KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)
Founders Brewing Company

KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #10
Ranked #26
4.65 | pDev: 8.6%
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)
Notes: 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.

Now labeled as "KBS."

ABV varies by batch.
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Reviews: 3,479 | Ratings: 13,700
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4.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


I just left the Michigant Winter Beer Festival...5 straight hours of consumption...hammered...

Anyway, this beer is incredible. My wife and I showed up about 12:30...a half hour after it started. Poured deep black with a dark brown head. Lacing was light, bu t stuck around.

Smelled of rich dark chocolate with malty sweetness. My wife even commented that that the malt sweetness was all she smelled.

Tastes of massive burbon...vanilla and oaky sweetness mixed with a normal Founders-style stout, replete with vanilla and harsh dark chocolate. The malt sweetness and hop bitterness is expertly mellowed by the year-long burbon aging. This is a beer for the ages.

Thanks again to the MI Brewers Guild for the massive beer offering. Only in MI will you drink beer with a thousand other people at below-freezing and love it. It snowed, it hailed, it blew cold wind, and we drank on.

I love this beer. They said they'd brew another batch starting now, and it'll be ready this time next year. Get this when you can!

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the EBF 2006. I'd been waiting a long time to try this one. Pours a very dark color with a brown head that falls fast and doesn't leave too much lacing on the glass. The aroma smacked me with bourbon and chocolate at first, then as it warmed, the bourbon aroma mellowed. Lots of maltiness and alcohol. The flavor was great. Lots of thick dark malts - chocolate with coffee up front then a bourbon character that sticks to the palate. The body is very thick and the drinkability is pretty good. Try this one if you have the chance.

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4.8/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is clearly the most amazing Stout I have ever had. Sampled at the January 2005 EBF, it remains in memory with clarity. Wow! The visual, smell and taste were of extraordinary synergy. A short tan head accented the rich, deep blackness. Superb coffee and chocolate malts warmed and woven with Burbon tempered by oak cask character. Smooth, thick, big, present. The texture, dimension were divine. The burbon drip was endless and with comfort as it warmed ceaslessly. It remains on my palate to this day!

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4.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Possibly one of the best stouts I have ever had. I first tried this beer at the Michigan Beer Festival in 2003. This is a strong stout aged in oak casks that were once used to age bourbon. The result is a unique, complex beer that is black as night with a slight tan head. It pours quite thick as you might imagine and in addition to the smoky, chocolate flavors of the malt, you get a hint of a vanilla-oak that comes from aging in the barrels. At around 10 percent ABV, you have to wonder if some bourbon is still remaining in the casks used since you can immediately taste and sense the alcohol. The bourbon flavor is quite evident. A great masterpiece in my opinion, though this is clearly a slow sipping beer not meant for mass consumption.

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KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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