Aubrey (3418) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with deep brown edges. Nose was dusty and woody. Soft but weighty texture. Warming. Slight sourness. Faint notes of chocolate and coffee. Pinch of molasses, too. Sweet whiskey and wood. Pleasant beer, but it seemed a little muted. Or maybe it was I that was muted.
Brigadier (2830) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great Taste of the Midwest
I have not cracked any of my bottles open yet, but since it was on tap I
figured I would give this one a shot. If nothing else, it might confirm that
I should hang on them or trade them all away. It turns out to be the case
that the truth is in between - it did not blow me away but at the same time
it was a nice beer.
Aroma / Appearance - Coffee, muted bourbon notes, raisins, plums and
smoke complete the nose. It smells far less like hot black coffee than the
regular Breakfast Stout but it still packs quite a punch. The head was a
dirty mocha color that lingered over the black body. Eventually some scents
of vanilla and oak made their way into my nose as I prepared to take the
Flavor / Palate - Expresso, bourbon, vanilla, oak, plums, malts and
smoke were evident in the first few sips. Unlike the aggressive coffee
taste of the Breakfast Stout, this was strong yet not overpowering. I felt
it might have been a little thin but the flavors are well balanced. The
aftertaste comes across chocolately with a slight sweetness before finishing
with some smoky notes. Very enjoyable - if I could rate it more precisely
it would be only a fraction below the regular version at 3.95.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - AUG 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz - Aroma is fresh coffee, bourbon, roasted malts, chocolate, and dust. Pours black with no head and good lacing. Flavor is roasted chocolate malts, hops, fresh coffee, and a touch of bourbon. The bourbon increses to the point of too much as it warms. Palate is amazingly clean for a barrel-aged imperial stout. Hides the 10% very well. This is a tasty brew but the bourbon becomes too much for my enjoyment.
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Great Taste of the Midwest. Pours deep brown/black with a thin brown head. Smells like deliciosity in a glass. Coffee, oak, and generalized sweetness. The taste that jumped out was that of a very good stout: roasted malts and smooth, hidden alcohol. I’ve never tried Founders Breakfast Stout, but I’d imagine the primary difference of course is the presence here of the oak bourbon taste. The gentleman serving this beer at the Founders tent served it near room temperature, which really brought out the wide array of tastes available in this masterpiece.
BeerandBlues2 (9104) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 8, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours opaque with a small frothy tan head and spotty lacing. Aroma is heavy wood, coffee, dark roasted malt (cookie, meal), ashy, yeast (dough). Medium bitterness and acidity, bourbon and chocolate, coffee malt, yeast, perfumey alcohol, some sweetness at the end. Dark bodied, smooth and dry palate.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Beer is very dark brown, opaque, with an average-sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing head. Unsurrendering specks of lacing on the snifter. The aroma is malty with heavy notes of toasted grain, cheap coffee, light note of caramel; Hoppy with a moderate note of herb, light note of resin/pine; Yeasty with a light note of cellar; Moderate miscellaneous note of top soil, heavy note of raw wood, light note of savory smoked meat. The flavor is moderately-to-heavily sweet, lightly bitter, lightly-to-moderately acidic with a long, ligtly acidic, lightly bittersweet, warm finish. The body is full, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively.
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is black (opaque).
Aroma is moderately malty (burnt grain), with a strong note of wood, notes of alcohol, whisky/bourbon, and vanilla.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, oily/watery texture, soft/lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Gotta be honest, the aroma is not enjoyable at all. Lots of burnt grains and raw wood. Not much better in the mouth. Very disappointed.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks Nick! Opaque. Heavy brown lacing. Big woody, alcoholic aroma. Taste is very alcoholic, tons of whiskey, cherry notes in there too. Lots of vanilla from the barrel. Long sticky, chocolaty finish. As far as barrel aging goes, this is a great example of how to do it right.
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big coffee logs, hint of darkfruit jam, lots o choc in the nose. india ink with no head. big choco-coffee yuley cinnamon nutmeg. alcohol-rummy, velvety, milky, meal.
hopdog (8530) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle acquired in trade with goldtwins (thanks!). Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized brown head. Aromas of wood, vanilla, smoke, roast, espresso coffee, and some chocolate. Very nice aroma. Tastes of wood, vanilla (strong but not as strong as in the aroma), roast, coffee, chocolate, and a very light bourbon finish. The barrel aging was done very nicely as it wasn’t overpowering. Light lacing left on the glass. Alcohol content well hidden. This one was very easy to drink.