Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company
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4.08/5 rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Fresh bottle of 2011 vintage poured into a snifter glass. Served at approximately 50 degrees F.
Pours pitch black, perfectly opaque with zero light penetration. A small, fairly loose mocha head forms and fades equally quickly, leaving behind only a few scattered smatterings of ill-fated lace on the walls of the glass.
Aroma is quite nice, with overt notes of bourbon taking the forefront; notes of dark chocolate and medium-roasted coffee emerge underneath. The nose is really somewhat subdued for a bourbon barrel-aged beer, but the subtlety likely belies skill.
Mouthfeel is smooth and moderately carbonated; with a medium-heavy body, it is rather easy drinking and not as weighty as many beers in the style. Unlike the nose, sweet chocolate and bitter coffee come to the forefront of the palate, with vanilla and bourbon following in the middle; bitterness is high and drying, but seems to come more from the coffee than hops. Coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla seem to engulf the palate before finishing dry with a lingering bit of espresso and oaky vanilla, and a bit of boozy warmth on the way down.
Smooth and balanced, this is one heck of a barrel-aged beer. Bourbon can often be overpowering in beers of this type, but here it plays a supporting role, and does an excellent job in doing so. It's obvious why Founders has such a classic on their hands. Amazing fresh, this may have some cellaring potential, but it seems best enjoyed as it is.
Serving type: bottle
03-15-2011 04:42:34 | More by superdedooperboy
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