Style: Imperial Stout
Package: Bottle into Bruges
Location: Citywide & Belmont
Aroma: A complex weave of bourbon, chocolate, coffee and roasted malt.
Appearance: Dark as midnight, maybe darker. No light escapes this brew and is complete with a one-finger thick brown head.
Taste: KBS has huge taste consisting of chocolate, roasted malt, and just a hint of tobacco. Finishes dry with warmth from the bourbon.
Mouthfeel: Thick, coats everything and stays with you. Very light carbonation in this.
Overall: A really great tasting brew with big, complex tastes. Certainly not a session brew, this is great for sitting back, relaxing and enjoying each sip.
Notes: I was lucky enough to pick up some bottles at Citywide, and then a few weeks later at Belmont on S.B. Ave. This is a very rare and sought after beer every year, running around $7-8 per 12oz bottle. Fiddler’s Hearth on Main St. in South Bend also has a keg of this every year shortly after its official release. This is a really great beer, aged in bourbon barrels for an entire year before it is released. If you missed it this year, mark your calendars for the beginning of March next year and pickup a bottle or two… just make sure to leave me some.