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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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8,734 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,734
Reviews: 2,519
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 3,376
Gots: 3,204 | FT: 229
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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5/5  rDev +8.2%

I didn't know that this was available outside of the brewery/surrounding area and some how there was a case in western Indiana.

A - Deep dark brown basically black but not as black as Ten Fidy. It pours beautifully with khaki head and nice lacing. One of the most beautiful beers I've ever seen.

S - Tons of of sweet stout smell with roasted, chocolate, caramel, toffee, vanilla, and some soft bourbon mingling in your nose. Probably the best stout I've ever smelled. It was extremely complex and amazing all in one snifter

T - The flavors culminate on your palate with malt, roast, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, and some light coffee. There is some alcohol but it is the best representation of >10% ABV that I've ever had in that regard with the burn being smooth and not harsh. There is some bitterness from the roasted malt but the sweetness and smoothness of all the flavors whirling on the tongue make it simply sublime. It is like tasting the best bourbon ever made mixed with the best stout ever and being able to decipher every nuance of both. I believe that a beer with extreme complexity without muddling or having a disproportion of the flavors is the key to such a "WORLD-CLASS" Beer.

M - High mouth-feel with light carbonation. It isn't the thickest stout but it has just the right amount of stickiness and bitterness to make you want to take that next sip; until it's gone.

Overall, this is one of the best beers ever made (if not the best). So much flavor packed into every sip. This bourbon barrel stout is truly what great beer should aspire to. I'm sure that there are people without the palate to discern the menagerie of amazing flavors and would favor a more direct beer but I love this one. I could not recommend this beer more highly and I would suggest you buy more than one every time you have the chance.

Glass- Snifter

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omg. 2012 vintage and wow, that is some delicious stuff. great nose and smooth coffee chocolate flavor. i need more of this. now.

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 8,734 ratings.