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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

8,117 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 8,117
Reviews: 2,497
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 3,143
Gots: 2,902 | FT: 209
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.20% ABV

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."

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-13-2004)
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mc4z

California

4.89/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, split. The appearance is a beautiful black with a red-tinted head. There was pretty good lacing that faded with time. I get a lot of coffee and chocolate in the nose, along with some more subdued bourbon aromas and a hint of alcohol. I was blown away by all of the flavors that were going on - strong coffee and chocolate to begin, with oak and vanilla on the tail end. There is also a pretty decent alcohol bite. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Overall this was a nearly flawless beer, much as I expected it to be. I do think the alcohol bit just a bit too hard, although that's to be expected with an 11.2% beer. This one definitely delivered on the hype.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 19:02:36 | More by mc4z
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ahovestol

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

11-30-2013 18:57:38 | More by ahovestol
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Waveoff

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

11-30-2013 17:04:39 | More by Waveoff
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brewdog444

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

11-30-2013 15:27:31 | More by brewdog444
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FredT

Delaware

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

11-30-2013 05:24:52 | More by FredT
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fdig23

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

11-29-2013 22:29:34 | More by fdig23
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G-Hawk

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

11-29-2013 21:48:22 | More by G-Hawk
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Jones153

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -13.6%

11-29-2013 01:08:48 | More by Jones153
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Sarunas7

Kansas

5/5  rDev +8%

11-28-2013 05:10:28 | More by Sarunas7
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

11-28-2013 01:36:01 | More by XmnwildX12
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Heavy-G

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

11-26-2013 21:37:05 | More by Heavy-G
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Canti4341

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

11-26-2013 19:10:27 | More by Canti4341
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Jmbbabson

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +8%

11-26-2013 18:51:49 | More by Jmbbabson
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AmandaRae

Georgia

5/5  rDev +8%

11-26-2013 03:57:10 | More by AmandaRae
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cogitodp

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

11-25-2013 23:12:07 | More by cogitodp
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wizmasta

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

11-25-2013 22:58:11 | More by wizmasta
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cps98

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8%

11-25-2013 17:24:15 | More by cps98
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.76/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: On-tap at Crane Alley, Urbana, IL
Date: 2013-11-24
Glass: Founder's Snifter

Founders' KBS is a good, fairly balanced stout that does not push its bourbon character to the forefront, which typically masks all other elements of the base beer. The result is a modestly coffee-chocolate syrup forward stout with nuances of bourbon, ethanol, and vanilla. The 2011 version features less subtle bourbon and vanilla than the 2013; perhaps brought out by extended aging. Regardless, 2011 or 2013, this isn't a beer that I think deserves the hype, nor is it one of the best beers I've ever tasted. Above average, but nothing exceptional or that I'd go out of my way for again.

Arrives with 0.5cm tall head of tan-colored bubbles, small and dense in size, leading to a frothy appearance. Foam retention is poor, fading to a thin ring around the glass in under one minute, leaving a ghostly island of foam atop the body of the beer. Lacing is good, a large scattering of dots and lines cling to the glass' sides after each sip. Body is a dark brown to black color, opaque, with light bringing out dark amber-red hues around the perimeter of the beer. Carbonation not visible through the opaque body.

Aroma is a bit milder than expected, of dried leaves, oak, instant coffee granules, chocolate syrup, vanilla, and no apparent bourbon. Good, but not amazing or one of the best aromas I've ever smelled in a beer.

Overall flavors are of dried coffee, chocolate syrup, modest ethanol and bourbon, with slight vanilla and smoke. Front of palate picks up freeze-dried coffee granules, chocolate syrup, mild bourbon and ethanol, hints of vanilla. Mid-palate of chocolate syrup, freeze-dried coffee, mild bourbon, mild ethanol, extremely faint vanilla: fairly rich, good, but not as deep or amazing as expected. Back of palate finds ethanol, freeze-dried coffee, and chocolate syrup. Aftertaste of smoky, freeze-dried coffee granules, with mild cocoa and sweetness, and lightly acrid bitterness.

Beer is medium-heavy to heavy in body, with low carbonation that makes this slightly foamy (1/5), but mostly smooth (4/5) on the palate. Appropriate for the style and this beer in particular. Closes dryly, with moderate to medium-heavy stickiness lingering on the palate.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2013 06:42:26 | More by falloutsnow
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barrelofbastard

California

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

11-25-2013 06:01:30 | More by barrelofbastard
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DruC4

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

11-25-2013 04:46:37 | More by DruC4
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Ross_Haddow

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +8%

11-25-2013 01:43:35 | More by Ross_Haddow
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MisterBisco

New York

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

11-24-2013 20:11:27 | More by MisterBisco
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Jho3325

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

11-24-2013 18:20:56 | More by Jho3325
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ChanceK

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

11-24-2013 03:20:41 | More by ChanceK
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Jaysmittyland

Michigan

5/5  rDev +8%

11-24-2013 02:19:09 | More by Jaysmittyland
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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