TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - NOV 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice all around. Bourbon flavor and aroma present, but not overwhelming. Big coffee and chocolate. Very sweet. Incredible.
frankenkitty (1961) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours as a black tarpit of sludge before a reverse cascade eeks out a one-finger head the color of chocolate milk. Slow and sticky legs linger when swirled, yet surprisingly little lace is produced. I leave the room for awhile and return to find a huge aroma that literally meets me at the door. Like a <a href=www.ratebeer.com/><a href=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons showdown, a fat (yet muscular) whisky character grapples for dominance with a hefty helping of coffee roasts. Deeper investigation reveals peppery hops and juicy dark fruits. A thick, silky mouthfeel is a lazy river to a languid riverboat of flavor. Tastes like the coffeepotís been on the stove all day but a square of dark chocolate cuts the bitterness. Alcohol returns late as a backwash through the sinuses to wake you up... as if the coffee hasnít already. Flavors linger with a hint of burnt sourness, but another sip washes it back away to the thick bittersweetness of moccaccino. It was a real pleasure drinking this Top 50 beer, now stand back as I turn up my speakers (Rating #1300)...
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Theis (13986) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black - offwhite head. Coffee, used cold grounded coffee, light bourbon aroma. Taste: coffee, sweetnessm burning bourbon feeling, wood, vanilla. LIght hoppy finish.
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2006 Founderís Kentucky Breakfast Bourbon Aged Stout
12 oz bottle
Bottled 11/05, served with Wheaties 11/06
Medium pour in a large tulip glass.
Poured inky black with an average light brown somewhat lasting head.
Smelt of strong bourbon, dark coffee, toasted oak.
Flavor was upfront bitter charred oak, dark coffee, with light sweet bourbon and bitter sour vegetal soy bean taste, followed by a moderately bitter earth and dark chocolate sweetness on a long oaken finish. Palate was full bodied, creamy, softly carbonated, moderate astringency and alcohol warmth.
Overall, the explosion of flavors begs for another sip, and another bottle...
Englander1986 (51) - Middlesbrough, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Gorgeous beer, perfect balance of coffee, vanilla and traditional stout flavours. Deffinately consider buying this again.
joergen (22022) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black coloured with a beige ehad.
Light roasted aroma of coffee and vanilla.
Light roasted flavour of coffee, wood, vanilla and alcohol.
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 9, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2007 Bottle via trade with Beervana (Thank you so much Emily!). Shared with NachlamSie, for our usual Thursday night tasting. Pours dark ruby/black with a brown head attained only after a vigorous pour. The aroma is a knockout combination of strong coffee beans, chocolate, smoky roastiness, and a bourbon-like sweet alcohol note. The flavor is strong dark coffee, bitter chocolate, tobacco, and a nice sweet finish, where the vanilla comes through. The alcohol was almost hidden amongst the other flavors. Very nice.
NachlamSie (2859) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2008 Ah, KY Breakfast, at long last, we meet. Courtesy of Muenster. The pour is super opaque red/black with a very small brown head that can be stirred up from time to time. Swirling the glass leaves some spotty, oily lacing. The nose is potent and mouthwatering. Hints of faint cigarette smoke, toasted oats, vanilla, chocolate, cookies, all lurk within the complex, robust aroma. The mouthfeel isnít all that heavy for an impy stout, but thatís not saying itís thin by any means at all. The carbonation is right on for the flavor profile: minimal. Ah, the flavor is even better. This is the regular Breakfast stout (delicious) times two with the addition of creamy, charred, vanilla sweetness. The initial flavor is smoky with a wallop of oats and fresh coffee, this fades to a smoother profile akin to the woody, semi-sweet taste of Kentucky sippiní whisky, and finally the finish lingers like a spoonfull of delicious coffee ice cream. An ashy character is noted at any stage in the tasting process and really holds the whole brew together. Not only is this absolutely delicious, but itís unique. I could pick this one out in a line up of a dozen others in the style, yet at the same time it still satisfies my craving for a hearty impy stout.
[Nov 19, 2007
Pours extra black with a very small, dark tan head. Iíve been desperately trying to revisit this one and Iowaherkeye hooked me up! The aroma is pretty good: smoky, vanilla-infused bourbon, but not overdone at all. Huge amounts of oats and chocolate are also present. Some soy sauce is also noted. Anxiously taking a sip, my anticipation is quelled. This stuff is absolutely delicious. The bourbon character is tremendously tasteful. It only highlights and balances the strong, ashy toasted oat flavor. Thick, bittersweet chocolate lingers on the palate, giving this a delightful dessert quality. The brew improves twofold when it warms. Very complex, very rich, very balanced. This is one of my all time favorites. Iíve become a little more skeptical about barrel-aged brews after sampling so many, but this one is flawlessly done.
[September 9, 2008]
Bottle huge thanks to Hopdog. This is consistently one of my favorite beers. I mean, it’s so good. My brain tells me that I seriously love this beer but I forget just how good it tastes. I’m so glad to revisit it and reaffirm my complete obsession with this nectar of the gods. The pour is black and thick with a nice looking tan head that fades away pretty quick. It’s not the blackest of the black, but it’s certainly visibly an imperial stout. The aroma. Oh God, the aroma. It smells so good. Fresh, sharp, defined, roasty coffee, toasted oats, bourbon, ash, slight vanilla-esque tannins. The bourbon barrel aging on this is remarkably tasteful. It merely adds a rounded sweetness and does not interfere with any of the roasty, sharp qualities. Coffee is in full effect in the flavor, but doesn’t dominate the vanilla, wood smoke, or chocolate flavors. This is just stunningly appealing to me. Damned good beer.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to the boys from ōlbaren. Black colour with a big brown head. Heavy, Rosted, coffee, light chocolate, light whisky aroma and taste. Full body with a light whisky finish.
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Black as pitch with a small head. Malty and roasted with heavy notes of coffee and bourbon. Hints of oak, chocolate and nuts. Somewhat hoppy finish.