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RATINGS: 1887   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.29   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
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A bit of backwoods pleasure without the banjo. This strong stout is brewed with a hint of coffee and vanilla then aged in oak bourbon barrels. Our process ensures that strong bourbon undertones come through in the finish in every batch we brew. We recommend decanting at room temperature and best enjoyed in a brandy snifter.


3.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - JUN 7, 2007
Bottle courtesy of my man sprinkle. I couldnít 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

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2007
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.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBeerGod (5441) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2007
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....

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
leeburg (227) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 1, 2007
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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2007
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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hapjydeuce (963) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAY 30, 2007
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!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 29, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2008 Re-rate on 10-11. The aroma on this one blew me away...it wreaked of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, oak, and loads of bourbon. Flavor is much of the same. This is just a great stout - big, bold flavors combine with a rich and robust nose... all this coupled with an extreme ease of drinkability, which rounds out this great concoction. So smooth and balanced to the utmost degree for such a big beer. Yum!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 28, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2007 Rerate 11/14/07: 6 month old bottle this time instead of nearly 2 years. Significantly thicker palate, more assertive, round and luxurious beer. Bourbon is noticeable but contained. Could definitely be a lot more roast. A very nice beer, but still donít see this as top 50 worthy. 7/5/7/5/3.7

5/28/07: 9/3/5/3/3.2: Bottle from TAR. Iím pretty sure this is the new batch, so only 3 or 4 months old. Aroma is fantastic. What a tease. Pure, rich, luxurious chocolate and vanilla, oak and coffee, rich all the way through. Actually, it doesnít smell that good anymore, but that first whiff was heaven, so Iíll leave it at that. Pour is very black with a small beige cap that fades to just a tiny ring. What is this I taste? Nothing, you say? Perhaps. Perhaps up front. And then bourbon. Bourbon bourbon bourbon. Why is this beer in the top 50? Or number 4 on BA? Am I crazy? Do I have a bad bottle? Itís not bad, per se, itís just so one dimensional. So boring. Some people seem to like the thin palate ("drinkable," Iíve seen) but I think it is just weak. You canít put this beer up against Speedway or DL or even Storm King. Or itís little cousin Breakfast Stout, for that matter. Itís just... not well made. Iíll definitely have to give this another shot, though; I just canít believe that this is the best this beer can be.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 28, 2007
Aroma dominated by oak. For the flavor, imagine that you have passed out after a night of drinking bourbon and you wake up face down, with your tongue out on an oak deck on which someone had spilled their coffee. But in a good way.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
cmr1517 (35) - New Haven, Indiana, USA - MAY 28, 2007
Thanks to bdigi66, Is absolutley the best bourbon stout I have ever tasted!


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