RATINGS: 2604   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.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HoppyAlesToYou (167) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - MAR 22, 2012
My first experience with this ale was at DLD 2010, early in the day. It was among the six guest tap brews my two buddies and I shared after the gates opened. It was ethereal, especially since it was only $5 a pint. My second sampling of this stout was from a bottle of the 2010 version, which I cellared until Super Bowl Sunday of 2011. It did not live up to the draft version I had the previous April, and I was rather dismayed at having dropped $7 for the bottle. So dismayed, that I did not pursue any 2011 KBS. Not having it last year and reading about its planned release this year rekindled my fire that had burned for this brew after my DLD experience. My 2012 bottle has restored my fondness, and made me want for more. Keep in mind that I am drinking this on the third day of spring in northwest Indiana, which would typically be weather appropriate. However, it was over eighty degrees this afternoon and lingers near seventy this evening. Not ideal BA stout sipping conditions, but KBS was heat proof. The aroma was predominantly chocolate, roasted coffee, resin (yes, that kind), and vanilla (yum) with slight floral notes and traces of alcohol and woodiness. I did pour it aggressively into my seventeen ounce snifter, which produced a short lived brown head. It is as deep as brown can get without being black. The taste validates the aromas, beginning sweetly with slight balancing bitterness followed by a tingly alcohol burn. Its body is medium, with a sticky texture, very soft carbonation, and a long finish. If only this were more readily available at a more modest price point! This is a must try beer if you have a chance, just give your self at least an hour to savor every sip without many distractions. It warrants that type of reverence.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jiseokkoo (1) - - MAY 25, 2017 does not count
Dark Color with strong coffee aroma and slightly bitter taste. Body is well balanced end taste is a bit sweet because of its strong bitterness from coffee from the start. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
skiatd1 (47) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 24, 2017
Appearance: dark black with a chocolately head Aroma- bourbon predominately, chocolate, coffee Taste- a heavy, thick stout with first taste bourbon, followed by stout, followed by bourbon with a hint of chocolate ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gepajerry (3) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 24, 2017 does not count
This is a standout. Marvelous color in the beer and head. Strong, but not jolting coffee flavor, with lingering mild coffee finish. Palate is extraordinary; velvety and lush. This is a winner. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yoxik75 (46) - Wroclaw, POLAND - MAY 21, 2017
Piana niewielka, wymuszana, brzydka opada. Kolor czarny. Aromat drewno wanilia, mleczna czekolada, kawa, kakao. Smak wyraźna beczka, wanilia, gorzka czekolada, nuty palone, praliny, średnia słodycz, lekkie w odczuciu. Alkohol ułożony wyczuwalny w szlachetny sposb. Piwo Bardzo dobre ale patrząc w ranking RB szczerze spodziewałem się więcej.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
vbaudry (97) - - MAY 21, 2017
Nose of alcohol, barrel and vanilla Thick body with aromas of chocolate, coffee and barrel. Finish on alcohol. This one is quite rough, relies heavily on alcohol and barrel, way less gourmand than the Breakfast Stout.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Davros (3071) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 20, 2017
Pours black with a small tan head. Nose shows well-integrated coffee and chocolate, roasted and nutty malt. Very well balanced. Flavours include heavy roast, booze, coffee, cocoa and liquorice. Carbonation seems pretty aggressive, especially for a beer of this nature.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomekboniek (721) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAY 19, 2017
Butelka 11,9%. Aromat przede wszystkim orzechowy. Wanilia, kakao, beczka. Jakieś takie ziemiste posmaki. Skoro alkoholu po ogrzaniu. Długie posmaki czekoladowo-ziemisto-bourbonowe. Do długiej degustacji. Zawd i to spory.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheCametron (2476) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 19, 2017
Bottle shared on the balcony with Martin, Rachel & Nadders. I brough this fellay back from Edinburgh at Christmas. Its been in the cupboard ever since. A special occasion called for a special beer. I understand why everyone gets so worked about it. A delicious beer in every respect with the key strength being *balance*. Coffee, Chocolate, Bourbon, Vanilla. All in equally restrained measure baring in mind its lofty ABV. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bwy (79) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2017
KBS, what else is there to say? The balance is crazy by tasting each of the three main components. Reviewed - A Brew With You, Ep. 30

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alusmamuts (1851) - LATVIA - MAY 16, 2017
Dark brown with small light brown head. Excellent aroma of whiskey, chocolate, vanilla. Strong but mild bitterness with some sourness and vanilla sweetness and same notes as in the aroma.

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