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RATINGS: 2033   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28   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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4.5
   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rasmus40 (13606) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2015
DōE. Black with a small light brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish. Oily. 290515

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tt100 (1) - Beavercreek, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2015 does not count
full body, thick feel, average carbonation, soft carbonation, long finish, roasty, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, black, minimal head. I didnít like this yearís as much as others, but still a fantastic stout

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hikeg (30) - - JUL 3, 2015
Pours very dark brown with small light brown fully diminishing head. Heavy malty aroma with notes of roasted malts, dark chocolate, dark coffee. Moderate hoppy aroma with notes of spruce and resin. Moderate yeast aromas with notes of leather. Heavy notes of whiskey, vanilla and alcohol. Flavor is moderate sweet, heavy bitter, and moderate acidic. Long finish, moderate salty. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is lively, medium astringent, heavy alcoholic finish. First beer with whiskey aromas I kinda like.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Savage_Night (86) - California, USA - JUN 30, 2015
Pours black with a khaki brown head. Head retention is ok. AROMA: chocolate, coffee, alcohol, smoke, vanilla, woody, spice, brown sugar, raisin, caramel, malt, light hop bitterness and bourbon notes. TASTE: coffee, chocolate, vanilla, smoke, woody, alcohol, caramel, bourbon, malt, hop bitterness, spice, brown sugar and earthy.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lemonmoose (1) - Newport, WALES - JUN 29, 2015 does not count
Great undertones of coffee, Chocolate and bourbon. As good as Bourbon county :)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (10702) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 27, 2015
3550ml bottle (Kittyís, Helsinki) (7+:4:7+:4:14+=3.6+++)
Initially a chocolate and vanilla aroma, later lots of espresso. Sweet palate, but pleasant carbonation, not too sticky. Full rich coffee, chocolate, and bourbon taste - has warming heat. Whatís thre is nice, bit itís not beer, itís just a bottle of adjuncts. After only a few minutes in the glass, itís warmed up enough to start smelling boozy. And those vapours go up the back of the nose too. Are you sure this isnít just a decent beer with bourbon added? Whatever, the mixtureís tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Borup (7629) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2015
Bottle at Kō 15. Black with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, coffee, vanilla, oak, and bourbon.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mehinaman (8) - Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2015 does not count
Such a great stout. Similar to Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout, but superior in my opinion as th bourbon isnít as overpowering

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
23Skidoo (16) - SWEDEN - JUN 23, 2015
Colour: blackest black. Decent head that stays for a while. Aroma: booze/bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel, sweet fruit (melon/watermelon?), honey -- very pleasant, and not over the top. Silky smooth body, almost syrupy. Taste: sweet, mellow, dark chocolate, gentle alcohol bite; barrel influence is very much present, but not overpowering. Aftertaste is warming, quite bitter (coffee really shines here), and nicely balances the sweetness. So glad I have one more bottle of this.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maximet (136) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 22, 2015
Black as black can be, tiny brown lace. Bourbon, wood, coffee, hint of chocolate and vanilla. Nice bitterness, well balanced. Full body, thick with soft carbonation, long bourbon touch finish


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