drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2008 12oz, big thanks to 11026 (steve) for this extra! poured pitch black with very small ring reddish-tan head. nose is clearly dominated by coffee but havenít several minutes of sniffs thereís delicate undertones of vanilla and bourbon. tastes of a very rich high quality milk chocolate, perfect espresso (not burnt), vanilla, and a hint of bourbon. the flavor doesnít come off to roasty or burnt in anyway, but muted in some way that just doesnít take this to another level. i like how the bourbon doesnít overwhelm the beer. more BA beers should take notice. mouthfeel is oily, rich and smooth, a tad thin and watery. very low carbonation. alcohol is extremely well hidden. finish is long and rich. a wonderful beer, but too thin, oily, and, dare I say, dull. 8/5/8/4/16=4.1.
4/13/07, re-rate of a 2007 bottle (very fresh). All i can think of is, "Whereís the beef...i mean....bourbon? Yes, Whereís the bourbon?". No bourbon in the nose and barely noticed in the flavor. A lot less than last year and I found last yearís to be subtle. What happened here?? This taste like regular Breakfast Stout, lots of stale coffee and cigarettes. i wonder if they reused the same barrels as last years so there just less bourbon notes. still tasty but i prefer last years batch. rating changed, 7/5/8/4/15=3.9.
12/12/07, 2005 vintage, cellar aged almost 3 years. still lots of coffee and dark chocolate in the aroma for this. flavor has silky chocolate, ash, lots of coconut, some wood, and sweet vanilla. bourbon notes donít come through at all. a bit thin and silky feel. this as mellowed a bit with age but it hasnít changed much. i donít think more age will improve this. this is still nice BA imperial stout but as barrel aging fad roars on, this is no longer special as there are many more done better than this.3.9.
3/26/08, 2008 vintage, fresh bottling. pours black with small tan head around the rim. a wonderful nose of freshly ground coffee, smoke, coconut, and vanilla. flavor is however a bit coffee roast harsh and ashy. some chocolate in the finish. the profile just isnít smooth and not alcohol or bourbon harshness but more roast and ash as its a little rough around the edges. some buttery bourbon notes are barried underneath but are rather underdone. a full smooth mouth feel and carbonation. a nice beer that is worty of a solid 4 from me.4.0.
DrD (61) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2007
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2007 A top 5 all-time brew the day I brought it home. After 9 months in the cellar, my tasting notebook says, simply: "The greatest."
marcus (6339) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 26, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle from Artusory. This dark brown ale poured into a snifter with a thin tan head, and you can really smell the bourbon. The oak bourbon barrell aging is a very nice enhancement to the outstanding original Breakfast Stout. The chocolate flavor is replaced, or at least overwhelmed by the bourbon characteristic, so it is a much different flavor that calls for a cigar.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JAN 23, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled, Dusseldorf gathering. Alot going on here, alot of flavors, Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, bourbon, anis, abit over the top, a great brew, but intense, not for the faint of heart or palate,
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - JAN 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
NorCal tasting Jan 07 - Well this was definitely better than the regular Breakfast Stout. Aroma still had that used coffee grounds aroma but with it there was the bourbon to help balance things out, along with a touch of vanilla. Still hard to overcome that used coffee grounds. Flavors were coffee, bourbon, whiskey, walnuts, and chocolate rounded out by a decent showing of hops. An easy drinking beer that might find itís way into my fridge more often than not if it was available locally.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours a deep dark chocolate brown - very nearly black - with a thin wisp of film in the center of the glass, and a bit of a ring around the edges. This ring initially provides a foam line or two, but shortly thereafter only a few flecks of lace. The aroma is fantastic - tons of roasted malt, charred oak, coffee, and chocolate covered cherry.
Bold flavors of burnt coffee, bitter roasted malt, and charred smoky oak. And bourbon. And raisin. And leather. And molasses. And maduro cigar wrapper. Full body, the carbonation is gentle, but definately not lacking. Burnt raisin, bourbon, oak, and Honduran cigar smoke linger in the aftertaste. So does a trace of alcohol
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep impenetrable black with a dense one finger head that slowly fades to a thin layer of foam and thick ring. The ensuing lace thatís left behind is a solid sheet on the sides of my glass.
Smell; the bourbon is definitely present, but itís not overwhelming, and mixes very well with the coffee aromas. Thereís a bit of chocolate in there, as well a bit of dark fruits that just barely seep through.
Taste; whoa, that bourbon flavor is first to hit, but boy is it really smooth. The bourbon fades nicely into a very rich chocolate espresso topped with cherries. The alcohol is felt with a mild warming in theback of my throat. Mouthfeel is thick, creamy and velvety, and about as good as it gets. Drinkability is really high when you take into consideration such a high abv.
This was very good for this relatively cool rainy evening.
MrBunn (2452) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Incredible pour. Used motor oil color and similar syrupy thickness is visible right off the bat. The head is minimal at best and there are a couple of patches of sediment (?) that are drifting around. Aroma is very strong of charcoal or burnt wood, with an espresso background that meshes nicely. Maybe a hint of bourbon in the background, but thatís probably more just my mind playing tricks on me. Flavor is very heavily dominated by the burnt/scorched malt. It is well done and is finished off nicely with a silky flavor like espresso with lots of sugar in it. I really wish that I had the original Breakfast stout for a side-by-side, but alas...
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2007
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from 1FastSTi. You know, some beers are all hype and donít live up to expectations...This is NOT one of those beer. Black and oily with no head and minimal carbonation. Aroma is fantastic!! Coffee and roasted malts and slight bourbon notes. The mouthful is soooo smooooth. How do they do that???? Anyway, coffee, slight vanilla, some smoke,sweet mollasses, and roasted malts dominate the taste buds. This one of the best beers Iíve had in a long time. Thanks, Blake
diabel (1605) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JAN 8, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the DŁsseldorf Gathering. Deep, black body. Pours like sirupe. Caramel coloured, creamy head. Very intense aroma of pure chocolate, liquor and cofee. Moderately bitter, moderately sweet flavour. The flavour is not as complex as the aroma, but a very nice stout. I wish theyíd serve this in my hotel in stead of coffee at breakfast.