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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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8,409 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,409
Reviews: 2,504
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 3,237
Gots: 3,055 | FT: 218
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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1/5  rDev -78.4%

01-07-2012 17:55:33 | More by Chrysteana
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1/5  rDev -78.4%

01-11-2012 03:16:10 | More by nonny4xs
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1/5  rDev -78.4%

02-10-2012 17:39:37 | More by thomawalk
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1/5  rDev -78.4%

03-24-2012 05:19:12 | More by Paul_Kraft586
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1/5  rDev -78.4%

01-31-2013 23:12:46 | More by CityofBals
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1/5  rDev -78.4%

11-19-2012 21:44:26 | More by jmarovelli
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1/5  rDev -78.4%

03-20-2014 03:20:41 | More by Talkie85
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North Carolina

1/5  rDev -78.4%

08-20-2013 00:09:04 | More by StoutSlut
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North Carolina

1.25/5  rDev -73%

01-19-2013 02:50:53 | More by roywilliams
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1.4/5  rDev -69.8%

I don't really wish to put down a highly regarded beer but I feel this one is very overrated. I think it is unbalanced and tastes more like someone dropping a shotglass of bourbon in a stout. I could almost not notice the coffee or chocolate properties because of the overwhelming bourbon taste. I know most won't agree with this but it was a drainpour for me.

03-18-2012 20:54:25 | More by Vaison
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1.5/5  rDev -67.6%

04-07-2012 00:04:20 | More by salan
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2/5  rDev -56.8%

11-20-2011 21:16:04 | More by jophish17
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2/5  rDev -56.8%

09-21-2012 19:21:16 | More by JBatman
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2/5  rDev -56.8%

03-22-2012 03:23:32 | More by Lgdizko
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2/5  rDev -56.8%

11-02-2012 23:25:30 | More by portbay
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2/5  rDev -56.8%

08-10-2014 01:55:22 | More by StoughtonGuy
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2/5  rDev -56.8%

02-04-2014 22:31:10 | More by qazeqaz
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2/5  rDev -56.8%

05-18-2014 01:16:38 | More by TurboDog820
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Ontario (Canada)

2.04/5  rDev -55.9%

08-21-2014 20:07:15 | More by Pushstick
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West Virginia

2.08/5  rDev -55.1%

I had really high hopes for this beer. I love the Founders Imperial Stout and the Breakfast Stout, so I was really excited to try the KBS. The KBS poured a rich black color. To me the smell was a little overpowering. This seemed more of a sipping beer and not a gulper. The alcohol taste was too overpowering to enjoy and it nearly masked the hints of coffee and chocolate.

06-16-2009 01:10:40 | More by BuddhaEK
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2.1/5  rDev -54.6%

Tried a 2011 bottle on May 15 with two of my friends on our "Epic Beer Tasting Day". The line-up consisted of 2010 Darklord, Rare Bourbon County Stout, , 2011 Hanahpu, 2011 KBS, 2010 Abyss.

Appearance - It pours a very dark brown, almost black in appearance. Had a very thin mocha colored head that quickly disappears.

Smell - Bourbon? Nope I didn't smell any of that. I smelled mostly burnt coffee/caramel and nothing else. Disappointing to say the least.

Taste - The alcohol is just too overwhelming in this. I couldn't taste anything but alcohol. I thought it would have a wonderful balanced flavor of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon, but got nothing of it.

Mouthfeel - Very thick as it coats your whole mouth and burns your throat as it goes down. Not a pleasant experience at all.

Overall - Overrated! Very disappointed.

05-21-2011 04:44:19 | More by dvsbizzyb
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New Hampshire

2.1/5  rDev -54.6%

This beer was wasted on me.
I do no not typically like stouts, and not a fan of the whole "barrel aged" thing because I don't do whiskey or bourbon.
I was glad I got to try it.
Don't worry, no drain pour, my good buddy Mikey got to benefit from it.

12-16-2013 04:21:31 | More by k_clarkie
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2.13/5  rDev -54%

Bottle poured into a snifter. I was excited to try this one and vastly disappointed by the results.

A - dark as night as one would expect, but even a rough pour left a small, short-lived head.

S - bourbon, coffee (but not good coffee, we're talking bad gas station coffee here)

T - bourbon, bourbon, bourbon, and more bourbon, coffee, a little chocolate, and roasted malt. I couldn't enjoy the chocolate maltiness because the bourbon flavor was so overpowering. In spite of all that bourbon taste, I do give it credit for concealing its 11.2% ABV pretty well.

M - nice medium body, probably this beers best feature.

D - glad I tried it once. Left me never wanting another.

12-23-2010 02:47:45 | More by CheapHysterics
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2.14/5  rDev -53.8%

Fresh 2014 bottle dated 3/14/14. Pours a dark imperial stout black. Unfortunately for this rating, i am continuing past the appearance. Aroma is coffee, but not the most pleasant coffee. Reminds me of the subpar coffee at Munster donut. Kinda stale. Taste is even worse. Stale coffee with a bit of roast and chocolate. Some might say the flavors are balanced. No the stuff is just weak. That's like complementing Budweiser on the water and piss being perfectly balanced. Mouthfeel is thin. This stuff has the body of a coked out Olsen twin. Overall, this is a subpar bourbon imperial stout. I used to think this stuff was really good. I don't know if founders has dropped off in an effort to crank out more of their most coveted annual release or if everyone else has caught up to and blown past. Either way, this stuff is highly overrated and really only serves as trade bait. Don't believe the hype.

09-11-2013 19:30:53 | More by rxeight
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2.23/5  rDev -51.8%

So this beer pours a nice deep opaque black, that lets no light though. It also tops off with a nice deep tan head that is very dense, and laces very nicely. So this is where this beer went WAAAY down hill for me. This beer starts off with that obvious deep coffee grain aroma, that has the hint of paper, and some grass to it. not hops, but that old musty grass. Oh the The bourbon barrel comes up from the rear with the hickory aroma as well. Of course there is the standard chocolate, molasses, licorice, and well the standards. But damn, that coffee/musty smell has got to go. Its not balanced, and... it just has to go. The aromas transfer to the flavor unfortunatly and make this beer damn near undrinkable. Leaves a very unpleasant taste of cardboard along with the aforementioned aromas that make up the taste. Man, this is rough. The mouthfeel is nice. it Starts off with a nice smooth creamy feeling. Little bit of carbination. Leaves no residue. Its just nice. Now for the drinkability. I just have to say that this beer is way, WAAAYY over-hyped. It should be in the top, 50, but not the top ten, or thirty for that matter. I am not a fan.

03-22-2007 01:45:01 | More by quasimoto
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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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