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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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12,836 Ratings
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#28
Reviews:
3,258
Ratings:
12,836
pDev:
8.46%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4,521
Gots:
6,777
Trade:
524
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1.7/5  rDev -63.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

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4.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Stouts arent my home or go to, but this was extraordinary. A bit boozy on the nose with a balance of chocolate/toffee and coffee, mostly brown not quite black in color, definitely warm and smooth on the mouth. I would type a just about perfect execution of the style, not to pad the stats but the consensus is correct. It was served in a snifter from the tap.

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4.27/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.98/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.28/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.18/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.62/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Did you ever have one of those liqueur-filled dark chocolate candies? This is like that, only with charred espresso bean-flavored dark chocolate. Bottle date 02/21/17, poured into a glass goblet. This is, dare I say it, the color of a buckeye: deep, dark brown body, with an aggressive pour yielding a thick three-finger dark tan head. Big aromas and flavors of dark roasted malt, espresso bean, dark chocolate, and bourbon, with a little tart black cherry in the background. A little sweet, a little hot, and incredibly smooth, with no harsh bitter edge at all. Finish is quite dry for such a "heavy" beer, with just a hint of oaky astringence. World class in every respect, and well worth waiting in line for.

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5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.64/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2017 release.

I have been drinking these since April. I have had 12 oz. bottles, draft pours and did manage to get a 32 oz. growler back in May. From memory and notes I would definitely say this one was best fresh as some of the flavors have diminished slightly.

The oily near black body hasn't changed, nor has the thin swirling two tone mocha head. It still has visible legs of alcohol and leaves spots of lace on the side of the snifter.

The robust nose is still excellent, the chocolate now overpowers the bourbon and coffee and the oak seems to have disappeared. The alcohol is nearly absent.

The taste follows suit, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, and oak barrel flavors harmonize. The flavors have tailed off a little and aren't quite as synergistic as they once were but are still very balanced. The alcohol combines with the caramel malt to add a nice leaf tobacco burn. Full bodied and creamy this goes down almost too easy for an 11.8% Imperial Stout.

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4.38/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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4.51/5  rDev -2.2%
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4.14/5  rDev -10.2%
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5/5  rDev +8.5%
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4.74/5  rDev +2.8%
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4.65/5  rDev +0.9%
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.61 out of 5 with 12,836 ratings
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