HoppyAlesToYou (157) - 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.
justkoehn (16) - Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick lacing but little head. Bourbon aroma. Strong alcohol with chocolate taste but aftertaste is cut with warm flavors of chocolate and coffee.
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Warped_Silver (86) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 10, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
First off, bottle is 8mos old. Pours motor oil black with brown/tan head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, and stale coffee. I've had this on tap and coffee aroma was amazing! This bottle is old and shows in the coffee aroma. Taste is bourbon up front with coffee, vanilla, licorice and chocolate. Sweet but not cloying. Mouthfeel is amazing! Thick, silky, and smooth. Overall one of my favorites. Much better fresh but better than most on a bad day.
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Nisse666 (4501) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draught at BAJT cons 2014-12-08 Göteborg - Boy neen waiting for this one for ever ;)
AR: folral vanilla, bourbon barrels, dark bitter chocolate, home brewed coffee with a dash of milk
AP: pitch black, stoughty breay
F: chocolate milk bar, coffee con latche, wee bubbly soft carbonation, medium + bitterness. caramel fudgy, hot chocolate warming feeling, finishes long lasting flavours of milk choclate infused with bourbon vanilla - Great Brew!
mallons72 (170) - livonia, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Almost the perfect beer. Balance, oak, aroma, bourbon........all just a shade below goose bcbs.
ireland8325 (1) - - NOV 29, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Found this beer this summer at Wold of beer in. Key west brought 3 home with me to share with friends good brew.
Erikh04 (133) - - NOV 28, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I actually waited in line for this beer just to get 2 12 oz bottles. I love bourbon barrel stouts and I am a big fan of breakfast stout. This one is amazing. Very smooth. Just enough bourbon taste. Wish I could get more.
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rouhlas (339) - GREECE - NOV 26, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
355ml bottle at home. Black color with nice creamy frothy brown head. Aroma is roasted malty, lot of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, light dark fruit notes, wood - bourbon whiskey alcoholic. Taste is sweet and bitter, roasted again, more chocolate than the aroma, sweet and milk chocolate, dark bitter chocolate, vanilla, coffee, wood, bourbon. Medium to full silky creamy body with soft carbonation and bitter chocolate alcoholic finish. One bottle is not enough!
glfuller (2) - Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wonderful beer but was a little light on body. Deep dark with creamy tan head out of the bottle. All the notes are there. Coffee chocolate roast grains bourbon and deep oak notes
aleigator (283) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - NOV 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottles from Greg, thank you very much!
Pours an oily, almost complete black color, with nearly no head.
The nose is defined by creamy chocolate aromas, with loads of bitter ground coffee, accompanied by a wooden bourbon note, very well integrated into the body of the beer.
Begins with toffeish malts and a pungent bourbon bite , followed by a gentle wooden note and a supportive coffee infusion, accompanied by smooth, creamy milk chocolate. Vanilla provides a delicate peak to the foundation of the beer, which gets perfectly along with the sweeter, toffeish part of the brew, while also calming the alcohol burn. The coffee falls off soon, as we paired the ’14 version next to the ’12, developing in a very pleasant way above the sweeter notes, followed by a hint of Bourbon. The older version, while missing the coffee, blends the different flavor directions more carefully, adding many layers, which are related to each other to the taste, also the Bourbon is more recognizable. Finishes with wooden, sweeter malts, still extremely smooth on the palate, while the recent version adds a slick, well integrated coffee bitterness, among a sharp boozy echo.
sitzds (318) - - NOV 10, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12oz bottle poured into red solo cup for the short-notice share with Justin and Morgan in FL. Black body with a thin brown head that fades to a wisp and ring. Aroma is as advertised, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, coconut and char from the barrel, solid roast malts. Flavor is excellent as well - sweet coffee and cocoa, moderate coffee and roasty bitterness. Medium-plus body, creamy, thick texture, soft carbonation, boozy bitterness on the finish.