FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2012
Poured from 12oz bottle to snifter:
Clarity does not exist here. An ominous black hole of a beer. Half a finger of chocolate head that fades out to a ring. On the nose there’s big charred wood, dark chocolate, bittersweet hops, just a subtle suggestion of coffee. Really complex and very evolving, smells quite delicious. The taste shows how unique this one is. You think of a barrel aged imperial stout and there’s a pretty standard flavor profile that comes to mind - this is not that flavor profile. Again, big charred wood, that same coffee and dark malts. The alcohol waits until the very end to show itself as it mingles with a coppery mineral after burn. This is one hell of a beer and worth the chase. I’m very anxious to see what this beer does with some time. Salud! mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2012
Great aroma but not as potent as I expected. Appearance is a deep black and taste is complex coffee, chocolate & a hint of vanilla. Mouthfeel is perfectly balanced.
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Chocolate, burned, toffee aroma. Very small brown head. Strong coffee taste followed by burnt then chocolate aftertaste. Slight burn in throat...gotta be the bourbon, but I don't really taste it that much. Overall, an excellent beer.
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Pitch black, opague colour with a brown head. Smells earth and chocolate. Tastes earth, chocolate, vanilla, mocca and wood. Full body, strong, perfect carbo. deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 13, 2012
UPDATED: APR 5, 2014 A - pours dark opaque black/brown with 1 finger tan head that disapates quickly. S - aromas of milk chocolate and dark toasted malts up front. Hints of toasted coconut, oak, coffee, vanilla. M - strong bodied, surprisingly airy. Very smooth and creamy. Lingering malty, chocolatey ending. Very subtle alcohol warming. T - burned malts, milk chocolate on the nose. Smoke, malts, molasses, toasted coconut, vanilla, fresh oak on the palate. Lingering oaky smokey chocolate and molasses, vanilla, ending. . O - very good imperial stout. Very complex and subtle. Alcohol is very well hidden. 8
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2012
Pours a thick black like molasses. Nice coffee aroma compliments the malty flavor profile that is about as rich and complex as they come. TomTiedemann (250) - Levittown, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2012
What a treat from leafs! Poured a milky black and thick. Gray head that was somewhat Lacey. Aroma had a smokey scent of coffee and hint of sugar. Taste had was smoked coffee and vanilla/sugar flavor. Had a syrup mouthfeel and great way to end beers with an old ICP member Titusd84 (6) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012 does not count
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2012 Very excellent beer well worth the wait! The aroma of bourbon hits you right off the bat. The appearance is pitch black. The taste is insane. Lots of chocolate and coffee. Overall it lived up to the hype. Can’t wait to crack another bottle. TBone (17440) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 11, 2012
[email protected]Sleuthdogg (31) - Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Brewer Night of The Pony Bar, NYC
Dark opaque black color, not much head. Toasted aroma with coffee and vanilla. Medium to full bodied. Soft palate. Loads of vanilla,. toasted flavors, quite sweet but pleasant. A bit sticky mouthfeel. This is very nice dessert beer. Warming alcohol.
Poured into a snifter
A: Pours dark black that does not allow any light through even being held up to a light. About a one finger head of chocolate milk color that dissipates rather quickly (30 seconds). There is some slight lacing.
S: Smell is dominated by bourbon and oak. I also pick up on the alcohol even after a little more than a year of aging. There is also roasted coffee, sweet molasses and some dark chocolate notes.
T: The taste is again dominated by bourbon and the oak wood. The alcohol is definately present and after allowing the beer to coat my mouth, the alcohol does have some burn. After swallowing whats left is some sweet molasses. Allowing the beer to warm some there is a nice warming effect on me.
M: The mouthfeel is rater thin for such a powerful stout. A creamy character comes to mind but surprisingly does not stick around long after swallowing.
O: To my surprise I was not as impressed as I thought I would by. Do not get me wrong, KBS is a top notch BA stout that I would love to have again, but the hype may have let me down on this one some.
Serving type: bottle