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RATINGS: 2701   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.

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

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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeremyh70 (1115) - Missouri, USA - APR 11, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2015 2015: Appearance is the same as previous years. Milk chocolate hits the nose first in the aroma followed by bourbon, cherry, vanilla and hints of wood. The taste follows the same path as the nose with chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and a bit of cherry. The coffee presents itself much more in the taste with a smooth flavor. Also get some drying wood flavor. Some lingering coffee and roast in the aftertaste. Very nice creamy mouthfeel. Very well made with expertly blended flavors. 2014: Pours black with ruby highlights, a finger of dark khaki head that dissipates to an attractive foam with nice lacing. The bourbon comes through in the aroma and so does the oak from the barrels. Also some sweet chocolate and only a faint hint of coffee. The taste is at first sweet with cocoa and a nice vanilla, then the bourbon flavor appears along with a pleasant touch of alcohol warmth. You then get a chocolate covered coffee bean flavor and only a touch of bitterness. Finishes with more chocolate and a bit of oak woodiness. Mouthfeel is creamy and somewhat sticky with a medium/full body. Carbonation is medium with small bubbles. Alcohol legs appear in lacing. Exceptionally well integrated flavors that compliment each other and never overpower one another. A sipper that is highly enjoyable. ---Jeremy H


5
cwill (109) - Parkesburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2018
Jet black pour into a chalice. Thin than head that quickly disappeared. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla and coffee. Taste of pure decadence following the nose with hints of roasted malt, bourbon and cherries; very complex. Smooth mouth feel with a creamy bitter finish. One of the best beers I've tasted for sure.

4.1
DavidSvinth (374) - DENMARK - JAN 15, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2018 Tap på Mikkellerbar Aarhus. Dybsort med brunt skum. Tyktflydende. Vidunderlig aroma af brændt malt og kaffe. Behagelig og dog kompleks i munden. Flot balance mellem sødme og bitterhed. Fuld krop. Lang eftersmag.

2.7
skylast (13) - Monmouthshire, WALES - JAN 12, 2018
From bottle, 11.9%. Coffee, licorice, slightly caramel aroma. Opaque, black, frothy. Medium bitterness. Full body, slick feel, soft carbonation, bitter finish. I much preferred the none coffee version.

4.9
damzz (530) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 7, 2018
2016 Vintage: Pours a deep dark black with no 50 shades of gray with a dark beige head leaving lacing. The nose is chocolate and coffee - really ;>). Surprisingly, it is full bodied /sarc. Taste is chocolate coffee or coffee chocolate including a bourbon under structure in nose and taste. This stout is a demonstration of "where no stout has gone before". (Okay, I'm watching "Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan". Perhaps if Khan was left with the recipe for this stout in the replicator, he would have been less revengeful.) Gave it 4.9 because no one knows what perfection is in beer or anything else humans create. 12 oz bottle

4.2
marekb (2) - - JAN 7, 2018 does not count
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2018 Kolor piwa to bardzo ciemna czekolada , z delikatną pianą , zapach kawowo-czekoladowy, w smaku palona kawa i gorzka czekolada, delikatnie marcepan, po czasie wanilia.

4.5
IPAgutten79 (961) - Skui, NORWAY - JAN 5, 2018
Mørk med veldig lite skum. Nydelig aroma vanilje og kaffe. Smaker lett sjokoladebittert, med vennlige hint av kaffe og vanilje. Eik og whiskey. Medium/tykk konsistens. En godbit.

4.3
anfractuosity (491) - - JAN 4, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2018 oaky aroma, bourbon, oak and coffee in taste, very impressive beer, light milky coffee coloured head

4.7
hitemwitthehein (45) - - JAN 2, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2018 ABV - 11.8 .Appearance: Pitch black, tight creamy one finger head - quickly dropping down. Lots of lacing. .Aroma: Big bourbon booziness, roasted malt, charred bourbon barrel. Notes of soft chocolate, cherries, vanilla bean, burnt caramel, oak, a slight earthiness, and a subtle scent of roasted coffee. Smells delicious. .Taste: Sweet bourbon comes through in a big way upfront, balanced and ultimately finished with a delicious roasted bitterness. As the beer warms - notes of dark fruit, spice, coffee, milk chocolate, and vanilla bean make their presence known. Beautifully complex tasting beer. .Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, very rich, very creamy - with a subtle carbonation. Aside from the ever present barrel aged bourbon aromas and flavor, the alcohol is actually well hidden, making this beer dangerously easy to drink considering the ABV. Excellent feel. .Overall: A+ .Bottom Line: This is my first experience with KBS and I am fully aware of the hype that surrounds it. With that in consideration I made a conscious effort to evaluate this beer properly. With an unbiased stance, KBS became an instant stand out in my mind. A beautifully, fantastic aroma gives way to a deliciously complex flavor. It seems to me people are trying to nitpick simply because of the success this beer has had over the years (and perhaps the price tag), which is fair, but I myself could hardly find anything to complain about. Top notch.

4.8
visnja666v (13) - - DEC 26, 2017
Rođendanski poklon od Tonija i Marina iz Edinburga, podijelila s Goranom i Hrabrenom. Najbolje pivo koje sam ikad probala. Nekoliko puta ga još pila, točenog u Madridu, iz boce kupljene u Ljubljani itd., nikad nije razočaralo. Nije baš za doručak :). Čokolada, kava, burbon vanilija, puno tijelo, sjajan balans.

4.3
orbit (341) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2017
Awfully good stout! Bombrich in flavour and the barrel aged taste is subtly intertwined in the final bouquet, absolute musthave for the stoutlovers of this earth.


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