Ritzn (1709) - GERMANY - OCT 16, 2017 HoppyAlesToYou (167) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - MAR 22, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Black with almost no head. Aroma is chocolate vanilla cocoa hints of creme brulee. Sweet and soothing. Taste is quite dry with lots of coffee and very dark chocolate, some umami as well. Hints of green peppers. Almost no sweetness. Drinkable. Very soothing. Medium smooth. A bit spicyness. Dry finish with an echo of vanilla and peppers. Heavy and full bodied yet not at all phenolic.
9/5/8/4/16 evannell (1323) - Kraków, POLAND - OCT 12, 2017
Sam początek to kawa, potem beczkowe aromaty. Również ogromna mleczna czekolada. W smaku rozpuszczony aromat dobrego Burbonu. Świetnie to gra razem. Może troszkę za dużo kawy jak dla mnie. SVD (2071) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2017
Bottle at home black beer, small beige head. Aroma is malt, roasted, coffee, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, some smokeyness. Taste is the same, bitter and sweet, VERY NICE. 5eba88 (407) - Warszawa, POLAND - OCT 12, 2017
Wygląd: ciemne, nieprzejrzyste, obfita brunatna drobnopęcherzykowa piana - pozostaje po niej kożuch, powstaje ładny lacing
Aromat: kawa, czekolada, lekka słodycz, wanilia, bourbon, wyczuwalny alkohol
Smak: gładkie, fajne ciało, czekolada, kawa, beczka, wanilia, przyjemna średnia goryczka, nasycenie niskie, alkohol ogrzewający przełyk
Data na etykiecie: 30.11.17 jjunghun2 (21) - - OCT 11, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2017 Aroma is damn great chocolate!
Coffee comes after. No more explanation. Great beer
QcBeer (193) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 9, 2017
Noir divine, noir invitante, noir sublime...
Oui, c'est noir, avec un mince col mousseux compact sur le rebord du verre qui elle est de couleur brune. Nez de bourbon de poudre de cacao, de grain de café rotie, de noisette et c'est tendrement boisé. De la vanille, évidemment!
Une entrée en toute complexité, c'est huileux et chaud, comme de l'huile sur le poêle à bois! C'est sucré chocolaté. Des notes franches de bourbon, café, vanille, petit fruit noir tous facilement descriptible. C'est boisé forêt boréale! Une finale sèche et douce sur le bourbon et la poudre de cacao.
Un pure délice, Cheers!
donandres (627) - Makati, PHILIPPINES - OCT 8, 2017
Bottle 12 ounce, poured to pint glass
Sight: dark, black, brown foam that disappears slowly
Smell: aroma of coffee, boozy on the drink, very good
Taste: very good to excellent, medium bitterness, some sweetness
Mouth feel: excellent, creamy, good carbonation, long follow through, no sudden drops, a bit sticky, long sweet bitter aftertaste, boozy
Overall: excellent stout, excellent beer repeat: yes look for: yes
R4N5H (1289) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 8, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2017 12oz bottle picked up at Stirchley Wines & Spirits, Birmingham in 2015, cellared and poured into a snifter on 8-Oct-2017. KBC2015, but a little past it's BBE date. Dark brown, almost black in colour with no noticeable head. Aroma of cocao nibs, malt and coffee. Full body and soft carbonation. Taste of chocolate - slightly bitter, boozy and creamy. Light hop profile and some spices. I hoped for more - probably stored for a little too long. 90 (732) - BELGIUM - OCT 7, 2017
@ Gollem Beer and Burgers.
Aroma is mild with notes of chocolate and coffee. Taste is chocolate toffee, coffee and a mild roast. Chocolate truffle. Profound palate, slightly sticky. Nice smooth finish. Daboch (104) - Gdansk, POLAND - OCT 6, 2017
Ładnie się prezentuje czarnobrunatny kolor, nieprzezroczyste piwo, niezła ciemno beżowa piana. Aromat kawy, gorzkiej czekolady i wanilii. W smaku początkowo dominuje kawa, występują akcenty palonego słodu, potem do głosu dochodzi wanilia i inne akcenty beczki. Dobry balans pomiędzy umiarkowana słodyczą a goryczką. Super imperial stout.