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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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world-class

9,451 Ratings
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Ratings: 9,451
Reviews: 2,611
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 4,005
Gots: 3,619 | FT: 251
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-13-2004

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."
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Ratings: 9,451 | Reviews: 2,611
Photo of TheElectricOne
4.58/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had two of 'em in a row on tap at the Avery in Providence. Both 10oz. pours and on a 2014 keg that was tapped five minutes before I drank.

Appearance: super dark, with little to no carbonation. Straight obsidian black with a minimal mocha colored head. No carbonation present.

Aroma: Couldn't help but audibly go MMMMMM as I smelled it. The nose is vanilla, caramel, roasted almond, coffee......everything an imperial stout should be, and pronounced.

Taste: First impressions; all chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Sweet, delicious, and decadent. Moves into a little bit of bourbony heat, but the alcohol is only slightly detectable, even at 11%. Finishes with more sweet, creamy dark chocolate and coffee.

Feel: Almost like a nitro in its velvety, creamy texture. At points, I was reminded of when I was a kid and would drink straight up chocolate syrup. Really, really awesome.

Overall: Lives up to the hype of being one of the best stouts out there. I love breakfast stout which is much more available, and the availability factor of this one makes it a rare treat, but it was really damn good.

Photo of gaelone
3.77/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rooskey379
4.93/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of maizeandblue93
4.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jnowak
4.79/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of corm44
4.68/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Guy_Costigan
4.61/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of streeter
5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing beer. Great coffee/chocolate and slight oak taste from draft. Alcohol isn't over the top by any means but it hits you.

Very hard to find, even in MI. Goes from $8-15 a bottle from stores. On tap in very select locations. I paid $10 for a 10oz draft.

Photo of StoutFox
4.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RNbeerfan
4.47/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kittykat221
5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of PackenGreen
4.98/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Joshualaker
4.96/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Mangbus
4.19/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 - 12oz bottle into snifter - Was hoping for more from this one. Still a great BA Stout and had lots of coffee / cocoa on the nose and in the taste. Barrel was there but didn't highlight the other flavors. Improved as it warmed.

Photo of SoCold
4.94/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well it's official. KBS is the greatest beer of all time, ALL TIME. It's like breakfast stout and dragons milk had freaky circus sex. Nine months later had a kid. Then that kid spent a year in a cave learning how to be a ninja and that ninja kicked the s**t out of my taste buds.

Photo of Beerguy1969
4.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 12 oz glass, dark Carmel-chocolate color with very little head. Taste of coffee and chocolate both are present but neither are over bearing on the palette. By far one of the best stouts I have had so far !

Photo of tiltednotion
4.42/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.6/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hardysf
4.85/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jjwisenheimer
5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ggroendyke
4.16/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Taste had a boozy roast flavor. Burns the throat and leaves a coffee flavor on your tongue.

Photo of chuckgietzen
4.93/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of smanson56
4.48/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stasch
4.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CSBradley625
5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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