Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by mikeyv35:
4.4/5 rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
Type: 12oz. Bottle
Glass: Southampton Tulip
*Excited to crack this 2008 vintage bottle with the scaled down 10% ABV and wild west Kentucky Breakfast Stout spelled out label.
Pours a midnight black in color w/ only a few dark brown bubbles that leave no lacing on the glass. Aromas of coffee, oak, bourbon, and vanilla. The flavor was of coffee up front, leading into very smooth oak/vanilla/bourbon, and finishes w/ ever so slight hop bite and char. Full bodied, but a bit thin due to the carbonation falling off a bit over 5 years in the bottle. Very easy to drink as the ABV is well hidden and the flavors are so well melded together.
Overall, this is the KBS I remember and it took me back to a better time in beer 5 years ago. When this beer was fresh and the carbonation was there this beer was a lush monster, this rich and lush monster is what built the reputation and high score for this beer. If the carbonation was there that once was this would get a much higher score. The KBS now is only a shadow.
Serving type: bottle
04-15-2013 22:59:36 | More by mikeyv35
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4.59/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
It's another sweltering day in Austin, Texas, where humidity, heat, and histamines are doing there "thang." What better way to relax than to finally, FINALLY pouring this beer drinker's first bottle of KBS. It's been a while in waiting (not really), but is it worth it? Oh yes.
Not sure of the bottling date, but it picked it up around... April of 2014? Around that time o' year. It was poured from a cold 12 oz. bottle into a goblet. Surprisingly, there was no head, and any possible evidence of it was this very light and tan. But the beer... Oh man, is it dark as night! The sun itself couldn't penetrate this beauty; my favorite color when it comes to dark beers.
The smell on this is pretty nice. Mmm... That bourbon, melting into dark chocolate and fresh coffee bean, straight outta the roaster. I'm not too sure if my nose picks anything else up. Maybe cherries? Who knows? I don't. I'm just excited for the sip...
And boy, is it glorious. Rarely do I close my eyes after taking a sip of beer, to try and prolong that flavor and feel. What happens first? The instantaneous cold brew warming my throat and body, or the delicious chocolaty coffee that leaves my breath warm of whiskey drinking? I seriously wish I could cover this in ice cream (doesn't matter which kind. Vanilla, rocky road, chocolate chip cookie dough...) and still have some to drink. Or perhaps i could drink this in a manly cave of yore called a den, next to a fireplace, wearing a leisure robe and holding a pipe with fine Cavendish tobacco in my other hand. Much to my enjoyment, it gets better as warms up a bit. Anyways...
The feel of it in my mouth, it is sticky, but not so in an intrusive way, but in such a sort that I wish to continue tasting this bitter chocolate flavor in my mouth. Exquisite. Makes me want to have another sip.
Overall, (as you can tell) I find this beer to be phenomenal. Too bad it is limited, or else I'd easily pay $8 per bottle of this year around. Alas, 'tis not to be. I highly recommend this stout and that you must purchase a bottle, when or IF you can find it.
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2014 22:33:43 | More by OliOxenFree
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 7,978 ratings.