Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
12,471
Reviews:
3,189
Avg:
4.56
pDev:
8.77%
 
 
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4,494
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6,607
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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Photo of hopflop
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW! this beauty is unbelievable. Had on tap at andy's corner with fellow BA's jessecarr and jmscott.

This beer is amazing. poured into a over sized wine glass. With a nice thick chewy tan head.

It starts out with a great bourbon wood and coffee smell that is pungent and amazing. And the great smell remains in the glass well after the beer is gone.

The taste of bourbon, wood and slight coffee hit the pallet and as this brew warms the taste of coffee and chocolate start to take over. So tasty and amazing.

This beer is just outright awesome. by far one of the best beers I've gotten the pleasure to try so far. I would love to have this available all the time. If you haven't tried this puppy yet do what you can to get some of this.

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Waited until a little warmer than room temperature before opening
L: Pours dark chocolate brown with a fine foam lacing. The lacing residual lasts a reasonable amount of time. Legs don't appear thick as the beer is swirled around.
T: At this temperature the bourbon hits a bit first with its astringency. This is well balanced by the sugars present and the vanilla that comes from the aging. There is wood in this beer too. This beer is just really well crafted and all the flavors are well integrated. It is not an overwhelming push of bourbon.
S: Light bourbon smell -- not over powering and nearly perfectly balanced with chocolate vanilla and oak. The smell sets the table for expectation of a well balanced beer w/o over powering bourbon flavor. Slightly sweet smell with the residual sugar.
F: Smooth without bite. Well balanced between thick and thin. Not cloying. Pretty fricking amazing. Is that a rating?
O: A huge fan of Founders and a lover of stouts overall so this review is probably doubly biased. Despite the more recent push against barrel aging, it does offer an extra depth and done well it is worth the extra coin. (Done poorly and it is a mess) An amazing beer at a reasonable price point. It gets the I love it rating.

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omg. 2012 vintage and wow, that is some delicious stuff. great nose and smooth coffee chocolate flavor. i need more of this. now.

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

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5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Today, a bottle fell into my hands thanks to the beer guy at Charleston Wines and Spirits. In great anticipation, I had to pour it tonight.

KBS pours a dark, deep red, color only visible in bright light and in the shadow of the glass. Barely any carbonation, just a thin ring of mocha bubbles at the rim, and a faint hint of air on the surface.

The smell is amazing. Vanilla, bourbon are the boldest, with just a faint hint of maple and roast.

The mouthfeel is the first thing you'll notice. Heavy and syrupy, the richness of the beer will coat your mouth and tongue with an amazing sheen of flavors.

KBS tastes like candy, in a way that no candy could possibly match. The bourbon is up front, definitely, followed by vanilla, the darkest of chocolates, a mapley flavor, and smoke, a mix of bacon and a fine cigar.

Finishing this richness is a dry, bourbon taste, leaving almost a caramel finish in the mouth. The taste sticks around, and would be well complimented with some vanilla bean ice cream and/or a fine cigar.

Totally worth the hype. Rich without being too sweet. Bold without being boozy. Beautiful color, texture and mouthfeel. 5/5, across the board.

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

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
4.56 out of 5 based on 12,471 ratings.
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