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RATINGS: 1840   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.29   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
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A bit of backwoods pleasure without the banjo. This strong stout is brewed with a hint of coffee and vanilla then aged in oak bourbon barrels. Our process ensures that strong bourbon undertones come through in the finish in every batch we brew. We recommend decanting at room temperature and best enjoyed in a brandy snifter.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2007
12oz bottle. Aroma: Coffee just jumps out of the glass. Cream, tobacco smoke, vanilla, rich chocolate, light oak. Bourbon is there but snakes its way subtly through the beer. Wow. Appearance: Dark and oily looking black with no highlights. Dark tan head was small, foamy, and fleeting. Not much lacing. Flavor: Again, the coffee just pushes to the front with its richness. Dark chocolate, smoke, vanilla, light toasted nuts, oak. The bourbon is balanced very nicely. It adds some flavors and richness, but doesnít overwhelm. Finishes somewhat dry, but roasted grains and coffee linger after the finish. Palate: Full bodied and creamy. Moderate carbonation. Strong alcohol warming in back of mouth and down throat. Overall: Great, great beer. Smooth, rich, and very satisfying. The subtlety of the bourbon flavors was terrific. Only complaint is that the alcohol is a bit hot at times. But thatís a small complaint against everything else they did well here.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
alexsdad06 (5570) - Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2008 !2 oz. bottle. Pours black with a small (half finger at best) light brown head that disappears instantaneously. The aroma met me half way: strong coffee, chocolate, and smoky wood. I couldnít wait for the first taste. It did not disappoint. The coffee/espresso, roasted malt, and chocolate dominate however they are not alone. The bourbon and alcohol flavors are present along with more subtle vanilla and dark fruit flavors. Full bodied which leaves a fairly strong coffee taste in the mouth. I have not been able to drink beer for a week due to a surgery and Iím glad I made this one my first.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Spliffy (55) - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2007
It is better then breakfast with the Pope! Dark and dangerous!! This is a wonderful stout full of the best a breakfast stout can offer. Coffee, Malt, cocao oatmeal, scrambled eggs, homefries with tabasco etc......... Itís all ther!! Just kidding, only the godd stouty things dreams are made of

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
onehoppypoppy (1) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2007 does not count
Fresh out of the tap; coffee and wood aroma. Dark fullbody coffee, chocolate with the kicker of the bourbon age I have come to favor. Yes, life is great.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2007
12 oz. bottle via trade with sliffy - Pours a thick dark brown color with a 1/2 finger thick light brown head. This is one of the darkest beers Iíve seen. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, and light wood. Has a smooth milk chocolate and coffee flavor. Leaves a slight roasted malt after taste. Medium to full body. Light alcohol presence. An excellent beer. Thanks Dan.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - MAR 5, 2007
2/3/07. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, shared from tasting at KAMEís house from RateBeer 2/3/07. Dark black-brown in color with a frothy, soapy head. Lacing is pretty slight as the head dissipates rather quickly. Nose is richly layered with bold burnt coffee and a decadent vanilla-fudge combo, but there are also huge swaths of alcohol boozing it up all over the place. Huge pepper taste with a violently numbing dark bourbon smack. Incredibly bold, strong chocolate-covered espresso bean taste, smothered over an interesting but fairly subdued ashy smoke flavor. Too much bourbon for my money, and Iím usually a sucker for strong-flavored beers. Some black cherries in the finish. Alcohol is slightly numbing, and thereís a little bit of black scalded coffee acidity that comes off in the mouthfeel as well as the flavor. Full-to-medium-full body. Way too much for me, even if the intensity demands respect. Just not something I can see drinking very often. The creamy smooth goodness in the regular Breakfast Stout (probably attributed to the oatmeal) is mostly stripped down here (as if with paint thinner) by the shrieking alcohol, bourbon, and espresso intensity. Thereís just none of the elegance and subtlety that the regular Breakfast Stout has-- itís as if they made a ridiculously over-the-top version of that, an already badass beer, but one that was wonderfully balanced in its strength.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2007
Big thanks to Dan for breaking this one out at the Columbus tasting #6.Lots of coffee and some nice bourbon in the aroma.Pours very dark with a medium sized tan head.Chocolate,coffee and bourbon dominate the flavors.Full mouthfeel with lots of coffee and bourbon in the finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 One of 5 top 50 beers shared at the most recent Columbus tasting! Thanks Dan. Light bourbon and coffee aroma comes from a black body with a beige head. Medium palate was a little thinner than I had hoped for. Bitter roasted coffee up front with just a small hint of bourbon as well. There is a tinge of alcohol in the finish. Solid.

Re-rate: The coffee is too overpowering and dominate in this brew and has caused me to lower my original rating. Average at best, actually.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - FEB 26, 2007
12 oz bottle via trade with Brigadier, thanks Nathan. This the first brew I have consumed in my new home, the first brew consumed in a home I own, and I wanted it to be special. I really tried hard to trade for this for a while and happily Nathan came through for me. Pours a rich black with a nice dark brown head that quickly went away into a ring. The head is certainly not as pronounced or bold as the non bourbon version, but the color was similar. The aroma is rich and chocoolaty and smells a bit like chunky peanut butter. There also notes of smoke and coffee. This is a serious smell, yummy. The tastes is robust malty, smokey and strong. The vanilla, coffee, and chocolate all come through, not as chocolately as Founderís other Breakfast Stout, but equally good. Damn this is one hell of an amazing beer, it is really spectacular. Nathan, you are the man. This is a stellar brew, thanks for not dissapointing Founders.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jonwayne4883 (401) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2007
this one came highly recommended. you notice two things immediately: its thick and dark and it has a very strong taste. almost too strong for my liking.


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