Sunday Morning Stout
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

Sunday Morning StoutSunday Morning Stout
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #139
ABV:
12.7%
Score:
96
Ranked #535
Avg:
4.35 | pDev: 7.36%
Reviews:
471
Ratings:
2,239
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Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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Sunday Morning StoutSunday Morning Stout
Notes: Sunday Morning Stout is an American Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels. The result? A beautiful ebony pour with a large, creamy, off-white head that lasts and lasts. The aromas of roasted coffee and bourbon awaken your senses while their flavors blend with hints of chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla and caramel.
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Photo of Rschis16
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was brewed 2 years ago. Dark black color with kind of a weak tan head, started ok but disappeared after a minute or so down to a ring around the glass with some light wisps on top. The smell is sweet and chocolatey with a layer of coffee that makes for a balanced nose. Good hit of booze in the back of the nose too. Promises of a balanced but boozy taste invite you in for a sip. The taste mirrors the nose, soft and semisweet up front, but just for a touch, and then big bold coffee and dark roasty malts sweep it away into a bittersweet finish. The bitterness lingers pleasantly in the back for a good while. This is one of those beers that makes you go "whoa" on the first sip...and then again on every subsequent sip. The booze is surprisingly well hidden behind all of the other big flavors, becoming part of the overall balance. The carbonation doesn't do anything to diminish the lingering, therefore making this one a sipper, but never one that becomes cloying or "too much" in the end. This is a thorough beer, one where the flavor is up front the whole time and you never get tired of it. It begs to be compared to a younger version, but after 2 years, this is at its finest. I will actively be seeking this one out.

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Rschis16 from Maryland, May 20, 2020
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4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks for bottle JohnnyHopps.
Black with brown creamy head that fades fairly quickly.
Taste and smell pretty similar. Brown sugar, chocolate, roasty, vanilla and caramel. Just a whiff of coffee.
These type of stouts are just such a pleasure to smell.
Medium bodied. Definitely high abv +bourbon presence there. But not crazy burning.
Pretty darn good. Above average for the bba stout arena.

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bret27 from California, Mar 23, 2020
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3.84/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 2/13/17; drank 7/25/17 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small, noisy tan head; no lace.

Light roast coffee bean, cream, mild milk chocolate & faint booze heat notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Light roast coffee bean & cream flavors up front; booze heat & faint milk chocolate notes on the finish.

A slightly better KBS? Not one I'll seek out again; basic bitch coffee stout stuff here.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Oct 17, 2019
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4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a dark color with a nice tan head and lacing
A-Aroma has generous coffee and caramel malt hints
T-The taste follows the nose with nice coffee and caramel malt flavors
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A good Imperial Stout

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VABA from Virginia, Sep 15, 2019
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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a 12 oz. bottle dated 1/05/17 into a PAA glass, the beer pours out with a slick blackness. The only highlights are a thin brown ring near the top. Formed some caramel colored bubbles on the pour, but nothing stuck, leaving it to look still. 3.75

The nose carries layers of coffee; from roasty to sweet with caramel to slightly vegetal with faint green pepper. There is a stinging alcohol presence as I breathe deeply to decode more aspects. Caramel, vanilla, chocolate and almost toffee sweetness with a big roasty background. 3.75

The taste shows me that sweet, caramel like coffee before it quickly turns into the roasty side of things. Black coffee, almost burnt. Big presence of bitter baker chocolate, like taking a bite out of the chunk for the first time, thinking it’s just a bigger Hershey’s bar. Straight alcohol hit, not boozy or warm, just almost like a straight moonshine presence mixed in with a heavy stout. 3.5

The stinging alcohol hit never really goes away. It hits hard in the feel and for me, it seemed to be a distraction the whole way through. Low, still carbonation. Booziness makes it seem a little thin, maybe heavy thin-light medium bodied. 3.25

Overall, I thought this beer had some good aspects, but I definitely think that moonshine like, straight grain clear whiskey alcohol presence took from them throughout the entirety. It covered up other aspects, without a fair exchange. 3.25

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.97/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a single serve bottle into a tulip.

The pour is evil beauty. Absolutely black/brown opaque. Excellent viscosity. A fabulous two-finger dark tan head that retains remarkably well for the ABV and gives way to a solid skein of foam, and then clingy lacing.

Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, anise, oak, leather dark cherry, caramel, toasted marshmallow, straight-up char and cashew. A good complex start.

Flavors follow the nose somewhat, but sweeter and less complex, with some alcohol heat--nearly a burn. A little too sweet in some ways. The nice toasted aromas don't find a charred note on the tongue. Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, andcaramel.

Despite the sweetness, it doesn't get sticky at the finish line. It could use just a hint more carbonation, as this loses its lift rather quickly.

Overall a fabulous looking, but slightly sweet and boozy offering, even for the ABV.

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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota, Mar 16, 2019
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4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 3/5/18, had 5/17/18.

Pours dark, opaque, thick and oily looking, with a half inch head of darker foam and some soapy lacing. A ring of darker foam follows down the glass. Aromas of coffee, bourbon- more as it warms, malt, caramel, some chocolate and figs, light molasses, a little cocoa. Also some char as it opens up, and a bit of a nutty aroma. The taste leads with the bourbon- and again, more as it warms. Still get lots of coffee, oak, malt, espresso, some caramel and chocolate, light smoke and char, a little cocoa. Light alcohol, some bitterness on the finish. Smooth, a solid full body, well carbonated.

This one is yet another reason I’d like Weyerbacher to come to Chicago. Terrific layered aromas, great flavors. Overall, the coffee and bourbon dominate, but it’s still well rounded and balanced. Grab it if you get the chance.

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stortore from Illinois, Feb 19, 2019
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4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle
Bottled: Jan-17-2018


A:
Pours a viscous, opaque black with a very short-lived brown head. No retention; no lacing. (3.75)

S:
A whiff of sweet bourbon and really dark cowboy coffee, there's a touch of molasses and licorice but it is mainly coffee, coffee, coffee. (4.25)

T:
Espresso with some maple syrup and a hint of berries, blooms into a sweet chocolatey-roasty wave of alcohol-warmth with an assertive barrel character. (4.25)

M:
Full body with low carbonation and a warming, hearty, sweet alcohol finish. (4.25)

O:
Big, bad, bourbon barrel beer, thanks Ozzylizard!
It pours thick as oil and pitch black. A very aggressive pour yields an inch+ of brown head that quickly disappears completely leaving nothing in its wake. The aroma is immediately apparent; big coffee roast aroma with some vanilla-bourbon sweetness to hold it up. The flavor follows with chocolatey espresso, light fruitiness from the yeast and a dollop of sticky barrel sweetness. It is fairly drinkable despite its size. That said, it is most certainly a huge beast of a beer. Very enjoyable and perfect for a cold day like today. (4.25)

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TheDoctor from Quebec (Canada), Jan 20, 2019
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4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black pour, well carbonated with almost zero head.
Dark chocolate, coffee, and hint of bourbon, caramel, and vanilla.
Strong dark chocolate and coffee flavors come out up front with a lingering bitter heat on the finish.
A full bodied stout that will leave you with a warm feeling well after you are done. I enjoyed the hell out of this one.

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maltlife from Florida, Jan 15, 2019
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4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle dated 1/9/18 poured into a snifter
A: Pitch black, no head
S: Coffee, dark malts, caramel, a hint of bourbon
T: Matches the nose, all of the flavors are quite bold
M: Full-bodied, a bit both sweet & bitter
O: Well made, a tasty bourbon/coffee stout

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Photo of illpass78
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. in a tulip.

Appearance: Deep black. Very short leather head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma: Chocolate, black coffee, roasted coffee beans, booze.

Taste: Complex, flavorful and boozy. Vanilla is noticeable. Also coffee, chocolate, booze. Flavors come out even more as it warms.

Mouthfeel: You’ll want to sip this slowly, because it’s a heavy beer. Far too boozy to drink quickly. Pleasant beer for a winter night. Flavors linger on the palate, in a good way.

