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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

7,152 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 7152
Reviews: 2416
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 minterro:
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minterro

Colorado

4.48/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2012:
Been holding off rating for a while to make this one #200!!!

Purchased from Spartan Spirits in East Lansing a weeks ago.

Poured into a wine glass (no snifter available)

A&S: Upfront (directly after uncapping) the smell was very pungent, lots of the classic imperial stout characteristics you would expect to find in a world class stout: bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, rich coffee, a tad bit smokey. After some consumption the smell faded greatly both in intensity but also in characteristics, I started to really only smell coffee and dark chocolate. The been has an very thick pour (very dense looking). Dark black colored beer that seem to have reflective qualities to it on the surface. Pretty much no head, when poured viciously there was about an inch of fizzy, tan head but it faded very quick.

T&M: Pretty intense but not blow you back in your seat intense, it has extremely good balance and is easy to especially for the style. The main flavors (pretty much the same as in the smell) I'm getting are more toward to back and instead of being mixed (like they are more towards the front) they kinda come at you in waves, its very interesting. Excellent bodied: creamy, thick, velvety (pretty much everything your looking for), pretty chewy. Carbonation very low.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer! Its pricey, I'll maybe buy a single or a 4-pack once a year, but your getting what you pay for. As I think many people feel, I would love to do a blind tasting of CBS vs KBS vs Breakfast Stout, side by side. Maybe sometime down the road. I feel as of now I liked CBS much better.

On a side note: I tried a aged 6 month aged version of KBS and it was definitely less bold and way more sweet then before. Lots more marshmallow tones way less bourbon.

2013:
1#: First tried a few weeks after the release

More of a chocolate, coffee, and vanilla bean taste compared to the bourbon I remember from last years batch. I can feel the alcohol earlier then I remember. Lots of dark chocolate in the nose.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 14:33:05 | More by minterro
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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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