tiong (7203) - Espoo, FINLAND - SEP 21, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2017 355ml bottle from a trade, thanks pushkinwow!rockosocko (1) - - SEP 19, 2012 does not count
2010 vintage, bottled 02/15/10 -
Pours pitch black with a large, smooth and foamy brown head. Nice aroma of roasty malts, vanilla, bourbon, coffee, oak, wood and ashes. Taste is smooth and slightly roasty with nice bourbon notes, some coffee, loads of vanilla and hints of wood. Pleasant, smooth and slightly roasty finish with coffee, vanilla and bourbony notes. Nice, extremely well balanced and tasty barrel aged imperial stout. Great stuff. 9-5-9-4-17 = 4.4.
Have had this multiple times since then, and this is still one of my all time favourites. Lovely coffee roastiness from a fresh bottle, smooth bourbony notes from an aged one.
What I like best about this beer is that the bourbon essence does not overpower the other flavors of this beer. The hints of coffee and chocolate are still present and all in all make for a most excellent beer.
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - SEP 17, 2012
While I feel it suffers greatly in the bottle, this has one of the most amazing array of aromas wafting from it’s dense black body. Sweet (seemingly warm) chocolates, vanilla liquor, bourbon, hunts of sweet apples or, even, apple pie. Thick and rich and opulent, the heavy body sticks to your ribs as much as it does the sides of your mouth. I am quite put off by the upfront bourbon presented during first few swallows (especially present in recent bottles) but I get used to it as the massive chocolates burst through. A bit fiery in the alcohol department noted at the finish in last few I have had, leading to a less enjoyable experience. Always hard to find, but worth a try. burgy (456) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2013 If you dont love Bourbon just pass your bottle of KBS to me....
Poured from bottle brewed on 3/17/12 signed by co-owner Dave Engbers! Aroma - starts with a strong caramel tone followed by light lacing’s of thick alcohol with the bourbon flair. Appearance - is deep dark and chocolate! Very light on lacing and head (almost none). Taste - First notes are of brown sugar and slight grainyness to the brew, followed immeiatedly by caramel and chocolate. I do not notice any vanilla (although I might have with the first few sips and it is now overpowered by caramel and chocolate). Palate - Medium thickness with noticeable carbonation on the back-end and a long finish. It finishes with a richness that rivals chocolate cake! Overall - Love it! It lives up to the hype for me! mikem409 (2022) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with perfect tan head. Aroma of coffee and bourbon. Taste is thick sweet nice blend of barrel to coffee lots of vanilla and chocolate
RmmHronek (170) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Big vanilla and oak on the nose! There is a big presence of coffee and vanilla in the flavor. I also think of toasted/burnt marshmallow. There is a lingering roasted flavor, it sticks with you nicely, not cloying. fletchfighters (1520) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2012
A-- Poured black, no other way about it. Just black. Just a dark chocolate film for head. On swirling I get a one finger head that does stick around for a short while. Little splotches of lacing on the sides of the glass. Impressive.
S-- Gritty old coffee with chocolate, touches of vanilla and bourbon. My first thought was this is what Cowboy Coffee should, or would taste like. Also got some chocolate truffles and a bit of mushroom smell to this. No ABV smell at all.
T-- Cowboy coffee. Old coffee, chocolate, vanilla with a touch of bourbon. First sip reminded me of out camping and having 2 day old coffee that is cold.
M-- Surprisingly thin. Not in a bad way at all. Very smooth. Vanilla becomes dominant but the coffee taste is still there. Just flashes of bourbon. Just more like cold coffee with vanilla and a touch of bourbon.
T-- This is what I want to wake up to in the morning when camping, or, well on any occasion. This is GOOD. michaelinwa (656) - Bothell, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2012 Bottle from fantastic trade with LEMONHEAD. Pours black with nearly no head, and soft carbonation. Aroma is roasted and sweet malt. Flavor is roasted malt, coffee , chocolate, and perfect touch of bourbon. Nice level of complex and depth. This is a really good BA stout. Note: last tasting of a cellared bottle lacked the depth and flavor. This is not a good one to age; it loses flavor. JDBaker11058 (2178) - Maryland, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Appearance: oily, near black, with a short, maroonish head and syrupy legs. Aroma: chocolate, coffee, oatmeal, cream, milk, and BOOZE. Taste: loads of dark chocolate and a surprising amount of vanilla, with notes of oak, cream, molasses, espresso, dark brown sugar, and under it all a major current of bourbon. Finish: long, with slowly fading bittersweet chocolate and a rising alcohol warmth in the belly. Notes: Wowza. I could probably only drink this once a year. Sunday morning breakfast stout of the week, birthday 2012.
prosper0 (15) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 31, 2012
2010 & 2011 bottles.
Good dark brown color and tan head not much head but as expected due to the barrel aging. Great rich sweet aroma that definitely smells like molasses and caramel, slight hint of bourbon. Flavor is amazing, great balance, sweet, complex. Chocolate mixed with caramel and coffee, ever slight oak/smoke to it that just makes the balance perfect. Not much hop to this one :) Fantastic bourbon and malt pairing, one of the best.