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RATINGS: 2557   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 5, 2011
UPDATED: APR 5, 2013 36cl, as Founders KBS, exclusive American brew, from De Hopduvel Gent, very complex Stout, roasted/woody and slightly alcoholic/malty, not too heavy, very balanced, hazy, small head, top class!, yet very expensive!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 4, 2011
Bottle @ home. Aroma is roasted malt, some coffee, bourbon shining through subtly. If this tastes as it smells this is close to heaven. There we go... Hmmm, pretty close, sweet malts, decent amount of coffee, liquorice, loads of roast, coat of bourbon atop this all, but not cloying. Great stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vaiz (4460) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 4, 2011
Bottle, thanks for sharing dEnk! Aroma is roasted with some amazingly pure coffee, very subtle and well integrated. Flavor is slightly bitter, roasted and with coffee, vanilla and bourbon. Very nice balance. Great brew.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Been sitting on this for awhile and it just could wait another day. Thanks thetomg. Id like to describe this as a rougher-around-the-edges yet overall more malty GI BCS. Its not was I was expecting, that being said its quite good, cant wait to try the CBS.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Countbeer (6470) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2011
Bottle @ ZZT11 #2: Thanks to Benzai: Some brown bubbles on top of a black beer. Smell is soft and smooth: coffee whiskey, dark chocolate, vanilla, liquorice wood, mocha. The smell is terrific! Taste earth, tar, coffee, vanilla, whiskey, medium bitter. Nice soft smooth vanilla whiskey roasted malt aftertaste. Low carbo, soft watery mouthfeel, full body and a creamy texture. So well balanced, smooth, good.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Benzai (15092) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2015 Bottle from trade with Jeffo1, tried at Zieke Zuiden Tasting II. Pitch black, opaque colored beer with the best brown colored head Ive ever seen on a beer. Smell lots of dark chocolate, mocca, coffee and caramel. Taste dark chocolate, lightly alcohol, mocca, coffee, caramel, burned and roasted malts. Very complex brew that tastes incredible, so so good! Perfect mouthfeel, fantastic balance. Amazing beer! -- Drank this today [July 22nd 2015, about a week before my 10k beer release party, approximately 7500 beers after I first tried it somewhere in the first couple of months of 2012] only for the 2nd time ever in my life and Im still blown away by this beer. Dark malts, huge bourbon, even more dark chocolate and mocha, some wood and vanilla and all in a perfect mix leading to an incredibly tasty balanced finish. Upgraded it by .1 to a 4.9 and a shared no. 1 position on my personal list. Superb, amazing and insanely good!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwm1034 (780) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2011
12 bottle from stock....pours black / tinged in cherry. Definite tastes of chocolate, expresso and vanilla / cherry....so many flavors as it warms....definitely one of the most intricate beers Ive ever had...

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bosendorfer (40) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2011 This is one of those beers where if its on, its possibly one of the greatest beers ever brewed IMHO. Ive had this one tap and out of the bottle several times, including a seven month old bottle that I felt was notably different from from the other, fresher examples. This is what Ill talk about. The beer pours a very dark, viscous black color with a toasty, brownish head like the crema on a freshly pulled espresso. The beer offers savory aromas of vanilla, oak barrel, bourbon toffee, caramel, toasted almonds, brown sugar and dark chocolate syrup. I noticed a coffee blast much more in the aroma when the beer is fresh, however I understand that coffee is often quick to fade in aged beers brewed with coffee. The taste now is rich chocolate, butterscotch/whisky, deep oaky malt with some meaty, fermented dark fruit, barrel and a hint of coffee. Theres a definite dry bakers chocolate in the finish with some alcohol heat as well, becoming more pronounced as the beer warms up. Overall, this beer is one of the most unique, intense beers on the planet and a perfect sipper for a cold autumn or winter night.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GypsyHead (35) - California, USA - OCT 26, 2011
Phenomenal stout. Cant rave enough about how smooth and wonderfully flavorful this beer is.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MarkSachon (986) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2011
UPDATED: APR 10, 2012 I was lucky to find this delicacy on tap at Over the Bars in Pittsburgh just after the Pedal Pittsburgh bike event. What a perfect compliment to the Clif bars eaten earlier, and dare I say, almost as chewy. Jack Daniels take note. Update 4/10/12 My neighbor Bob brought over a bottle and it was just as good as the one from the tap. No wonder it costs a hundred dollars a case.


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