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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10,393 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,393
Reviews: 2,863
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 4,138
Gots: 4,662 | FT: 374
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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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Photo of donspublic
4.83/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap this past weekend while in Tulsa. Found this at a Mixology bar, never discount a non beer centric joint.
Served in a slender stemmed tulip and had about 2 finger light tan head. Smelled of chocolate, coffee and a slight hint of bourbon
Taste was unlike any other barrel aged beer I have had before, it was more of a muted bourbon taste with very little alcohol burn. This is a beer that I would get a case of if I could.
I have one sitting on my desk now that my daughter scored when she was traveling up north. I was planning on opening it this month, but I think I will save it now for winter and a cuban. Well done Founders

Photo of Vogie
4.58/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Spiegelau stout glass. Bottle date not visible, however the case I pulled it from said 2/25/15.

Pours an awesome motor oil with two fingers of mocha colored pancake head. Aroma is dominated with dark chocolate, vanilla, and wood. Slight whiffs of dark coffee roast, dark fruits, and black licorice? Taste is a chocolate bomb! Loads of chocolate, vanilla, oak, dark fruits, and a alcohol burn going down. Mouthfeel is the star of the show. Smooth, creamy, and decadent.

An exceptional stout that everyone must try. Worthy of the hype? Perhaps not unless your new to the craft beer scene. More of a sweet chocolate stout with barrel flavor than other barrel aged stouts. Yet this is probably one of the best barrel aged stout I've had to date.


Photo of Hiwattowner
3.43/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2015. Overly woody. Different from prior vintages. Tannins from the oak lead to astringency with no payoff. Better beer to be found with BCBS.

Photo of AdamSteve
4.56/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

What a beer!! A sweet, dark beer with an obvious hop aftertaste. I am thankful to have had this

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.34/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

looks like expresso & real big coffee roast aroma
Tastes like a really good Irish coffee.
deceptively easy drinking
Fantastically enjoyable, world class?
Hhmmmm nearly, need to research further.

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

Let this guy age two years and I think it really allows the flavors to come through!

Photo of drone
4.46/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 variant, huge thanks to @fsckewe for providing me with a bottle. Gorgeous coffee and chocolate notes, no 11% notes anywhere to be found. Masterpiece.

Photo of 2014LM2X1
4.84/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am a convert to coffee BA stouts; there's something about Bourbon and coffee that really just works. KBS is the best I've had so far; there is so much chocolate, coffee, and barrel at play. It seems as if all the flavors are just fighting to dominate the experience but never quite do it. Very complex, very well balanced, absolutely delicious.

P.S. If Founders could put the craftsmanship of KBS into a Mayan chocolate stout a la Xocoveza, I would give it a 5, no questions asked.

Photo of Delz
4.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really liked this one. Rich flavors throughout.

Photo of KillerJigger
3.09/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Very thin. Was let down. Maybe got fake bottles. So bad.

Photo of pwilliams211
4.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle. I like this one with some age, all notes are still present, but everything is needed together into a toasty and a pretty complex beer....and it's insanely smooth no booze at all!

Photo of Mehinaman
4.77/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite of the bourbon stouts that I have tried. Goose Island is a great bourbon stout as well, but I find this one a little less boozy overall which makes the difference for me. It's a great beer, but don't let the "breakfast" in the name fool you as this beer packs a punch. You might not want to drink it and then head to work. :-)

Photo of Illmaticzx
4.24/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A black dk khaki thin head
S roasted coffee bakers choc slight bourbon
T dk chocalate, bourbon, not much coffee
M a little thin for a stout
O not quite as great as i hoped, like backwoods better

Photo of BayouBengal1537
4.7/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a jet black with 1 finger tan head into a tulip glass. Smells of dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate, roasty malts, big vanilla, big bourbon barrel character. Taste follows with roasted coffee, milk chocolate, bourbon & oak, vanilla. I gave the mouthfeel a 5 because it was easily the silkiest imperial stout i've ever drank. Overall, one of the best imperial bourbon barrel aged stouts I've ever had.

Photo of Gorilla_Biscuits
4.83/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Smooth creamy coffee and chocolate malts stand out the most. The barrel aged taste isn't as strong as expected, however this beer is amazing. One of the better imperial stouts out there.

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

Tough one to get but well worth the wait.

