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RATINGS: 2068   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bnokk (286) - Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2015
2015 drinken in 2015 APPEARANCE - black beauty, as expected. Nice nougat head with moderate lacing. NOSE - nice bourbon nose, without being overpowering. FLAVOR - exceptionally smooth and well balanced. Bourbon is present but not overpowering. Signs of Breakfast Stout shoe through. NOTES - one of the best Bourbon aged beers that hasn’t been aged.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nische (1225) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2015
Black beer with small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, some coffee and bourbon notes. Taste is vanilla, light bourbon, chocolate and roasted malts with some coffee.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ctipping (283) - Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2015
Originally reviewed 10/28/2011. 12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage. Jet black with a small tan head. It dissipates with some wispy lacing on top. Smell is coffee, bourbon, and heavy roasted malts. Dark, burnt chocolate. What’s amazing is how well all three components shine through, without any one overshadowing the others. Taste follows the smell. Bourbon first, then some coffee, followed by a very roasty malt character. It’s fairly bitter throughout, mostly from the coffee and the roasted malts, which give off even more coffee flavor. Distinguishable is a chocolate flavor, but it’s very dark and very burnt. I first thought the malts were a bit harsh, but on a second tasting, I appreciate more than Founders could maintain the intense stout flavor among the bourbon and coffee. Amazingly light, considering the ABV. Low carbonation, but that’s to be expected. It finishes quite bitter, which makes the lingering flavors a little bit harsh. A thicker beer might make for some mellowing of these effects. Really spectacular blend of flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Towey1989 (728) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2015
Keg at Craft Beer Rising. A deep brown to black colour with a medium mocha head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, bourbon, some toffee, raisins, subtle molasses and slight pepper. Taste of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, oak, dried fruits, subtle molasses, bourbon, alcohol and slight vanilla. Full bodied and soft carbonation. A warming, roasted coffee bitterness in the finish with a bourbon aftertaste. OMG what a beer, packed with great, complex flavours. The intense roasted flavours are balanced well with fruit and whiskey tones

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brandman (2460) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 18, 2015
just number and simple notes during convesation: pitch black, oily, coffee, rich roasted, huge balance in flavour

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Saeglopur (1117) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - JUL 17, 2015
Rating #1000. 355 ml bottle 2015 version, from a trade with Garrold, many thanks Gary!
Pitch black, oily liquid, with a small, dense, creamy, moderately lacing, coffee colored head.
Delicious, smooth aroma of bourbon, melting chocolate, vanilla, coffee, cocoa, some alcohol.
Taste is as delicious and rich, with bourbon, wood, coffee, cocoa, coconut, some vanilla, slight liquorice, booze.
Full, oily mouthfeel, with a soft carbonation.
Finishes warm, alcoholic, dry, wooden, with coffee, cocoa, liquorice, some bourbon.

Excellent! Great example of a bourbon barrel aged Imperial Stout, with the bourbon notes very well integrated, not too dominant, so that there are room for lots of other notes. Maybe a bit too alcoholic, while it is still a quite smooth sipper. Overall worth the hype and among the best Stouts I’ve had.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thmsboyd (120) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JUL 15, 2015
Bottle BBE: 12.2.16. Room temp. Pours a deep, dark chocolate body with negligible head. On the nose: intense, fresh ground coffee, rich cocoa, marzipan and toasted marshmallow. Complex, developing, dark chocolate sweetness to taste with enough bitterness cutting through. Full-bodied with a chewy texture, low-medium carbonation and an extremely long, vanilla oak finish. A delicious stout that’s more than bold enough for its high abv. An excellent after-dinner sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lawger (234) - SWEDEN - JUL 15, 2015
2015 edition. Pours an opaque black with fluffy khaki head, doesn’t appear to be pouring very thick though. Full, roasted mocca aroma, Italian espresso, dark chocolate (80% cacao), fudge brownie, hints of wet wool and some burnt grass. Medium-full bodied palate, balanced sweetness with a good amount of bitterness and long finish. I don’t know how this has been in previous vintages, but I find it quite delicious now. Not quite up with the very best of them, but certainly world class.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
minutemat (2583) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2015
330ml bottle, thanks to Paolo. Pours very dark brown with minimal tan head. Strong sweet bourbon aroma. Taste is sharp and clear with defined vanilla and bourbon. Espresso and dried fruits coming in but really it’s all about that sharp bourbon smacking you round the chops. A really quite remarkable beer that does justify the hype.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Whatup14 (1133) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2015
Bouteille 355ml, gracieuseté de tom10101, merci Tommy! Couleur noire opaque, mousse moka foncée riche et persistante laissant une belle dentelle. Arôme de magny torréfié, café, boisé, alcool. Goût de malt torréfié, café, alcool, Bourbon, boisé, chocolat en arrière-goût. Carbonatation faible, corps dense.

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