Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at RBWG Asheville. Deep purple color, flat. Aroma of berries, light swet vanila. Taste is boozy berries, vanilla, coffee. Decent.
drowland (5893) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
3/4/14. Flip-top thanks to b3shine. Dark purple pour with a small purplish head that fades, good legs in the glass. Big coffee aroma, sweet berries, honey, grape wine. Reminds me of a cheap red moscato or other sweet red wine with a bunch of coffee aded in. The flavor reminds me of all of that but also makes me think of cherry or grape Tootsie Pops, oddly enough. Not bad, but the regular Breakfast Magpie was better.
dmac (3694) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft from 1/6 donated for RBWG GT. Looks just like the regular version. Aroma is the same as well. Only difference I was getting was the body seemed a little hotter on this one. The flavor also finished with a bit more booziness from the bourbon but it was slight and gave a bit of vanilla as well. Still very nice and very differnet.
phaleslu (5723) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at RBWG - thanks for the keg donation! Pours an opaque ruby color with a raspberry-tinted head; looks just like the regular one. More coffee in this one than in the regular, from the taste of it. Plenty of raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries, and of course honey. Full-bodied, with a rich, vinous, sweet, barely tart mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. The aroma doesn’t quite pop like the flavor, but this is really good and interesting all the way around.
GT2 (7720) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
[ Tap ][ RBWG Asheville Grand Tasting ][ 6oz ][ Globe ][ Free ][ 2/8/14 ]
>> Thanks b3shine for the pour. Inky purple pour, wicked purple foam. Nose is less coffee assertive compared to the normal Magpie, lower blackberry. Taste is muted, lower acid, not assertive, more tannic Welsch’s grape juice, big concord sweet grape. Meh.
alexsdad06 (4353) - Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at RBWG. Pours a crazy bright reddish purple color with no head. The aroma and flavor have a unique combination of raspberry jam, roasted coffee and honey. The imperial version adds some barrel notes, bourbon, vanilla and wood.The whole concept sounds strange but works pretty well. I think I liked the regular version just a little bit better.
jbruner (1881) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at RBWG grand tasting! Pours an opaque purple with bubbly purple head, looks like carbonated red wine. Aroma is strong on the coffee with a faint grape jelly in the background. Taste follows, coffee flavored red wine. Is this a mead or just straight red wine? Definitely interesting.
deyholla (5860) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the RBWG grand tasting, thanks! Pours a deep ruby purple with a beet red head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a combination of coffee and raspberry with a bit of honey and bourbon. Flavor comes together and bit better with bourbon, coffee and raspberry brought together by a bit of sweet honey.
SpringsLicker (3035) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the 2014 RBWG grand tasting.
Very similar in appearance to the regular Breakfast Magpie, this too is crimson but is still with no head whatsoever.
A little less fruit in the aroma.
A bit drier than the regular, the same tartness in the finish.
I preferred the regular.
Sledutah (4070) - Utah, USA - FEB 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the RBWG grand tasting
Dark mahogany with a small pink head and some lacing. Aroma of berries and honey. Flavors of berries, coffee, woody and vanilla.
OK, but I like the Non-Imp better.