Total Score: 9.6/10
I’ve been waiting a long, long time for this one: Founders KBS. I’m a touch apprehensive reviewing KBS, what with my FBS review still the most liked on BeerAdvocate, it’s like a beer reviewers version of a sophomore album, how do you follow that? By doing the best damn review ever! [no pressure] So here we have it, Founders mightiest of whales (only CBS comes close to the legend status of this brew). Must be reasonably fresh as well – it’s got a BB of 13.02.19 (I’m guessing Founders have a 2 year BB, so that would make the bottling date: 13 Feb 17). That been said age isn’t too much of a concern, apart from reports of coffee-flavour dropping off, this should be really tasty firecracker of a Stout.
Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Blacker than Darth Vader’s knickers, which are a combination of obsidian and jet black, with a thin tan lace ring and minor head retention – it looks exactly like FBS, so formidable that it warrants a 10/10 too.
S: Unlike FBS this has quite the complex aroma: bourbon sweetness, of course, oak/woody/vanilla tones, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, (no doubt) unwarranted hints of spirit giving off an almost Japanese sweet potato shochu character (yeah, I thought that was weird too). Unsurprisingly KBS is making my olfactory senses it’s bitch, thanks KBS, yes I will do anything you tell me to do. 9/10.
T: “POW! Right in the kisser!” says KBS. This is a mighty, yet smooth as an R&B singer, American Imperial Stout, right up there with the best of the best, all hail KBS! [we’re not worthy, we’re not worthy!] Flavour profile is: roasted coffee, dark chocolate, bourbon, oak/woody/vanilla, molasses, with a light coffee bitterness in the finish, and a kiss of bourbon burn at the back of the throat. This is simply awesome. Balance is sublime, even though the aroma hinted at ethanol, the flavour profile hides the 12.3% ABV exceedingly well. A real sipper of a brew here. 10/10.
M: Heavy-bodied, viscous to the max, as is the Founders way, with a smooth/creamy/luscious mouth-feel. “Oooo this beer is sexy!” [said in a James Brown voice]. Can’t beat Founders body. 10/10.
D: Near perfect Imperial Stout this is. One thing to be noticed though towards the end of the glass – my tongue actually went numb, which could have been a combination of the heavy ABV and it just plain shutting down due to flavour overload. Founders delivers gold with my new favourite Stout. 9/10.
Food match: The only food to match with KBS: KBS [in food form].