Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company
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4.53/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I am reviewing a bottle that I am drinking at 1 yr of age and comparing it to one that I had fresh last year from notes:
A: Both the same: pitch black, thick, viscous; rich tan head that dissipates over minutes into tan lacing around the edges. So black...so impossibly black!!
S: Fresh: subtle coffee, lots of bourbon, some vanilla, wood
1yr: no coffee, bourbon more tame, vanilla still present, wood more subtle; chocolate notes evident.
T: Fresh: moderate vanilla, some chocolate, very subtle coffee, moderate bourbon; no hops; sweet, smooth. Honestly, still pretty boozy and hot; almost too much to me.
1yr: very little coffee if any at all, chocolate more pronounced, definitely not as hot, much smoother and easier drinking; vanilla still prominent and at the forefront. Delicious!
M: Pretty much the same for both; viscous, thick, rich; coats the mouth and sticks around for a while. Definitely a sipper. 1 per sitting for me for sure. ABV is pretty well hidden but the bourbon sure comes through; more so fresh than aged.
Overall, like everyone else, I absolutely love KBS. When fresh, I love it for the coffee elements that blend with everything but it's almost a little hot for me out of the gate. At 1 year, though, I think I prefer it more overall because it is not as hot and the bourbon/vanilla notes are significantly smoother and have melded well into the beer. You can't go wrong either way, but I would rather have this with a little age on it.
Serving type: bottle
12-25-2011 00:42:07 | More by bcostner1
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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