Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #18
Ranked #58
4.6 | pDev: 8.7%
Today at 07:48 PM
Dec 13, 2004
What we’ve got here is an imperial stout brewed with a massive amount of coffee and chocolates, then cave-aged in oak bourbon barrels for an entire year to make sure wonderful bourbon undertones come through in the finish. Makes your taste buds squeal with delight.

KBS stands for "Kentucky Breakfast Stout"

ABV varies by batch.
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Rated by EXACTLY from Michigan

4.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Tasted exactly how I figured that it would, like coffee and chocolate
Today at 07:48 PM
Rated: 4.48 by bluesfan1181 from Missouri

Yesterday at 02:11 AM
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Reviewed by shadowmind from Venezuela

5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Outstanding beer, one of the best

I bought it from my local overpriced imported beer supplier. So I drank it at home

Looks: dark, very dark, with a brown foam, a unique look
Smell: it smells like dark chocolate, the smell invites you to drink it
taste: dark chocolate and coffee tones, very honest as it tastes like it smells
Feels: incredible.

Overall, one of the best beers i ever taste
Monday at 01:56 AM
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Reviewed by Saluki from Florida

4.93/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Tasted in a frozen stemless wine glass after an ABT 12 which was a delicious starter. Obviously a different beer and up to personal preference, but this KBS gets the slight+ edge. Delicious tongue taste and feel. Like a Guinness used to be, maybe due to my age. For five bucks less a four pack, it's a great beer. The only drawback is 350 calories, a little heavy on the chocolate, which is manageable, but limits the amount that can be had of this beer a bit. Over all flat out delicious, wish it was lighter on the chocolate. One and done until tomorrow
Sunday at 01:11 AM
Rated: 4.86 by BLVBBERGIXLL from Arizona

Sep 20, 2023
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Reviewed by mariposafan from Wisconsin

4.77/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Looks: Beautiful, tan, creamy head over dark brown beer.
Smell: Coffee, bourbon, alcohol, just a little subdued
Taste: This is not subtle. Sweet without being sugary. Bourbon, coffee, chocolate and some alcohol. More balanced than something like Dragon’s Milk that is a little too sugary.
Feel: Thick and just a little effervescent.
Overall: Yum. My favorite stout, I think.
Sep 17, 2023
Rated: 4.21 by benjaminsa from Vermont

Sep 16, 2023
Rated: 4.7 by JeffreySoutherns from Illinois

Sep 14, 2023
Rated: 4.44 by ctbeerman1 from Connecticut

Sep 01, 2023
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Reviewed by Iamaskier from Idaho

4.22/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Not much left to say. The barrel flavors are there, and they’re not vaguely barrel-like. Oh, and it’s not a sugar bomb. The feel is what stands out the most. Creamy full, and slightly alcoholic at the end. Fantastic.
Aug 22, 2023
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Reviewed by JiveTurkeyJim from Colorado

4.88/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
This is one of my favorite beers I have ever had. It has become my standard to compare other stouts, but nothing has compared to Founders so far. My only complaint is that there seems to be slight differences in taste and feel from batch to batch. However, there is a good chance that it's just a misperception on my part. I have always enjoyed every single one. This one is pretty pricey, but it's worth it 100%.
Aug 21, 2023
Rated: 4.79 by Bryan-K from Pennsylvania

Aug 19, 2023
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Reviewed by Almerister

4.98/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Really good stout, rivals Dragons Milk which is my favorite readily available stout. Dragons milk has a little bit of a sweet note that I don’t love, and I didn’t detect that with KBS. I do think KBS has a stronger alcohol taste, but I only noticed it on the first couple drinks. Very easy to drink beer, for being 12 ABV.
Aug 05, 2023
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Rated by Mcgarro from Japan

5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Not for all but all must try.
Dark chocolate and coffee fun welcome.
Aug 04, 2023
Rated: 5 by ThaKennster from Texas

Jul 18, 2023
Rated: 4.36 by mehollin

Jul 10, 2023
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Reviewed by farmerhank from Maryland

3.84/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
KBS always pours great, deep dark black and smells really great if you like bourbon. The mouth feel is a medium body with that bourbon smell turning into a subtle taste. Becomes more dark chocolate bitter forward as you drink it. The fresher the beer the more bite the bourbon taste has.
Jul 09, 2023
Rated: 3.9 by Slyde180 from Texas

Jun 24, 2023
Rated: 4.71 by StuartT from Pennsylvania

Jun 22, 2023
Rated: 4.66 by Blitz23 from Pennsylvania

Jun 12, 2023
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