claaark13 (7) - Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2012 does not count
A - Fairly dark, then a thick mocha head that slowly dissipates. Sticks very well, looks fantastic. S - Massive amounts of smooth coffee, slight amount of vanilla in the distance. Hints of oak around the edges. T - Roasted malt, coffee, coffee, coffee, then some barrel emerges in the finish with the coffee. The oak is present and gives a hint of dryness. Vanilla notes are the most present of the barrel flavors that come through in the end, but apparently there is already vanilla in the base so it is hard to tell. There is a lack of any real complexity for over the first half of the flavor. There is some chocolate coming through in the flavor after the first few sips. The finish is great, the coffee and barrel blend very well. I do enjoy the flavor more than I probably should. P - Medium body, lower carbonation on the tongue. O - Really a good one. The coffee is very smooth and tastes great. The barrel aging shows up well in the finish. myersk27 (26) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2012
Might be the best stout I have ever had. Aroma is of oak and vanilla. Taste is oak vanilla coffee and bourbon. Simply amazing and gets better as it warms up. Special brew
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2012 Vintage 12 oz. bottle poured into a Founders Brewing Company snifter.
Pours near black with a one finger dark beige head. Light lacing present. The aroma is a mixture of bourbon, coffee, chocolate, with a hint of vanilla. The taste is much like the aroma with slight bourbon upfront, coffee and chocolate join in and a smooth finish includes bourbon and a slight roasted malt and espresso bitterness. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. KBS is truly a work of art. A classic and unique brew that is a worthy representative of the best that American craft breweries have to offer.
Climbrew (28) - - APR 13, 2012
Rich and bourbons delicious, 2012 bottle, the nose is intense vanilla coffee roasty malts and chocolate. Pretty hot finish but it melds well with the bourbon aftertaste.
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Smell of dark rich coffee grains with a dark malty and creamy lacing head. Taste of bourbon With strong aftertaste. Smooth feel going down. Not to harsh to the palate. I would rate this high and definitely something to share.
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kathouse (1893) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - APR 11, 2012
Thanks to Schlitzfaced from Ohio. Pours a creamy black with a thin tan head. Possibly the best smelling beer I’ve had. Bourbon, vanilla, coffee, and bittersweet chocolate is brilliantly balanced. Mildly carbonated. Body is smooth , almost oily from the oats, but full. Oak and alcohol are definitely present. Coffee and chocolate stand out with hints of vanilla. Not overly sweet but no bitterness on the palate or finish. No noticeable hops. nobeerandnotv (12) - eagan, Minnesota, USA - APR 11, 2012
Gave CBS a 5 so KBS needs it too tasted both on tap side by side. I enjoyed the KBS slightly more but I think thats due to a lil more maturation than the CBS but the same goes with both just a lil more milder on the bourbon cleaned up nicely with choc and coffee founders are stout masters _honus_ (11) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2012
This beer is fantastic, don't get me wrong. However, the reason it is so coveted is because of its rarity. The notes of chocolate, vanilla, and strong bourbon undertones make it great, but if it was more widely available - it wouldn't be so well received. The privilege to drink it is what makes it a 5 star beer.
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It poured a black color with a light brown head. The aroma was of raosted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, some oak, bourbon, vanilla, with hints of plums and raisins. The taste was very rich with roasted malts, coffee, expresso, dark chocolate, some oak, lots of bourbon, vanilla and booze. Well worth the wait, awesome. csteele2144 (125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2012
2011 and 2012 bottle tasted side by side. Didn’t really live up to the hype for me. Black pour with almost no head, Aroma chocolate, cocoa, bourbon, vanilla, and a hint of coffee. Taste bourbon, chocolate, coffee, roast, vanilla. Well done, but doesn’t hold up to any of the bourbon county offerings.