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RATINGS: 1842   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3444) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2006
Black with deep brown edges. Nose was dusty and woody. Soft but weighty texture. Warming. Slight sourness. Faint notes of chocolate and coffee. Pinch of molasses, too. Sweet whiskey and wood. Pleasant beer, but it seemed a little muted. Or maybe it was I that was muted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3050) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2006
Great Taste of the Midwest

I have not cracked any of my bottles open yet, but since it was on tap I figured I would give this one a shot. If nothing else, it might confirm that I should hang on them or trade them all away. It turns out to be the case that the truth is in between - it did not blow me away but at the same time it was a nice beer.

Aroma / Appearance - Coffee, muted bourbon notes, raisins, plums and smoke complete the nose. It smells far less like hot black coffee than the regular Breakfast Stout but it still packs quite a punch. The head was a dirty mocha color that lingered over the black body. Eventually some scents of vanilla and oak made their way into my nose as I prepared to take the first sip.

Flavor / Palate - Expresso, bourbon, vanilla, oak, plums, malts and smoke were evident in the first few sips. Unlike the aggressive coffee taste of the Breakfast Stout, this was strong yet not overpowering. I felt it might have been a little thin but the flavors are well balanced. The aftertaste comes across chocolately with a slight sweetness before finishing with some smoky notes. Very enjoyable - if I could rate it more precisely it would be only a fraction below the regular version at 3.95.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - AUG 14, 2006
12oz - Aroma is fresh coffee, bourbon, roasted malts, chocolate, and dust. Pours black with no head and good lacing. Flavor is roasted chocolate malts, hops, fresh coffee, and a touch of bourbon. The bourbon increses to the point of too much as it warms. Palate is amazingly clean for a barrel-aged imperial stout. Hides the 10% very well. This is a tasty brew but the bourbon becomes too much for my enjoyment.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2006
On tap at Great Taste of the Midwest. Pours deep brown/black with a thin brown head. Smells like deliciosity in a glass. Coffee, oak, and generalized sweetness. The taste that jumped out was that of a very good stout: roasted malts and smooth, hidden alcohol. Iíve never tried Founders Breakfast Stout, but Iíd imagine the primary difference of course is the presence here of the oak bourbon taste. The gentleman serving this beer at the Founders tent served it near room temperature, which really brought out the wide array of tastes available in this masterpiece.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (9984) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Pours opaque with a small frothy tan head and spotty lacing. Aroma is heavy wood, coffee, dark roasted malt (cookie, meal), ashy, yeast (dough). Medium bitterness and acidity, bourbon and chocolate, coffee malt, yeast, perfumey alcohol, some sweetness at the end. Dark bodied, smooth and dry palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2006
Bottled. Beer is very dark brown, opaque, with an average-sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing head. Unsurrendering specks of lacing on the snifter. The aroma is malty with heavy notes of toasted grain, cheap coffee, light note of caramel; Hoppy with a moderate note of herb, light note of resin/pine; Yeasty with a light note of cellar; Moderate miscellaneous note of top soil, heavy note of raw wood, light note of savory smoked meat. The flavor is moderately-to-heavily sweet, lightly bitter, lightly-to-moderately acidic with a long, ligtly acidic, lightly bittersweet, warm finish. The body is full, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6304) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2006
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is black (opaque). Aroma is moderately malty (burnt grain), with a strong note of wood, notes of alcohol, whisky/bourbon, and vanilla. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, oily/watery texture, soft/lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Gotta be honest, the aroma is not enjoyable at all. Lots of burnt grains and raw wood. Not much better in the mouth. Very disappointed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2006
Bottle, thanks Nick! Opaque. Heavy brown lacing. Big woody, alcoholic aroma. Taste is very alcoholic, tons of whiskey, cherry notes in there too. Lots of vanilla from the barrel. Long sticky, chocolaty finish. As far as barrel aging goes, this is a great example of how to do it right.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2006
Big coffee logs, hint of darkfruit jam, lots o choc in the nose. india ink with no head. big choco-coffee yuley cinnamon nutmeg. alcohol-rummy, velvety, milky, meal.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (9059) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2006
12oz bottle acquired in trade with goldtwins (thanks!). Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized brown head. Aromas of wood, vanilla, smoke, roast, espresso coffee, and some chocolate. Very nice aroma. Tastes of wood, vanilla (strong but not as strong as in the aroma), roast, coffee, chocolate, and a very light bourbon finish. The barrel aging was done very nicely as it wasnít overpowering. Light lacing left on the glass. Alcohol content well hidden. This one was very easy to drink.

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