Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company
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4.41/5 rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
KBS bottled almost one year ago!
A: Pours an inky dark black with little to no head -- not much more to say. Very clean. Looks like a solid BA Stout. Nothing too special, though. Gonna add some points here because for a beer with minimal head the lacing wasn't half bad.
S: Smells like a bourbon bomb. Oaky. Some subtle coffee notes in the background. Some vanilla, maybe. But, for real, bourbon.
T: Taste waaaayyy better than it smells. Bourbon taste so mild. Alcohol is very mild, yet warm. The oaky vanilla is the first thing I tasted. Tobacco. Leather. Some chocolate , even. Super nice boubony-warm finish. The roasted malts and coffee flavors have really mellowed out over the past year. There's even some sweetness in here. Fantastic.
M: Smooth and creamy. Coating the mouth in what I could only describe as a stout liqueur. Still very nicely carbonated after the year. Velvety. Buttery. Think body. Very good chewiness. Great feel all around.
O: What a great tasting Stout this is. The appearance and smell give way to a wonderfully tasting brew. Gotta try it. I suppose I'd try it fresh the next round, but this beer tasted really good with some age on it too. Great brew. Did not disappoint.
Serving type: bottle
02-12-2013 01:50:57 | More by C20Percent
4.55/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
FInally was able to try this one fresh.
A: Poured a very dark brown, verging on black. Highlights of brown and red. In the glass, the beer is pretty much black, with blood red hints around the edges of the glass. The head was a dark khaki brown (3/4 of a finger) that dissipated very quickly.
S: Upfront, you get the coffee. This is a nice change, as the other time I tried KBS (an aged bottle), the coffee was gone, and the bourbon was dominant. After the coffee, you get the bourbon, along with the vanilla and a touch of coconut. And then, all of a sudden, you are hit with strong notes of sweet, runny chocolate. I really dig the balance between coffee, chocolate, and the bourbon characteristics.
T: Again, coffee upfront. Then the bourbon, and the vanilla. NO soy sauce (which I got hints of in the aged version). Bitter chocolate with subtle bourbon notes. This version (although I am aware that FBS is not the base beer) is very much reminding me of FBS. The bourbon is not "hit you over the head" which I enjoy in a BA coffee imperial stout. I would dock this beer slightly for what I feel is a SLIGHT lack of chocolate.
M: A little higher than medium-bodied. Really nice. Carbonation is JUST enough for the style. So, so drinkable. I am trying to savour my one and only bottle, but it's going too quick.
O: Really reminds me of the 2013 batch of BA Peche Mortel. This is not a "in your face" BA beer. The subtlety works well. Really enjoying it. Cheers!
Serving type: bottle
02-11-2013 17:35:26 | More by montrealbcr89
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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