decaturstevo (5205) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - SEP 2, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2006 thanks kp A dark brown pour with a chococoffee aroma. A flavor of strong coffee with a kicker of chocolate. A palate that is smooth and rich a sweet ending to a hot beer. I know I say it alot but I love a IS that has a warm alc punch. I will not say that I like this beer. I love it.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2007 Pours a very dark deep thcik black with a deark tan head. Aroma is a perfect blend of the traditional coffee aromas, burnt malts, roastiness, some chocolate and then balanced with lots of bourbon but not too much. Slightly sweet flavor but cut by the harsh acidity of the burnt malts, roasted coffee, bourbon and a fair amount of oak and vanilla. Real nice harsh rich dark malts all the way through and is so damn smooth. Great BA impy stout.
Shag (2637) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was psyched to see this. A black appearance with a beige head. The aroma is whiskey and coffee. Or smells like Jim Morrisons breakfast. The body is a little lighter than I expected. The bitter and sweet balance out fairly well with chocolate and coffee present. The whiskey is always making its presence known. Good one!
Psylocke (91) - st-constant, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 27, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2007 really great smell of chocolate cake, hmm a really chocolate taste with some light roasted coffee and an end of vanilia i really like...hmm no i LOVE this great beer yummy
heemer77 (5108) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2007 I had this one again at The Maproom in Chicago. I stand by my previous rating. While this is a solid impy stout, it doesn’t blow me away. Too sweet. Previous rating follows. Thanks for the bottle, iowaherkeye. The body was black as night with a thin slightly orange and brown head. The aroma had all kinds of character with bourbon, wood, mushrooms, anise and coffee. After a little warming the alcohol becomes more apparent. The taste has a dry character with dark chocoalte, earthy ainse and some wood. This is very thick and full of flavor, and it is definitely a sipper. A decnt beer, but nothing here impressed me too much.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at RBSG 2006 grand tasting. dark brown with lt. brown head. smells like dust, tastes like dirt. but in a good way. hmmm... burnt coffee flavor.
drfabulous (4173) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 23, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2011 I had this at the Michigan Beer Fest. Lots of folks like it. But I’m not so sure. It leaves an intense taste in your mouth. If you want to taste only this beer for the next few hours, fine. But I don’t play that way.
Rerated b/c I didn’t know anything back then.
Aubrey (3451) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
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.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - AUG 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.