KBS - Espresso
Founders Brewing Company

KBS - EspressoKBS - Espresso
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #106
ABV:
12%
Score:
97
Ranked #378
Avg:
4.42 | pDev: 5.88%
Reviews:
233
Ratings:
679
From:
Founders Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
  69
SCORE
97
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KBS - EspressoKBS - Espresso
Notes: KBS gets its coffee fix in the very first variant to come from our beloved bourbon barrel-aged stout. Yes, KBS may already be brewed with coffee, but it gets some extra oomph when it’s aged on espresso beans after being removed from barrels. The result is a fresh and snappy coffee twist on our classic barrel-aged beer. Who says you can’t start your day with a barrel-aged stout?

KBS stands for "Kentucky Breakfast Stout"

ABV varies by batch.
Reviews: 233 | Ratings: 679 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Notninja:
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Notninja from New York

4.89/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tastes of a good espresso and a dam good stout. The chocolate and oak takes a back seat but this time that's a good thing. I will definitely buy this again. Update 2020 even better.

Dec 15, 2019
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djrn2 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 14, 2020
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golf4collet from West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Feb 27, 2021
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GeorgiaBeerMoose from Georgia

4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jan 20, 2020
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NonicPanic from Pennsylvania

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

Jun 29, 2020
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lemmy187 from Missouri

4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 22, 2019
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GetTheYayo from Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dec 13, 2019
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tmryan21 from Illinois

4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jun 28, 2021
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black and is topped with less than an inch of mocha head that leaves spotty lacing.

The smell is coffee forward. I get some anise. There are hints of chocolate and roasted malt.

The taste is smoother than the smell. It starts out with espresso and chocolate. The espresso lingers throughout. There is some black coffee in the finish.

Full bodied with a thick, chewy mouthfeel

This is another excellent beer from San Miguel. I don't think it a whole lot different than regular KBS though. I will follow up with one to confirm/deny my statement.

Dec 26, 2019
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West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

3.89/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dec 29, 2019
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Justincredble from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

May 29, 2020
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swierczt from Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 10, 2019
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hardy008 from Minnesota

4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a one finger tan head which has very good retention. I drank a few of these before reviewing this bottle. At first the aroma and taste had nothing but Espresso. Now the dominant aroma is still espresso, but I can also smell cocoa, chocolate, and dark roasted malt. I do not pick up any Bourbon from the aroma. Espresso is the dominant taste, but I can also detect cocoa, chocolate, dark roasted malt, a little of the Bourbon, molasses, and vanilla. full bodied with moderate carbonation. Has a bitter aftertaste which is somewhat balanced out by the sweet chocolate. Overall an excellent beer.

Feb 03, 2020
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GracelandII from Virginia

4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

May 14, 2020
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PaulMcartney33 from Florida

5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jul 22, 2021
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SFNC from North Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dec 26, 2020
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surfcaster from North Carolina

4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Loved it.

KBS "on steroids." Pitch black opaque beer with very little head but good nose and BIG flavor. Coffee very prominent with good body. Not as thick as a Bourbon county but just right for me. Long finish. Excellent

Feb 16, 2020
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kjkinsey from Texas

4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dec 28, 2019
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UWDAWG from Washington

4.72/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a stout glass.

Look- Black, light brown frothy head, average head retention, above average lacing.

Smell- Bourbon, coffee, toasted oats, toffee, vanilla.

Taste- Bourbon, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, licorice, toasted oats, toffee.

Feel- Full body, warming, smooth, sticky, syrup like, average carbonation.

Aug 21, 2020
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FlaS4 from Florida

4.88/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

May 30, 2020
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TylerJ from Iowa

4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jan 30, 2020
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I first heard about this beer, I knew I had to consume it. I pick-up a growler and have been sipping on this beer for the last couple of days. I finally got a chance to review it. The beer is 50 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The pour of the beer produced one dark brown head. The head is creamy and thick. The retention of the head is good but left no lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is SRM 36; dark brown nearly black. The appearance of the beer is suitable for this style and high abv.

The initial aromas in the beer are dark chocolate, espresso, and bourbon. Next, I smell tobacco, oak, molasses, anise, orange, char, dark roasted malts, burnt sugar, earthiness, and a touch of solvents.

The initial flavors in the beer are espresso, dark chocolate, and earthiness. Next, I taste leather, oak, anise, oranges, char, dark roasted malts, burnt sugar, solvents, molasses, vanilla, and a hint of floral.

The mouthfeel of the beer is chewy and thick.

The body of the beer is full, low carbonation, and fuller finish.

The beer is wonderful. The coffee is abundant, mingling nicely with the other flavors. I am a huge coffee fan, this beer suits my palate. I do enjoy the original KBS, this version is a bonus. I am glad I got the opportunity to drink this beer. I have been searching for it since I knew about a couple of months back. Simply put a nice cup of cold java with a hardy stout combined.

Mar 10, 2020
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Cotton_27 from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 30, 2020
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JamesLeung from Florida

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 08, 2021
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beaulabauve from Louisiana

4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 01, 2021
KBS - Espresso from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 679 ratings