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RATINGS: 2287   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28/5   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 1, 2005
Bourbon barrel offers obvious aromas of oak and vanilla which add nicely to the roasted malt, coffee and bittersweet chocolate from the base beer. Opaque black with decent brown head that recedes very slowly to ring with some lacing. Strong chocolate flavour with plenty of roasted malts. Bourbon character enhances without ever overwhelming. Thick and full-bodied with luscious, rich, velvety texture in the mouth. Sampled at the Extreme Beer Festival 2005.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 6, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2008 2007 bottle sampled on 3/21/08: Similar to previous vintages with a rich silky smooth and dark caramel and chocolate sweetness. Good oatmeal bourbon flavor with some mild coffee notes. Always complex and enjoyable.

First bottled release sampled on 5/4/06: Pours a viscous opaque with a brownish, thin-lacing head. Aroma boasts lots of fresh, dry roasty coffee and a good light oaky bourbon balance with some dark fruits and brown sugar. Body starts with a light caramel malty sweetness revealing some earthy bourbon and coffee complexity before a warming, lightly roasted mocha finish. It seems a little hot right now, but should improve with some age.

Sampled at the 2005 EBF: Rich oily black opaque body with a beautiful thick dark brown head. Aroma is a nice balance of sweet caramel and coffee with good oaky bourbon complexity. Body starts full and sweet with dry oaky flavor and a roasty mocha coffee finish with very little detectable alcohol. A great beer to start with and well balanced with the bourbon flavor. Founders is going to be giving Bells and Three Floyds a run for their money in the midwest.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (12543) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2006
Deep black stout, with a thin moka head. Intense maple and chocolate aroma with light hops. Nice coffee beans, whiskey and black forest cake in mouth. Rich and smooth. At EBF 2006. Merci Agnès.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2006
UPDATED: APR 21, 2009 Pours black, with very little tan head. Initial aroma is a hint of bourbon, but not much else. As it warms, the bourbon scent becomes very strong in addition to coffee and roasted malts. Mouth feel is very smooth with little carbonation. Flavor at cellar temperature was a nice subtle blend of vanilla, bourbon, roasted coffee beans, and a touch of hops. As it warmed the bourbon and vanilla flavors got to be very intense, probably too much. I had a tough time rating this one. At cellar temp, the beer was wonderfully balanced, but once it warmed, the bourbon barrell flavor just overpowered everything else. NOTE: Re rated 8/27/06. Tap. Bourbon flavor seems to have mellowed a lot since it was first bottled. Flavor is much more balanced and enjoyable now.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2006 Pour Is deep dark black. With a gigantic bourbon toppling over the potent alcohol with some wonderful dark and milk chocolate lying low but certainly making their presence known. Flavor brings out a nice cocoa, with the alcohol and bourbon chilling out a bit. Big malt comes out as the brew warms to room temp. Overall an exceptional brew, indeed on par with my top 50, but not quite enough to meet my expectations (this brew helped inspire me becoming a beer searcher) Thanks to Ohiodad for this beaut. Getting better with age. ALOT Better, had a bottle 7/20/06, and this could easily rerate at 4.5+ if I had taken another rating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (11021) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2006
Deep black color with a medium brown head that disappears steadily. Thin spotty lacing. Aroma of espresso, caramel and bourbon. Thick and oily with a strong coffee character, as well as roasted malt, oak and dark chocolate flavors. Bourbon/whiskey is there throughout and adds a nice dimension rather than being a distraction as seems to happen sometimes. The finish is bitter with coffee and a light alcohol burn. Enjoyable for sure, although a bit on the pricey side.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - APR 4, 2006
Big thanks to OhioDad for hooking this up. Aroma is very heavy on coffee, espresso, chocoloate, with a hint of oak. Body is opaque with no head. Taste is definatly a blend of coffee and espresso, with vanilla bean coming through and oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2006
Big thanks to StewardofGondor for sharing this one. Tons of coffee, medium roast coffee super nice and not much bourbon character. Dark blackish-brown with a thin, light brown head. Flavor is awesome with lots of chocolaty coffee flavors. The coffee and barrel flavors are well blended with just a tiny hint of bourbon in the finish. Full and creamy, this is tasty stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (3095) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 20, 2006
Bottle shared with my wife - thanks to HogTownHarry for sparing one of his precious stash. Oily black with the faint wisp of a tan head. Lots of roasted coffee beans and bourbon on the nose. Nice full mouthfeel. Big flavours - coffee, chocolate, dark roasted malt, and of course, bourbon. Could do with a little less heat in the finish, but otherwise, this is some very nice stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
notalush (5669) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2006
Bottled - Sometimes, when you take a great beer and age it in a boubon barrel, the magic of the original is lost - this is not the case here - the breakfast stout, in all its glory, is enhanced by a mild whiskey, wood and vanilla/cream flavor - not overpowering in the slightest - an elegant barrel-aged beer, which is a rare thing indeed - however, it is not really different enough from the original to justify the nearly doubled price tag.

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