Sunday, December 25, 2016

Founders KBS (2016 vintage)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20ChadPolenz (1739) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2016

2015 BJCP Category: 33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (base style: 20C Imperial Stout)

AROMA: French roast coffee; chocolate syrup; black grape; vanilla; bourbon; wood. General dark malts; no specific hop character; no hot or distracting alcohol character. 12/12

APPEARANCE: Opaque black body; dark tan head retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Strong, but gentle wave of sweetness envelopes palate immediately. Chocolate is the most prominent flavor. At the apex there is some dry bitterness to impart a modicum of balance. Sweetness changes to vanilla, wood and bourbon. Coffee emerges as it finishes and offers additional bitterness. A slight tartness and taste of currant or black grape appears briefly in the aftertaste. Alcohol is a major component of the palette, but is smooth with a gentle warming. Overall, an amazing balance of 33B, 30A and 20C styles. 20/20

MOUTHFEEL: Full bodied; medium carbonation. Texture is soft, smooth, velvety and warm. No sticky or cloying sensation. For 12.4% ABV, this is not a gentle sipper. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: This is an amazing, delicious and commendable beer to say the least. A remarkable achievement in brewing history. Simply put: it’s a perfect beer. 10/10