Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by JohnQVegas:
4.33/5 rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle into snifter. Thanks to Dev (buckeyesox) for this one!
Pours the obligatory opaque black with some spotty lacing on the side of the glass from the pour. No noticeable head. Sticky, but not particularly viscous.
Nose is interesting - big espresso, brown sugar, light vanilla and bourbon, some baker's chocolate down deep. Espresso is the foundation that everything else seems to wrap around, the rest of the aromas are complementary. Just a bit boozey and rough around the edges. Really nice, like a super dark bourbon-fudge cake soaked in espresso.
Taste also orients itself around the dark espresso note in the center. A bit boozey up front, with notes of bourbon, vanilla, cocoa, and brown sugar wrapping around the espresso core; both the espresso and the bourbon seem to have a rough edge to them. Some alcohol bite at the back of the throat. A nice beer, but definitely feels a bit young and green at this point. Could use a bit of time to mature.
Mouthfeel is thick, very lightly carbonated, and with noticable prickliness from the alcohol.
For what it is, it's nicely drinkable. Still, would take the right set of circumstances to really want to down more than one of these giants.
Serving type: bottle
04-03-2009 00:35:10 | More by JohnQVegas
More User Reviews:
4.86/5 rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
12 oz vintage 2013
A: As dark as night. Looks like a blackhole of deliciousness.
S: Bourbon, whiskey, chocolate, figs, coffee, alcohol. Strong aroma.
T: Wow. Huge flavor profile. Whiskey and bourbon dominate. Lots of chocolate, vanilla, fig, dark fruits follow. Once again, wow.
M: Heavy. Tons of carbonation, decent bitterness, tons of warm alcohol notes.
O: Definitely the best BA stout out there. I've had the pleasure of having these beer three times before: 2010 Nassau, NY beer fest, 2011 Nassau NY beer fest and 2012 in a bar in Rhode Island. Completely missed out last year; until now. On my yeary visit to my undergrad school in Wilmington, NC, I came across a few bottles of 2013 KBS at my old beer store, Lighthouse Beer and Wines (Wrightsville Beach, NC). I hadn't been there in over 3 years and all the staff remembered me, so they just happened t mention the hidden KBS behind the counter. I couldn't appreciate it more. Glad I have a few 4-pks of KBS lined up for this year. Founders does it right!
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2014 02:09:36 | More by BoardwalkBock
4.75/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
The story behind my trying this beer made it worth it even more. While visiting some friends in Kalamazoo, MI, several friends suggested making a trip to Grand Rapids to try the seasonal release of the KBS from Founders. We arrived around 5 am in the morning to find people wrapped around the brewery almost twice over. By the time noon rolled around, we found out that cases were no longer being sold because of the unanticipated number of people in queue. 30 minutes later, 12-packs were no longer available, and eventually by the time there were less than 50 people in front of us, we were informed that there were no longer any bottles available but the taproom still had plenty. We went in and I bought a pint and was immediately impressed. For a stout-drinker like myself, it was the epitome of perfection! It is slightly sweet from the higher-ABV, but otherwise a world-class beer!
Serving type: on-tap
03-12-2014 21:27:33 | More by bdubs22
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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