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RATINGS: 2068   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28   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.

sfontain's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sfontain (845) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2014
2014 bottle. Iíll tell ya, I visited 5 different places around Columbus to score a total of 4 bottles of this stuff for 2014 at about $6 a pop plus tax. I got a single 2013 bottle last year thatís still on my shelf. Straight up, this beer is overrated. Iím not saying it isnít great, but itís just not as good as the hype suggests. Bourbon County Stout crushes this stuff. Dark Lord too, though very different. Served in snifter. Effectively opaque black; foamy-frothy dark brown head. Improves vastly as it approaches room temperature. Aroma extremely heavy chocolate, sweet, malt, vanilla, coffee, alcohol warmth; subtle oak. Big big flavor is heavier on the coffee than I prefer, yet not heavy enough to be an all-out coffee stout; lot of booze here too. The bourbon is almost imperceptible at fridge temperature but thereís still a lot of chocolate and vanilla. At room temperature, the bourbon is much more in-your-face. Smooth, bubbly, frothy, heavy mouthfeel is big but somehow not massive; sticky. Really very good, but Iíd be hard-pressed to make tons of special trips to get this for myself in future years. Over-hyped and the trade potential is the only thing that justifies the hunt for this. Walking into a store 5 minutes after its official release and the one case is already sold out. A young kid and his girlfriend appearing heartbroken that they were on the special email list and still too late 15 minutes after release. A Giant Eagle with a single case selling 2 bottles to a person when youíre lucky to get 1 anywhere else. Itís a really, really good beer, but the anecdotes around finding this drink overshadow the beer itself.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bierridder_S (328) - BELGIUM - AUG 31, 2015
22/08/2015 Ė sample (bottle) @ Gents Bierfestival shared by 77ships. Black colour, tanned head. Coffee, caramel, some vanilla, boozy. Nice one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike5326 (1275) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2015
Poured from a bottle. Dark brown color, no real head. Sweet syrup and malt aroma. Full body with a sweet malt and a coffee flavor and a medium finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Luvystypotables (1125) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2015
Aroma of bourbon and coffee with notes of malt and chocolate. Pours a dark brown color with no real head. An incredible taste of bourbon, coffee and chocolate. Full body creamy feel with an amazing mocha finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (3344) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 26, 2015
Last beer of the night at Richís Cellar Emptying Tasting. Kbs stout 11.2% Inky deep black pour with a coffee light bourbon nose. Young bottle meaning the bookings is full on black coffee, maple syrup and light bourbon. The booze is a bit harsh. Overall it is quite nice but has a bit too much heat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Martinus (3878) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - AUG 23, 2015
Black, beige head. Aroma of Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, sweet notes, molasses, light coffee. Sweet malty flavour, brown sugar, caramel, Bourbon, vanilla. Light boozy, full body. Sweet finish, chocolate, vanilla, Bourbon. Nice, quite balanced and full.
(from 35cL bottle shared @ Gents Bier Festival 2015. Thanks Eugene for ímulingí)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PMgep (156) - Lund, SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2015
Old rating from 2012, full aroma with coffee and alcohol, taste of bourbon, vanilla and coffee

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
coolunclesony (10) - DENMARK - AUG 19, 2015
Deep black colour. The smell is dominated by alcohol. The taste is great with lots of chocolate and caramel spiced up with tons of bourbon

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (2842) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 16, 2015
Bottle from Mother Kellys. Aroma is milky chocolate, roast, coconut, bourbon, booze. Taste is good, all the above. Finish is bourbon, but smooth fade. Rest of the flavours are quite subdued. Rich finish, almost fruity. Touch of chocolate. Canít really get the coffee. Very easy drinking and hides the booze well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aggiebob (337) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - AUG 16, 2015
Draft. Black color with a quickly dissipating tan head. Minimal lacing. Aroma roasted coffee. Taste is coffee, vanilla (cream?) and the bourbon. It has a thick mouth feel and a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrepintado (1982) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - AUG 16, 2015
Bottle thanks to bytemesis, thanks Mike! 2014 version. Dark color. Thin brownish head. Body is light oily, super super smooth. Taste is light to medium sweet, medium bitter. Aroma is nuts, chestnuts, chocolate, vanilla, bacon. Flavour is chocolate, coffee, liquorice, alcohol, fruity.

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