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!
DavidP (1746) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown body. Great aroma - well-blended aroma of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate. The flavor things out a bit with bourbon underneath along with sweet chocolate. A bit too much heat.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - APR 4, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to OhioDad for hooking this up. Aroma is very heavy on coffee, espresso, chocoloate, with a hint of oak. Body is opaque with no head. Taste is definatly a blend of coffee and espresso, with vanilla bean coming through and oak.
Bigassfish (140) - Naperville/Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
100th Rating. from bottle purchased at Founders. At 4.50 for a 12oz botttle and 6.00 for an 8oz draft this is rather expensive. This is a good compliment to the Breakfast stout. Pours black with no head. Aroma of whiskey, oak, and coffee. thin body with strong whiskey taste. flavors of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. alcohol aftertaste as the beer warms. After a long wait i was a little dissapointed. This is a good beer and i recomend trying it but this is not my favorite imperial stout.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark dark black color, thin tan head.
Earthy malt aroma, roasty barrel ash. Some whiskey. Amazingly non-interesting nose to me.
Rich roasted chocolate, oak, whiskey, very full flavor. Perhaps its the mood, but I like it but not as much as I wanted to. The interesting part is that was how I felt at the 2004 GTMW which is why I never entered that rating.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - APR 2, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oooo yeaaaa! Giggity Giggity Gig gig Giggity goooo! Thanks JPDipso, you the man.. Pours a pitch black color, small light brown head. Aroma is huge coffee, a monsterous prescense. Bourbon comes right behind nad gives it a strong kick and balance. Drinking is sweet and smooth. Robust coffee flavors come through strong, yet still balancing out the bourbon, chocolate, and other elements. Really a fantastic beer. If only they would of made more!
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Look at me 200 ratings, however, this beer does not require a very discerning and refined opinion to rate it properly. It is.....like strong coffee,mildly carbonated, with shots of Makers Mark poured in. Exactly like that in fact. I think it is a reach to desribe vanilla and oak undertones, it’s bourbon folks thats just what it tastes like. Oh well, still a good beer and stout as hell. Black slightly syrupy pour with blossoming tan head that settles down rather quickly. The main detraction here is the palate which suffers from the aforementioned syrup viscosity instead of benefiting from it. At 17.99 for the 4 pack I much prefer the regular Breakfast Stout.
Ughsmash (6971) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2007 Poured black as the darkest of nights... high viscocity with a loose initial mocha/caramel head that receded to a swirly dusting. Aroma as if they bottled up a small slice of heaven (albeit a bit of backwoods heaven with banjos, few teeth, and perhaps a bog)... rich, deeply roasted dark chocolate and Sumatra blend, caramel, molasses, and a perfectly complimentary aire from the barrel treatment (luscious vanilla, oak, and sweet bourbon overtones). All elements are expertly-blended, with nothing stealing the show. Flavors began with strong roasted dark malts (same coffee and chocolate as above... coffee with slightly more prominence)... with the barrel elements emerging somewhere in the middle. Vanilla and bourbon sweetness were well-balanced against the dark, roasty malts and coffee bitterness. Rather heavily-bodied, yet it managed to maintain its smoothness and flow. Coffee bitterness remained long after this masterpiece was consumed... along with feelings of warmth and satisfaction. Just tremendous in all regards!