queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Bottle. Woody chocolate malt aroma, a little coffee and smoke. Black with a small brown head. Dark chocolate, coffee, oaky bourbon, bitter charred malt, alcohol flavor. Full bodied wit an alcohol burn that is intensified by the slight carbonation. I’m not a big bourbon fan, and I tried to be objective, but the flavor isn’t quite my thing. I’ll stick to Founder’s Breakfast or Bell’s Expedition which seem to be my personal standard for this style. Swillbur (62) - Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2012
This beer live’s up the the hype. Nice chocolate and bourbon smell. Taste is very much of the same with less bourbon but all the flavor you expect. Extremely smooth on the palate, a real treat! KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 7/6/2010. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.
KBS is pitch black in appearance, with a small brown head. Some light lace, but nothing significant sticking to the glass. After just a few moments, nothing more than a ring remains around the glass.
Chocolate and roasted malt are dominant in the nose, which is somewhat sweet. Coffee, oak, and bourbon are noticeable as well. Vanilla seems to have faded from the aroma at this point.
The sip starts out with the taste of bittersweet chocolate, dark chocolate malt, and roasted malt. Burnt sugar and molasses sweetness comes in next, some light vanilla too, and some booziness gradually seeps into the flavor. Coffee is firmly mixed with the roasted malt flavor, but does not overpower. The finish is more bitter chocolate and a little bourbon.
Extremely full bodied; nice and creamy. Carbonation is almost crowded out by the motor oil thickness.
Booze flavor gets the best of me pretty fast, but other than that this is a fantastic sipper.
3 more left! uhljoseph (66) - TAMPA, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2012
Unbelievable!!! This is a great beer but is hard to find. Had it a the Brick Store in Decatur, Ga
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2012
Pour brown/black with coffee brown head. Aroma chocolate, cocoa, bourbon, vanilla, wood, roasty, oak, nutty, coffee. Taste cocoa, chocolate, coffee, roast, vanilla, wood, oak, bourbon, good alcohol heat. MF full thick rich body with good carb. Very well done great upgrade on a already solid beer not overpowered and well balanced.
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2012
Poured from a 2010 bottle, this stout was dark and thick and the head was slow to develop. The aroma is huge, filled with coffee, roasted wood, bourbon, vanilla, and a small hint of piney hops. The flavor is rich and sweet with the wearming bourbon character complementing the chocoaltes, vanilla, and roasted bitterness. The mouthfeel is just short of sinfully decadent but still substantial and creamy. This is a real treat of a stout. weihenweizen (3751) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2012
UPDATED: APR 6, 2017 Refrigerated bottle set out on the counter for half an hour to warm poured into a red wine glass. Pours black as coal with thin but present medium brown head that dissapates quickly. Very little lacing, thick body, sticky texture, and light bourbon/espresso aroma. Taste is complex roasted malt, bourbon, oak, some alcohol, a hint of vanilla, and coffee in the after-taste. This is good sipper. Big coffee when fresh. DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - FEB 9, 2012
Shared bottle with Timfoolery. Another winner from Founders. Dark brown almost black pour and smelled of chocolate and bourbon. Full flavored, full bodied beer that went down smooth. Hopefully we can get another one of these. wilnatp (692) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2012
BOTTLE of KBS 2010 at Darkness Day 2011.
Tops. This beer is it. Bourbon, coffee, wood, vanilla. Oily, smooth, and full flavor. Great way to start the morning. Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - FEB 3, 2012
12oz. bottle, 2011 vintage, cellar aged. Aroma of oak, vanilla, dark chocolate and bourbon, with lighter suggestions of smoke, coffeeish, roasty, nearly burnt malts, some tobacco and very faint black cherry in the background. Thick-looking opaque black color with a fine, persistent, tan head and very thin lacing. Flavor profile is sweet and roasty with lightly burnt sugar, charred oak and bitter chocolate, alongside gentle tinges of bourbon, vanilla, prune and earthiness, spicy alcohol and faint soy appearing towards the finish. Warming, lightly coating, very gently acidic mouthfeel, low-moderate effervescence, ultimately fairly dry and with a gigantic body. The age seems to have toned down the oakiness and bourbon presence just a bit, I certainly don’t believe that’s a negative outcome compared to a fresh bottle.