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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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9,451 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,451
Reviews: 2,611
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 4,007
Gots: 3,622 | FT: 251
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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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is indeed a damn good beer. But it is nowhere near worth the hype. To be worth the hype, this beer needs to be at least twice as good as it is. I'd probably like it more if it were a beer I could find readily available throughout the year. The real scandal here is that I believe Founders Imperial Stout to be a better beer. This is also my first time trying it. If I'm able to score another bottle in the future, I will age it to test out the difference. A few people have told me aging does wonders with this beer.

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Undated bottle (thanks Vikings1201) into a snifter at fridge temp; allowed to warm 30 mins prior to drinking. Full disclosure, I was very disappointed by FBS, so I'm tempering my expectations for KBS.

Look: Dark dark brown. Basically nonexistent head—musters a millimeter that dissipates to a mere dusting after a second.

Smell: Chocolate, bourbon, and coffee, in that order. After it's allowed to warm, a little vanilla sneaks in, but remains pretty straightforward.

Taste: Chocolatey coffee stout goodness with a fair bit of bourbon heat (but milder than fresh BCBS, which is more of a bourbon bomb to my palate). A marked improvement over FBS. Flavors all blend nicely, with no one dominating the others.

Feel: Smooth and medium-thick. A little tingly, but really just spot-on for the style.

Overall: Good, no doubt, but I've got easy access to plenty of brews (like FW XVII or Stone Southern Charred) that put this to shame. Tasty beer, but people need to keep things in perspective.

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

A: Dark brown with a very thin quickly dissipating tan head. Classic stout appearance.
S: Wow. Although each category is impressive, it's the smell that sets the stage for the experience. Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, roasted malt and molasses. Very close to perfect!
T: Chocolate, espresso coffee, molasses, and vanilla dominate the palate. Very nice balance of bitter and sweet.
M: Gracious smooth delivery. Absolutely zero alcohol taste. Warmth. Like sitting by a fireplace at a ski lodge where you throw your arms around your favorite significant other warm. Love
O: Genious. The hunt for this beer is part of the allure. However, it is a 5 category stunner.

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Pours very black with touch of brown, nice thick dark tan head.

Smells delicious, chocolaty, roasted coffee, a little vanilla and a little bourbon.

Taste is super, super, awesome. Excellent barrel ageing. The dark chocolate dominates and the heat from the alcohol is a perfect compliment to the smooth bourbon flavor. By far the best barrel age stout. True excellence!

Mouth-feel is smooth and balanced and the bitter from the dark chocolate blends perfect with the peppery warmth at the finish.

Overall, this beer just, KILLS IT! Definitely worthy of your soul. What else can I say,... well if I were you I'd do whatever it takes to get your mouth on this one.

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Date: 4/26/14
Location: The Beer Necessities
Glassware: Tulip

Appearance: This beer is so black and so lightly carbonated that as I look it sitting in the counter I get the impression that time has stopped. Stunning. Almost no carbonation but with an oily whisk at the beers top.
Aromatics: There is a lovely boutique in this beer. The bourbon barrel hits and I get vanilla, oak and the bourbon itself. I'm also hit with chocolates bitter and sweet with coffee intertwined. Espresso I think.
Flavor: The bourbon comes through nicely here as it's just perfectly balanced into the beer. The base is solid in its own way and I pick up those chocolate and coffee notes. There is a big molasses flavor to the beer as well. These might be a touch of alcohol in there but it is really hard to pick up as it's hidden so well.
Mouthfeel: The beer is medium full. Oh so creamy in the front a little viscous in the back. This beer has the profile of a double fudge ice cream shake it's that smooth and wonderful.

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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