Overall: This beer is basically a battle axe to the skull, but I mean that in a good way. Utterly huge stout that pulls no punches in terms of flavor, depth, booziness or stoutiness. This beer wants to knock you out. Will it? Find out.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like motor oil. Pitch black. Thick pouring. Less than a 1 finger head. The head is a nice dark brown color. The retention isn't the best, and dissipates to a brown ring around the glass.
The nose is a rich, coffee, chocolate, and vanilla aroma. The coffee is the strongest aroma.
The taste - the coffee chocolate and vanilla just mix together to a rich flavor profile - it turns into a slight cinnamon flavor. There's almost a bit of heat to this beer, which is pleasing.
Thick bodied. Slight heat from the alcohol. Very pleasing feel.
I've seen this beer a lot, and I'm glad I've finally tried it. This is a very delicious, thick, full bodied, heavy hitting beer.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fridge temp. Pours jet black with good carbonation. Nose is full of amazing coffee and bourbon. Wow. Very inviting. Some dark chocolate and vanilla, as well as some dark fruit, are there. Taste is all coffee upfront. Really amazing. The bourbon and roasted malts come next. Alcohol is not detectable. Some black licorice, molasses, vanilla, dark cherries, and some slight bitterness come through as well. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Overall, a fantastic beer.

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Beersnake1 from California, Dec 28, 2018
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3.97/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of coffee, chili peppers. Taste is of bourbon, chili peppers, light coffee, yes, it's plenty boozy. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer worth trying.

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tone77 from Pennsylvania, Dec 25, 2018
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4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 2017 bottle into the test glass at fridge temp.
A - Smokey Topaz, in color, deep and dark, gently carbonated, a thin ring of mocha clings to the glass throughout.
S - Roast chili pepper, dark roast coffee, hint of cinnamon, bakers chocolate, with a rise in temperature more vanilla and toasted oak is evident.
T - All the layers in the aromatics transfer to the palate, with the barrel touch more prominent, the coffee and dark malts are in harmony. A touch of Mole sauce hides in he corner, quite pleasant in that regard.
M - Oily, the carbonation cant compete with this hefty offering. Semi sweet, like having 75-80% Madagascar chocolate. Linger is espresso in style.
O - A very good stout, complex, alcohol is buried deep in the blankets of flavors, Well done on every level

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SABERG from Massachusetts, Nov 25, 2018
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4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brown so deep that it appears to be shoe polish rather than beer. The pour produces less than half a finger of frothy, very shortlived, deep mocha head that leaves only a hint of a collar ring & no lace. A very mundane look for such an otherwise outstanding brew. Aroma is deeply roasted malts, dark chocolate, caramel, coffee, spice and alcohol booze. Taste is Hershey's chocolate syrup, deeply roasted coffee, burnt dark malts, bourbon, vanilla/oak, spicy chili pepper (must be the alcohol spice, I don't believe chili peppers are in the brew) and alcohol booze with hints of dark fruit. Becoming sweet in the prickly finish transitioning into an earthy, coffee, chocolate, slightly bitter & prickly burnt aftertaste. Alcohol is evident in spice, warmth, flavor & maybe bitterness. Mouthfeel is heavy bodied, low carbonation with a crawling prickly bite, tongue coating creamy & chewy. As is usual with many such brews this one improves/becomes more intense in aroma/flavor as it warms.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 02/14/17, Best by date of 02/14/19

Appearance - Pours black and with no head. Very fine ring of suds around the edge of the glass. No lacing. Considering the 21 months of age on it, not unexpected.

Smell - Aroma is moderately roasty with hints of chocolate, vanilla, oak and caramel.

Taste - Follows the nose. Roasted malt, chocolate and caramel hit first, then fair notes of vanilla, oak and nuances of bourbon booziness. Coffee flavor comes through fairly mid-taste and follow through to the finish. Wonderful balance as it starts to fade, but what stands out to me is a light caramel sweetness that rides just beneath the lightly roasty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Near full-bodied with soft, tingly carbonation. Smooth, creamy texture makes this a stupid easy drinker at 12.7%, and finishes slightly dry.

Overall - My best beer bud gave me a bottle and told me this was drinking amazing right now. He wasn't lying. Such a great balance of all the flavors and a smooth, creamy body. No real boozy heat at all. Appropriate for a Sunday Morning full of football.

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TheSixthRing from California, Nov 11, 2018
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4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark black no light getting through this baby, finger sized chocolate milk colored head that falls slow but not much lace.

