Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by kevanb:
4.53/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
2012 vintage, 12oz bottle into a snifter.
KBS pours a wonderful jet black color with minimal brown when held to the light, it’s like staring into the abyss. An aggressive pour yields a small caramel colored head, about a finger at most, but it vanishes quickly leaving behind a nice layer of tan film atop the beer with a significant amount of tan film along the circumference of the glass. The lacing is nice and sticky with thin webbing around the whole of the glass. The aroma is pleasant, a bit weak and somewhat astringent, alcohol is definitely apparent, nice smooth notes of chocolate and robust roasted coffee come through as well that finishes with a nice balance of sweet vanilla. The flavors are wonderful, much more complex than the nose suggests. Roasted coffee jumps out right away which leads to rich, smooth dark chocolate and sweet vanilla, which is much more apparent than in the nose. Soft toffee and caramel flavors are also apparent along with the bourbon, which at no point overwhelms the beer, but supports the other flavors exceptionally well. Slightly charred wood is also apparent, but it definitely takes a number of sips and tastes to really grasp everything that is going on, wonderful complexity. A nice warming sensation comes from the alcohol but is in no way a distracting heat, just a nice bit of warmth as it goes down. The body is absurd, extremely rich, smooth and velvety, it coats your mouth perfectly and gives the flavors a little extra oomph, not they needed it in any way.
Verdict: A pretty sensational stout from Founders. One of my favorites to sip on after a long day or after a great meal, it makes for a fantastic desert beer. The barrel treatment adds the perfect amount of flavor and warmth without hijacking the beer.
Serving type: bottle
03-29-2012 04:12:11 | More by kevanb
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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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