wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured black with a thin mocha head. Not much retention but still an attractive appearance. Hints of bourbon, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, caramel and maple syrup came into the aroma and taste. Palate was near perfect but could have used a bit more thickness. Salty finish. Overall a really well done stout!
Metalhead (620) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown pour with minimal mocha head. Aroma is strong but semi sweet coffee,oak,bourbon,vannilla,and of course chocolate.
Don’t know if it was me getting use to it or as the beer warmed but either way the mild bourbon faded and the chocolate coffee took over. ABV slightly hidden.Very nice but not as good as the G.I Bourbon which has a fuller mouthfeel and lasting features.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2007 Founders is the Quiet Brewery. No fanfare, no cult classics, just good beer pretty much across the board. This was another noteworthy offering. Starting with the uncharacteristically witty notes on the label this was a great experience. It pours out a thick black with a cocoa-colored head of modest proportions. Aroma of coffee mingles with vanilla, baker’s chocolate, oak, coconut, and bourbon. Medium to full bodied and a smooth texture that lacked a bit of thickness. The flavor was rich and deep, well-representing the array of aromas that began the tasting process. The coffee, chocolate, and bourbon blend nicely in the taste. While not as extraordinary as their Breakfast Stout, this was an awesome drink.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had from a bottle on my 25th birthday. Bottle from Sams Wine and Spirits Chicago.
Black with no head. Nose is strong with coffee and is fairly one sided. The taste is mostly coffee with just a hint of smoke, vanilla and bourbon. This becomes much more present as the beer warms up. In fact, had I not been drinking this slowly I am afraid that I would have missed a lot of the subtleness that exists. Overall pretty darn good, I would like to see more of the bourbon but I guess that is just the way that this is because of the coffee used.
auerbrau (3117) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - APR 10, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2008 12 Oz Bottle at the Michigan House - Calumet, MI Rich fresh aroma of sultry aged kentucky bourbon with soda and a heap of coffee grains that have been run through in a percolator. Warm, and strong. Pour of oil black, with a solid rim of frothing espresso cream. Flavor is primarily and only coffee. The sensation of pure raw bourbon aged in french oak blended with decaf coffee grounds sitting in an old aluminum giant coffeemaker cannot escape me. Church Coffee! Mouthfuls and mouthfuls of acidic, searing, half-burnt, dusty bad tasting coffee that eats at the base of your teeth. Harsh and hot. There is no beer flavor in this at all. Two dimensional. Good Bourbon and Bad Coffee.
Re-rate. This is just as coarse and horrible as I remember it. The aroma is of bad burnt coffee grounds. Flavor is a shocking, clashing bad bitter coffee and hot bourbon. Somewhere, hops come in and confuse the picture. One of the worst uses of a barrel and most unbalanced beers I can recall. Ratebeerians should be embarrassed that this is in the Top 50.
Re-rate2008 12oz Bottle. Dirty church coffee mold, stale cadbury truffles and less bourbon. Still not a good nose. Figure coffee out. Brown-black with a rim in off-white. Flavor in this batch has a little more composure, but it’s still pretty coarse with hot Jim Beam up front, dry oak, coarse coffee grains and too much Roasted Barley. A lot of dry, leafy hops confusing. Palate is okay. This is an improvement, but it’s still rather ugly.
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - APR 9, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black...and has a fastly diminishing mocha head...thick lacing. Aroma is monster coffee...even more so than the regular breakfast if I remember correctly. Hints of wood, a bit of bourbon (the only trace of it in the entire brew) burnt bitter sweet chocolate, and grapenut malt. Flavor has a surprising amount of fruity ester sweetness...some vinegar as well. Big coffee, some heavy cream and vanilla, tannic bitterness, burnt chocolate...and I little bit of oak. As far as barrel aging goes...well I don’t get much bourbon or wood in the flavor...I guess I get some vanilla. Compared to the original breakfast...this is much better, but I haven’t had that for a good while. So...I guess I’m not really sure what I think about this brew...but a a 4.13 seems a bit generous. Mouthfeel is dense syrupy monster. Like an oil slick in the mouth...though very acidic.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black coffee pour with a mocha colored, creamy head. Fresh coffee dominates the nose, but secondary notes of oak and vanilla do squeak through. Full mouthfeel is oily slick, but never too sweet or cloying. The great thing about the body is that keeps evolving from first sip to far past the finish. Starts with an upfront wall of java, moving to a woody and smokey middle and finishing with bourbon and sweet chocolate. The alcohol warms my stomach and the bourbon lingers on the tongue. Oh boy, this is good stuff.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - APR 6, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2008 Lighter shade of black. Scattered later of creamy, fine-bubbled cappuccino foam. Surface notes of coffee, tar, and burnt malt comprise the aroma. Underlying vanilla, tannins, and perfumey bourbon. Dense bubbles softly massage the palate. Oily. Onset of beautifully tight and understated tannins immediately penetrate the tarry body. Deeply rooted nutty and earthy coffee flavors exude firmly beneath the surface, but no acridness is discernable. Very bright/clean bourbon character provides a gentle tingle and harmonizes with the silky tannins, which briefly lift the sweetness from the tongue. No huskiness or overt vanillin sweetness from the barrel, at all. And the tannins are so soft, they never amplify the alcohol. Thickset tandem of cakey malts and chocolate fudge reinforce the body and soften the tannic acid as dried plums highlight the crunchy char grit. Tannins and roast induced acidity eventually succumb to everlasting flavors of dry, oaky char and rich coffee. Although not a world beater, this totally defied my expectations of finding something crowded and oversweet. What I got instead was something remarkably gelled and pleasingly mellow. A well constructed brew.
Odeed (1774) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 6, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2006 (first off many thanks ti sliffy for the hookup.)i have been waiting to try this brew for ages now,i guess today is the day!this b.a. stout poured a thick motor oil black with a nice,but small dark brown head.as the head sat it left nice dark webbing on the glass.i then held the snifter up to my nose and could not believe what i recieved.the first wave of aroma was,you guessed it,coffee!the second wave was a lovely blend of bourbon and oak,not overpowering,but just right.the third was a mix of dark and milk chcoolate.then the fourth was a blend of oatmeal,roasted malts,and black liquorice.ok now after smelling it for ten minutes,ill take the fisrt sip.WOW!the numerous levels of taste hit my palate so fast it was hard to even catch them all.after a few more sips i picked up on what my brain was telling me was absolute bliss,and what made it that way.coffee,chocolate covered raspberries,bourbon,oak,vanilla,milk chocolate,alcohol,black liquorice,and roasted malts all smacked me across the face every time i took a sip.is this beer prefect?i would say YES!its right up at the top with speedway stout to me and my only complaint that i have is that i only have another bottle.
SECOND BOTTLE ON 6-6-06 BY WAY OF NEWCASTLE01.would i still give this a perfect rating?HELL YEAH!i still cant get over how good this beer is.and i still have one more bottle.
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!