Aroma is big on roasted malts, lots of coffee notes, vanilla wood and bourbon dry coco powder with hints of dark sugars and alcohol.

Taste is light the nose big roasted malts and roasted coffee flavors abound. wood , vanilla bourbon light chocolate or sugary notes with hints of alcohol underneath it all. As it warms alcohol becomes more prevalent but never really over powering and blends well with the flavors.

Mouthfeel is lighter then one would think for a 12.7% brew but it is smooth without being overly carbonated.

Overall a big stout pretty solid beer, i think I enjoyed this one more the first time I had it but for some reason didn't rate it. Remember thinking it was a solid damn that is great 4.5 still good the second time just not as great as I remember.

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mntlover from Tennessee, Nov 06, 2018
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4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark mahogany color Smell & taste had coffee roasted malts mixed with vanilla wood and bourbon. Mouth feel was dense with above taste and very good a nice barrel presence for the price.Liked the 12 oz bottle very well done BA stout.

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gatornation from Minnesota, Oct 31, 2018
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4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very dark Appearance with small dark brown head. Aroma is a nice but mild coffee and bourbon. Taste is a stronger bourbon with coffee accent that even after six months of aging still has a smooth alcohol presence. A little thinner than I prefer.

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Radcpa from Washington, Oct 31, 2018
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4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2018 vintage
12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours deep black in color with a thin creamy dark brown head that has short retention and reduces to a ring around the edge of the glass

S- bold herbal espresso notes up front give notes of red berries. Dark chocolate, brown sugar and vanilla mix with barrel juice ad oak. There's also a big char and roasted malt note that is very similar to KBS

T- dark chocolate and roasted malt up front quickly give way to bold espresso notes, as well as sweet notes of caramel and vanilla. Mid-palate gives a strong barrel note of bourbon, which enhances the vanilla note as well. The finish gives equal parts bourbon, coffee and charred malt

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly warming finish

O- bold coffee and bourbon barrel make for a well balanced BA stout that hides the booze fairly well

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Treyliff from West Virginia, Oct 16, 2018
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3.6/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to thebeers for this one, from NBS BIF#8. 12oz bottle poured into 14oz tulip. Poured a solid black color,with just a thin cap of tan head that low retention and no lacing.

The aroma was bourbon forward, with a nice base stout scent. Thankfully,the coffee was understated. Pretty similar on the tongue, bourbon, beer, very light coffee, and just a bit of alcohol on the finish.

The body was nice, smooth and even, with a slightly sweet finish. Drinkability is good for a big stout, but still a beer to take some time with. Overall, a nice example of the style, certainly worth trying if you see it.

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beertunes from Montenegro, Sep 30, 2018
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4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Weyerbacher Sunday Morning Stout, 12.7% ABV. Pours black with a slight ring of tan head. Nose is bourbon, chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Taste follows with coffee and bourbon up front, and a moderate bitter close. Mouthfeel is excellent, overall outstanding.

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bbtkd from South Dakota, Sep 30, 2018
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2.79/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This isn't the worst beer I've ever had, but its fairly close.

I taste coffee, vanilla, and an overpowering thick taste bordering on stale water.

The look was dark and thick, similarly opaque to Guiness, but when tipped it leaves a dark film briefly on the glass.
The smell could easily distinguish the coffee, and what I would describe as a "woody" odor, not unpleasant.

The initial taste was coffee, with vanilla and that wood like taste, but I didnt enjoy the after effects. Heavy on the tongue.

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MajorRags from Pennsylvania, Sep 27, 2018
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4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice, solid bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout - flavors just didn’t quite mix and blend well enough for me to give it a higher rating. Nice deep, dark brown color with lots of tan head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells wonderful - deep dark coffee and hints of dark chocolate and bourbon. Tastes of bourbon, wood, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, malt and caramel. The only problem is, there seems to be a slight imbalance between the bourbon, malt and coffee. In the end it seems a little too sweet and takes away from the rich flavor and consistency. High ABV is quite well hidden. Smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel and good carbonation. I would definitely buy more of this, it just doesn’t quite compare to some other great imperial stouts like Speedway’s, or either the KBS or Breakfast Stout from Founders.

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beersampler6 from Michigan, Sep 26, 2018
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