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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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9,442 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,442
Reviews: 2,609
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 3,997
Gots: 3,610 | 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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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured on tap at the MacGregor's Grill and Tap Room in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a thick, DARK black. No light could ever penetrate this one. Small but inviting head.

Smells great- sweet, tasty bourbon, chocolate, and coffee. Very strong, even to someone like me with a poor sense of smell.

Somehow tastes even better. Brownie batter mixed with cookie dough comes first, then bourbon sweetness, coffee bitterness, vanilla, oak and a slight hop kick. Alcohol doesn't really show much.

Full, gloppy mouthfeel. So thick and creamy, like a coffee bourbon milkshake with extra chocolate. Low carbonation.

This beer is unbelievably hyped, and very hard to get, so I was happy to find it on tap. It's much better on tap than in the bottle, but it's far from a slouch in the bottle. Simply amazing stuff here.

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A: Poured at 57.4F into a Riedel stemless goblet. Pours dark mahogony brown with a relatively minor toffee head which subsides quickly with minimal lacing.

N: Hard to figure out where to begin. You have the milk chocolate, with vanilla, but all wrapped in a kind of buttery toffee smell. The bourbon is there when you first open it, but subsides after a while. Doesn't really smell boozy to me. 11.2%?? No way. But wow, the smell is delicious and just like many a FB relationship status: it's complicated.

T: This really really really is a well crafted stout. Artisinally produced. Evertyhing you get in the nose is there on the tongue, and each flavor on its own is quite bold and distinct, but it's all just sooo dang balanced. You get the very rich coffee and expresso but it's totally interwoven with the chocolate and the vanilla from the bourbon barrel. The bourbon flavors and booziness didn't really start to become prominent until this warmed to 60F or so. But completely and complexly delicious.

MF: So smooth and velvety. Very creamy and sticks to your mouth and palate. You can still get the oak and vanilla 10 seconds after your last swallow on the back of your tongue.

O: This is a truly EPIC stout in almost every way. Is it worth $5 / bottle, for 2 bottles once a year? Sure. Would I pay that much every day?, no way. Continuous battle of hype, expectation, scarcity and quality. But a great beer in any case.

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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