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RATINGS: 1951   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.29   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
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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
HoppyAlesToYou (163) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - MAR 22, 2012
My first experience with this ale was at DLD 2010, early in the day. It was among the six guest tap brews my two buddies and I shared after the gates opened. It was ethereal, especially since it was only $5 a pint. My second sampling of this stout was from a bottle of the 2010 version, which I cellared until Super Bowl Sunday of 2011. It did not live up to the draft version I had the previous April, and I was rather dismayed at having dropped $7 for the bottle. So dismayed, that I did not pursue any 2011 KBS. Not having it last year and reading about its planned release this year rekindled my fire that had burned for this brew after my DLD experience. My 2012 bottle has restored my fondness, and made me want for more. Keep in mind that I am drinking this on the third day of spring in northwest Indiana, which would typically be weather appropriate. However, it was over eighty degrees this afternoon and lingers near seventy this evening. Not ideal BA stout sipping conditions, but KBS was heat proof. The aroma was predominantly chocolate, roasted coffee, resin (yes, that kind), and vanilla (yum) with slight floral notes and traces of alcohol and woodiness. I did pour it aggressively into my seventeen ounce snifter, which produced a short lived brown head. It is as deep as brown can get without being black. The taste validates the aromas, beginning sweetly with slight balancing bitterness followed by a tingly alcohol burn. Its body is medium, with a sticky texture, very soft carbonation, and a long finish. If only this were more readily available at a more modest price point! This is a must try beer if you have a chance, just give your self at least an hour to savor every sip without many distractions. It warrants that type of reverence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zakoon (160) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2015
355ml bottle enjoyed @ home. Pours pitch black with a thick tan head that leaves a lot of lacing. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, caramel, liquorice root, wood, marzipan, alcohol and some vanilla. Flavour is medium sweet and light bitterness. Full bodied, thick and oily texture, soft carbonation. Finish is coffee, earthiness and slightly bitter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
skmikeg (1180) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2015
Pours pitch black with a one finger tan head with excellent lacing. Aroma is of roasted malts, bourbon, dark coco, vanilla, molasses, woody notes, coffee, and licorice. Taste is bourbon, coffee, dark and milk chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, burnt wood, butterscotch, anise, licorice, dark fruits, caramel, and just a little booze in the finish. Has a medium-full body with a super creamy, oily mouthfeel and a semi bitter, warming, slightly hot,.long finish. Overall, a amazing, world class stout that hides its high abv very well and has some amazing bourbon, coffee, and, and vanilla notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
two7offsuit (323) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 3, 2015
Wow great beer. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. Flavor starts with coffee but moves to chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tjweiher (2) - - MAY 3, 2015 does not count
12oz bottle poured into snifter. Pours jet black with dark thick head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of coffee with hints of sweet chocolate and alcohol. Coffee forward flavor with some bitterness followed by slight bourbon notes and alcohol. More coffee forward thanI expected but overall a very solid beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beachmaster (209) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 2, 2015
12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours black, with a small tan head that rapidly fades. Nose is coffee and dark roast malt. Taste is dark roast malt, espresso coffee, and bourbon on the finish. Very, very good. One of the best American beers I have had. Outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlackerMads (1962) - DENMARK - MAY 2, 2015
Bottle, 2015 release. Pours thick black with a medium sized creamy light brown head. Earthy coffee, chocolate and light bourbon in the nose. Smells great. Flavour has lots of bourbon; vanilla, coconut and white chocolate, cocoa, oak, warming alcohol, salty liquorice, rum soaked raisins. Full body, oily texture, soft carbonation, heavy sweet with balanced bitterness. Long finish with lingering bourbon. Good stuff, but also punchy, would like to try an older edition to see if it settles down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
esp0r (2212) - NORWAY - MAY 2, 2015
Bottle enjoyed at Cafe Sara
Pours dark, black in glass with a big brown head. Smell of dark dark malts, roast coffee, vanilla cocoa and hints of oak. Heavy heavy sweet, dark malts, chocolate, vanilla, a touch of bourbon and oak. Moderate bitter finish, coffee tail. A bit too sweet for my taste. The flavors are good balanced off.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjs (5073) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 2, 2015
(Bottle, 0.355 l - 2015 vintage - bottled on 02/12/2015, at Viisi Penniä, 20150502) The beer poured black. Its head was medium sized and lightly brown. Aroma had vanilla, chocolate, coffee, cocoa and burnt malts. Palate was full bodied and dryish with medium carbonation. Flavours were vanilla, dark chocolate, sweetness, cocoa, coffee, wood and bitterness. Aftertaste had wood, vanilla, burnt malts and bitterness. Not really my kind of brew: too heavy vanilla, too much booze and too sweet. Still not bad though.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Creizzan (1) - IRELAND - MAY 2, 2015 does not count
Possibly the nicest beer I’ve ever drank. It is dark, rich, has a strong bourbon taste and an aftertaste like an Irish coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fujimo2000 (13) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 1, 2015
Dark black with tan lacing. Aroma is bourbon. Taste is coffee followed by the bourbon back. If you’re not a fan of bourbon probably not your beer.

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