Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by ribby:
4.38/5 rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Paid $7 for a bottle at International Beverage in Cascade.
Appearance: I rated this a 5, but that is absurd, as this beer appeared completely black to me. Even the head was dark brown. This poured with a fingernail sized head that dissipates quickly.
Aroma: Charred malt and bourbon.
Taste: Malt, oak, and bourbon. There must be some hops in there, but its main effect is to balance the other ingredients.
Mouthfeel: Not a lot of carbonation, a little bit of heat on the way down to let you know where it spent the last year.
Overall: I am partial to consistently excellent beers rather than one-off curiosities. This is a consistently excellent curiosity. If you are going to age something in bourbon barrels it had better be a blockbuster to start with. This works.
For comparison, I had saved a bottle of Backwoods Bastard. The BB is sweeter, lighter in color, and not as big. It really isn't fair to the BB to compare it to KBS, but if you want to know what KBS is about, there is no substitute.
Serving type: bottle
03-18-2012 20:34:12 | More by ribby
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4.75/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Had the 2014 release for the first time. Wouldn't say I was disappointed, but I was surprised. Surprised that it tasted exactly like the regular breakfast stout, which isn't a bad thing, just expected it to be a different animal. I smell the bourbon, but it doesn't come through in the taste all that much. I think the coffee cancels it out a little. I do like it more as it warms. I read someones post about unnecessarily barrel aging great beers. At the time, I didn't agree/understand (I usually say age anything and everything) but now I think I do. Breakfast stout didn't need any improvement and I don't think that aging this flavor profile made it any better. Dont get me wrong, it is still an exceptional brew that lives up to much of the hype and prestige. If I was rating on that aspect alone I would be between 4.25 and 4.50. I rated based as if grabbing off the shelf or blind tasting. There are better versions of this style in my opinion (Black Note).
Serving type: bottle
04-24-2014 17:14:56 | More by WesMantooth
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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