Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company
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4.65/5 rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Fresh 12oz 2011 bottle, poured into snifter.
A: Pours an opaque dark brown/black with a finger of creamy tan head atop the glass. Head hangs around for quite a while, with a healthy dose of lacing left behind.
S: Bourbon and vanilla come through here immediately and with great strength, alongside almost equally strong chocolate. This smells like a rich, melting ice cream sundae (with bourbon). Hints of coffee, oak, and ethanol add complexity to balance the sweetness. I cannot put my glass down to stop smelling this; simply outstanding. With some warmth, bourbon and ethanol begin to overtake the chocolate/vanilla- the smell remains excellent, with the change giving me even more reason to continue sniffing away.
T: Sweetness upfront once again with chocolate and vanilla all over the place. Coffee comes in shortly afterwards, providing balance (not to mention an enjoyable flavor of its own). Bourbon, caramel, and oak all linger about, with the oak flavor really coming into its own on the finish.
M: Thick, smooth, creamy, and sticky on the finish, the body of this stout is just what I was looking for. KBS lightly numbs the palate with alcohol and a bitterness (possibly hop-related?) that wasn't perceivable until well into the finish, thanks to the strength of the beer's other flavors. Moderately strong warmth from the ethanol (at least for a beer, and despite its almost complete absence from flavor) and light carbonation bolster the mouthfeel even further.
D: A highly, highly enjoyable glass; I would love to have another (but I'll hold off so I can enjoy KBS a few more times, at least from this 4-pack). The only quality holding drinkability back from being truly exceptional is the beer's intense sweetness.
Truly an outstanding beer, and well deserving of the praise heaped upon it. One of the rare beers where in reviewing, I really had to question whether each category deserved a 4.5 or 5, even going back to reference 10+ of my older reviews for comparison purposes. A case could be made for 5s across the board here.
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2011 15:37:42 | More by AwYeh
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4.59/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
It's another sweltering day in Austin, Texas, where humidity, heat, and histamines are doing there "thang." What better way to relax than to finally, FINALLY pouring this beer drinker's first bottle of KBS. It's been a while in waiting (not really), but is it worth it? Oh yes.
Not sure of the bottling date, but it picked it up around... April of 2014? Around that time o' year. It was poured from a cold 12 oz. bottle into a goblet. Surprisingly, there was no head, and any possible evidence of it was this very light and tan. But the beer... Oh man, is it dark as night! The sun itself couldn't penetrate this beauty; my favorite color when it comes to dark beers.
The smell on this is pretty nice. Mmm... That bourbon, melting into dark chocolate and fresh coffee bean, straight outta the roaster. I'm not too sure if my nose picks anything else up. Maybe cherries? Who knows? I don't. I'm just excited for the sip...
And boy, is it glorious. Rarely do I close my eyes after taking a sip of beer, to try and prolong that flavor and feel. What happens first? The instantaneous cold brew warming my throat and body, or the delicious chocolaty coffee that leaves my breath warm of whiskey drinking? I seriously wish I could cover this in ice cream (doesn't matter which kind. Vanilla, rocky road, chocolate chip cookie dough...) and still have some to drink. Or perhaps i could drink this in a manly cave of yore called a den, next to a fireplace, wearing a leisure robe and holding a pipe with fine Cavendish tobacco in my other hand. Much to my enjoyment, it gets better as warms up a bit. Anyways...
The feel of it in my mouth, it is sticky, but not so in an intrusive way, but in such a sort that I wish to continue tasting this bitter chocolate flavor in my mouth. Exquisite. Makes me want to have another sip.
Overall, (as you can tell) I find this beer to be phenomenal. Too bad it is limited, or else I'd easily pay $8 per bottle of this year around. Alas, 'tis not to be. I highly recommend this stout and that you must purchase a bottle, when or IF you can find it.
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2014 22:33:43 | More by OliOxenFree
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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