BrianDorry55 (361) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours almost black with a small tan head. Aroma is dark roast coffee, ash, tar, and booze. Flavor is bitter drk roast coffee, ash, and raisins. Medium body with GREAT heat. Awesome. MikeLuke23 (83) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2011
Pours dark black with a brown head that disapates quickly. Smells of the bourbon barrels and caramel. The bourbon and Vanilla create a very dellishous combination that is in no way over powered by the coffe. In fact the coffe not very overboard in this beer like many breakfast stouts I have had in the past. The finish is a fantastic taste of Vanilla and bourbon. Great beer for breakfast or dessert. gregthekeg14 (49) - Florida, USA - APR 18, 2011
aroma is coffee, booze, caramel, chocolate. appearance was black as night. taste was boozy with vanilla and coffee. medium bodied palate thomas15 (689) - Alabama, USA - APR 17, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2012 drinking other barrel aged beers made me appreciate this more and understand the role that the increased ibuís play in overalll balance. just an amazing beer. aroma is everchanging with toffee, coffee, bourbon, vanilla chocolate..... just a different one all the time. taste is just as dynamic. appearance is simple, itís black as oil. light sweetness, lightly bitter, just balanced with soooo much flavor. you must taste it. i understand why people go out of their way to but this even at the high and deserved price. an experience.
this year was just so vivid with chocolate and coffee. no booze evident. amazing. even better than i remembered. hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 17, 2011
12 ounce bottle. Pitch black with a tannish dark head. Got bourbon and chocolate in the nose. Taste burned a little. A nice beer. I just think it would be better with a little age.
steelcitybrew (454) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 15, 2011
Pours a black hole with a little white head. Aroma is deep coffee, vanilla, licorice. Taste is sweet caramel, coffee, chocolate and vanilla. Perfect. Palate is perfectly balanced. Nice warming ability. Overall just an excellent beer kjc51478 (441) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2011
12 oz Bottle from Belmont Party Supply in Dayton. Thanks to the woman working the counter who gave me a bottle from her personal stash. Pours a pure, deep black with creamy, beige head. Aroma is coffee and licorice. Taste is amazing smooth and complex with flavors of coffee, chocolate, and bourbon alcohol. Thereís a nice lactose sweetness on the tail end that makes it seem like for a split second youíre drinking chocolate milk. Mouthfeel is amazing - smooth and creamy, not overly viscous, just perfect. Truly one of the best beers out there. andyhwcinc (1884) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
Enjoyed 4 oz sampler glass at Founders tasting event at Binnyís South Loop in Chicago, IL. Luckily this event was held as every bottle in the Chicagoland area sold out quickly and this was my only shot at having this...and Iím glad I got to. Appearance pure black with a thin off white head. Aroma equal parts bourbon, chocolate, lactose, coffee, toffee, smells extremely smooth, flat out impressive. Taste decadently smooth, very creamy, I donít even want to know the ABV of this one (later found out it was 11.2%...ouch!). The bourbon serves as a complimentary ingredient, doesnít dominate the palate and enhances the chocolate notes. Would drink and enjoy this often if I could, a definite 1%er of all the beers Iíve ever had. birderbeerer (112) - Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2011
Pitch black with a two-finger, latte head. Decent lacing for the 11% abv.
Smells like Kahlua. Thatís awesome. Dead on Kahlua. So, a chocolate and vanilla liqueur. Super rich. Amazing.
Very rich. Chocolate and vanilla. The bourbon is very subtle at the edges. Syrupy in feel but thin in texture. Gosh thatís rich. Thereís a roast there that really backs up the chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. I can tell right away that Iím going to let this get nice and warm.
Man, this is freaking delicious. The bourbon swirls in with the chocolate and vanilla along a coffee spine. A few quick sips and I realize the trouble this one can cause. Itís a damn dessert and an incredible beer. octo (22) - USA - APR 14, 2011
pours thick, with no head, just some bubbles around. smell: chocolate, bourbon, vanilla. taste: chocolate, coffee, oak bourbon, 11.2% hidden well. overall a great barrel aged stout.