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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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9,343 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,343
Reviews: 2,586
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 3,900
Gots: 3,519 | FT: 243
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: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Judging by recent reviews, this seems to be a good time to open a bottle of these from the 2/17/2012 batch (which I just did unknowingly :) Poured into a large red wine glass.

Started off drinking it nearly out of the fridge, but savoured it for awhile till it warmed quite a bit. Lots of reviews obviously so will keep this short...

A- Very dark, slightly brownish if you hold it up to the light, dark tan head, initial build up, quick die off. Alcohol lacing on the sides....

S- Strong dark aroma's, some dark malt and roasted coffee, light sweetness (vanilla?), more than a touch of dark chocolate and decent amount of woody bourbon....

T- I found the taste quite affected by the temperature. When it was first poured and cold, I found the bourbon really popped and the alcohol. It was really overpowering but I found this quite nice for a change, you hardly noticed you were drinking a beer! As it warmed it came more into balance. Overall, either way it was still really balanced, though the chocolate and bourbon flavours do dominate as others have noted, and I get a bit of the sweeter vanilla too followed by some coffee-like-bitterness (do note that this beer actually contains quite a bit of hops for a stout, at 70 IBU's... but not having tried a fresh batch I can't say if some of this bitterness/coffee flavour disappears over time, as this bottle was already 8 months old, after a year in barrels, so I would imagine a lot of the hops disappears at this age.

M- Creamy, extremely smooth, med-light carbonation overall and a decent body with just the right amount of alcohol for a 11.2%... about what you'd expect from something almost 2 years past fermentation...

O- Didn't really have expectations with this one... Have not had a ton of bourbon barrel aged beers but overall one of my favorite styles for their complexity and uniqueness...that being said, I have had some really decent ones, but this one blew me away right out of the bottle... would say so far this beer could easily skip being labelled 'bourbon' aged because for me it really stands out as a defining taste in the beer and really comes to the front, instead of being overpowered by the amount of malts that must have been used to get this one up to a 11%.... As with almost everyone else, so far this has set the bar for this style for me... would have been nice to compare this to other same styled beers, but I would imagine you'd not be able to taste anything else after... will be interesting to compare this to the BORIS which is up next....

Mega Props to papat444 for 'throwing' this into a trade, along with the BORIS... without me knowing! :D

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

12oz 2013 edition poured into a Snifter, first time having it fresh.

A vigorous pour leads to a fat two finger khaki head that stays afloat on top of a pitch black body. Smells of subtle sweet bourbon notes, dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, oak, and hints of booze.

The taste brings on lots of fresh roasted coffee beans, followed by subtle bourbon notes and the classic rich sweet dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa, and vanilla perfection. Pretty mind-blowing.

Incredibly smooth, creamy mouthfeel, and a little warming effect on the finish. Heavy bodied but not too overpowering. This is a magical brew at room temperature. World Class.

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,343 ratings.