vyvvy (3551) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black, almost like oil, with a dark brown head - a thing of beauty. The aroma had some dark chocolate, vanilla bean, hefty amount of bourbon and even more dark roasted coffee. Very powerful aroma. The body of the beer was think and oily with low carbonation. The flavor was very thick with coffee and very highly roasted - light chocolate in the mix as well. The bourbon is in the initial taste, but gets significantly stronger as the beer goes down. None of the alcohol in this thing is hidden - there is definitely a burn. By the end there was mainly bourbon and coffee in the mix. For what they are trying to do they were successful, but too many aspects of being a beer got lost in the process for me. Okay to try, but I won’t need another.
Cornfield (5321) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
There’s Bourbon through every step of enjoying this stout, but never to the point of being overbearing. It pours like chocolate syrup with a light brown ring that doesn’t last the drink. Who cares? The aroma is Bourbon, coffee, milk chocolate, vanilla, roasted barley, and oak. The sturdy abv is pretty well masked, but the ale warms starting with the first sip. Smooth palate, and the chocolate becomes a bit more pronounced in the flavor. It finishes on a slightly bitter note, the Bourbon prominent, with the mildest of alcohol burns. Very, very good.
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fordest (1961) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - APR 25, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle huge thanks to Kramer17801. Very dark pour with minimal head. Faded to a ring with an island of bubbles in the middle of the glass. Aromas were coming off before I even bent to take a whiff. Lots of coffee. Bourbon there too. Chocolate and roastiness. More Coffee. Flavors were good too. Initially very sweet. Chocolate and Roasted Malts. Then it gets bitter like slightly sweetened coffee. Bourbon notes carried all the way through. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Just a trace in the finish. Wow, good stuff. Jason, Thanks a million!
BrockLanders (767) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2007 Thanks to Randy at Archers Liquors for sending a couple of these my way. Dark blackish pour...decent tannish head. Smells great...lots of choco-coffee, woody, some bourbon. At first tast I’m thinking this is barrel aged breakfast stout....delicious. Nice mixture of mocha coffee, bourbon, vanilla with some appropriate bitterness in the end. Smooth and just a tad less than full bodied. Great beer.
5000 (5977) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 24, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle for rating #1700: Blackened brown, opaque, moderate foamy brown head, falls quickly, leaving spots of lacing. Huge nose of coffee and earth, slight charred wood, campfire. Bourbon and vanilla notes are subtle as compared to what I would consider a charred barrel. Rich malt sweetness... oh lordy... smooth as can be. Amazingly clean too. Much more Bourbon here, and vanilla too. Remains coffee oriented, with a big sweet barrel aged finish. Warming, but not very hot. ABV is fairly well hidden, with only snippets appearing at the finish. Slight hop presense appears as it warms. Juicy stuff. Thanks so much Jason for this wonderful brew!!!
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2007 Coffee dominates the aroma,there is no hint about it,every sniff gives you a different sensation,always coffee ,but next time with oakiness and chocolate,next time with vanilla and smoke.What at first seems a single aspect aroma, quickly becomes very complex. Just to much of everything for any bourbon to come through. The taste is heavy coffee mocha and as you start swallowing,that bourbon taste starts becoming evident. Very full bodied,a perfect balance of bourbon aging,just a touch to much coffee to get a perfect score. The bourbon becomes a little more evident as it warms
notalush (4574) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled - Sometimes, when you take a great beer and age it in a boubon barrel, the magic of the original is lost - this is not the case here - the breakfast stout, in all its glory, is enhanced by a mild whiskey, wood and vanilla/cream flavor - not overpowering in the slightest - an elegant barrel-aged beer, which is a rare thing indeed - however, it is not really different enough from the original to justify the nearly doubled price tag.
JoshuaB (474) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2009 Now, I must admit, I dont get this whole barrel aged fad, where everyone seems to get a 4.5+. But I was fairly impressed with this one. Perhaps it is because they started with a great brew to begin with. I digress. Dark midnight black, some sediment, nice and opaque. Decent amount of tannish head. Smells of chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, irish creme, yum yum. Taste is a lot of dark cocoa powder and a hint of good bourbon. Vanilla comes into play, with a nice malty finish. The bourbon is not overpowering, like others. Solid.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle thanks to Styles: Pours to a dark black, opaque body with a medium-sized dark tan head that lasts. The aroma is mild bourbon (not at all any alcoholic burn, much more flavorful), coffee, chocolate, with some sweet caramel in the background along with some roasted malt, barley, and toffee. Taste is coffee, charred wood, but very much in an aged and milder sort of way, bourbon (not burning and over-the-top, but a nice mild flavor that helps to cut through the coffee), chocolate, bakers chocolate, roasted malt, charred oak, some light tannins, vanilla, and milk chocolate with a bourbon center. There is a bit of pepper in the flavor as well. Full bodied, medium carbonation, finishes with some alcoholic bourbon notes (ok it finally comes out in the finish), roasted coffee, roasted malt, and oak.
argo0 (11163) - Washington DC, USA - APR 22, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(12oz bottle, thanks for sharing BuckNaked) Small brown head atop brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, cocoa, coffee, milk chocolate, some roast, light bourbon. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, oak, earthy. Watery medium-full body, alcohol well hidden. Gentle bourbon/oak helps balance and thereby improves the Breakfast Stout, which I generally have found too coffeeish.