Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by mjsheehan08:
4.6/5 rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Been waiting to try this a really long time. Got it in my first trade from trapper2408. Did a side by side comparison with a FBS.
Pours a dark, dark black pour with absolutely no light shining through. Head is not as thick as the regular FBS and it disappears rather quickly, leaving behind a rim of lace on the top of the glass. Lacing looks consistent, but again, not as impressive as the non barrel aged version. The FBS head is also a lighter shade of mocha.
Initial stench is an overpowering whiff of bourbon, which leads into smells of vanilla and wood. I'm picking up some string coffee smells as well. Not as heavy on the chocolate as in the FBS, which is one of my favorite components of the FBS.
Initial flavor is again dominated by the bourbon, but it mellows into the palate very smoothly, more so then any other barrel aged stout I have ever had. The bourbon leads into vanilla, which leads into the coffee, which flows into the chocolate. There are some more bourbon overtone in the aftertaste, which also mix with a strong alcohol presence and some mild wood notes.
Drinking them both side by side has been a pretty cool experience for me. While I respect the bold flavors of the KBS, I am enjoying the drinkability of the FBS a little bit more. As far as bourbon barrel beers go, KBS is by far the smoothest and most impressive that I have ever had, and I am excited to sample the one other one I have in my cellar in a fee years. I am really glad that I got to try it, but I am not devastated that I don't get to drink it all the time.
Okay so this was my initial reaction to the beer. I was drinking the KBS outta the fridge, and the FBS outta my cellar. I let it warn for about 20 minutes, but now that it is warmer, so much more flavors are coming out. There is some smoke present, and the warmth has brought out a really terrific roasted coffee and chocolate flavors that weren't as present was it was a little colder. The alcohol is a little more present, but that brings out some more of the strong bourbon barrel notes. Overall, a wonderful beer and I def recant my statement that FBS is better.
Serving type: bottle
02-23-2011 00:41:44 | More by mjsheehan08
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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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