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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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9,441 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,441
Reviews: 2,609
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 3,995
Gots: 3,611 | FT: 247
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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4.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A legend. What else is there to say in that regard?

A - Dark. Almost black. Light brown head that quickly dissipates. Lacing is minimal in my glass at least. Exactly how I expect a bottle poured stout to look.

S - Delicious. Coffee is the first thing I smell, a slight hint of chocolate, and a noticeable whiskey smell. The whiskey smell definitely comes through more as the beer warms up. A slight hint of alcohol, which also intensifies as the beer warms.

T - Coffee is the first thing I get, follow by the bourbon. The bourbon is there, but it never really threatens to overpower the other flavors. I prefer a bourbon barrel aged beer to taste this way. I personally don't want the bourbon to overpower the other flavors. I get chocolate on the finish, along with a slight alcohol hit.

M - Sweet, sticky as it warms up. A bit oily. Nothing unpleasant to speak of. Carbonation is very subdued, and never threatens to be noticed.

O - Outstanding beer. Very complex. Coffee, chocolate, and bourbon are your primary flavors, as they're advertised to be. Truly an outstanding beer. I've had other barrel aged stouts, but few can match this level of balance between the various flavors.

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3.46/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: motor oil black. opaque. a hint of tan head head that barely lasts. looks nice and heavy

Smell: smells more like a plan imperial stout. roasted malts, some bitterness. some times the bourbon comes through

Taste: strong coffee taste. a bit too strong for me. some smaller hints of roasted malts. bourbon comes through occasionally. more so when it warms. but overall the taste it too much coffee not enough bourbon for me

Mouthfeel: thick and heavy. the bitterness in pretty good.

Overall: This beer just isn't my style of bourbon imperial stout. too much coffee not enough bourbon. the bitter level is pretty good, but i'd like to feel more kick. i'd take black note any day over this.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

You want coffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted malts, hints of bitterness, sweet wisps charred oak and a whole lot of loving from a glass?

Welcome KBS, a standout founders offering.

Beer is straight solid, absolutely enjoyable for breakfast. Only point to ding it on is the thin mouthfeel. It's surprisingly odd since KBS coats the inside of the glass, but it comes across as thin. Otherwise it would be 4.5s all around.

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

2013 Vintage. Poured from a bottle into mug, the beer is jet black, and pours heavy, with no head and only the slightest dark brown ring of film around the surface. It literally poured like motor oil, and it looks delicious. Aromas of wood and earth, with a backbone of rich chocolate and touches of smoke, highlighted by booze. Flavors are robust, with a smoky, woody forward flavor followed quickly by dark, bitter baker's chocolate and rich, full, roasted coffee. Wow, this one is layered, and it is unbelievably smooth. Smoke and roast fills the senses, as well as the palate, throughout each drink. Creamy vanilla highlights, with a warming sensation from the heightened ABV. This is tremendous. Smooth, full, and creamy in mouth, with an almost velvet feel. Roast and coffee on the aftertaste, with hints of booze. Dry, roasted finish, with a smoked and woody linger. This is a fantastic brew, and I can only imagine it would age very, very well.

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