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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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9,238 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,238
Reviews: 2,568
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 3,764
Gots: 3,457 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-13-2004

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."
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4.99/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at the Constant Spring in Goshen Indiana.

This is a beautiful inky black beer with a gorgeous golden head that stays around for a little while.

Awesome aroma full of coffee and vanilla.

Huge amount of flavor. Starts slightly boozy, but then smooths out and and the other flavors come through. Massive notes of bourbon and vanilla on top of the awesome coffee and chocolate flavor. Brilliant.

Super silky mouthfeel.

Just fantastic, by far the best beer I've put in my mouth.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not a stout fan, but this definitely isin't a regular stout. I couldn't have enjoyed this more.

A- Extremely dark with a slight bubbly brown head.

S-Coffee and Chocolate all day, awesome smell.

T-Neither the coffee or chocolate was terribly over whelming and complemented each other perfectly.

M-Full body but not overly syrupy at all.

O-Believe the hype, this beer is the real deal. Real pleasure to enjoy!

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4.77/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

After unsuccessfully trying to score this beer for a few years, I was able to locate both the 2014 vintage on-tap (about a 10 oz pour) and an aged 2011 vintage bottle. Both samples came from the Tavern on Liberty in Allentown, PA.

The numerical scores are for the 2011 bottled version because I actually preferred it to the freshly tapped sample.

The review compares both tasting experiences. Appearance is a deep dark brown with golden brown edges. The half finger of beige head dissipated quickly. The nose had distinct bourbon notes. The roast profile is solid and blends well with the bourbon. The alcohol on the 2014 version was too hot; three years of age really mellowed this offering to my liking. The body on the 2014 version seemed thinner than the 2011 version. Also, the 2011 version possessed a lingering molasses essence that the 2014 version lacked entirely. As expected, no coffee notes were discernible in the 2011 version; surprisingly, the coffee notes in the 2014 version were barely present and only at the very end of the tasting experience.

Update: Had another chance to sample 2014 KBS about a week after writing this original review. This time, it was courtesy of Shady McGrady's in Harrisburg, PA. This sample was a healthy 12oz snifter size. The appearance and nose were similar, but it seemed that the alcohol bite was not as strong on this sample as the one that I had the previous week. The body also seemed slightly more substantial. One similarity was that the coffee notes were quite weak.

I cannot account for the variance – frankly, it was probably just my palate (I had a hoppy beer before the KBS this time around).

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,238 ratings.