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RATINGS: 1920   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.29   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
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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.


DrnkMcDermott's rating

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DrnkMcDermott (2869) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2011
12 oz. 2011 bottle. $6.50 @Binnyís. Sorry, folks. I got the last one there. Opens and pours with a sensuous smell of chocolate, French roast coffee, and an old, empty bourbon barrel. Even some molasses cookies. Color is what else but black, with a deeply tan head of foam. Taste is complex swirl of chocolate, bourbon, coffee. I think some Cascade and Centennial, but in the main, mostly bittering hops. Sometimes, I think thereís some roast barley bitterness, other times Iím not so sure. But always, a sweet, sticky malt is left behind after other flavors have departed. So now Iíve enjoyed a lovely fresh KBS and can keep my 2006 bottle in the cellar, screwtop cap and all.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
justsayswell (93) - Kansas, USA - APR 20, 2015
Draft pour. Wow. Pitch black with a gently foaming dark tan head. Huge legs on this one. Aroma is dark chocolate, bourbon, oak. Taste is chocolate, chocolate malt, vanilla, strong coffee, more oak, bourbon. A little raisin, cherry skin. Some earthy notes. Finishes fairly dry, with a little alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is full and lush, carbonation is balanced. Excellent.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Willsaar (22) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 19, 2015
So happy to find this beer!!! Bought at a natural food bodega in Fort Greene in Brooklyn (On Fulton St.) It was $7 a bottle. Some of the best $7 Iíve ever spent!!!! Pours a rich frothy black, with a tan head that dissipates fast and leaves some great clingy lacing on my snifter glass. I let this one warm up a long time before taking my first sip. During that time I smelled coffee, dark chocolate, malt, port/sherry, earthy and woody notes, and some smoke and slight vanilla too. First taste is a huge explosion of differing sensations- vanilla sweetness, bitter coffee and chocolate like tastes, some very subtle earthy malt in there too. As it warmed the aroma really got strong- toffee, leather, licorice coming out. The mouthfeel is perfect- the co2 levels are perfectly balanced in this beer. Itís a full bodied beer, creamy texture in the mouth almost velvety. I described it to a friends as drinking a "cloud of beer" The finish is long and delicious. This beer, along with a few other stouts and some Barley wines is one of the ultimate "nightcap" beers, perfect for after a big complex dinner or a night of drinking lots of different good beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
arondee (597) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 18, 2015
Pours a dark black color with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet coffee, dark cherries, and lots of vanilla. The taste is initially light coffee followed by oak, vanilla, sweet roasted malts, licorice, and dark chocolate. Overall a really solid stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
katrinaez (345) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2015
Rich black color. Deep flavor. Slight bitter and heavy bourbon. A little aFter taste that is off for the hype. Tap

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
c0fein (310) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 18, 2015
355ml bottle from Whole Foods - Tribeca, New York. Thanks Jesse! Bottled 03/14/2014.

Night black stuff with a beautiful dark brown head. Aroma of bourbon, alcohol, wood. Flavour of strong coffee, bourbon, dark chocolate. Long palate. Yeah, itís gooooood!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
smaynard6000 (700) - Apopka, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2015
bottle. Pours jet black with a small brown head. Strong notes of chocolate along with some coffee and vanilla. Flavor is mostly chocolate with vanilla with some bourbon notes; rounded out with some coffee in the finish. Full bodied and very smooth on the palate. Excellent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rader58 (814) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - APR 13, 2015
9oz draught. Pours jet black. Aroma of Chocolate, cocoa, earth, wood. Flavor of licorice, cocoa, chocolate, molasses, earth, wood, vanilla, booze. while it is good, it is slightly overrated.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TizzleJizzle (721) - Garland, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2015
On tap at the Big Texas Beer Fest. Oh my God, where to start...Poured an opaque dark brown near black with a decent khaki head. Highly complex taste of bourbon, oak, roasted dark malts, burnt malts, vanilla esters, and dark fruit all coexisting in perfect harmony. Medium to high fizzy carbonation, thick oily body. Simply put, this is the by far the best beer Iíve ever had.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LiquorHound (24) - Texas, USA - APR 13, 2015
Poured a dark brown almost black with great lacing. Aromatics of vanilla caramel, brown sugar, dark chocolate and oak. Entry is medium viscosity with a nice chocolate note with the subtlest hint of coconut and Mexican cinnamon. There are also some cognac like fruit notes with vanilla and caramel in the mid palate as some bitterness from the cocoa nibs and oak accent the finish (the oak tannins add a touch of dryness). ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
4theluvofbeer (114) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2015
Dark pour with a tan head that closes quickly. Aroma of coffee, bourbon and chocolate. Flavor is outstanding ....coffee bourbon with a vanilla finish. So many different layers on this beer. This is one on my all times favorites! Close to perfection.


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