RATINGS: 2435   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - MAR 16, 2010
2009 batch on tap at the Brewpub. Deep rich brown in a snifter glass with a thin tan head. Aroma was huge coffee, bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, chocolate, all kinds of dark rich alcohol smells. The bourbon came through but did not overwhelm. Flavor was similar. A lot of coffee notes, some good bourbon kick, some vanilla from the oak and a fair bit of roasted malt and chocolate. This beer just would not quit. A little heavy on the alcohol presence, but nothing to intimidating. Wonderful beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2010
UPDATED: APR 13, 2011 2011 batch. Phenomenal. Less boozy than last years, even when fresh. Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow, wow, wow. Near perfection.

Enjoying my second bottle of the Feb 18, 2010 batch on January 2, 2011. Damn. Damn, damn, damn is this good. Gotta give a little bump to the score particularly due to the incredible aroma. I could sniff on this all night. Wow. Appearance also gets a bump and Im enjoying the reduced booziness from the fresh bottle. One of the best beers Ive ever had. A special blend of all the coffee-infused Imperial Stout goodness with the warmth and complexity of a fine Bourbon. Fantastic. Incredible. On and on and on and on, adjective upon adjective upon adjective...NOMNOMNOMNOMNOM

12oz bottled Feb 18, 2010. Served cool room temperature into a Duvel tulip. Pours black, quite thick with a one finger brown head that reduces to a small foamy ring and cap, leaves some spots of lacing. Aroma is heavy on the wood, nice amount of bourbon, vanilla, strong coffee, some chocolate, a little charred. Flavor brings in a very good dose of dark chocolate and coffee bitterness, vanilla, bourbon, fair amount of alcohol, especially early in the glass. Mouthfeel is full, but not overly so, feels like there is oatmeal here, does get a tad sticky, low carbonation. Overall, for a coffee stout, any coffee influence is generally overshadowed by the charred oak and bourbon. Still excellent impression overall, for my first ever KBS. Never thought Id see this on store shelves in Georgia, and its quite a treat. Every single Founders beer Ive had has blown me away. This one had the most hype, but lives up to it in every way. Cheers!
Aroma 9, Appearance 3, Taste 9, Palate 4, Overall 18, Score 4.3

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mabel (8652) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2010
[2746-20100130] Bottle. Rich roasted coffee malt aroma. Black body with a quick foamy dark brown head. Rich roasted coffee malt flavour with little hints of dark chocolate and a sweet roast aftertaste. Full rich body. Quite lovely chocolate notes, really great brew.
(c/o DuctTape, w/ him, jerc, others)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2010
Bottle shared by nbutler. Thanks Nick! Deep black pour with a creamy dark head that lasts and laces. Roasty aroma with coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and some wood and bourbon. Awesome!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SSSteve (4006) - - MAR 11, 2010
12oz bottle. a real thick pour.. melted chocolate appearance. the beer is pitch black with no bubbles under a small brown head. the first thing i notice is that the wood smells freshly cut. like wood chips are floating in the beer. "green" almost and not bourbon drenched. lots of vanilla. the vanilla is clearly flavor dominated(ha ha). BIG vanilla ice cream finish. very dry. silky palate. so smooth and with no abv. holy crap...founders gets big points for this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kwerikson (178) - burlington, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2010
pours thick and dark but i could just barely see light penetrating on the pour and it produced a thin dark mocha colored head that dissipated rather quickly. the body is black with no light penetration that i can see. the aromas are fruity and roasted malty goodness. i also smell coffee, caramel, slight toffee, chocolate and vanilla with a hint of clove. it is full bodied and super creamy on the mouth. great mouthfeel with a slight burn of alcohol on the lips and tongue producing a warming effect, i taste the noted aromas but in heaven. it is really balanced and super smooth and impressive. it finishes buttery and full leaving an aftertaste to die for. really great beer, worth the money, i just wish it wasnt seasonal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fred82 (2198) - Qubec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 3, 2010
UPDATED: APR 3, 2012 12oz bottle thanks to viggo. 2009 vintage.
Appearance : Deep opaque black with tiny brown head. Thin lacing.
Aroma : Intense coffee with roasted malt and lots of hops. Light vanilla hints. Mostly coffee and hops. Light oak.
Taste : Coffee, roasted malt with vanilla notes of bourbon. Light sweetness. Dry finish with bitter coffee and hops. Quite hoppy. Carbonation is very soft even a bit flat. Oak on finish mixes along with the hops.
Overall : Very intense overall. Carbonation could have been a tad more lively. Alcohol is present but is accompanied well by the coffee and the bourbon. Nose has a bit too much coffee. I like that the bourbon doesnt take over on everything. Taste also has a little bit too much coffee. Hope are quite good. Very nice sipper. Alcohol is rather well hidden. Very good but too much coffee.

110514. 2oz tasting at EBF
Appearance : Deep black, huge head. Creamy expresso head. Incredible lacing.
Aroma : Lots of roasted malts, some coffee. Not much hops with some vanilla. Nice dry dark chocolate.
Taste : Roasted malt, sweet with hints of vanilla. Finish very roasty and dry. Some oily and resinous hops but not much. Dry finish. Awesome finish.
Overall : Very nice stuff. This was among the best stouts I had during the EBF. I liked this one a bit more than the Canadian Breakfast Stout. Need to re-rate with a full serving. March 3rd 2010. 9,5,8,3,17;4.1

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2010
Bottle courtesy of brewblackhole. Black color, an ultra thin head slowly develops and quickly disappears. Light roast in the aroma with oak, some chocolate, mild bourbon. Pleasant but overall mellow. The flavor shows black coffee; somewhat bitter, vanilla, and heavy on the chocolate. Oak and bourbon mix in as well but are very much complementary and less prominent than expected. Almost no trace of alcohol, which is quite impressive, and slightly warming. But this drinks far lighter than expected, almost coming across as thin at times. Its good, a nice dessert/after dinner sipper, but no way top 50 good and I guess Im a bit underwhelmed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hallinghansen (2993) - Odense SV, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2010
Bottle shared with Plovmand. Black body, with a medium dark brown head. Aroma is vanilla, oak, coffee, chocolate, oatmeal and some kind of sweet flowers?. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, vanilla and oak, with a light alcoholic aftertaste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HeadieNugget (30) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2010
incredibly dark with almost no head if any.strong bourbon flavor with coffee and choc. following with some vanilla notes.took a good 2hrs to drink but worth every sip.one of the best stouts iv ever had in my life.

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