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RATINGS: 2330   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kwerikson (178) - burlington, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2010
pours thick and dark but i could just barely see light penetrating on the pour and it produced a thin dark mocha colored head that dissipated rather quickly. the body is black with no light penetration that i can see. the aromas are fruity and roasted malty goodness. i also smell coffee, caramel, slight toffee, chocolate and vanilla with a hint of clove. it is full bodied and super creamy on the mouth. great mouthfeel with a slight burn of alcohol on the lips and tongue producing a warming effect, i taste the noted aromas but in heaven. it is really balanced and super smooth and impressive. it finishes buttery and full leaving an aftertaste to die for. really great beer, worth the money, i just wish it wasnt seasonal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fred82 (2138) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 3, 2010
UPDATED: APR 3, 2012 12oz bottle thanks to viggo. 2009 vintage.
Appearance : Deep opaque black with tiny brown head. Thin lacing.
Aroma : Intense coffee with roasted malt and lots of hops. Light vanilla hints. Mostly coffee and hops. Light oak.
Taste : Coffee, roasted malt with vanilla notes of bourbon. Light sweetness. Dry finish with bitter coffee and hops. Quite hoppy. Carbonation is very soft even a bit flat. Oak on finish mixes along with the hops.
Overall : Very intense overall. Carbonation could have been a tad more lively. Alcohol is present but is accompanied well by the coffee and the bourbon. Nose has a bit too much coffee. I like that the bourbon doesn’t take over on everything. Taste also has a little bit too much coffee. Hope are quite good. Very nice sipper. Alcohol is rather well hidden. Very good but too much coffee.

110514. 2oz tasting at EBF
Appearance : Deep black, huge head. Creamy expresso head. Incredible lacing.
Aroma : Lots of roasted malts, some coffee. Not much hops with some vanilla. Nice dry dark chocolate.
Taste : Roasted malt, sweet with hints of vanilla. Finish very roasty and dry. Some oily and resinous hops but not much. Dry finish. Awesome finish.
Overall : Very nice stuff. This was among the best stouts I had during the EBF. I liked this one a bit more than the Canadian Breakfast Stout. Need to re-rate with a full serving. March 3rd 2010. 9,5,8,3,17;4.1

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2010
Bottle courtesy of brewblackhole. Black color, an ultra thin head slowly develops and quickly disappears. Light roast in the aroma with oak, some chocolate, mild bourbon. Pleasant but overall mellow. The flavor shows black coffee; somewhat bitter, vanilla, and heavy on the chocolate. Oak and bourbon mix in as well but are very much complementary and less prominent than expected. Almost no trace of alcohol, which is quite impressive, and slightly warming. But this drinks far lighter than expected, almost coming across as thin at times. It’s good, a nice dessert/after dinner sipper, but no way top 50 good and I guess I’m a bit underwhelmed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hallinghansen (2815) - Odense SV, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2010
Bottle shared with Plovmand. Black body, with a medium dark brown head. Aroma is vanilla, oak, coffee, chocolate, oatmeal and some kind of sweet flowers?. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, vanilla and oak, with a light alcoholic aftertaste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HeadieNugget (30) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2010
incredibly dark with almost no head if any.strong bourbon flavor with coffee and choc. following with some vanilla notes.took a good 2hrs to drink but worth every sip.one of the best stouts iv ever had in my life.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Poured from the tap into a tasting glass. The color is a dark black with brownish head and thick lacing on the glass. The smell is a bit toasty at first, with some nice chocolate flavor that jumps out front. Some nice bourbon flavor kicks at the aroma and really pushes at the nose. The taste is heavy bourbon stout flavor with some roasty flavor that feels like a nice biscuit flavor that was burnt in the toaster. The feel of this beer is a bit heavy for a beer I expected to have some mellow flavor but was kicked hard. A bit of a heavy feel going down but a great tasting beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Plovmand (7806) - Helsinge, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2010
Bottle shared with hallinghansen. It pours pitch black with a creamy foreverlasting brown head leaving very nice lacings. The aroma is lots of coffee, chocolate, oak, vanilla, bitter espresso and bourbon. Great! The flavour is bourbon, oak, vanilla, coffe, chocolate, caramel and light burned wood. Fullbodied. Ends up roasty coffee like. It has everything you want from an Imperial Coffee Stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bassikpoet (93) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2010
Bottle at home. Pours like motor oil from a 57 Chevy. Strong Bourbon tones with hints of malt and oat. Smooth as all get out. Though 70 IBUs, you can barely taste the bitterness. Oaky and thick with a slight airiness that seems to float at the top of your mouth. Great finish and an all around incredible beer. Yeehaw!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
brokensail (15728) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 16, 2010
A: KBS has that wonderful motor oil like pour with a thin layer of mocha colored foam. S: While I’m not much of a coffee fan, the coffee aroma in this beer is amazing. There are also great chocolate, roasted malt, and ever so slight bourbon scents. T: Talk about flavor! There are huge coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and bourbon flavors in this. The alcohol is definitely there, but it’s not quite as boozy as I was preparing for. M: This is a great thick, chewy, creamy beer. D: The drinkability is surprisingly good for such a strong beer. The beer is not "hot", and the flavors are absolutely sensational. I’m glad that I have another one of these to enjoy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skoisirius (1908) - Earth, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Ah goddamn goddamn! That’s what she said when she brought this out from behind the barn...I was too busy distilling and drinking libational maximus to over hear the fact that oh my god, there it was, and it was fucking GREAT.

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