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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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100
world-class

8,620 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 8,620
Reviews: 2,513
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 3,317
Gots: 3,149 | FT: 231
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%

Chrysteana, Jan 07, 2012
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1/5  rDev -78.4%

nonny4xs, Jan 11, 2012
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1/5  rDev -78.4%

thomawalk, Feb 10, 2012
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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%

StoutSlut, Aug 20, 2013
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1/5  rDev -78.4%

gman1974, Sep 10, 2014
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1.25/5  rDev -73%

roywilliams, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of Vaison
1.4/5  rDev -69.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

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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2/5  rDev -56.8%

DaveOrama, Sunday at 02:28 AM
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2.04/5  rDev -55.9%

Pushstick, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of BuddhaEK
2.08/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

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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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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