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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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100
world-class

9,451 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 9,451
Reviews: 2,611
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 4,006
Gots: 3,621 | 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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Ratings: 9,451 | Reviews: 2,611
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.9/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Pours viscous and black in color with essentially no head initially, then a thin dark brown head slowly materializes and hangs around indefiniitely, leaving a beautiful lacing down the glass.

Smell: Mind-blowingly good blend of bourbon, coffee, and dark chocolate. Some vanilla and oak character along with some caramel malts enter the picture as well. The beauty here is in the way the aromas interact - the bourbon, coffee, chocolate, etc are all very bold and developed on their own, yet they are blended together in a perfect balance.

Taste: Coffee and bourbon hit first followed shortly by rich dark chocolate. Oak, caramel, hints of dark fruit, and roasted barley are all present, along with the constant presence of the bourbon and coffee. Once again, the level of balance that is achieved in this beer is impeccable. I once drank this side by side with a Bourbon County Coffee and this made the BCBCS seem overly sweet and boozy, and just generally unbalanced in comparison (and don't get me wrong, that is a phenomenal beer). There isn't a single thing I would change about the flavor profile of this beer. Perfect.

Mouthfeel: Rich and viscous mouthfeel, very smooth going down. Appropriately low carbonation.

Overall: My two favorite things in the beer world are bourbon barrels and coffee stouts, and, for my taste, KBS is head and shoulders above all others of its kind. I've probably gushed about the balance of this beer far too much already, but it really is mind-boggling how they are able to pack in this much flavor while keeping this level of balance.

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4.47/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received thanks to a trade with jrob21. Well worth the wait!

Pours black with a burnt tan, quickly dissipating head.

Smell is over the top coffee/espresso, huge roast notes, liquorice, caramel, toffee, vanilla.

Taste is coffee, nuts, bit of chocolate, vanilla, and some booze.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light, but coats the mouth, right amount of carbonation.

Delicious and amazing, well balanced, great great beer.

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4.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle -> Highland Brewing Snifter

A - perfect!!! This offering pours up a deep obsidian black with a gorgeous two finger deep khaki foamy head. Lacing is very nice and somewhat unexpected for a beer with this ABV

S - chocolate, vanilla, oak, coffee, chocolate, alcohol

T - Follows the nose basically with a hint of sweet molasses. The finish is fairly boozy.

M - thick and chewy, very pleasant

O - I don't like big boozy beers, but I love this one. It is as good as it's reputation.

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured very very dark, almost black. Minimal caramel colored head, slight lacing through the glass.

S - Coffee up front, notes of chocolate and malt. Whisky notes prominent throughout.

T - Again coffee up front, not too much malt here. I could taste the whiskey, but it was a bit subdued. Not complaining by any means. Well balanced :)

M - Minimal carbonation, light-medium mouthfeel...sweetness is present.

O - Very outstanding beer, prominent flavoring, throughout.

Serving type: bottle

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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

Pours pitch black. Looks thick and oily. Almost no head but what little there is a dark khaki color. Dark chocolate color highlights around the edges when held to the light.

Strong aroma of bourbon and coffee. Chocolate, vanilla, hazelnut, molasses and caramel blend underneath the 2 main flavors.

Sweet, smooth bourbon on the first taste. Strong notes of dark coffee and semi-sweet chocolate blend together beneath the bourbon. Some vanilla and caramel as well. Some alcohol and earthy hops. Malt notes of chewy biscuit and dark bread.

Thick mouth feel. Viscous feeling that coats the tongue. Creamy sweet aftertaste with a boozy warmth. Mild carbonation.

This is a truly exceptional beer that deserves its lofty ranking. Starts with a powerful, rich, intoxicating aroma. First sip is heavy bourbon before the other flavors make their presence felt. Flavors blend together perfectly resulting in a memorable drinking experience. A definite must grab every spring.

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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