eaglefan538 (2911) - 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 didn’t 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/ BA’ing. 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 baker’s 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 (1628) - 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!
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours an oily opaque black body with virtually no head. Powerful aroma of bourbon, oak, and dark chocolate. Flavor of bitter coffee, roasted malt, oak, and bourbon.
Way too over the top! If you enjoy sucking on bourbon soaked wood chips with your Cuban coffee...you may enjoy. Maybe I was too concerned I would get a splinter on my tongue.... Not sure how any one could finish a bottle on their own.
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - JUN 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of my man sprinkle. I couldn’t detect an aroma as blunt as the Breakfast stout,but there was a hint of vanilla. The taste is 100% bourbon and vaniila, with coffee and dark chocolate.. Very low cardination with a very oily mouthfeel. as it warms you really get the bourbon flavor. Nice beer
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma is very sweet. Smells malty with strong notes of chocolate, roasting, and coffee. Poured black in color with a small, dark brown head that diminished. Medium lacing. Opaque. Heavily sweet flavor. Tastes of chocolate, alcohol, roasted malts, cream, and a little bourbon. Medium to full body. Slightly sticky, kind of thin texture. Soft carbonation. Long, sweet, bourbony finish. Overall, a very good Stout.
TheBeerGod (5341) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Finally got to try a bottle of this because of hopdog. Thanks Steve! Light absorbing pitch black pour. Small tan head fades to a small ring of foam very quickly. HUGE coffee nose on this accompanied with wood, soft vanilla, chocolate and burnt brownies.. Soft alcohol notes as well. Absolutely wonderful aroma! The taste is also big coffee, but this is not too bitter. Lots of vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, burnt brownies and alcohol notes. Softer wood and molasses. Body is thick and sticky in spots. Light alcohol warmth. Finishes with more big coffee notes, dark chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla and molasses. I could drink this forever....
leeburg (227) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 1, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2012 Black motor oil pour, slight dark-brown head. Aroma of coffee, oak, chocolate, vanilla, and a bit of bourbon. Complex taste but less overpowering than the regular Breakfast Stout, in my opinion. Pudding thick, lots of flavors that follow the aroma. What a treat.
krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours B-L-A-C-K. Thin almost non-existent brown head that disappears fast. the nose is coffee, big time, like fresh ground beans also has some chocolate molasses and wood notes. chocolate coffee vanilla and oak dominate the taste. palate is near perfect, thick and rich without compromising drinkability. Hops are solid playing a supporting role here, only appearing on the finish and just enough to cut through all that sweet sticky stout. i could spend all day just smelling this stuff. awsome.
hapjydeuce (955) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 30, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Me and Jared each had a bottle to ourselves for this fantastic tasting. Drank this one out of a big snifter, what a massive aroma! Heavy bourbon (nearly overpowering), complimented by craploads of molasses. Minimal dark brown head, but poured like thick crude oil, nice and velvety. Flavor was very well balanced between the molasses, vanilla, coffee and excellent oak & bourbon finish, complemented by a bit of black cherry flavor. So thick, the brew left legs on the walls of my snifter glass. Taste lingers forever, the palate is extremely chewy and soft. An absolutely fantastic imperial stout, and looking forward to trying one again!