Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by Skidz:
4.95/5 rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Pours out deep, light-absorbing brownish-black and sits dead black in the glass with a good sized deep brown head, fading to a faint skim with tiny lacings forming around the glass.
Smells industriously roasted with scads of charred coffee and deep dark chocolate. Dry wooden tones resonate throughout with tinges of bourbon. Alcohol plumes out like it were an Irish coffee.
Flavor is deafeningly roasty, major clots of dark cocoa flakes and the blackest roast of coffee imaginable. Bourbon takes the lead and dishes out burnt caramel and strong wooden tones matched with bits of smokiness. Finishes mild-moderately bitter with clear and distinct charred malt flavors and the ever-present notes of bourbon.
Get past the romantic allures of the aroma and flavor and you'll find yourself in a near-wonderland of thick and smooth motions of this wet and soppy alternative to motor oil. Fine and mild carbonation, big bold body.
A barrel aged improvement of an already outstanding beer. If you thought red wine drinkers have it bad off after a good session with wine stained teeth and tounges, you will have your own problems when you look in the mirror and have a nice black coating over your lips and tongue Can't get rid of the flavor coming from this beer with a front-end loader.
Caution: it may actually take two to tango.
Serving type: bottle
03-25-2006 03:56:56 | More by Skidz
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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