downender (8584) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2011
Bottle shared by Paul Unwin - thanks Paul! Almost back with a slight, tan head. Big charred malts, coffee, vanilla oak and bitter chocolate aroma. Flavour had cocoa, more wood, roastiness aplenty, some caramel sweetness and lingering whisky warmth in a dry finish. Great. ryanfolty (2540) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2011
UPDATED: APR 12, 2013 Date: September 6, 2011 Mode: Bottle Source: Stout Tasting, Lakeville, MN Appearance: Opaque black, slight tan head and good lacing. Aroma: Bourbon, oak and coffee. Flavor: Consistent with aroma, thick bodied, and alcohol finish. Other: Best stout at the tasting, which is saying a lot considering the lineup included BCS, Breakfast Stout, Expedition and Peche!
April 12, 2013 - cracked a fresh bottle that I picked up at the brewery. The coffee and oak are very forward in this batch and the bourbon is there but takes a back seat. No change to my ratings. 41cubs (250) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Smells of charred wood, soy sauce, molasses and some dirty shroom notes in the back. Flavor is gentle up front with some dark honey and molasses but then explodes in the middle with big smokey, gamey distilled liquor flavors. The beer finishes long and strong with the alcohol and hard coffee roast present at the end for sure. Really drinkable in terms of weight and not to coating either. Reminds me more of a porter than a stout of substantial heft. Waited a while on this and tasted many along the way. I think itís more approachable these days and allows for you to detect all the flavors a bit more readily than when punchy, hot and fresh. Thank You Founders. 2009 12oz. JoePeesie (925) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2011
The folks tin KY must have a lot of hair on their feet if they drink this for breakfast! Its a big bourbon treat. pours jet black with a tan head. Nose and taste of vanilla, bourbon, and coffee. Best served warmish and enjoyed slowly. tmongoose (2504) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 6, 2011
have had in bottle a couple times but this is the first time on draft at the thirsty monk. can i just say eat your hearts out. solid black pour with frothy brown/tan head and the lacing sticks all he way to the last sip. coffee, chocolate, bourbon flavors of ambrosia in a glass. the dark roasted malts are right on and this is just simply the best. others may differ but you got to give them credit.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.
Appearance: Pure black with thin cappuccino colored head and some spotty lacing.
Aroma: Lots of layers here - chocolate, espresso beans, vanilla, oak, cherry, cocoa, char and molasses.
Taste: Chocolate, coffee, molasses and licorice upfront and then becomes more bourbon-like with vanilla, oak and cherry. Rich, complex and delectable.
Palate: Low carbonation, thick and chewy body, wonderfully smooth, extremely warming - almost burns down the throat.
Overall: Fantastic cross between an Imperial Stout, coffee ale, and Bourbon-aged beer. Never before have I finished a beer over 10% abv and immediately wanted a second. Too bad I have a kids to get to sleep and canít pass out before they do. ClubGonzo (5668) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 31, 2011
HONORARY RATING for "The King of RateBeer Norway", Yngwie, who just reached 8000 ratings AND celebrates his birthday at the very same day - talk about excellent timing! :-) Bottle, from trade. Pours a mighty black, oily body with a big caramel-hued creamy retention, which graces the beer with its presence for a little while before slowing down to an elegant film on top of the black surface. While the aroma is not striking at first, further inquiry reveals an highly integrated aromatic profile consisting of several elements: bourbon and burnt espresso up front, then I get the licorice, alcohol, vanilla, wood, leather and some smooth nutty hints somewhere in the mix. Very nice. Taste is strong coffee tones coming in early, then alcohol-propelled wooden oaky tones laced with licorice, vanilla, bourbon and hints of leather. Initially only a breath of bourbon booze is present, but as the sip sets itself in my stomach a warming alcohol sets in and gives off the high ABV. Smooth and oily mouthfeel, with a low carbonation level. The coffee tones are really present and provides a great deal of bitterness throughout the palate, without ever being in the way of such little finesses as the subtle tones of coconut and Brazil nuts in the aftertaste. A very fine bourbon BA stout indeed, and a worthy beer for raising the glass for Yngwie. Chin chin! :-) simianninja (4) - USA - AUG 27, 2011 does not count
Initial thoughts ... Alcohol and coffee aroma are still pretty strong ... although the coffee has dissipated somewhat from the flavor while the strong alcohol taste usually associated with a fresh KBS is almost nil. Lacing is still pretty nice around the glass with a faint tan band residing just above the top of the liquid throughout the drink. The dissipated coffee flavor brings out more of a chocolate flavor with a creamy finish on the mouth feel. Aftertaste has a bit of the bourbon / oak qualities. Overall I like it ... I donít think aging does this anywhere near the justice that it does with a BCBS ... but I do like the subdued coffee and alcohol tastes (I just think that this yearís version was a bit over the top with both). j12601 (11055) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Had this during the 2011 Shenandoah Throwdown. Oddly, this falls into that weird category of stuff that Iíve surprisingly never rated. Bottle (we believe) of the 2011 release. Pours a deep black with a medium sized tan head. Big warm roast, soft bourbon and wood. Medium bodied, chocolate and brownies, cocoa. Sweet cocoa, light alcohol, chocolate and vanilla. Melting ice cream, long chocolate, and light bourbon on the finish. tool2scream (188) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 24, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2011 Aroma: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, oak, bourbon, and a slight hint of almost smoke or pepper. A little more oak. Oak.
Appearance: Black, seemingly thick, with a very, very, very thin red-brown head.
Palate: Overall itís silky and smooth, has an interesting puffy texture. Very soft. Not as sticky as most in the style. I prefer Goose Islandís BCBS sticky mouthfeel, but this is still a 5/5.
Taste: Big, balanced, smooth. Very, very malty. Nice coffee bitterness to balance it, with some bitter and milk chocolate flavors. It all balances out with big flavors of bitter and sweet. Somewhere around the third quarter you get hit with the toasty bourbon and loads and loads of oak. Very similar to some California Cabernets in this regard.
Itís almost a Vaynerchuk oak-monster. But, itís so balanced that you love it. Oak and bourbon are such great friends for beer, and this beer shows off the benefits of the relationship so well. Absolutely gorgeous beer.
loooong aftertaste of hersheyís chocolate.