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RATINGS: 1929   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.29   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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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
alohaC (12) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 20, 2007
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.


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
teslatam (3) - USA - APR 25, 2015 does not count
so good. of course I taste coffee. KBS smells so good. I totally love his beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beeratarian (141) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2015
Thick black with 3 inch brown head. Roasted malt and coffee aromas with a soft bourbon note. Creamy mouthfeel, coffee and bourbon are balanced. Very good but not the best.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
S_Side_Smitty (550) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2015
Pours black with a thick creamy tan head that sticks around. Aroma is coffee, molasses, rich roasted malts & nuances of chocolate. Taste is all of the above perfectly blended. Coffee first, slightly bitter malts in the mid, followed by sweet chocolate for the finish. A sweet smooth ride all the way through. A true American experience. Masterful.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maxodom (39) - - APR 24, 2015
pours jet black with some head. always solid in all all categories, and always delightful. This beer is well balanced.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ron (2878) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 23, 2015
On tap at MacGregor’s. Great aroma, booze, coffee, chocolate just to name a few. Deep dark pour with a thin tan head. Taste is chocolate, oak, coffee, booze and slight vanilla. Palate is thick, very thick. The booze really stands out here. From the 1st sip cold. I let it sit 45 minutes. Last sip warm, still boozy. A real sipper.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhilJackson80 (461) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 23, 2015
12 oz bottle. Tasted on 4/23/15. Bottle from Byron's Liquor. Aroma was great with chocolate, coffee & a slight bourbon. Taste is so smooth with a similar taste to aroma. Fantastic beer! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
bb (7234) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 22, 2015
Bottle. Blackish beer with a small brownish head. Bourbon and chocolate aroma Coffee and bourbon flavor with chocolate and light toffee. Medium-plus bodied. Bourbon and vanilla lingers with chocolate, caramel, light oak, and light coffee.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BiiruBierBeer (468) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 21, 2015
Smell is sweet malt and bourbon. Taste is malt, bitter chocolate, mild bourbon, and a bit of alcohol. The alcohol note is stronger if it’s cold, but pretty mild when warm. Thick creamy mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ericular (737) - Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2015
Pours a deep black with brown head that lasts forever and leaves great lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate (dry, with cocoa), sweet red wine, mild coffee, earth, wood, smoke, alcohol - superb blending of all of these elements. Taste starts with bourbon, very sweet - then into a smoked woody chocolate in the middle, drying slightly. Booze and cocoa powder travels to the nose, and finally it finishes oily and sticky (and thin) with some coffee coming out alongside the cocoa. Aroma is very solid, but taste has all the right elements with sharp corners. Hopefully age will smooth those out, but I worry it’s too rough up front and thin in the end. Not as good as I thought. Iv’e had several imperial stouts better than this that are easier to find and the same price or less.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
justsayswell (96) - Kansas, USA - APR 20, 2015
Draft pour. Wow. Pitch black with a gently foaming dark tan head. Huge legs on this one. Aroma is dark chocolate, bourbon, oak. Taste is chocolate, chocolate malt, vanilla, strong coffee, more oak, bourbon. A little raisin, cherry skin. Some earthy notes. Finishes fairly dry, with a little alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is full and lush, carbonation is balanced. Excellent.


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