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RATINGS: 2147   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.


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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2014
2014 bottle. Iíll tell ya, I visited 5 different places around Columbus to score a total of 4 bottles of this stuff for 2014 at about $6 a pop plus tax. I got a single 2013 bottle last year thatís still on my shelf. Straight up, this beer is overrated. Iím not saying it isnít great, but itís just not as good as the hype suggests. Bourbon County Stout crushes this stuff. Dark Lord too, though very different. Served in snifter. Effectively opaque black; foamy-frothy dark brown head. Improves vastly as it approaches room temperature. Aroma extremely heavy chocolate, sweet, malt, vanilla, coffee, alcohol warmth; subtle oak. Big big flavor is heavier on the coffee than I prefer, yet not heavy enough to be an all-out coffee stout; lot of booze here too. The bourbon is almost imperceptible at fridge temperature but thereís still a lot of chocolate and vanilla. At room temperature, the bourbon is much more in-your-face. Smooth, bubbly, frothy, heavy mouthfeel is big but somehow not massive; sticky. Really very good, but Iíd be hard-pressed to make tons of special trips to get this for myself in future years. Over-hyped and the trade potential is the only thing that justifies the hunt for this. Walking into a store 5 minutes after its official release and the one case is already sold out. A young kid and his girlfriend appearing heartbroken that they were on the special email list and still too late 15 minutes after release. A Giant Eagle with a single case selling 2 bottles to a person when youíre lucky to get 1 anywhere else. Itís a really, really good beer, but the anecdotes around finding this drink overshadow the beer itself.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fashawn (514) - Montesarchio, ITALY - FEB 7, 2016
Strong aroma of coffee, a Lot of coffee followed immediately by a big cocoa nibs, a little bit of vanilla, maybe just a suggestion, riminiscence of milkshake, then oak, bourbon Pure black with a beige head, that disappear not so quicley. Yeah, a Lot of coffee in the mouth, just a Lot of coffee. Then cocoa , strong bourbon notes, oak presence, cherry hint, pocket coffee like aftertaste, And finally a hint of vanilla. Not so sweet like i expected, but so dry. A great beer that lacks in sweetness. With a little touche of vanilla this could be the best beer ever in my experiences. Good mouthfeel, silky/oily texiture, medium to big body. Aftertaste is almoust infinite.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geraldusek89 (24) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2016
Bourbon. Bourbon, bourbon, bourbon. A tad bit too much bourbon, but delicious nonetheless. Huge bourbon, chocolate, licorice aroma. Palate is a boozy plum with burnt chocolate notes. Mouth feel is strong upfront with a cooling alcohol burn that lingers and is quite pleasing. So happy to finally try this beer! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bike4beer (2) - - FEB 4, 2016 does not count
What a beer! Despite the hefty amount of alcohol it drinks smooth, dark with gracious amounts of bourbon and coffee and vanilla notes.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
flying_pig (1304) - SCOTLAND - FEB 1, 2016
355ml bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow:
Fantastic stuff from Founders & well worth the wait, Iím glad I picked up 2 bottles at the time. Full of flavour & quite complex with dark, ripe fruits & an oak sweetness on top of the excellent roasted flavours & dark malts. I enjoyed the warming alcohol touches that gave the beer a nice kick & despite the strength it still proved an easier than expected beer to drink. A beautiful beer & one of the best I think Iíve tried, Iím definitely looking forward to trying this one again now.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerFunGuy (870) - California, USA - JAN 30, 2016
Two words Bur Bon. In the aroma in the flavor Kentucky through and through. Malt undertone mellows it out a bit and adds a slight sweet flavor.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
monk191 (1547) - California, USA - JAN 30, 2016
An awesome bourbon barreled stout. Pours a beautiful deep black with a tan head. Smells great, vanilla and bourbon and mint. More of this in the taste, lots of vanilla and coffee and mint, with bourbon in the finish. Had on tap at 0L bottleshop.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rekvium (326) - Odense C, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2016
From bottle, thanks a lot Orla!!! Pours pitch black with a brown head. Aroma of vanilla, roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, light licorice, bourbon, dark fruits, this baby has got it all! Taste is an explosion of goodness, vanilla, bourbon, woody finish, light chocolate, roasted malts, so f*cking well balanced!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
svandyke (137) - USA - JAN 28, 2016
8oz pour- I wish I could wake up to this every morning. It is the amazing coffee and bourbon smell. The taste is so well blended it is ludicrous. Amazing beer.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aherbelste (28) - - JAN 22, 2016
Excellent. no words to describe how tasty and delicious this Imperial Stout is. Coffee, vanilla, alcohol. Bitter and sweet. Perfect.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jehoesefat (346) - Poway, California, USA - JAN 19, 2016
Chocolate and coffee aroma. Pours deep black with a tan head. Great flavor, lots of coffee bitterness and a hint of vanilla.


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