Bourbon Barrel Aged Da Grind Buzz Kona Coffee Imperial Stout | Kona Brewing Co.

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Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ThreeWiseMen on 07-25-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.88/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lucky enough to get a glass of this at the Brewpub at the 16th annual Kona Brewers Festival. Poured into a Tulip.

A - This one poured a thick and viscous black with an ever so creamy, fluffy caramel head. This took awhile for the bartender to pour the head was so big I couldn't believe it. The head retained the entire way thick incredible lacing down the entire glass.

S - The nose is predominantly smooth Kona coffee, Tahitian vanilla, and coconut. The roasted malts gives this more of a fresh coffee flavor without overdoing the coffee. And the bourbon adds another layer of subtle complexity without being extremely bourbon foward or oaky.

T - Wow! This needs to be bottled please. Taste follows the nose to a tee. This is everything you want your morning cup of Joe to be. Smooth roasted Kona coffee paired with a touch of sweet tahitian vanilla bean. Extremely creamy like when I add cream to my coffee, but I didn't put any cream in this beer. The bourbon adds a little more vanilla and oak, and creates creates a subtle yet mind-blowing combo of coffe, vanilla, and oak. Very little alcohol detection in this cup of java.

M - The mouthfeel is thick and chewy. I would definitely call this full bodied. Coats the tongue well and is incredibly creamy. Carbonation is on point.

D - I would go back to the Brewpub in Kona to get more of this. I am not usually a big fan of the Kona beers but this one is a killer. Dangerously drinkable with such a high abv. So smooth and creamy this one could replace my weekend morning coffee if ever bottled. I wish they filled growlers at the growler shack of this one.

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4.15/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark brown color; almost black. {Poured a 2 finger dense brown head that sat on top the beer. Laced in thin sheets that left wide, even rings.

S: Kona coffee, wet oak and bourbon. The aromas intensified as I drank; I think it because the head dissipated as I drank. Vanilla and bitter dark chocolate added to the flavor assault.

T: Follows all the nose. Big, smokey bourbon flavor in the front, middle and finish. ing burn. Add some dark fruity esters. Sharply bitter. Warming alcohol, but not too harsh.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Soft and creamy. Aftertaste lingers in the sharp bitter.

D: Good for such a big beer. Lots of complexity in this one.

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4.68/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled this at the brewpub in Kailua-Kona Thursday (July 22nd) night. I've been unable to find any news releases on this specific variety of Bourbon Barrel Aged Da Grind (by "specific variety", I mean brewed with vanilla bean), but I was told by the server that this is a very small experimental batch. They only tapped a single five gallon keg of it that night. The rest of it continues to sit in bourbon barrel(s) somewhere, according to the server.

Following review based on notes from Thursday night.

Served in a high-walled tulip.

Appearance: Came to the table with a two-finger tower of dense, light brown foam, which retained beautifully atop a pitch black body. No light passed through this beast, not even at the outermost edges. Each sip notched a new ring of foamy lacing on the walls of the tulip. I couldn't begin to complain about this one. Very likely the most perfect imperial stout I've ever seen.

Smell: The superb head retention actually made smelling this beer a bit difficult. Kona coffee made its way through, and with time so did bourbon, though it was faint. After sucking down some of the foam (and allowing the beer to warm a bit), the nose really opened up! Vanilla, dark chocolate, and coconut eventually stood out just as strong as the bourbon and Kona coffee; all aromas mixing harmoniously. Bitter roasted barley and floral esters played much subtler roles, but worked well as accents.

Taste: Bourbon played a big role from the first sip to the last, though this imperial stout was far from harsh; the bourbon barrel added a great deal of complexity without adding burn. I picked out caramel, vanilla, coconut, oak, and floral esters. Kona coffee still loomed large, as did dark chocolate; although the vanilla prevented the finish from becoming too bitter. Beautifully put together.

Mouthfeel: Thick, full-bodied, and incredibly soft and creamy thanks to the nitro. Finish was dry, a bit warm, and a bit bitter; very soft for a bourbon barrel-aged RIS. Aftertaste was flavorful and long-lasting.

Drinkability: Not a whole lot of room for improvement here. This was the smoothest barrel-aged RISs I've ever come across, and one of the most flavorful and balanced ones too! I can only hope that I'm fortunate enough to try it again someday.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Da Grind Buzz Kona Coffee Imperial Stout from Kona Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.62 out of 5 with 4 ratings