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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Ratings: 9,137
Reviews: 2,550
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 3,609
Gots: 3,373 | FT: 240
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into a goblet, aged from 2009.

A - Old motor oil thickness, clings to the side like molasses. Little to no head formation, mocha in color.

S - Heavy amount of chocolate, yeast, and some chipotle peppers. Very rich and strong. I get more of a oaky sting as it sits and warms.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, malty with hints of roast and spicy peppers. MId-stream brings in hefty amounts of chocolate and vanilla. Finishes a little bit cloying and sweet with some alcohol hotness.

M - Full bodied, thick and clingy. Not much carbonation to balance it. Some alcohol warmth as it sits on the tongue.

O/D - A full-on beer in about every attribute. Strong, sweet, a good barrel character. A slow sipper that surprisingly isn't that filling, but will light you up after a while.

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

2012 batch

A: Pitch-black pour with a large, dense dark brown head. Fades slowly, leaving substantial lacing on the glass.

S: What a smell it is. Nice but not overpowering bourbon. Caramelized sugar with some toffee and oaky vanilla. Hint of molasses. WONDERFUL rich roasted malt character. Lots of strong roasted coffee, dark chocolate and man is it creamy. Oatmeal smooths everything out and just makes it a dream to take in. Loads more vanilla on the back end.

T: Wow. Dark chocolate, vanilla and bourbon up front. Oatmeal in there again with a wonderfully smooth creamy texture. Nice roasted coffee kicks in with some bitterness and mingles with the dark chocolate and vanilla just right. Bourbon makes a comeback in the finish with a little bit of toffee, molasses and caramel.

M: Heavy, creamy and unbelievably smooth.

O: One of the best beers, period. The complexity and balance of flavors along with the strength is just stunning. It's got sweet and bitter elements. Bourbon melds in perfectly. Super creamy and smooth and the drinkability is insane for such a big beer. The only beer I've ever had better than this is CBS, which just had better lacing and legs and a slightly more complex flavor with the maple. Any stout fan should make it a point to seek out this beer, it's THAT good. If you get your hands on this, drink it fresh. The flavors are slightly sharper and even better. I will have to add an aged review at some point as well.

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I've had this one both on tap and bottled, don't really prefer it one way or the other, it's fantastic either way. But for the review I'll take from my notes at The P.O.P.E during Philly Beer Week '12

Poured very dark to a wine glass, a fingers width of tan head slowly dissipates. Smell is slight bourbon, Some roasted coffee, and Vanilla. Taste is great, so well balanced and delicious. Vanilla, caramel, bourbon, oak, chocolate and coffee.. Everything you think you'll taste, you will taste. Super easy to drink with a rich coating mouth feel. Looking forward to trying a couple aged variants in the coming months.

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,137 ratings.