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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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9,232 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,232
Reviews: 2,568
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 3,748
Gots: 3,455 | FT: 242
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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4.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


KBS is black with that "motor oil" viscosity present in such a big stout. The brown head is surprising; it's not huge, but it's actually pretty large. It's also thick, creamy, dense and a bit craggy, and it's got some stick to it, making itself known by way of heavy patching in good quantities.
The nose is big. The nose is robust. The nose is massively malty. A huge blending of powdered, creamy milk, and bittersweet chocolate, cold-brewed coffee, roast, barley, vanilla, and oak, with expressive but not overpoweringly boozy bourbon make for what had to be exactly what this beer was going for. The bourbon, in fact, doesn't show off just ethanol; it's the good stuff, and it's the right level for this beer. Perfect.
This stuff is stupidly complex, big rich, and delicious. Everything from the nose is here, from milky and bittersweet chocolate to fresh coffee to wood to vanilla to bourbon, along with something like a hint of cherry. Then, as if it's not enough, there's even a dose of hops; and the hops still let the malts dominate. Roast gives way to the slightest bit of char. it's just so close to perfect...I almost wonder if just the faintest hint more bourbon would do it.
Big, thick, rich, robust, creamy to the point of being like the even smoother love child of velvet and silk, this is everything you want when an imperial stout is making love to your mouth. Somehow it's this big, this viscous and hearty, without being overly filling. I wouldn't have thought it possible.

Jump on the hype train, because there's a reason it left the station.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got a chance to try it out at a Founders event a craft pub by me was running. It started at 8 o'clock and I was in front of the bar at 7:58 giving the bartender that stare.

Well 8 o'clock came and I was pored an 8oz serving into a stemed Sniffer glass from which they had on tap.

Very dark color with a small antique white/cranberry colored head.

Smell was all Bourbon with notes of chocolate and dark fruit but the alcohol was also very noticeable on the nose....

To me it was balanced in taste.... got alot of the boozy bourbon taste up front but everything else in it blended well together and complimented each other. If one flavor dominated for me it was the coffee... but the coffee flavor was excellent... really good coffee had to be used cause it was very bold and just tasted like a very good bean.

A minute or so later the Bakers chocolate stranded out in the aftertaste.

Moutfeel was full but thin, easy to sip but the alcohol is there with warmth.

Overall.... my unicorn of beers is down and to be honest I was let down. I am going to eventually try it again but to me we had a bad batch or something. Maybe cause I had it in June (out of season) and it's no where to be found anywhere else, I doubt it... but you never know. It was way too boozy/barell-y taste for me. I've tasted 10,11,12 percent abv that tasted like there was no alcohol. Alcohol was very prominent in this one. It was excellently balanced and good but in my opinion not top 10 worthy... in fact I tasted 5 other beers that night and KBS was the 4th best I had... Definitely try it... age it.... buy it... but don't get your hopes up.

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,232 ratings.