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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

7,165 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 7165
Reviews: 2418
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.64%


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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Reviews by Roke87:
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Roke87

Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

BA REVIEW #100
(Saved something a little special for my 100th review)

12oz. bottle, chilled and poured into a snifter, 2011 vintage.

Appearance- Pours black as midnight, one of if not the darkest beers I have ever seen to this day. Gentle pour yields a very small bubbly top that very quickly disappears into the darkness with a very very small ring around the glass, you almost have to search for any type of head left over after the pour, leaving

Smell- I’m getting huge amounts of bitter coffee aromas right off the bat paired with that woody bourbon aroma, mild dark chocolate in there as well with some sweet hints of vanilla and a mild touch of roasted malt in the nose.

Taste- Holy shite this thing will put hair on your chest, wow what an adventure for the palate! First off I get a milk chocolate flavour paired with the alcohol bite from the bourbon, very sweet with hints of vanilla in there as well, lots of roasted bitter coffee notes coming through next with a mild touch of roasted malts in there as well.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied and smooth as silk, creamy and goes down as sexy as red velvet cake, very little to no carbonation but the tastes more than make up for the lack of carbonation.

Overall- I think only one word can describe this beer; amazing! It deserves all the hype and score that it has here on BA, this is easily one of the best stouts in the entire word. Everything about this beer is absolutely stunning, from the initial kick of the bourbon in the tastes balanced perfectly by the coffee, chocolate milk, vanilla, and woody flavours to the amazing smells right down to the feel of it on the palate. This is a world class beer for a reason, all other stouts take notes because this is what you should taste like, and hides the big ABV extremely well. Will always search this one out and drink it every day if I could, there’s nothing more to say, 5/5, A+ all day everyday.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 05:08:43 | More by Roke87
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I bought this beer from a liquor store where the limit was one per customer and they only had a few cases! tough to get your hands on this one. Instead of trying it right away, I decided to wait for the right occasion, which happened to be a few weeks after purchase.

The beer was chilled in the refrigerator for 20 minutes before opened and poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Opaque country night black with a mid level tan foamy head. Just looking at this one was a serious treat.

Smell: Here is where i noticed the year long aging in an oak bourbon barrel, with a hint of chocolate and coffee following the classical bourbon taste.

Taste: Strikes the tongue with the bourbon notes first, finishing with coffee and dark chocolate notes. Aftertaste leaves you wanting more.

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Overall: This is definitely the best brew i have been able to get my hands on. Considering I am just starting to explore the immense world of craft brews, this beer still comes out on top. If you have the chance to buy Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout, get as many as you can!!

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A: Chewy lookin, super viscous, completely opaque. Moderate pour brought fourth a one finger head of a tan hue that dissipated in a hurry, lacing seems moderate. Not able to access the level of carbonation.

S: Warm dry aroma, roasted malt with dark chocolate. Some mellow wood undertones with a syrupy sweetness. Black cherry, prunes, date, and fig, and light coffee flank the nose. Smells less burnt than the imperial stout, maybe some chocolate liquor or genial whisky

T: Initially tall and roasted, chocolate malts come crashing in before the powerful bourbon profile erupts onto the palate. Dry wood, oak, roots, dirt and earth. The bourbon persists into the middle mouth in a powerful fashion clashing with sweeter notes of milk chocolate and toffee – this creates a façade of chocolate liquor, which incorporates spice of anise and faint caramel. A resounding rich espresso is playful throughout. The resinous bourbon reverberates back into the finish, which is warming; shyly boozy – spiced rum inspired vanilla peaks through in the transition between the middle mouth and finish. Hallowed and delicious

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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