For the past month or so, we’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of Founders KBS. We may exaggerate and go a little over the top with our love for KBS on this blog but really, it’s good. We had four bottles from last year’s release and scored eight bottles from this year’s (thanks to our friend Pete at Glen Cove Beer Distributor). So, for the first time in about a year we tasted a couple of our bottles, one from each release to compare.
The fact of the matter is, for such a big, flavorful beer, KBS is actually well balanced. Upon comparing the 2010 and 2011 versions we found that they were a bit different. Founders may have tweaked the beer a little and it made it even better. We had heard some complaints last year that the bottled 2010 KBS was too carbonated and found that the 2011 was noticeably less carbonated and had a more silky mouthfeel. The chocolate, coffee and of course the bourbon are present in both versions. We thought the 2010 could still use more aging while we thought the 2011 was ready to drink right away.