Photo of Ronin83
5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the smoothest and tastiest well balanced bourbon aged stout.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.46/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Viscous jet black that's opaque even with a light behind it and a pocked finger of sepia foam that puts up a good fight but fades under the heavy ABV. 4.25
Fig, leather, cold coffee, oak chips, black shoe polish, blackberry skins, then baker's chocolate, booze, and caramelized sugar - evolves as it opens. 4.5
Ganache, with beef jerky, candied black cherries, dates, coffee candy, creme brulee, and a woody-honeyed bite with a touch of grass. 4.5
Caramel-coated hazelnut finish and spicy drying linger.
Heavy, oily, chewy, hot, smooth, 4.25

The best meals are not just packed full of flavor, but different flavors with each bite. This does that: whiskey in coffee one sip, chocolate plum bonbons the next. Chocolate is big, dark, and right upfront; coffee, less so. Dark fruit all hit on the sweet side, though there's the occasional astringent fig note or hit of dark malt acidity. A massive stout, all right, but incredibly drinkable - one sip follows the next and it's tough to slow down. I’d like to knock off a couple of the boozy notes from the bourbon and see what happens after 6 months.

Another beer that I was prepared to slam but actually lives up to the hype.
“Never has twelve ounces seemed so much like six.” - BuckeyeNation

The right beer to mark moving house.

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

Look: Dark as night.

Smell: Sweet smell with malt and toffee. Hints of vanilla and white oak (obviously).

Taste: A bit of alcohol burn, in a good way. Reminiscent, of a good cup of bourbon spiked coffee. Still sweet with a hint of bitter (delicious) coffee on the tail end. Roughly equivalent to the nectar of God's balls.

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

KBS is the benchmark to measure stouts. Parabola, KBS and Bourbon County are what you need and want. Fantastic.

Photo of VTR
4.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

After several years of failing to get this during the release I surprisingly found it on tap yesterday. It was poured into a snifter. The nose was a mix of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. I couldn't resist taking a sip from this dark brew with a great khaki head. The taste followed the nose but some of the flavors were faint and then the bitterness hit me. OK well I am always one to let my stouts warm up to see if they develop. This beer got better as it warmed. Once warmed all the flavors developed and meshed together very, very well and the bitterness subsided. The flavors danced around your mouth while the beer felt very silky. Ok now the bourbon was there but it did not overpower the beer letting all the flavors and roastiness come through. I really enjoyed that the coffee was not over the top. While I have been let down by other highly sought after beers this is not one of them. To me it was a different animal than the highly acclaimed BCBCS. All I can say is I was very impressed with this beer. Hands down one of the best beers I have had. I am going to head down tomorrow afternoon and hope they still have some left in the keg!

Photo of smcolw
4.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served, on tap, in a brandy snifter. Good starting head but it settles quickly to rim bubbles. Leaves a small amount of blanketing lace and a couple of spots. Deep dark mahoghany brown where the faintest of light passes.

Chalky milk chocolate aroma up front. Mild alcohol with a powdered cocoa kicker (distinct from the milk chocolate.)

Extremely smooth, perhaps the silkiest, velvety mouthfeel ever. This stout works backwards--it starts with a black patent malt bitterness but this fades as the as a strong sherry-like grape sweetness takes over. Strong alcohol finish with semisweet chocolate overtones.

Usually I'm slightly disappointed by the "top beers". While they are typically great, they usually aren't worthy of their effusive accolades. This one, though, does not disappoint.

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

Have had both the 2014 (aged 1 year) and 2015 (fresh). Perfect BBA stout.

Photo of Mattygross44
3.27/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

I just cant join the hype beer club with this beer it had a very pungent taste off the bat very sweet almost tarty as it warmed it got better but as a very die hard stout drinker and a ex bourbon whiskey drinker this just was a mediocre beer for me. Some of the beers that get a 75-88 score on here taste sooo much better to me. I guess ive been spoiled with parabola and other top of the line as people say beers for to long ...Michigan you can keep this out on the east coast and i will enjoy my west coast stouts out here!! Def would not buy glad i got in a trade.

Photo of maxifunk777
3.91/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another disappointing whale a good beer just not a great beer will try another real soon to see if it changes my mind. Sunday Morning Stout is so much better than this beer. I drank a non-BA plead the 5th and enjoyed slightly more.

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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