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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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9,506 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,506
Reviews: 2,624
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 4,023
Gots: 3,725 | FT: 265
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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2014 bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black with small brown head, with some lacing.

Smell: Lots of bourbon with hints of coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Exactly as it smells. Bourbon up front with a little bit of coffee and chocolate.

Mouthfeel. Good carbonation, and really easy drinking.

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After a hard pour into a pint glass, I inserted a thermometer and let the beer sit until it reached about 55 degrees Fahrenheit. The beer is black with a huge khaki head that settled into a ring of lace around the edges with a light spotty cover over the top. The lacing was sticky and and residue remained around the glass as I drank the beer. There is minimal lacing. I drink bourbon and the booze is apparent in the smell. This brew tastes like it smells. The taste of dark malts, chocolate, coffee and the barrel are impressive. The mouthfeel is smooth. For me there is some rawness to this brew, maybe because I love bourbon and it is a unique taste. I sipped and savored this beer for over an hour. This is an excellent beer that I will search out more often, after I drink those I have, since it unavailable in my region. A masterpiece.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured an inky black with a slight red tinge around the edges and a solid one finger of thick tan head that receded to a thick cap of tan leaving abundant lacing down the glass. An excellent looking Imperial stout. Scents of oak, vanilla, rich chocolate, notes of bourbon, some faint coffee and a hint of alcohol. A wonderful, enticing, rich, strong aroma profile, that is amazingly executed and extremely appealing. Flavor begins with a rich hit of roasted black coffee, mingled with some dark cocoa and roast malt flavors and hints of bittersweet chocolate, moving into more abundant flavors of rich bittersweet and dark chocolate, cocoa and now notes of bourbon and alcohol, alongside some oak and vanilla. Finish is heavy on oak, bourbon and alcohol flavors, with roasted coffee and cocoa notes present as well. Aftertaste is roasted coffee, cocoa powder, bourbon, alcohol and notes of oak. An amazing flavor profile that is rich, bold and wonderfully balanced between coffee, cocoa, chocolate and bourbon flavors. Simply fantastic. Mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation and a pronounced alcohol warmth with a smooth and somewhat silky feel. An excellent mouthfeel that is both smooth and warming and lends it self well to sipping. Very well done. Overall this is an amazing stout with a fantastic aroma profile, a wonderful flavor profile and an excellent mouthfeel that aids the entire experience. Well worth having.

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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