Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company
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4.55/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Founders event at my local pub meant a 1/4 barrel of this year's release was on offer. Poured into a goblet.
Appearance: Very dark brown to black. Small amount of light brown head. This beer definitely has legs, almost looks syrupy along the edge of the glass.
Smell: Bourbon, chocolate, coffee up front. The barrel aging really adds to the aroma of the beer, and the large amounts of coffee/roast malt dominate. Hints of lactose and other malt sweetness as the beer warmed.
Taste: Again, woody, resiny notes from the barrel really come through, chocolate and coffee less prevalent on the palette. Great credit to Founders here: even though it's a different recipe from their Breakfast Stout, there still seems to be some milk sugar in the recipe, which combined with the abundance of malt, balances out the body of the beer and prevents the alcohol or the bourbon flavor from running rampant. You can definitely tell that both are there, though.
Mouthfeel: Another exceptional category - a gripe I have with imperial stouts is that they feel syrupy, almost medicinal at high ABVs. This one, (while viscous, don't get me wrong) still feels full-bodied and smooth. It really improves the beer's drinkability.
Overall: This is a great offering to be enjoyed on a very limited basis. I enjoyed it, but wouldn't have more than one glass at a sitting (took me about 40 minutes to get through it). Prefer it to the local offering, Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout, and have high hopes for the Breakfast Stout when I try it.
Serving type: on-tap
04-16-2011 17:51:48 | More by EORS
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