alohaC (12) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 20, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fresh ’07 bottle. Pours a deep, dark brown - almost black and a little oily. A light brown head foams up about a half-inch, but diminishes quickly. Some of it clings to the glass and provides a nice lacing effect, though - something I find in most Founder’s beers. Similar to the regular breakfast stout in aroma with big chocolate malts and dark roasted coffee at the forefront with a faint smokieness of wood and bourbon in the background. Huge coffee flavor still dominates, but is smoothed out and creamier with hints of vanilla. Extremely balanced, smooth and slightly chewy on the palate with just moderate amounts of carbonation. The bourbon really makes more of a presence as the beer warms, but it still maintains its incredible balance and smoothness. Very, very drinkable and some of the coffee bitterness has mellowed. I really like what the wood did for this one. Definitely a beer that lives up to its reputation. I’m glad I have more and some in the cellar from last year’s batch.
Holmen1 (2408) - Stavanger, NORWAY - SEP 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Kveldens siste flaske delt på RBHD-samlinga hos Asle Bjørn: storboblet kort skum, brunsvart farge. Intens aroma av kaffe, bjørnebær, vanilje og kokesjokolade. Smak og ettersmak som kommer til å vare helt inn i drømmeland - mørkbrent kaffe, bourbon, vanilje. So smooth. Velbalansert til siste finish. Blir bare bedre og bedre ettersom temperaturen stiger. En minneverdig stout i verdensklasse. Takk til Gunnar for kveldens beste!
rollsrace (59) - - SEP 2, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Given as a birthday present. This is a very good and rare beer. It’s like great lakes blackout stout bourbon barrel aged, but maybe more chocolate.
abemorsten (2746) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - AUG 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle kindly shared by gunnar. Black body with a veil. Black with Coffee and vanilla dominates the nose at first, then the bourbon comes sneaking; and raisins. Thick, oily and alco warm. Coffee, vanilla, wooden notes and roasted malts.
gunnar (5267) - Sandnes, NORWAY - AUG 29, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared bottle at local tasting, thanks to my secret summer santa 2014 for this one. Pours black with a ruby note, no head. Aroma of dark fruits, coffee, vanilla and dark malty goodies included some bourbon. Taste is smooth,light creamy mouthfeel, vanilla, heavy dark malts, soy, caramel,tar and liquorice. Classy beer.
Holmen2 (866) - NORWAY - AUG 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Alomost black, with a hint of red. Next to none head. Aroma of coffee and vanilla, with a hint of blackberries. Taste of dark chocolate with vanilla, combined with bitterness.
Sigmund (5090) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared 355 ml bottle at local tasting. Pitch black colour, no head. Strong and intense aroma of bourbon / oak / vanilla, nearly hiding the roasty, chocolate and coffee notes in the background. Low carbonation. Sweet and rich flavour, notes of bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate and coffee.
OldGrowth (2654) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle, from trade (2009) with ross, another in the "i haven’t rated this yet" series. real good aroma, sweet, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, blackish brown color, small head little to no lace. sweet flavor. heavy body. kind od a still creamy mouthfeel, sweet finish. I’ve had this a bunch of times, this one is at a nice point, still get the barrel, but not hot like younger versions
MWMBeerguy (104) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had only a small sample at a beer show but it had wonderful coffee aroma and a smooth palate. I'd love to get a bottle to sit and ponder with sometime.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
hackobock (1306) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 2014 version, june 20th. Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, oak, bourbon. Taste is medium sweet with bourbon, vanilla, light caramel, medium bitter chocolate. Finish is medium roasted bitterness with a light alcohol warmth. Body is medium, slick texture and soft carbonation.
BeerViking (2447) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, near black with a thin crema, burnt coffee, liquorice, black treacle, and ashy dry. Gorgeous.