HoppyAlesToYou (167) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - MAR 22, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Marstonlad (718) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 30, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2016 @ Craft Beer Helsinki. Pours black with a little brownish head. Pours The aroma features a strong combination of roasty maltiness, licorice, plum, vanilla and coffee. Taste is light to medium sweet initially, later lightly bitter. Flavours contain similar elements than the aroma; qualities from the aging such as vanilla are strong. The palate is full-bodied, smooth and low in carbonation. Brilliant.
visionthing (4600) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 30, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Craft Beer Helsinki 2016. Pitch black with a large beige head. Fairly intense roasty aroma with chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, spices and hints of alcohol and caramel. More raw than expected, assume it’s fairly young. Expected something rounder and smoother, but by all means - still nice. Sweet, roasty and complex with nice bourbon notes and a surprisingly decent bitterness. Certainly a tasty sipper, but wouldn’t mind trying it more aged next time.
markoijelena (2050) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JUN 29, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 0.33l at my place Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Bottle from Zlotta. Thanks a lot man. 31.05.2016. Pour it dark color with thick black head. Aroma chocolate, coffee and just pinch of vanilla. Nothing mind blowing. Taste starts with coffee, bourbon in the middle, vanilla, sweet milky coffee note, sticky feel, full body, soft carbonation, pleasent bourbon and coffee after taste.
fkoolen (867) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 27, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2016 Bottle at home, 2015 ed. Pitch black, firm brown, stable head. Huge bodied chocolate, cacao, coffee and roasted malty toffee and butterscotch come in first, then the bourbon, vanilla and alcoholic heat come in, blending beautifully. Rich coffee dominated, bourbon-y aftertaste. Low to absent carbonation, soft and really creamy mouthfeel. Exceptional beer, but the coffee/chocolate are more present than the bourbon, which stays a bit thin sadly imho.
Smithld1 (167) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle utobeer. Looks and smells outstanding and exciting. Taste is excellent. Extremely well balanced but very tasty. An exceptional drop.
Madsen1635 (573) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pitch black pour with dark brown head. Aroma is fresh and powerful with roasted coffee, raw liquorice and bourbon. Taste is very balanced and round with a bit of dark chocolate and bitter coffee. Full body and low carbonation
Vighals (2845) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - JUN 25, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Svart med fingerhøyt lys brunt skum. Lukter whiskey, vanilje, trevirke, fløte og espresso. Fyldig. Whiskey dominerer også i smak. Salt lakris, vanilje og tørket fruktsødme. Alkohol, kakao og whiskey i avslutningen. Tørr
McTapps (6396) - Reutlingen, GERMANY - JUN 25, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. The beer has got a deep black colour with a smooth body and small steady head. Aroma of malt, chocolate and coffee. Taste of bittersweet chocolate, hot cocoa, malt, barrel, rum, woods, dark fruits. Intense finish.
emartell (333) - Zapopan, Jalisco, MEXICO - JUN 24, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Notas principales a Bourbon, café y choccolate.
De color completamente negro, cuerpo redondo, corona de espuma abundante de buena retención.
En boca equilibrada, a la vez compleja y llena de sabor.
Al paladar es exquisita. Notas intensas a Bourbon, café y chocolate. Algo de madera y frutos secos. A la vez muy fácil de beber y equilibrada en cuanto a los sabores.
En resumen excelente cerveza. No cabe duda que la guarda en barrica le viene de maravilla
Shark_Pants (580) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 24, 2016
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled 11 Feb 2016, 12.4% ABV. Completely impenetrable black with small tight creamy and persistent mocha head. The chocolate, oak and bourbon are immediately apparent in the aroma, with vanilla and some red wine notes. The taste is rich and decadent - big port wine, dark chocolate, big creaminess, bourbon, oak, vanilla, a little licoriced, dry spicy and earthy hop finish. Surprisingly but not unwelcome, the coffee isn’t really noticeable. Full bodied and creamy. Was sceptical but this does live up to most of the hype and I’m excited what a bit more age will do to my second bottle.