Damico (3144) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma of smoke and bourbon come through strong on top of roasty malts. The appearance is a bit thick, and very dark with a mocha head leaves a small surface around the rim of the glass. The flavor starts out with the bourbon and then gives a plethora of delicious flavors - creamy coffee, vanilla, smoke like a cigar, and bourbon again. This is a BIG special beer.
wmubronco1992 (700) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2015 Bottle into a snifter glass. Pours an opaque black. Good sized dark tan head. Solid aroma of bouron, but maybe not as big as others have described. This is a newer bottle, so maybe a year in the celler will improve it. Nice balanced flavors of coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. Some hoppy bitterness. More so then the Founders Imperial or Breakfast stouts. Full body that leaves you very satisfied. Excellent stout that I will drink again however maybe I was a victim of reading so many reviews so there was a little disapointment when it didnít blow me away.
4-10-15 - Drinking the last of my 2010 KBS. Amazing how well it has held up. Its a different beast then it was 5 yrs ago. The aroma bourbon is extremely pronounced. The dark roast and bitter is still there. Definitely a well aged beast.
BrooHa (121) - New York, USA - APR 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark. Very viscous in appearance alone. I would think it flat if not for the carbonation pop I heard when opening the bottle. Very slight head formation, like something rising from the deep. But it never materializes and simply forms a very, very fine, tan ring on the perimeter. Iíd score it higher for looks but itís just black and the lack of head (which is always a sad thing) kinda detracts from the visual appeal. But WOW does it smell great! Bourbon and oak are up front. Maybe plum? Chocolate notes as well. Very viscous in the mouth. Surprisingly, more coffee and cocoa-like chocolate up front. Bourbon notes more noticeable in the finish. Sweet but very smooth. I like that you can smell the bourbon but not really be overwhelmed by it.
hamrech (134) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Holy hell. One of the very buck wildest beers Iíve ever had. Bourbon County stout is awesome but this snuffs out even a cellared Bourbon County without question. Smell is heavy with bourbon and seemingly (strangely) both chocolate and vanilla. Coffee is present but not overwhelming. Pour is black as night with zero head, almost exactly like coffee but with a few bubbles, texture/mouth is fairly similar as well. These things are all pretty cool and all, but the taste, fuck me! It is one of the weirdest, most multifaceted flavors Iíve ever come across, if not of all time. Bourbon/wood up front, hops come second (VERY pronounced hop presence for this type of brew), then chocolate, then smoke, tapering to a bizarre sour finish; then the hops come back and linger and finally somehow the smoke trails back in and joins them. There are literally seven distinct layers. This is a ludicrous brew and one of the best Iíve ever had.
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 20, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours out like thick liquified tar from the 12oz. bottle, dark tan creamy head, courtesy of daknole (thanks, Dakine!): A powerful bouquet of freshly roasted coffee, bourbon, vanilla, oak, firm dark chocolate, dried fruits, and smoke. Flavor notes of bitter whole coffee beans, vanilla, maple syrup and rich chocolate. Creamy thick mouthfeel, silky smooth finish, with warming bourbon to slowly heat the palate throughout. Outstanding. Drinkability: Godly. You may not believe your newfound superhuman senses, but believe the hype. Pairing: Prime bone-in rib eye over seasonal mushrooms, all topped with peppercorn cognac. Rebuy: Duh. #420 on 20042010 "420 on 420!" DG.
Chickencoop (188) - California, USA - APR 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First off, not a fan of the double imperial stouts so donít listen to me, but the hype surrounding this opened my eyes. On that note, putting this in perspective with itís peers, this is pretty solid. Big dark pour, bourbon smell carries throughout, finish was big booze, with booze on top. I liked this, not so much drinkable, but one of the best imperial stouts iíve ever had, complex and huge in every sip.
skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep inky pour with a big head that went into minimal lacing, the aroma is big and bourbon-coffee. But the body seems to have thinned a bit much, and thereís a slightly sour aftertaste. Iím sorry for foundersí that I did not read the label this is not my style and I am not fair with them, coffee should stay out of beer. I only drank half Iím glad I only bought 1 and not a 4 pack!
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle served in a Founderís snifter/tulip type glass. Jet black, with a 1 inch dark brown head that recedes quickly leaving just a little lacing on the glass. Coffee and chocolate flavors dominate any other aroma, especially the coffee. Lots of different flavors in the taste -- Vanilla, coffee, bourbon, rum, and lots of grains and maltiness. Thick, rich and full bodied. Lots of boozy alcohol finish to it. I seek this beer out every year when it comes out, mainly based on itís reputation and scarcity in the market. Itís very different and very good, but also very pricey, and I think just a bit overrated -- the bourbon and coffee flavors mixed together just donít do it for me -- Iíd much prefer a Goose Island Bourbon stout. Iím not saying itís a bad beer, or I donít like it, just that when I rate it objectively itís not on on my list of top 10 beers in the world.
sherm1016 (1271) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 14, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2011 12oz bottle, 2011 vintage. Pours a jet black with a tan head and nice lacing. Aroma is bourbon. Not too heavy on the palate with average carbonation, but maybe above average for the style. Flavor is bourbon, coffee, roasted malt, some vanilla...amazingly complex. Absolutely deserving of its reputation as one of the best beers in the world. ****Origingal Rating (4/14/10): Bottle from Ottoís on Oakland. A very big, dark stout. The bourbon flavor is not overpowering at all. Overall, this is an excellent beer, and Iím glad I have another one in the beer fridge.
jimmack34 (640) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 os bottle. pours a thick black with a head that is brown and creamy. Smells of burnt coffee, vanilla, nuts, and cigars. Tatstes of creamy bourbon, vanilla, coffee liquor, coconut, and chocolate. Aftertaste is is a sticky bitter buttery coffee. Awesome brew