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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100
world-class

9,131 Ratings
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Ratings: 9,131
Reviews: 2,549
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 3,607
Gots: 3,366 | FT: 240
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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Photo of amsguitarist
4.46/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gregcordle
4.89/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark with a very thin head. Aroma of roasted notes, coffee and vanilla. The taste is roasted malt and slight sweetness with coffee on the back end. The alcohol was not overpowering. Overall I loved this beer.

Photo of T_Hass
4.78/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of leantom
4.1/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First time having KBS. Did the flavor match the hype? Here goes:

A: No head - leaves little lacing as well. Kind of disappointing, but I guess this is to be expected given the high specific gravity of the beer. Black but slightly reddish.

S: Bourbon, but not overwhelming like in Backwoods Bastard - I can smell this beer without getting sick. Detect vanilla from the oak and some bitter chocolate. Overall, not very complex - kind of disappointing.

T: Very bourbony - bourbon flavor completely coats the aftertaste. After a minute, however, the chocolate takes over somewhat, leaving an indelibly stouty taste on the tongue (you have to wait a moment after gulping, but it's there) However, I fail to see the hype over this beer. It's good but not incredible.

F: Somewhat lighter than expected - not very interesting.

O: A good beer, however by no means great. Would have again if it was offered to me or I had ready access to it, but would not go out of my way to purchase it.

Photo of Raziel313
2.53/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Very overrated. Very thin mouth feel. Tastes like backwoods bastard. The barrel is definitely the same. Shocked at how high the rating is

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

Photo of HopBomb515
4.56/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark almost black with a small tan head that fades fast and leaves some lacing. Big oak barrel aroma, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, toffee and some smoke. Taste is much like aroma, coffe, chocklate and bourbon up front. Vanilla, oak and bittersweet chocolate mid palate. Finish brings a last push of oak barrel and bourbon, smoke and some earthy notes. Super smooth mouthfeel, finishes dry and carries the bittering flavors perfectly. This is a remarkable barrel aged stout. Better as it warms and a touch rough around the edges but big flavors make it forgivable.

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

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

Photo of Johntomk
4.69/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Jsmick
4.3/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of KBS
4.66/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mackeyse
4.31/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Deggar
4.55/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VTCombi
4.55/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mojua
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dominic_Decoco
4.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of Dan138
4.98/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of DavidSomers
4/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Anaxagoris
4.8/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of humuloner22
4.96/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is about as close to a 5 as I can muster. I am sure there is a 5 out there somewhere, and thus I cannot score this beer that number, although it is really damn close. I have had this bee before but this time I had time to pay attention to the nuances that this one gives. The first time I had this beer it was amazing. I have a few of these so I will take my time to appreciate them.

Look: Dark, nice amount of head on the pour it sticks around in a thin caramel layer for a while. Its not the darkest stout I have ever seen though.

Aroma: Chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and those wonderful malty stout aromas. This is abut as good as it gets on the nose.

Taste: Sweet, but not overly sweet, mouthfeel is thinner than I remember, but it is really well balanced. Compared to the BCBS I drank before reviewing this one this one had a much more solid mouth on it, not overly boozy either. The vanilla is definitely present and flavor profile blends perfectly well. Not as much coffee after this on had aged for I assume a year. No markings on this one to tell me what year it is, but my friend who sent it to me says it was this year and there is no reason not to believe him, considering he is about as good a fellow as you could meet in the trading world or anywhere really!

Overall: Solid brew about as good as it gets really, I did not buy these I did trade for these and all that said this is a very good deal in beer all the way around and is as close to a 100/5 as I am comfortable giving at the moment.

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,131 ratings.