hman43 (401) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong coffee malt aroma. Pours black with dark brown head with some lacing. Strong coffee flavoring. Burbon and strong alcohol on the palate.
simont1 (287) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Strong coffee, bitter chocolate. A bit of dark fruit and mellowed out roasted notes, bourbon and vanilla is in there too. Alcohol presence, and a bit thinner than respective imperial stouts. Very overrated.
bartlebier (1970) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - OCT 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottles (2013 vintage I believe), courtesy of Chicago tasting crew. - Medium-thick motor oil with a fickle espresso cap. Dense, pungent aromatics of bourbon wood, with rummy alcohol waft overtones, burnt sugar, condensed chocolate syrup and tobacco. Tastes like cold espresso coffee reduced along with tobacco-cured chocolate syrup with a fair hop aromatic berry character, even some citrus rind. Mon Cheri and bourbon vanilla, dry wood show up at second sip. Thick, unctuous. tongue-coating mouthfeel with a dry laryngeal finish, the hidden place where those 70 IBUs finally surface. Also the Starbucks triple shot espresso linger for ever...if this is your night cap, you’m even take it to bed after having brushed your teeth. - Obviously delicious, although very dense and missing the breathy elegance and chocolate mousse levity that a yeast profile would impart: instead all flavour pockets seem smothered, plastered with thick, syrupy layers of chocolate and coffee. In this sense very much a member, if not one of the founders, of the bold bourbon-barreled "black hole" class of ImpStouts, a US branch of cultural horror vacui: finding a point of entry for graceful repose of the taste buds is near impossible.
ciaranc (973) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 4, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2014 Bottle shared with Sean. Brown, black, thin tan head. Dark chocolate, espresso coffee, woody notes in the nose. Flavour is out of this world, intense dark chocolate, bitter coffee. Thick, lush mouth feel. Finish goes on forever.
Heather_B (25) - - OCT 3, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yeah this stuff is great. Smells like coffee and cinnamon and deliciousness. Dark stout with nice caramel head. Tastes like coffee and cinnamon and a little bit of cloves. Great thick mouthfeel. I’d drink it again and again and again...
slowrunner77 (6084) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
"Beer 2k!! I was amazed by how much the coffee aspect of the breakfast stout cuts right through the bourbon in both the aroma and flavor. the description says a "hint" of coffee? no way. the coffee is 50 50 with the bourbon, which makes this beer ridiculously smooth...smoother than the "regular" breakfast stout, also an elite beer. depending on how much you like coffee, this may be the best or one of the best bb stouts out there. the vanilla boozy oak aspects are done well, not overpowering, and blend seemlessly with the roasty goodness. For far far less...better than Surly Darkness!"
kryon (1477) - SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark dark with low latte brown head
Aromas very fine tuned of milk chocolate, hints of bourbon, vanilla, hints of dades and figs, hints of hazelnuts.
Taste is not overly complex, it is just perfectly balanced. Chocolate, hints of coffee, hazelnuts, hints of bourbon and vanilla, hints of molasses, wee bit ash in the ending
Ktwse (2228) - SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a finger of frothy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, muscovado, hazel nuts. Taste is initial milk chocolate and vanilla sweet, then light bitterness, then a lingering coffee bitter finish. Incredibly balanced! Compared to Breakfast Stout, this is in a different league. Body is rich and creamy, soft carbonation.
ansalon (1612) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Bishops Arms Folkungagatan Stockholm Sweden. Pours black with a medium frothy tan head. Swirling it around leaves some nice lacings on the inside of the glass, yet it’s not all that thick. Aromas of chocolate, bourbon, coffee, molasses, honey and vanilla.Taste is chocolate, bourbon, coffee ,molasses vanilla, roasted malts and vanilla. Mouthfeel is smooth with low carbonation.
My experience with bourbon barrel-aged stouts so far has been a massive up-in-your-face nose and taste with several of them bludgeoning your senses. Mind you, in a good way. This is insidious creeping its way in and insanely well balanced. Fantastic stuff and worth they hype!
neuromatt (1169) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of Chris, served in a stem glass next to the base. Pours black with a small tan head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves a small amount of fine lace. The nose has huge bourbon notes, along with molasses, vanilla, cocoa and oak. The flavour is moderately sweet with vanilla, bourbon and molasses, along with oak, toffee and a hint of cocoa. The finish is long with bourbon and vanilla, along with molasses. On the palate it is medium-full in body with a creamy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, wow, an amazing bourbon-barrel aged brew with elegant bourbon notes. Wow, awesome. 2014-09-28