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RATINGS: 2559   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 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 (986) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KingCecil (2084) - DENMARK - OCT 22, 2011
Bottle provided by FullObs...Thanks a bunch!..... It pours pitch black with a creamy brown head..... the aroma is coffee, chocolate, oak, bitter coffee and bourbon...... the flavor is bourbon, oak, coffee, vanilla, caramel, chocolate...... Roasty coffee and bourbon finish ! :) ......top Imperial Stout...... Love this ! ....

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nsquishee (641) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Tap from Stub and Herbs "Darkness Eve". I love the bourbon presence and its thick, sweet body. Very chocolaty with coffee, molasses, and licorice flavors. Second only to Fulton War and Peace.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rickycore (5) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 19, 2011 does not count
If somehow I was stuck in some weird paradox and I could only have one beer for the rest of my life this would be it. Amazingly balanced yet extremely complex. Moth feel is soft with very little alcohol heat. Tastes of chocolate, woody bourbon and coffee throughout each sip.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2011
2010 Bottle poured into a New Belgium globe. A - Pours jet black with a nice one finger tall khaki head, dissipating down to a thin film, leaving S - Smells of coffee grounds, warm bourbon, light chocolate sweetness, dark roasted malts, and some dulled heat. A bit of dry oak and rubbing alcohol comes thru as it comes to room temp. Not too bad. T - Starts off with some dark roasted coffee giving way slowly to a mix of dulled chocolaty sweetness and some dry wood tannins. Finish is a mix of dark roast and muted bourbon heat. About a year in the bottle now and it seems to have dulled the coffee and bourbon heat a bit but that is to be expected. I like the direction it is headed in. Cant wait to try this one again in a year. M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Big, full, feel with a mix of coffee grounds and dulled bourbon heat in the finish. D - Pretty good. Even with the high ABV. it is still very drinkable. The dark flavors can wear on you over the course of multiple servings but it is worth it. I look forward to this release every year and while I like this beer out of the bottle, I love it on-tap. Cant wait to sit down with a draft and see how it shapes up.


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