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RATINGS: 2412   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ContemplateBeer (2042) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 5, 2010
Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, cigar, oak, chocolate. Appearance is black with carbonated tan head that left lacing all over the glass. Flavor matches the nose, with a bourbon attack followed by a medium-bodied coffee flavor. What I really loved here is that the coffee flavor was fresh and not spent, as happens so often in the style. Palate was creamy and bubbly. Oooohhhhh yeah...

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rags2rags (149) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2010
I was lucky enough to get to try this on tap at Med Mex, served in a snifter. Pours pitch black with a finger of deep brown head. Aromas were fantastic; chocolate, coffee, vanilla, burnt sugar, and, of course, bourbon. After the wonderful aroma, the taste was a little bit of a letdown. Yes, the flavors carried over, but it was a tad on the sweet side. A good beer, but dont drink it before a meal. Save it for dessert.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
carlb (107) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2010
Pours a beautiful silky, dense, black that absorbs all light. A thick, creamy head forms. The nose is firmly chocolate, bourbon, smoke, layered with notes of vanilla and dried fruits. The palate is rich with a medium-full body, with intense lingering of bourbon, chocolate malt, smoke and vanilla. Attractive lacing. This stout makes me smile. Definitely moreish! Reverence and dedication to sensory exploration is a must. This is not a quaffing ale but a serious sipper for pondering and reflection. The alcohol is hidden behind the richness. With dessert or after dinner or whenever you have time to spare and enjoy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2010
black, negligible head, tiny tan bubbles rim the glass, trace of lace. noce of coffee, chcolate, bourbon, malt. flavor of chcolate malt, alcohol, bourbon, t5ouch of coffee bitterness. full bodied, alcoholic finish. i love the alcohol hit. there is a touch of sweetness, but nicely offset by the alcohol. george brought a couple cases back from his journey to founders brewery.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2010
Thanks to slasher007 for sharing this beer. This has been on my to-try list for years and it didnt disappoint. The beer pours a thick black with a brown head. The aroma is bitter coffee with some chocolate as well. The flavor is very complex with bourbon, oak, chocolate and coffee. The aftertaste is heavy on the chocolate with a strong warming from the alcohol. Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. An outstanding beer overall.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - APR 2, 2010
I believe this is a 2009 bottle, consumed in April 2010. Appearance: Pours a viscous dark brown with no head.

Aroma: Spent coffee grinds, cold black coffee, a layer of booze and roasted malt.

Taste: Black coffee, burnt office coffee and nice sweet bourbon notes.

Mouthfeel: Slick, medium bodied.

Overall: Not enough bourbon and too much stale coffee. I love stout, I love coffee and I love bourbon but this didnt jive very well for me.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 2, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2010 Bottle at Rattle n Hum. A near religious experience. So much vanilla, espresso, oak, bourbon, maple syrup. Body is ultra think. Literally exploding with over the top flavor. This will silence you in disbelief.. perfect. Unbelievable!!

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - APR 1, 2010
Pours dark brown with a brown head. Huge aroma of bourbon, oak, and hints of chocolate and vanilla. Flavor is much like the aroma, kind of boozy with a bitter aftertaste. Maybe its because Im not into liquor, but I found the bourbon to be overpowering. A complex beer, but too boozy on the tongue.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours black with thin brown head that fades quickly into even dusting. Light lace spots are left on the glass. The aroma is a big chewy blast of espresso. Hints of molasses and maple sweetness followed by a touch of whiskey, too. Flavor starts strong with chocolate and coffee with soft but noticeable whiskey undertone. Lots of wood flavors with a subtle whiskey boozey note over strong coffee earthy hoppy stout. The finish is oaky, boozey, dark chocolate, espresso, warming goodness. Mouthfeel is full and velvety - like very full bold coffee w/ light carbonation. Mild boozy/alcoholic astringency in the back. Overall, very strong-flavored stout. Quite nice, but the booziness is a hair distracting and the wood flavor is a little stronger than ideal...

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
amg800 (237) - Ada, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2010
Served from the bottle in the proper glassware at slightly lower than room temp. Pour is unimpressive, very little carbonation yielding a very small carmel colored head if any... Aroma is as thick and heavy as the beer is black with notable roasted coffee notes, vanilla is slightly noticable. Taste is mostly reminicent of the barrels it was aged in. Coffee and vanilla make another appearance in the thick and creamy palate.


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