jar72404 (426) - USA - MAR 23, 2011
Bottle (2011 vintage). Pours black with thin tan head. Aroma is faint bourbon and chocolate. Flavor is bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate. The
2011 vintage tastes smoother and more mellow than I remember the 2010 being. wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Pours pitch black as expected. The fading head is brown as leather. Nose is dominated by bourbon whiskey, raisins, maybe some plums, strong oak notes, sweet caramel wood, vanilla, and mild chocolate. Big barrel dominance. Taste is hugely dominated by vanilla, bourbon, oak, and alcohol warmth. Pretty smooth for it’s strength and full bodied. Good barrel aged stout but a little warm. jw0406 (1264) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2011
12 oz bottle black pours a pitch black with a nice tan head. . Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, coffee and chocolate. Absolutely perfect mouthfeel, like velvet. An absolutely incredible beer arkurzynski (2406) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 20, 2011
UPDATED: APR 4, 2016 Falls out of bottle black. Rolling head that errupts from surface. Gentle, even carbonation. Nose of bourbon, vanilla, wood, gentle roasted malts. Coffee, smooth chocolate milk, vanilla, wood. Whipped cream consistency. Smooth, smooth, smooth. Smokes the competition. Perfect example of how bourbon aging improves a beer and doesn’t overwhelm. A masterpiece that lives up to reputation. Re-rate 2013: Various vintages. Up and down barrel qualities. Bourbon isn’t as forward as other bourbon-barreled beers. Muted undertones of base beer. Always needs at least 3-6 months of aging. Reality rate -0.4. Re-rate 2015: Nice nose of chocolate, light bourbon, and coffee. Flavor is hot and woody. Bourbon notes relatively low/masked by booze. Let it sit. -0.2 Re-rate 2016: Nice balance. Not overly hot. Easy drinker than past years. Drink now. +0.3 jlanning215 (363) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2011
This pour pitch black with a small dark tan head. If you watch it pour with light flowing through, you can see that it is actually dark red in color. The aroma is sweet and malty. Slightly smokey and rich. Taste is much the same. Finishes dry like dark chocolate. Really roasty and sweet and silky. The bourbon is nicely balanced. The wood definitely makes this beer smooth and finish dry and delicious. The bourbon barrel taste is right on point with not to much dominating the whole experience. A great brew for sure.
dj4u2no (13) - Alabama, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Marshmallows, malty, brown sugar, bourbon sweet stout taste. Super smooth and silky mouth feel. Even balanced...more malty and hops barely noticeable. ABV barely noticeable in finish. Great late night sippin brew. Packs a huge amount of flavor and is extra savory. Sweet and smooth, KBS packs a punch that leaves you satisfied. Countering this with a fat tire type beer would keep you drinking longer.
Appreciate it! adnielsen (10601) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2014 Bottle @ Waldo’s in KC. Deep black appearance with a dark brown head. Dark roasted chocolate malty nose with light espresso, oak, vanilla, and sweet bourbon. Thick malty mouthfeel. Dark chocolate malty flavor with additional flavors of sweet bourbon, excellent, coffee, light vanilla, and some oak. The great thing about this beer is that the oak and the bourbon complement the beer rather than dominate it. Roasty, malty, light bourbon finish. Everything comes together ever so nicely. Excellent! Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Finally got to try this, on tap for St. Patrick’s Day at Mekong. Pours an oily black with very little head. Big aroma of coffee and vanilla. Flavor matches. Liquor is evident, but smooth, in perfect balance with a great imperial stout. Very well done. RoscoeJackson (372) - Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2011
Bigtime bourbon. This lived up to the hype. Who knows what RyanMM is smoking over on the east side. Nice looking beer with a medium-big body and lots of vanilla and bourbon. Worth $7 a bottle once a year. It’s super limited availability certainly probably lends to overrating, but this one delivers as a top beer. ajd6c8 (70) - USA - MAR 18, 2011
This is how barrel aging is done. I admit I was skeptical that the Breakfast Stout would be improved by the aging. Blown away. Easily the most interesting and complex stout I’ve ever had.