Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by FanofHefe:
4.88/5 rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
2011 version, bottled on 2/25/11. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Pitch black body with zero light penetration. Surprisingly (for such a high abv) it yields a one-finger dark mocha head that leaves just a little lacing on the glass.
The first aromas present are bourbon and chocolate. As I work my way down the glass, I get more of the roasted malt and just a touch of the coffee notes. Very well-blended scents that do not seem overly sweet or harsh. Very inviting.
The flavor is incredible. More coffee flavor comes through in the taste as compared to the aroma. None of the flavors are overbearing in the least. Bourbon, chocolate, and roasted malt combine with the coffee to a near perfection. It is sweet enough to be enjoyable. The slight bitterness seems attributable to the coffee more than hops, but it also has the exact right amount of bitterness.
The mouthfeel is medium and silky smooth. The alcohol is hidden very well by the abundant flavors. I saved a bottle from last year's release and am looking forward to a comparison. I'm certain this only gets better with age. Do your best to get this if you can. Highly recommended.
Serving type: bottle
03-18-2011 23:02:19 | More by FanofHefe
More User Reviews:
4.51/5 rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A- Super black with virtually no head from aggressive pour. Still generates sticky lacing.
S- I think this may have been the first stout I ever smelled from a distance... I pushed the snifter away to take a pic and could smell it from two feet away. Chocolate, coffee, bourbon, dark cherry, and a touch of vanilla. There's also a subtle nuttiness that comes out toward the end. Bourbon grows more and more intense as it warms.
T- Surprisingly sweet up front with notes of cherry, chocolate, roasted malt, and wood characteristics. Middle brings out coffee and more chocolate with a big surge of bourbon. Finish is dry dark chocolate with a nice subtle burn. The flavors are huge. As balanced as balanced gets when on the cooler side, but bourbon becomes more dominant as it warms.
M- Lightly viscous. Creamy and drying.
O- Cheers to my old beer guy, Drew, for landing this for me. I would've never had it, otherwise. What I'll remember most about KBS is the supreme balance between such huge flavors. I don't think I would go out of my way to buy again, but I can definitely see why it is so hyped.
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2014 17:17:49 | More by tmm313
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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