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. I’ve 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 I’ve 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. I’m 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. That’s one of my favorite beers and maybe i won’t 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 i’m sure you’ll get the sweetness among the rest. Full body, really smooth mouth feel. 11.2abv? not a clue. you’ll 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.
I’ve 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.
unclemike (3124) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - SEP 20, 2011
Pours black with a thin, dark tan head. The aroma is vanilla, molasses, coffee, oak, and maple syrup. The flavor is very malty and sweet, with a little roasty bitterness in the finish. The palate is heavy and thick, syrupy, and coats your throat on the way down. A little alcohol warming, but not as much as I expected. This is a wonderfully flavorful and fun beer.
scotchzi (302) - Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Pour is thick black little head. Aroma is coffee vanilla coffee. Taste is a little sweeter coffee ash smoke. hivemind (915) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2011 On tap at Blind Tiger with Andy, Streets, James and Baron. Jet black pour with deep, milk chocolate brown head and quickly vanishing lacing. Aroma is alcohol and a heavy, greasy sort of scent that makes me think of sausage. Palate is smooth dark chocolate and some sweet malts. Not overly impressed, but this was interesting and I’d try again. downender (8659) - 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 (2553) - 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 it’s 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.