KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) | Founders Brewing Company

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KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)
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KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.30%

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

Now labeled as "KBS."

ABV varies by batch.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-13-2004

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Did a horizontal tasting between 2009 and 2010 vintages.

Appearance- Both poured from the bottle with a thin, tan head over a cola-brown body. The head did not appear very proteinaceous. Carbonation was not visible from the sides of the glass.

Aroma- Big nose full of roasty malts, vanilla and bourbon (booze). Can't quite put my finder on it, but the 2009 is better "put together" on the nose than the 2010. Overall, both had a slight solvent aroma which kept these from receiving a perfect score on aroma.

Flavor- Big, huge malty backbone- rich with syrupy sweetness. This is met with an equally strong hit of oak and bourbon. There is a substantial herbal bitterness here as well- presumably from both the black malts, coffee and hops. These serve nicely to offset the sweetness. The solvent notes detected on the nose become apparent on the tongue, but are not overwhelming. Long finish that stays with you for days. Both vintages exhibited the same flavor components, but the 2009 was much more attractive; the flavors had married in this vintage, much how flavors in chili combine better the next day.

Mouthfeel- Big, chewy and slightly silky mouthfeel from both vintages. Carbonation is perfectly soft. There is some heat here from the alcohol, but a pleasant heat. Astringency is present but at an appreciable level as well.

Overall- This is a fantastically big beer. It definitely ages well. I find that I prefer the aged versus the fresh.

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

A great BA coffee stout. Not quite BCBCS, but pretty close. Much better fresh, but perfect at about 3 months were the coffee bite starts to fade and smooth out the beer before it starts to unbalance.

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KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 13,168 ratings