KBS - Cinnamon Vanilla Cocoa
Founders Brewing Company

KBS - Cinnamon Vanilla CocoaKBS - Cinnamon Vanilla Cocoa
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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,172
Ranked #3,320
4.19 | pDev: 8.11%
Jan 28, 2024
May 10, 2021
Here’s one for the cocoa lovers: KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) Cinnamon Vanilla Cocoa – the sumptuous, deep coffee and chocolate flavors of KBS rise to the next level with a swirl of cinnamon and a hint of vanilla to create a sweet-but-not-too-sweet barrel-aged drinking experience. It’s a whole new spin on KBS that’s sure to sweeten your spirits.

Bourbon barrel aged coffee stout with cinnamon, vanilla, and cocoa.
IBU: 45
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Rated by CheapBeerBuzz from California

4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Nov 14, 2023
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Reviewed by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours a very dark brown - maybe black - with scant dark mocha head that returns briefly with vigorous swirl.
Aroma is quite cinnamon forward but with vanilla notes and a big kick of chocolate - milder hints of roasty coffee.
Sweet and chocolatey on the palate, vanilla, a bit of bourbon booziness and a definite kick of cinnamon spice - again a hint of sweetened coffee.
Creamy full mouthfeel - sweet but not at all cloying - nicely carbonated. Excellent KBS variation.
Jan 28, 2024
Rated: 4.4 by drstalker from Illinois

Jan 20, 2024
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Reviewed by The_Snow_Bird from Michigan

4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours very dark with a dark brown head that stays for awhile. Gives off a chocolate barrel smell. Taste is of straight cinnamon with a hint of barrel, no vanilla present.
Jan 08, 2024
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Reviewed by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12/23/2023, a very merry Christmas to us!

Completely blackout dark! No head, just a fine ring of miniscule bubbles ringing the glass. Pours thick!

Amazing aromas of cocoa, like a freshly opened Hershey bar! Also getting toast and an ever so slight vanilla sweetness, and booze.

Very toasty. Very chocolatey and finishes with a slight ending of cinnamon...like after having cooked down cinnamon sticks during the holidays, there's just a hint of the aroma left in the stick.... that's the flavor you get.

Towards the end this beer gets as little too much... Slightly medicinal. Thick and syrupy, though drying on the finish. Really enjoy this sipper.
Dec 23, 2023
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Reviewed by Lanoke12 from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Look is dark black. Smell is of sweet cinnamon and spice. Taste is sweet spice, dark roast malt, and bourbon. Feel is thick and full bodied. Overall, a good take on the KBS family and solid dessert beer.
Dec 22, 2023
Rated: 3.55 by RickS95 from Indiana

Dec 02, 2023
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Reviewed by Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from 12oz bottle to a tulip/snifter glass. Pours pitch black with a small brown head that falls to a cap and then reduces to a ring. Some lacing left behind in the glass as you sip. Smell is cinnamon bun, vanilla, oak, a bit of cocoa. Taste is cinnamon up front, cocoa, pepper, caramel in the middle, and vanilla cream, cocoa in the end. As the beer warms, you get a bit more vanilla and bourbon. Feel is medium to full bodied with some light carbonation. Beer leaves a bit of a coating on the tongue. Overall, this is a decent variety. Worth buying again. Definitely improves as it warms.
Nov 25, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by AngusOg from North Carolina

Oct 14, 2023
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Reviewed by LXIXME from New Mexico

4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Well done, nice balance. Not to be confused with a light beer. Very dark color, lasting lacing, aroma that stays on this beer. Leaves a trail on the side of the glass. I ask, what has happened to the beers that resemble beer, a lot of the new hyped beers resemble fruit drinks, wines, or I don't even know what. Thank you Founders for reminding me of what beer should be, whether its heavy like this or whatever. I miss beers that remind me of BEER.
Aug 09, 2023
Rated: 4.34 by RalphStanley34 from French Polynesia

Aug 07, 2023
Rated: 4.49 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida

Jul 02, 2023
Rated: 4.14 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Jul 02, 2023
Rated: 4.23 by mdaschaf from Indiana

Jun 18, 2023
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Reviewed by Orca from Washington

4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours a deep rich brownish black with a substantial mocha head. Looks great.

Aroma is as advertised. Definitely rich dry cocoa and cinnamon, vanilla might be a little more subtle but it’s there. Smells like Mexican chocolate tastes with some nice lively spice.

Taste is likewise a dessert-like blend of rich bitter chocolate, espresso, cinnamon, and spice. Really delicious, I’m going to savor this as it warms. More bourbon and oak now and the vanilla starts to shine.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slick, nicely balanced, medium to heavy body.

Overall an outstanding imperial stout, a nice blend of flavors with none dominant.
Apr 18, 2023
Rated: 4.05 by BarrelAgedG from California

Apr 14, 2023
Rated: 3.24 by Argail from Louisiana

Mar 31, 2023
Rated: 4.23 by cbcrunch from Wyoming

Mar 02, 2023
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Reviewed by aleigator from Germany

3.09/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Pours night black in color with a smaller, dark brown head.

Offers aromas of earthy, bourbon soaked wood, a scoop of vanilla ice cream and caramelized sugar with a dash of cinnamon.

Has a fuller body with a warming, spicy and dry finish with a well nuanced, lower carbonation.

Tastes of spicy, chocolate covered molasses, dry, toasty and sweet distilled spirit and balancing cinnamon. Offers more chocolate then, with an equally rustic and sweet interplay, revealing whole grain bread and caramel. Finishes with sweet and spicy licorice, bitter chocolate and long lasting, dry and warming oak.

Solid, with a thin and slightly hot mouthfeel. The beer is tiptoeing from one adjunct to another, without developing a fulfilling overall depth of flavors.
Feb 05, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by DrStiffington from New Jersey

Feb 04, 2023
KBS - Cinnamon Vanilla Cocoa from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 368 ratings