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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

7,109 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 7109
Reviews: 2413
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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ckobes

Illinois

5/5  rDev +8%

08-03-2012 19:08:30 | More by ckobes
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57md

Pennsylvania

4.76/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

After unsuccessfully trying to score this beer for a few years, I was able to locate both the 2014 vintage on-tap and an aged 2011 vintage bottle. Both samples came from the Tavern on Liberty in Allentown, PA.

The numerical scores are for the 2011 bottled version because I actually preferred it to the freshly tapped sample.

The review compares both tasting experiences. Appearance is a deep dark brown with golden brown edges. The half finger of beige head dissipated quickly. The nose had distinct bourbon notes. The roast profile is solid and blends well with the bourbon. The alcohol on the 2014 version was too hot; three years of age really mellowed this offering to my liking. The body on the 2014 version seemed thinner than the 2011 version. Also, the 2011 version possessed a lingering molasses essence that the 2014 version lacked entirely. As expected, no coffee notes were discernible in the 2011 version; surprisingly, the coffee notes in the 2014 version were only barely present at the very end of the tasting experience.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 06:21:45 | More by 57md
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dar482

New York

4.78/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer comes in a dark black color with a brown head.

The aroma has a familiar FBS coffee of espresso beans, deeply roasted coffee. Then onto some bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and some bourbon to round it all out.

The beer hits in the front of dark roasted coffee, a milk and bittersweet chocolate. Then mid palate there's an attack of bourbon throughout until the finish. Vanilla melds into the brew and long with a hint of chocolate sweetness and lots of bourbon on the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium for a barrel aged brew.

I highly recommend this beer aged 6-12 months. I also recommend having it slightly cooler than cellar temperature, but not room temperature as the bourbon gets too aggressive.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 01:20:12 | More by dar482
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5/5  rDev +8%

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Ohio

5/5  rDev +8%

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Michigan

5/5  rDev +8%

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timc100

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark like FIS and yields a beautiful burnt mocha head, that does linger quite a while. Big lacing on the glass, pitch black - slightly lighter than FIS.

Dark bakers chocolate, cocoa powder, dark roast coffee, oaky vanilla. Not much bourbon but substantial oak.

Very enjoyable, but not much going on. The coffee flavor is pretty one dimensional and the bourbon is not there to my palate.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 14:57:59 | More by timc100
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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 7,109 ratings.