satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2% poured to trappist glass at cellar temp. huge aroma of crunchy coffee beans. a touch of vanilla but still very subtle (if at all) on the cocoa or wood. appearance is pitch black with filthy brown head that recedes very quickly. flavor is very bitter of acidic coffee grounds. bourbon burn makes its way through my chest and even into my arms quickly. wood becomes more apparent, truly earthy and organic. alcoholic burn continues to make its way through the body but taste is not prevalent. bitter acidic aftertaste continues to wane. vanilla comes in flashes when you least expect it. bourbon and chocolate flavors are hardly present at all suprisingly. overall one of the biggest íbig beersí ever, yet still unto itself amongst its peers, remaining unique and worthy of its reputation. alcohol notes and strong bourbon character is one thing, but this remains too acidic like a poorly brewed cup of coffee to offer advantages that its brother (regular breakfast stout) cannot.
AmEricanbrew (6607) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAR 24, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ink black with a light brown head. Deep, rich dry chocolate aroma with vanilla and wood. Smooth medium/full body with soft carbonation. Great black roasted malt flavors with tobacco and sweet ní boozy wood and vanilla. Very freaking good. Thanks to Brad for this bottle.
CptGreencoat (95) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2009 Bottle shared with my roommate. Pours to a greasy, slimy, mess of black. Nose is bourbon, coffee and chocolate. Very strong (less chewy than I expected), and equally complex. Upon taste, you experience coffee, carmel, chocolate, nut, raisin, malts, oak, cream, and - of course - bourbon. Do what you can to get ahold of this one.
ElDuderino (184) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2009 2009 Bottle. Whoa, serious change from previous vintages. The Aroma of coffee dominates everything. Espresso on steroids with some melty milk chocolate dropped in. The body pours black as night with a dark brown creamy head. The intense coffee flavor really perks up my nose and opens my senses during eat sip. The body is heavy and rich with thich sweet malts, chocolate and heavy rich coffee. I am getting much less barrel than in years past but there is still that almost sour wood funk lying way in the background. I love this beer. Hate the new label though... oh well.
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 22, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours motor oil pitch black; thin tan head.
Potent coffee bean aroma, just a shade of bourbony sweetness also; wood and perhaps licorice.
Flavor - rich, bitter, roasted, awesome bourbon sweetness. Smooth but also aggressive. Hint of whiskyish burn in the finish. Body is surprisingly far from thick. This is what regular breakfast stout wants to be. As delicious as Peche Mortel but with added complexity from the bourbon finishing. Very excellent. Iím very curious if previous yearsí batches were even better with the vanilla.
madvike (3165) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2010 Bottle - Pours jet black with a very small bubbly tan head. The aroma is a blast of coffee with a little bourbon burn The taste is really where this brew shines, with a strong coffee flavor up front, with vanilla and butterscotch flavors balancing it out a bit. The finish is a lot of roast with a bit of hop bite and a nice warming alcohol. Feels medium to medium-full bodied and a little oily. Just a fantastic brew. Update: Gotta knock off several taste points because the last several times Iíve had this, the taste has been very ashy and harsh. Not a trend Iím excited about.
GranvilleTim (1840) - Granville, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep black pour with brown head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, and slight bourbon. No single aroma is overbearing- nice blend of all. Taste is complex- smooth roasted malt, bourbon, dryness, more bourbon, with the stout flavor charecteristics running throughout. I was afraid that this beer would not live up to the hype- I am glad to be wrong. I love bourbon, I love stout, I am happy. The head dissapated after several sips, but left a noticeable lace.
zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Sunset Grille. Deep bourbon aroma with coffee. Coffee flavor with notes of chocolate and a bourbon finish. Very nice.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Sunset Grille. Aroma of smooth bourbon melding with lots of milk chocolate, cocoa powder, lightly roasted coffee. Flavor again a wonderful melding of the bourbon and the expected notes from the stout and the coffee. Impressed me a lot more than I expected.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black with a quickly receding mocha head. Aroma of oak, vanilla, light smoke, and coffee. Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, coffee, red wine, pepper and spice. Mouthfeel is heavy with soft carbonation and noticeable alcohol.