The finished product. We only left in the barrel for 20 days after several tastings. The beer is terrific.
Blew off the blow off tube...smells great
Here is my side by side
Aroma is hard to judge as my sinuses are hosed...
Flavor and taste I can say that this recipe delivers!!
Mine is on the left. Nitro pour so exact comparison not exactly accurate. Mine is smooth, with lots of chocolate and coffee flavor plus a goodly amount of roasted barley. Could have more mouth feel just a tad. Overall a really great beer. Not too boozey or oakey. Mine is off dry I would say. 9.5% ABV but the straight Jameson I added (I know is not bourbon) could be throwing the hydro calculation off..
The Real KBS on the right has little carbonation with a tan short head that quickly dissipates after pouring. Has more body than mine with a significant licorice type flavor that mine is lacking. More zing from the bourbon barrels (and probably straight whisky addition!) but not tasting boozy. More oak character than mine has. Less coffee and chocolate flavor than mine which again might be the nitro effect. Could be slightly more bitter than mine as well though hard to be certain.
Both are great, yet different. Mine more quaffable, the KBS a definite sipper. Mine is as smooth as Guinness. Could get into real trouble as it doesn't taste like a 9.5'er.
Next time more whiskey and more more oak and more roasted barley I think. I may spike it with a bit more oak infused Jameson.
Where does the licorice flavor come from???
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