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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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8,557 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,557
Reviews: 2,509
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 3,297
Gots: 3,126 | FT: 224
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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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Fahz, Apr 16, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8%

BuffBeerGeek, Apr 16, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Date: 04/15/2013
Type: 12oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2008
Glass: Southampton Tulip

*Excited to crack this 2008 vintage bottle with the scaled down 10% ABV and wild west Kentucky Breakfast Stout spelled out label.

Pours a midnight black in color w/ only a few dark brown bubbles that leave no lacing on the glass. Aromas of coffee, oak, bourbon, and vanilla. The flavor was of coffee up front, leading into very smooth oak/vanilla/bourbon, and finishes w/ ever so slight hop bite and char. Full bodied, but a bit thin due to the carbonation falling off a bit over 5 years in the bottle. Very easy to drink as the ABV is well hidden and the flavors are so well melded together.

Overall, this is the KBS I remember and it took me back to a better time in beer 5 years ago. When this beer was fresh and the carbonation was there this beer was a lush monster, this rich and lush monster is what built the reputation and high score for this beer. If the carbonation was there that once was this would get a much higher score. The KBS now is only a shadow.

mikeyv35, Apr 15, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8%

k_rhodes, Apr 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Invictus, Apr 15, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8%

bigsquirrel, Apr 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

KC9LDB, Apr 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -29.8%

Nutwood, Apr 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

jealmanzar, Apr 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Hawkharvs, Apr 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

wehttam, Apr 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

ShreddedThumb, Apr 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

fortheunheard, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of MaximalC
4.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours ebony with a respectable mocha head. Aroma smells of chocolate, coffee, and bourbon, with perhaps a hint of dark fruit--not overpowering, but present enough to be appreciated. At first blush, taste is similar to that of the regular Breakfast Stout, but with a greater balance between the chocolate and coffee notes, which I find to be more heavily weighted on the coffee side in the breakfast stout. The balanced chocolate-coffee blend is offset by the addition of the bourbon, which lends a smooth, solid oaken sophistication that takes Breakfast Stout to the next level. This brew certainly doesn't want for flavor, and is best enjoyed sip by sip. The taste is smooth and never cloying, and the staying power is impeccable. The aftertaste is pleasant and prolonged, affording plenty to savor between sips. Alcohol is just present enough to lend some warmth without being overbearing, and certainly well masked--I never would have surmised the 11% ABV. It only improves with warming, and I found the experience of enjoying a bottle over the course of an hour to be wholly satisfying.

KBS takes the already delicious Founders Breakfast Stout to the next level. It's a smooth, luxurious blend of chocolate, bourbon, and coffee in equal measure, and pretty much on par with the reputation that precedes it.

MaximalC, Apr 15, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8%

NateMac13, Apr 15, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8%

HopChef44, Apr 15, 2013
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4.89/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle 2013

Once again, another outstanding year of KBS

Dark brown to black, bright clear with a thin light tan head.

Aroma is fantastic, could just smell this beer all day! Bourbon hits first followed by smooth coffee aroma. Notes of vanilla, chocolate, toffee, sweet malt and alcohol

Flavor is more chocolate but swiftly followed by the bourbon, sticky malt sugar and coffee. Bitterness is assertive and beautifully cuts the sweetness. Would have given a higher taste rating but I am detecting a slightly metallic or alkaline flavor that I have not remembered from past years - maybe just too young. Mouthfeel is very full bodied and delicate.

Overall - Many beers fall to the hype once the hype gets to a ridiculous level. KBS is not in that class. This beer stands on its own and speaks for itself.

alphaacid9000, Apr 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Hessian257, Apr 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

tstigz, Apr 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

DanE, Apr 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

JohnG190, Apr 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

KingMoomie, Apr 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

jsteele, Apr 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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