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RATINGS: 1820   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 17/20
neuromatt (1158) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2014
12 oz bottle courtesy of Chris, served in a stem glass next to the base. Pours black with a small tan head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves a small amount of fine lace. The nose has huge bourbon notes, along with molasses, vanilla, cocoa and oak. The flavour is moderately sweet with vanilla, bourbon and molasses, along with oak, toffee and a hint of cocoa. The finish is long with bourbon and vanilla, along with molasses. On the palate it is medium-full in body with a creamy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, wow, an amazing bourbon-barrel aged brew with elegant bourbon notes. Wow, awesome. 2014-09-28

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
darb85 (61) - Canton, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2014
Was disappointed with it for 2014. Seems to be a theme from what Iíve heard. Look forward to next year for maybe a better showing. On tap at founders launch

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
HellesBunny666 (191) - Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2014
Super interesting aromas of chocolate covered cherries, cocoa, vanilla, sweetness, chocolate dessert. Very smooth. Vanilla, almond, honey, subtle coffee, chocolate, cherries flavors.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
gschrade (716) - Collinsville, USA - SEP 16, 2014
I had this at Global Brew. Pours black with a tan head. Taste roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, booze. I didn't like this, to much coffee flavor (I don't like coffee). I would not drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (3008) - NORTHERN IRELAND - SEP 15, 2014
Sample at icbcf14
Full bodied, slick, warming, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, well integrated whiskey, understandably high rated but a bit OTT for me. A small measure is plenty

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pyrmir (3367) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 14, 2014
355 ml bottle, thanks Staffan47! Black with mocca colored head. Aroma with lots of bourbon, alcohol, dark chocolate, light coffee and roasted notes. Taste is medium bodied, lots of bourbon, dark chocolate and sweet roasted notes. Really nice stout

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PotjeBier (1697) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 11, 2014
Bottle shared @ Beer Temple (small sample), thanks Chris Knight. Black color. Beige head with little lacing. Aromaís of ground coffee, roasted malts, light fruit. Additionally some caramel retronasal. Flavor is moderate bitter, roasted, with a light sweetness. Medium bodied. Finishes with heavy roast, coffee, moderate to full bitter. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vestergaard (377) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2014
Uh yeah! From my first trade, thanks to PreisMJ! Have been looking forward to this. Bottle. Pours pitch black with a small, beautiful brown head. Aroma has milk chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, coconut, soft licorice and coffee. Taste has a crispy, dark roast, up front, as well as a little booze, followed by looots of dark, sweet fruity chocolate notes, vanilla, dates, figs, dried plums, raisins, dried coconut. Ends off with a nice and strong alcohol heat. Very smooth and balanced beer, that i could drink lots of. Full body and low carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ACD (640) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 11, 2014
12oz bottle. Black, with great tan head. Heady chocolate sauce and mocha coffee on the nose; sweet twist of bourbon and oakiness in there, light touch of roasted malt adds depth. Great nose. Taste is big on the coffee and darker choc - bitter choc. Some deep figgy stuff happening, big roasted malt hit. Velvety chocolate comes in, followed by a sweet touch of bourbon. Big full mouthfeel. No booze hint at all, very well integrated. Lingering bourbon and coffee, with a slight burnt smokiness on the tongue. Yeah, first class gear.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ARH (431) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2014 On tap, poured into a snifter. Delicious aromas of dark cherry, wood, chocolate chips, vanilla, cookie dough, roasted notes, and a faint bourbon alcohol come through to the nose. It pours black as night, with a deep brown, frothy head. The surface is a thick, soapy layer that retains well, leaving ample coverage by the end of the drink and also leaving a dense, full-sheet coating of lace along the glass. The lace, notably, looks to coat the entire glass in a cloak except for the side I was sipping on. It does eventually have a couple holes in the sheet, but man ... thatís a lotta lace! Itís highly sweet with a medium-light bitter. The syrup slick texture has a full malty sweet body to it with an abundant, but very soft, soapy carbonation. Itís a very clean, with tones of salted caramel, chocolate, caramel, nuts, and even mint. The finish is chocolate mint with a hint of juicy citrus. The aftertaste is mostly chocolate with a mellow, light bourbon caramel touch. This was quite an amazing treat.

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