Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by djrn2, Apr 5, 2013.
Im tring to set up a blind taste test and need some beers similar to KBS. Suggestions?
Alewerks Cafe Royale
Hardywood Bourbon Sidamo
Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee Stout
Epic Big Bad Baptist
Bell's Black Note Stout
Firestone Walker Parabola
Central Waters - Peruvian Morning
BA Old Rasputin XV was very similar although expensive.
Olde Hickory Event Horizon--extremely well done from a small craft brewer in NC. Try it.
I had KBS at the release party and did not find it "hot" or "boozy" at all like I did with BCBS and Black Note. I don't think those are good similarities. I had Peruvian Morning and Event Horizon at the KBS bottle share party and those were amazing and, IMO, better comparisons.
I don't know if you can get it, but New Holland Dragon's Milk is decent.
Peruvian morning is the closest I've had. That's a great beer
Big bad Baptist,
Big Bad Baptist was pretty damn good.
Jack's Abby Bourbon Barrel-Aged Framinghammer
I love BBB, really, I do... but I haven't found a batch yet that actually tastes like bourbon.
Sure, tons of chocolate, espresso, malt. It's a delicious beer, but not a lot of bourbon character.
Just had the Jacks Abby last night. Very close to KBS
Most bourbon barrel-aged stouts have really rough edges (which I kind of like). I've never come across anything as smooth as KBS (except for CBS and Against the Grain's Bo & Luke, which you'll likely never find). I've never had Peruvian Morning, but I have heard from numerous people that it's the closest thing they've come across.
Since nobody else has mentioned it, I'll throw Hoppin' Frog's Barrel-Aged BORIS the Crusher out there. It's not in the same league as KBS drinkability-wise (or flavor-wise since it's not a coffee stout), but it is a really nice beer that's found on shelves and therefore not hard to find or trade for.
Weyerbacher Heresy is also very easy to find. It lacks the body and intensity of flavor that KBS has, but it is pretty smooth (almost like a barrel-aged porter).
This year's FBS is very similar to this year's KBS.
Peruvian Morning is really amazing and very much under the radar, until now. My liquor store guy actually recommended it to me. We were talking about BBA stouts and my reluctance to open my BCBS. He said try this one first. He also said it is so perfectly smooth that, if he had nowhere to go, he could sip on them all day long. Now that I've had both, he's right. (Plus, Central Waters offers up no InBev guilt). I do want to try KBS because I am such a fan of Breakfast Stout. With all the other BBA stouts people you great BA's are listing here, the KBS whale can swim off into the sunset this year with no regrets. My whale hunting skills are modest, at best.
I've been hoarding one of these since I passed through NC last January per recommendation by the dude at Binnys.
In addition to Peruvian Morning, I had a bottle of Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Stout last night. I thought it was also a pretty good comparison to KBS (which I had the night before). Similar aroma and appearance. Taste was a little more toned-down IMO.
The guy has a serious question. If I was serious, and someone put these two as close suggestions for a side by side, I would be pissed at them. Although, I would have just had two top notch, world class beers that taste nothing alike...
Anyway I plus one to BBPt5th by Dark Horse although you would have to do some trades for it. It would be sweet in a side by side tasting to also have a 12'oz Bell's Blacknote as well, but these are both very hard to come by.
Enjoy the tasting. Sounds wonderful!
No offense meant whatsoever, but no way in hell is that true
Expensive, but Older Viscosity is similar IMO and very, very good.
Technically, ``this year's FBS'' hasn't been released yet, so maybe he knows something we don't.
On the other hand, he's fulla shit.
Big bad baptist and parabola are probably the closest to KBS I have had, they're more balanced, not as sweet and boozy as BCS or BBPT5th IMO
You know the way that some people want everyone to shut up about Tilquin Gueuze and 3F Oude Geuze just sitting on shelves?
That's how I'm feeling about everyone here talking up Big Bad Baptist.
Can't say I've had anything that's quite as similar to KBS. I'd imagine I'd be able to tell the difference 9 times out of 10 in a blind taste test. The key to drinking KBS is letting it be close to room temperature when you drink it. When you do that, 4 to 5 different flavors come through. If you drink it while it's cold you'll miss out on it. The one beer I get the bourbon, malt and vanilla taste just as well from and is almost just as good as KBS is Backwoods Bastard. However, those are two different styles.
Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S.
I third CW Peruvian Morning and the price is right too.
If you can find a non-infected bottle, PM is great. Big problem w/ bottles again this year, check our the Great Lakes/Midwest forum for details
Peruvian Morning is a Joke. Why seek out a beer that has a very good chance of being infected and sour? Second year in a row I've been burned by that beer. KBS is also 3 tiers above it, even when its good.
Am trying central waters barrel reserve tonight so will report back, but as someone else said I find KBS to be much less boozy and more coffee forward than black note. Also am trying BCBCS this weekend for the first time and will try side by side if I get more KBS today.
I've had 6 bottles so far and no infection in any bottle.
I purchased a case at the Anniversary party in January and all have been great so far. The additional time in the barrel this year really bumped this beer up a notch. Hope the infection issues get taken care of.
I didn't think KBS lived up to the hype. However, I did drink a Dragon's Milk after a KBS and the KBS blew it out of the water. I used to really like DM, but it tasted like coconut and.chocolate nastiness.
A lot of the ones being offered here do not have the coffee aspect to it. Like BCBS or BBPt5. They are close, but you are really missing the coffee. So far the ones that I think offer up the most would be BCBCS and PM.
wake n bake kinda sorta
I see you're from Jersey so you might be able to find Weyerbacher Heresy pretty easily. Not as good as KBS but I guess your blind palates will have the final say.
Im glad some PM is fine, however there are way to many reports out there of bad bottles to kiss twelve bucks goodbye for possible drainpours.
More like FBS without the Bourbon influence, IMO W&B is superior. The Bourbon influence is what separates KBS from the other purly coffee stouts.
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