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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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8,992 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,992
Reviews: 2,533
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 3,518
Gots: 3,295 | FT: 239
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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As I mulled my beer selection at the sterling Sun Singer, pondering whether to select Trois Pistoles or Pranqster, the excellent manager approached me and excitedly asked, "You want some KBS?" Stunned, I responded wide-eyed, You have Kentucky Breakfast Stout?!? He then reached over to the singles shelf and handed me the last two bottles of KBS. As I looked at them adoringly, then leaned back my head, closed my eyes and smiled, he walked past with a casual, "You're welcome." Thanks hardly seem sufficient.

A thin but persistent patch of mocha foam tops the blackest stout body imaginable. KBS, it seems, is where light goes to die. Incredibly, beautifully black. Very nice aromas, filled with bourbon, coffee, vanilla bean, and molasses. The smell isn't massive, but rather full and complex.

A sip of KBS is a glimpse into stout Heaven. The bourbon is pervasive but permissive, coating but allowing for the myriad flavors to emerge in stages. The first half was loaded with bourbon, fresh ground coffee, and vanilla bean--plenty of stout bitterness packed with flavor. What emerged in the second half was a surprising sweetness mixed in--a milder vanilla, loads of fruit especially berry and citrus, capped by a smooth bourbon finish. A work of art.

The velvety smooth mouthfeel brings plenty of hops with the creamy texture. Full, flavorful, and shockingly accessible. It is astounding how submerged the 11/2% ABV is, for this was far from a sipper, astonishingly enough.

This one easily lives up to its billing, no small task given its well-established reputation and that of Founders. KBS has, for me, joined the long litany of Founders legends and is also ensconced at the top of my favorite stouts. This beast is the stuff of legends; simply amazing.

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I'm drinking the 2008 vintage about a month after its release. I recently had a vertical with the 2007, and in my opinion, this beer does not age well. I think it loses a lot of the great coffee taste. Most stouts age well because they mellow, but the greatness of the KBS is its strong, harsh, coffee malts, and those fade over time. Drink it fresh. Now to the review.

The color is a very dark brown with a nice little tan head. The smell is overpowering. It has that strong coffee flavor of the BS, but the added bourbon aroma is delicious. The taste lives up to everything the smell promises. The bourbon is so delicious... strong oak notes, vanilla, and general bourbon overtones. Oh my, what a unique beer.

The alcohol is also quite well-concealed given that this is a 10% beer. This greatly helps the drinkability.

I swear, I think this beer is perfect. You must try it.

bassmantin, Apr 11, 2008
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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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