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RATINGS: 1887   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.


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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dmschefke (570) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2009
#100. Been saving these for the right time, might as well do it at 100. 09 bottle and will do the 08 in a couple days. Pours a pitch thick black with very thin brown creamy head. Aroma is as advertised, tons of coffee, chocolate, and bourbon, hints of vanilla, wood, and smokiness. Flavor at first had me worried, it was quite strong and almost overbearing. Next sips eased that worry and it became very delicious. Everything in the aroma came out in the taste, with the addition of dried fruits, bitter sweetness, roasted malt, with a bit of a sour/earthy finish. Definitely the most complex beer I have tried to date.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
EricUhle (3) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2015 does not count
2015 KBS bottle to snifter. Appearance: black pour, thin fluffy brown head that faded fast. Aroma: bourbon, vanilla, booze. Taste: Bourbon flavour dominated & vanilla aroma comes out after letting the beer breath. Overall: Flavourful boozy must try from Founders. Let it warm up slightly before serving.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cjmccahill (25) - Indiana, USA - MAR 31, 2015
2015 bottle to snifter. Jet black pour, thin fluffy, brown head, fades fast. Nose was all booze. The bourbon flavor dominated. Picked up some strong vanilla after sitting. Decent sipping, but had higher hopes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
BadAprilia1000 (329) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 31, 2015
Bottled 2/12/15, Refrigerated 5 hours, poured, rated aroma and taste, then let it sit for about 20 minutes to move towards room temp and open up a bit per the brewer’s instructions. Pours an oily black letting no light through with a good dark chocolate milk brown colored head. Aroma is huge oak, smoke, and vanilla, turning to chocolate and roasted coffee, oatmeal, and a slight boozy burn at the end. First taste straight from fridge is chocolate, smoke, coffee, oatmeal, tons of sweet vanilla, creamy, oatmeal, some dark fruit that are more bitter leading to a bitter finish and just a hint of booze burning for it being 11.2%, very good. After sitting for a while it warms into different notes, much stronger vanilla, a bourbon sweetness now has become very noticable, the chocolate sweetness to chocolate milk at oats are the grain of all that I pick out. The dark fruits disappear and are replaced by dark bitter chocolate, smooths out greatly and the booze/bourbon become more apparent. Awesome beer, definitely worth putting the effort forth to grab as many as allowed when it is released.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
elbernays (742) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 31, 2015
Bottle from mchughs. Pours deep black with tan head. Aroma is mellow bourbon, oak, chocolate, vanilla hints. Flavour is creamy bourbon, more vanilla, milky chocolate. The mouthfeel is so smooth and luscious. Bourbon sting on the finish. Dry earthy cream on the finish. Lives up to the hype. Fantastic.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dpgjrnhcraftbrew (36) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 31, 2015
Black as night slight ring of bubbles along the edge and no lacing to speak of. Smells of booze, chocolate, oak, bourbon, and more booze. Taste is sweet bourbon, chocolate notes, oak barrel and slight vanilla. Thick, creamy, coating on the palate with burn on the finish. One amazing stout indeed!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhatB420 (700) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 30, 2015
12oz into a tall flute. Pours a thick black sharpie midnight can’t see anything but black, black. Nice shaded brown head, soft texture, seldom lacing, mellow and relaxed appearance. Aroma of a smoky backwoods of booze, coffee, rum, chocolate, more booze, bourbon, malty ambivalence. Taste of the same, all packaged and slapped in your face from a farmyard in Michigan. This packs a phat abv punch, prevalent throughout. A bit acidic and harsh after taste leaves me unsteady about the true glory of this, but its certainly not bad. Bottle from Mr. Dean. No born on date. A thick and gracious imp stout at a dire beginning of spring is certainly welcome.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrOrla (167) - Odense C, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle ay home. Pours black with a medium brown head. Aroma is oak, coffee, chocolate, oatmeal. Taste is chocolate, coffee, and oak. its tastes like an oatmeal stout. Very good!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cool_Bond (1803) - Kung av Öl @ Facebook, SWEDEN - MAR 25, 2015
Vintage 2011. Lovely aromas of raisins, oak and some sweetness. The taste is really a mix between coffee, chocolate, oak, raisins and soy. Heavy bitterness that fills the mouth forever. Jeez what taste sensation. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
poisoneddwarf (1844) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - MAR 22, 2015
12 oz bottle, thanks Clownoisseur! 2015 vintage (bottled only a little over a month ago). Aroma is chocolate milk, wood, bourbon, coconut, coffee, vanilla, dried dark fruit. Pours opaque black with a medium dark tan head that falls fairly quick into a ring of big-bubbly foam. Taste is sweet and fairly boozy--bourbon is pretty strong--finishing with above average bitterness for style; also some licorice/cough drop. Velvety and maybe a little watery mouthfeel. Medium to full body. Really good, but I was hoping for a little more from this considering its reputation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markducommun (284) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Deep opaque black brown, light tan head. Molasses, vanilla, roasted grains. Earthiness. Lighter bitterness, very sweet. Long finish, heavy body. Long finish. Excellent.


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