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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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8,739 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,739
Reviews: 2,519
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 3,376
Gots: 3,206 | FT: 230
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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4.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into HF glass. This review is a combination of four bottles split between three of us, two of the bottles were '12 KBS and two were '13 KBS. Beer was consumed on 4/19 right after CBS and review is written from notes. I've had this beer a few times in the past but this is my first time reviewing it.

A- Pours a dark black, light mocha head that leaves some spotty lacing, decent carbonation, and overall great appearance.

S- Coffee, light chocolate, extremely nicely balanced bourbon that isn't too abrasive, some slight oak. Fairly aromatic, especially in the '13 where the coffee hasn't faded as much.

T- Coffee, lightly bitter dark chocolate, extremely nicely balanced bourbon. Finishes with more coffee some chocolate and a slight vanilla oak. Coffee and chocolate lingers as an aftertaste. Overall the beer is very nicely balanced and at 70 IBUs the bitterness definitely stands out a little bit for a stout especially in the '12 where the coffee has faded a bit. Overall extremely nicely balanced with some great flavors coming out.

M- Smooth, extremely drinkable for an imperial stout, decent carbonation for a barrel-aged stout.

O- KBS is easily one of my favorite barrel-aged stouts, the only slight complaint that I have about it is that it is a little bit on the bitter side for a stout. Other then that though this beer is very good and the barrel-aging on it is almost a perfected art. I wouldn't highly suggest aging it as the coffee fades letting the bitterness from the chocolate come out. The '13 was definitely better then the '12 which had a little over a year on it, I can say what further aging would do. If you haven't had this before it's definitely worth seeking out, I just wish it was as readily available as the regular Breakfast Stout instead of a once a year release.

jaasen64, Apr 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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Photo of Neorebel
4.99/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally had the opportunity to experience this over at Newberry's Yard Of Ale in East Stroudsburg PA! We had a few 8 oz pours. Right off the bat I will confidently state that this was one of the most satisfying high end beers ever to grace my taste buds. It's obsidian appearance is opaque, and topped with a nice layering of foam that resembles chocolate mousse. It's about .5 to 1 inch tall. There's copious amounts of lacing adorning the glass also.

The aroma is luxurious, with top shelf whiskey notes, Toblerone, and light vanilla cream. It's quite vibrant! Upon tasting, the word 'exquisite' immediately came to mind. Lavazza espresso, gourmet dark chocolate, new oak, caramel, subtlety floral hops, and Haagen-Dazs ice cream...the multitude of perceived ingredients are all blended quite smoothly. The velvety liquid is dangerously drinkable with its moderately light body. It's almost too hard to believe the alcohol level is 11%.

It bears repeating that its degree of balance is astounding. Each sip is like a soft journey through it's flavorful layers. Going forward I will take whatever steps are necessary to have this beer each year, however inconvenient. Find it and enjoy as much as possible!

Neorebel, Apr 26, 2013
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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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