RATINGS: 2429   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (7404) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 19, 2017
Medium brown head. Opaque black body. Roasty earthy taste with rye and coffee notes. Sweet earthy chocolatey mineraly taste with toffee and hot vanilla notes. Full-bodied. Hot, mealy, flattish mouthfeel, kind of sharp. Sweet vanilla fudge and coffee aftertaste with toffee and caramel notes. Lots of great flavours here, but too sweet, too sharp, too hot, and too much. Scaling it down a little bit and drying it out would have made for a much better beer. (0.355l bottle, from wine monopoly, Strmmen storsenter.)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
humpah (203) - Jyvskyl, FINLAND - FEB 18, 2017
0,355l bottle, 2016 version (12.4%). Pours oily black colour with good amount of head for a IS. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, sweet bourbon, roasted malts, wood. Quite bitter and sweet taste, alcohol is quite present, but isnt out of place. One of the greats.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DwarfeD (3160) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - FEB 17, 2017
Bottle at home. Pitch black with a small tan head. Full body with low carbonation. Well balanced sweet and bitter tones. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla and oak. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
vinivini (1702) - BELARUS - FEB 16, 2017
Petroleum black pour, dense tan head. Massive oak tannins, roasted malts, coffee, chocolate on nose. Full body. The barrel is not dominant on taste. It leaves just a hint of vanilla. Chocolate. Minor coffee. More whisky. Solid hopping making balance. Incredibly complex. Perfect.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (5883) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 14, 2017
For a beer this tasty I expected a bit more in the aroma. The flavor has some coffee, but its smooth instead of grainy. Quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GuideDogSaint (1257) - Xiamen, CHINA - FEB 14, 2017
355ml bottle at House of Belgium, Xiamen stated as 12.4%. Pours with a cream head. Aroma of bourbon which dominates anything else. Some chocolate flavour. Sweetish finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlazerT (841) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - FEB 10, 2017
This is nice, real bourbon bomb. Full of roasted malts, vanilla, cocoa, licorice, raisins, figs. But the bourbon barrel notes are really up-front, very smooth, silky and balanced. The only cons are some boozy notes, which are noticeable all round. Feel like drinking some nice glass full of bourbon. Definitely worth above 4.0 rating, IMO should stay in a bottle for a bit longer to be even more better.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GoufCustom (1815) - HONG KONG - FEB 10, 2017

355 ml bottle at abv 11.9% bought at HK Brewcraft in Central.

Looks: Deep, tan blackish brown colour; Less than one-quarter finger head with residual soapy dark beige foam which fades in 15 seconds; Very good sticky lacing with barely notable bubbly carbonation.

Aroma: Very fragrant dark malt which can be smelt a foot away, with strong roastyness, strong chocolate, strong vanilla, roasted coffee, bourbon, strong oak barrels, strong cream, caramel, sticky toffee, raisins, dark fruits, waffles, alcohol, sugar, dry bread and grass. Very smooth and seductive!

Taste: Strong sweet, very rich dark malt, with strong roastyness, bourbon, rum, strong liquorices, smooth oak barrel, caramel, burnt toffee, strong burnt toast, strong black coffee, dark chocolate, floral, strong brown sugar, strong herbs, dry biscuits, strong lemon and strong bitter grassy hops. Very robust and layered. Wow!

Body: Full body. Oily and creamy palate.

Mouth Feel: Rich dark maltyness in a very thick background, of which oat smoothness played a big part. Liquor hit first, followed by French oak and strong burnt toffee and bitter toasty malt. Black coffee and chocolate come on strong as beer warms. Quite flowery with strong nice brown sugar sweetness. Biscuity with strong lemon to round. Powerful yet very smooth!

Alcohol: the 11.9% booze with bourbon barrel is potent, but never come across as train wreck at any point. The liquor is a combo of light bourbon and rum, pretty restrained and tasty. The best of all it is smoothed out by the rich French oak and vanilla which makes it so easy (and dangerous) to down. A well-produced rarity. A big Yes for me!

Hoppiness: Grass in nose. Strong herbs, strong lemon and strong grass in taste; Bitterness - burnt malt, liquorices and hops - is very strong for a lasting, very high astringent sweet-bitter herbal malty finish.

After Taste: Dry. Liquorish and very herbal bitter to mouth.

Comments: I normally dont like barrel-aged RIS because the barreled whisky / rum / whatever simply overwhelmed the otherwise well-brewed dark stouts. In this case, the brewers worked magic with the bourbon barrel with lasting vanilla aroma, and a nice neat rum-bourbon liquor taste. The booze never upstage the RIS proper, which packs a complex oat creamy smoothness, strong fresh black coffee, very toasty burnt malt, and massive bitterness. The overall effect is powerful yet very likeable. Very well made and very well managed. A fellow reviewer described this one being the Rolls Royce of RIS, which sums it up pretty well. A must try and must buy!

P.S. As soon as I snapped it up, I knew this one will be my perfect 1800th beer rating, and I got it right! :-P

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
nilsas (3858) - Bryne, NORWAY - FEB 9, 2017
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) Imperial Stout 949419

Lukt: Mye nydelig mrk sjokolade og en liten anelse alco.
Utseende: Sort.
Skum/kullsyre: Tykt dekkende brunt skum, heng langs kant.
Smak: Mye nydelig mrk skokolade, anelse lakirs, noe vanilje og en liten svak alco i avslutningen.
Hvor: Kjpt@VP Nettbutikk, Nydt@Hjemme.
Medium: Flaske@330ml, ABV@11,2%, Nr@09.02.2017
Kommentar: WoW, denne var god.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
djoeye (4256) - Troms, NORWAY - FEB 7, 2017
Aroma; roasted dark malts, dark fruits, chocolate, fruity coffee, black-caramellic hops, bourbon n oak - wow, here are scents! Look; beautiful rose-beige cacao foam, black body, blanket sheety lacing, dense. Taste; roasted dark malts, superbowl of dark fruits, wineous berries, very high black chocolate factor, fruity coffee, black hops, creamy bourbon, oakey dokey notes - balanced solid smooth creamy black-fruity finish, warming. Feel; solid body, softish. Overall; the Rolls Royce among imp-stouts. When they have breakfast in Kentucky, we sip this slowly in Europe. [35.5cl.btl Abv%?(11.2?) The2016-Release B@Vinmonopolet Troms Langnes, recommended by Frank Hopsy H]

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