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RATINGS: 1802   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 (156) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hackobock (1300) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2014
Bottle 2014 version, june 20th. Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, oak, bourbon. Taste is medium sweet with bourbon, vanilla, light caramel, medium bitter chocolate. Finish is medium roasted bitterness with a light alcohol warmth. Body is medium, slick texture and soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerViking (2427) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2014
Bottle, near black with a thin crema, burnt coffee, liquorice, black treacle, and ashy dry. Gorgeous.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Darkmagus82 (907) - - AUG 10, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 10-14-12 with slight modification after pouring from bottle and trying again- Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass Appearance – Served a black colored brew with only a tiny off white head which faded very fast to leave some patchy spots of lace on the sides of the glass as well as some small islands of foam floating on the top of the brew. Smell – The aroma was lighter then I was initially expecting. It had nice notes of coffee, dark chocolate, some vanilla sweetness and a nice boozy bourbon aroma. While it was light it was quite nice and warming in smell. Taste – The taste begins with roasted malt and coffee flavors. Some sweet vanilla and dark chocolate are up front and grow stronger toward the middle. While these flavors grow stronger, some lighter bourbon flavors come to the tongue. While the bourbon starts out lighter, by the end it really picks up in intensity with the chocolate and caramel lessening some in the profile. Along with the boozy flavor increasing in intensity, so too does some of the coffee flavors, which in the end, when combined with roasted malt flavors creates a quite roasty and pleasantly bitter boozy taste on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the creamier side with a carbonation level that is below average. Both the lower carbonation and thicker-creamier body are fantastic for the brew and really accentuating the roasted, coffee, and bourbon flavors of the brew. Overall - A very tasty beer and one that is well worth a try. While it is fantastic with its wonderful roasty and bourbon flavors its reputation precedes it some. I actually think Founders Breakfast is more balanced then the Kentucky. While with this said however, the Kentucky is definitely a beer to try if you have the chance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
musinj6 (390) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 7, 2014
First time I was able to have my own bottle as opposed to a small sip from a bottle share event. Holy crap. No head. Dark black. Honestly, it doesn’t look like much. Aroma of sweet bourbon. Subtle coffee and chocolate. A bit of vanilla. Woody. Mildly sweet, but subdued by the booziness, which isn’t overpowering in the least. Mildly bitter on the back in. Long bourbon finish that is very smooth. Full bodied & chewy. Delicious!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bolthead101 (6) - Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2014 does not count
I detect a faint aroma of coffee and chocolate. Its appearance is of black coffee with a light caramel brown on its edges. There’s a slight white frothy head on its very edges. It lingers on the sides of glass as you sip it. The taste is complex; coffee followed by the sweet yet bitter finish of a fine dark chocolate. It has a full creamy body with a long finish which keeps you wanting more. Overall, this is one of the best stouts that I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kerenmk (2273) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 3, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks Tom L. Black, opaque. Very apparent coffee aroma with some vanilla beans. Mouthful bitter-sweetness and some coffee in the mouth. No carbonation, full body, long, coffee finish. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Klimaet (127) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2014
Taste from a norwegian dude, cheers mate. Pours almost pitch black with a small tanned head. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla, cherries, slight bourbon, slight booze, coffee. Taste is amazing, boomin vanilla, fudge, sweet dark fruits, nice roast and good burned coffee finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
maley1 (776) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 30, 2014
Dark brown, almost black pour with small beige head. Aroma of roasted coffee, chocolate, caramel, vanilla and bourbon. Taste of roasted malts, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, coffee, chocolate and faint licorice. Full bodied, medium carbonation, creamy mouth feel, perfectly balanced. Excellent beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jrwhitney6 (300) - - JUL 28, 2014
Pours dark, dark brown into snifter with a very thin light brown head. Wonderful nose - vanilla, bourbon, and cherries. Taste is complex and smooth...bourbon, vanilla, oak, coffee, and a touch of bitterness. I get the hype - this is a great beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
furthur (165) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Bottle pour, opaque black, decent lace. graham colored head. Aroma of bread, coffee, molasses. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, toffee, molasses, licorice, bourbon, vanilla, slightly spicy. Slightly sweet start, but finishes slightly bitter.Body is thick, carbonation moderate.

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