Steve_0 (3818) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Sampled at GABF ’12. Pour is pitch black in appearance with a moderately sized dark brown head and good lacing. Huge coffee in the aroma, roasted chocolate, espresso, light biscuit, malty, sweet bourbon, and a touch of vanilla. Taste is again big coffee, earthy roasted notes, cocoa nibs, wood, and bourbon. Thick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. The overroasted coffee taste, is a bit overbearing and gives chili-like off-flavors; something is a little off. Still a delicious beer, but it misses out on exceptional because I can’t get past that chili flavor. Garbageman (487) - Lexington, South Carolina, USA - OCT 11, 2012
One of my new Top 10 beers. Perfect for breakfast or dessert. Aroma was great with the bourbon barrel aging and the coffee taste. b79turner (261) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - OCT 9, 2012
Wow! Thank you Hop City B’ham for bringing this in! Unfortunately it only lasted for a few hours before selling out. After trying this beer, I understand why. Growler poured into a tulip glass. Oily black pour with a fluffy tan head...lacing all around the glass. Nose is absolutely fantastic! Bourbon, chocolate, burnt sugar, creamy...just wonderful. Taste is chocolate milk and bourbon with a nice alcohol burn, certainly a sipper. It gets better and better as it warms. I enjoyed the standard Breakfast Stout, but this really takes it to another level. Wonderful bourbon barrel aged stout! PrattBenjamin (32) - - OCT 9, 2012
Bottle. This shit is delicious. Aroma of oak, vanilla, and booze. Super dark and rich without being cloying. Smoky rich and dry likely from the bourbon barrel. Texturally big and finish is clean.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2014 Pours motor oil like with no head. Smells of heavy chocolate, vanilla, licorice, wood, bourbon and boozey. Taste is like chocolate sauce and light bourbon booze. Very good, but a bit hot. Actually like the standard breakfast stout better. Gotta find some again this year.
Tried a 2011 bottle on Dec 20, 2012. Same impression as before, like the regular FBS better, but this one is a nice warming yumminess. Only complait is there’s no more coffee flavor. Just sort of bourbony, and slightly metallic but nothing serious.
2013 bottle pretty fresh on 5/3/13. This one seems thicker than before with a little more vanilla. Bourbon is still a little harsh and there are others of the stule I prefer. Still a neat beer though.
Tried 2014 bottle and blew away other vintages. Silky and awesome. Score is for this rating.
wheresyourball (575) - El Cajon, California, USA - OCT 8, 2012
Obtained in a trade, thanks Brian. 12 ouncer pours thick black with very small head. Smells of bourbon, chocolate and vanilla. Very smooth mouthfeel, little carbonation. Sweet chocolate, coffee, vanilla, maybe a little ash. Really good.
maekchu (4098) - Hirakata, JAPAN - OCT 8, 2012
Bottle. 2010. Super strong coffee syrup, sweet chocolate aromas -- then the bourbon sneaks in ans takes over. Pitch black. Coffee flavors begin smoothly, and then go a bit harsh. Medium body. Good balance. The bourbon complements the aromas and flavors, and does not overwhelm things. Maybe a touch past its prime. Had the same vintage two years ago, and it was much richer and fuller. Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2012
Bottled 2/25/11, Thanks Gushue3 for the trade!
Poured into my Founder Snifter glass (I’m tacky like that)
A: Poured very thick, like a deep black cream. 1 finger brown head leaving a nice ring lace around the glass.
S: The smells that immediately hit my nose are incredible. Coffee grinds with an incredible malt backbone. Bitter chocolate with a slight bourbon smell on the very end.
T: I’ve never tasted anything like this. A light creamy vanilla with a roast coffee back. Smooth malts and milk chocolates finishing with a nice sweet bourbon and light woody taste.
M: Heavy bodied with an amazing lingering mouthfeel. Slight carbonation with a nice oily film that leaves an amazing subtle coffee with vanilla taste. Coats the palate with precision.
O: WOW! This was my first KBS and it didn’t last long. This is by far the best beer I’ve ever had. The complexities of this beer are outstanding: the roasted malts, bitter coffee, sweet chocolates and vanilla, finished out with the wonderful hints of bourbon and the oak make this an incredible beer. I hope every BA gets a chance to try this beauty at least once.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-24-2011 GothGargoyle (2588) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 1, 2012
Solid black with a small brown head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, vanilla, hint of bourbon and wood. Slick mouthfeel, sweet and smooth on the palate. Taste is chocolate, vanilla, hint of coffee. Delicious!
77ships (11479) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 1, 2012
#1350 - Thx. to Dennis for a beast that is heavily hunted but rare in these parts - 33 cl. bottle sampled @ Borefts 2012 - 2011 bottle - indeed the cover is lovely tongue in cheek - very dark brown with close to no head - nose is heavy, of nicely sludgy thick bourbon, near vinous coffee, sweet coffee and tad darker wood - taste is syrupy, bourbon. brownies, chocolate, sweet coffee, bourbon sludge, cocoa, vanilla, bit boozy - oily, rather syrupy - more different than expected & more about being different rather than better or worse than the regular - damn neat stuff - this is a store beer somewhere - not too shabby