Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by Gigantis:
4.18/5 rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
And I thought I'd never try it! I found a 4-pack of "KBS" (apparently that's what it goes by now) and finally got to have this very very well-regarded beer. Poured it into my snifter glass...
It poured the darkest brown possible. Motor oil in a glass. I poured fairly aggressively and the smallest head bubbled up after every last drop had been transferred to the glass. The only thing I can compare the head to is a tar pit. Imagine if you will a woolly mammoth sinking into the dark pit and then, after sinking, the last we see of the extinct beast are the bubbles rising to the top of the tar pit. That's the head of KBS; blink, and you'll miss it. Small amount of lacing on the glass... just dark, brown bubbles clinging ever so briefly.
The smell is incredible. Hands down one of the most aromatic stouts I've ever had the pleasure of putting my nose to. Chocolate, coffee with a vanilla bourbon/oak back... and even some deep, rich fruit aromas linger.
The taste is also impressive. Big, bold sweet AND bitter dark chocolate (if you don't like chocolate I really can't recommend this). At first, it tastes a little like a coffee liquor but it is certainly more than that. A little too sweet at first but by the time I was on my fourth sip I was getting waves of the smallest hop flavor and faintest hint of booze that served to balance out the cakey richness very well. Definitely one of those journey beers where each sip is a little bit different.
The lack of carbonation (accompanied by the sometimes overly sweet taste) was an itty bitty problem for me. The mouthfeel is actually very good in the sense that it is oh so smooth and oily... it coats your mouth perfectly. Thick - but not too thick.
It's hard to rate KBS' drinkability. On the one hand, this beer is not intended to be a session beer. On the other: is a truly great beer not intended to make you want another one on some level? I can honestly say that, while I enjoyed the KBS I had quite a lot, I did not immediately following its consumption really want another. It was real smooth though, like dark silk gravy.
Serving type: bottle
03-24-2009 14:46:18 | More by Gigantis
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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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