RATINGS: 2607   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
raszputini (71) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2011
This was the big winner at ThirstyFest - a craft beer festiva sponsored by the Thirsty Monk. The keg didnt make it through the day. Nothing real unusual about it - its exactly what you would expect. A coffee-heavy Russian Imperial Stout with Bourbon barrel aging. There are no curve balls. What distinguishes it is that is such a fantastic example of this style. The bourbon flavor is definitely there, but not overwhelming. This is just a great beer. Drink one at any opportunity you get.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Abio (1859) - Waasland, BELGIUM - JAN 13, 2011
The last beer I gave a score of +4/5 was allready 12 weeks ago, so I had to open a bottle I was pretty sure of that it shouldnt dissapoint me, cause I was thirsty for something new (at least for me) that taste great. When poured out, the beer is very, very dark brown, and at the glass looks ofcourse like pitch black. There is just a small brown head. The taste is very nice. Chocolate, coffee, wood and a hint of vanilla.The taste starts with mostly chocolate sweetness and ends at a light bitter, light dry coffee-vanilla taste that holds a good time, also the wood is there. This is a nice brew for sure. It just should be a little more oily for me (I know... even more... :) ). And some foam should be welcome also.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dredmond (179) - Long Island, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2011
black gold! oily pour, aroma of burnt timber, low carbonation, extremely smooth, lingering aftertaste on the tongue, slightly numbing effect, multitude of rich flavor

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Appearance: solid blackness shuns the light and revels in tar and oil. Teensy weensy espresso crema head fades into a bubbly donut. Swirls with a mix of lace and oil.
Nose: bourbon, vanilla, thick caramel, and oak. Truffles filled with brandy and rum release their warm sweet and lightly spiced boozy delights. Tar, burnt fudge. Heat tickles back of nose. Prunes, figs, and black cake. Burnt earth and black root.
Palate: rich in spice, caramel brandy sweetness, burnt, dry, and oh yes, bourbon. Burnt oats thick and heavy. Tingles top of tongue with bourbon, spice, and oily potency. Lips are coated in burnt caramel and melted truffles. Rum and heat lingers in the breath. Black root, black strap, and black licorice root chew. Caramel and rum are a melting tryst in back of each quaff. Faint tart sweetness nips back sides of cheeks with dates and figs, then is gone. Chocolate covered oats. Tobacco leaf adds earth, spice, and compliments the oily nature of her mouthfeel. Amazing.
Final Thoughts: Founders never can, never has, and I trust never will disappoint. A big oily delicious concoction of a beer which sent goose bumps shivering up and down my spine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lamas (1635) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 8, 2011
"KBS" bottle courtesy of agl108. Bottled: 02/08/10 (?). A jet-black pour with a skim of a chestnut head. Bourbon, oak, roasted coffee, black chocolate, vanilla extract, plums, caramel, and candied sugar in the aroma. Full-bodied, though not as creamy and smooth as I would have expected. LOTS of sweet caramel, candied sugar, and fudge upfront in the taste. Some plums and figs become apparent as things warm up a bit. Vanilla extract and dark chocolate follow. Some bittering black coffee brings up the rear. VERY boozy with plenty of alcohol warmth throughout. The alcohol hit me like a brick by the end of the bottle. I expected a bit more as a whole from this brew. Maybe this one has aged a bit too much. Id like to try a fresh one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gpekar (496) - Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Poured a pure black with a 1" dark brown creamy head that reduced to just a film in a few minutes. Bourbon was predominate in the aroma right away, followed by chocolate, espresso and some vanilla. The beer has a slightly creamy texture. The bourbon flavor comes through right away with the accompaning alcohol flavor. The bourbon is followed by a nice chocolate taste. The chocolate blends with the hops to give a nice dark chocolate bite towards the finish as the alcohol warmth grows as well. The bourbon, chocolate and alcohol warmth are blended well together and become a very smooth combination as they slowly fade away through the finish. There was not much lacing at all, but as I swirled the glass I noticed that the beer had legs like a wine. Excellent!!!!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Verecund (82) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2010
Notes from 10/2008. Nothing-further-to-say-about-it black with a wonderful, albeit thin, tan head. Everything you expect is delivered by the nose. Coffee, then bourbon, then chocolate. Roasted and black malts abound, followed by some vanilla. The smell is divine and I cant wait to get into this one. My mouth fills with dark fudge, coffee beans, caramel and, of course, bourbon whiskey. Mouth is hot from the bourbon - alcohol is present, but is perfect for this beer. The bourbon and coffee come together to smell like day old coffee grounds, a smell Im fond of. Mouth is like silk. Thick, maybe medium-to-full, but creamy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcox90 (2051) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 27, 2010
12 oz bottle courtesy of Secret Santa, 2010. Pours the color of used motor oil with the same amount of head, that is to say, none. Black as can be. A bit of lacing. Strong coffee and bourbon aroma. Big bourbon and coffee flavor as well as hints of wood and vanilla. I thought the coffee was a bit on the strong, harsh side. Maybe my palate just getting tired of coffee flavored beers. Silky smooth, heavy palate. Must be sipped, like bourbon.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bluejacket74 (1984) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2010
12 ounce bottle from early 2010. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch brown head which went away quickly, and theres a lot of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is coffee, oak, bourbon, vanilla and dark and milk chocolate. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but theres the addition of some molasses and roasted and charred/burnt malt too. Theres a nice bitter roasty finish. Mouthfeel is medium/full, and its creamy, smooth and slick. The low carbonation helps make the drinkability of this beer excellent. It wouldnt be hard to drink a few of these at a time. The alcohol is well hidden when drinking the brew, but it does pack a punch later on. This is one of my favorite beers, and would definitely buy it again whenever I get the chance to.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonno (2732) - JAPAN - DEC 25, 2010
Aww yeah! Nose is chocolate, coffee and bourbon in a lovely symphonic melody. Perfectly balanced and full bodied. Dark fruits come through as it warms. Long, bitter alcoholic finish - which can be a little too much (though only a little!). Very warming. Thanks to peteinSD for this one.

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