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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

8,557 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 8,557
Reviews: 2,509
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 3,297
Gots: 3,126 | FT: 224
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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4.78/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2011 vintage.

KBS pours blacker than black with next to no head. There is a ton of bourbon in the nose, along with a strong roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and some vanilla from oak. Smells great. But the real judge is on the tongue where KBS really shines. The barrel and the base beer are in absolutely perfect harmony, letting enough of the bourbon barrel shine through to flawlessly compliment the notes of the stout. Everything works in lockstep all the way from the strong vanilla-bourbon start to the roasty, oaky and slightly boozy finish. The mouthfeel is rich and velvety, with just the slightest tickle of carbonation, and the drinkability is exceptional. Overall, a superb barrel aged stout that is masterfully aged and blended. Highly recommended.

shand, Mar 12, 2013
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look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours tar black with about one finger of dense brown head. Head dies fast and leaves a nice sticky lacing. Smells unbelievable. First sweet chocolate, which hit hard. Next, bourbon (and a lot of it). Finally, dark coffee and a little black malt. Phenomenal nose. Flavor is rich, complicated, and so so smooth. The attack is sweet and bourbony. Almost no heat, but I know there is plenty of alcohol hiding. There is a huge coffee flavor and a little bit of vanilla. Mouthfeel is exactly what I'm looking for. Heavy, syrupy, medium-low carbonation, and extremely creamy. I love this beer. For some reason, I wish there was a little more bourbon (although there's a lot) and a little stronger head/retention, but these issues are very minimal. Maybe the problem is the beer is just too drinkable. I can't stop.

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 8,557 ratings.