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RATINGS: 2473   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Countbeer (6393) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2011
Bottle @ ZZT11 #2: Thanks to Benzai: Some brown bubbles on top of a black beer. Smell is soft and smooth: coffee whiskey, dark chocolate, vanilla, liquorice wood, mocha. The smell is terrific! Taste earth, tar, coffee, vanilla, whiskey, medium bitter. Nice soft smooth vanilla whiskey roasted malt aftertaste. Low carbo, soft watery mouthfeel, full body and a creamy texture. So well balanced, smooth, good.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Benzai (15015) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2015 Bottle from trade with Jeffo1, tried at Zieke Zuiden Tasting II. Pitch black, opaque colored beer with the best brown colored head Ive ever seen on a beer. Smell lots of dark chocolate, mocca, coffee and caramel. Taste dark chocolate, lightly alcohol, mocca, coffee, caramel, burned and roasted malts. Very complex brew that tastes incredible, so so good! Perfect mouthfeel, fantastic balance. Amazing beer! -- Drank this today [July 22nd 2015, about a week before my 10k beer release party, approximately 7500 beers after I first tried it somewhere in the first couple of months of 2012] only for the 2nd time ever in my life and Im still blown away by this beer. Dark malts, huge bourbon, even more dark chocolate and mocha, some wood and vanilla and all in a perfect mix leading to an incredibly tasty balanced finish. Upgraded it by .1 to a 4.9 and a shared no. 1 position on my personal list. Superb, amazing and insanely good!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwm1034 (778) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2011
12 bottle from stock....pours black / tinged in cherry. Definite tastes of chocolate, expresso and vanilla / cherry....so many flavors as it warms....definitely one of the most intricate beers Ive ever had...

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bosendorfer (40) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2011 This is one of those beers where if its on, its possibly one of the greatest beers ever brewed IMHO. Ive had this one tap and out of the bottle several times, including a seven month old bottle that I felt was notably different from from the other, fresher examples. This is what Ill talk about. The beer pours a very dark, viscous black color with a toasty, brownish head like the crema on a freshly pulled espresso. The beer offers savory aromas of vanilla, oak barrel, bourbon toffee, caramel, toasted almonds, brown sugar and dark chocolate syrup. I noticed a coffee blast much more in the aroma when the beer is fresh, however I understand that coffee is often quick to fade in aged beers brewed with coffee. The taste now is rich chocolate, butterscotch/whisky, deep oaky malt with some meaty, fermented dark fruit, barrel and a hint of coffee. Theres a definite dry bakers chocolate in the finish with some alcohol heat as well, becoming more pronounced as the beer warms up. Overall, this beer is one of the most unique, intense beers on the planet and a perfect sipper for a cold autumn or winter night.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GypsyHead (35) - California, USA - OCT 26, 2011
Phenomenal stout. Cant rave enough about how smooth and wonderfully flavorful this beer is.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MarkSachon (981) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2011
UPDATED: APR 10, 2012 I was lucky to find this delicacy on tap at Over the Bars in Pittsburgh just after the Pedal Pittsburgh bike event. What a perfect compliment to the Clif bars eaten earlier, and dare I say, almost as chewy. Jack Daniels take note. Update 4/10/12 My neighbor Bob brought over a bottle and it was just as good as the one from the tap. No wonder it costs a hundred dollars a case.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
EinStein (52) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2011
Well folks, it just doesnt get much better than this. Was lucky enough to have this on tap during Cleveland Beer Week. Wonderful coffee and vanilla, then a nice chocolate layer emerges underneath in the flavor, terrifically complex and very easy drinking, just an absolute treat.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2011
Pours pitch black with a brown head. Aroma is vanilla, bourbon, coffee and some alcohol. Sticky sweet bourbon, coffee and chocolate flavor. Layers and layers of flavor in this amazing beer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
wrx72 (2) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2011 does not count
One of the best beers produced by Founders. Had on draft during Cleveland Beer week at La Cav du Vin in Cleveland Heights. Smooth bourbon characteristic with coffee and cholocate presence. The alcohol is very well masked. I would describe it as having a beer milkshake. I could easily drink this beer all day.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DeputyAndy (636) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Draft at Capones. Pitch black pour. Brown head with staying power. Aroma is roasted chocolate. Taste is much more stout that bourbon barrel. Oak imparts a subtle caramel and vanilla taste that compliments the roasted stout flavor. Nicely balanced and a completely awesome brew.


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