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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

8,163 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 8,163
Reviews: 2,498
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 3,154
Gots: 2,929 | FT: 212
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 speter:
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speter

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4.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle cellared for over a year.

A: Completely opaque dark brown with minimal tan froth that doesn't stick around. Moderate lacing.

S: Rum-raisin cake with caramel-prune puree.

T: Up-front, there is chocolate and oak with hints of caramel espresso. The middle is very wine like: an inky Malbec or a Saperavi with moderate oak tannins, overlaid with just a kiss of vanilla. The finish is very woody: chocolate, oak and a bitterness that is part hops and part oaky tannins. The aftertaste is incredibly long, easily persisting longer than five minutes. Interestingly, the bourbon (whisky, really, as there is little corn sweetness) aspect comes past the aftertaste when you burp. (Sorry if that offends any purists, but it's true.)

M: Smooth and warming, yet oddly watery given the ABV. The mouthfeel is Burgundy to the taste's Bordeaux.

O: An incredible beer, but then again, with real cream and full fat, what's not to like. I am pleased with the barrel ageing aspects of the beer, and I'd like to explore more along these lines. I love Palo Santo Marron, and this easily ranks in the same class.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 16:47:37 | More by speter
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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.

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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