rickycore (5) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 19, 2011 does not count
If somehow I was stuck in some weird paradox and I could only have one beer for the rest of my life this would be it. Amazingly balanced yet extremely complex. Moth feel is soft with very little alcohol heat. Tastes of chocolate, woody bourbon and coffee throughout each sip. orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2011
2010 Bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
A - Pours jet black with a nice one finger tall khaki head, dissipating down to a thin film, leaving
S - Smells of coffee grounds, warm bourbon, light chocolate sweetness, dark roasted malts, and some dulled heat. A bit of dry oak and rubbing alcohol comes thru as it comes to room temp. Not too bad.
T - Starts off with some dark roasted coffee giving way slowly to a mix of dulled chocolaty sweetness and some dry wood tannins. Finish is a mix of dark roast and muted bourbon heat. About a year in the bottle now and it seems to have dulled the coffee and bourbon heat a bit but that is to be expected. I like the direction it is headed in. Canít wait to try this one again in a year.
M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Big, full, feel with a mix of coffee grounds and dulled bourbon heat in the finish.
D - Pretty good. Even with the high ABV. it is still very drinkable. The dark flavors can wear on you over the course of multiple servings but it is worth it. I look forward to this release every year and while I like this beer out of the bottle, I love it on-tap. Canít wait to sit down with a draft and see how it shapes up. eugenecat (13) - Nebraska, USA - OCT 7, 2011
Man do I ever love this stuff. The coffee on the nose, the body on the tongue, the fact that I canít drink it slowly enough or quickly enough ... itís just a fantastic and well-developed beer. Anyone who loves both coffee and stout must try this. One of the best combinations yet brewed. Another to seek out would be Mikkelerís Beer Geek Brunch, which is one of the only beers of the style Iíd place on par with Founders KBS. Daytonbeer (730) - Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2011
Ok....I thought I was acquanted with the best beers in the world. Iím ashamed that I havenít have this one before. Wow. Aroma is amazing. Bouban with malts. Taste is coffee and bourbon. Vanilla lingers. Awesome. TheHopster (1111) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2011
On draft at the Cloverleaf during Founders takeover night. An extremely complex Imperial Stout with coconut, alcohol, coffee, bourbon & oak flavors and aroma. This is what we were all here for. The 1/4 barrel was tapped promptly a 5íoclock and kicked within 18 minutes! This beer enigma barely lived up to the hype, but what really could?
QuezXLV (423) - Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2011
Vanilla and coconut in the aroma and a hint of alcohol. Very dark, almost black, with a tan thick head. The burbon is very strong but very pleasant; hints of vanilla and the alcohol is well hidden. Heavy on the palate and foamy; enjoyable. Only thing Iíve had better is Goose Island Vanilla Bourbon Stout. RGDave (113) - Lebanon, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2012 W O W. I am not one to believe much hype, preferring to try beers and make my own opinions, but this beer was worth the talk. 12 oz bottle. Iíve had it on tap too. Beer pours thick and black, with a small tan head; aroma is mild but complicated - layers, almost. A dark coffee/chocolate/bourbon aroma - rich, and satsifying, but subtle. First taste is nothing short of amazing. Thick, rich, almost a dark toffee taste with that perfect bourbon overtone. YUM! Taste is perfectly rounded; the layers of richness are balanced very well by the sweetness and reserved carbonation. Finish is rich, like having eaten a piece of the best home-made dark-chocolate pie (if the crust were made with bourbon) you could imagine. Simply put: the best beer Iíve ever had. iugrad93 (265) - Indiana, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Black pour and brown head, thick with aggressive pour. Lacing everywhere. Roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, notes of vanilla, and booze. Taste is strong sweet at first sip, but the bourbon steps in to offset that, and leaves a bitter finish. Beer is big; thick, sticky, and creamy. Overall, this is a damn good one. Iím not a big bourbon barrel guy because most brewers make that the focal point of the beer. But this one does not and there is just enough oakiness and booziness to make this one a favorite. theyshookhands (243) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2011
2010 draft in a 4 oz tasting glass. Pours pitch black with a small dark tan head. Aroma is of alcohol, caramel, lots of coffee, buts, dark chocolate, roasted malts and burnt wood. Has a strong alcohol presence, lots of coffee, almost like espresso flavour, chocolate, caramel and roasted malts. Really bitter finish, alcohol in the throat, coffee feel. INDASTRIA (129) - Berlin & Rome, GERMANY - SEP 21, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2012 Bottle @ Bir & Fud bottega. Thatís one of my favorite beers and maybe i wonít be honest about it. Appearance: solid black color, brown foamy rocky head. Aroma. WTF... the heaven? The balance between the Founders IRS (i got its trademark for sure) and the bourbon aging is absolutely perfect. a lot of chocolate, coffee, espresso, vanilla, cocoa beans, malt a little bit of booze. The taste is even more intense, some sweet cheese (you know mascarpone? I guess the KBS is the perfect beer for tiramistout) and wood come in addiction to the rest. some herbal notes are slightly perceptible but the beer is quite bitter on the tongue. anyway iím sure youíll get the sweetness among the rest. Full body, really smooth mouth feel. 11.2abv? not a clue. youíll loose money betting it had just 8/9 abv because it is incredible enjoyable regardless the boozy notes. more intense than long dry, bitter and sweet, bourbon finish.
The beer is actually not so complex as you might think. Anyway the result is almost perfect and it remains the benchmark for the bourbon barrel aging IMO.
Iíve started being a Bourbon advocate and enthusiast lately, so i was much curios about which bourbon barrels they use for the KBS and i already wrote the response in the review. I was right, not a premium one, but smooth and sweet enough, a good choice because it never outmatches the beer. Anway other beers aged in the same kind of barrels got a totally different result.
This one remains even better than the (in)famous CBS which i had some weeks ago.