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RATINGS: 1835   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dorwart (2378) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2007
Pours a slick viscous body. Minimal head that disappears quickly and no carbonation. Lies lifeless in the glass. But wait, there is life. A pungent aroma slowly climbs out of the glass and wafts across the room. Rich and powerful. Roasted malts, strong bitter coffee, light alcoolic notes and raisins. Color is black with a light crimson ring around the top in a strong light. Strong and flavorful. Lots of coffee and roasted grains hit you up front. Light alcohol presence is masked in all of the flavor. Brown sugar, molasses and carbon mixes in mid swallow. Burbon is present in just a touch and melds very well with the other flavors. Finishes a little dry and bitter. Big and powerful brew but amazingly easy drinking. A top notch impy.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (6990) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 12, 2007
A big thanks to hopscotch for bringing this one along so a few of us could have our first chance at tasting it. Black pour with light brown head. Very dark looking brew. The aroma is huge with coffee grounds first then burnt malts and hints of a barrel age odor. The taste starts with burnt malts and bourbon. Then the coffee starts to take hold followed by alcohol and wood that deliver the taste experience to the finish. Into the after taste I get sweet caramel, molasses and more coffee. Wow, this beer has a huge flavor that just punish the palate into sweet sublime submission.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 12, 2007
Pour: so black! thick bodied, resembles motor oil. Head: creamy, thick, dark tan. Aroma: coffee, dark roast, alcohol, sweet. Flvaor: coffee, very roasty, alcohol. Palate: smooth. Finish: very roasty and warm.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2007
Wow! A big pour of black goodness, texas tea.Lots of coffee, bourbon and vanilla. Flavor is the same and also is chewy.Love the balance of all the flavors without the bourbon being to over the top.the alcohol was hidden well.Finish had some bourbon tones.Very good

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2007
12oz bottle from a trade. Pour was dark brown with small tan head. Nose was right up front was buroun, then coffeee, caramel trace vanilla, chocolate. This was great. Lots in the mouth, same as nose with a bit of peper, and lots of alcohol through out. Got better as it warmed. Great brew. Thanks!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 8, 2007
5/24/07. 12 oz. Trade with OhioDad.Thanks. Viscous pour. Deep deep black almost opaque with a very small brown head. Dense coffee aroma which overpowers any Bourbon. Amazingly good mouthfeel. Coffee and whiskey taste but mainly coffee with a very nice bitterness. Luckily not overpowering coffee. Overall very good.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
emacgee (4053) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2007
Pours an oily black brew. Typical of Founder’s Imperial Stout. The head is nonexistent from the pour. Manages to coax a brown creamy head. The aroma is strong coffee, light bourbon, alcohol, roasted chocolate, roasty all around. The flavor was also strongly coffee, chocolate, light bourbon again, alcohol is well contained, vanilla extract shows. Different taste for an impy, not quite as sweet. The palate is smooth and rich. Alcohol finishes warm and creates a mild warmth in the stomach. Excellent beer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
LieutenantDan (4) - Westborough, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 5, 2007 does not count
I thought this beer was amazing. Unfortunately, i was only able to drink one of them, because my father drank the other three while i was at work one night, and exclaimed "it tastes like moxy"

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 (4655) - 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.


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