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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4.9/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle 2013

Once again, another outstanding year of KBS

Dark brown to black, bright clear with a thin light tan head.

Aroma is fantastic, could just smell this beer all day! Bourbon hits first followed by smooth coffee aroma. Notes of vanilla, chocolate, toffee, sweet malt and alcohol

Flavor is more chocolate but swiftly followed by the bourbon, sticky malt sugar and coffee. Bitterness is assertive and beautifully cuts the sweetness. Would have given a higher taste rating but I am detecting a slightly metallic or alkaline flavor that I have not remembered from past years - maybe just too young. Mouthfeel is very full bodied and delicate.

Overall - Many beers fall to the hype once the hype gets to a ridiculous level. KBS is not in that class. This beer stands on its own and speaks for itself.

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a thick black, with a minimal dark-tan head with some retention around the edge of the glass; lots of lacing as you drink.

Smell: Nose is sweet and roasted with coffee, chocolate and a hint of vanilla and oak.

Taste: Lives up to the hype; roasted, chocolate, vanilla (which typically comes from being aged in bourbon barrels) with a little hint of sweet bitterness; can also pick up on the oak and bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a real creamy smoothness; coats the tongue and lingers.

Overall: This was my first encounter with the esteemed KBS, and I have to say, it didn’t disappoint. I was drinking several very good beers in a flight while waiting for KBS to be poured at a local establishment’s Beer-Fest KBS party, and when compared side-by-side to KBS, the other beers definitely fell a bit into its shadow. In a special class, KBS is well worth the effort of hunting it down. I’m sure I’ll be doing the same when it releases again next year!

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at the MacGregor's Grill and Tap Room in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a thick, DARK black. No light could ever penetrate this one. Small but inviting head.

Smells great- sweet, tasty bourbon, chocolate, and coffee. Very strong, even to someone like me with a poor sense of smell.

Somehow tastes even better. Brownie batter mixed with cookie dough comes first, then bourbon sweetness, coffee bitterness, vanilla, oak and a slight hop kick. The alcohol shows itself a bit at times, but not horribly so. This is certainly tasty, but it does not compare to some of the absolute top BA stouts.

Kinda thin compared to other BA stouts. Drinks a bit like a coffee bourbon milkshake with extra chocolate. Low carbonation.

This beer is unbelievably hyped, and very hard to get, so I was happy to find it on tap. It's much better on tap than in the bottle, but it's far from a slouch in the bottle.

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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