Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) | Founders Brewing Company

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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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5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Coffee and chocolate heaven.

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4.54/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to maximum12!

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a snifter. Bottled 2/8/10. Reviewed live:

A - Pours a thick, opaque, motor oil black color. I coaxed about two fingers of mocha colored head after an aggressive pour, but retention is terrible. Inviting to say the least, and I can smell it already...

S - A pungent bourbon front. Vanilla, oak, milk chocolates, and fresh roasted coffee. Pleasantly alcoholic. One of the best oak noses I've ever encountered. Roasted malt and caramel buried. Amazingly subtle and complex. Pungent. I can't wait to try it.

T - Creamy, luxurious chocolates and dark roasted coffee open. Awesome subtle bourbon. Well placed oak. Thick roasted malts and burnt caramel. Subtle vanilla throughout. Toffee and molasses come through. It warms in the stomach, but is far from boozy. In fact, I'd never guess the ABV is as high as it is. Savory and sweet. Incredibly complex. Decadent.

M - Thick and smooth. Creamy. Full bodied.

D - Hot damn this is good. I'll be comparing all others in the style to this one. One of the best stouts I've had.

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4.9/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage

A: After letting the bottle sit out of the fridge for a half hour (agonizing), the beer was poured into a tulip glass with moderate aggression. The head built 1 finger tall the color of tan leather with dense tiny bubbles. After sitting for about a minute the foam receded into the pitch black liquid leaving behind a wave of lacing on the glass. No light shines through the beer when held to a light. Moderate alcohol legs pop out when the beer is agitated.

S: The nose is full of rich dark chocolate, sweet cocoa, hints of vanilla, mild caramel and toffee, very complex. Although I can detect the vanilla and toasted barrel character with a hint of bourbon it doesn't come off alcoholic at all. No hop aroma detected. Light coffee and roasted notes come out on further inspection.

T: Lots of complex chocolate flavors, dark chocolate, bakers chocolate, milk chocolate only a small roast and a nice coffee finish. The middle malts are caramel, toffee and candy raisins that have a nice balancing sweetness with the barrel tannins. Vanilla character coming through with the oak throughout the experience. No hop flavor, and the bitterness is just enough to keep the sweetness from being cloying.

M: There is a large body with mild carbonation that leads to a nice creamy mouthfeel. No astringency detected. Alcohol warming is surprisingly minimal. And that nice tingly sensation with a well made bourbon barrel beer.

O: KBS really shines in its chocolate and barrel flavor balancing act. Its extremely drinkable not overly sweet and has a nice body. Theres not much out there as well brewed as KBS, a shame I could only get 2 bottles this year.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Opaque black with a light mocha head. Quite carbonated for a beer aged this long.

Smell: A big wallop of coffee and chocolate greet the nose followed by a sweet vanilla aroma and beautiful bourbon that makes everything pop and meld into one of if not the best smelling beer I've had. Amazing. The dessert like sweet masks most of the booze.

Taste: Rich coffee and decadent chocolate greet the tongue that then turns either coffee or hoppy bitter that fades to a beautiful sweet vanilla bourbon with more rich coffee as it faded to a beautiful mixture of decadent chocolate, coffee, bourbon, and a dry oaky finish. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Rich and velvety on the tongue. Almost like a cushion of liquid decadence that is only interrupted by the bitter that brings it back down to the palate and a dry finish. The booze is only present on a slight warming on the back of the throat and chest.

Overall: Wow. This is my first crack at this beer and I must say it was worth the wait. It's so rich and complex with flavors popping in sync through the duration of the ride. The coffee is fantastic and I really enjoy the huge bright vanilla/bourbon mix that jumps out. Is it the best BA beer I've had? No that probably still goes to Bourbon County Coffee but this deserves the praise and is one outstanding world class brew.

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

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle poured into a Teku glass.

A - Very dark brown with just a bit of khaki head that settles quickly.

S - Extremely bourbon forward and oaky.

T - Lots of great bourbon and chocolate, coffee is an afterthought and barely noticeable, and has a bit of vanilla as well.

F - A bit thin for a BA stout. I would say on the plus side of medium bodied at best with minimal carbonation.

O - A great beer for sure, but lacking the thickness that I love in a beer of this caliber.

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This beer pours fairly thick, and pitch black. The head is thick, and frothy. It lasts. The nose is very pleasing. It's got coffee notes, and chocolate. The taste is amazing. It's rich with coffee flavor. It has some barrel flavor. It's smooth. Very delicious.

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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