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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4.68/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Billy's on Grand in St. Paul, MN. Served in a snifter.

A: Black. Next to no head. Clearly viscous, not quite of motor oil consistency though.
S: Dark chocolate. Dark fruits. Coffee. Little hint of whiskey & oak.
T: Lots of dark chocolate upfront. Some dark roast coffee flavors in the middle and finishes up with a bit of bourbon flavor.
M: A little thinner than I expected. Still a medium to large mouthfeel. Minimal carbonation. Coats your mouth.
O: Really good, but honestly did not live up to what I was expecting. There's other BBA beers I think are much better and not nearly as hard to find. Still, a very, very good beer and glad I got to try it.

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4.63/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 2010 vintage 12 oz bottle poured into my Smuttynose snifter. Bottled on date of 2/8/10.

Appearance: Absolutely pitch black color. Pours with a slight one finger dark brown head. Below average retention. The head sticks nicely to the glass throughout this though.

Aroma: Very assertive dark chocolate and cocoa powder hits first. Strong hints of bourbon, vanilla, and espresso here too. Some of the alcohol can be noticed here and provides a little burn.

Taste: Gorgeously smooth upfront with strong dark chocolate and espresso. Subtle vanilla and bourbon do well to smooth out any harshness. Big burst of chocolate and cocoa powder toward the back end. Balaced, complex and truly sublime.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and very creamy. Smooth, but with a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: This really is a strong beer in both ABV and flavor. While delicious and incredibly complex, I cannot imagine having more than one of these in a sitting. Just too decadent.

Overall, a truly gorgeous beer in many ways. Complex, balanced, and flavorful. Definitely deserving of its place on BA. That being said, it is not my favorite bourbon stout. Still highly recommended.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

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

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

Notes: April 2011

12 oz bottle. Got a good deal. Didn't have to hunt. I won't. I swear I won't. (just wait til next year).

Just watching this beer pour into a glass is nirvana. Some divine release. Mahogany. Darkness. With a dark brown head like root beer. Beautiful.

Smells like heaven. I am not a coffee drinker, but with the amount coffee in this, I'd partake if it'd smell like this. Vanilla beans, mildly dark chocolate, roasted pecans, well-aged bourbon, a little bit of butterscotch or toffee.

Tastes of a dark roast, dark chocolate, bourbon vanilla, nuts like roasted pecan or almond, and good, small batch bourbon. Really sweet, slightly boozy finish, but refined so subtly it's candy-like.

Now this is my third year on this beer. I swear it'll change. I swear I'll change. I thought taking notes on it this year for review would change my opinion some, scrutinize something. It seems as though something will happen, and I'll be jaded. It doesn't. It hasn't. I really tried to not rate it with 5s across the board, but what can you do? I really couldn't help it. This is The KBS.

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4.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes; originally consumed 5/01/10 at Quenchers Saloon.

A- Pours from the tap thick and oil slick black with a brown one finger head served in a snifter. Leaves nice lacing, even with vigorous swirling.

S-I'm getting some chocolate malt, rich bourbon, vanilla and oak notes.

T-Chocolate, oatmeal bourbon and coffee with a bourbon, roasted, and dark chocolate dry finish. It's so mellow, everything is so well integrated.

M-Really smooth and thick with low carbonation: chewy and viscous would be other words to describe this one. Nailed the mouthfeel for me.

D-Really, reallly, really easy drinking for the ABV (did I emphasis really enough?). KBS goes down way too easy. Based on Breakfast Stout (being the base beer) and Backwoods Bastard (another barrel aged beer from Founders) I was really expecting not to like this one as much as I do.

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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