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RATINGS: 2330   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28/5   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickd717 (4113) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Bottle thanks to Arbitrator on BA. This beer owns something fierce, almost but not quite equall to the legendary Canadian Breakfast Stout. Pours a viscous, oily jet black with a small, creamy tan head that leaves a ring around the glass. This has legs like a Swedish bikini model, i.e. theyíre very good. Aroma is coffee, roast, chocolate, and high-quality Kentucky bourbon. Flavor is coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt that adds a little sweetness, vanilla, oak, and of course loads of bourbon. Not too much though. Almost but not quite as good as Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. A little boozy, but certainly not unpleasantly so...or maybe I was just too drunk to notice (and you canít blame me since we had all three Breakfast Stout incarnations at this tasting + other awesome stuff). Palate is smooth, creamy, and oily with low carbonation. Overall this is a top-notch imperial stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Todeon (325) - SWEDEN - SEP 19, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2009 Bottle, Thanks Beachbum1975! Pours a jetblack color with a small bubbly beighe head. Aroma is dominated by coffee but still filled with roasted malt,liquorice, rich dark chocolat and some suprsingly subtle bourbon notes. A bit of an sharp ashy tone can be felt aswell. Taste is pretty sweet with some big notes of boubon,liquorice, dark chocolat,coffee and some oaky notes. Small doses of vanilla and smoke/tar is detected. Some hot alcohol can be felt but itís not overpowering. Would love to try an aged bottle of this.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2009
Bottle courtesy of zizzybalubba at Immyís Backyard Throwdown. Pours black in color with tan head. Aroma roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Taste coffee, roasted malt, vanilla and chocolate with bitter finish.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2009
12 oz bottle served in a clear pint glass. Pour was jet black with absolutely no head, even with the ruff pour I gave it. Nose is vanilla, dark chocolate, oak, roasted malt, light coffee, and bourbon. Taste is strong black espresso, dark chocolate, bourbon, and brown sugar with a lingering light vanilla espresso finish. This is one of the most intense brews I have ever sampled. So many flavors, so sharply independent, yet blended with the perfection of Michelangeloís brush. A truly fantastic brew!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 11, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2010 Danís Bachelor Party Extended Weekend Rating #52 of 90. On tap at Founders in Grand Rapids. Pours pitch black with brown creamy head. Good bourbon aroma on to of the normal breakfast stout hints. Very nice smooth mouthfeel and taste. Goes down very easy for 12% (on board). Sweet, coffee, chocolate, bourbon...SO easy to drink...and SO tasty! Gald I have a bottle in my cellar. (Re-rate) From fresh í10 bottle, just for the fun of bourbon. Pitch black with thick creamy brown head. Nose is rich, strong bourbon with dry, thick wood. Flavor is obviously very strong bourbon, but closer to 55-60 degs it has a lot more dry and almost salty wood barrel going on. Definitely some leather/peat taste and an overall smooth mouthfeel. Very strong beer, and heavy on bourbon at this point. Something to be said for it fresh, yet Iím intrigued to try it after at least 2 years age. Curious to see if the coffee comes out with age, ícause itís inevident right now.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Bottle shared by DuffmanSW, thanks man, been waiting for this one. Pours a pitch black with a milk chocolate colored head that laces nicely. Aroma is dominated by fresh coffee grounds with some bbq, fruits, smoke, and musty earth. Flavor is sharp coffee, alcohol, vanilla, with an espresso finish. Palate is thick and silky. Carbonation is low.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2009 (bottle - 12 oz) Dark black with a thick tan head. Hint of coffee? Not my glass. Tons of coffee in the aroma mixing with some sweet bourbon notes along with some vanilla and chocolate. Flavor is a huge explosion of coffee, bourbon, roasted malts, and chocolate. Lots of vanilla sweetness rounds up the end with a lightly bitter and lasting coffee finish at the very end. I think this rivals the Bourbon County for my taste. Thanks David!

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ilovedarkbeer (2701) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2009
Bottle thanks to dukefan. Nose is oreo cookie, coffee, cigarets, mud, vanilla creme, and chocolate graham crackers. Taste is dark chocolate and smoke. Medium thick mouthfeel.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirdeye11 (6043) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2010 ( 12oz bottle thanks to dukefan) Pours almost black, coats the glass and good lacing. Nose of coffee, chocolate, and bourbon here. Taste has the bourbon for sure with dark chocolate and a roasty linger to finish it off. No bitterness left on the palette, this is thick and delicious. Nutty and cola notes round it out.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6501) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2009
bottle, thanks to dukefan, black color with deep brown touches, tan head, great coffee and malt aroma, flavors are coffee and bourbon with a little heat from the alcohol


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