Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company
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4.19/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
11-02-2013 17:10:00 | More by jgasparine
4.79/5 rDev +3.5%
Special thanks to Bryan for letting us dig this out of the cellar, and of course to MajorBuckeye for sending some down in a quality trade, can't wait to vertical that with the 2014 when it drops next April.
The appearance is just crude, crude oil that is. Loved the way it has that "it's so black it's brown" look as you drink it and notice the lackluster, albeit expected, lacing.
The smell is just oak barrel, toasted notes, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, some sweetness from dark dark fruit, just a wake me up smell that's great!
The taste is exactly what you smell, little added piped tobacco in the taste. The mouthfeel lingers just perfectly with the oils of the barrel guiding it down the throat.
Overall, well founders does it again, they really came through with this beast. #3 beer in the world, meh, idk about that, but is it in my top ten and a MUST HAVE, well definitely.
11-01-2013 04:32:50 | More by Abbbp
4.68/5 rDev +1.1%
A: Dark, thick, viscous Milk chocolate head builds to 1/4" dissipates rather quickly
S: Dark Chocolate, roasted coffee, subtle vanilla, a nose of mocha ice cream
T:Melted chocolate, German dark chocolate cake, A hint of booze. Reminiscent of a rich coffee drink
M: Viscous, creamy,
O: Well balanced, alcohol helps beer dry out. Definite a decadent dessert. A great beer but something for special occasions. Definitely would lose some luster if I had it too frequently.
Worth seeking out! Definitely A top beer.
10-28-2013 22:28:50 | More by dbexpert
4.56/5 rDev -1.5%
Bottled on 03/14/14
Ap - Black. There's a papyrus colored, frothy head that slowly dissipates to a thin ring and film atop the beer. Lacing is left the whole way down. This is a top looking stout.
Ar - The aroma is quite subdued, even around 58°. There's a touch of oak, and subtle iced coffee. Chocolate and a dirty egg custard thing going on as well.
T - This is a really good tasting beer. The notes are all there; bourbon, vanilla, coffee on the front end and finishing with dry oak and dark chocolate. The only reason this wasn't rated any higher, was because the booziness is a touch too much. I'd like to see this aged for 6 months, and maybe a touch (more?) oatmeal.
M - This is where the beer kills it. It's perfect. Thick, chewy, and creamy. Slightly sticky and mouth-coating. A real stand out.
O - A damn delicious beer. Search it out. The only way this could get better is with a little less booze (for me). Some people seem to enjoy the booze. I feel this would be fun if it had a Huna/Abraxas/Mexi Cake treatment and had some chili's and/or cinnamon thrown in. It's a huge beer in a small bottle. Every time I've had this previously has been at the end of a tasting, with a wrecked palate. It was still good, but now, after having it by itself, I believe the hype. Well done Founders!
10-28-2013 18:46:16 | More by KVNBGRY
4.68/5 rDev +1.1%
Appearance: Blackest of night with the tannest of tan heads of about a finger and a half thick. It’s foamy and oh so pretty.
Smell: Let’s not forget about what this beer came from, the Breakfast Stout. The aroma has so much coffee. I also know that you can’t physically smell density, but KBS just smells thick. The aroma is a good warning for what you’re about to get into.
Taste: As the nose leads on, the stout has a lot of coffee, but surprisingly, it doesn’t dominate as the nose might suggest. I expected bigger bourbon flavor in this, but the subtle presence smooths out the bitterness from the coffee and dark chocolate malts. Hop presence is very minimal as expected, but slight bitterness comes presence from the coffee and chocolate. The bourbon’s main contribution, in my opinion, is the smooth vanilla flavors to balance it all out.
Mouthfeel: When you see how thick the pour is, you don’t really expect a thin, watery brew. There is nothing thin and watery about KBS. It is very thick, but it is so smooth that there is nothing unappealing about it. One word: creamy.
Overall: Founders KBS is just delicious. It is not extremely complex in the varieties of flavors it offers, but what it does offer(coffee, chocolate, vanilla bourbon), the complexity is so deep. The thick, creamy mouthfeel is just so drinkable. It’s not a beer I could drink everyday, but anytime someone offers me one, I’ll drink it…and love it irregardless.
4.75/5.0…what’s really perfect?
10-28-2013 18:01:17 | More by TheBiercast
4.63/5 rDev 0%
Rare opportunity for me in the southeast to have this one. I had about a shot glass if it once before.
A: thin off white head with excellent lacing on a jet black body. A little more head and it would be perfect. May be pour related and do to the fact it is on draft
S: aroma is dominated by milk and dark chocolate and oak with vanilla, bourbon and dark fruit notes. I was sitting under a fan and yet the the aroma stayed full on the nose.
T: I had this one cold then let it warm up to are how it changes. The bourbon dominated when cold. As it warmed I got more chocolate, oak and vanilla. I must say I want more coffee which was more in the after taste. Last years seemed to have more coffee.
M: thick body but doesn't overly coat the palate, smooth with moderate carbonation. Carbonated a bit more than I wanted for the style to make it perfect but damn close.
Overall: I have tried many great beers and this one is at the top of that list. Best thing about it honestly is that it lives up to the hype which for a beer this highly rated is difficult to do. My biggest knock was not enough coffee to balance the sweetness. Alcohol is dangerously hidden
10-27-2013 22:25:43 | More by kylehay2004
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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