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RATINGS: 2330   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28/5   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 (167) - 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MaBeer1972 (1791) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 21, 2016
Bottle from 1776 Liquors in Bristol. $10 for just one 12 ounce bottle. Sounds crazy but I had to pull the trigger. Well worth it. Not an everyday occurrence. Save this for special occasions. Poured into a snifter. Huge tan head. The lacing is incredible. I see chariots and tigers! Super smooth velvety texture. Strong bourbon sweetness. Deep chocolate and coffee notes. So delicious. Lots and lots of layers. Some oak and vanilla. This is simply fantastic. Better sit down for this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
saxo (16724) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2016
Tap @ Mikkelller, Aarhus. Nice head with excellent duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are roast malt, chocolate, caramel, cocoa, coffee, bourbon and has a nice warming finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tarmok (1169) - Tartu, ESTONIA - AUG 16, 2016
Black liquid with beige head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, oat, vanilla, whiskey. Tastes same, medium sweet, medium bitter, light sour. Full body

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oaklandbeerguy (20) - California, USA - AUG 15, 2016
2015 KBS on tap. Poured thick and oily in tulip. Nice two finger head,,sticky lacing. Smell of cocoa nibs, figs, vanilla, worn leather. Taste of tobacco, aged bourbon, coffee, was a little bit hot on the tongue. Well rounded beer. Love to get my hands on more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
alomtnez (335) - SPAIN - AUG 13, 2016
On tap at Cervecería Flandes and Cervezorama 2.0 (july 2016). Both are 12’4 ABV. Same rating. Creamy brownish head, very long lasting. Very dark brown, almost black. Opaque. Aroma is very complex: coffee, cocoa, roasted malt, roasted dark fruits, liquor, barrel, brownie. Taste is liquor, roasted dark fruits, alcohol, black coffee, black cocoa, soft acid bitterness. Long Irish coffee after-taste. Thick, dense palate, smooth and creamy. Full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mesjasz (908) - Lodz, POLAND - AUG 13, 2016
Intensywny aromat czekolady, kakao, kawy, vanilia, lekko bourbon. Smak słodki, lekko gorzki. W smaku sporo wanilii, czekolady i kawy, wyraźnie bourbonowy i beczkowy, lekko grzejący alkohol. Ciało spore, faktura oleista. Posmak kakaowy, wytrawny i gorzki.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Taboada (883) - Compostela (Galiza), - AUG 9, 2016
2016 version (12,4%) sampler tasted from the tap on the 04/08/2016. Opaque black colour with a big head. Coffee and aroma are predominated by coffee bourbon and vainilla. Seems like a coffee liquor. Next one please!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nosajhongkong (30) - North Point, HONG KONG - AUG 6, 2016
0,335L bottle. It is opened to farewell a good colleague and friend that will be missed by us. Appearance: Pours a pitch black colour with thin to medium tan head. Leaves some good lacing. Aroma: Intense aroma of roasted malt, coffee beans, dark chocolate, nut, vanilla. Also have some resin, wood and oak and light alcohol in the nose. Taste: Medium to heavy roasted malt and coffee beans bitterness. Balanced with medium creamy vanilla sweetness. Some bourbon taste as well. Palate: Medium to full body. Very creamy and smooth texture. Long-lasting roasted malt and coffee bitterness. Just a little bit too alcoholic at the end. Overall: A really solid imperial stout. That wonderful bittersweet aftertaste of roasted malt, coffee beans, bourbon and vanilla linger at your mouth really long. It may even taste better if cellared and aged it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
VamboladeTolly (1480) - Tartu, ESTONIA - AUG 4, 2016
Bottle. Pours almost black with brown head.Aroma: coffee, dark chocolate, liqorice, roasted, whiskey. Taste: medium bitter, dark chocolate, coffee beans, roasted, warming alcohol, hints of bourbon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Intsr (137) - Tartu, ESTONIA - AUG 4, 2016
Aroma: chocolate, coffee, nuts, toast, Appearance: black, clear, brown foam, Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, Palate: full body, sticky, soft carbonation, long finish,

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