StoutFest (77) - Stoutville, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours clear dark brown almost black. Aroma is mainly dominated by coffee but some chocolate, vanilla, and hops present. Stout has a creamy beige head when first poured. Taste is of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and bourbon undertones. Flawlessly balanced huge flavored stout. Long long chocolate and vanilla lingering lasting taste that lasts longer than the energizer bunny. Medium bodied low carbonated complex impressive stout that tastes best consumed fresh. Have had many vintages since first bottled and fresh is always best. Hard to just consume one. Taste is addictive. Founderís best offering.
pellegjr (395) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, Pours nearly total opaque motor oil, wonderful creamy, frothy peat-colored head, with an oily cascade around the circumference. Massive aroma of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and oak,. Huge flavor profile dominated by bitter coffee, tinged with coffee and vanilla oak. Slick oily mouth feel and a wonderful warm bourbon petina. A hugely flavorful and unique stout.
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a pitch black body with a thin brown head. I donít know where to start with this one. I get bourbon, coconut, big coffee, alcohol, and chocolate in the dry-ish finish. Warming and delicious.
Labonix (19) - Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Having this 2010 bottle at the Map Room in Chicago right now. Has a sweet chocolate/vanilla aroma. This beer pours a deep black with a small amount of head. It has a nice amount of lacing around the glass. I can definitly taste the chocolate and vanilla in this beer with a slight amount of bourbon at the end. This beer has a nice amount of thickness to it, but not too thick. Overall this is a very enjoyable beer. It would even be better with a good cigar.
GMUcrew7 (577) - Mason, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thick black pour with very small tan head that dissipates quickly. Very strong whiskey aroma, vanilla chocolate and oak are also there. Wow what a beer, the flavor is intense, the bourbon/woody flavors from the barrels complement the roasted coffee and vanilla flavors of the beer perfectly. Thick and smooth palate, the high alcohol content is only noticeable at the finish. Unlike some of the other beers Iíve had that have been aged in oak/bourbon barrels the aging did not overwhelm the taste of the beer they highlighted them. One of the best beers Iíve ever had .
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008. Pours slick and dark black, kind of falls into the glass, thin dark tan ring forms once the half inch head subsided quickly. This aroma is all toasted oak, charcoal, burnt wood and a hint of íwhat you lookin at?í No booze here, all wood. More intense wood on the sip, blackened grain, coffee grounds and a deceptive finish. At first it finished easy, some coffee notes, clean and rich. Then came the wood, little more tannic bite. Then the thick body rolls up a little tardy and fulfills what I was expecting to experience in this beer. Finally the boozy character reveals itself, warming in my chest and piercing on the palate. Deepest charcoal remains when itís all over. Quite the story told in several acts.
flatmatt (1382) - Northville, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. Black pour with a light brown head. Big boozy bourbon aroma fades into roasted coffee, vanilla, and milk chocolate. Flavor leads with creamy coffee and has bourbon notes with some oak elements and cocoa, all blended and balanced perfectly. Without doubt one of the best beers Iíve ever had.
nwiseman (195) - Norwich, Connecticut, USA - MAR 20, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2010 Bottle graciously shared by awisman01. Wow, first whiff is tons of coffee. Kinda makes it hard to pick out anything else. Some darker wooden notes ermerge with time. Pours coffee black with a quickly fading medium tan head. Coffee is less intense on the tongue with chocolate coming out and some sweet bourbon character to finish it off. Thick and full mouthfeel with a slightly bitter finish. Very nice bourbon barrel style and at 11.2, sipping is more than just a suggestion.
Overml01 (227) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 20, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle tasting at work. I had the sublime pleasure of tasting BS and KBS right next to each other... what a treat!
The Kentucky Breakfast Stout has a wonderful flavor profile with a palate that shows where it has grown up compaired to itís younger brother. The head is a wonderful amber brown with amazing retention and the aroma fills the nose with roasted coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, and a wonderfully subtle blend of bourbon whisky with the expected accompanying vanilla and charred oak. An amazing product that shows the growth from BS with a near perfect palate, and a more rounded flavor profile. The bourbon is blended so subtly and so perfectly that Iím finding it hard to find many flaws. BS is a MUST try, but wait untill you get ahold of a KBS!
smooch (238) - Sylvania, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
HUUUGE coffee nose when poured cold. Super dark brown leaving no head, but a nice few bubbles around the edges. Just enough alcohol to be awesome, but not overpowering the other flavors.
As expected, the flavors really come up a notch as it warms. Really good stuff if you like the coffee flavors.