Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by Cavery:
4.2/5 rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2010 and 2009 bottles sampled side by side. A fun little mini vertical, if you can even call a year to year comparison that.
Both had in an Over-Sized Wine glass.
A: Black cherry body with a peppering of brown bubbles. No real head with a violent pour. No let up in the opacity of the beer, but it really has a brown character to the body. It's really not such a deep black. (3.5)
S: Oak nuttiness with a shot of whiskey. Some really faint nutmeg spice with sweet alcohols giving a big profile of coffee liqueur. There's some unrelenting hot alcohol notes. No major burn, it's just a dominant note. (3.5)
T: Forward sweet bourbon and nutty oak fight like siblings for attention. It appears the bourbon is the eldest. The alcohol does eventually evaporate to reveal a tame woody note. Good but not great, at least not now. (4)
M: Really this is quite flat, a very watery mouth that definitely hasn't survived the test of time. Flat coffees with healthy doses of whiskey. This is hot water in the mouth. (3)
O: You can tell in the flavor that there are more than a few ingredients that are lost in time. The base beer isn't overwhelmingly hot, it's just that the veneer of this castle has long since eroded, and reveals a boozey skeleton. Complexity compromised, but not bad even considering that. (4)
A: A fluffy creamy brown bubble film covers the top of a creamed coffee body. The resemblance of coffees is memorable, and sets the tone for the rest of the experience. Appears very alive and enhanced by its time in the wood. (4)
S: Creamy spiced marshmallow with cinnamon, coco, and most certainly vanilla. All of this is engulged by a warming bed of spiked iced coffees. A mousse with inclusions of nutty ganaches reign supreme for a yummy nose. (4.5)
T: Huge cinnamon marshmallow smore character to this one. The graham crackers do appear, but are stale compared to the milk chocolates and roast marshmallow notes. Chocolate chip shortbread cookies are my favorite note in this mess of American campfire desserts. (4.5)
M: Fluffly mouth without a strong presence of bubbles. The mouth is soft and mellow, and it remains so throughout. The body is medium-full, with the flavor making it feel like it could really use that truly full backbone. (4)
O: A buttery treat that stands out as a trendsetter for the genre of bourbon barrel-aged stouts. A classic due to the mix of lively spices and flavors. The ingredients really do mingle in here; and transforms the beverage into a personal all-american bakery. I'd say this is very good, and makes me want to try a fresh bottle. The ingredients seemed much more apparent in the newer than older bottle. Though I wouldn't give up on the 09' entirely, as my bottle certainly had a rather weak feel. (4.5)
Final score considers both offerings.
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2011 23:35:30 | More by Cavery
More User Reviews:
4.21/5 rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Aroma: roasty caramel and molasses. Slight roast barley. Coffee and whiskey are blended nicely, not too up front.
Appearance: black and opaque. Brown head that lingers well for high alcohol level.
Flavor: Slightly astringent whiskey and vanilla up front, mid palate is mostly bitterness, finishes with nice coffee roast bitterness on the sides of the tongue. Whiskey dominates a lot of the flavor notes. No DMS, no diacetyl.
Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation.
Overall: Great beer. Can only really drink one but it is really enjoyable. I think I prefer plain breakfast stout though, there is a lot of stuff going on here, a lot of similar bitterness from whiskey, coffee, and roast malt all at the same time.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2014 00:37:46 | More by PPOmaha
4.48/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
Very excited to finally try this one.
Beer is jet black with a very small tan head which fades quickly.
Nose is very good. Contains coffee, bourbon, chocolate. Very nice blend of the scents, all well integrated. A bit of vanilla.
Taste is like the nose. Moderately bitter, tasting of both coffee and chocolate. The bourbon is quite present, providing some vanilla and a bit of sweetness that offsets the bitter. Roasted malt. Like the nose, the flavours are super integrated. The bourbon not as intense as expected, but quite present.
Full bodied, moderately carbonated. Some alcohol heat.
Overall, excellent stuff. An extremely well done BBA stout.
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2014 02:50:01 | More by jrenihan
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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