Review: Founders Brewing Company KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) | Craft Beer & Brewing
Founders Brewing Company KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)
99 out of 100

Style: Barrel Aged Coffee Stout

ABV: 11.2 IBU: 70

99/100
Aroma: 12
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 20
Mouthfeel: 4

Founders Brewing Company KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)

What the brewers say

What we’ve got here is an imperial stout brewed with a massive amount of coffee and chocolates, then cave-aged in oak bourbon barrels for an entire year to make sure bourbon undertones come through in the finish.

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Bourbon barrel up front with notes of vanilla and almond. Coffee is very pleasant, with a note of espresso and fresh ground coffee beans. Malt sweetness helps balance coffee. The vanilla, slight coconut, and boozy character add complexity.”

Flavor: “Coffee notes of espresso and barrel notes of bourbon blend nicely up front, with a bit of caramel malt sweetness to support. Finish is a bit sweet with a slight coffee lingering note. Initial chocolaty sweetness fades quickly. Light earthy hops bitterness. Coffee character is faintly nutty and caramel-like. Very smooth. Boozy warmth in the finish adds to this beer.”

Overall: “A wonderful barrel-aged coffee stout that executes every aspect very well. Coffee is smooth, without being overly bitter or roasty. Caramel malt sweetness helps support. Very flavorful and complex.”

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