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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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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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Ratings: 12,768 |  Reviews: 3,251
5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.77/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter out of a 12oz bottle during a blind tasting at Happy Raven in Lincoln, NE.

So we did a blind tasting involving 6 Barrel Aged Coffee Stouts. The results were as follows:

1st Place - Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout by Goose Island

1st Place - Brewed Be Nice by Boiler Brewing

3rd - Kentucky Dark Star Coffee by Fremont

4th - Barrel Aged Speedway Stout by AleSmith

5th - Tweak by Avery

6th - KBS by Founders

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

A bourbon stout done perfectly. Aged in the barrels for a year the bouton really come out and complements the beer perfectly. The breakfast stout by founders is one of my favorites by itself. This is definitely the best bourbon stout in my opinion. Maybe my favorite stout period.

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4.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am not as astute as some people that give descriptions. But I do know that I absolutely love this beer. If you can get it, do. It's an amazing beer and well worth all the fuss. The mouth feel is smooth. I have had this on a few occasions and like it better each and every time.

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Easy to rate. Great beer. Pours a dark liquid. No foam forms, or very little. Smells very strong of liquor, molasses, coffee. Taste is a bit sweet, but it's very boozy. This beer must be nursed. Cannot drink this quickly. Mouthfeel is thick, syrupy, like a sweet imperial stout.

Had this on tap, cool beer.

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.59/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.18/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours near black with cola brown edging and a quarter finger's worth of dark tan head. Sub-par retention leads to a surface near barren of suds, sans the thin ring around the edge of the glass. Small, spotty lacing with little stick. About on par for the style.

Smell - Deep coffee aroma highlighted by chocolate fudge notes. Lesser notes of bourbon and oak which strengthen as the brew warms.

Taste - Follows the nose. Coffee at the forefront, along with some fudge chocolate and lesser vanilla notes. Bourbon booze character becomes prevalent as the beer warms. Touches of oak. A bit thin in the finish with some light alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body, with tingly carbonation. Despite the heat, this thing drinks stupid smooth. Thins out, with a drying finish.

Overall - Maybe not as flavorful as the Firestone's Parabola, but probably more approachable. Great beer, though I can't help thinking I'd rather have a Founders Imperial Stout in it's stead. The more I drink, the more I realize these BA stouts just don't quite do it for me. That barrel aging really thins out the brew and kills the depth in roasted bitterness; two qualities that I look forward to greatly in Impy stouts. Oh well, this wasn't my first, and it won't be my last.

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.61 out of 5 with 12,768 ratings
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