Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by Ljudsignal:
4.66/5 rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
2012 bottle poured into a stemless tulip. Split with some friends along with a BCBS '12 and a TenFIDY '12. Reviewed from notes.
A cautious ~3oz pour yields a finger-high mocha head, which lingers briefly before settling to a thin collar of bubbles. The beer itself is a deep, rich, dark chocolate color. Spotty, minimal lacing, very little retention...all pretty much as expected.
The nose, in a word, is succulent. Rich dark chocolate, molasses, plums, cherries, fresh coffee, and vanilla all come rushing out of the glass to greet me. Smells like something I want to eat. Smells like something I'm not going to wait any longer to drink.
The taste is complex, robust, and spectacular. Potent French roast, oak, and dark chocolate on the front of the palate give way to a mid-palate blend of richer milky chocolate and dark fruits--plums, cherries, raisins all come to mind. Vanilla makes itself known here as well, and the heat that was present on the front of the palate begins to fade. On the back of the palate notes of leather and mocha appear, before finishing with a slightly dry and lingering espresso-y bitterness and the slightest hints of earthy hop character.
Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. While the ABV is definitely present and noticeable throughout, the beer is full-bodied and robust enough to handle it without undue stress.
On the whole...what can I say that hasn't already been said? KBS honestly lives up to the hype. Rich and robust while still displaying remarkable subtlety and complexity. I can't wait to be able to try more than a small sample of this beer...but for now, a sample will do very nicely.
Serving type: bottle
10-07-2013 01:49:51 | More by Ljudsignal
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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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