Hophaze (166) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - APR 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2014. Pours a jet black with aroma of bourbon and vanilla. Taste is of coffee, vanilla, and undertones of vanilla. Hides the alcohol very well!! Amazing beer! Worth all the hype!
EamonTheGreat (89) - USA - APR 9, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at Nick's in Bloomington believe it or not. Pours motor oil black with a nice tan head. The aroma is strong coffee and roasted malt with hints of bourbon. The original Founders Breakfast Stout is clearly present in this Imperial Stout. The bourbon flavor is present throughout, but not as strong and overpowering like a Bourbon County Brand Stout. Overall a great imperial stout. Mine got better as it warmed to room temp. The roasted malt, coffee, and oatmeal flavors blend well with the bourbon in this stout. Smooth as silk. The 11.2% ABV is hidden well and basically not present. Overall an amazing beer. Worthy of the hype. Can't wait to age by bottles and open this gem in a few months.
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Dave11899 (19) - Minnesota, USA - APR 8, 2014
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
2014 release poured into a shifter.
Appearance is black as a tire. Low extremely low carbonation leaves little to no head. Brew is medium body that does cling to the glass.
Aroma is mainly bourbon with oak and vanilla tones to an extremely pleasant degree without over doing it.
Taste is bourbon, slightly alcoholic, and vanilla that leads into an oaky chocolate. Perfect. Breathing in through your nose after a sip shows the dramatic perfect present in this beer.
Palate is smooth. With low carbonation and these taste components Iíd believe that this was bottled on nitro with how smooth is. After its gone, the IBUs bring that little bit of bitterness that dries out your mouth and makes you want more.
Overall, pretty darn close to perfection if you ask me. Taken me 2 years to get my hands on one and now I see why this is highly sought after. Iíll be spending another 2 years looking for it.
Time to shut up and enjoy the rest!
Scipio (650) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap. Pours black with a medium and lingering dark beige head. The aroma is potent, with lots of vanilla and bourbon. It has a healthy amount of roasted malts and coffee, to go along with some chocolate. The taste retains lots of bourbon and vanilla. I find some potent caramel and licorice notes, along with some chocolate that is found throughout. The aftertaste is long with that combination of bourbon and vanilla. The body is medium to full, with a slick and very oily texture. Carbonation seems to be lacking for the most part. I found this to be very easy to drink. All of the impressions work very well together. It is very tasty and the alcohol content is very subtle. Iím quite surprised that this is as strong as it actually is. Altogether, this is an amazing stout. Its tough to get much better than this.
migga (3) - Alabama, USA - APR 7, 2014 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Good God this beer is excellent. Perfect balance of wood and licorice. A beer manís beer. You will not find a better stout.
normalbeerguy (3) - Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap in snifter glass. Pitch black with little head, good body - sticks to the glass. Aroma of chocolate and bourbon. Tastes of bourbon, oak, coffee and loads of chocolate.....chocolate flavor lingers after swallowing. Alcohol is well hidden but still noticable. Warming makes the bourbon and chocolate more pronounced. Fantastic beer. Not sure if itís better than BCBS though.
BAMF (60) - Albion, Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Porzo syrup black beer with a large deep chocolate brown. Aroma is molasses chocolate some coffee lots of bourbon. Tases chocolate coffee whiskey molasses birch sugar with a long whiskey and Oak finish. Mouth feel is thick and oily.
DearBeer2013 (22) - - APR 6, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bourbany, very slight caramel. Defenitely can taste the alcohol. I was getting over a flu, so...........?
mfp13jr (23) - Glenville, New York, USA - APR 5, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours a dense viscous ruby highlighted black oil. Medium dense tan head that dissipated rather quickly. Coffee bourbon and hot alcohol rape your rose. Coffee dark caramel bourbon and chocolate fill your mouth with a silky wave gift from Founders. This is one beer that doesnít disappoint.
c_lee_burton (19) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
So happy to get one of these this year in Virginia! Almost the perfect beer. Dark color with a chocolate and coffee scent. Tasty coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and finishes with bourbon. Absolutely the best stout out there.