Beers similar to KBS

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  1. djrn2

    djrn2 Poo-Bah (1,882) Nov 4, 2009 New Jersey
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    Im tring to set up a blind taste test and need some beers similar to KBS. Suggestions?
  2. riotinmyskull

    riotinmyskull Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2011 Virginia

    Alewerks Cafe Royale
    Hardywood Bourbon Sidamo
    Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee Stout
    Epic Big Bad Baptist
    Bell's Black Note Stout
    Firestone Walker Parabola
  3. bpolglaze

    bpolglaze Initiate (197) Feb 2, 2007 Wisconsin
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    Central Waters - Peruvian Morning
  4. jageraholic

    jageraholic Disciple (386) Sep 16, 2009 Massachusetts
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    BA Old Rasputin XV was very similar although expensive.
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  5. unclejazz

    unclejazz Defender (606) Oct 24, 2011 New York
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  6. Holsie

    Holsie Initiate (0) Jun 27, 2012 South Carolina

    Olde Hickory Event Horizon--extremely well done from a small craft brewer in NC. Try it.
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  7. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poo-Bah (1,527) Aug 11, 2012 Indiana
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    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.
  8. okcommuter

    okcommuter Initiate (193) Dec 25, 2012 Michigan

    I don't know if you can get it, but New Holland Dragon's Milk is decent.
  9. Nectar

    Nectar Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2013 New Jersey

    Peruvian morning is the closest I've had. That's a great beer
  10. beercanman

    beercanman Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2012 Ohio

    Big bad Baptist,
  11. nc41

    nc41 Meyvn (1,439) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Big Bad Baptist was pretty damn good.
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  12. ShanePB

    ShanePB Poo-Bah (1,652) Sep 6, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    ^ This
  13. BarrelAgedBrian

    BarrelAgedBrian Initiate (0) Mar 31, 2013 Massachusetts

    Jack's Abby Bourbon Barrel-Aged Framinghammer
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  14. ao125

    ao125 Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2010 Virginia

    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.
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  15. bearsxco

    bearsxco Initiate (0) Apr 19, 2011 Massachusetts

    Just had the Jacks Abby last night. Very close to KBS
  16. deadonhisfeet

    deadonhisfeet Meyvn (1,487) Apr 23, 2011 Kentucky

    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).
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  17. jar72404

    jar72404 Initiate (137) May 31, 2009 Florida

    This year's FBS is very similar to this year's KBS.
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  18. creepinjeeper

    creepinjeeper Champion (840) Nov 8, 2012 Missouri
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    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:wink:). 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.
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  19. adamant1912

    adamant1912 Disciple (371) Jan 10, 2010 Michigan
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    I've been hoarding one of these since I passed through NC last January per recommendation by the dude at Binnys.
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  20. GoBlue12

    GoBlue12 Initiate (0) Mar 26, 2013 Illinois

    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.
  21. MichPaul

    MichPaul Zealot (597) Jan 28, 2012 Michigan
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    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!
  22. nineball

    nineball Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2013 New York

    No offense meant whatsoever, but no way in hell is that true
  23. Kadonny

    Kadonny Meyvn (1,218) Sep 5, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    Expensive, but Older Viscosity is similar IMO and very, very good.
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  24. deadonhisfeet

    deadonhisfeet Meyvn (1,487) Apr 23, 2011 Kentucky

    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.
  25. biga7346

    biga7346 Aspirant (295) Jun 19, 2010 Michigan
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    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
  26. owen49

    owen49 Initiate (149) Jun 13, 2009 Ohio
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    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.
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  27. MortalKombat14

    MortalKombat14 Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2012 Michigan

    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.
  28. loweball727

    loweball727 Aspirant (214) Apr 26, 2010 Ohio
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    Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S.
  29. DLDlulz

    DLDlulz Aspirant (213) Feb 15, 2012 Illinois
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    I third CW Peruvian Morning and the price is right too.
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  30. incutrav

    incutrav Initiate (0) Jan 16, 2007 Minnesota

    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
  31. vivasbeer

    vivasbeer Initiate (0) Feb 3, 2012 Michigan

    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.
  32. Buff0910

    Buff0910 Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2013 Alabama

    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.
  33. DLDlulz

    DLDlulz Aspirant (213) Feb 15, 2012 Illinois
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    I've had 6 bottles so far and no infection in any bottle.
  34. bpolglaze

    bpolglaze Initiate (197) Feb 2, 2007 Wisconsin
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    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.
  35. Beerswimmer

    Beerswimmer Initiate (160) Mar 4, 2013 Michigan

    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.
  36. iceatalamo

    iceatalamo Initiate (183) Dec 13, 2011 Michigan
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    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.
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  37. ShogoKawada

    ShogoKawada Meyvn (1,247) May 31, 2009 Pennsylvania

    wake n bake kinda sorta
  38. mscott1975

    mscott1975 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2011 Pennsylvania

    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.
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  39. incutrav

    incutrav Initiate (0) Jan 16, 2007 Minnesota

    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.
  40. nc41

    nc41 Meyvn (1,439) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    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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