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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9,138 Ratings
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Ratings: 9,138
Reviews: 2,550
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 3,608
Gots: 3,374 | FT: 240
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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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the rarer beers on the market, this is released every March and is, according to the maker, available pre-order only. A contact at a local liquor store begged and wheedled his way into a case of the stuff, and I then begged and wheedled my way into a small, expensive fraction of that case.

Even the smallest whiff lets you know that you're in for a unique beer experience. This is a stout, so has many of the standard stout aromas--heavy chocolate malts, coffee, caramel, pure vanilla--but smells like the juice of four stouts had somehow been wrung from their bottles and poured in a concentrated form into a fifth bottle.

The taste experience is no less incredible, and the sheer quantity and volume of flavors that rush over the tongue are truly astounding. The almost-burnt flavors of chocolate malt are more massive than in pretty much any Imperial Stout I've tried, and are matched by black coffee flavors that I've only seen equaled in Turkish coffees. Vanillas, caramels, and tobaccos dance gaily in the background. And all of this rests thickly over a base of bourbon flavors that will leave your soft palate tingling--as well as your nose, if you're not careful.

I do admit that the sheer size of flavors in here will prove a hindrance to many, if not most beer drinkers. As for me, I've just found a new favorite stout.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into a Balloon Goblet.

This is simply one of the most enjoyable and best beer experiences I have ever had. I was with my older brother on a cool spring night in March on the outskirts of Cincinnati.

I won't even go into the specifics of each aspect of the beer, but I will say this is the only imperial stout that I have experienced three wonderfully distinct and vivid flavors in a row.

As soon as the extremely thick, black, syrupy consistency beer pours into the glass you are hit with an unforgettable aroma that is complemented by the perfect amount of carbonation for an imperial stout. The thick, amber-colored foamy head remains through the drink followed by a beautiful lacing.

When it hits your tongue, the drinker experiences a creamy chocolate taste that is infused with hints of vanilla. While in the mouth, a deep and rich coffee flavor erupts that is very powerful, yet very drinkable. The finish is a distinct flavor of aged oak and bourbon that is bitter and strong without being overwhelming. An incredibly soothing and warming experience. After being refrigerated overnight, we let the growler sit out for about a half hour or so drinking it at about 50 degrees.

Founders is known for making extreme beers and stouts and the Kentucky breakfast is no exception. Simply put, this beer will kick your ASS! I do not recommend this as a session beer. One is all you need to enjoy. After finishing the beer, I lit up a Makers Mark soaked Cigar that was an excellent cap to probably the best beer I have ever had.

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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