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RATINGS: 2313   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lamas (1549) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 8, 2011
"KBS" bottle courtesy of agl108. Bottled: 02/08/10 (?). A jet-black pour with a skim of a chestnut head. Bourbon, oak, roasted coffee, black chocolate, vanilla extract, plums, caramel, and candied sugar in the aroma. Full-bodied, though not as creamy and smooth as I would have expected. LOTS of sweet caramel, candied sugar, and fudge upfront in the taste. Some plums and figs become apparent as things warm up a bit. Vanilla extract and dark chocolate follow. Some bittering black coffee brings up the rear. VERY boozy with plenty of alcohol warmth throughout. The alcohol hit me like a brick by the end of the bottle. I expected a bit more as a whole from this brew. Maybe this one has aged a bit too much. Iíd like to try a fresh one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gpekar (488) - Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Poured a pure black with a 1" dark brown creamy head that reduced to just a film in a few minutes. Bourbon was predominate in the aroma right away, followed by chocolate, espresso and some vanilla. The beer has a slightly creamy texture. The bourbon flavor comes through right away with the accompaning alcohol flavor. The bourbon is followed by a nice chocolate taste. The chocolate blends with the hops to give a nice dark chocolate bite towards the finish as the alcohol warmth grows as well. The bourbon, chocolate and alcohol warmth are blended well together and become a very smooth combination as they slowly fade away through the finish. There was not much lacing at all, but as I swirled the glass I noticed that the beer had legs like a wine. Excellent!!!!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Verecund (82) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2010
Notes from 10/2008. Nothing-further-to-say-about-it black with a wonderful, albeit thin, tan head. Everything you expect is delivered by the nose. Coffee, then bourbon, then chocolate. Roasted and black malts abound, followed by some vanilla. The smell is divine and I canít wait to get into this one. My mouth fills with dark fudge, coffee beans, caramel and, of course, bourbon whiskey. Mouth is hot from the bourbon - alcohol is present, but is perfect for this beer. The bourbon and coffee come together to smell like day old coffee grounds, a smell Iím fond of. Mouth is like silk. Thick, maybe medium-to-full, but creamy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcox90 (1873) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 27, 2010
12 oz bottle courtesy of Secret Santa, 2010. Pours the color of used motor oil with the same amount of head, that is to say, none. Black as can be. A bit of lacing. Strong coffee and bourbon aroma. Big bourbon and coffee flavor as well as hints of wood and vanilla. I thought the coffee was a bit on the strong, harsh side. Maybe my palate just getting tired of coffee flavored beers. Silky smooth, heavy palate. Must be sipped, like bourbon.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bluejacket74 (1800) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2010
12 ounce bottle from early 2010. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch brown head which went away quickly, and thereís a lot of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is coffee, oak, bourbon, vanilla and dark and milk chocolate. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but thereís the addition of some molasses and roasted and charred/burnt malt too. Thereís a nice bitter roasty finish. Mouthfeel is medium/full, and itís creamy, smooth and slick. The low carbonation helps make the drinkability of this beer excellent. It wouldnít be hard to drink a few of these at a time. The alcohol is well hidden when drinking the brew, but it does pack a punch later on. This is one of my favorite beers, and would definitely buy it again whenever I get the chance to.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonno (2449) - JAPAN - DEC 25, 2010
Aww yeah! Nose is chocolate, coffee and bourbon in a lovely symphonic melody. Perfectly balanced and full bodied. Dark fruits come through as it warms. Long, bitter alcoholic finish - which can be a little too much (though only a little!). Very warming. Thanks to peteinSD for this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 20, 2010
Bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma and flavor are wonderfully rich: serious malt, some chocolate and coffee, a bit of vanilla. Boozy with a hint of bourbon. Oily and viscous mouthfeel. Unfortunately, I tried this at the tail end of a long beer tasting party. I remember adoring this beer, but Iím, uh, a bit fuzzy on too many more of the particulars.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (6013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Black, with a thin head. Great aroma - Bourbon, of course, plus coffee, oak, and vanilla. Tastes great, too - bourbon and coffee, the odd fruity note, and vanilla mixed in. As it warms, I get some red wine notes, too, plus a little bit of alcohol heat. Very good stuff here!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AlephNull3 (114) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Pours a dark chocolate brown almost black hue. No head to speak of. Aroma of good bourbon slight hints of chocolate. Taste is outstanding, like drinking an irish coffee, but much better. I am a big fan of this well put together beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pilgrimoutlaw (888) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2010
On tap at TND (over summer). The only thing this beer lacks is subtlety. Bourbon, vanilla, and coffee aromas in oily, heavy, black stout. Bittersweet. Technically, probably not a refined beer, but quite enjoyable nonetheless.

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