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RATINGS: 2108   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.

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   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 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BRW (1669) - Barcelona, SPAIN - NOV 20, 2015
On tap at Ale&Hop. Black colour with beige head. Borubon, wood and roasted aroma. Sweet, bourbon, wood, vanilla, roasted, coffee taste. Full body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maddmatt639 (329) - Pacifica, California, USA - NOV 18, 2015
No retention and no lacing. Smells of chocolate, dark fruit and smoke. Tastes of chocolate, smokiness and dark fruits. Dry aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
teddybeer (2928) - Madrid, SPAIN - NOV 16, 2015
Blac color with a light tan head with god duration. Aroma has notes of roasted malts, ripe black fruit, coffee notes and some smokyness. Flavor has notes of black chocolate, coffe beans, roasty and toasty malts, some notes of bourbon. Alcohol very good hidden between roasty notes. Creamy, smoothy and dense mouthfeel on palate. Slightly bitterness in the final with a good presence of roasted malts.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bobhund (144) - - NOV 14, 2015
Köpt på Systembolaget Fältöversten. Fantastiskt!!!!!!� Bra på allt. Kropp smak lukt. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
krumbum (752) - truckee, California, USA - NOV 10, 2015
Huge roasted aromas of whiskey and wood. Deep dark beer with creamy brown head. The creamy roasted flavor is thick and carry the vanilla bourbon softly. It is better then i could have ever imagined. The thick body helps everything blend like a milk shake.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gerbeer (2567) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 9, 2015
355 bottle. Pours black with moderate head. Aromas of vanilla, rich milk chocolate and very dry black coffee. Flavors carry same. Rich and smooth with a little heat and residual sweetness. Beautiful. An American in Copenhagen...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dahlstrom (61) - gasvetksgatan 3, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2015
355 ml bottle from Systembolaget. Pitch-black with a medium mocha head. Aroma of whiskey, coffee, roasted malt chocolate and alcohol. Taste reflects the aroma, but here the whiskey really gives you a punch in the face! Full-bodied, with creamy texture. Medium bitterness. Low to medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Angelmonster (159) - Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2015
Review of bottle dated 03/05/15 Pours a pitch black body with a 1/4 inch dark chocolate head. Head retention and lacing are average for a barrel aged imperial stout. Smells of vanilla, coffee, chocolate malt, and burnt oak. As beer warms, sweet bourbon comes through. Taste is of cold bitter coffee, charred oak, with a warm bourbon finish. Sweet vanilla comes in and out but bitter coffee and alcohol are main flavors. Mouthfeel is medium but for such a dark and high abv stout, not the desired consistency. Head added nothing to the body. Overall this beer had all the characteristics of a bourbon barrel coffee stout, it was one of the originals after all, but it just falls flat for me every time I try it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Matipa74 (19) - SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2015
Best so far :)............................................

---Rated via Beer Buddy for Android

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
HuskerTan (1160) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - OCT 28, 2015
(Thanks, Brandon "Clownoisseur") Bottle. A- Bourbon, booze, milk chocolate, tootsie rolls, subtle coffee, oak. A- Black color, black liquid, brown head. T- Bourbon, booze, chocolate, tootsie rolls, subtle vanilla, subtle coffee. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, complex finish. O- What a beauty of a beer. Got this bottle fresh and while it seems to be preferred fresh, I decided to wait a few month, 9 to be exact to let it settle a bit as I like the regular Breakfast Stout best at 2 years of age. Man, I almost wish I’d have waited a bit longer. At first pour, this is heavy on the booze, booze, booze. Almost all you get. The head fades quick and the aroma remains but the booze subsides and out comes the chocolate. The coffee was very very subdued. The taste was a nice chocolate, rich, and complex flavor. The palate had a bit of boozy heat on the finish but still smooth. Overall, I have to admit I still prefer the regular Breakfast Stout, but this is nothing to shy away from. Amazing brew.

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