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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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9,493 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,493
Reviews: 2,621
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 4,020
Gots: 3,702 | FT: 262
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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Ratings: 9,493 | Reviews: 2,621
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, February 2012 batch. Rich black pour with a fairly small, dark brown head. Nose is rife with vanilla, bourbon, wood, sweet molasses, espresso, and semi-sweet chocolate, along with some rich chocolate ganache. Flavor is heavenly, with delightful chocolate truffle, dark chocolate and cocoa nibs, roasted coffee, vanilla, almond, candied pecan... just outstanding. Rich palate but with quite nice carbonation. Awesome stuff.

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

Look: Black with a brown ring at the top and totally opaque with absolutely no head

Smell: The nose has copious amounts of oak and bourbon upfront with some nice chocolate undertones

Taste: God damn wonderful bourbon and oak notes with some awesome chocolate and vanilla mid palate and some great roast and coffee on the finish

Mouthfeel: Full body with very little carbonation and a bit oily

Overall: Just fantastic

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12oz bottle dated 3/17/2012 poured into CCB Hunahpu snifter.

Opaque, black, thin liquid. Light brown head quickly dissipates to thin ring.

Wonderful aroma of chocolate, coffee, light vanilla, bourbon, slight oak. Could sniff this one all night.

The taste doesn't disappoint. A complex amalgam of nicely roasted malt (smooth bitterness), chocolate, caramel and oats. The bourbon is present throughout, like nice background music.

Thick, nicely bitter, well carbonated. Smooth on the back end. Solid.

Very nice bourbon barreled stout, well balanced and complex. Not a 5, but close. I have probably been ruined by Peg's G.O.O.D. Rare D.O.S.

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

Poured from a growler I scored, 2012 vintage, thanks Cicero's; shared it with a large tasting group.

It's black, it leaves a slight dark coating on the glass as you swirl it, the head was minimal and it disapated quickly to a light ring in the glass, legs abound as you swirl or tip the glass.

The smell is of boozy bourbon, light notes of chocolate and vanilla hit me while the oaky bourbon stays in the spotlight.

The taste is what you want in a breakfast stout, I get coffee, chocolates, and the bourbon. This growler is more boozy than past KBS I have had.

In my mouth it's silky and filling. It covers my mouth with warmth the way I could see it coat the glass. The carbonation is right and the finish is perfect for this style.

Nothing I can say can give this beer the respect it deserves. You know you should have some in your cellar. Once you've had it youknow what to expect from an aged breakfast stout, KBS sets the bar.

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Appearance is dark black with a rich brown head and not much lacing.

Nose is roasted malt, dark chocolate, roasted chestnut, and vanilla extract.

Taste is toffee, milk chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and a bourbon finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and very light for a beer with so much aging & alcohol.

Overall, it has surprising drinkability. It is not overpowering. It is actually rather simple, but well-made.

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Poured from a bottle into a Hunahpu's glass.

Appearance: Pours a thick black color with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Roast and bourbon, this smells so smooth. Dark chocolate sweetness with some warmth from the alcohol.

Taste: Sweet, smooth bourbon and roast. Dark chocolate with a hint of dark fruit. The roasty coffee bitterness stays on the tongue through the end of each sip. So smooth and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Thick body with very smooth carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: One of my favorites. I'm glad I finally got around to rating this. I'll have it again every time I get the chance.

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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