beerprincess (52) - Indiana, USA - APR 5, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rich black color with a wonderful aroma coffee, bourbon and vanilla. The taste of this brew was a wonderful chocolate with hints of bourbon and had a nice linger after the finish. Wonderful!
DavidP (1745) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown body. Great aroma - well-blended aroma of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate. The flavor things out a bit with bourbon underneath along with sweet chocolate. A bit too much heat.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - APR 4, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to OhioDad for hooking this up. Aroma is very heavy on coffee, espresso, chocoloate, with a hint of oak. Body is opaque with no head. Taste is definatly a blend of coffee and espresso, with vanilla bean coming through and oak.
Bigassfish (140) - Naperville/Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
100th Rating. from bottle purchased at Founders. At 4.50 for a 12oz botttle and 6.00 for an 8oz draft this is rather expensive. This is a good compliment to the Breakfast stout. Pours black with no head. Aroma of whiskey, oak, and coffee. thin body with strong whiskey taste. flavors of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. alcohol aftertaste as the beer warms. After a long wait i was a little dissapointed. This is a good beer and i recomend trying it but this is not my favorite imperial stout.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark dark black color, thin tan head.
Earthy malt aroma, roasty barrel ash. Some whiskey. Amazingly non-interesting nose to me.
Rich roasted chocolate, oak, whiskey, very full flavor. Perhaps its the mood, but I like it but not as much as I wanted to. The interesting part is that was how I felt at the 2004 GTMW which is why I never entered that rating.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - APR 2, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oooo yeaaaa! Giggity Giggity Gig gig Giggity goooo! Thanks JPDipso, you the man.. Pours a pitch black color, small light brown head. Aroma is huge coffee, a monsterous prescense. Bourbon comes right behind nad gives it a strong kick and balance. Drinking is sweet and smooth. Robust coffee flavors come through strong, yet still balancing out the bourbon, chocolate, and other elements. Really a fantastic beer. If only they would of made more!
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Look at me 200 ratings, however, this beer does not require a very discerning and refined opinion to rate it properly. It is.....like strong coffee,mildly carbonated, with shots of Makers Mark poured in. Exactly like that in fact. I think it is a reach to desribe vanilla and oak undertones, it’s bourbon folks thats just what it tastes like. Oh well, still a good beer and stout as hell. Black slightly syrupy pour with blossoming tan head that settles down rather quickly. The main detraction here is the palate which suffers from the aforementioned syrup viscosity instead of benefiting from it. At 17.99 for the 4 pack I much prefer the regular Breakfast Stout.
Ughsmash (6912) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2007 Poured black as the darkest of nights... high viscocity with a loose initial mocha/caramel head that receded to a swirly dusting. Aroma as if they bottled up a small slice of heaven (albeit a bit of backwoods heaven with banjos, few teeth, and perhaps a bog)... rich, deeply roasted dark chocolate and Sumatra blend, caramel, molasses, and a perfectly complimentary aire from the barrel treatment (luscious vanilla, oak, and sweet bourbon overtones). All elements are expertly-blended, with nothing stealing the show. Flavors began with strong roasted dark malts (same coffee and chocolate as above... coffee with slightly more prominence)... with the barrel elements emerging somewhere in the middle. Vanilla and bourbon sweetness were well-balanced against the dark, roasty malts and coffee bitterness. Rather heavily-bodied, yet it managed to maintain its smoothness and flow. Coffee bitterness remained long after this masterpiece was consumed... along with feelings of warmth and satisfaction. Just tremendous in all regards!
Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep black color with a medium brown head that disappears steadily. Thin spotty lacing. Aroma of espresso, caramel and bourbon. Thick and oily with a strong coffee character, as well as roasted malt, oak and dark chocolate flavors. Bourbon/whiskey is there throughout and adds a nice dimension rather than being a distraction as seems to happen sometimes. The finish is bitter with coffee and a light alcohol burn. Enjoyable for sure, although a bit on the pricey side.
barleyPops (1138) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle thanks to OhioDad.
this is my kind of beer! nose of bourbon, vanilla, oak and coffee. pour is pitch black with a dark tan head. flavor is so well balanced and blended, coffee, mild chocolate, bourbon, vanilla oak and maybe even a hint of cherry. smooth as silk on the tongue with little carbonation. the alcohol is nowhere to be found on the tongue but only after several sips as it starts to warm you. a new favorite, thanks Scott.