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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,053 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 7053
Reviews: 2411
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.86%


Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
This stout is brewed with a hint of coffee and vanilla then aged in oak bourbon barrels for over a year.

Note, this is NOT simply barrel-aged Breakfast Stout. It is an entirely different beer.

Now labeled as "KBS."

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-13-2004)
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BradtheGreat7

Ohio

4.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This particular review was taken on my birthday May 2nd, 2013. 2013 KBS release. I've also had 2010, 2011, and 2012.

12 oz shorty bottle Founders style. The KBS logo and label are downright classy and simple but beautiful. The color scheme makes my day and really what other colors are more suited for something called Kentucky Breakfast Stout? I poured this into an authentic KBS glass(yes a KBS goblet!) it was a gift from my dad on the very same day I popped the 2013 open. This is a very special review for me. About time I put it on BA.

A - this stuff pours like liquid mud. Black as the darkest corner of a moonless night, black. It's black and its as thick as oil. A proper big stout. A dark brown head is pretty sturdy on the pour leaving a lighter brown to tan stick throughout the goblet. This slow moving liquid is a sight to behold. Beauty at its best.

S - all the sweet notes a fine bourbon would have to offer. Vanillas, caramels, and soft chocolate are a real treat for the nose. I drink plenty of the best bourbon made right here in Kentucky to know what these notes do to a man. The oak aromas are dead on with a real woodsy character and a small hint of roasted coffee bean remind you its indeed a Breakfast Stout style.

T - more bourbon flavors up front with black coffee and chocolate in the background. A real roasted oakiness to it. The vanilla, and caramel sweetness paired with roasted malt make for one hell of an experience. It's just layer after layer of bourbon barrel goodies.. The finish has a tingle of alcohol spice that ends in a bittersweet delight. This may be the most perfect beer ever to reach a bourbon barrel.

M - massive and thick. The texture and thickness is unbelievable really. Top marks to layers upon layers of thick liquid that coats the entire palate. Smooth and rich.. Delicious! Oh so delicious. Oh so perfect!

O - KBS is a consistent highlight in a man's yearly beer calendar. It's as good as the first bottle I ever had the pleasure to experience. What Founders has produced is the ultimate perfection of the American/Double Stout style. I will look forward to this year in and year out. As a Kentuckian I know the best bourbon and I know good ales aged in these barrels and KBS is an absolute out of this world brew. It has everything and lacks nothing. Ill buy this every single time I get the chance and never think twice about it. It is the platform to what a barrel aged stout should be.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 22:59:18 | More by BradtheGreat7
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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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