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RATINGS: 2370   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (6426) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2008 Bottle: Excellent coffee aroma with lots of chocolate, vanilla, and light bourbon. Flavors are very similar to the original version (although I’ve come to learn that this is not the regular Breakfast Stout aged in bourbon barrels). Quick initial chocolate presence up front that finishes with huge roasted coffee flavors, light vanilla, and light bourbon. Founders does a nice job of not overdoing the bourbon. It’s subtle at first, and increases as it warms, but never dominates like some bourbon aged beers. One of the best bourbon barrel aged beers I’ve had.

10-4-9-4-18 2008 bottles have more vanilla, stronger coffee, less bourbon, and a much stronger oak presence in the finish. Strong oak presence in the finish is the most obvious difference. I’d probably knock the ’08 bottle a tenth of a point in overall. Rerated along side a Goose Island BCS. 9-4-9-4-17

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (5670) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2006
Silky thick black liquid slides into the glass and created only a thin lid of gleaming brown bubbles. Strong coffee, roasted barley and dark chocolate in the aroma. A nice aroma, but for me nothing that is overly complex. Much like some of the IIPAs for hopheads, this is a stout for the stouties. LIght vanilla on the front of the palate. This is smooth and oh so rich in feel. Smooth bourbon, light vanilla and a rich chocolate flavors bounces about the mouth. A touch of toasted coconut and almond give a mild almond joy flavor. Easily quaffable. Much more enjoyable than the breakfast stout, for me. Rick, thick smooth and chocolaty. This is a beer stout shake with just a hint of bourbon that tickles the senses and is alluring and enticing. A wonderful brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 23, 2006
Thick, muddy chocolate brown pour, opaque indeed, with a light tan sawdust spectacular forming a partial oily layer as the head, along with a thin galaxy wrung along the outskirts of the snifter. Dark chocolate, espresso, alcohol and bourbon are front and aromatically centered. Singed oak casks, Tollhouse morsels, milky vanilla crème, and dark chocolate devouring hot, peppered caramel nougats. Consequential wafts bridge the nose to mouth - brown sugar-saturated cookie dough, black malts and cinder being the most prolific.

Thick, heavy, waxy, oily wonder. When the palate delight is able to be pushed to the side for a moment, we’re in the midst of bourbon, French roast espresso grinds, caramel and Madagascar vanilla seeping into flame scorched oak. The hot alcohol tosses off the tongue. Vibrant bakers chocolate echoes all around us, spurring Dove dark chocolates in ample supply. A smite burn furrows on the undersides of the tongue. Mild carbonation and a little hot, and if there’s the patience and supply, it’ll age beautifully. Finish is amped-up with double strength greasy espresso drippings onto a pool of bourbon, ash and dark, unrefined chocolate. Bless this barrel-aged beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - APR 2, 2006
Oooo yeaaaa! Giggity Giggity Gig gig Giggity goooo! Thanks JPDipso, you the man.. Pours a pitch black color, small light brown head. Aroma is huge coffee, a monsterous prescense. Bourbon comes right behind nad gives it a strong kick and balance. Drinking is sweet and smooth. Robust coffee flavors come through strong, yet still balancing out the bourbon, chocolate, and other elements. Really a fantastic beer. If only they would of made more!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2006
Black coffee pour with a mocha colored, creamy head. Fresh coffee dominates the nose, but secondary notes of oak and vanilla do squeak through. Full mouthfeel is oily slick, but never too sweet or cloying. The great thing about the body is that keeps evolving from first sip to far past the finish. Starts with an upfront wall of java, moving to a woody and smokey middle and finishing with bourbon and sweet chocolate. The alcohol warms my stomach and the bourbon lingers on the tongue. Oh boy, this is good stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 16, 2006
12 oz bottle. Aroma that makes you just say Holy Crap. Big espresso and not much else really, but if you like great coffee, this is the shit. Holds a brown head nicely also. Smooth body is first thing thats noticeable. Then the bourbon taste that almost makes you forget your drinking a beer. Not bad but I wish there was just abit more espresson in the flavor. Smooth but not so creamy, if that makes any sense. Very good yeah, but give me a 750 ml Speedway for $10 instead of 12 ounces for $6.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (5912) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2006
12 oz bottle, via nolankowal. Pours as black and thick as can be with a small whispy coating of dark brown head. A gentle swirl raises a small head that clings nicely to the glass. Aroma is thick and very dry. Notes of burnt malt, charred oak, espresso, light alcohol, day old burnt coffee, caramel, and just a little bourbon. Wow, very nice flavor. Carmalized malt, burnt malt, charred oak, vanilla, fresh coffee, and very minimal alcohol flavor. The bourbon is well integrated and comes across as just one aspect of the flavor as opposed to dominating it. The mouthfeel is full bodied and oily in texture with minimal fine bubbled carbonation. Overall, a very well done bourbon barrel beer. Definately one of my favorites, truely does not overpower you with booziness. Very much worth seeking out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - MAY 27, 2006
Bottle, very dark brown in color, opaque, minimal brown head, medium lacing, aroma of coffee with a touch of bourbon, Taste of chocolate and coffee with a lot of body, finishes with a hint of bourbon and alcohol, the bourbon taste seems to be explosive but doesn’t really evolve. it’s a smoothness that’s hard to explain. i’m not a huge fan of bourbon barrel beers but this one gets my vote.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2006
(04.15.06) 12 oz brown bottle from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. 10% ABV. Poured opaque black with small white head. Soft carbonation. Roasted coffee nose. Full bodied stout that starts with light malt sweetness and mixture of smoke/roasted coffee/chocolate/raisin flavors. Smooth and creamy in the mouth. Finished with lingering bitterness. Rich, creamy and smooth. Well-balanced. Definite alcohol warmth. Full of flavor, this is one amazing stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
blankboy (7268) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2006
Bottle. Pours black as the pits of hell with a small creamy light-brown head. Fantastic aroma has lots of roasted coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, some oak, bourbon and more -- nice and complex. As for the flavour, oh man that’s delicious! Big flavour of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla and bourbon with a lovely roasty and bitter finish with some alcohol. Nice full body and creamy mouthfeel, it goes down incredibly smooth. This is simply an out-fu@$ing-standing Imperial Stout! I need to get more!

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