Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company
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4.53/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
A: Pours the deepest, darkest black. One inch brown head dissipates quickly and leaves very thin lacing.
S: French roast coffee, oak, strong creamy vanilla presence, cocoa powder, and bourbon. Absolutely delicious, complex but not complicated. Each aroma is quite distinct and easy to pick out, yet still blends seamlessly with the rest. Maybe the best smelling beer I've ever come across.
T: Oak and a slight hint of bourbon open. Tangy plum darkfruit registers for just an instant. A second wave woody oak is accompanied by softer barrel flavors of cream and vanilla. Tastes of chocolate are constantly shifting between milk chocolate, cocoa powder, and bitter dark chocolate. Herbal tobacco leaf tastes accentuate the spicy, peppery bourbon notes. Whiskey flavors begin to build in intensity. Acidic coffee tastes emerge just before the finish. Finishes on the sweet side with a beautiful marriage of coffee, chocolate, and woody bourbon.
M: Medium bodied, but delightfully velvety and creamy in the mouth. Low carbonation. Heat from the bourbon and high abv is there, but kept well enough in check.
O: A truly exceptional beer. This has always been one of my all-time favorites.
Notes: No true beer geek can really pick a favorite beer, but if you put a gun to my head, I might have to pick this one. I'm a sucker for a great bourbon barrel aged stout, and this one is king. Mouth watering in taste and smell, and very complex. Now, having said all of that, this year's release seemed a little different than past iterations. The mouthfeel seems a bit thinner than I remember, and the bourbon flavors were a bit more dominant, though I didn't feel that they ever became too hot. Could just be my palate changing, but I would have had trouble giving past releases less that straight 5's.
Serving type: bottle
05-08-2011 21:38:51 | More by ryan1788a5
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