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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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world-class

8,170 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 8,170
Reviews: 2,498
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 3,155
Gots: 2,930 | FT: 211
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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nhindian

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head Signature glass.

2011 vintage.

A - Pours slowly and thickly into the glass, slowly filling it with an oily black fluid. A fairly hard pour yields only about a finger's worth of dark khaki head. Retention is decent for the alcohol, and a thick cap stays behind. Lacing is very good as well, leaving a thin film on the walls of the glass. The body is completely opaque and polished ebony in color and makes a nice makeshift mirror.

S - The nose is brash and bold with flavors of coffee, vanilla and bourbon. I'm not sure if Founders uses any vanilla in the making of this beer, but the aroma of vanilla is some of the highest I've had from a bourbon barrel-aged stout. It's a bit boozy, but the coffee is fresh and aromatic and the bourbon actually goes a long way in cutting the alcohol with some sweetness.

T - The taste brings even more balance and complexity, adding chocolate fudge to the mix. Again, the vanilla is huge here, and the combo between the coffee, chocolate, and vanilla is reminding me of a bourbon-aged Ballast Point Victory at Sea in the way everything comes together. These flavors are so big that they actually overshadow the bourbon, which adds a nice additional layer without being too alcoholic or overbearing.

M - Mouthfeel is heavy-bodied with low carbonation. Damn smooth and creamy and it leaves a coating that keeps the flavors coming minutes after drinking. A bit thin for the style.

D - Drinkability is high. I don't get any sense of 11.20% ABV in this beer and the flavors keep coming with more twists and turns as it warms. Very good beer, but unfortunately the hype-train behind this beer left me with only 2 bottles at a price of $8 each...

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 04:33:52 | More by nhindian
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S- I think this may have been the first stout I ever smelled from a distance... I pushed the snifter away to take a pic and could smell it from two feet away. Chocolate, coffee, bourbon, dark cherry, and a touch of vanilla. There's also a subtle nuttiness that comes out toward the end. Bourbon grows more and more intense as it warms.

T- Surprisingly sweet up front with notes of cherry, chocolate, roasted malt, and wood characteristics. Middle brings out coffee and more chocolate with a big surge of bourbon. Finish is dry dark chocolate with a nice subtle burn. The flavors are huge. As balanced as balanced gets when on the cooler side, but bourbon becomes more dominant as it warms.

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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