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RATINGS: 2207   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28/5   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2008
Tasted side by side with Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. First thought.....where is the bourbon? Seriously, this one is so coffee dominated, I can barely pick up any alcoholic notes at all, much less bourbon. Freshly ground coffee explodes into the nose, followed closely by dark and bitter chocolates, toasted caramel, and trace amounts of bourbon. A quick swirl of the opaque mahogany liquid reveals moderately thick, sugary legs that leave virtually no lacing behind. Flavors of decadent dark chocolate and rich, freshly ground coffee beans are kissed by just a touch of boozy bourbon. The body is medium-full and very smooth, with a lingering coffee roast sticking to the roof of the mouth and the tongue for ages. This is a very nice brew, but is it really much better than Terrapin Wake-N-Bake? I think not. Bourbon County Stout owns this beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2008
Thanks to Ughsmash for this awesome brew. Pours black, silky smooth with a brown head. Rich sweet coffee nose with a bourbon and vanilla twang. This beer reminds me of an old bar back home that used to have Guinness and Tia Maria specials, with that strong coffee liqour character. Finish has sweet chocolate and a soft bourbon charm.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 11, 2008
Vintage 2006 Pours opaque black, with dark brown bubbles that struggle to overcome the viscous liquid. A inverted cascade of ulta-fine carbonation swells to a half inch with an exaggerated pour. The whipped batter lasted less than two sips and dissolved to barely a whisp on the surface. Aromatics are pungent with heavily roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, and a small dose of bourbon. The mouthfeel is thick, chewy and slightly grainy. Plenty of gription and cling-power. The pallet is laden with plenty of dry, bitter, dark chocolate, black-roasted coffee grounds, oak char, and burnt malt. Hopping is subdued, and alcohol is slightly warming. Finishes with lingering brownie batter infused with espresso, and spiked with a hint of whiskey. The bourbon in this beer is quite subdued and is complimentary to the coffee and chocolate.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 8, 2008
First of all, a double muchas gracias to Seaoflament and Badbeer for two of this brew. Second, I just donít get it... Pours a thin looking dark brown color with a thin, but potent looking, brown head that fades quickly. I know this a different beer than Breakfast Stout but I still get the same smell, coffee grounds. The scent gets better as it warms up but still not great. Toasted malts and alcohol as it warms. The first thing to hit my tongue is coffee grounds, but it gets better. Toasted malts and alcohol quickly drown out the taste of coffee grounds. Palate is thin, coats the mouth a bit. Nice carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FrancoisMtl (63) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 8, 2008
Bottle from wetherel. Pours pitch black with nice tan head. Strong aroma of vanilla and bourbon with some roast and coffee in the background. Taste is similar and I feel some alcohol and dryness at the end. I would say that overall it is a pretty good imperial stout but I think the bourbon and vanilla are a little too intense to my liking and tend to shadow other flavors. From what I remember of the original breakfast stout, I prefer it to the bourbon aged version. Thanks John!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maria (10205) - Thisted, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2008
Thank you so much Daniel/TheCheeseMan for this one! Itís pitch black with a nougat colored, dense and creamy head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt and bourbon, and I also find hints of burnt chalk. The flavour has a light sweetness, notes of hard roasted malt, chalk, bourbon, vanilla, a warming alcohol, coffee, licorice and hints of chocolate. The finish has a kind of ashy feeling to it. Itís a very fascinating beer, but since I do not like a pronounced bourbon or whisky flavour - I prefer the simply divine Breakfast Stout, if I could choose.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jj21 (84) - Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2008
Hate to give a beer all top scores so Iíll nit-pick. Everything about this beer is dark. Pours syrupy black with dark tan head. Head doesnít last too long but aroma is strong enough to hold. Smells very close to regular Breakfast Stout. Side by side I donít think I could tell the two apart. Taste is also similar, but as it lingers in your mouth and warms, the Bourbon flavor comes out. Not overpowering at all but very smooth. Exceptional beer. Worth the hefty pricetag in my opinion.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2008
Huge thanks to my Secret Santa (pantanap) for this treasure. Itís like draining my Xterraís oil...a very still pitch black with the shyest of heads. Huge coffee nose with roasted malt, bourbon and vanilla oak. Wow...what a great beer. Wonderfully creamy body that showcases bourbon heat, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, charred oak and brandy on the finish. Lovely.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Bottle. Pours black with a small brown head that leaves some lacing. Aroma of coffee, bourbon, roasted malt, caramel, and a hint of vanilla & oak. Taste is the same as aroma but more pronounced. Mediumium full mouthfeel that finishes dry and roasty with a moderate amount of bitterness and very well hidden alcohol. A very well done BB Stout with just the right amount of bourbon flavor and well balanced complexity.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
illidurit (2278) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Viscous pitch black liquid with a very thin brown head. No lacing. Aroma is huge coffee with hot dash of bourbon. This is gonna carry a kick! Tastes like one shot of espresso, one shot of melted semisweet chocolate, and one shot of bourbon. Itís got a nice heat to it that fits with the other flavors. Finish is drier than the Sahara. Mouthfeel is a bit hot but the dry finish takes over and makes you want more. Drinkability is a bit hampered by the bourbon but this is still pretty smooth for 10% abv. I feel that this is significantly different in taste but about equal in quality to the regular breakfast stout.


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