burgy (460) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2013 If you dont love Bourbon just pass your bottle of KBS to me....
Poured from bottle brewed on 3/17/12 signed by co-owner Dave Engbers! Aroma - starts with a strong caramel tone followed by light lacing’s of thick alcohol with the bourbon flair. Appearance - is deep dark and chocolate! Very light on lacing and head (almost none). Taste - First notes are of brown sugar and slight grainyness to the brew, followed immeiatedly by caramel and chocolate. I do not notice any vanilla (although I might have with the first few sips and it is now overpowered by caramel and chocolate). Palate - Medium thickness with noticeable carbonation on the back-end and a long finish. It finishes with a richness that rivals chocolate cake! Overall - Love it! It lives up to the hype for me! mikem409 (2029) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with perfect tan head. Aroma of coffee and bourbon. Taste is thick sweet nice blend of barrel to coffee lots of vanilla and chocolate RmmHronek (170) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Big vanilla and oak on the nose! There is a big presence of coffee and vanilla in the flavor. I also think of toasted/burnt marshmallow. There is a lingering roasted flavor, it sticks with you nicely, not cloying. fletchfighters (1574) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2012
A-- Poured black, no other way about it. Just black. Just a dark chocolate film for head. On swirling I get a one finger head that does stick around for a short while. Little splotches of lacing on the sides of the glass. Impressive.
S-- Gritty old coffee with chocolate, touches of vanilla and bourbon. My first thought was this is what Cowboy Coffee should, or would taste like. Also got some chocolate truffles and a bit of mushroom smell to this. No ABV smell at all.
T-- Cowboy coffee. Old coffee, chocolate, vanilla with a touch of bourbon. First sip reminded me of out camping and having 2 day old coffee that is cold.
M-- Surprisingly thin. Not in a bad way at all. Very smooth. Vanilla becomes dominant but the coffee taste is still there. Just flashes of bourbon. Just more like cold coffee with vanilla and a touch of bourbon.
T-- This is what I want to wake up to in the morning when camping, or, well on any occasion. This is GOOD. michaelinwa (656) - Bothell, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2012 Bottle from fantastic trade with LEMONHEAD. Pours black with nearly no head, and soft carbonation. Aroma is roasted and sweet malt. Flavor is roasted malt, coffee , chocolate, and perfect touch of bourbon. Nice level of complex and depth. This is a really good BA stout. Note: last tasting of a cellared bottle lacked the depth and flavor. This is not a good one to age; it loses flavor.
JDBaker11058 (2351) - Maryland, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Appearance: oily, near black, with a short, maroonish head and syrupy legs. Aroma: chocolate, coffee, oatmeal, cream, milk, and BOOZE. Taste: loads of dark chocolate and a surprising amount of vanilla, with notes of oak, cream, molasses, espresso, dark brown sugar, and under it all a major current of bourbon. Finish: long, with slowly fading bittersweet chocolate and a rising alcohol warmth in the belly. Notes: Wowza. I could probably only drink this once a year. Sunday morning breakfast stout of the week, birthday 2012.
prosper0 (15) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 31, 2012
2010 & 2011 bottles.
Good dark brown color and tan head not much head but as expected due to the barrel aging. Great rich sweet aroma that definitely smells like molasses and caramel, slight hint of bourbon. Flavor is amazing, great balance, sweet, complex. Chocolate mixed with caramel and coffee, ever slight oak/smoke to it that just makes the balance perfect. Not much hop to this one :) Fantastic bourbon and malt pairing, one of the best. STL_Drew (153) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 28, 2012
No head, dark
Smooth creamy boozy
This is a nice stout, on tap in small sifter EdKing (2648) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2012
My 1000th rating, care of Mr Paul Unwin. I was a bit hesitant about going for the KBS. Was not a fan of Bourbon County Stout. Opened this and looked into the neck of the bottle to see the swirling smokey aroma released. One sniff and it was pure dark chocolate. A very good start. Next sniff and there’s a strong whiff of bourbon whiskey barrel. That grainy smokey sweetness. Hope it’s not going to overwhelm the flavours. So, smokey oak barrel, bourbon whiskey, dark chocolate, expresso coffee, spice, minerally. Colour is opaque black, thin tan head. There’s some carbonation bubbles in there but not too much. Taste is a surprise. Really well balanced. Big hit of dark chocolate, black coffee and some sweet bourbon whiskey, but it’s not overwhelming. There’s some carbonation, which tingles with the bourbon flavour, but as it goes down it’s smooth dark choc and black coffee. Perfect balance. Watching Danny Boyle’s Olympics Opening Ceremony. Perfect night. chicowv (477) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - JUL 27, 2012
12 oz bottle thanks to Pat: Pours dark black with a big brown head. Aroma is of strong coffee, chocolate malts and slightly bourbon. Taste is complex, dark deep bourbon and chocolate with floral hops to balance. Bourbon and chocolate are still the primary flavor notes, but they all balance well to make one of the best beers I have had.