Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company
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4.25/5 rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12oz bottle into a snifter
A: Pours pitch black, no chance of any light shining through this one at all. A half finger of light brown head quickly recedes to a film.
S: Not sure where to start as there are so many equally strong aromas. Milk and dark chocolate are probably strongest, but toffee and caramel aren't too far behind. Just behind that is sweet bourbon, coffee, and roasted malts. The aromas work very well together - its surprising how many strong aromas are in this beer.
T: Dark chocolate is the dominant flavor in this beer. Coffee, milk chocolate, and sweet bourbon are also quite strong. Booze is very evident. As delicious as this beer is, I find myself wanting a bit more complexity in it. I'd give it a 4.25 if I could.
M: Thick with low but ample carbonation.
O: This is a delicious beer. The chocolate, roast, and coffee flavors work very well together, and the bourbon adds to the complexity. This is one of my favorite RISs, but I don't think this is in the same class as BCBCS.
Edit (5/4/12): I had a relatively fresh one to compare as my last review was a year+ old KBS. The coffee is obviously much stronger in the fresh one, though a bit raw and bitter. Not quite enough sweetness to balance the strong coffee flavors, I prefer this one with some age on it. I normally like my coffee forward imperial stouts fresh, too. Still a delicious beer no matter the age.
Serving type: bottle
02-28-2012 03:51:57 | More by coreyfmcdonald
4.8/5 rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
A-dark brown black color with a small to medium tan head and some retention
S-coffee and chocolate with hints of bourbon
T-rich chocolate and coffee with a nice overlay of bourbon and hints of oak
F-full body with light carbonation and thick, creamy feel
O-another great RIS from Founders with great flavor and balance
Serving type: on-tap
02-26-2012 19:00:54 | More by MDDMD
4.28/5 rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Vintage 2011 poured into a Jester King snifter
Pours pitch black with a brown ring of head and a thin film on top that dissipates within 10 minutes.
Smells blasts you with vanilla, coffee, and bourbon. Roasted, rich caramel and chocolate linger in the background.
Incredibly sweet start to the taste with chocolate and caramel malt. Barrel characteristics are present, but nowhere near overpowering. Vanilla is strong. Burnt, bitter espresso lingers on the tongue at the end, leaving a nice departure from the beginning taste.
The body on this was surprisingly low, and carbonation was a bit tingly, but low also.
Overall, I enjoyed this beer, but really expected a creamier mouthfeel and a thicker stout than what it was. Taste was spot on, as the mingling between the sweet malt combined perfectly with the bitter hops and espresso towards the end.
Serving type: bottle
02-22-2012 06:50:54 | More by fatmcb1
4.85/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
I almost cried. Accidentally poured into a pilsner glass after confusing it with a Founder's Breakfast Stout.
A: Comes out black with with amazingly full, thick head that comes down to a solid finger of well built, beautiful head on top. Tiny beads of lace linger as the drink disappears from the glass.
S: pronounced aroma of chocolate and coffee. Some kind of amazing spiciness is present that isn't like any other beer I've ever had. Fusel burn is picked up when deep breaths are taken.
T: Sweet chocolate comes on strong that eventually settles down to a mellow coffee. Again, that spiciness comes through in the back palate. Not at all bitter and very pleasing.
M: Quite the mouth full of beer, I tell ya! It's thick and filling. It took me a good half an hour to enjoy the whole glass. No dryness, it's wet and delicious. Hardly any carbonation is felt which is surprising after seeing so much head on this beer.
O: I'm revisiting this beer and remember why it was the first high end craft beer that really turned me on to the culture. Man is it good! and the 11.2% ABV is nice too. This is the highest score I've given to a beer so far.
Serving type: bottle
02-18-2012 04:52:43 | More by jlpepper13
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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