Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company
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4.99/5 rDev +7.8%
2013 edition poured into a snifter.
A: Pours an impenetrable midnight black color. There is a small khaki colored head that gives way to a small ring around the glass. There are some strong alcohol legs that develop as I drink on.
S: Smells of straight alcohol powered bourbon initially. A strong vanilla smell is picked up after a few minutes of letting this sit in the glass. Chocolate and coffee come through in a prominent way as this brew begins to heat up. Some oak character shines through as well as some malts. I didn't pick up any hop character despite this being 70 IBUs. This doesn't punch you in the face with aroma like some other barrel aged stouts do, but it's one of the things that makes KBS unique.
T: Notes of chocolate and vanilla are what I immediately pick up. Upon further drinking, some coffee and oak character also come through here. This is such a smooth drinker even though there is a slight alcohol burn. This sweetness from the molasses and vanilla is effectively balanced out by the coffee which makes this an incredibly enjoyable brew.
M: A medium-heavy bodied beer that is actually quite smooth. As I wrote earlier, there's a slight burn, but nothing that takes away from the brew. It's just a matter of letting this warm up to let the bourbon take a backseat and blend in with the rest of the nuances of this imperial stout. This is definitely the way it should be done.
Overall: This is definitely one of the best beers I'll ever drink. Upon tasting the original breakfast stout, there was no doubt in my mind that KBS could and would top FBS. I hold both on a pedestal and I love the fact that there are big differences between the two. I believe Founders did a great job making KBS and FBS stand by themselves. It would've been quite easy for Founders to just throw FBS in bourbon barrels but they didn't. I'm glad they did because it would've been quite easy to view FBS as the base beer of KBS, but since Founders brews a completely different stout for KBS it allows us to appreciate both for what they are. Barrel aging and adding coffee to their beers are what Founders does best and KBS is a prime example of this. This is a top 5 beer, but it might be my personal all-time favorite.
04-05-2013 21:48:55 | More by RichD
4.78/5 rDev +3.2%
Poured viscous black with tan head into a snifter
Smell- rich, roasted, and fruity. Brown sugar, Coffee bean, vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits
Taste- follows with lush coffee bean and vanilla, earthy hops, subtle dark chocolate covered cherry, turns roasty with charred barley and a touch of bourbon barrel, finishes with some spicy hops and vanilla wafer and coffee
Feel- perfect. Barrel really smooths things out but is not overly present. Subtle carbonation but incredible velvety and silky. Very very drinkable
This really is the top top tier of the ever-growing world of coffee/ barrel-aged imp stouts. Beautifully balanced, burly yet perfectly drinkable. And really really delicious...
04-05-2013 21:37:26 | More by evanforbeer
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 8,344 ratings.