nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, thanks to sersdf. Dark dark pour with an oily tan head. Intense coffee aroma with bitter chocolate - really smoky but not in an acrid way. Flavor is very well developed. Bourbon and oak are immediately apparent, so is the alcohol. Coffee notes and an excellent finish. Smooth and full on the palate. World class.
ArcaneApollo (3) - Troy, New York, USA - APR 27, 2007 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I tasted this at a beerfest in Boston. All told, i must have tried over 25 beers that afternoon. Kentucky Breakfast was one of the first I tried and set an impossible standard to live up to for the rest. Its silky smooth chocolate entrance is complemented perfectly with the bitter coffee and bourbon aftertaste. One of the best stouts available. Every bourbon should be mixed with beer!
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This allusive beer poured an almost opaque black body, creamy and rich, the head also sits a dark khaki, tall and sturdy. The aroma is bold with suggestions of vanilla, chocolate and no way of omitting that heavy handed pour of bourbon. The flavor brings more of the same, with some coffee bitterness and hints of an oaky vinous character. The palate is superb… chewy and velvety smooth, absolutely wonderful!
However in the end, I’m left thinking that the Bluegrass State should do what they do best, race horses and serve up whisky drinks like old-fashioneds, mint juleps, or go bold and drink it straight up, but bourbon in my stout… That’s just not my thing!
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2007 Wow I finally got to experience this lovely stout! Deep drown color, pours almost like maple syrup, medium beige head - very creamy and nice lacing. Aroma of dark roasted coffee, bourbon, oak, with a slight hint of sweetness. Wonderfully rich and satisfying flavors, coffee, earthy malt, oak, maple syrup, caramel, bready yeast. Just all sorts of things to please your palate!
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - APR 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the notch on the front label, I’m guessing that this was bottled in late 2006, from a stubby twist-off 12 oz. bottle, sampled at room temperature in a snifter.
Poured a syrupy blackish dark coffee brown with a frothy, creamy, bubbly topped brown head, good retention, small amount of laced sticking.
Big earthy expresso nose with milk chocolate, vanilla, a subtle sweet fruitiness, a pronounced green oak woodiness, and a light charcoal.
Good even moderate carbonation and a crisp, dryish, silky slick, creamy smooth, airy, full bodied mouthfeel.
A pleasant sipper, earthy expresso and coffee beans, grainy, caramel, green wood, hints of charred embers and oily smoke, vanilla, the alcohol is well masked and provides a low warmth in the palate, the hops are buried and soft, and a dry bitter coffee and licorice finish.
This is pretty good, but for the price and taste, I think I prefer the regular Breakfast Stout.
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a pleasant surprise. The name made me think maybe this was somekind of hillbilly joke, but it is actually a wonderful desert beer. Coffee and chocolate notes, like a Bell’s Expedition Stout, with a great alcohol warmth and a bourbon note that actually works. The general effect of using a whiskey bottle to age beer is usually nasty, destroying all subtlety, but this does add to the intensity and complexity of the beer. Very dark, almost opaque, small dark head. Nose announces the flavor well. Even a good hoppy finish. Just great.
mkofron (155) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 23, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is roasted coffee and caramel. Pours a very dark brown with a small delicious dark brown head. Appearance and aroma alone are very enticing. Flavor matches the aroma and the bourbon becomes more apparent as the glass empties. Lighter body than I was expecting. Thanks to the mad_scotsman for this excellent beer.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - APR 23, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Laphroig 10 year peatiness embedded in a deep, silky distinctly chocolate malt. I drank this over two hours while watching a movie. Each sip was lush. I’ve had bourbon, whiskey, barrel aged stouts- the thing that distinguishes this one is that usually the barrel aging provides a decidedly addiditive characteristic that can be separated out and identified. The KBS barrel aging is so intricitely woven throughout that it cannot be isolated unalloyed from the rest of this magnificiently constructed beer. Thanks to Randy at Archer Liquors.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 22, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from a 4-pack (thanks Artusory!). Pours an opaque black/brown with a quickly fading brown head that leaves a constant ring around the glass. Earthy potting soil and rich coffee is propelled up to your nostrils by a gust of bourbon. Flavor has notes of ultra-rich chocolate, oak, bourbon-drenched soil, roasty coffee, dark caramel sweetness and ends with a twinge of tropical fruit. The body, although full, is surprisingly of medium consistency with a rolling fine-beaded carbonation. Everything from Founders is just classic.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2007 Blackened body with a remarkably velvety mocha-brown head. Aroma of top quality premium dark chocolate and fresh roasted espresso bean with subtle bourbon and charred oak in the background. Great coffee, vanilla and dark chocolate characters with tons of sparkling vitality, like a juiced up version of the standard breakfast stout. Velvety and ultra smooth with medium oatmeal starch qualities. Rich, complex and decadent. This is the first new (to me) imperial stout to really reach out and grab me in a long time. Excellent beer. So rich and decadent, but when you want that in the form of an imperial stout, this is spot on.