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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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8,533 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,533
Reviews: 2,509
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 3,281
Gots: 3,114 | FT: 223
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%

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1/5  rDev -78.4%

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1/5  rDev -78.4%

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1/5  rDev -78.4%

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1/5  rDev -78.4%

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1/5  rDev -78.4%

Talkie85, Mar 20, 2014
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1/5  rDev -78.4%

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1/5  rDev -78.4%

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1.25/5  rDev -73%

roywilliams, Jan 19, 2013
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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.

Vaison, Mar 18, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -67.6%

salan, Apr 07, 2012
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2/5  rDev -56.8%

jophish17, Nov 20, 2011
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2/5  rDev -56.8%

JBatman, Sep 21, 2012
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2/5  rDev -56.8%

Lgdizko, Mar 22, 2012
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2/5  rDev -56.8%

portbay, Nov 02, 2012
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2/5  rDev -56.8%

StoughtonGuy, Aug 10, 2014
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2/5  rDev -56.8%

qazeqaz, Feb 04, 2014
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2/5  rDev -56.8%

TurboDog820, May 18, 2014
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2.04/5  rDev -55.9%

Pushstick, Aug 21, 2014
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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.

BuddhaEK, Jun 16, 2009
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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.

dvsbizzyb, May 21, 2011
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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.

k_clarkie, Dec 16, 2013
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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.

CheapHysterics, Dec 23, 2010
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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.

rxeight, Sep 11, 2013
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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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