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RATINGS: 2350   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28/5   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
48FanInCali (848) - California, USA - FEB 20, 2011
UPDATED: APR 10, 2013 Pours very dark with 1/2 finger dark tan head. No mistaking the nose of coffee, chocolate, smoke and bourbon. Taste is much the same with stale burnt coffee and chocolate the strongest. Bourbon is actually a little subdued in the taste. Mouthfeel is oily. Overall a decent choice if you love the taste of stale burnt coffee. Certainly not the masterpiece the hype train thinks it is but certainly not a shit bomb either.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2011
Bottle, c/o HopBurp, poured into a snifter at cellar-temperature for rating #600. The pour is oily and black with some dark crimson shining through. In the glass, it’s totally opaque, topped with a small, short-lived dark brown head. The aromas are of bourbon and buttered toast, espresso and dark chocolate, and smoky oak. Alcohol and some maple syrup are also present. The flavor is buttery toast with berry jam, moderate smoke and toasted marshmallow, and a finish with bitter cocoa, espresso, and some earthy malt and alcohol. The aftertaste is freshly ground coffee beans. This is creamy and full-bodied with low carbonation and a dry finish. It’s very smooth and somewhat warming. This is really good, with strong notes of cocoa and espresso, and a well-balanced spicy finish. Thanks HopBurp! [600]

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rings (54) - Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2011
At a hefty 11.2 percent ABV and 70 IBU, one expects big flavors, but the layering and complexity of this brew is world class--and probably benefitted from being a few months old. It pours deep and black, with a thin brown, milk-chocolate head that clings to the glass like one of those little rubber wall stickers you had as a kid. The nose is soft, silky, and washes over the tongue and onto the roof of the palate in waves of creamy chocolate and roasted malt. There’s an herbal spiciness with hints of sweet vanilla, earthy tannins, and a lingering dry, malty finish that beckons the next sip. Opening up as it warms, the full mouth feel and alcohol is in perfect balance with the generous hoppy dryness that cleans up the sweetness, without overwhelming it. This is one where we can all agree, the KBS and isn’t just for breakfast any more. Serving type: bottle

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebeertourist (5187) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 14, 2011
From bottle at Craftheads, Shibuya. Pours black with a small, light brown head. Fantastic coffee aroma, slightly acidic. Chocolate, hints of bourbon and acidic coffee flavours. Full-bodied. Just a wonderful taste experience.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Typical dark brown color with a thin layer of tan head that dissipates to a ring leaving just a bit of spotty lacing around the glass. Aroma is very boozy - its tricky to even pull the bourbon aspects out as it seems like almost pure booze. Taste is more complex - some woody flavors carry through along with a bit more of a bourbon bite and your more standard stout flavors. Mouthfeel is great - smooth as silk and very drinkable considering the overall intensity of the beer. May not be for everyone, but it is definitely worth trying.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbastard (841) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 3, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2014 Thanks Dak. Beautiful beer to pour. Nose was peppery. Has a woodyness thru out nose and taste. Oaky tobacco along with coffee. Very rich, need more of these, must have more! Feb. 2, 2011. Just got a bottle in Ariz. New to the state. Very coffee forward flavor. with dryness in the finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyCraft (5736) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Bottle. 12 oz. Pour is straight, deep, jet black with a one-finger, amber, lacy head. Aroma of cocoa, dark chocolate, honey, freshly ground coffee beans, caramel, roast, sweet malts, bourbon, and hints of cream. Full bodied with a lusciously velvety, rich, luxuriously complex bitter-sweet palate. Not a trace of alcohol in the flavor, but an amazingly smooth warming in the back of the throat as it finishes. Overall, one of the best stouts, Imperial or otherwise, that I have ever tasted. Outstandingly crafted and executed brew. Awesome.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
johnnnniee (3780) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Pours a thick solid black with a thin off white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is heavy on the coffee as would be expected. I also get some chocolate, tobacco, ash, and dried fruits. Complex aroma really, but heavy coffee. Taste hits with roast then chocolate, and then comes the coffee on the attack. Finish with some vanilla, and some bourbon that is oh so subtle. Awesome complexity!! Creamy full bodied mouthfeel. Excellent brew, I wish it was more available! Another well done brew from founders.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Kinda tanked by this point. Pours black w/ thick brown head. Aroma of espresso beans covered in chocolate packed in an oak box. A slight tangy carbonic taste but a good sweetness and some bitter notes. Finishes with bourbon. Body is rich w/o being too thick and cloying. Excellent.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HonusWagner (2093) - Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2011
Excellent aroma of rich mocha coffee with some high quality bourbon dropped in. There’s just a fantastic melange of the coffee with the bourbon, and there are notes of vanilla lurking deep within that complete an awesome, awesome aroma. The taste follows very nicely from the nose; I love all of these rich, stout flavors that are present, and the bourbon adds a level of complexity without turning the beer into an alcoholic, boozy mess. Fantastic. The one drawback to this beer, which keeps it from perfection, is the finish, which resembles cigarettes and their ashes. This ashiness makes an otherwise smooth beer a bit harsh and comes out when the beer gets to optimal warmth for the other flavors to come out.


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