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RATINGS: 1787   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2012
Name: KBS
Date: April 29, 2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Dark Lord Day, 2006
Appearance: black, whispy tan head
Aroma: huge ashy coffee aroma with sweet bourbon character
Flavor: big sweet bourbon flavor, lots of roasted character, huge coffee, good balance between the roasted and the bourbon

Name: KBS
Date: May 06, 2006
Mode: bottle
Appearance: sweet malt or bourbon aroma fills the air as soon as you pop but upon insertion of nose into glass it becomes all ash that eventually fades (or saturates) revealing the sweet bourbon, bits of lace
Flavor: thick sweet bourbon is the initial flavor impression, good rich and chewey chocolate comes through strong, coffee character is well balanced, very drinkable for a 10% beer as it only has a hint of any alcohol, deserves a higher score as it is best in its class, but it is in the second best class (behind Belgian quads)

Name: KBS
Date: May 05, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Aroma: huge ashy coffee aroma
Flavor: lots of sweet bourbon flavor well balanced with the coffee

Name: KBS
Date: February 29, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar stock
Vintage: 2005
Score: 4.5 to 4.4
Aroma: aroma is coffee and bourbon with lots of dark chocolate
Body: creamy body
Flavor: sweet bourbon and coffee flavor in perfect balance with the dark chocolate coming in behind, touch of dark fruits, ashy character is all but gone from the flavor
Overall: the best of coffee ever

Name: KBS
Date: February 09, 2007
Mode: draft
Source: extreme beerfest
Vintage: 2007
a bit better blended with the bourbon and coffee better in balance,

Name: KBS
Date: August 30, 2008
Mode: bottle
Vintage: 2007
Aroma: sweet chocolate and bourbon aroma, strong coffee, sweet vanilla
Flavor: rich chocolate and bourbon flavor, dark caramel sweetness, touch of vanilla for extra sweetness, low bitterness, no ash, smooth

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 9/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 19/20
Rating: 4.4/5.0
Drinkability: 10/10
Score: **** /4

Name: KBS
Date: March 25, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Trade
Vintage: 2009
Appearance: black, wispy tan head
Aroma: big coffee aroma, bourbon is rather subdued but adds a sweet touch along with a vanilla character, touch of dark chocolate, coffee subsides to allow the other characters to emerge
Flavor: rich dark chocolate flavor, well balanced bourbon adds sweetness, vanilla kicks up the sweetness a notch but an oakyness brings it back, coffee and dark chocolate provides the balancing bitterness, big roasted character follows the coffee, light alchocol fumes rise out of the bourbon

Name: KBS
Date: November 21, 2009
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar tasting
Vintage: 2009
picking up a big ashy character that was not there when it was fresh,

Name: KBS
Date: December 15, 2009
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar stock
Vintage: 2009
lots of the roasted but not as ashy, sweet chocolate and bourbon return,

Name: KBS
Date: February 21, 2012
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar stock
Vintage: 2009
Aroma: lots of coffee in the aroma, not ashy, still a good dose of sweet bourbon
Flavor: mellowed and blended flavor, bourbon and chocolate, subdued roasted character, sweet bourbon
Overall: the mellowing has smoothed the rough edges but taken some of the bold character as well

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: ***+ /4

Name: KBS
Date: March 17, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: Bullock’s
Vintage: 2010
Appearance: flack, frothy tan head, sudsy drippy lace
Aroma: sweet chocolate and caramel aroma, vanilla and bourbon sweetness
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, vanilla sweetness, roasted malt, bourbon comes out as it warms and adds extra depth and sweetness, dark chocolate bitterness, only a hint of coffee
Overall: continues to mellow out every year

Name: KBS
Date: March 18, 2010
Mode: draft
Source: bsp
Vintage: 2010
Score: 4.0
Appearance: mirrored black surface beneath fine tan head, drippy sticky lace
Aroma: big roasted coffee aroma, sweet vanilla and bourbon
Flavor: rich coffee and chocolate flavor, vanilla and caramel sweetness, bourbon well in balance with the other rich characters, lasting roasted finish
Overall: more agressive on draft with the coffee and bourbon coming on stronger than the bottle

