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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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8,539 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,539
Reviews: 2,509
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 3,282
Gots: 3,116 | FT: 224
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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3/5  rDev -35.2%

CaNdI-_-gIrL, Oct 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

TheBronze, Oct 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Pixachii, Oct 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

brasher503, Oct 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

cleonile2000, Oct 07, 2012
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4.58/5  rDev -1.1%

Bottle poured into wine glass (don't ask) - I had this after sampling dozens of other barrel-aged beers and my senses were getting fatigued. This beer remedied that, with bold and full flavors that didn't separate.

Pours dark with little head, which released its coffee and bourbon aromas which I could smell before I brought the glass to my nose. A sip is a mouth-full. There's a bit of a kick from the alcohol, but even that is smoothed out.
Unlike the Breakfast Stout, I detected less oak. Maybe b/c that has oak chips, which release more flavor than barrels, which is where the KBS gets its flavor.

This is what a lot of high-torque imperial stouts try to be but end up overdoing.

melliott, Oct 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Kinephys, Oct 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8%

drinkAK, Oct 04, 2012
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4.85/5  rDev +4.8%

a: Silky black, with little carbonation and almost no head that dissipates very quickly.

s: Strong smell of bourbon and whiskey. Overpowering. Maybe a bit of vanilla at the end.

m: Very smooth with almost no carbonation.

t: Strong taste of bourbon and whiskey, with a slight taste of chocolate and vanilla.

d: High level of drinkability, with a bit of a liquor bite at the end but nothing too serious. Well balanced.

mcintire78, Oct 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8%

aarobertson, Oct 03, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Lordkrystic, Oct 03, 2012
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4.8/5  rDev +3.7%

12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Thick pour. Jet black with a thin tan head.

S - Huge bourbon and whiskey notes, with hints of coffee, vanilla, and roasted malt. Very inviting.

T - A delicious, complex blend of bourbon, coffee, vanilla, oak, and sweet milk chocolate. There is a pleasant burnt roasted malt character throughout. The strong bourbon and oak notes intertwine perfectly. A slight alcohol bite on the finish.

M - Thick, smooth, medium-full body. Warming alcohol.

O - An incredibly balanced and flavorful imperial stout. The mix of bourbon, vanilla, and roasted malt give this beer a very distinct and pleasurable flavor. I wish this was available year round.

mooseo, Oct 03, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

dunix, Oct 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8%

litotes, Oct 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

shoyoroll, Oct 02, 2012
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4.53/5  rDev -2.2%

2012 vintage. Pours jet-black with a significant amount of dark-brown head. Smells of coffee and a shot of high-proof alcohol. The taste is amazingly complex: oak, bourbon, coffee, Belgian chocolate, and toffee. The first sip can be harsh, but it becomes nice and smooth as it warms. One of the best barrel-aged stouts I've ever tasted.

I've had this on-tap and in bottles, both fresh and aged one- through three-years. KBS' defining characteristics drop significantly the first two years, leveling out by year three. I usually prefer beers like this aged, but for me KBS is best fresh as it becomes just an average barrel-aged beer the older it gets.

JimsArcade, Oct 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8%

Wojcieck, Oct 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

ZCherne, Oct 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8%

Phacoman, Oct 01, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

mendvicdog, Oct 01, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

pvequalsnrt, Sep 30, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

sbrotschul, Sep 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8%

shauncav, Sep 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

glitchedmind, Sep 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -13.6%

meaghan2k, Sep 27, 2012
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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