moefriedman (34) - Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2012
Nabbed 2 bottles and grabbed 4 on draft one afternoon(love day drinking). Great bourbon & chocolate flavors. Definitely worth the hype. bigabe (194) - California, USA - MAR 20, 2012
Aroma is WIN. Monstrous bourbon, maple, oak, chocolate nose. Taste is HUGE bourbon, then finishes with chocolate and booze. Balance is a little off compared to others in this highest echelon of Imp. Stouts. stewajt (30) - Alabama, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Acquired a four pack despite it’s rarity in Alabama. The perfect beer! Notes of vanilla and toffee on the nose. Chocolate and vanilla on the palate. Alcohol is definitely present on the finish. Wish I could drink one everyday. HighWine (991) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2012
12 oz bottle to snifter. FINALLY! I’ve been searching for this beer for 6-8 years. First whif is of cocoa powder and next is brewed coffee. It blends into a coffee soaked oak stave nose but milder than I had expected. Extremely dark black pour, like obsidian in the glass. Completely motionless except for the milk chocolate colored ring for a head around the glass. Taste is very full and rich in the mouth. Black licorice, coffee, bittersweet chocolate. The bourbon flavor is subtle but the beer’s alcohol warmth is definitely present. Bittering hops peek out just long enough for you to realize they have done their job but the roast and cocoa nibs are the star of the show. There’s a pleasing vanilla sweetness to it if you take a sizable sip and let it hit the sides of your tongue. Big, bold, and worth the wait. jeremiahoden (11) - Indiana, USA - MAR 17, 2012
A great stout! I’ve been looking forward to this beer for a year now. Loved it. It’s probably the smoothest stout ive ever had. I have to say the BCS is just a little better to me, but lived up to the hype! Founders rocks!
ebone1988 (2122) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2015 Aroma is chocolate frosting, dark chocolate brownie. Appearance is motor oil black, half-finger tan head. Taste is barrel, chocolate, coffee, vanilla. Mouthfeel is thinner than it should be, not bad just not where it should be. Overall, this was better in years previous or my palate has changed significantly. JamesCole (3) - - MAR 17, 2012 does not count
Delicious tasting. Malty full flavored, can slightly taste bourbon casks. A good end of the night stout.
scrubfish (55) - Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Tasting in the dark, assume it is a very pitch black, minimal head. Coffee and dark fruits abound, many layers and bourbon notes, abv is noted, but not harsh. Wow, this is a beer that hits on many levels, you really ponder on what you just sipped. socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Appearance: Pours an oily, thick, pitch black color that has a mocha colored head that fades away quickly. Aroma: Full of bourbon notes that have both dark chocolate and coffee notes that compliment the barrel. The taste is very similar to the aroma only more vanilla notes come to the surface. Amazing beer AWISLguy (3312) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Bottle from Sendiks in Brookfield, cellar aged about a year. Pours inky black with a faint head. Aroma is sweet vanilla, cocoa, some chocolate - really similar to my memory of CBS, but with vanilla. Taste is sweet chocolate, vanilla, some roasted coffee. Silky. Finishes with some length and some alcohol. Nice brew, just the bourbon-ness is not as good as either the coffee of the regular breakfast or the maple/chocolate of the CBS.