Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company
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4.59/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2/17/12 bottling drunk on 10/16/12. Served barely cool in a tulip.
2/17/12 bottling drunk on 4/30/13. Served barely cool in a tulip.
Scores based on 2012 tasting.
A - 4.0 - Opaque dark brown in the glass yet not thick or inky on the pour. More dark tan head than expected (a finger), which still dissipates to a cap in a minute. A nice looking head while it lasts.
S - 4.5 - Straight up coffee, wood, a little pipe tobacco, nonspecific booze. Later in the glass the wood becomes more prominent. 2013 tasting - Slightly green wood blending into something savory on the edge of soy sauce but not quite, chocolate, just a hint of something like port or sherry, a little char, malty sweet caramel. The first three things I just listed come together almost like a Tootsie Roll, and also almost like the faded ghost of coffee taste. The coffee has really pretty much left it since six months ago.
T - 4.75 - Dark bitter chocolate balanced with some coffee. Those things border on a subdued char. Not very sweet. A nice bitterness coming from multiple elements - chocolate, coffee, char. Leaves a lingering tartness immediately upon swallowing, with coffee and and wood on the exhale. Aside from general booze fumes in the throat afterwards, I'm not really picking up a specific bourbon note like many others have. Maybe I'm immune from drinking too much bourbon over time. Later in the glass, the chocolate is sweeter, like the bottom of a glass of chocolate milk you've mixed yourself. Leaves me with coffee breath and for once I like it. 2013 tasting - Taste is similar to smell. The savory woody element, the chocolate, the mild char. Mild to moderate char aftertaste. The coffee has faded and the chocolate seems sweeter and less dark/bitter. I'd probably give it a 4.5 at this age rather than a 4.75.
M - 4.5 - Just shy of medium body. Very smooth. A little lingering sting on the tongue. 2013 tasting - Comes across closer to medium-heavy than 2012 tasting. A nice texture ending in a bit of stickiness. The previously noted sting comes across more like a faint numbness and abrasion at this point.
O - 4.5 - This is a mature beer, and no pun intended. It's a grown-up stout that doesn't lean heavily on syrupy sweetness. A number of the big stouts are like drinking pudding, which I like a lot, but which can make them seem more like rare, special occasion beers. And sometimes they really make you work, making you go slow lest you be punished with too much intensity. This one is robust and rich yet with a drinkable body. You still want to sip it because of how well it is made, but its body and balance put it more in the category of normal beer that you'd like to have anytime, not just when clearing out the schedule for a special occasion, even though it's definitely special. One of the top 5 beers I've had to date. 2013 tasting - Very nice, very enjoyable, very mature, very distinct, very memorable. It's one of the top beers for good reasons. The coffee fades over time and it seems to come across thicker with more age. Still one of the best and most memorable.
Serving type: bottle
10-17-2012 00:01:29 | More by BrownNut
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