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RATINGS: 1793   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cliff (399) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2008 Bottle, my first Perfect 5 rating. This stuff was FREAKING AWESOME. Poured pitch black with huge dark brown head. Aromas of chocolate and roasted grain with a slight alcohol/bourbon note. I could sit and smell this for hours. First sip is creamy and dense with loads of complexity. Coffee, caramel, bitter hops, chocolate covered dried cherries, just so much going on. Great mouthfeel, full bodied and very viscious. Ohhh this stuff is great. And I thought regular Breakfast Stout was good...I had no idea. Re-rate - It is still very good, but I feel that my palate has gotten better over time and this beer is a bit astringent Still good, but not a 5.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2007
Dark black with a small brown head. Aroma and flavor of smoke, coffee, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Plus thereís a little pepper after is warms. Body is really smooth and creamy. Finishes with coffee , dark chocolate and alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Erdinger2003 (127) - West Union, Iowa, USA - MAR 22, 2007
This wasnít as good as the small sample I had last year, but I will have some to age a bit and see the difference. It seemed like they put a lot of coffee flavor and little vanilla. Good, but not as good as I remember it. Still very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2007
12oz bottle. Aroma: Coffee just jumps out of the glass. Cream, tobacco smoke, vanilla, rich chocolate, light oak. Bourbon is there but snakes its way subtly through the beer. Wow. Appearance: Dark and oily looking black with no highlights. Dark tan head was small, foamy, and fleeting. Not much lacing. Flavor: Again, the coffee just pushes to the front with its richness. Dark chocolate, smoke, vanilla, light toasted nuts, oak. The bourbon is balanced very nicely. It adds some flavors and richness, but doesnít overwhelm. Finishes somewhat dry, but roasted grains and coffee linger after the finish. Palate: Full bodied and creamy. Moderate carbonation. Strong alcohol warming in back of mouth and down throat. Overall: Great, great beer. Smooth, rich, and very satisfying. The subtlety of the bourbon flavors was terrific. Only complaint is that the alcohol is a bit hot at times. But thatís a small complaint against everything else they did well here.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
alexsdad06 (5329) - Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2008 !2 oz. bottle. Pours black with a small (half finger at best) light brown head that disappears instantaneously. The aroma met me half way: strong coffee, chocolate, and smoky wood. I couldnít wait for the first taste. It did not disappoint. The coffee/espresso, roasted malt, and chocolate dominate however they are not alone. The bourbon and alcohol flavors are present along with more subtle vanilla and dark fruit flavors. Full bodied which leaves a fairly strong coffee taste in the mouth. I have not been able to drink beer for a week due to a surgery and Iím glad I made this one my first.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Spliffy (55) - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2007
It is better then breakfast with the Pope! Dark and dangerous!! This is a wonderful stout full of the best a breakfast stout can offer. Coffee, Malt, cocao oatmeal, scrambled eggs, homefries with tabasco etc......... Itís all ther!! Just kidding, only the godd stouty things dreams are made of

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
onehoppypoppy (1) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2007 does not count
Fresh out of the tap; coffee and wood aroma. Dark fullbody coffee, chocolate with the kicker of the bourbon age I have come to favor. Yes, life is great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2007
12 oz. bottle via trade with sliffy - Pours a thick dark brown color with a 1/2 finger thick light brown head. This is one of the darkest beers Iíve seen. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, and light wood. Has a smooth milk chocolate and coffee flavor. Leaves a slight roasted malt after taste. Medium to full body. Light alcohol presence. An excellent beer. Thanks Dan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - MAR 5, 2007
2/3/07. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, shared from tasting at KAMEís house from RateBeer 2/3/07. Dark black-brown in color with a frothy, soapy head. Lacing is pretty slight as the head dissipates rather quickly. Nose is richly layered with bold burnt coffee and a decadent vanilla-fudge combo, but there are also huge swaths of alcohol boozing it up all over the place. Huge pepper taste with a violently numbing dark bourbon smack. Incredibly bold, strong chocolate-covered espresso bean taste, smothered over an interesting but fairly subdued ashy smoke flavor. Too much bourbon for my money, and Iím usually a sucker for strong-flavored beers. Some black cherries in the finish. Alcohol is slightly numbing, and thereís a little bit of black scalded coffee acidity that comes off in the mouthfeel as well as the flavor. Full-to-medium-full body. Way too much for me, even if the intensity demands respect. Just not something I can see drinking very often. The creamy smooth goodness in the regular Breakfast Stout (probably attributed to the oatmeal) is mostly stripped down here (as if with paint thinner) by the shrieking alcohol, bourbon, and espresso intensity. Thereís just none of the elegance and subtlety that the regular Breakfast Stout has-- itís as if they made a ridiculously over-the-top version of that, an already badass beer, but one that was wonderfully balanced in its strength.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2007
Big thanks to Dan for breaking this one out at the Columbus tasting #6.Lots of coffee and some nice bourbon in the aroma.Pours very dark with a medium sized tan head.Chocolate,coffee and bourbon dominate the flavors.Full mouthfeel with lots of coffee and bourbon in the finish.

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