It’s that very short time of year again, KBS time. First off, the question that’s on everyone’s mind. Where can I get mine?
Regarding availability, short story is that it’s available in our area, but in a very limited supply. While Founders did up their production of KBS this year they also increased their distribution area, so we’re still about as hosed as we’ve always been. Long story is that I spent most of Monday and Tuesday calling all the places below. If you ever call anywhere for a rare beer ask for the “person who orders beer” before you do anything else, this’ll save much headache and confusion. Most of the places below only got 1 case, except for Jungle Jim’s Fairfield where I saw the 5 cases they received, so they may be your best bet. I strongly suggest you call ahead before driving anywhere just to make sure they still have some in stock, and when you get there don’t waste time looking on the shelf. Just ask someone who looks important.
Everywhere around town is now sold out.
Jungle Jim’s (Fairfield) – Had it as of Monday night, 1 bottle per person, $5.29 per bottle. Jungle Jim’s (Eastgate) – Waiting a call back O’Bryan’s Wine & Liquor (Loveland)- Has 1 case, minus my 4-pack ($20 I think); honorable mention here for being the only people willing to take my number and call me back when it comes in! Per Ed Paff Jr. they’re now sold out. Cellar’s Pub (Lebanon)- Should hear Friday Root Cellar (Kenwood) – Thursday Whole Foods (Mason) – only got 1 case half of which was gone by noon today. Selling 2 bottles per person for $6 per bottle. Probably sold out by the time this post goes live. Again thanks go to Ed! Whole Foods (Cinci) – Already sold out due to phone-in reservations, thanks Ed Paff Jr. for that info. Dutch’s (Hyde Park) – Sometime this week, will likely be 1 bottle per person. Lackman (downtown) – Will have it on draft sometime.
Party Town – They have it now, 1 case, and are selling a bottle a person Cork ‘N Bottle (Covington) – Sometime this week but no specific date yet Cork ‘N Bottle (Buttermilk Pike) – Sometime this week but no specific date either Party Source – Thursday afternoon
Dayton (the following is per the Premium rep + a few I called):
Belmont Party Supply – Coming in today, like their facebook page for info. Now on sale, 2 bottles per customer! The Market – Maybe sometime Thursday Dorothy Lane Market Springboro – Sold out already due to pre-orders Dorothy Lane Market at Washington Square – Didn’t actually get any Wine and Liquor Warehouse – Got 1 case and all gone Miami Valley Wine and Spirits Tipp City – Have it now but only 1 case, 1 bottle per person $5.25. South Park Tavern is having a vertical tapping of KBS 2012 & 2013. No specific date provided as of yet, they said to check the website and they’ll post it the day of… so much for planning head.
Now for the review portion of the post. This time last year I was digging hard into, what I now think of, as upper-mid level craft beers (more on that some other day). I had no idea what KBS was or that it even existed, by last summer I knew it’s “legendary” status and last fall I was able to score a taste at the Moerlein Lager House (my post on that). I only got a wee bit and had 3 other beers at the same time, so I didn’t really get the full experience. This year I’ve been on top of this since last Thursday. Checking with distributors and bugging the hell out of stores. Now the moment I’ve been waiting for, to dig into this beer and see if it’s all hype. Here is Founder’s blurb about it:
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.
Style: Stout – Bourbon Barrel Aged
Dark ink black color that does not let a single bit of light through it even with my phones flash held up against the other side of the glass! Easily an SRM of 40+ and certainly one of the darkest beers I’ve ever seen. It’s topped off by a thick skim of coffee colored head that slips away quickly.
Woof, yeah that smells every bit of 11% with a strong bourbon foreground. Lots of roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate aromas from the malt. A bit of syrupy and vanilla mixing in as well. No hops to speak of.
Taste is very present with roasted bitterness bring along a delicate combo of chocolate, coffee, bourbon, a touch of vanilla, and a hint of caramel. Not much lingering aftertaste just bitterness. Oh, and you can again pick up on that strength, it’s not as present here as it was in the nose though.
Heavy mouth feel with a smooth and creamy body. Does leave some weird slickness on the tongue and back of the throat though.
Improves steadily as it warms up. Everything slowly mellows out a bit and it becomes a smooth highly enjoyable experience. A lot more creamy chocolate flavor… oh and drunkenness.
This is by far my favorite bourbon stout I’ve had so far. So many of them just kick the shit out of your senses over whelming everything with too much bourbon (I’m looking at you Bourbon County Brand Stout). KBS pulls in a fair bit of bourbon but it’s not the most dominant aspect. Founders has done a good job of balancing the bourbon with all the other normal stout qualities that I enjoy.