Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by shangwang:
4.98/5 rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Had KBS once before on draft in 2011, but this is my first time reviewing it. Drank with a couple of buddies side by side with GI BCS. This was the 2011 version, poured into a Chimay glass.
There was very little head after the pour, which became thin swirls on the surface in seconds, and left a brownish residue on the side of the glass. It was viscous and jet black. There was lots of wonderful coffee smell, with hints of vanilla and boozy bourbon. Probably the best beer I've ever smelled. Also caught some roasted chocolate malt. The taste was awesome - a chocolatey stout taste with bourbon sweetness, and a bitter hoppy/roasty finish. Every sip was better than the last. The mouthfeel with fairly light in weight, but there was a good amount of carbonation that left a tingle on the tongue.
This beer was so well balanced, and while there wasn't anything specifically complex about the taste, it was unbelievably satisfying. This is as good as it gets for an imperial stout IMO. As a side note, while I enjoyed the BCS along side it, KBS blew it away. It's pricey and hard to find, but well worth every penny.
Serving type: bottle
02-29-2012 03:44:52 | More by shangwang
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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
4.21/5 rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Aroma: roasty caramel and molasses. Slight roast barley. Coffee and whiskey are blended nicely, not too up front.
Appearance: black and opaque. Brown head that lingers well for high alcohol level.
Flavor: Slightly astringent whiskey and vanilla up front, mid palate is mostly bitterness, finishes with nice coffee roast bitterness on the sides of the tongue. Whiskey dominates a lot of the flavor notes. No DMS, no diacetyl.
Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation.
Overall: Great beer. Can only really drink one but it is really enjoyable. I think I prefer plain breakfast stout though, there is a lot of stuff going on here, a lot of similar bitterness from whiskey, coffee, and roast malt all at the same time.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2014 00:37:46 | More by PPOmaha
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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