Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2012
12oz bottle thanks to thirdeye11 - vertical of 2009 and 2011 vintages.
Pitch black pour with a creamy tan head. Big time bourbon aromas - smells amazing! Vanilla, chocolate, and some natural peanut butter. Flavor is nutty and roasted with a wonderful chocolately, bourbon finish. A great example of what bourbon barrel aging can do. olio (10272) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 6, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2015 queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2012
355 ml bottle. 2015 vintage.
The coffee on the aroma is quite overwhelming, lots of roasted malts and dark chocolate and subtle vanilla notes, the oak barrel notes are quite faint. Dark chocolate and cocoa on the flavor, some licorice, sweet vanilla, bitter coffee and roasted malts. Very subtle bready notes on the finish. Creamy smooth palate with a bitter coffee kick on the aftertaste. Very rich and damn tasty slow sipper.
355 ml bottle @ Laiti.
Rated on 20101106.
Black color. Aroma of liquorice, vanilla, chocolate and dark malts. Flavor of liquorice, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and vanilla.
Original rating: 9-5-8-4-17.
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.
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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 (3826) - 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.