt come through as much as I would have liked and it left me feeling a little short changed. I was really expecting something a little more special with this one. Overall just so so.
MeisterBrew (138) - Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA - APR 14, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours almost completely black with a small reddish brown head. Aroma consists of bourbon, chocolate, and coffee. Taste starts with bourbon, continues with bourbon, and ends with bourbon. If you concentrate hard enough you can pick up some bitter chocolate and coffee in there somewhere.... Fantastic! I really like this one... just not as much as their breakfast stout.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 14, 2009
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Source: 12 oz bottle purchased in Bowling Green at Chucks.
Appearance: Solid black pour with a very thin brown head.
Aroma: Freaking awesome. Coffee dominates, but notes of dark chocolate are present. Maybe some roasted malt.
Flavor: Roasted malt and coffee mainly, but a bit of chocolate and bourbon are present.
Palate: Full body with soft carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel.
Overall: Best so far. Love this beer. Glad I have more. Wish it was a tad cheaper though.
wingman333 (333) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not that impressed. Reminded me a lot of Meantime Coffee Porter, but with more alcohol. At room temperature not so good and flat to boot. I let it chill and it was slightly better, more crisp. I give it one thing, the alcohol was strong. Scent of maple and wood. I feel this is overrated.
AndyReynolds (1079) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2014 Pours a dark, dark brown with a very thin tan head. Aroma is strong with coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. The flavor is very strong with coffee, but the bourbon and the chocolate stand out in the bitter finish. I have had the breakfast stout before and this is 100% better. 4.6 A 9, A 5, T 9, P 5, O 18
Re-rate 11/22/2013, still fucking awesome. Had to take appearance down due to lack of head (have learned a lot since 2009). Everything else, I stand by, tempted to raise overall to 19.
SHANER4 (487) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle - Poured black with barely any head. Served at room temp in brandy snifter.
Aroma - bourbon, coffee and vanilla. the oak in the barrels is also very evident in smell.
Flavor - If you like bourbon you will love this beer. Tastes like bourbon and coffee mixed. It also had this smokey oak wood taste.
Palate - medium bodied with little carbonation. Finish is dry and aftertaste is boozey.
Overall - This beer is overhyped, bourbon taste overpowers everything else. Tyranena does better job balancing bourbon and coffee flavors. Price is nuts for this beer(5.99) for 12 oz. I actually prefer the original Breakfast Stout over this!!!
zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - APR 10, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Taste 4/9 bottle. Looks: Deep black with a thin tan top. Aroma: Oak/bourbon, coffee, chocolate and alcohol. Taste: Very balanced and smooth. Goes great with bourbon and Irish whiskey. Flavor is even mix of aroma. Price is steep ($5.00 for 12 ounce) but the abv is high(taxes) and the brew is excellent. I wish this was available year round at this quality with a 4 for $16 price tag.
Adam77 (457) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured black with a brown head. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, and coffee. Coffee flavor is dominant with hints of chocolate and bourbon. Finished with some vanilla. Smooth. $5 a bottle is pushing it.
SrSilliGose (3327) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2009 pours black with a brown head . bitter dark chocolate tasty. grainy mouthfeel. bourbon . smooth. coffee vanilla, alcohol. don’t serve cold. i do prefer goose island bourbon county stout, however.