Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company
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4.19/5 rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Did a horizontal tasting between 2009 and 2010 vintages.
Appearance- Both poured from the bottle with a thin, tan head over a cola-brown body. The head did not appear very proteinaceous. Carbonation was not visible from the sides of the glass.
Aroma- Big nose full of roasty malts, vanilla and bourbon (booze). Can't quite put my finder on it, but the 2009 is better "put together" on the nose than the 2010. Overall, both had a slight solvent aroma which kept these from receiving a perfect score on aroma.
Flavor- Big, huge malty backbone- rich with syrupy sweetness. This is met with an equally strong hit of oak and bourbon. There is a substantial herbal bitterness here as well- presumably from both the black malts, coffee and hops. These serve nicely to offset the sweetness. The solvent notes detected on the nose become apparent on the tongue, but are not overwhelming. Long finish that stays with you for days. Both vintages exhibited the same flavor components, but the 2009 was much more attractive; the flavors had married in this vintage, much how flavors in chili combine better the next day.
Mouthfeel- Big, chewy and slightly silky mouthfeel from both vintages. Carbonation is perfectly soft. There is some heat here from the alcohol, but a pleasant heat. Astringency is present but at an appreciable level as well.
Overall- This is a fantastically big beer. It definitely ages well. I find that I prefer the aged versus the fresh.
Serving type: bottle
11-02-2013 17:10:00 | More by jgasparine
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 8,163 ratings.