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RATINGS: 2333   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
zizzybalubba (1785) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2009 12 oz. bottle purchased at Coasters (but enjoyed at home). Amazing aroma of bourbon, vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. Color is black with a very thin brown head; it appears to be very thick. Strong coffee and chocolate flavor up front with a vanilla and alcohol finish. The bourbon aging gives a wonderful vanilla flavor that really does not taste boozy like you would expect from bourbon. Good luck finding this one, but if you do you will not find many beers better than this. Phenomenal.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2009
Poured black. Thought I was pouring motor-oil. Thin brown head that dissipated fast. Aroma of bourbon, coffee, and caramel. Flavor over powered by bourbon and coffee. Alcohol strong in the finish. Heavy beer, thick mouthfeel. This would probably be better if it was aged.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Holtguy (162) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2014 Pours black with tan head. Thick and oily pour. Aroma is coffee and bourbon. Flavor is the same, coffee and strong bourbon notes, which balance the coffee brilliantly. It’s a heavy, high alcohol brew so it takes some time to consume, which makes it all the better. Re-rate 2014 - my initial rating is of the 2009 batch, and I’ve had both the 2010 and 2011 versions as well. 2009-2011 batches were awesome. I never got to try 2012, but 2013 was significantly worse than in years past. It was no longer a distinctive brew as it tasted much like the regular Breakfast Stout. Founders redeemed themselves in 2014 with a beer much closer to the 2009-2011 juggernaut. I can’t help but give this beer a perfect score, because it is perfect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2009
Thanks bgurdman. Brown-black pour, thin dark head. Roast aroma, some bourbon. Some bourbon-caramel smoothness, bitter melon, smoke. This is good, but I’m missing something if it’s supposed to be great. Thick, lightly tannic mouthfeel.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2009
Drink this at room temp... Pours about as nice as any stout can pour, pitch black with a wonderful head, great retention... Amazing aroma of what bourbon chocolate coffee liqueur should smell like, very creamy smell... Taste matches the aroma almost to a t, but it is not nearly as creamy as the Breakfast Stout... Dry coffee oaky body that is not overly heavy while being full bodied with an intensely full mouthfeel. the warming sensation is a bit much, but if thats the only downside...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bukowski9 (129) - Piqua, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2009
Bottle pour.This was absolutely wonderful.The coffee ,vanilla flavors and bourbon were very well balanced,and the oak comes through just enough.Was actually very smooth for a stout and easy to drink.A+

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MoritzF (9369) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - APR 15, 2009
(35.5cl bottle) Pitch black colour with a creamy beige layer. Strong roast-malty aroma with a smoky touch, notes of (burnt) wood and a tinge of vanilla and alcohol. Burnt bitter flavour with a moderate oaky sweetness, full bodied with a mellow mouthfeel. Roasty malty taste with chocolate, leather, mocha and a distinctive touch of vanilla. Long-lasting roasty and slightly woody finish with vanilla, mocha and a mild, well-integrated alcoholic burn. Also the barrel notes of vanilla fit very well. Superb (09.IV.09).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tlay10 (7) - , Nevada, USA - APR 15, 2009 does not count
Disappointed with this one. It didnt live up to the hype in my opinion. It had a great coffee aroma but the bourbon flavour didnt come through as much as I would have liked and it left me feeling a little short changed. I was really expecting something a little more special with this one. Overall just so so.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MeisterBrew (138) - Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA - APR 14, 2009
Bottle. Pours almost completely black with a small reddish brown head. Aroma consists of bourbon, chocolate, and coffee. Taste starts with bourbon, continues with bourbon, and ends with bourbon. If you concentrate hard enough you can pick up some bitter chocolate and coffee in there somewhere.... Fantastic! I really like this one... just not as much as their breakfast stout.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 14, 2009

Source: 12 oz bottle purchased in Bowling Green at Chucks.
Appearance: Solid black pour with a very thin brown head.
Aroma: Freaking awesome. Coffee dominates, but notes of dark chocolate are present. Maybe some roasted malt.
Flavor: Roasted malt and coffee mainly, but a bit of chocolate and bourbon are present.
Palate: Full body with soft carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel.
Overall: Best so far. Love this beer. Glad I have more. Wish it was a tad cheaper though.

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