1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)

Educational use only; do not reuse.

9,237 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 9,237
Reviews: 2,568
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 3,763
Gots: 3,456 | FT: 241
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."
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) Alström Bros
Ratings: 9,237 | Reviews: 2,568 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of gbgreg1
5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of BSK_ONE
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Dark brown with a very thin quickly dissipating tan head. Classic stout appearance.
S: Wow. Although each category is impressive, it's the smell that sets the stage for the experience. Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, roasted malt and molasses. Very close to perfect!
T: Chocolate, espresso coffee, molasses, and vanilla dominate the palate. Very nice balance of bitter and sweet.
M: Gracious smooth delivery. Absolutely zero alcohol taste. Warmth. Like sitting by a fireplace at a ski lodge where you throw your arms around your favorite significant other warm. Love
O: Genious. The hunt for this beer is part of the allure. However, it is a 5 category stunner.

Photo of Hopyard57
5/5  rDev +8.2%

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

Pours very black with touch of brown, nice thick dark tan head.

Smells delicious, chocolaty, roasted coffee, a little vanilla and a little bourbon.

Taste is super, super, awesome. Excellent barrel ageing. The dark chocolate dominates and the heat from the alcohol is a perfect compliment to the smooth bourbon flavor. By far the best barrel age stout. True excellence!

Mouth-feel is smooth and balanced and the bitter from the dark chocolate blends perfect with the peppery warmth at the finish.

Overall, this beer just, KILLS IT! Definitely worthy of your soul. What else can I say,... well if I were you I'd do whatever it takes to get your mouth on this one.

Photo of hinemk76
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of brentblack1
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of buzzamus
5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of KornWallace
4.84/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Date: 4/26/14
Location: The Beer Necessities
Glassware: Tulip

Appearance: This beer is so black and so lightly carbonated that as I look it sitting in the counter I get the impression that time has stopped. Stunning. Almost no carbonation but with an oily whisk at the beers top.
Aromatics: There is a lovely boutique in this beer. The bourbon barrel hits and I get vanilla, oak and the bourbon itself. I'm also hit with chocolates bitter and sweet with coffee intertwined. Espresso I think.
Flavor: The bourbon comes through nicely here as it's just perfectly balanced into the beer. The base is solid in its own way and I pick up those chocolate and coffee notes. There is a big molasses flavor to the beer as well. These might be a touch of alcohol in there but it is really hard to pick up as it's hidden so well.
Mouthfeel: The beer is medium full. Oh so creamy in the front a little viscous in the back. This beer has the profile of a double fudge ice cream shake it's that smooth and wonderful.

Photo of Stum-pub
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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

Very good bourbon barrel aged beer. I have had a few that are just too overwhelmingly powerful with a whiskey/bourbon taste that it ruins the flavor of the beer, but this one is perfect. The hype around the release of the beer every year is very crazy too. I got a free t shirt this year.

Photo of thereal_adam
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of quindog
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Pug
4/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of jackieT
4.25/5  rDev -8%

Photo of JohnnyK
5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of TheBeer
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of HollyHops
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of alexm1309
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of TBoneJones
4.99/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pretty black, low mocha head, viscous, rich in appearance as tilted. Delicate lacing coats the glass.
Wow on the smell. Oak aged coffee and milk chocolate, bourbon-like. Dark fruit like fig and prune, alcohol. Each sniff is one big ahhh. Top notch here.
Taste impression is big, like opening an alcohol soaked barrel and finding coffee, with chocolate rolled in vanilla, and all lightly burnt. Still, it's silky smooth, and retains a superb balance with being boozy, chewy and sweet near the end..with a sticky choco-marshmallow-like sensation. Big, dense and complex. Worthy indeed. My lasting impression is that yes, this is a world class imperial stout. All the flavors I enjoy about the style are present, and balanced perfectly in such a high abv. Although I've had great stouts well above this strength, KBS would benchmark that game for me. Over a week later I have a lasting impression of the KBS flavor. Unique, and damn tasty. Deserving.

Photo of Sanchezrox23
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of MikeLenehan
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of kushlash23
5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of bcornwell74
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,237 ratings.