Sunday, May 1, 2016

May 1st, 2016 - KBS Coming Our Way

Good evening!  Your drinkin' buddy the Meista here this evening pairing Santana's second eponymous album (sometimes called "Santana III") and a KBS from Founders Brewing Company!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Santana
  • Title: "Santana"
  • Recorded: January through July 4th, 1971 at Columbia Studios in San Francisco, California
    Release date: September 1971 (3rd studio album by Santana)009-02-03)
  • Record company: Columbia Records
  • Production: Santana
  • Album cover art: Elizabeth Calleja (graphic design), Joan Chase (design photography), and Josh Cheuse (art direction)
  • Personnel: José "Chepito" Areas (percussion, conga, timbales, drums), David Brown (bass), Mike Carabello (percussion, conga, tambourine, and vocals), Gregg Rolie (keyboards, piano, and lead vocals), Carlos Santana (guitar and vocals), Neal Schon (guitar), and Michael Shrieve (drums and percussion)
  • Additional musicians: Greg Errico (tambourine), Thomas "Coke" Escovedo (percussion and vocals), Luis Gasca (trumpet on "Para Los Rumberos"), Mario Ochoa (piano solo on "Guajira"), Rico Reyes (percussion, vocals, and lead vocals on "Guajira"), Linda Tillery (background vocals), and Tower of Power (horn section on "Everybody's Everything")
  • Musical style: Hard rock, Latin rock, funk rock, experimental jazz-rock fusion, psychedelic rock
  • Sound: The sound on Santana's 3rd album is rawer, darker, and edgier than their 2 previous albums.  There's a frantic almost controlled chaos to the tracks. Santana's and Schon's guitar work is face-melting!  And that wonderfully rich Latin sound fused with rock and roll makes you want to move!
  • Major themes: Loneliness, isolation, desire, brotherhood, joy, celebration, knowledge, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Batuka"
  2. "No One To Depend On"
  3. "Taboo"
  4. "Toussaint L'Overture"
  5. "Everybody's Everything"
  6. "Guajira"
  7. "Jungle Strut"
  8. "Everything's Coming Our Way"
  9. "Para Los Rumberos"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Founders Brewing Company (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
  • Website:
  • Brew: KBS
  • Style: American Double / Imperial Stout
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 11.2%
  • IBUs: 70
  • Pour: An opaque almost ink black with burnt amber edges.  The head is a deep mocha with lots of lacing!
  • Nose: The nose is an amazing blend of rich, earthy, sweet, and boozy aromas.  There are notes of brown sugar, molasses, dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cream, and bourbon.
  • Taste: This one definitely lives up to the hype!  The taste of the KBS is everything you could want in an Imperial Stout.  Flavors of rich coffee, bittersweet dark chocolate, and brown sugar are intertwined with creamy marshmallow, vanilla bean, sweet toffee, and aged bourbon.
  • Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with minimal carbonation, the mouthfeel is thick and boozy as well as very creamy and velvety with a dry, sweet finish.

Overall pairing: The Founders Brewing Company's KBS isn't so much a beer as it is gastronomical tour de force!  And much can be said of the 3rd Santana album!  The richly dark complexity of both the album and the brew were seemingly made for one another in my mind and make for the perfectly mellow, yet introspective Sunday evening!

Salud y amor y tiempo para disfrutarlo!

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