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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: 3,611 | FT: 247
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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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Ratings: 9,442 | Reviews: 2,609
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4.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes. Had 12/10/2012.

Bottled February 2012 and cellared in appropriate conditions.

Poured into a New Holland flute at room temperature.

A: Standard stout appearance. Pitch black with a caramel head. Pretty solid lacing and head retention for 11.2 ABV.

S: Mostly coffee with a bourbon background and hint of vanilla. Woody tones as well. Just what you'd expect from a BA breakfast stout. A touch of booze as well, but much more subdued than any other barrel aged brew I've had.

T: A perfect, impeccable balance of everything sweet in bourbon, everything roasted in coffee, and just enough malt to remind you your drinking beer and not liquid gold. There's virtually no alcohol burn that's typical in their other BA beers like Backwoods. Nor is there any of the (undesirable to me) bitterness that straight black coffee has.

M: Oh so smooth. Very low carbonation and very rich, chewy feel.

O: Everything I ever hoped it could be and more. I'm really can't wait to try it fresh and see if some of the bourbon burn and coffee bitterness are more present, or if the same flavors I'm getting now are just brighter. Kind of hoping for the second option, as having one of these sit in my cellar for a year would test my will power.

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4.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours thick, opaque black with deep espresso brown tones around the edges. Has decent amount of mocha colored head from a vigorous pour. Head dissipated somewhat quickly, leaving thin foam ring around the glass and an oily layer at the top of the pour.

S: All the standards you would expect from a BA Stout: bourbon, coffee, chocolate, oak, vanilla, roasted malts.

T: Same as smell: bourbon, coffee, chocolate, oak, vanilla, roasted malts. Also some alcohol warmth. Great balance on everything, especially as it warms to room temp.

M: Thick, chewy mouthfeel. Leaves creamy coating on mouth. Low carbonation.

O: IMO this is a nearly perfect beer when fresh, but doesn’t do too well with age on it.

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a couple of bottles for a long while and decided to celebrate tonight. I'm guessing this is the correct beer, even though mine actually says "Kentucky Breakfast Stout" not the initials. Also, ABV is stated on Bottle as 10%, not 11.2%. But, must be the same stuff....

Pours dark black, black hole black. Dark soy sauce. Little/no head. Light brown color. Very mysterious looking.

Strong aroma, dark chocolate, coffee and molasses.

Taste is of dark chocolate, light bourbon [nicely done], oak and coffee.

Mouthfeel is thick, heavy, creamy.

Overall, a very, very nicely made beer. Can taste the love put into this one. Glad I have another bottle to open for my next occasion.

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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