Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2012 In short: A big roasted coffee chocolaty and woody imperial stout. Excellent, way above average
How: Bottle 12oz. Iíve had it many times before but Iím finally rating one. This one is a 1 year bottle given to me by dmac 1 year ago, thanks a lot Dave.
The look: Black body topped by a tan ring of foam
In long: Nose is roasted and black coffee. Taste is more of the same. Sweet cacao upfront, roasted coffee beans, alcohol moderately apparent, some black chocolate, rather sweet, brown sugar, molasses hint, low on the fruity side of things, low-profile hops with mild bitterness. Only a light barrel presence. This truly is a superior Imperial Stout but I had it next to the Expedition Stout of the same age (1 year old) and honestly the KBS doesnít hold a candle to the Expedition, unless of course you stick a candle in the KBS bottle but then you wonít be able to drink it
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I actually had this one a few time before have the non BA breakfast. This is some beer, I really enjoy it. Lots of bourbon and creamy with vanilla and oak. Lots of bitter coffee and rich dark cocoa. Sticky body and pitch black.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 12, 2008
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Pours brown with a thin tan head. Smells of bourbon and day old coffee rinds. Tastes like someone dumped Sanka and Guinness into a whiskey barrel then filtered it through an ash tray.
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - OCT 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle purchased at Crown #15, in Fishers, IN. Pours like black coffee, from the bottle, raising a thin, creamy dark cocoa head that leaves cascading, patchy lace upon the snifter. The nose is of old coffee blended with bourbon and a light note of cigarette ash. This is NOT among my favorite noses on an imperial stout. As I see all of the 8s & 9s running down this page, I have to wonder if I have a poorly handled bottle or if my nose is just off this evening. Medium-bodied and oily with a moderately astringent finish. Sweet, roasty, fruity dark malt with a sweet, oaky bourbon backing and a light tobacco ashiness at the finish. This beer definitely improves as it nears room temperature, but with itís reputation, I was expecting much more. Itís good... but not great.
bp (836) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: pours a nice dark motor oil black with a thin tan head that was quick to disappear, aroma is loaded with coffee, a hint of the bourbon, tobacco and oak, taste is coffee, dark chocolate, bourbon, a touch bitter, medium body which is probably the only disappointment for me. Iíd like to have this feel a little heavier. Still very good stuff!
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - OCT 3, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A 07 Bottle poured into a tulip glass produce a coco colored head that left little lace on top of a pitch black body
Big roasted malts (chocolate and coffee) smell coming off my glass some wood quality in the nose as well even a little tobacco smell that kind of threw me a curve
You can taste the bourbon a little vanilla, of coarse the chocolate and espresso hit your taste buds too. Great mouthfeel to it like a stout should be rich and smooth
Great sippability on this not to be drank quickly as you can tell If I saw this on a shelf I would not pass it by
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - OCT 3, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, Aroma of coffee, dark dried fruits and bourbon. Tastes strongly of coffee, dried fruit, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Not too strong on the bourbon side. I really liked this one.
Proteus93 (65) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2008
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy cdumler. Thanks for sharing!
Dark brownish black. Head is touch, but retention is okay.
Coffee and malts, with chocolate notes. It’s quite reminiscent of a Coffee Crisp bar (more familiar to the Canadians, I believe, though it can be found in the US, as well). A nice blend of the two.
Very deep roasted malts and coffee flavours. Some bitterness and a touch of astringency that stings a little. A creamy mouthfeel and light on the carbonation... almost like heavily creamed coffee in some ways.
Tasty, and somewhat candy line in some ways. The coffee flavours might be a little on the artificial side, but definitely taste great. I’d happily have it again, though it’s almost sinful.
That1Guy (2085) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Crush with Jakebra in a random parking lot. Pretty overwhelming in every way. Not overly bourbon-ized like some other brews. So much to enjoy with this one.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ok...I knew this beer was going to be great, but, for some reason I was thinking it was a hype thing and wasn’t expecting it to be nearly as good as it appears. I was wrong. It pours with a black body topped by a thin to medium thick, light brown head with a good amount of lacing left on the glass. It’s sweet and malty with notes of roasted coffee and chocolate, as well as a nice underlying vanilla, bourbon note. Amazing...just the right amount of bourbon comes through. Full bodied, creamy and smooth.