April 1st is tomorrow, and you know what that means. No, not April Fools Day, it’s Founders KBS release day! Yes, this barrel aged coffee and chocolate stout is making its annual return on April 1st.
I was fortunate enough to be sent a sample of this year’s release by Founders, and it arrived just in time to give it a quick review before release day. So, here we go.
2017 KBS weighs in at 11.8% ABV, which is right in line with previous years releases. The aroma is of coffee and chocolate. Lots of chocolate and coffee. Oh, grant you, there’s some vanilla and oak notes from the barrel aging, but the bourbon isn’t overpowering. The flavor is, well, you guessed it, chocolate and coffee and barrel. KBS strikes the perfect balance between all three. Neither one outshines the other, and that’s what makes KBS so damn enjoyable. The coffee is there. The chocolate is there. The bourbon barrel notes are there. But it drinks not like a 12% imperial stout. It is so balanced and nuanced, that the beer disappears much more easily than anticipated.
So, go get some KBS on Saturday. If you’re so inclined, Calandro’s Supermarket on Perkins is hosting a release event beginning at 7 AM Saturday. And they’ll have donuts. Yes, barrel aged stout plus donuts at 7 AM equals winning. You’ll also have the opportunity to win two tickets the the Zapp’s International Beer Festival later that day, where you can taste my kickass homebrews. Well, two of them. A raspberry Berliner Wiesse called #ShoulderKisses, and an American IPA named Rock Out With Your Hops Out. But either way, you can get KBS. So you should go.
And if not there, look for it at other fine specialty grocers and bottle shops starting Saturday.