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RATINGS: 2054   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28   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.

trayns' rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
trayns (246) - Beverly Hills, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2009
Tap at Ashley’s in Ann Arbor, Awesome beer - this one on tap is phenomenal. There was little head, and a deep dark mean look. The flavor and palate stick with you and its not too sweet to enjoy over a few pints. This is one of the best stouts - easy hands down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorkenstein (121) - - AUG 4, 2015
Big dark chocolate aroma with black licorice and barrel. Taste is black licorice, dark chocolate, barrel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
catchj (3) - Dublin 15, IRELAND - AUG 3, 2015 does not count
Very smooth, lots of coffee flavours and aromas. Very easy to drink. Doesn’t taste as strong as it is. One of nicest stouts I’ve tried

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
chrisv10 (12659) - DENMARK - AUG 2, 2015
Bottle from 2015, 11.2%. Black with small brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, vanilla and espresso. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, espresso, bourbon, vanilla, sweet, hop, little liquorice, warming and a little bitter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
strongpieman (1599) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - JUL 31, 2015
Bottle and draft. Deep black, a little smoky from the bourbon and oak, very well balanced, rich, warming, excellent strong beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beermajstro (7) - nykvarn, SWEDEN - JUL 31, 2015 does not count
Kaffe choklad bourbon vanilj. Tät svart till färgen. Smaken gudomlig, så välbalanserad och verkligen smooth. Når dock inte ända fram till speedway stout bourbon barrel aged från alesmith som fortfarande enligt mig är världens bästa öl hittills

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Listigovers (517) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2015
Sampled 2015 and 2013 side by side... Both were pure black oil, pure brown head, dense. Coats the glass. Both smell sweet and bourbony, chocolate syrup. The old one had an unreal palate, can taste it in my toes like a fine whisky, very thick rich and sweet. The new one was more acidic and bitter, good hop character, but less punchy in the palate, a bit more raw but also more balanced as the old one was pure dessert. Extreme beer, certainly in the top tier.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bnokk (276) - Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2015
2015 drinken in 2015 APPEARANCE - black beauty, as expected. Nice nougat head with moderate lacing. NOSE - nice bourbon nose, without being overpowering. FLAVOR - exceptionally smooth and well balanced. Bourbon is present but not overpowering. Signs of Breakfast Stout shoe through. NOTES - one of the best Bourbon aged beers that hasn’t been aged.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nische (1191) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2015
Black beer with small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, some coffee and bourbon notes. Taste is vanilla, light bourbon, chocolate and roasted malts with some coffee.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ctipping (227) - Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2015
Originally reviewed 10/28/2011. 12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage. Jet black with a small tan head. It dissipates with some wispy lacing on top. Smell is coffee, bourbon, and heavy roasted malts. Dark, burnt chocolate. What’s amazing is how well all three components shine through, without any one overshadowing the others. Taste follows the smell. Bourbon first, then some coffee, followed by a very roasty malt character. It’s fairly bitter throughout, mostly from the coffee and the roasted malts, which give off even more coffee flavor. Distinguishable is a chocolate flavor, but it’s very dark and very burnt. I first thought the malts were a bit harsh, but on a second tasting, I appreciate more than Founders could maintain the intense stout flavor among the bourbon and coffee. Amazingly light, considering the ABV. Low carbonation, but that’s to be expected. It finishes quite bitter, which makes the lingering flavors a little bit harsh. A thicker beer might make for some mellowing of these effects. Really spectacular blend of flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Towey1989 (615) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2015
Keg at Craft Beer Rising. A deep brown to black colour with a medium mocha head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, bourbon, some toffee, raisins, subtle molasses and slight pepper. Taste of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, oak, dried fruits, subtle molasses, bourbon, alcohol and slight vanilla. Full bodied and soft carbonation. A warming, roasted coffee bitterness in the finish with a bourbon aftertaste. OMG what a beer, packed with great, complex flavours. The intense roasted flavours are balanced well with fruit and whiskey tones

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