RATINGS: 2684   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
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.

2016 vintage - 12.4% abv 2017 vintage - 11.9% abv

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bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2011 KBS Tapping Party at Vintage Estates.Draft this beer is black as night with a thin ring of light brown head. Coffee, chocolate and bourbon on the nose. Bourbon, bitter dark chocolate, coffee and wood. Very thick mouthfeel and this beer coats and hangs on the tongue! This is an awesome beer!

beerchugger (717) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2011
Tapping party at Vintage Estate. Pours pitch black with no head and no lace. Smells faintly of coffee and vanilla. It’s so cold that its hard to pick out any dominate aromas. Tastes of vanilla and caramel are notable up front. Bitter roasted coffee, dark cocoa, tobacco, and a warming booze effect just before the finish. There is a nice charred oak flavor and bitter roast lingers in the finish. This is heavy, thick, and viscuous with an oily mouth

bibblebomber (6) - USA - MAR 15, 2011 does not count
what more is there to be said about this fantastic brew. great dark pour with minimal head, bourbon on the nose, coffee on the palate with slight hints of chocolate.this is my first year trying KBS from founder’s and I must say that it has lived up to it’s reputation and then some. I was fortunate to grab as many 4packs as possible and will be sitting on these for years to come.

freedivesurfer (15) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2011
12oz bottle. Bottled 2/25/2011. Thanks to Lighthouse Beer and Wine. Poured in snifter. Nose of vanilla and oaky bourbon. Color is a deep brownish black, with a minimal tan head. Vanilla is very upfront with the oak and bourbon notes strong in the finish. KBS is lighter on the palate than one would think, I want it to be fuller. With much anticipation this beer did not disappoint. Very close to a perfect beer. Pretty stand alone in my beer world, not much to compare it to.

pushkinwow (2910) - Ottawa, CANADA - MAR 5, 2011
12oz bottle, 2010 batch. Pours a dark black with a brown head, quickly disappearing to very light lacing. Huge bourbon nose, vanilla, hints of coffee and chocolate, little bit of smokiness/oak. Not quite as full-bodied as I would like but delicious - bitter and bourbon in the mouth, finish is not as overly complex but does bourbon and sweetness/vanilla does linger quite well. Overall its a delicious BA stout, would love to be able to get this on a regular basis - like it with a little bit of time so that the bourbon cools a bit but not too much time so that it gets "watered" down.

mcberko (19222) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 3, 2011
12 oz. bottle, courteous of Glouglouburp, pours jet black with a beautiful ring of dark brown head. Deep, complex aroma of bourbon, vanilla, molasses, espresso and roastiness - all working and meshing together beautifully. Flavour initially reveals the vanilla with notes of espresso, followed by big bourbon notes and a considerable alcohol burn. Body is viscous, thick, chewy, caramely, etc. A wonderful treat - thanks a lot, Dany.

SourNotes (104) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2011
Pours dark black with hot chocolate head. poured semi-hard into a brandy snifter to get a nice finger of head. the retention was medium. there always remained some swirling foam atop the beer.

The smell is of raosted coffee and chocolate. There is a ton of malt in here to compete with the bourbon and coffee. some oakiness mingled in

The taste is definately a lot like the smell. I get tons of bitter chocolate on this. roasted coffee and roasted malts. there are definately some vanilla and oak in here that i think bring out the chocolate flavors. I catch some dark fruit tastes, in the likes of cherry, fig, prune, or raisin I would say. There is a good deal of alcohol burn in this. The warmer it got the more vanilla and sweetness comes through. the roastiness all but dissapears. the bourbon starts soft but ends strong as you drink through this beer.

Thick, syrupy, almost chewy mouthfeel. just enough carbonation to scrub itself off.

Took me a long time to plow through a 12 oz bottle of this. So heavy, tons of complex flavors. In the End, i felt it was too boozy.

This would taste awsome with Kentucky Pecan Pie. thats all i gotta say.

hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Poured from 12oz bottle after a nice day of hiking in Joshua Tree National Park. Pours black as night with no head at all. Very little carbonation to speak of in this one. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate and coffee. Taste is similar to aroma. The coffee and alcohol predominate. The mouthfeel was lacking...it needed just a bit more carbonation. Maybe I got a bad bottle...I have another that I hope will have better carbonation.

crossovert (14019) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2017 THe Amazing Kosmicki’s Highly Acclaimed KBS. I’m popping it in celebration of completion of my winter term finals, and appropriately, for breakfast. Served lightly chilled. 09 vintage thanks to scubarex, unfortunately with the twist off, but it is only a year old so im not worried about oxidation. I can smell this one even with the cap on.

Pours into my orange juice glass a dense pitch black with hints of ruby/brown at the extreme edges of the glass. The thick, liquid looks like motor oil as it exits the bottle. The creamy cocoa/tan head is thick and creamy and about a finger thick. It dissipates within a minute leaving behind a frosting of lacing one the sides of the glass and a foamy layer above the beer. Looks tasty.

The smell is bursting with a large hit of coffee with some chocolatey notes and a nice kick of bourbon. The bourbon lends some nice malty scents and a touch of woody vanilla. Unlike the FBS this oen doesn’t have any sign of hops on the nose.

This beer is thick and intoxicating. The bourbon takes center stage in the taste, much like a BCS but with a leveling amount of coffee that balances out the beer immensely. The oak and vanilla also make a larger appearance and taste delightful, creating a breakfast stout above the others. THE hops make their presence in the after taste with a tiny hint of citrus, that is one of the main tings that makes this brew so amazing, its subtleties. The coffee, alcohol, and hops linger in the back of the throat while creamy, chocolatey malt lingers in on the tongue and roof of the mouth. The biitterness is perfect and the alcohol and sweetness aren’t overt or cloying.

The mouthfeel is right on in my opinion, it is lightly carbonated, but not under carbonated. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy without being over the top.

This is a monster of a stout, though I’m not a coffee fan the flavor in this beer just explode on the palate and mingle with each other perfectly thus creating a highly delectable beer for my palate.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-28-2010 17:03:20

oobawa (1804) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2011 This bottle’s two years old and drinking near perfect. The bourbon has mellowed into a smoky finish, while the chocolate upstages the coffee (it’s the other way around with regular Breakfast Stout.) Not a trace of the alcohol, either. Just pure stout deliciousness. If only they’d make a version of this beer aged in maple syrup barrels...

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