Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
4.49/5 rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle that I was luckily able to procure from the madhouse that was the Founders tap takeover event at Bier Station in Kansas City on July 1st. I must caveat my review by saying that I'm reviewing based on only a 6 oz pour, as I couldn't bring myself not to share with my two buddies who weren't so lucky in getting their hands on a bottle at the event. Poured into a small, tumbler-shaped 8 oz tasting glass.
Appearance - Like looking into a black hole, with the viscous inky liquid seeming to move in slow motion when sloshed. The head is fairly sparse, with an--at best--one finger mocha colored head that dissipates to a bubbly layer of foam on top of the liquid, about a quarter finger thick. Some larger bubbles are interspersed. Just what I would expect from an enormous barrel-aged imperial stout.
Smell - A symphony of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, and bourbon, with undertones of oaky vanilla and some alcoholic esters hinting at how much of a wallop the taste is going to pack. I also detect a bit of sweetness, much like what you might expect from a milk stout. A delicious smelling beer--here's hoping the flavor lives up to it.
Taste - Here, the booze is more present than in the aroma, which was dominated by the espresso and cocoa nib notes. Now, the bourbon is very much on display, being complimented by the softer profiles of the oak and vanilla. Not to worry, however, as the traditional stout profiles make their presence known and prevent this from becoming an unbalanced whiskey bomb. I think I prefer the smell better, but the taste is definitely quite good.
Mouthfeel - Viscous and thick, like drinking a boozy beer milkshake. Carbonation is fairly low, but actually not as low as some BA beers that I've had. There's enough of it to provide a bit of a bite to the otherwise thick beverage. Finish is semi-sweet, from the chocolate and oak.
Overall, a beer that certainly lives up to the hype. I think personally, I prefer the standard FBS to this modified version, but that's mostly an individual taste issue than anything else. And since this one is so damn hard to get hands on, I imagine I will continue to drink FBS to get my imperial stout fix from Founders.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2013 05:36:54 | More by LambicPentameter
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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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