Here we are! The highly acclaimed Founders KBS. SmokeBeerMinistry is here to see what all the hubbub is about. We are fully prepared to view KBS from the ‘hey, I love beer’ standpoint, without even the slightest inclination to dock points due to a lack of smokepower. This review is also the third installment of SBM’s Founders Trifecta compare and contrast blog (Founders Dirty Bastard, Backwoods Bastard, and KBS).
Having not even read the label, I smelled chocolate right after opening this one. I feel tingling on my tongue from all the booze… and it lingers (kind of neat). Out of all the chocolate beers, this one does chocolate the best. That tingling is moving into an almost spicy sensation. Is there heat in this? I don’t know where it might come from, peppers, yeast, secret ingredient? Well, regardless of that mystery (which may be chemically induced on my end), I think KBS is a boozy beer from lesser used ingredients that don’t work as well together as one would expect from a well orchestrated symphony. I really only know about rare beers that nobody wants, but I stumbled across KBS and felt compelled to review it. I did the same for Bourbon County Barrel Stout which happened to score a good bit higher. I do understand those Facebook shit-shows where some goon fills a pitcher of whatever beer, and then slams it down with a few, fast, face drenching chugs. But not with this beer. KBS approaches deliciousness with their formula, but must rely on notoriety and low production volumes to excite their fan base into their own state of bliss. Final score 4 out of 7 non-smokebeer smokestacks.
This review completes the trifecta with a sad trombone
|Brewer’s Description||What we’ve got here is an imperial stout brewed with a massive amount of coffee and chocolates, then cave-aged in oak bourbon barrels for an entire year to make sure wonderful bourbon undertones come through in the finish. Makes your taste buds squeal with delight.|
|Food Pairings||Fried chicken for breakfast|
|Brewery Location||Grand Rapids, MI|
|Alcohol content by volume||12.4%|
|IBU (International Bitterness Units)||70|
|Beer opacity rate 1 – 7 (light – dark)||6|
|Smell smoke? 1 – 7 (No – George Burns)||1 (but a 6 in chocolate smell)|
|Sausage detection? Y or N||N|
|Smokepower taste: 1 – 7 Smokestacks||1 (but a 5 in chocolate taste)|
|Beer thickness 1-7 (water – used motor oil)||3.3|
|Barrel Power 1-7 (in name only – burns nose)||5|
|Overall Happiness: 1 – 7 (sad – happy)||4|
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