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RATINGS: 2433   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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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
alohaC (12) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 20, 2007
Fresh 07 bottle. Pours a deep, dark brown - almost black and a little oily. A light brown head foams up about a half-inch, but diminishes quickly. Some of it clings to the glass and provides a nice lacing effect, though - something I find in most Founders beers. Similar to the regular breakfast stout in aroma with big chocolate malts and dark roasted coffee at the forefront with a faint smokieness of wood and bourbon in the background. Huge coffee flavor still dominates, but is smoothed out and creamier with hints of vanilla. Extremely balanced, smooth and slightly chewy on the palate with just moderate amounts of carbonation. The bourbon really makes more of a presence as the beer warms, but it still maintains its incredible balance and smoothness. Very, very drinkable and some of the coffee bitterness has mellowed. I really like what the wood did for this one. Definitely a beer that lives up to its reputation. Im glad I have more and some in the cellar from last years batch.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TeijoA (48) - Turku, FINLAND - FEB 24, 2017
35.5 cl bottle. Black beer with a lasting cappucino-coloured head. Aromas of chocolate and coffee dominate with vanilla, muscovado sugar, syrup, you name it. Taste is initially basically bourbon with malt, very boozy. Wow, I wouldnt call that an undertone, more like drowning the beer in the bourbon. Almost none of the sweetness in the taste, palate is quite hoppy in the finish. Its great, but it does feel kind of weird drinking this as a beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gr_pa (520) - siemianowice, POLAND - FEB 24, 2017
Black, quite nicecbrownish head. Aroma: fresh coffee, caramel, some vanilla notes. Full to medium body, medium sweetness. Flavour: again lots of coffee, cereal, caramel (some lactic notes?), subtle barrel notes ( vanilla and woody finish). Alcohol perceptible but in acceptable level. Propercbut not captivating.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABS (987) - Stokke, NORWAY - FEB 23, 2017
Bottle from Rickfifty, thanks! Pours dark brown with a small, brown head. Lots of coffee, some sugar, malt, dark chocolate flavour. Herbs. Sweet, with quite a lot of bitterness as well. Thick body. A bit dry. Medium to soft carbonation. Good!

4.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jdjuice (500) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - FEB 21, 2017
Yeah baby, this is a good one. Had a rather subdued aroma to start, just some roastiness and coffee. Flavors were surprisingly sweet but not cloying - would make a perfect after dinner dessert beer. Tastes like chocolate covered coffee beans, but very well balanced. Opens up nicely after a bit of time and makes an excellent slow sipper.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (7407) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 19, 2017
Medium brown head. Opaque black body. Roasty earthy taste with rye and coffee notes. Sweet earthy chocolatey mineraly taste with toffee and hot vanilla notes. Full-bodied. Hot, mealy, flattish mouthfeel, kind of sharp. Sweet vanilla fudge and coffee aftertaste with toffee and caramel notes. Lots of great flavours here, but too sweet, too sharp, too hot, and too much. Scaling it down a little bit and drying it out would have made for a much better beer. (0.355l bottle, from wine monopoly, Strmmen storsenter.)

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
humpah (204) - Jyvskyl, FINLAND - FEB 18, 2017
0,355l bottle, 2016 version (12.4%). Pours oily black colour with good amount of head for a IS. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, sweet bourbon, roasted malts, wood. Quite bitter and sweet taste, alcohol is quite present, but isnt out of place. One of the greats.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DwarfeD (3167) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - FEB 17, 2017
Bottle at home. Pitch black with a small tan head. Full body with low carbonation. Well balanced sweet and bitter tones. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla and oak. Very good.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
vinivini (1702) - BELARUS - FEB 16, 2017
Petroleum black pour, dense tan head. Massive oak tannins, roasted malts, coffee, chocolate on nose. Full body. The barrel is not dominant on taste. It leaves just a hint of vanilla. Chocolate. Minor coffee. More whisky. Solid hopping making balance. Incredibly complex. Perfect.

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4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (5884) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 14, 2017
For a beer this tasty I expected a bit more in the aroma. The flavor has some coffee, but its smooth instead of grainy. Quite nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GuideDogSaint (1263) - Xiamen, CHINA - FEB 14, 2017
355ml bottle at House of Belgium, Xiamen stated as 12.4%. Pours with a cream head. Aroma of bourbon which dominates anything else. Some chocolate flavour. Sweetish finish.


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