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RATINGS: 2412   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A bit of backwoods pleasure without the banjo. This strong stout is brewed with a hint of coffee and vanilla then aged in oak bourbon barrels. Our process ensures that strong bourbon undertones come through in the finish in every batch we brew. We recommend decanting at room temperature and best enjoyed in a brandy snifter.

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4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jb (3061) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 25, 2010
Bottle from Zach8270 in trade, thanks Zach! Beautiful looking, jet black, just of hint of red, thick tan head to start. Nose is special, a bit of alcohol, vanilla, a touch of bourbon, and chocolate. Also a bit woody and smoky and big in general. Palate is heavy and full from the start. Lots of big flavors, heavy bourbon, wood, alcohol, some dark fruit, starts velvety and oily, ends very dry. I wonder what this will be liked aged a bit? Very nice, taste and feel could be blended a bit better, but a top quality beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (3145) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2010
The aroma of smoke and bourbon come through strong on top of roasty malts. The appearance is a bit thick, and very dark with a mocha head leaves a small surface around the rim of the glass. The flavor starts out with the bourbon and then gives a plethora of delicious flavors - creamy coffee, vanilla, smoke like a cigar, and bourbon again. This is a BIG special beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wmubronco1992 (709) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2010
UPDATED: APR 10, 2015 Bottle into a snifter glass. Pours an opaque black. Good sized dark tan head. Solid aroma of bouron, but maybe not as big as others have described. This is a newer bottle, so maybe a year in the celler will improve it. Nice balanced flavors of coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. Some hoppy bitterness. More so then the Founders Imperial or Breakfast stouts. Full body that leaves you very satisfied. Excellent stout that I will drink again however maybe I was a victim of reading so many reviews so there was a little disapointment when it didnt blow me away. 4-10-15 - Drinking the last of my 2010 KBS. Amazing how well it has held up. Its a different beast then it was 5 yrs ago. The aroma bourbon is extremely pronounced. The dark roast and bitter is still there. Definitely a well aged beast.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrooHa (121) - New York, USA - APR 24, 2010
Pours dark. Very viscous in appearance alone. I would think it flat if not for the carbonation pop I heard when opening the bottle. Very slight head formation, like something rising from the deep. But it never materializes and simply forms a very, very fine, tan ring on the perimeter. Id score it higher for looks but its just black and the lack of head (which is always a sad thing) kinda detracts from the visual appeal. But WOW does it smell great! Bourbon and oak are up front. Maybe plum? Chocolate notes as well. Very viscous in the mouth. Surprisingly, more coffee and cocoa-like chocolate up front. Bourbon notes more noticeable in the finish. Sweet but very smooth. I like that you can smell the bourbon but not really be overwhelmed by it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hamrech (134) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2010
Holy hell. One of the very buck wildest beers Ive ever had. Bourbon County stout is awesome but this snuffs out even a cellared Bourbon County without question. Smell is heavy with bourbon and seemingly (strangely) both chocolate and vanilla. Coffee is present but not overwhelming. Pour is black as night with zero head, almost exactly like coffee but with a few bubbles, texture/mouth is fairly similar as well. These things are all pretty cool and all, but the taste, fuck me! It is one of the weirdest, most multifaceted flavors Ive ever come across, if not of all time. Bourbon/wood up front, hops come second (VERY pronounced hop presence for this type of brew), then chocolate, then smoke, tapering to a bizarre sour finish; then the hops come back and linger and finally somehow the smoke trails back in and joins them. There are literally seven distinct layers. This is a ludicrous brew and one of the best Ive ever had.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 20, 2010
Pours out like thick liquified tar from the 12oz. bottle, dark tan creamy head, courtesy of daknole (thanks, Dakine!): A powerful bouquet of freshly roasted coffee, bourbon, vanilla, oak, firm dark chocolate, dried fruits, and smoke. Flavor notes of bitter whole coffee beans, vanilla, maple syrup and rich chocolate. Creamy thick mouthfeel, silky smooth finish, with warming bourbon to slowly heat the palate throughout. Outstanding. Drinkability: Godly. You may not believe your newfound superhuman senses, but believe the hype. Pairing: Prime bone-in rib eye over seasonal mushrooms, all topped with peppercorn cognac. Rebuy: Duh. #420 on 20042010 "420 on 420!" DG.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chickencoop (188) - California, USA - APR 18, 2010
First off, not a fan of the double imperial stouts so dont listen to me, but the hype surrounding this opened my eyes. On that note, putting this in perspective with its peers, this is pretty solid. Big dark pour, bourbon smell carries throughout, finish was big booze, with booze on top. I liked this, not so much drinkable, but one of the best imperial stouts ive ever had, complex and huge in every sip.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2010
Deep inky pour with a big head that went into minimal lacing, the aroma is big and bourbon-coffee. But the body seems to have thinned a bit much, and theres a slightly sour aftertaste. Im sorry for founders that I did not read the label this is not my style and I am not fair with them, coffee should stay out of beer. I only drank half Im glad I only bought 1 and not a 4 pack!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2010
12 ounce bottle served in a Founders snifter/tulip type glass. Jet black, with a 1 inch dark brown head that recedes quickly leaving just a little lacing on the glass. Coffee and chocolate flavors dominate any other aroma, especially the coffee. Lots of different flavors in the taste -- Vanilla, coffee, bourbon, rum, and lots of grains and maltiness. Thick, rich and full bodied. Lots of boozy alcohol finish to it. I seek this beer out every year when it comes out, mainly based on its reputation and scarcity in the market. Its very different and very good, but also very pricey, and I think just a bit overrated -- the bourbon and coffee flavors mixed together just dont do it for me -- Id much prefer a Goose Island Bourbon stout. Im not saying its a bad beer, or I dont like it, just that when I rate it objectively its not on on my list of top 10 beers in the world.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sherm1016 (1273) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 14, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2011 12oz bottle, 2011 vintage. Pours a jet black with a tan head and nice lacing. Aroma is bourbon. Not too heavy on the palate with average carbonation, but maybe above average for the style. Flavor is bourbon, coffee, roasted malt, some vanilla...amazingly complex. Absolutely deserving of its reputation as one of the best beers in the world. ****Origingal Rating (4/14/10): Bottle from Ottos on Oakland. A very big, dark stout. The bourbon flavor is not overpowering at all. Overall, this is an excellent beer, and Im glad I have another one in the beer fridge.


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