MereLikesBeer (195) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2009
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at MBG Harvest Fest 09. Tasty, Tasty, Tasty...what else is there to say? Very dark pour, nice dark brownish tan head. Intense taste, as I have come to expect from Founders beer on tap. It was chocolaty and fruity, as well as a big coffee flavor. Great flavor.
SHIG (4381) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - OCT 25, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Optigon: Poured a thick black with little to no head. Aroma was full on bourbon with dark fruit and coffee mixed in. Taste was rich chocolate and coffee with a bourbon and oak undertones.
GT (9933) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2010 12oz 2008 ed? courtesy of Shyam. Pours used motor oil black with a thin, dark brown head. Leaves spotty lacing as the beer disappears. Aroma is beautiful: dark chocolate ganache, plums, dates, spiced rum, vanilla extract. Taste is intense milk chocolate, cocoa, but is overall very mellow, muted, and not overpowering. The bourbon, oak, and 11% have all faded away making this so easy to drink. Dry finish with lingering gourmet chocolates. 10/19/2009 8/4/7/4/16=3.9
12oz 2009 ed. Pour is still midnight with an easily coaxed, wickedly dark brown head. The thin bubbles persist leaving some spotty lace. Aroma is at first beautifully soft butterscotch and buttery bourbon but can devolve quickly to something that is not so different from just straight rubbing alcohol. The taste is wickedly soft from the beginning, rich bourbon and coconut, but moves quickly to something that is very oaky, tannic, dry, dry and chewy like an over-oaked red wine. The palate is silky but moves to chalky and dry. Not really doing it for me. 12/1/2010 8/4/7/3/15=3.7
drowland (7803) - Georgia, USA - OCT 19, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle (2009) into a snifter. Rating #1300! Pours deep black with shimmering brown when held to the light. The small head is dark leather brown and dissipates quickly into a small ringlet. The aroma is honestly comprised of mostly a big dose of fresh roasted coffee. Underneath this is a small helping of nice bourbon and oak characteristics including a lot of vanilla and a touch of wood. The sweet aroma of whiskey touches through but not much. A drink taken in while inhaling starts quite sweet and flows into wood and vanilla mixed with a touch of citrus. The mid is all added coffee and this is definitely what lingers with undertones of very dark chocolate. As it warms the chocolate comes out more and more. There is a nice carbonation that mingles perfectly with the silky mouthfeel. This is honestly good but I was expecting more bourbon stout and less breakfast stout.
Beer5000 (5776) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 17, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
355 ml bottle. Black body with a thin brown head. Aroma of burnt malt, charcoal and barbeque sauce. Flavor of dry, roasted malt, roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, bourbon perfume and alcohol. Not to much bourbon flavored, and thatís a good thing.
gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 14, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle from good olí MrBunn. This is the last of the "monster" trade we recently pulled off. Pours a rich, deep black with minimal head. Aroma is all dark chocolate and roasty coffee beans. Taste is all coffee and STRONG, lovely vanilla. So much that I want 5 more! This is great stuff. The bourbon undertones are definitely there, but so well balanced as to make this ridiculously smooth for the ABV and style. Lovely... just, so damn lovely.
jzzbassman (1572) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This one just hits me in all my good spots. Smooth bourbon burn....check. Coffee, vanilla, oak......check. This just has so much going on and I canít get enough.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate. Bottle at home thanks to Grant.
A thick vampire black pour with a decent, lasting tan head. Big chewy chocolate malt all round. Coffee and vanilla are a given, as are the stinking barrel notes. But there is something just that bit extra here. Yes the bourbon is obvious too but there are distinct notes of Islay whiskies that really make a difference. Seaweed, peat, slight iodine, yum. The alcohol is just a little on the raw side but itís not too much of a spoiler. The vanilla and marzipan notes are excellent from start to finish. Great great beer, itís just too hot. Cut out the raw boozy character and it would be sublime. As it is, I find it just s little over the top.
Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the bottle and courtesy of Secret Santa, pours black with a thick tan foamy head. Aroma is coffee beans. Taste is smooth but with definite alcohol. Flavors of coffee, vanilla, dark roasted malts, alcohol, and a lightly bitter aftertaste. Thick but smooth, a flavorful beer.
TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. super coffee choc malt nose I could smell this all day. A touch boozy but huge flavor intense roasted malts and a thick mouthful. As good as it is I may prefer the regular breakfast to it. Glad I got to try this. Ty Ryan. †