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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company

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

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

8,186 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 8,186
Reviews: 2,498
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 3,159
Gots: 2,937 | FT: 209
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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Thickfreakness

New York

4.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

300th review

Pours like liquid brownie into my tulip glass. Thick, dark and chewy. A walnut tan head rises up and fades rather effortlessly back into the abyss leaving only tiny islands of lacing and some foam settling on the murky black.
Rich black coffee, subtle hints of bitter 90% chocolate, little bits of vanilla and bourbon but not fake or overwhelming. Subtle touches of coconut, gently toasted nuts, and I swear just a hint of orange peel. To me KBS never had an over-the-top bourbon punch, just gentle, smokey kisses that cling to your palate without overwhelming you. I had pulled this out of the fridge about 15mins before opening it, and it's now starting to really open up in the nose and come alive.
Bitter black coffee, 90% Belgian chocolate bar, cocoa powder, orange peel dipped in melted chocolate, whisps of vanilla, coconut and smokey bourbon. The bourbon is really opening it up as it warms up. This is a perfect candidate for opening right out of the cellar. I prefer KBS with a year on it so that some of that bitter coffee fades and everything melts together beautifully.
Neither thick or thin. Sticky and chewy enough to stick to the sides and roof of your mouth like a brownie, but still flows and drinks easily. Nice cocoa powder/coffee/charred malt/bourbon blend. Neither takes the lead, but each shares eloquently.
Not my favorite BBA RIS by any means, but still a nice treat on this first decent day of spring in NY. Nice and chewy, a decent blend of coffee/cocoa/bourbon. It's really too bad that this is so limited. I think that's why this one is so damn hyped. A damn fine RIS. Plenty of other better ones that are easier to find, but if you've never had it and have the chance, by all means grab it. I'd love to try this on tap sometime. That must be something else altogether.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 22:24:09 | More by Thickfreakness
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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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