SAVertigo (20) - Shillington, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2009 Had this bottled at Union Jack’s Pub in Boyertown, PA.
I ’m a huge fan of the regular Breakfast Stout, but this was heads and shoulders above the regular version in every, single, way.
It smells like, chocolate whiskey if that makes sense. You get the coffee/chocolate initial blast that the Breakfast Stout is known for, followed by the whiskey nose.
The taste was, quite simply, a darker whiskey infused Breakfast Stout.
Fantastic. Next year I am finding more than just 2 bottles of this, it is THAT good.
IF you see it, buy it on the spot.
dmschefke (576) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
#100. Been saving these for the right time, might as well do it at 100. 09 bottle and will do the 08 in a couple days. Pours a pitch thick black with very thin brown creamy head. Aroma is as advertised, tons of coffee, chocolate, and bourbon, hints of vanilla, wood, and smokiness. Flavor at first had me worried, it was quite strong and almost overbearing. Next sips eased that worry and it became very delicious. Everything in the aroma came out in the taste, with the addition of dried fruits, bitter sweetness, roasted malt, with a bit of a sour/earthy finish. Definitely the most complex beer I have tried to date.
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2012 Bottle thanks to Daknole! Silky black, scant but rich brown head. Rich coffee aroma is filled with beany goodness and tons of bourbon. Extremely silky palate. Smooth vanilla flavors. Some heat in the quick finish. Very nice full-on coffee undertones. Excellent beer.
pivnizub (9900) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - MAY 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours pitch-black, small brownish foamy layer; sweet dried fruits, leather, liquorice and a tinge of vanilla in the complex nose; very solid bitter-sweet flavour, full bodied, but soft MF; port-wine and vanilla in the very solid bitter-sweet finish. Applause: very fine, very complex stuff................
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
# 500. 12oz bottle thanks to my guy mrchopin. Pours pitch black with creamy tan head. Aroma is bourbon, coffee, vanilla and roasted malt. Flavor is very complex with roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, coffee, molassas, smoke and a little chocolate. Mouthfeel is perfect for a BA imperial stout. Smooth and creamy but with full carbonation. Much better than the regular breakfast stout. This really a great brew and a good choice for # 500.
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Don’t sit on this one. Pours a black thick rich color with a decent size tan head. Aroma of bourbon, malt and vanilla extract. Taste of coffee, caramel amd molasses. The flavor is silky smooth and smokey. Has a nice creamy chocolate start with a bit of earthy finish. Very nice brew!
grandridge (224) - Port Clinton, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tried side by side 08 with 09. Rating the 09 but will add comments about the 08. Pours black with a tan head. Has roast aroma but the hops keep the roast subdued (the 08 is way more smoke and roast) Has hints of chocolate and coffee. Flavor is tobacco, smoke, roast, and coffee with mild carbonation. (08 is smoother with little/no carbonation) Fresh version finishes cleaner while the 08 lingers. It’s hard to say which one is better. I enjoy the freshness and the livliness of the 09 but the 08 is just so damn smooth and roasty. Good good brews.
Guerde (1280) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 5, 2009
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2014 (bottle shared by STLWill) Pours black with a medium tan head that doesn’t really stick around. Aroma is a green bell pepper bomb, overly roasted, brash, and harsh. There’s a bit of alcohol here too, and some spent coffee grounds. The taste is a completely different experience, with a nice, balanced, flavor of chocolate, vanilla, oak, and some hints of raisin. Flavors of dark roasted coffee and malt appear as well. The finish is also good, with a nice even roast and hints of barrel and booze. I was expecting some astringent malt here due to the aroma, but was quite surprised that it was quite balanced in the flavor. All in all, this is a rather odd beer in that the aroma was terrible, and yet the flavor was very good. Thanks Will!
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured into a Duvel glass. Wow, that is some disarmingly thick black beer. Pretty assertive pour yields about a 1/4 inch of light brown head. Some bubbles and light lacing, but this is pretty much a still black beast. Nose of bitter roasted coffee and cocoa/fudge. Some dark fruit notes. Mild bourbon barrel/vanilla notes, but not overpowering by any means, which is how I like it. The bourbon vanilla is really more a kiss at the end than anything. Palate is thick but avoids being syrupy. Not necessarily as complex as some, but perfectly balanced and damn good.
Oakes (14844) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Inky dark brown. Chocolate and graham cracker aroma is fudgey, nutty. Sweet, with lots of vanilla, roasty, nuts and wood. Complex, but in an assertive, over-the-top kind of way. Nice brew. Not stylish but clubbed-over-the-head goodness is still goodness.