Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company
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4.4/5 rDev -5%
Drinking two bottles back to back...a 2009 and '12. Lucky me! First time trying what I've considered the holy grail of stouts. Both pour black holes. Flavor profile similar between the two. Huge chocolate/nibs. Smell the coffee in both but just picking up a bit of iced coffee in the aftertaste (and my burps). Nice bourbon layer in both, much smoother in the '09. Both go down well, the '09 is much mellower and doesn't carry the slight bitterness of the '12. The '12 is a little alcoholic, the '09 went down sooo smooth, almost too easy. The aging flexes itself nicely. Of course they are both fantastic but a little aging does benefit the style very well. It's making my ears pop. Get it if you can.
03-24-2012 02:47:33 | More by parchedjay
4.88/5 rDev +5.4%
Managed a 4 pack this year. Haven't had it before, or remember having it to be honest. Didn't wait for it, did hunt it down, and hated the hype. Managed to get it for under $16 bucks for a 4-pack and was happy. Now....
A: Black. Dark coffee color, really creamy and thick looking. Like used oil perhaps. Good lacing, not much of a head with a good pour, but little mocha ring around the glass and nice tiny bubbles on the top.
S: Chocolate, bourbon, coffee, and a boozy fruit perhaps, but of the good old maple syrup.. Pretty inviting.
T: Bourbon. You really taste it, and it's smooth and not overpowered but enough to know the damn thing was aged in bourbon barrels. Really great chocolate, cocoa nib, roasted malts and coffee. Sweetness in there, rich cream. Great taste, you hate the hype until you taste it. Slight warming alcohol finish, but smooth is the key here.
M: Full body and chewy. Creamy and robust. Ultra smooth.
O: I friggin love it. I love stouts, I love higher ABV imperials. I love bourbon too. This beer is fantastic. I really wanted to not love it, the hype, the hard to find, the price gouging. This beer is flat out great. It's everything rolled into one and just works. I would bathe in it, and still drink it.
03-24-2012 02:21:42 | More by FATC1TY
4.93/5 rDev +6.5%
The good : I finally got a few bottles of KBS. This beer is very good! it pours like motor oil and has an excellent aroma. Rich and thick this stout is World Class for sure. The bourbon gets stronger as you drink the 12 ounce bottle and it's very creamy with a very good mouth feel.
The Bad: It was very hard to come by and for $11.00 a bottle in NJ it's over priced!!! It is not the kind of beer you drink all night, its a ounce in a while treat.
Bottom Line: If you see it...buy it! World Class!
03-24-2012 02:02:50 | More by themind
3.83/5 rDev -17.3%
Had it a bar once a year ago and waited until this March for the new relase...Not sure if it was all the hype going in, but I was not impressed and actually happy I was only able to score a 4 pack.
A: Black as coffee with minimal head
S: Chocolate!!! and roasted coffee
T: I realize its not aged breakfast stout, but its not that different from the Breakfast Stout. I was expecting more of the bourbon flavor which was minimal at best
M: Medium, good heat, not too overpowering
Being a fan of Goose Island BCS I might be a little biased against this, but its still a well done brew. I just wont go through the trouble next time. If its there when Im there I'll buy it, if not, so be it....
03-24-2012 00:25:07 | More by Spcoly
4.08/5 rDev -11.9%
first of all big props to craft ale house limerick pa for having this, not publicizing it, ok its available for sit in only, so ill sit in. nice mellow quiet thursday after work. no fuss, no hysteria, no line, especially no line, no sold out in 10 minutes, just the way it should be, yes ive said it before. call me hypehater1.
and now that we're on that subject, im glad i tried it, but this beer is very good, 12th best in the world? not. another overhyped beer from the most overrated brewery on this planet, and not one ill need to seek out again.
pours black, complementary head, pretty beer. smells just ok, coffee, hints of bourbon and vanilla, refined. and thats what it tastes like, along with a dark fruity presence i like. mouthfeel could be better, thicker, but this is strong and satisfying.
my recommedation would be make it thicker, more available, and in 4 paks everywhere and i would get one every year. but i wont have one again until that happens.
03-23-2012 12:14:11 | More by B33R501
3.63/5 rDev -21.6%
A: black like sucks in all light black with a thin brown head that fades quickly
S: in descending order: of bourbon, vanilla, alcohol, a small hint of chocolate
T: bourbon really comes through in the taste along with heavy vanilla some chocolate and coffee, a nice sweetness to it
M: full bodied, viscous,velvety carbonation
O: I have never been a huge fan of bourbon barrel stouts but this one is very drinkable. the flavor of the vanilla and chocolate really come out as it warms making me like it even more. the bourbon is still there but just adds to the warming.
03-22-2012 23:58:18 | More by RappAttack
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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