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RATINGS: 1881   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrOrla (164) - Odense C, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle ay home. Pours black with a medium brown head. Aroma is oak, coffee, chocolate, oatmeal. Taste is chocolate, coffee, and oak. its tastes like an oatmeal stout. Very good!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cool_Bond (1793) - Kung av ÷l @ Facebook, SWEDEN - MAR 25, 2015
Vintage 2011. Lovely aromas of raisins, oak and some sweetness. The taste is really a mix between coffee, chocolate, oak, raisins and soy. Heavy bitterness that fills the mouth forever. Jeez what taste sensation. Follow me @ Kung av Ųl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
poisoneddwarf (1842) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - MAR 22, 2015
12 oz bottle, thanks Clownoisseur! 2015 vintage (bottled only a little over a month ago). Aroma is chocolate milk, wood, bourbon, coconut, coffee, vanilla, dried dark fruit. Pours opaque black with a medium dark tan head that falls fairly quick into a ring of big-bubbly foam. Taste is sweet and fairly boozy--bourbon is pretty strong--finishing with above average bitterness for style; also some licorice/cough drop. Velvety and maybe a little watery mouthfeel. Medium to full body. Really good, but I was hoping for a little more from this considering its reputation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markducommun (284) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Deep opaque black brown, light tan head. Molasses, vanilla, roasted grains. Earthiness. Lighter bitterness, very sweet. Long finish, heavy body. Long finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GrinchY2K (6) - Maryland, USA - MAR 20, 2015 does not count
Pours out deep black with a very small tan head. Aroma hits you with big notes of chocolate, bourbon and coffee. Very nice thick, but not too thick mouthfeel. Taste tells of bourbon, but is not over the top. Notes of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee add to the amazing cast of flavors in this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Abner (84) - Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2015
2014 Bottle. Pours black with a minimal head; significant lacing left behind after a few sips. Aromas of rich chocolate and bourbon. Taste is lightly sweet, prominent alcohol, some chocolate.... I have to say that, to me, this really doesnít justify the hype.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JF2332 (6) - - MAR 18, 2015 does not count
Gets better and better with age! Sometimes you have to wait in life to fully appreciate the nectars of the gods. I have to admit this is a great tasting beer with an almost overpowering of bourbon when first released! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UrbanCaveman (131) - Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2015
5 oz pour from tap into a pint glass. Appearance: Your standard stout - very dark brown verging on black, with a khaki head with decent retention. Smell: Coffee, chocolate, and bourbon wafts out of the glass, with some vanilla that I primarily attribute to the bourbon. Taste: Dark roasted malt meets some bitter chocolate and a heaping helping of coffee, much like a dark French roast. Beneath all of that, faintly, there were some vestiges of bourbon flavor - a shadow of vanilla, maybe a whisper of oak. Mouthfeel: Full and rich, as one would want from a stout. Overall: Had I heard no hype about this beer going in, Iíd have thought it was a solid beer, and would have rated it slightly below an ordinary, unbarreled Breakfast Stout. However, given the hype this beer receives, Iím left with the question of why. Itís solid, itís good, and it has been matched and surpassed by many other stouts out there. If you can get it without serious effort or resources, itís worth trying. Itís assuredly not worth standing in line for.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrownALEx (310) - Portland, Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2015
On tap at Founders. Great aroma, booze, coffee, chocolate just to name a few. Deep dark pour with a thin tan head. Taste is chocolate, oak, coffee, booze and slight vanilla. A lot going on here. Palate is thick, very thick. A must try. If you are lucky enough.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
coachd (235) - Missouri, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Aroma should be an 11. Looks absolutely perfect as well. Tastes like vanilla, oak and bourbon. Other flavors too but those three are taking over. Would write more but I'm at founders taproom on KBS release day and it's crazy here. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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