adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2014 Bottle @ Waldoís in KC. Deep black appearance with a dark brown head. Dark roasted chocolate malty nose with light espresso, oak, vanilla, and sweet bourbon. Thick malty mouthfeel. Dark chocolate malty flavor with additional flavors of sweet bourbon, excellent, coffee, light vanilla, and some oak. The great thing about this beer is that the oak and the bourbon complement the beer rather than dominate it. Roasty, malty, light bourbon finish. Everything comes together ever so nicely. Excellent!
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finally got to try this, on tap for St. Patrickís Day at Mekong. Pours an oily black with very little head. Big aroma of coffee and vanilla. Flavor matches. Liquor is evident, but smooth, in perfect balance with a great imperial stout. Very well done.
RoscoeJackson (372) - Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bigtime bourbon. This lived up to the hype. Who knows what RyanMM is smoking over on the east side. Nice looking beer with a medium-big body and lots of vanilla and bourbon. Worth $7 a bottle once a year. Itís super limited availability certainly probably lends to overrating, but this one delivers as a top beer.
ajd6c8 (70) - USA - MAR 18, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is how barrel aging is done. I admit I was skeptical that the Breakfast Stout would be improved by the aging. Blown away. Easily the most interesting and complex stout Iíve ever had.
RyanMM (416) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Iím gonna be the wet blanket. This stuff is overrated. Pours opaque dark chocolate, medium-full caramel head that sticks around. Nose is intense coffee, followed by a bit of bourbon, some vanilla, and rounded out by hints of chocolate. It smells pretty decent. On taste and palate, though, I feel it really fails to live up to the hype. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Intense bitter roasted coffee is the first thing that hits your palate, followed by the vanilla, some harsh whisky notes, and cocoa. Intense hop and coffee bittering on the finish as well. This is an intense beer, which is why some might consider it complex. Itís not. Itís a couple notes played with insane amounts of distortion. Founders has some great beers in their catalog, but I will never get the love for this one. Ce sera sera. All that said, itís by no means a bad beer. Itís just OK.
DrnkMcDermott (3007) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz. 2011 bottle. $6.50 @Binnyís. Sorry, folks. I got the last one there. Opens and pours with a sensuous smell of chocolate, French roast coffee, and an old, empty bourbon barrel. Even some molasses cookies. Color is what else but black, with a deeply tan head of foam. Taste is complex swirl of chocolate, bourbon, coffee. I think some Cascade and Centennial, but in the main, mostly bittering hops. Sometimes, I think thereís some roast barley bitterness, other times Iím not so sure. But always, a sweet, sticky malt is left behind after other flavors have departed. So now Iíve enjoyed a lovely fresh KBS and can keep my 2006 bottle in the cellar, screwtop cap and all.
nbondi (203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2011
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black with thick creamy tan head. Thick milk chocolate nose with bourbon, caramel, and vanilla. Touch of butterscotch. Wow, I could just sniff this all night and be happy. Thick and creamy. Think best Irish car bomb ever. Lots more chocolate in taste with some coffee, a bit of heat, but very well masked with creamy milk chocolate finish. Finish fades a little too quickly. Wish it would last forever. Epic.
njordan (5) - Missouri, USA - MAR 15, 2011 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle just below room temp. Pours viscus black with brown head that doesnít stick around very long. Nose is coffee, bourbon, and chocolate. Taste is coffee, chocolate, a bit of vanilla and a slam of whiskey. Mouthfeel is perfect. Absolutely fantastic sipping beer. Planning to cellar a few bottles to try out over the next few years. I imagine this one only gets better with time.
justadrop (5) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 15, 2011 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle, served just below room temp. Pour is noticeably viscous, rich and dark. Leaves a tan brown head that lingers just long enough. Aroma is sweet chocolate with hints of bourbon. Hits the palate with a velvety richness speaking mocha, chocolate and aftertaste of the bourbon and vanilla. Cannot say enough about the mouthfeel,so so smooth. An absolutely great beer meant to drink slow.
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2011 KBS Tapping Party at Vintage Estates.Draft this beer is black as night with a thin ring of light brown head. Coffee, chocolate and bourbon on the nose. Bourbon, bitter dark chocolate, coffee and wood. Very thick mouthfeel and this beer coats and hangs on the tongue! This is an awesome beer!