Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by mjtiernan:
4.25/5 rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Got this from a trade with heyta…thanks heyta!
2011 12oz bottle into a Jester King snifter
I did this review as a side-by-side tasting with an ’09 BCBS
A – Black as night with an oily film on top. Only sign of carbonation is the tiniest ring of bubbles along the outside of the glass. A vigorous swirl brings a bit of life to the head.
S – Chocolate cream pie served with Irish coffee and a freshly rolled unlit cigarette on the side of the plate. Nice!
T – Bittersweet chocolate is dominant. I’m so glad this isn’t yet another too sweet chocolate stout. The coffee and tobacco shows up long enough to wave hello before giving way to the most excellent bourbon and oak. Not getting as much vanilla from the oak as I usually find with other barrel aged beers. Possibly the most balanced -bal beer I've ever consumed.
Hang on, I tasted this so many times that I need to get more to finish the review.
M - Not a surprise, but there isn’t much carbonation to speak of. Can’t believe how smooth this is though. Not as oily as I expected based on the appearance, which was nice. The bourbon really comes out in the finish but isn’t even close to being too hot…and this is a relatively fresh one.
O – I poured myself appx 4oz to do this review and had to go back for seconds before I was finished. So much going on with this one. Not sure if I will end up preferring this one fresh or with some age on it, but I’ve got a second bottle so I’ll find out eventually. Really loved it!
Serving type: bottle
05-29-2011 04:46:21 | More by mjtiernan
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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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