sharpski (1) - Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2012 does not count
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Little to no barrel characteristic in the nose or taste, just coffee and dark chocolate
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markwise (4882) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this one multiple times, finally getting to rate it when GatorGuy92 brought it to a tasting. Cheers, Matt! Pours a hazy stout brown with a tan head. Nose is roasted malts, big chocolate, dust, some oak, some whiskey, and some coffee. Flavor is similar with chocolate, coffee, roast, earth, whiskey, and cocoa. Medium in body and nice overall.
FoCoBeerNut (1) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 14, 2012 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Release #9... I have had this beer both on tap and from the bottle and have to say itís incredible. Initial aroma is that of chocolate but once you take it in a bit more it becomes more and more coffee like. I have a few aging and will respond 10 months when I think itís ready.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured into glass. Canít remember who brought this one but thank you big time. Lots of coffee and charred chocolate flavor, and in the aroma. Everything worked perfectly together and was very well balanced. One Iíd definitely love to try again.
Mcfa0779 (57) - SLC, Utah, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Release #9. Pours deep brown/black with a small amount of brown head. Nose is coffee and tobacco. Taste is coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and licorice, a lot going on there. Mouthfeel is thick.
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Westmeister (2111) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from the Applachain Vintner. Pours a big thick black and minimal tan head. Heavy bourbon notes on the nose with some dark roast and chocolate. Taste is was quite bitter from the coffee yet rounded out nicely by the sweet chocolate and bourbon. The bourbon did not overpower. With the cocoa, coffee and bourbon there was a good amount to focus on and well executed. Very nice.
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma- massive bourbon, espresso, cocoa, marshmallow
Appearance- pitch black with a thin dark brown head
Taste- black coffee, cream, bourbon, tobacco, some roasted notes, nice blend of flavors on the finish
Palate- full-bodied, viscous and wonderful
Overall- Absolutely exquisite. As close to KBS as Iíve ever had. Fantastic brew that I will be seeking out again.
UDBeernut (2236) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the BA Buffalo bottle share. Pours jet black with a thin tan head. Nose and taste of coffee grinds, chocolate, and cocoa. This has the right amount of coffee. Not astringent, just perfect. Body is big and full.
zach8270 (3904) - Henrietta, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle - 22 oz - Release #9) Pitch black pour with a thick and creamy tan head. Aroma is a large combination of oak, coffee, chocolate and burnt malts. Smells very warm and inviting on a cold day. Coffee and chocolate at the start of the flavor with a heavy roasted middle and a sweet finish from the oak and chocolate. Almost a bit of licorice mixed in there somewhere too. Very creamy.
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 30, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Release #9. Pours like oil, half finger tan head, nice lacing. Outstanding aroma and complex flavors. Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and slight oakiness. Velvet on the palate. The only complaint is the ABV burn is harsh. It probably just needs some shelf time to mellow out.