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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

8,004 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 8,004
Reviews: 2,495
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 3,115
Gots: 2,864 | FT: 208
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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Devi0us

California

2.98/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Let me start off by saying "Letdown"...had this as part of our Blind Epic Beer Tasting Event and it took a unaminous LAST Place overall. List included 2010 Darklord, Rare Bourbon County Stout, 2011 KBS, 2011 Hunahpu, 2010 Abyss.

A- Pours pitch black like old motor oil with a minimal tan head that disappears rather quickly. Very thick with decent carbonation. 

S- This is where it got me. Had a very Musty smell to it. I've smelled plenty of barrel aged brews and this smell is one that I was not familiar with.

T- Taste was bland and left a dry mouthfeel for me but got a little better as it warmed up. Did not expect it to be this bland. Alcohol was undetectable and very well hidden.

M- Mouthfeel is dry and bland. Light carbonation. 

O- Overall, this was the biggest disappointment of the day. I had a hard time finishing this brew. A bad batch perhaps? Trying this brew again is a MUST. With all the hype surrounding this beer, it has to be better. This was the hardest beer to obtain and was the biggest letdown. As of this review, I have two 4-pack for trade.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 23:01:25 | More by Devi0us
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HR1358

Illinois

3/5  rDev -35.2%

04-02-2014 21:04:32 | More by HR1358
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jim5879

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -35.2%

11-15-2012 15:40:53 | More by jim5879
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TheMonk41

Michigan

3/5  rDev -35.2%

04-20-2012 00:41:28 | More by TheMonk41
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CaNdI-_-gIrL


3/5  rDev -35.2%

10-08-2012 17:26:43 | More by CaNdI-_-gIrL
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ryno09

California

3/5  rDev -35.2%

12-17-2011 22:32:50 | More by ryno09
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ThatsThatDude

New York

3/5  rDev -35.2%

01-06-2014 15:38:13 | More by ThatsThatDude
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jasoncheb

Virginia

3/5  rDev -35.2%

09-19-2013 19:41:59 | More by jasoncheb
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Connor

Florida

3/5  rDev -35.2%

04-25-2012 16:48:55 | More by Connor
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aint_it_strange

Illinois

3/5  rDev -35.2%

05-07-2012 23:32:30 | More by aint_it_strange
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spoonhawk

Iowa

3/5  rDev -35.2%

11-23-2011 23:34:44 | More by spoonhawk
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Drk93TT

Michigan

3/5  rDev -35.2%

05-20-2012 21:56:02 | More by Drk93TT
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Thoroughbred88

Illinois

3/5  rDev -35.2%

06-13-2014 04:28:04 | More by Thoroughbred88
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Dan25D

California

3/5  rDev -35.2%

12-17-2011 02:51:30 | More by Dan25D
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chadman7il

Illinois

3/5  rDev -35.2%

05-30-2012 01:30:41 | More by chadman7il
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CarlosDanger

New York

3/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Taste is subjective.

I just don't get this one.

Perhaps it's the limited availability, the price, the cult (sort-of) following, or perhaps this style of beer just isn't my cup of tea, but I just couldn't get myself to enjoy it.

Appearance was dark, Coca-cola-like, and the head was caramel in color. I wouldn't classify it as beautiful but certainly not offensive.

I'm going to address taste and mouthfeel together: syrupy, sweet, boozy. Again, it wasn't offensive, and as I've said in other reviews I'm a newbie, but I just don't understand how anyone can drink more than a few sips of this beer. I could see it being awesome in a flight. Or poured over vanilla ice cream?

I think taste and experience and all those things associated with them are a collective, subjective experience. In KBS's defense the hype surrounding this beer is off the charts. People posting photos of themselves with KBS bottles as if they were holding the holy grail. And if this style of beer is your bag, then by all means, go for it.

I also think value comes into play as well. When I got my bottle at the beer distributor, they only had one left. It was like $12! I was prepared to buy two 4-packs because of the hype. I am so glad they were out, because it would have been a tremendous waste of money (for me.)

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 14:56:26 | More by CarlosDanger
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heerboth

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -35.2%

04-12-2014 02:59:42 | More by heerboth
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NinjaPenguin

Ohio

3/5  rDev -35.2%

02-09-2014 00:35:00 | More by NinjaPenguin
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runlikeakenyan

Indiana

3/5  rDev -35.2%

04-19-2014 09:57:37 | More by runlikeakenyan
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colt45n

Missouri

3/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pretty much what you'd expect. Motor Oil Black with a pretty thin mocha colored head. Lacing is beautiful.

S - There is so much going on. Vanilla, Oak, Tobacco, Chocolate and Bitter Coffee all at once. Although theyre all in there, theyre extremely hard to distinguish because theyre all blended so well due to the aging. Simply amazing.

T - The bitterness of coffee and dark dark chocolate come up front with the vanilla, bourbon and smokiness follows it. This is truly remarkable for an 11 percent beer, but the alcohol is not there at all. Not as much chocolate as I would have thought from the smell.

M - Smooth as can be. The fact that this is 11 percent is shocking, and the carbonation helps to cleanse the palate for the bourbon aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 23:57:04 | More by colt45n
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wrightst

Maryland

3/5  rDev -35.2%

07-11-2014 02:41:04 | More by wrightst
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stealth

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -35.2%

04-07-2013 06:39:59 | More by stealth
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evantwomey

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -35.2%

11-15-2011 00:37:19 | More by evantwomey
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ObiWanKushnobi

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -35.2%

08-19-2012 23:08:55 | More by ObiWanKushnobi
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gjoker321

Florida

3/5  rDev -35.2%

09-10-2013 00:51:55 | More by gjoker321
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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