Narnad (1518) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very viscous pitch black with a quick fading, small, very tan head. Aroma has a strong coffee presence, followed by a strong whiskey note, strong burnt malt presence and finishes with a light sweet syrup presence. Flavor has a very strong coffee presence first with a very strong whiskey flavor that overpowers the coffee. The whiskey taste compliments the strong coffee flavor perfectly and is strong enough that it feels like thereís a shot of whiskey in the beer. Additionally there are some more mild burnt notes and some light sugary sweetness at the end. Body is pretty heavy with a very oily texture. Overall a fantastic brew! One of the beers I was a bit fearful of trying due to the extreme hype and high rating but it has lived up to every bit of my expectation. Normally coffee flavors this strong drown out everything else on your palate but amazingly the whiskey flavor really works well to provide another level of amazing complexity. Terrific brew and one I would recommend to anyone.
Rando7 (777) - Iowa, USA - MAY 11, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2010 Bottle pours almost black with thin tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma coffee and chocolate. taste nice balance of coffee, chocolate, roast, malt, alcohol, a bit of bourbon. Mouth feel thick, smooth and creamy. Long finish with just a touch of bitterness and alcohol, not unpleasant. Alcohol apparent but not overly so.
Nice but not to the level of the top coffee stouts.
topherh (1919) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - MAY 10, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a brown head. Aroma is coffee, sweet vanilla, and chocolate. Flavor is malt sweetness, espresso, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, earthy notes, smoky bourbon.
Tsotsi (178) - Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle courtesy of StoutFest. My first KBS. Pours black with a dark brown head that fizzes away pretty quickly. Nice coffee aromas with a touch of vanilla and bourbon. Flavors are full of bourbon, nice sweetness, vanilla, and slight chocolate, oak and bitterness at the end. Long lasting finish which is nice. Rich and creamy and a great twist to the original. Awesome beer.
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 8, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Me and Silky hanginí out on a Friday drinkiní the good beers. Black and thick with a tiny brown head. Nose has some coffee but more sweetness. High sweet booze starts to show in the aroma. Taste is lots of things. Not too much coffee, and some cocoa. Some dark fruit sweetness in the back too. Huge afters of high sharp clean alcohol. Mellows a lot as it warms. Sweet booze and vanilla. The empty glass smells more of coffee than does the full glass.
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAY 7, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz - Inky black pour with a cascading head. Boozy bourbon and strong black coffee dominate the aroma. Iím assuming this one "aged" quite a bit on the shelves at Grinders, so maybe this is an unfair rating. However, Iím not much of a fan of the base Breakfast Stout, so itís very possible that this one just isnít my thing. CBS had a great sweetness cutting through the coffee bitterness, KBS unfortunately lacks a sweetness and replaces it with out of control hooch. 11+% shows in a very unbalanced way, wrecking the palate and blasting the senses.
radagast83 (6795) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Woah, what a beer. Very smooth, strong, smooth, cream, rich. Pours a dark black color with a brown head. Aroma is rich, chocolates, coffee. Flavor is coffee, chocolate, roasted. Alcohol warming is quite good.
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 6, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Black with thin tan head. Aroma is huge earth...just dirt, with touch of chocolate and vanilla, and boulder coffee with some bourbon. Flavor is similar but again bitter earthy like tasting rich soil (yeah maybe i have done that), and booze, and dark dark berry fruit, and big whiskey. Easy smooth lightly bitter finish. Dry and sticky.
thornecb (5321) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 5, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black into a snifter. Dark chocolate, espresso, bourbon and oak aromas. Full with upfront sweet dark chocolate and vanilla that turns to a thick lasting bourbon and sweet espresso burn.
basspro76 (426) - New York, USA - MAY 5, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2010 Drank from a flight glass from Rattle N Hum, NY. Quite possibly the most delicious beer on the planet. Pours like a typical stout. Dark black with a light foamy head. The taste though is anything but typical. Starts off creamy, lightly hitting the front of your taste buds with vanilla and bourbon.. This fades into a chocolate roasted flavor that has a tinge of alcohol and a nice light aftertaste. Phenomenal beer.