HoppyAlesToYou (164) - 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.
jamestulloch (1930) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 2, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from The Beerhive. Black body with a tan head. Nice lacing. Rich aroma of cherry, dark chocolate, maple syrup and liquorice. Flavour of oak chips, hazelnut, coffee and vanilla. The barrel aging adds a subtle whisky note - not too overwhelming. Medium body with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Light fizz. A rich, full flavoured beer that hides the ABV well. It took me a while to finish the full bottle though as the sweet flavours became slightly cloying.
jesperhammer (3404) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
29-MAY-2015, bottle @DØE Ølfestival.
Black with lasting Brown head.
Bourbon, chocolate, coffee, cocoa powder. Sweet, full body, medium carbanation. Really smooth and fantastic. What makes this one stick out is not that it is bigger just that it is better on all parameters:-)
closey22 (1138) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black rimming brown head; aroma is coffee wood malt alcohol; Flava is rich woody spice sweet malt chocolate notes of alcohol; feels thick creamy some foamy fuzz tingle; finishes roasty tangy
tandembrauer (515) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUN 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared bottle @ Cardinal, Stavanger. Pours . Aroma of coffee, pepper, vanilla, dark chocolate. Some sweetness. Smooth mouthfeel.
Melker (235) - Varberg, SWEDEN - MAY 31, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What an awesome brew, had a bottle yesterday at a local bar. Lots of caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, coffee. Also some chocolate and roasted flavours. Very balanced. Lots of sweetness, medium bitterness. I was in a hurry so I had to chug like 50% of the beer which was too bad.
Christian (11665) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a small tan head. Big aroma of chocolate and licorice with a little coffee, dried fruit and oak. Sweet and thick roasted flavour with chocolate and coffee, oak and plenty vanilla.
k0mpsa (1642) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - MAY 29, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at cbf 15. Black color, small brown head. Aroma has strong roastt, hint of whiskey, coffee. Strong taste, bourbon, alcoholic notes, coffee and some hops at the end.
jackafholmes (613) - - MAY 28, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from archer road beer stop, sheffield. Black with tan head. Aroma is smoky chocolate coffee brandy. Taste is sweet and smoky and bitter. Thick and oily with alcohol hum and tingly carbonation. Amazing beer.
The_Osprey (2937) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
355ml bottle at home. I thought I’d have to go to America to try this top 50 beer, and then it pops up all across London cheaper than half the imperial stouts on the shelves. Bottled Feb 2015 at 11.2%. Black, decent foamy brown head endures, leaves some sparse light lacing. Aroma is coffee, sandalwood, biscuity coconut. Great aroma. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is woody and dry with chocolate and toasted coconut, just a touch of the 11.2% showing up, salty finish. Very good imperial stout.
al53 (93) - FINLAND - MAY 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2015 Bottle. Dark brown colour with brown head.
Aroma is heavily bourbon. Then comes coffee, chocolate and malt.
Taste continues same, bourbon, chocolate, coffee, vanilla,malt, hops and hint of alcohol.
Very smooth and rich mouth feel with soft carbonation.
Long, bit alcoholic, bitter and dry but smooth finish, with coffee and vanilla.
Heavy on bourbon and bit boozy, good IS but not quite the bomb I was expecting.