budznsudz (584) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Pours jet black with a dark brown head that quickly recedes. This stuff looks like motor oil. The nose is extremely rich coffee with black licorice and a nice boozy aroma. The taste is incredibly complex. Espresso beans, caramelized sugar, dark chocolate, licorice, and light toffee are wrapped together in a perfectly boozy bourbon jacket. The mouthfeel is viscous with great carbonation. Would I pay $30 a bottle on E-bay? No, but it’s outstanding for a bourbon barrel stout. herchick (20) - Akron, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2012
Poured into a tulip at Ray’s Place in Kent OH. Dark with minimal lacing. Aroma has a great chocolate presence. Smooth mouth feel with just the right amount of carbonation. Initial coffee and chocolate come through with the bourbon mildly in the background. There is more if a presence of alcohol from the bourbon than the bourbon itself. Nothing bad here, just would like to see the bourbon more present. Now comes the lingering chocolate favors that last and last until the next sip. Overall a great barrel aged stout from Founders and rated right up there with the best of them. jhgrantjr (478) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 10, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2015 Poured in Founders sniffer. Dark black with dark head with good height. The aroma is impressive. Coffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla. The alcohol is not strong in the smell. That's impressive too. First sip is strong, but smooths out with coffee and vanilla. Smooth beer. I understand why people love this so much. 7ris7an (80) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JUN 9, 2012
Poured on tulip. It is just black with a dark brown head reaching about a finger and a half of height. The aroma is intense, It feels the nose with strong notes of vanilla, soft coffee aroma and some bourbon. The alcohol scent is not overpowering at all but actually very settle. Up front is very yeasty, sour a lot of alcohol that is quite strong and at the back it ends with some very detail coffee flavors and very little vanilla. The mouth feel is not as good as expected, very light beer with a lot of warmth from the alcohol. Jabic (713) - Plainfield, Vermont, USA - JUN 8, 2012
gramity (1684) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 7, 2012
Ar: Raisins, molasses, and whiskey - some lighter tones of burnt coffee and dark chocolate.
Ap: Black with slight brown highlights on the edges - no head, but a slight ring of tan lacing.
T: Deep caramel with rum and whiskey notes, sweet - some dry wood tones - currant and burnt coffee with a medium bitterness - finish is more coffee, some dark chocolate, and boozy alcohol.
P: Medium-full body - low carbonation - finish is dry.
O: Certainly a complex beer - the barrel notes seem to have really come out big during the aging process - there is a lot going on here, and it is bold in every way.
Thanks to javit for the bottle. This baby is my breakfast on vacation. Body is a thick, viscous, motor oil black. An aggressive pour only produced a coffee colored head about a 1/2 finger which quickly fades to a thick collar. Collar has perfect retention. No lacing is left behind in the glass. Nose is complex and balanced. Vanilla, oak, and sweet bourbon come through first in the nose with a big roasted chocolate backbone. The bourbon really assets itself. There is also more than a hint of alcohol. In the taste is vanilla, an essence of sweet bourbon, chocolate, oak, and some roasted flavors. Tastes like a roasted coffee upfront. The finish is a huge blast of roasted malt flavors and bourbon heat. Left to linger is alcohol astringency and heat, roasted malt flavors and bitterness, and a hint of vanilla and oak. Medium tingly carbonation and a body that is balanced with thick stout qualities and alcohol. Better than decent, but a little thinner than I like. This is a decent stout, and one I have been looking for. It was an honor to try it and if I see it around I will pick it up and age it, but its a little too hot with alcohol for my tastes. Great overall, but give me a Beer Geek Brunch Weasel for my breakfast if I have the luxury of choice. jrodooo5 (1725) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - JUN 5, 2012
Aroma is slightly boozy w/ a hint of chocolate. Pours black with a thin dark tan head that fades into some nice lacing. The barrell aged flavoring really stands out. Kind of boozy on top of bitterness. Similar to the regular breakfast stout but surprisingly not as complex. kazin (619) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2012
Smooth, rich in vanilla and oaky bourbon-flavours, but not as heavy as I had hoped. laiti (8522) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 3, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2014 JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2012
35,5 cl bottle @ home. Rated on 11.06.2010
Aroma is very rich with lots of coffee, some chocolate and hints of vanilla. Flavour is also rather rich with coffee, semi‐dark chocolate, some vanilla, oaky notes and hints of licorice. Very tasty stuff for a coffee lover like me. A masterpiece.
35,5 cl bottle @ home
Bottle from a trade – thanks Jason!
Aroma has strong coffee notes, some licorice and bourbon. Smooth palate. Flavour starts with coffee and goes through strong whisky notes, passes the licorice valley with touch of salt and ends up with woody aftertaste with bourbon. And warms my throat afterwards. Still delicious! At the end of the glass the coffee steps a bit aside and bourbon tones take over.
9+4+9+4+17 = 4.3
I had a vertical of this in late April. The older ones have gone a little stale. The most recent Pours a pitch black with a lot of bourbon, vanilla and coffee in the nose with similar flavors on the taste with some chocolate added in. I love this beer and I want more of it.