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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

8,172 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 8,172
Reviews: 2,498
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 3,156
Gots: 2,930 | FT: 210
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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mjsheehan08

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting to try this a really long time. Got it in my first trade from trapper2408. Did a side by side comparison with a FBS. 

Pours a dark, dark black pour with absolutely no light shining through. Head is not as thick as the regular FBS and it disappears rather quickly, leaving behind a rim of lace on the top of the glass.  Lacing looks consistent, but again, not as impressive as the non barrel aged version. The FBS head is also a lighter shade of mocha. 

Initial stench is an overpowering whiff of bourbon, which leads into smells of vanilla and wood. I'm picking up some string coffee smells as well. Not as heavy on the chocolate as in the FBS, which is one of my favorite components of the FBS. 

Initial flavor is again dominated by the bourbon, but it mellows into the palate very smoothly, more so then any other barrel aged stout I have ever had. The bourbon leads into vanilla, which leads into the coffee, which flows into the chocolate. There are some more bourbon overtone in the aftertaste, which also mix with a strong alcohol presence and some mild wood notes. 

Drinking them both side by side has been a pretty cool experience for me. While I respect the bold flavors of the KBS, I am enjoying the drinkability of the FBS a little bit more. As far as bourbon barrel beers go, KBS is by far the smoothest and most impressive that I have ever had, and I am excited to sample the one other one I have in my cellar in a fee years. I am really glad that I got to try it, but I am not devastated that I don't get to drink it all the time. 

***edit***

Okay so this was my initial reaction to the beer. I was drinking the KBS outta the fridge, and the FBS outta my cellar. I let it warn for about 20 minutes, but now that it is warmer, so much more flavors are coming out. There is some smoke present, and the warmth has brought out a really terrific roasted coffee and chocolate flavors that weren't as present was it was a little colder. The alcohol is a little more present, but that brings out some more of the strong bourbon barrel notes. Overall, a wonderful beer and I def recant my statement that FBS is better. 

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 00:41:44 | More by mjsheehan08
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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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