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%

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4.77/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

A: pours jet black, some nice tan head, about a fingers worth. Not too much lacing, leaves a ice ring around the glass, but this, too, eventually disappears.

S: WOW! lots of rich, dark chocolate. coffee and roasted malts also present. Some nice oak and bourbon notes present as well. Chocolate is the real dominating thing on the nose. This beer smells delicious.

T: Tastes great. a nice mix of coffee, chocolate, oak, vanilla, bourbon. It all intertwines very nicely. No one thing dominates the taste. The bourbon is more present and fades into the background as it cools. bourbon is nicely present in the aftertaste as it lingers in my mouth.

M: great mouthfeel. thick, creamy, carbonated well for the style.

O: this is an incredible beer! no wonder it is so highly sought after. WOW

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.49/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great at about 8 months in. Had it fresh from bottle and wasn't nearly as good. Haven't tried this year's batch fresh.

From previous tastings I'd say it peaks at about the 6-9 month mark. Very mellow and balanced. The coffee flavors are well balanced (not bitter like when it first came out).

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Photo of SassieCassie
4/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served: snifter glass from a bottle.

Color: Black/Brown

Not much of a head which is typical for stouts, but decent head retention.

Smell: tobacco, chocolate, and bourbon barrel wood.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee, and milk, finishing with a bourbon flavor that includes undertones of vanilla.

All flavors work evenly throughout this beer. There isn't anything that is too strong, weak, or overpowering. They're spot on with this one, it needs nothing.

Update 8/3/14: DO NOT age this beer. It loses ALL of the bourbon flavors.

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
4.56 out of 5 based on 12,599 ratings.
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