BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours a dark black color, thick tan head, large bubbles and a nice muddy appearance. The nose is coffee, rich semi-spent grounds, nice oak character and some light dry alkaline notes. The flavor is oaky, light briny wood and plum, vanilla, roast and ample thick coffee. Bitter espresso with the bite of straight but the body of breve. Interesting, but good. I’m not a fan of that type of roast in the nose and an astringent tail. Thanks Jake65!
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - DEC 8, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Super dark pour, aroma of coffee, malt and a bit of smoke. Virtually no carbonation, but the beer is pretty active and lively in the mouth. Given the name, I was expecting a bourbon blast once the glass hit my mouth, but the barrel aging seems rather subdued. There are so many of these big bold barrel aged stouts out there that you really have to be excellent to make any kind of impression. Prior to this beer, I had a Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, and it was miles ahead of this. This one left me a bit unsatisfied.
drseamus (103) - Troy, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was the second time I had had the KBS, both times on tap. The first time was the Extreme Beer Fest, so I could appreciate it more this time. I had remembered it being sweeter the first time but more chocolatey this time. At any rate, I was much more impressed this time. It was served in a goblet at the brewpub.
A: Jet black body with no head. Even when held to the candle at the table, no light penetrated.
S: The smells emanating from the glass were very strong and delicious. Right up front was a ton of chocolate followed by coffee, dark fruits (dates?), some smokiness and a bit of maple syrup. All in all, it kind of smelled like a burnt mocha, but in a good way if that’s possible.
T: The taste is just like the aroma, very chocolaty with coffee and some burnt sugar flavors. The smoothness and creaminess are incredible for a beer of 10% alcohol. This is definitely one of my favorite beers, although I am partial to double stouts.
M: As I said before, the creaminess and smoothness are amazing although the beer is lighter in body than it would seem. Many of these high alcohol double stouts have the same quality of only medium body.
D: I wish I lived in Grand Rapids. Enough said.
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
jet black. no head. oily. bitter chocolate and coffee. similar in the taste. semi burnt coffee, bittersweet chocolate with a milk chocoalte taste in the finish. light bourban and vanilla. oily smooth mouthfeel. alcohol is really well hidden. love this.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
# 600 Bottle from sliffy. Thanks for the killer bonus, Dan! I actually like this version quite a bit better than the Breakfast Stout. Everything seems more rounded and balanced and without the bitter coffee astringincy. Aroma of wet wood, coffee grounds, some bourbon, and both semisweet and milk chocolate. Pours oily black with a thin dark brown head. Flavor has lots of sweet and dry roasted malt, chocolate, some toned down coffee notes and lots of wood. Rich and creamy on the palate. Finishes quite woody and dry with a pleasant alcohol kick. Thanks again, Dan!
TaktikMTL (6221) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bouteille de 12 oz obtenue via un échange avec Dmac621. Arôme: Odeur de chocolat, de café avec une pointe de cerise et une pointe de fumée. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un mince col brune mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café et de chocolat avec une pointe de vanille. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est plein avec une texture légèrement crémeuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de café en arrière goût. (Rating #1350)
mvcramer (243) - Lexington, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 19, 2007
2.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Not a fan of this one. At all. It was lost on me. Bourbon flavors should not be mixed with beer at this pronounced level. I enjoy a beer with the smokey, barrel-aged notes to it, but this was vile. Poorly conceived idea, if you ask me. Sorry
douglas88 (6703) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 17, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2008 Thanks to Eric for this brew. Pours a dark black with a awesome aroma of bourbon and wood. The body is nice and thick. The taste is really earthy: a creamy whiskey taste with smoke, chocolate, coffee and bourbon. To quote Borat: Very Nice!
kseecs16 (1209) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Super opaque dark brown with a light brown head, good lacing. A very woody barrel character to the malty smell. Very bourbony, woody taste. Roasty dryness, but pretty one dimensional. Palate is full and creamy.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle 8/17/07: Very little CO2 released upon pouring... Very thick and syrupy looking. A thing ring of bubbles forms around the top of the beer along the glass. Blackish brown liquid. The sparse head that forms is remeniscent of a Rorschach ink blot! Aromas start as burnt and acrid when chilled on the first whiff. Not quite like burnt coffee and even less pleasant; Chocolate, caramel, chocolate chip cookie dough, toasted nuts hid behind the burnt aromas, but peak out as it warms. Faint perfumey alcohol, moderate bourbon and lightly oaked wood notes. Vanilla gets stronger as it warms and I think I’ve also gotten some faint herbal hops. Flavor starts out acrid, burnt, and bitter the same as it does in the aroma, but thankfully not quite as intense. Chocolate and coffee are more evenly balanced as it warmed. Caramel, toasted malts, vanilla, light bourbon all present and accounted. Some doughy malt aftertaste. Semi dry finish, and the aftertaste is lightly bitter from grains & hops with a lightly burnt coffee flavor. Smooth, creamy texture, well hidden alcohol, fuller body, and lower level of CO2. I was not impressed by the first whiff, but as it warmed it became quite pleasing! I think this will age well if you can somehow hang onto more bottles, but nice now even when young!