RATINGS: 2412   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Kinda tanked by this point. Pours black w/ thick brown head. Aroma of espresso beans covered in chocolate packed in an oak box. A slight tangy carbonic taste but a good sweetness and some bitter notes. Finishes with bourbon. Body is rich w/o being too thick and cloying. Excellent.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HonusWagner (2131) - Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2011
Excellent aroma of rich mocha coffee with some high quality bourbon dropped in. Theres just a fantastic melange of the coffee with the bourbon, and there are notes of vanilla lurking deep within that complete an awesome, awesome aroma. The taste follows very nicely from the nose; I love all of these rich, stout flavors that are present, and the bourbon adds a level of complexity without turning the beer into an alcoholic, boozy mess. Fantastic. The one drawback to this beer, which keeps it from perfection, is the finish, which resembles cigarettes and their ashes. This ashiness makes an otherwise smooth beer a bit harsh and comes out when the beer gets to optimal warmth for the other flavors to come out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
urnes011 (16) - Minneapolis, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Bottle aged 1 year. Pours black/dark brown with absolutely no head. Aroma is heavy on molasses, tar, brown sugar, some vanilla, slight bourbon. Taste is pretty solid and mimics the aroma; only with a quick alcohol burn. It seems that time has not been too kind to this once beautiful beer. As it warms the vanilla comes out, but the coffee is nearly completely absent and it seems to have lost its viscosity. Good, but not as good as the first 3 were a year ago.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (9701) - Mlndal, SWEDEN - JAN 22, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2015 First rating
12 fl oz bottle on January 21, 2011. Thanks to sebletitje
Most likely an 07 version
Black color, small dark brown head. Sweet, vanilla, roasted, wood scent. Wood, vinous, alcohol, roasted, coffee taste. Smooth mouthfeel. Dry roasted finish. Medium bitterness to the dry side.

2015 bottle bought/ordered from Systembolaget a little while ago. 355 ml, BB 30-11-15 as of the remarking of the Swedish importer.
Black color, big dark brown lasting head that also leaves a nice looking lacing. Sweet, alcohol, roasted, coffee beans scent. A bit too intense alcohol on the nose for my liking, perhaps would be better for my side if aged a little while. Sweet, roasted, chocolate, alcohol, wood taste. Burnt, roasted, a bit sweet, alcohol aftertaste. Warming alcohol. Smooth, rich, lean mouthfeel. A bit too high bitterness for me, comes through as rather bitter, that with the alcohol feels a bit much. Still a very nice beer, that will probably improve with age for me taste. I do have one more bottle, will save that a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Poured into a pint glass. 4.5 A: Thick syrupy black in color. Two fingers of thick creamy medium brown head. Good rention and plenty of lacing. Very beautiful. 4.5 S: Bourbon and pungent espresso offer a big punch right from the get go. Roasty toasty barley and chocolate top off the aroma. 4.0 T: I am a bit disappointed. The taste is very good and I really enjoy it. However, the bourbon and coffee dont mesh as well as I hoped or expected. Flavors include lots of bourbon, lots of coffee, chocolate and roasted barley. 4.5 M: Full body. Very creamy and smooth. Warming on finish. 4.0 D: Alcohol is less pronounced than Id expect and that is great. Like I said in the taste section, the coffee and bourbon competes rather than complements. I probably wont be having too many more of these since GI BBS is a much better bourbon barrel brew and the regular FBS is a much better coffee stout. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-17-2009 02:49:44

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
raszputini (71) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2011
This was the big winner at ThirstyFest - a craft beer festiva sponsored by the Thirsty Monk. The keg didnt make it through the day. Nothing real unusual about it - its exactly what you would expect. A coffee-heavy Russian Imperial Stout with Bourbon barrel aging. There are no curve balls. What distinguishes it is that is such a fantastic example of this style. The bourbon flavor is definitely there, but not overwhelming. This is just a great beer. Drink one at any opportunity you get.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Abio (1859) - Waasland, BELGIUM - JAN 13, 2011
The last beer I gave a score of +4/5 was allready 12 weeks ago, so I had to open a bottle I was pretty sure of that it shouldnt dissapoint me, cause I was thirsty for something new (at least for me) that taste great. When poured out, the beer is very, very dark brown, and at the glass looks ofcourse like pitch black. There is just a small brown head. The taste is very nice. Chocolate, coffee, wood and a hint of vanilla.The taste starts with mostly chocolate sweetness and ends at a light bitter, light dry coffee-vanilla taste that holds a good time, also the wood is there. This is a nice brew for sure. It just should be a little more oily for me (I know... even more... :) ). And some foam should be welcome also.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dredmond (179) - Long Island, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2011
black gold! oily pour, aroma of burnt timber, low carbonation, extremely smooth, lingering aftertaste on the tongue, slightly numbing effect, multitude of rich flavor

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Appearance: solid blackness shuns the light and revels in tar and oil. Teensy weensy espresso crema head fades into a bubbly donut. Swirls with a mix of lace and oil.
Nose: bourbon, vanilla, thick caramel, and oak. Truffles filled with brandy and rum release their warm sweet and lightly spiced boozy delights. Tar, burnt fudge. Heat tickles back of nose. Prunes, figs, and black cake. Burnt earth and black root.
Palate: rich in spice, caramel brandy sweetness, burnt, dry, and oh yes, bourbon. Burnt oats thick and heavy. Tingles top of tongue with bourbon, spice, and oily potency. Lips are coated in burnt caramel and melted truffles. Rum and heat lingers in the breath. Black root, black strap, and black licorice root chew. Caramel and rum are a melting tryst in back of each quaff. Faint tart sweetness nips back sides of cheeks with dates and figs, then is gone. Chocolate covered oats. Tobacco leaf adds earth, spice, and compliments the oily nature of her mouthfeel. Amazing.
Final Thoughts: Founders never can, never has, and I trust never will disappoint. A big oily delicious concoction of a beer which sent goose bumps shivering up and down my spine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lamas (1611) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 8, 2011
"KBS" bottle courtesy of agl108. Bottled: 02/08/10 (?). A jet-black pour with a skim of a chestnut head. Bourbon, oak, roasted coffee, black chocolate, vanilla extract, plums, caramel, and candied sugar in the aroma. Full-bodied, though not as creamy and smooth as I would have expected. LOTS of sweet caramel, candied sugar, and fudge upfront in the taste. Some plums and figs become apparent as things warm up a bit. Vanilla extract and dark chocolate follow. Some bittering black coffee brings up the rear. VERY boozy with plenty of alcohol warmth throughout. The alcohol hit me like a brick by the end of the bottle. I expected a bit more as a whole from this brew. Maybe this one has aged a bit too much. Id like to try a fresh one.

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