BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - JUL 5, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours pure black like used motor oil, with little to no head. HUGE coffee, bakers chocolate and vanilla flavors. So smooth that the ABV was all but lost except for the warming glow. Delicious.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JUL 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours out black with a brown head. Your smacked in the face with big hits of bourbon as soon as this shit hits the glass. Flavor is like a nice glass of cold coffee with a shot of Jim Beam in it. This si a great brew and certainly something I would love to drink again.
ross (2088) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 2, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from John (JPDIPSO) Thanks! For #900 I wanted to drink something that I thought would be special, and from my favorite style. This was it. Pours very dark black. Smell has a little notes of bourbon, coffee, roasted malts, and a little bit of alcohol. Taste is rich, and not very much like bourbon (which is good since Im not a fan really). This was like drinking a thick, slightly chilled glass of coffee with some Beam in it. Simply an amazing beer, the best oak aged beer Ive had before. This reminds me of Oak Aged Yeti, just more smooth. I would love to have this for breakfast :)
Sammy (8627) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bourbon is an American taste and while some finds its way over here, it’s simply a novelty. This is a medium or possibly less thick stout. I guess my expectations were primed for the breakfast level of stout. I taste the stout, the bourbon, some roast, a tad coffee. With great appreciation to Putnam
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUN 29, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Pailhead and qdog. Thanks go out to both of you. Black colored with no real head formation. A smattering of lacing. Aroma is full of coffee, chocolate, some bourbon notes of vanilla and tannins however these do not dominate. Full bodied. Overly viscous, wonderful mouthfeel for an IS. Flavor is full of roasted grains and chocolate. Again, coffee and oatmeal seem to overwhelm the bourbon aspect of this beer. Nicely done and worthy of respect.
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 29, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This bottled brew sampled at a rating party in Indianapolis, IN poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized dark brown colored bubbles that left behind a opaque dark brown colored body with no visible carbonation. The aroma was that of strong dark malt and bourbon. The mouth feel was initially flat with a mild vinous finish. The flavor was a mix of coffee dark malt and roasted malts.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with insignificant cap. Vending machine coffee, whole oats, burnt malt, wood, bittersweet chocolate, and subtle vanilla. Full, smooth palate. The vending machine coffee is a turnoff, otherwise a solid brew.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Founders: Dark, light carbonation. Complex malts are nice and roasty. Spices are nice, coffee and vanilla. The 10% is only moderately concealed. However, to be honest the original Breakfast Stout (before it was all the rage) was more roasty and more complex. This is still very good, give it a try.
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2006
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
I feel really bad about having opened this bottle. I mean, I can see why for some people this beer would be sublime, and yet, for me, I couldn’t drink it. I feel guilty for having deprived somebody else of the experience in drinking this, since I did not appreciate it. Anyway, it pours black as night, and with a little coaxing offers up a small tan head. The aroma is complex, but the primary note for me was char. i got some of the bourbon and a hint of vanilla and other stout aromas, but the char from the bourbon barrels is what took over for me. It, unfortunately, reminded me of burnt cardboard. In the mouth, it was lusciously thick, with just the right amount of carbonation. The flavor was again dominated by the char, which for me was overpowering. The aftertaste was very interesting: earthy, sweet, vanilla, bourbon, smoke. As I wrote above, I can see how for some this is the greatest thing they have ever tasted, and I apologize for having deprived a lover of this bottle.
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2007 So....after almost a year one hell of a crazy week at work (Derby) and a nice full day of drinking at Rich O’s Cumberland and a good old bottle of Jolly Pumpkin it is time to revisit one of my top rated beers.....it was in the closet so what the hell right? pours thick black with a nice dark dark brown head that quickly settles into a thin film....not quite the 5 that i remember. lots and lots of coffee in the aroma.....LOTS...with a strong werthers original butterscotch presence something seems slightly burnt. ok but not much else going on in the aroma. and the werthers thing bothers me. something seems so artificial about it. there could be a hint of chocolate in there as well. flavor bitter biting almost burnt coffee charred oak if it sits on your tongue for too long it almost seems to burn it......too much of too many good things......? a bit too much alcohol. bitter extreme dry very very dry coffee werthers finish. full thick body. moderate carbonation but just a bit too much for an imperial stout. how did i go from a 4.6 to a 3? i dunno. it seems a bit harsh but this beer just seems like a train wreck......a train wreck of a lot of good things...but a train wreck is still a train wreck.......no one is happy about that......oh and that burnt flavor and aroma is never a good thing. where the hell is my last breakfast stout? ill take the regular over this any day.
classic imperial stout look. THICK black body with a nice dark brown head that will not go away. aroma heavy on the fresh ground coffee with some vanilla coca oak and a hint of alcohol. flavor is bitter coffee toasted oak sweet creamy chocolate. full rich creamy body. finish is long sweet chocolate with bitter coffee and alcohol. fantastic imperial stout. beautiful balanced rich and creamy. everything i could ask for and more. Original rating 9-5-9-5-18=4.6