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RATINGS: 2051   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (6239) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2009
UPDATED: APR 15, 2014 12 oz bottle 2009 vintage courtesy of either Binnys South Loop or Samís South Loop (Chicago, IL). Poured into a tulip, a pitch black thick viscous pour with small dark brown head that laces some, never dies completely. Aromas take a touch of smoke and oak, vanilla and chocolate mix liberally with bourbon, bitter roasted malts, and some soy sauce. Pretty good, just a little surprising. After warming a bit, some good sweetness comes through, syrupy and similar to the Breakfast Stout. Good ash, coffee, and roast going on. Initial is thick, putting on a good heavy body, warmth as it flows down the throat. Good oak, dryness, and vanilla mix with ash, assertive roasted malts, some lighter chocolate in there as coffee bitterness takes some of the more prominent sweet/bitter clash. This brew takes on large roast and coffee bitterness further into the body, much lighter on bourbon than I would have expected, until some notes of vanilla and oak peek through. Surprisingly, for 11.2%, this is fairly quaffable. Bitterness, roast, coffee, and touch of smokiness. The bourbon is less noticeable than other barrel aged brews, a tad light for me even. This is pretty good, but a little light on the palate and in body for the style. Cheers to it! EDIT: This beer impr

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
IPAGargoyleGuy (140) - Troy, NY, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2009
As a huge fan of the Breakfast Stout, the KBS was a must try. It really is a whole different beer from the bourbon, but to me it drank like a perfectly BA dark chocolate milkshake. Absolutely fantastic!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
noompa (130) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2009
12 oz. bottle (2009) in a snifter. Rating beer is a curious affair- so much is dependent upon oneís mood, general mindset and other extraneous factors that invariably have nothing to do with the beer in question. I have variously rated beers when I have been stuffed up, pleasantly tired, hot and bothered and philosophically relaxed. That I was in the perfect mood to appreciate a beer as well done as the KBS was perhaps something to be truly thankful for- at the end of a long day, having worked out, read a tremendous amount and finished up a number of things on my to-do list, the KBS presented the ideal nightcap. Onwards to the beer...it pours a glutinous black w/ a sizzling tan head that rapidly diminishes into some minimal lacing; aroma has the characteristically incredible three-coffee profile of the regular Breakfast Stout- the sheer richness and depth of the coffee aroma cannot be expressed in mere words. It is complemented nicely by vanilla (from the Oak I suspect) and Bourbon notes, along w/ hints of the other Breakfast Stout aromas, albeit to a lesser degree; flavor is sweet and malty w/ stronger chocolate than in the aroma, more of that coffee and burnt sugar...ends on the coffee note w/ a bourbon burn towards the back of oneís throat. Seems thinner in the body than it actually is, due to its Bourbon-y nature. A lovely experience, truly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MxPx1484 (17) - USA - MAY 19, 2009
This is delicious! So many flavors, nice and roasty. You can really taste the vanilla. A manís manís beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ketchepillar (1172) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAY 16, 2009
12oz bottle received in trade 8/2008. A very aggressive beer. The bourbon is not very pronounced-no alcohol heat. Great finish-lingering coffee with some rich chocolate. Slightly chalky, but in a good way-makes it seem drier. As it warms, there is more and more vinous character-not good. Carbonation is too low-almost completely flat. The chocolate and are really good in this, and they go well with some malt roast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2009
Dark pour with a tan head. Aroma is burnt vanilla and molasses and chocolate. Flavor is bitter chocolate and bourbon, but not overpowering, but the flavor certainly is strong. Nice rounded mouthfeel. Good beer, but definitely doesnít set itself apart from other barrel aged imperial stouts though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2009
Thick black pour with a tan head. Aroma of wood, bourbon, vanilla, smoke and chocolate. The flavor on this beer is really intense. Bourbon, roast and wood up front followed by a lingering bitter chocolate finish. Nice full mouthfeel. Good beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 15, 2009
12oz bottle from bruisiní ales, 2009 release. pours a beautiful, oily, slick black with a thin, chocolate brown head. aroma is outstanding with big notes of fine bourbon, dark roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, vanilla, and smoked wood. damn this smells great. flavor is one of those "my goodness" moments when words are hard to come by to describe how wonderful this brew is. huge roast coffee notes up front, with oaked bourbon and vanilla blending in seamlessly, followed by dark, bitter chocolate, and hints of dark red fruits and roasted nuts rounding out the sip. finishes with a semi-sweet hit of chocolate, coffee, and lovely bourbon. palate is silky smooth, full bodied, and simply a pleasure to drink. overall, nothing short of perfect.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BgThang (126) - Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2009
WOW. this beer pours black and coats the glass like coffee that has been sitting on the stove all day and almost is sludge. The flavors on this are an explosion of greatness that one is fortunate to experience. Coffee, choloate, caramel, roasty toffee. Damn this is good

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beerapprentice (207) - Hopatcong, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2009
Smells of bourbon, first and foremost; chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. Prevalent taste of bourbon, malts, chocolate, and coffee with light carbonation. Rich dark brown colour with slight, quickly disappearing light brown head. Excellent, flavorful bourbon stout.

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