Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company
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4.58/5 rDev -1.1%
Jet black and perfectly opaque. Thick and creamy tan colored head on the pour. Head retention is excellent, forms a ring around the glass and plenty of lace blotches.
Aroma is very robust. Sweet molasses and maple. Oats and corn. Lots of coffee. Hints of vanilla and oak character. Well rounded and complex in the nose.
Flavor begans with the malt consisting of roasted barley, dry oats and cooked corn. Robust coffee and rich dark chocolate come to life near the middle. Subtle earthy hop character. Mild maple sweetness. Not getting too much oak or vanilla in the flavor. Complex but with less than perfect balance and the corn flavor is throwing me off a bit.
Full bodied though not syrupy. Highly carbonated for the strength. Rich, creamy texture and just slightly drying in the finish.
A very good beer but a let down from what I expected given all the hype.
Revision after second tasting 4/28/13: Compared side by side against breakfast stout and drank over the coarse of 1.5 hours. After about an hour the beer reached a temperature which allowed all the oaky, vanilla, bourbon nuances to emerge. The flavors also seemed to blend and harmonize. This brought the taste and overall score up for me and I recommend this sampling technique. Overall, every bit as good as breakfast stout with a little more flavor that tackles a slightly different style and both can be thoroughly enjoyed depending on the mood of the drinker
04-04-2013 02:28:19 | More by bnes09
4.24/5 rDev -8.4%
12oz bottle. 2013 Vintage. Pours a pitch black color with no head. The aroma is a nice big whiff of bourbon with some coffee and chocolate. Earthy with hints of vanilla. The taste is bourbon upfront followed by coffee and the chocolate. Fairly hot. Vanilla near the end with a mix of coffee and more bourbon. Dark chocolate aftertaste. Surprisingly drinkable. The bourbon presence is fantastic. Heavy mouthfeel. This one was a pain to get a hold of but I'm glad I finally landed one. I'd say Goose Island Bourbon County and the recent batch of NebCo Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout Trooper are better than KBS. That being said, this is still a fantastic beer I can't wait to have again.
04-04-2013 01:24:08 | More by PicoPapa
4.85/5 rDev +4.8%
Enjoyed in a snifter
A: pours a deep brown verging on what I would call a muted black, pours with a very thin layer of head that is made up of extremely tiny deep mocha brown bubbles and dissipates rapidly, leaves an extremely small amount of spotty lacing on the glass
S: to begin with I sense a mixture of deep dark chocolate and slight coffee roastiness, a sweetness comes in very briefly but is then backed out by the nice whiskey barely notes of wood and a tinge of alcohol, the malt sweetness rounds out at the end
T: so incredibly multilayered in flavor it is very hard to pin point each individual flavor as they move so rapidly, begins with a beautiful coccoa note then moves over to coffee beans (freshly ground), a bite hits in the middle which has a distinct whiskey barrel note, that flavor is then backed up by more of the soaked woody notes and finished with a very nice bitter and sweet note which lingers distinctively
M: hits th tongue right off the bat with a bite of carbonation, becomes thick and silky through the sip and then has a very gentle (almost imperceptible) warmth, finishes with a very obvious dryness
O: pretty much everything I had been expecting, a phenomenally deep and well balanced beer from the geniuses at founders
04-04-2013 00:34:22 | More by BigPlay1824
4.84/5 rDev +4.5%
A: Dark brown to black with a dark tan thin head.
S: Alot of oak and booze. Have some trouble pulling the chocolate and coffee out at first, but after a couple of more whiffs you can get them.
T: Not as boozy as expected, but there is definitely a decent amount of heat. Good amount of oak and a pretty significant bitterness, some from the coffee and some from hops.
M: A little thinner than expected. Some oak tannin/astringency are definitely present.
O: There are alot of people trying to do big oak aged stouts, alot without success, but that is not the case with Founders. This is a very drinkable big barrel aged stout, that will probably improve with a little age, but is also quite good at this age. Too bad it is so damn limited.
04-03-2013 22:21:14 | More by jrstamp
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 8,413 ratings.