jbrana (580) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very little carbonation or head. Sweet, with nutty notes and flavors of coffee, vanilla, caramel, and roasted barley.
RIXBREW (11) - USA - JAN 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Having had several bottles of Founders KBS in the past two months I soundly place this beer in the same league. KBS is a perfect 100 this is a solid 90+ beer. Very smooth chocolate coffee taste not overpowered by bourbon. A bit thinner than KBS but a worthy beer that more than fills the void! A highly underrated beer. My selection has been on tap so I have not had the other issues people described.
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jdb288 (584) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2014
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle from 2012, cellar kept. I believe this was also infected (previous posterís comments echo mine). Aroma was OK but sour taste overtook any other flavors.
fluffy (1946) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2013
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
gah, i must have got an infected one. heard so many good things, but this is just sour, funky and bad. will try again someday.
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled Jan, 2012
Pours a dark brown with a little cap and ring of latte foam. Coffee, bourbon, vanilla, graham, cocoa, sweet malts - great nose. The coffee is a little more pronounced this time. Flavor has a little heat on it with a hint of metallic tone; alongside are oak, bourbon, alcohol, coffee, dark chocolate and some burnt toast flavors. full, velevety body with moderate carb and a wet finish, long finish. Really a pleasant beer. I think the flavor is a little sharp, but it seems there is difficulty in balancing the bourbon with the coffee for them. The nose is certainly tremedous, the flavor is the primary downfall. 3/4.5/3.5/4.5/4
bottled: Jan, 2011
A: Pours a dark brown, but once in the glass, opaque black. Single finger mocha head falls nearly immediately leaving a thin sheet of the same. No lacing.
S: Vanilla is the first thing I notice. Followed closely by coffee, bourbon (when you smell it, you know it), wood, sweet malt. No distinguishable hops. Some graham, cocoa, beautiful toasty tones. Very complex nose.
T:The coffee wins. Lots of coffee, lots of bourbon, lots of coffee, lots of bourbon. Did I mention the coffee and bourbon? So, otherwise, a little bit of licorice, a little bit of an alcoholic fire, nothing like BCS, but there nonetheless. Hints of raisin as well.
M: Much lighter in body than I had anticipated. Low carbonation. No resonance on the finish for me.
O: Iím almost on the fence with this. Itís good. Iíd love to cellar a couple of these. Man, I like it, I donít love it, but I like it. My ratings are all over for this one. Itís so perplexing - like a hot step-sister. 3/5/4/2/4-3.93
Serving type: bottle
UDBeernut (2170) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from beechner224. pours black with a slim tan head. nose of black malt and bourbon. in the mouth the bourbon is more subdued. chocolate takes center stage. light roasted coffee on finish. body is solid.
rdixon77 (1583) - Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Catching up on old ratings.
Brown/black. Nice aroma and taste...A wonderful blend of my three favorite liquids Ė bourbon, coffee, and beer. No sickly burn from the bourbon taste. No bitterness from the coffee taste. Strong oak and vanilla. Nice boost aftertaste. Fantastic.
drjay44 (2967) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a medium, well retained, beige head, over a black (SRM 40) body.....nose is light bourbon, chocolate, coffee, cocoa, vanilla....taste is chocolate, heavier coffee, light bourbon, hints of vanilla, hints of sweet dried fruits.....mouth feel medium, sticky, alcohol warmth present, carbonation adds light acid tingle. This is a nicely balanced, pleasant tasting but slightly light Imperial Stout. I would prefer a heavier and more complex malt backbone, with appropriate increase in the hops. BJCP 8/3/14/4/7
badgerben (4610) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black color with no head. Light bourbon aroma. Much heavier in the flavor. Light coffee and roasted barley. Moderate vanilla. Thick mouthfeel.
BSchnab (118) - Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is bourbon alcohol, appearance is dark small off white head, bourbon coffee flavors, overall pretty good beer