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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

First time. Long time want. Bottle into a pairing glass.

A: Black and viscous, like molasses. Impenetrable with a fine, lacy tan head.

S: Dark roast coffee, smoky wood, ethanol, vanilla bean, chocolate maltiness. The bourbon is present but nowhere near as dominant as, say, BCBS.

T: That is a medley. All the stuff you’d expect – chocolate, vanilla, coffee – but the bourbon is so well integrated. The tangy and oakiness up front easily subsides into the chocolate-coffee body, but the vanilla at the end gives it a fine resolution and makes you desperate for another sip. The booze is noticeable but well masked.

M: Certainly heavy like a stout, but oddly light for the style. Substantial but not overbearing.

This is what I call an upsettingly good beer. It’s so tasty and well-crafted and drinkable I become angry I cannot have more. Yes, there are plenty of other wonderful imperial stouts (Peche, Parabola, Ten FIDY, Speedway), but KBS is a revelatory brew.

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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