Founders KBS bottle questions

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by HeadyTheElder, Mar 2, 2013.

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  1. HeadyTheElder

    HeadyTheElder Disciple (381) Nov 3, 2012 Louisiana
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    I've got two KBS bottles. One has a bottled on date of 2/17/12, but also has the numbers "02 12" embossed on the bottom of bottle. The other bottle does not have a bottled on date, but has the numbers "02 10" embossed on the bottom.

    Is it reasonable to assume the latter one is from February 2010?

    Also, any thoughts on when KBS reaches it peak would be appreciated. I am trying to decide when I should drink these two. I plan on drinking the 2012 KBS soon, just because I have never had it before.
     
  2. HeadyTheElder

    HeadyTheElder Disciple (381) Nov 3, 2012 Louisiana
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    So then it seems like my bottle dated 2/17/12 should have an 11 embossed on the bottle, instead of the 12. Did they change up the system?
     
  3. lonewolfcry

    lonewolfcry Zealot (560) Dec 7, 2007 Minnesota
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    I wouldn't go by the bottle date.

    There's an inkjet date stamp on the neck - just below the label.
    It says
    Bottled, then the date, then the time of day

    It's hard as hell to see - you have to get it just in the right lighting.
    Here's a couple of examples (this KBS bottle is dated 2/25/11) so you know where to look:

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  4. imfrommichigan

    imfrommichigan Aspirant (267) Jul 12, 2012 Michigan
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    '09 - IBU text is diagonal w/ the label being more yellow than later releases
    '10 - Same coloration as '09 but the IBU text is horizontal
    '11 - Familiar color of label with black inkjet date (you might have to tip the bottle around with light passing through to see it, but it's there)
    '12 - Pretty obvious with the yellow date stamp

    I have all of these in my basement and that's how I tell them all apart. Hope this helps! I know there's a better description somewhere else but I can't seem to find it.
     
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  5. Gyle41386

    Gyle41386 Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2008 South Carolina

    Big thanks for posting this. I have a couple of bottles of KBS but couldn't remember which release they were from. I looked all over but couldn't find anything. After reading this post, I found a really faint stamp almost right away. 2/08/10. Excellent.
     
  6. ask4tristan

    ask4tristan Initiate (0) Feb 10, 2012 Georgia

    Okay, I went to a local bottle shop last week - a week after release - and begged for a bottle. Even though I was way late, the store owner gave me a 4 pack of dust covered KBS for some stupid high price. Of course I paid it. Heres the deal: Its 2013 now (for future readers) and the stamp on the bottle is 02/17/12. Did I actually get last years release? If I can skip on a year of cellaring, then it was sure as hell worth the price.

    Also, I've never had KBS before but Im working on the first now. It tastes quite pre-cellared. There is little edge.
     
  7. pmoney

    pmoney Defender (692) Apr 15, 2011 Illinois
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    Yep, that's last year's KBS.
     
  8. MCMASTERSANCHEZ

    MCMASTERSANCHEZ Aspirant (255) Jun 28, 2012 Indiana
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    So they have been putting the date on the bottles for a while then? I have a 2011 and didnt see a date but I hope I just didnt look good enough. Ill have to check when I get home
     
  9. imfrommichigan

    imfrommichigan Aspirant (267) Jul 12, 2012 Michigan
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  10. MCMASTERSANCHEZ

    MCMASTERSANCHEZ Aspirant (255) Jun 28, 2012 Indiana
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    That doesnt say anything about the label on 11, 12, or 13. If I cant find the stamp , which I cant that doesnt help
     
  11. imfrommichigan

    imfrommichigan Aspirant (267) Jul 12, 2012 Michigan
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    '10 and '11 are really hard to see. You have to tilt the bottle around so light passes through the neck with the beer moved out of the way. If you drink it, it will be a lot easier to see!
     
  12. MCMASTERSANCHEZ

    MCMASTERSANCHEZ Aspirant (255) Jun 28, 2012 Indiana
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    I heard the ink rubs off real easy though. I feel this may have happened with my 11 that I got in a trade....well I hope its an 11.
     
  13. kdb150

    kdb150 Devotee (440) Mar 8, 2012 Pennsylvania


    KBS peaks a few months from bottling. Sorry.
     
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  14. Ol_Johnny_Skippelwicky

    Ol_Johnny_Skippelwicky Aspirant (265) Feb 13, 2013 Minnesota
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    It sounds more like the label on your bottle is useless...
     
  15. MCMASTERSANCHEZ

    MCMASTERSANCHEZ Aspirant (255) Jun 28, 2012 Indiana
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    Pretty much
     
  16. surlytheduff

    surlytheduff Initiate (0) Jul 22, 2010 Tajikistan
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    http://beeradvocate.com/community/threads/kbs-vintage.48772/#post-626308

    You don't need the bottling stamp. Look at the 2 digit o the glass. And yes, the old black inkjet dates used to rub off all the time (or just not get printed).
     
  17. podunkparte

    podunkparte Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2009 Washington

    Imo kbs starts falling off too much for my tastes after about 8 months
     
  18. CasanovaCummins

    CasanovaCummins Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2012 Nevada
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    Just drink the damn thing.

    Before you get run over by a city bus or something.
     
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