henrikb (1259) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black body with a huge light brown head; Huge very interesting nose, it reminds me so much of a well made whiskey filled piece of chocolate: really dense cocoa- bean aroma, dense fruity whiskey aroma, I think it is the very apparent alcohol that gives it this fruity touch, there are also coffee bean and a little not fitting oxidization; Soft fitting carbonation, soft texture, bitter sharp, sweet and a little salty balanced body; Long super dense finish, almost like condensed beer, the bitterness grows a bit and becomes almost woody like harsh, beautiful sweet aromas, lots of chocolate, red berries, coffee. Great beer! Thanks Walt.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours thick black with small but clean and uniform brown head. The aroma is roasted malt, coffee grounds, vanilla, and bourbon. Vanilla and bourbon combine to leave a sweet aroma but coffee is definitely the most prevalent. I love beer and coffee so this is great. Nice blend of sweetness, coffee, and a mild sweet bourbon laced alcohol. Strong and robust; sweet and smooth. Very nice set of flavors and aromas assembled here.
madsberg (10611) - Søborg, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled (Thanks Sliffy for trading me this). Pitch black coloured. Dark brown dense head. Sweetness, roast, coffee, alcohol and this vanilla barrelage thing. Flavour as well is very dominated by vanilla barrelageing. Sweetness, fruits, roast, cocoa and light liqourice is notable. Is medium bodied. Sweet and spiced alcohol end. Quite nice but definately not a top 50 in my book. The barrelageing is too dominant.
DrD (61) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2007
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2007 A top 5 all-time brew the day I brought it home. After 9 months in the cellar, my tasting notebook says, simply: "The greatest."
marcus (7323) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 26, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle from Artusory. This dark brown ale poured into a snifter with a thin tan head, and you can really smell the bourbon. The oak bourbon barrell aging is a very nice enhancement to the outstanding original Breakfast Stout. The chocolate flavor is replaced, or at least overwhelmed by the bourbon characteristic, so it is a much different flavor that calls for a cigar.
MiP (14257) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 10%. Very woody aroma, some whiskey. Black colour, no head. Flavour notes of wood, vanilla and pepper. Very nice.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black colour with a small light brown head. Roasted malty, coffee bitter aroma with a chocolate sweetness. Light roasted malty flavor with a light chocolate and alcohol sweet note.
drewbeerme (3895) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2008 12oz, big thanks to 11026 (steve) for this extra! poured pitch black with very small ring reddish-tan head. nose is clearly dominated by coffee but haven’t several minutes of sniffs there’s delicate undertones of vanilla and bourbon. tastes of a very rich high quality milk chocolate, perfect espresso (not burnt), vanilla, and a hint of bourbon. the flavor doesn’t come off to roasty or burnt in anyway, but muted in some way that just doesn’t take this to another level. i like how the bourbon doesn’t overwhelm the beer. more BA beers should take notice. mouthfeel is oily, rich and smooth, a tad thin and watery. very low carbonation. alcohol is extremely well hidden. finish is long and rich. a wonderful beer, but too thin, oily, and, dare I say, dull. 8/5/8/4/16=4.1.
4/13/07, re-rate of a 2007 bottle (very fresh). All i can think of is, "Where’s the beef...i mean....bourbon? Yes, Where’s the bourbon?". No bourbon in the nose and barely noticed in the flavor. A lot less than last year and I found last year’s to be subtle. What happened here?? This taste like regular Breakfast Stout, lots of stale coffee and cigarettes. i wonder if they reused the same barrels as last years so there just less bourbon notes. still tasty but i prefer last years batch. rating changed, 7/5/8/4/15=3.9.
12/12/07, 2005 vintage, cellar aged almost 3 years. still lots of coffee and dark chocolate in the aroma for this. flavor has silky chocolate, ash, lots of coconut, some wood, and sweet vanilla. bourbon notes don’t come through at all. a bit thin and silky feel. this as mellowed a bit with age but it hasn’t changed much. i don’t think more age will improve this. this is still nice BA imperial stout but as barrel aging fad roars on, this is no longer special as there are many more done better than this.3.9.
3/26/08, 2008 vintage, fresh bottling. pours black with small tan head around the rim. a wonderful nose of freshly ground coffee, smoke, coconut, and vanilla. flavor is however a bit coffee roast harsh and ashy. some chocolate in the finish. the profile just isn’t smooth and not alcohol or bourbon harshness but more roast and ash as its a little rough around the edges. some buttery bourbon notes are barried underneath but are rather underdone. a full smooth mouth feel and carbonation. a nice beer that is worty of a solid 4 from me.4.0.
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Pours completely black and opaque with a light brown head - almost tar-like. Very burned aroma - ashtrayish. The body surprisingly only appears medium, with roasted, burned malt accents and some bourbon. A dry, bitter finish. Not bad, but there’s simply many much better barrel aged impys out there. Courtesy of madsberg.120207
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JAN 23, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled, Dusseldorf gathering. Alot going on here, alot of flavors, Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, bourbon, anis, abit over the top, a great brew, but intense, not for the faint of heart or palate,