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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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8,983 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,983
Reviews: 2,533
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 3,514
Gots: 3,295 | FT: 239
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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3.8/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This is my first beer review. I have only rated about 1/3 of what I have tasted. But this beer compels me to write a review. What a FAILURE to its a hype.

I was excited to pour it, it smelled of espresso, chocolate, and (my fave) bourbon.
Poured a nice dark head that only dissipated after a few sips. But my hopes dissipated with its head. There was nothing...it tasted like a coffee infused beer. Don't get me wrong, I love those, but there was no bourbon to be had.

I'd be be more enthused if I poured a shot of my pappy 15 year in a Terrapin's Wake N Bake.

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4.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Coopers Tavern, Madison.

Why I'm not giving KBS A 5:

I may not be the most reliable judge For this beer because I do like me a sweeter stout.

I figure to review an iconic beer like this, rather than hashing over the same old ground, it might be more useful to place it on my list of all-time favorites.

For best of all-time flavor in the mouth (any style), my 5's are Mikkeller Black Hole, Berserker, 120 Minute, BCBS, and very few others.

For aroma, the KBS just doesn't have enough bourbon in the nose. My highest marks for aroma (any style) go to My Monkey's Got Wood, Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine, and J.W.Lee's Harvest Ale.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I finally had the pleasure of getting to try this the other night on draft at the Yard House, Fenway, Boston. I've been on the hunt for awhile and happened to run into it by chance so damn was I excited...

Poured into a tulip glass, appearance was jet black with about a 3/4" head. Overall it was a beautiful sight.

BOURBON. Smell and taste, you get a ton of it. The coffee, wood, vanilla and roasted malts rise to the forefront and then you get a heavy bourbon aftertaste. It all blends seamlessly and is extremely well done. At just over 11%, I found myself sipping most of the night.

This easily lived up to the hype and is a must find.

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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