Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company
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4.24/5 rDev -8.4%
A - Into a snifter. Pours about as black as you can get with a one finger mocha head. Left very spotty lacing.
S - A good sized hit of bourbon up front followed quickly by dark chocolate and coffee. I also pick up some slight chocolate covered cherry and roast beef.
T - Bourbon right off the bat, shortly followed by dark coffee and espresso. Chocolate makes it's presence known and it finishes off on a warming boozy vanilla note. The coffee sticks around well into the finish.
M - Thick oily body with almost no carbonation. Consitant dark chocolate and coffee. Flavorts unravel as it sits.
O - Overall, definitely a solid stout, unfortunately, I don't think it belongs on the top 10, or even the top 20 beer list. The bourbon was nice, but the vanilla undertones weren't pronounced enough. Hate all you want, but FIS and Siberian Night were both better than this.
04-06-2013 06:32:06 | More by SometimesIfart
4.33/5 rDev -6.5%
So after much time spent hoping and waiting, KBS finally came to town like Santa on Xmas night.. Every store in my state that I know of who had it only sold a single bottle per customer (so I had to go to every store, obviously, and obtained a full 4 pack or so).. So its fitting that this is my 100th review!
Served just above room temperature in a snifter.
The appearance of this beer is the sort of thing RIS lovers can usually only dream of- Jet black, it literally made me laugh out loud at how absurdly dark and viscous it looks. Just solid darkness with thin brown head which clings lightly to the walls.
The aroma is very chocolatey- dark and milk chocolates mixed with dark roast coffee/espresso beans and a bit of liquor. The wood barrel characteristics are there too giving it an earthy quality. Its a much, much more prominent smell you get in the glass (as opposed to just out of the bottle) compared to a lot of beers.
The taste is smooth and balanced between similar characters you find in the aroma- dark coffee, dark chocolate, wood, some vanilla bean, and certainly boozey brown liquor. Bitterness (like dark chocolate, not like hops) is upfront. Mouth is incredibly smooth, unbelievably even, on the tongue then warm boozey burn (not in a bad way) as you swallow it. Amazing, a great, chewy, viscosity that doesn't cross the line to overbearing heaviness.
You really had to try and find something to thats NOT fairly perfect about the beer.. For an RIS its much much all you could hope for, though it does have a few slight drawbacks in its drinkability considering the boozeyness which becomes reminiscent of sort of an after-dinner liqeur and the weight of it which develops.. its almost like a milkshake towards the end.. Its not a solid 5's across the board, but its definitely an A+
04-06-2013 03:53:44 | More by BirdFlu
4.66/5 rDev +0.6%
First time drinking KBS.... Wow
Combination of chocolate, bourbon, coffee at forefront. Not overly complex. Drinks like a milkshake. Mouthfeel is awesome with low carbonation and nice aftertaste. Alcohol smell very very prevalent but no alcohol burn. Incredibly delicious. Cant wait to try it with a couple years of age. Lives up to hype.
04-06-2013 02:32:06 | More by DrewskiWhit
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 8,356 ratings.