Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company
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4.8/5 rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
I find this beer better and different on tap. In the bottle it tends to need to age for about a year before it melds.
Served in a tulip glass. Dark brown/black with a tan head about three fingers thick. The nose is molasses, chocolate, and roasted coffee, but the molasses is the highlight. The taste is slightly sweet. There is a good balance of hops and roasted barley. The alcohol is there and you feel it after one. A great selection anytime you can find it.
Serving type: on-tap
07-02-2014 19:17:27 | More by phishgator
3.86/5 rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
I've read so much about this beer, and acquired a bottle 2 years ago. I've been patient long enough. Bottled on 2/17/12, here we go...
Appearance - Pouring directly into the center of a large snifter yields a finger of rich brown cinnamon foam, having almost a creamy appearance. This quickly comes down to a broken cap. The body is a viscous opaque black - no highlights on the sides. This brew is deep and dark. *Letting this breathe for a few minutes really brings out the coffee and chocolate in the nose.
Smell - The nose starts with dark ripe fruits, molasses, rich roasted malt, moist oak, a quick blast of dark semi-sweet chocolate, faint coffee and vanilla bean, and a whiff of bourbon well up into the sinuses.
Taste - I'm a bit surprised here honestly. Even after 2 years, this beer is still somewhat bourbon forward. Let m break this down... Starts with bourbon, but not over powerfully so. Immediately there is roasted malt, and the oak is right there with it, a slightly bitter vanilla extract is there, and a light ribbon of dark chocolate. I'm getting a little dark fruit, but also some slightly sour plum skin. I then get a little black coffee and bitter coffee grounds, and then at the finish the hop characters begin to show - a bit of dried grass and slight dried grapefruit pith. Long into the finish the lingering flavors are dried oak, lingering roast and coffee grounds, and a little warmth from the bourbon.
Mouthfeel - I'm really surprised here - FBS is rich and mouthcoating. KBS is definitely a medium mouthfeel, not heavy at all, almost slightly watery for such a big aged beer. Carb is definitely on the lighter side, and is smooth across the tongue, with some prickle along the sides and the back. It is silky smooth, and a very easy sipper - but I feel that the lighter weight accentuates the bitterness and the bourbon.
Overall - To each his own, but I'm truly not impressed. FBS is head and shoulders above this beer, and this isn't in the same universe as BCBS, which I rated last night - it got all 5's. This is a good solid beer, don't get me wrong. And with all the discussions and history of this beer, you MUST try it. But in my humble opinion, this is above average at best. The flavors are good here, but not bold enough. The bitter and the bourbon carry the day. The nose on this beer is incredible, I will give it a 5 - but this does not carry over into the taste. And the mouthfeel I felt was somewhat lacking - almost watery. But this is just my personal rating. There are those that preach this as the gospel beers. As for me, I am not a believer.
Serving type: bottle
07-02-2014 03:14:19 | More by blackcompg
4.54/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Served in an Ikea snifter. The liquid is a viscous dark mahogany pouring out of the bottle, and almost pitch black in the glass. The pour kicks up a one-finger cafe-au-lait-colored head that fades after a few seconds, but leaves a few tendrils of lace.
Aroma comes out at you from the pour alone - chocolate, lightly roasted coffee, and a wonderful silky-vanilla bourbon character with just a hint of an alcohol burn. Bourbon is present, but not overpowering. Absolutely delicious smell!
Flavor follows the nose, but with a more pronounced bourbon flavor. Lots of milk chocolate, vanilla, oak, coffee, and bourbon mingling around perfectly. Alcohol heat is just a slight prickle on the finish, which is perfect. Ratios of the flavors are well-balanced - none ever overpowers the other. Lots of nice roasty flavors without any roasty bitterness. The only thing I can say is that I wish there was a more pronounced coffee flavor, because the coffee kind of falls flat on the palate. Still, the other flavors are good enough to make up for it.
Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, with a fair amount of carbonation... maybe a bit too much for my taste. Thanks to roostor07 for the bottle!
Overall, really well-done BA stout - not much to say other than that it's awesome and worth seeking out!
Serving type: bottle
07-02-2014 02:26:09 | More by MasterfulIdiot
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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