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RATINGS: 1930   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 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. Ive never tried Founders Breakfast Stout, but Id 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 (10531) - San Diego, California, 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 (6542) - 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 (9549) - 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 wasnt overpowering. Light lacing left on the glass. Alcohol content well hidden. This one was very easy to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5507) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2006 Poured an opaque black color with a small tan head, that left light lacing on the glass, Aroma of vanilla, tons of roasted malt, espresso, with smokey malts, nuts, and faint dried fruits. Taste of more roast, chocolate malts, vanilla beans, nuts, dry wood, and faint bourbon... a touch of alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TomDecapolis (4604) - Milton, Delaware, USA - AUG 1, 2006
Much thanks to hopdog for sharing this brew off my wants list. Pours a dark brown bordering on black with some red when held to the light with a smaller dark tan lightly lacing head. Aroma of coffee grinds, vanilla, wood, lighter bourbon and some chocolate. Flavor was very smooth, well blended mix of coffee, vanilla, bourbon and a roasty malt.

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