I was psyched to finally try Toppling Goliath’s KBBS Stout, after 4 years of searching for both a bottle and a good time to open it. After finding a bottle, I also found some good people, friends now, on the same mission – to open a special beer that they just coulnd’t bring themselves to open alone. So on Friday, 11/17/17, it went down – a stout share for the ages. I’ll start with this beer, KBBS, the number one rated beer in the world as rated on BeerAdvocate. There will be more to follow, but I wanted to start, with in strictly my own opinion, was the best of them all and the best beer I’ve ever had. This is the first 5/5 I’ve ever given in 874 beer reviews, because I simply could not find anything wrong with it.
To quote Toppling Goliath: “This beer is the real McCoy. Barrel aged and crammed with coffee, none other will stand in it’s way. Sought out for being delicious, it is notoriously difficult to track down. If you can find one, shoot to kill, because it is definitely wanted… dead or alive.”
Final Rating: 5/5
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Batch 3 (2016), Bottle #882. 12 oz bottle split three ways into TG tulips.
Upon opening, immediate maple syrup aromas fill the area. Pours a jet black, oily body with a small brown head that reduces quickly. The surface has a slick and oily texture.
Once in the glass the aromas intensify, with some coffee and bourbon coming through now, but maple syrup still dominates. It’s odd, this smells more like maple syrup that actual maple syrup. Not artificial in the least bit.
Taste is pure and smooth, rich maple and bourbon fudge, more maple, sweet but not cloying, finishing with roasty coffee notes. Mouthfeel is what put this beer at the top for me. Rich, thick, velvety, easy.
I’ve never given a beer all 5’s, but I can’t find any flaws here. The thicker body puts it a hair above Good Morning.
To put the intense maple flavor profile of this beer in perspective, my kitchen still smelled like maple syrup the next morning.