Name: KBS
Date: February 21, 2012
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar stock
Vintage: 2010
sweet bourbon and chocolate takes over as the coffee and roasted character starts to receed,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

Name: KBS
Date: August 30, 2012
Mode: Draft
Source: The Thirsty Monk, Asheville
Vintage: 2012
Appearance: opaque dark brown, creamy tan head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet chocolate and bourbon aroma, vanilla sweetness
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, sweet vanilla, caramel brings out the richness of the chocolate, bourbon well in balance

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4.1/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **** /4

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
presario (4580) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 27, 2007
First bottle of the 2007 Summer Secret Santa Stash. Black beer smells like an ashtray. Flavour is smooth, alcohol, prune a touch of chocolate and a touch of ash. Weird ashtray and prune.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2007 Thanks to BillVanE for sharing those 2 with me. Great way to start the day! Beautiful imp stout. Really loved the bourbon and coffee taste, which is surprising since i really dont like coffee a lot. Really need get get a case of this and just let it sit in the cellar, having one once in a while.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - AUG 24, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2009 I think I had 2 or 3 glasses of this at The Glass Nickle over GTMW weekend. The problem is that my notes were written in Chineese. I sent out an SOS and Ughsmash saved my ass.
Pitch black with a rich lasting brown head. Good lace. Beautiful. The aroma is really blended well. You get all the coffee, bourbon, and oak and such. The aroma is great, but it does nothing for the onslaught of flavor that comes next. Lots of of cold steeped coffee aroma. The flavor is a wonderful blend of chocolate, coffee, soft bourbon, a drop of vanilla, and a good oaky dry finish. Chewy, lush, full body. Very easy drinking. Unbeleivable. Jason, you are a life saver.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jackson220 (136) - new lenox, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2007
12 oz bottle, Are you Frikin’ kidding me?I cant save anything...this would have one to put a few away for later...oh well... A deep black color with a creamy dark brown head. Nose is very very alluring - chocolate, coffee, some decent bourbon notes, touched with vanilla. Full, rich mouthfeel, did I mention Creamy? wow Creamy!!! I LOVE this Beer... Very complex flavors, rich chocolate, smooth coffee, distinct soft bourbon. Full of body and the integration of the flavors here is completely seamless. A fantastic beer from a fantastic brewing company... more please

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (2607) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 18, 2007
12oz bottle pours out black and thick like oil. Topped with a sweet tan head. Great aroma of coffe and almond joy candy. Tast of sweet chocolate and vanilla. What a treat from FOOTBALM thanks so much.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IndianaRed (2315) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 18, 2007
Bottle pours a pitch black witha big dark tan head. Big dark roasted aroma, lots of chocolate, a little Burbon and some toosstsie rolls. A slight hint of stale cigaretts or ashtrays. Flavor is big and sweet. Again lots of chocoalte. Trailer has a nice amount of bittering at the end to ballance. Palatte was smooth and heavy, but a little chalky. Thanks to Buckeyeboy via Footbalm for this lovely unit.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - AUG 17, 2007
Bottle courtesy of jimbowood. The way a barrel aged beer is supposed to be. Perfect mix of bourbon, coffee, and chocolate.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 17, 2007
Bottle. Pours like dirty motor oil. Like mud. Black with brown foamy head and excellent lacing. Aroma is super powerful. Coffee, caramel, high quality bitter chocolate, whiskey, fairly dry...wow.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MHED (114) - lisle, USA - AUG 15, 2007
whooa baby!!! thick and lush. pours like a deep colored wine reduction, takinig its time gently settling. Huge aroma of dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, vanilla oak and cream soda/cola. heavy begginning that brings malted milk strong coffee, toffee, cherry and licorice that finishes with a ssyrupy like texture of caramal laced espresso.alchohol is definitely there with a nice dose of bourban which is evident in the aroma, gets lost in the middle, then melds nicely in the end with a hint of oak. delicious!


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