Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company
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4.98/5 rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout (2013)
Appearance: Truly a beer that needs no introduction, KBS pours like a typical imperial stout: massive, viscous, syrupy, black as night (but with a surprising bit of deep ruby around the edges not unlike Coke), and with a small and evanescent, deep caramel head. A bit more head would have been nice, but it is seldom found in imperial stouts. There is some lacing, but much of that is destroyed in the flood of alcohol legs that adorn this beer. At 11.2% ABV this should come as no surprise. This is done perfectly to style, which is exactly what drinkers have come to expect from Founders.
Aroma: There is almost too much to describe here. Chocolate, coffee, and tasty roasted malts are the first to hit, but they are simultaneously supported and usurped by the oak and bourbon characters from the barrel aging. Beneath those first levels of aroma hides vanilla character (again from the barrel) and a pleasing cherry/dark fruit aroma. There is sweetness, bitterness, alcohol, and simply everything one can ask for from a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout, let alone a beer in general.
Taste: Espresso and dark chocolates lead the charge, as in the nose, but, again, the barrel character is only a step behind, and it hits hard, though not in a bad, “hot” way, but rather in a more supportive role than in the nose. The vanilla from the barrels kind of steals the show, but the chocolate roastiness never fully fades away. Caramel, cola, cherries, and dark fruits also come through more as the beer warms, but they are never on the frontlines with the coffee, chocolate, and bourbon. The balance here is truly incredible, and it makes for a ludicrously drinkable beer at this ABV.
Mouthfeel: Again, the drinkability of the beer is what stands out. There is no mistaking this beer for a summer day quaffer, but it is also not a heavy, sludgy stout bomb either. The carbonation is surprisingly strong for the style, which contributes to the silky smooth way the liquid goes down. The mouthfeel itself is at the low end of thick, and is honestly perfect. The drinkability of this beer sets it in a bit of a different playing field than other stouts, not necessarily better, just different.
Overall: Easily (and unsurprisingly) worth the hype. KBS is everything you might have heard it is. It is worth the day off work that people take to hunt it; it is worth $20 per four-pack; it is worth the race to the liquor stores in a fifty-mile radius around you. Nearly everything about this beer is perfect. This is the first bottle I have ever had of it, and it was absolutely worth the wait. It is worth trading for if you missed it this year. Bottom line, as mentioned way too much in this summary: KBS is worth it, whatever “it” may be to you.
Serving type: bottle
04-03-2013 01:45:39 | More by THANAT0PSIS
More User Reviews:
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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