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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

8,126 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 8,126
Reviews: 2,497
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 3,145
Gots: 2,907 | 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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granger10

Wisconsin

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

I think this actually did live up to my expectations. Pours a jet black color with a nice initial cappucino like head. Small traces of lacing and the head dwindles to a skim layer atop the liquid.

Aroma is quite roasty with bitter chocolate notes and woody underlyings. It doesn't come out and grab you like some other beers but it is quite intense. Maybe my nose is a little stuffed. Only hints of the bourbon and vanilla come out during the smell.

Taste begins with a rich dark chocolate flavor wrapped in some fine roasted espresso. Reminiscent of chocolate covered espresso beans. The coffee is not quite as strong as in the Breakfast Stout but the chocolate/coffe interplay might be better, if that was possible. A milk chocolate creaminess comes forth after the dark chocolate dissolves. Slight traces of oak and vanilla lie underneath the whole way. Them along with the bourbon come out quite strongly in the finish cutting out the espresso sensations. Its all much more flavorful than burning though. The finish has almost a candybar (the good ones, not the cheap crap) flavor with the slightest warming effect going down my tummy. Quite amazing.

Somehow this beer, with all the intense flavors and rich complexities, was quite smooth. The flavors had this connection which created a great interplay all around. The moderate carbonation worked beautifully and the body was nice and thick. This might not have been the most complex beer in the world but I think it was just right and stayed concentrated on the flavors in wanted.

This was also quite drinkable. The alcohol was noticeable but did not detract at all from my enjoyment. Much more of a flavor element than a burning one. 3 bottles were consumed over the course of the night with relative ease. I restrained myself from finishing off my 4 pack. I must go get more.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2006 13:37:06 | More by granger10
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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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