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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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

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."

ABV varies by batch.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-13-2004

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Last night I stopped at the local liquor where the had this on tap. This afternoon I'm sharing a 2016 and a 2017 bottle.
L: Pours a very dark brown with a creamy tan head.
S: The tapped version seemed heavy on the chocolate and coffee smell. I honestly didn't catch a whiff of bourbon at all. The bottled versions similar, but both had bourbon aromas, the '16 version was more pronounced.
T: The tapped beers had coffee and chocolate flavors, again no noticeable bourbon except for the warming effect. I actually thought I was drinking an Imperial Breakfast Stout an nitro. The 16/17 bottles had similar tastes, I think the 16 bottle had more bourbon in the taste. All had the "heat".
F:. All had medium thick feel to them, not in the Ten-Fidy of FIS class.
O: The tapped version went down easy, the ABV not noticeable until I stood up. The two bottles were more sippers. Definitely, one the really good ones. Founders is probably #1 on my list, especially when it comes to stouts. So what happened to Double Trouble and Devil Dancer.

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

Another stout tasted over Thanksgiving '09.

From notes:

Darkest brown, thin head, little lacing.

Roasted coffee malts, negligible chocolate.

More coffee, hint of dark fruit (cherry), coffee finish

Soft, little carbonation at first, flattens fairly quickly.

Definitely want another, but have to drive to Thanksgiving dinner!

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

How I wish that I could keep track of my trades 'cos I can't remember who sent this little beauty.

Pours from the clever labeled bottle with an India ink, jet black thick midnight hue topped with a dense yet thin dark brown head cap. There is zero light escaping fom this shadow in a bottle.

Scents were reaching me before I even tried to get a wiff of this. Deep espresso and black coffee bean. Roasted malts and some charcoal burnt wood aroma. Intense scents of carmel and even a touch of liquorice.

First swigs: Drippy chocolate and coffee ice cream. Some bourbon barrel warmth fronts in the flavor, but was not as vivid in the nose. Complex flavors that really awoke the beer and coffee drinker in me. The coffee and bean aspects are so fully pronounced that it is impressive. Full on flavor of baker's chocolate, dryness is only equal to the bitterness!

This isn't just thick. This is sooo thick (how thick is it?) that is slides into the glass. Feel is a tongue massacre coating with nary a prayer for your palate to recover. If 120 is Yin, this is the Yang.

Last swigs: Yeah...It's good. Remeniscent of Peche Mortel. I wish that I had a fridge full of these!

Beer is good. Happy coffee beer for breakfast beering.

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.61 out of 5 with 12,826 ratings
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