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RATINGS: 2049   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.

callmemickey's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (3625) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Dark dark brown-black with a thin tan-brown head that doesnít last long... not much in the way of lacing S: Rich roasted coffee, a blast of bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, caramel and general roasted malt scents.. very bold and complex T: Sweet vanilla tip before the rich coffee taste dominates with its chocolate and caramel tones... bourbon finishes off the flavor profile... you know that characteristic oak-spice burn with jack? ... yeah this beer has a bit of that at the end and its lovely... M: Smooth, full bodied, velvety, slight burn at the end O: Delicious. The smoothness really helps this monster go down... the only thing holding this baby back is the flavor complexity... its got a tad too much going on to keep drinking many of these... but thats not a bad thing at all!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Listigovers (509) - 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 (275) - 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 hasnít been aged.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nische (1187) - SaltsjŲ-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 (216) - 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. Whatís 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. Itís fairly bitter throughout, mostly from the coffee and the roasted malts, which give off even more coffee flavor. Distinguishable is a chocolate flavor, but itís 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 thatís 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 (593) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brandman (2417) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 18, 2015
just number and simple notes during convesation: pitch black, oily, coffee, rich roasted, huge balance in flavour

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Saeglopur (1046) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - JUL 17, 2015
Rating #1000. 355 ml bottle 2015 version, from a trade with Garrold, many thanks Gary!
Pitch black, oily liquid, with a small, dense, creamy, moderately lacing, coffee colored head.
Delicious, smooth aroma of bourbon, melting chocolate, vanilla, coffee, cocoa, some alcohol.
Taste is as delicious and rich, with bourbon, wood, coffee, cocoa, coconut, some vanilla, slight liquorice, booze.
Full, oily mouthfeel, with a soft carbonation.
Finishes warm, alcoholic, dry, wooden, with coffee, cocoa, liquorice, some bourbon.

Excellent! Great example of a bourbon barrel aged Imperial Stout, with the bourbon notes very well integrated, not too dominant, so that there are room for lots of other notes. Maybe a bit too alcoholic, while it is still a quite smooth sipper. Overall worth the hype and among the best Stouts Iíve had.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thmsboyd (112) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JUL 15, 2015
Bottle BBE: 12.2.16. Room temp. Pours a deep, dark chocolate body with negligible head. On the nose: intense, fresh ground coffee, rich cocoa, marzipan and toasted marshmallow. Complex, developing, dark chocolate sweetness to taste with enough bitterness cutting through. Full-bodied with a chewy texture, low-medium carbonation and an extremely long, vanilla oak finish. A delicious stout thatís more than bold enough for its high abv. An excellent after-dinner sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lawger (232) - SWEDEN - JUL 15, 2015
2015 edition. Pours an opaque black with fluffy khaki head, doesnít appear to be pouring very thick though. Full, roasted mocca aroma, Italian espresso, dark chocolate (80% cacao), fudge brownie, hints of wet wool and some burnt grass. Medium-full bodied palate, balanced sweetness with a good amount of bitterness and long finish. I donít know how this has been in previous vintages, but I find it quite delicious now. Not quite up with the very best of them, but certainly world class.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
minutemat (2503) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2015
330ml bottle, thanks to Paolo. Pours very dark brown with minimal tan head. Strong sweet bourbon aroma. Taste is sharp and clear with defined vanilla and bourbon. Espresso and dried fruits coming in but really itís all about that sharp bourbon smacking you round the chops. A really quite remarkable beer that does justify the hype.

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