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RATINGS: 1887   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.29   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 7, 2008
Pours a rich, oil, opaque dark brown color with a small brown head. Nose of fresh coffee beans ,roasted malts , bourbon are predominant. Initial taste of bourbon splashing over the mouth topped coffee beans. Mild chocolate lingering. Mid palate to finish indeed is roasty with lots of bourbon. Balancing hop and vanilla finish. Palate duration is long and wet. The warming of the abv is good for a 10% which is well hidden.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
desurfer (1244) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2008
Aroma of sweet malts with a distinct bourbon tone. Flavor is a melding of roasted coffee, chocolate and whiskey. Dry, tart finish. Tasty!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckiní hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2008
This beer reminds me of all of the pleasures of growing up in Southern Ohio. Motor oil appearance, smells like my grandpa, (vanilla pipe tobacco, coffee, and bourbon) and really warm. And like my grandpa, just gets better with age. Yee-haw! Pour me some more, pa!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lagomswedish (213) - UmeŚ, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2008
Bottle shared with Ronald and Carita in Finland. Time for the big guns with this amazing Impie. Massive hit of freshly ground coffee and vanilla milk. Sticky head that smothered the glass with lacing. What hasnít this beer got - tobbaco, smoke, tar, coffee, liquor heat, charchol, blackboard - so many layers... One of the best-smelling beers out there in my opinion. If I was being really picky Iíd say the bourbon added some unwelcome heat, but as itís kind of the point who am I to complain!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2008
Pour is thick black with a strong bourbon and coffee aroma. Flavor had strong bourbon, coffee bite, light chocolate, medium hops, and a slight burntness. Blended real well making it smooth and hiding the alcohol quite well. There is a finishing taste that I couldnít quite get. It may have been a little sour, tart, or could have been the coffee. Would buy again for sure.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 Bottle, courtesy Gillard. Pours a dark brown color, and very generous lacing on the glass, with a creamy small head. Giant roasted coffee in the nose, which flows perfectly with bourbon, and lots of smoke. Flavor is divine. Caramel, toffee, chocolate, roasted coffee, big malty body, vanilla, bourbon....wow. Delicious. Extremely drinkable and has a sharp bitterness. Awesome.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 3, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2008 What better way to top off Derby Day 2008 than with a KBS. Pours oil slick black with a dense one-finger brown head that dissipates almost immediately leaving very good lacing. Roasted coffee dominates the nose with a definite bourbon aroma that is underpinned by a faint malt aroma with a vanilla and dark fruit sweetness (very faint). Wow, the taste is massive! It starts with a huge roasted/burnt coffee flavor with a heavy dose of chocolately malts, bourbon and wood. Then there is all kind of other things bouncing around the taste buds - caramel, dark fruits, vanilla - tough to identify all of it. Bitterness of the coffee taste lingers for...days. Medium body yet very creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Despite the massive nature of this brew, I found it tough to put down. This is, without a doubt, one of the most unique beers I have tasted and I hope to get my hands on some more of it.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DicksMcGee (56) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2008
Black, almost no tan head. Smells of used cheap coffee grounds, alcohol, watered down bourbon and slightly vegetal. Tastes of paper bag, dark fruit juice , again bad coffee, a little vanilla, some nuts, and an oaky finish. Slightly hoppy, nothing to be ecstatic about. Not much alcohol in taste, but burns going down. Mouth feel is pretty good. Iíve had a couple of bottles, one was kinda watery, one was a little thicker.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2009 Draft at founders. Phenominal as i remember it when i had it in July 07 at founders old location. Black Beer, tan head, diminished coffee and moderate amount of bourbon. Amazing. Bottle version is much less impressive though. Drinking this again, right now. I love this beer!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 29, 2008
12 oz. bottle - drank this side by side with the regular version; the KBS comes off much darker (if possible) in the pour with darker brown head; bourbon is obvious and overpowers the chocolate and coffee aromas from the BS; more roasted malts and nuts come out though; you can feel the bourbon as it warms the back of your throat and it drinks very smooth; I miss the chocolaty flavors and texture of the BS and maybe just a little much on the bourbon for my palate; the KBS does have a thicker and more chewy texture with an even drier finish; as with the BS, the KBS keeps getting better and better through the glass and Iím glad I have a few more to enjoy over time (thanks to TMC!!)


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