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RATINGS: 2067   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
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.

HoppyAlesToYou's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HoppyAlesToYou (164) - 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
mike5326 (1273) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2015
Poured from a bottle. Dark brown color, no real head. Sweet syrup and malt aroma. Full body with a sweet malt and a coffee flavor and a medium finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Luvystypotables (1123) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2015
Aroma of bourbon and coffee with notes of malt and chocolate. Pours a dark brown color with no real head. An incredible taste of bourbon, coffee and chocolate. Full body creamy feel with an amazing mocha finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (3343) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 26, 2015
Last beer of the night at Rich’s Cellar Emptying Tasting. Kbs stout 11.2% Inky deep black pour with a coffee light bourbon nose. Young bottle meaning the bookings is full on black coffee, maple syrup and light bourbon. The booze is a bit harsh. Overall it is quite nice but has a bit too much heat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Martinus (3856) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - AUG 23, 2015
Black, beige head. Aroma of Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, sweet notes, molasses, light coffee. Sweet malty flavour, brown sugar, caramel, Bourbon, vanilla. Light boozy, full body. Sweet finish, chocolate, vanilla, Bourbon. Nice, quite balanced and full.
(from 35cL bottle shared @ Gents Bier Festival 2015. Thanks Eugene for ’muling’)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PMgep (156) - Lund, SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2015
Old rating from 2012, full aroma with coffee and alcohol, taste of bourbon, vanilla and coffee

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
coolunclesony (10) - DENMARK - AUG 19, 2015
Deep black colour. The smell is dominated by alcohol. The taste is great with lots of chocolate and caramel spiced up with tons of bourbon

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (2828) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 16, 2015
Bottle from Mother Kellys. Aroma is milky chocolate, roast, coconut, bourbon, booze. Taste is good, all the above. Finish is bourbon, but smooth fade. Rest of the flavours are quite subdued. Rich finish, almost fruity. Touch of chocolate. Can’t really get the coffee. Very easy drinking and hides the booze well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aggiebob (332) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - AUG 16, 2015
Draft. Black color with a quickly dissipating tan head. Minimal lacing. Aroma roasted coffee. Taste is coffee, vanilla (cream?) and the bourbon. It has a thick mouth feel and a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrepintado (1976) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - AUG 16, 2015
Bottle thanks to bytemesis, thanks Mike! 2014 version. Dark color. Thin brownish head. Body is light oily, super super smooth. Taste is light to medium sweet, medium bitter. Aroma is nuts, chestnuts, chocolate, vanilla, bacon. Flavour is chocolate, coffee, liquorice, alcohol, fruity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jsmanigold (101) - Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2015
Pours black. Medium tan head that fades fast. Wonderful chocolate marshmallow roasted oak flavor. Very smooth and balanced.

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