KBS - Maple Mackinac Fudge
Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #63
Ranked #185
4.5 | pDev: 7.78%
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Jun 26, 2020
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Notes: Michigan didn't invent old fashioned fudge, but it was perfected here. We pay tribute to this time-honored tradition with KBS Maple Mackinac Fudge. By amplifying the rich chocolate notes of KBS using Mackinac Fudge coffee, then adding maple syrup and aging it in oak bourbon barrels, we've created a bold new take on our barrel-aged classic - one that could only have originated in Michigan.

KBS stands for "Kentucky Breakfast Stout".

ABV varies by batch.
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Reviewed by benandemmiboo from Maryland

4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
I warmed to this beer slowly, but it's now easily my favorite KBS variant, as well as my favorite stout from Founders overall. Title implies the stout may be sickeningly sweet, but there is nothing excessive here. It still tastes like beer, not a dessert, and it makes for a great sipper. And contrary to some comments made by others, I found the stout thick, like a few stouts that have been condensed. As for price, I've become more accepting. I would not be willing to pay $8 for a 6 oz pour at a bar (unless I was already drunk), but paying $5 or $6 per 12 oz bottle seems an acceptable transaction. (As for the "hazelnut" variant, I'd rather a few Guinness.)
Sep 22, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by atrocity from Virginia

Aug 21, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by GMorgan from Illinois

Aug 15, 2022
Rated: 4.18 by Mikeluzzjr from Massachusetts

Jul 21, 2022
Rated: 4.34 by billab914 from Virginia

Jun 16, 2022
Rated: 4.39 by Jimmeekrek from Wisconsin

Jun 16, 2022
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Reviewed by Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Pours a thick dark brown with a tight, small cappuccino head.

Big aroma on this beer. Sweetened coffee, chocolate. Some maple as it warmed. A little indistinct booze.

The taste follows, but fuller. Creamy sweet coffee. Milk chocolate. A hint of maple. Alcohol.

Body is on the thinner side despite the rather thick looking pour.

This is a great variant of the original, a beer I like quite a bit. Given the choice between a KBS and this, I might choose this one.
Jun 06, 2022
Rated: 4.3 by Hawkfish from Washington

Jun 02, 2022
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Reviewed by RyanK252 from California

4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottle poured into a Founders Brewing Co snifter

A: Pours nearly black with a frothy cocoa brown head that settles to a light layer and leaves some very nice lacing.

S: Decadent chocolate fudge, some coffee, roasty earthy notes, smooth bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla, maple, and faint oak, and hints of toasted coconut.

T: Big chocolate fudge runs the show up front, followed by coffee, vanilla, smooth bourbon, brown sugar, a touch of maple, roasty earthy notes, and faint hints of toasted coconut and oak.

M: Medium to full body, mild carbonation, creamy smooth, alcohol is nearly completely hidden, crazy drinkable for a sweet 11%.

O: The second I heard about this beer it topped my wants list, so it's nice to finally dive into a bottle.
I really grew to appreciate this one the more it warmed and opened up. It's a big sweet dessert stout, the first few sips make that very clear, and they absolutely nailed the fudge factor. It's also surprisingly easy to drink for something so big and sweet, which I came to realize is due to the solid foundation of coffee that kept peeking out more and more as my glass emptied. Is it my favorite form of KBS, probably not. But it makes a fantastic desert beer.
Mar 25, 2022
Rated: 4.31 by jhavs from New York

Mar 03, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by mklisz from New Hampshire

Mar 02, 2022
Rated: 4.33 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada

Feb 19, 2022
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Reviewed by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
Pours black with moderate tan head. The aroma is what stands out about this. Aromas of sweet chocolate fudge, and espresso beans. Taste is a LOT of coffee/espresso and nice barrel on the finish. Only negative is a bit thin, but this is a solid BA stout
Feb 18, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by akopczyk from Ohio

Feb 16, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by dan_amdg from Illinois

Feb 12, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by ryand14 from Michigan

Feb 11, 2022
Rated: 5 by gkrishnan704 from Connecticut

Jan 29, 2022
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Reviewed by fujindemon74 from Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
L- pitch black motor oil, slick, nice lacing

S- sweet coffee/chocolate, maple & bourbon are subdued in comparison

T- follows the nose in the smoothest way possible, sweet coffee & fudge notes for days, barrel takes a back seat, in a good way, to coffee/fudginess, alcohol is well hidden

F- oil slick, medium to full, smooth

O- a stellar KBS variant, the best I’ve had at least.
Jan 29, 2022
Rated: 4.48 by not2quick from Missouri

Jan 18, 2022
Rated: 4.4 by jakea from Wisconsin

Jan 17, 2022
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Reviewed by Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours as dark as midnight oil with a coffee colored head.

Chocolate fudge with coffee and roasted malt bread.

Thick fudge and coffee with vanilla bourbon and whole grain toasted bread.
Jan 17, 2022
Rated: 4.91 by bismarksays from Iowa

Jan 10, 2022
Rated: 4.37 by hopley from Massachusetts

Jan 09, 2022
Rated: 4.41 by morebeergood from Massachusetts

Jan 07, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by seangibbs60 from Minnesota

Jan 06, 2022
Rated: 4.35 by rarapacz from Minnesota

Dec 31, 2021
Rated: 4.62 by TWStandley from Massachusetts

Nov 27, 2021
Rated: 5 by LouisvilleMike from Kentucky

Nov 25, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania

Nov 22, 2021
Rated: 4.54 by Jlee0810 from Indiana

Nov 20, 2021
Rated: 4.11 by czillmer from Texas

Nov 17, 2021
Rated: 5 by Kanewai2000 from Texas

Nov 16, 2021
Rated: 4.62 by Resistance88 from California

Nov 16, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Ajlvt from Washington

Nov 11, 2021
Rated: 2.94 by Filabee from Michigan

Nov 02, 2021
Rated: 4.27 by Mickt465 from New Hampshire

Nov 01, 2021
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Reviewed by Chris1108 from New Jersey

4.98/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Amazing Imperial!
I’m a west coast ipa guy but like the imperial stouts when the NE fireplaces come on. This one is SMASHING
A: jet black and I mean ink. Poured in a lager glass (all I had) 2020 release
S: aroma alone gets a 5. The smell is deep complex and rich. Maple right off. Coffee there too
T: wow really delivers! Super complex and deep rich flavors. Rivals a westvleteren 10.
M: think and deep
O: had high expectations and this delivered. WOW
Nov 01, 2021
Rated: 4.51 by ChicagoNick from Illinois

Oct 18, 2021
KBS - Maple Mackinac Fudge from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 843 ratings