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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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BA SCORE
100
world-class

8,004 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 8,004
Reviews: 2,495
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 3,115
Gots: 2,864 | FT: 208
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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Abbbp

Texas

4.79/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Special thanks to Bryan for letting us dig this out of the cellar, and of course to MajorBuckeye for sending some down in a quality trade, can't wait to vertical that with the 2014 when it drops next April.

The appearance is just crude, crude oil that is. Loved the way it has that "it's so black it's brown" look as you drink it and notice the lackluster, albeit expected, lacing.

The smell is just oak barrel, toasted notes, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, some sweetness from dark dark fruit, just a wake me up smell that's great!

The taste is exactly what you smell, little added piped tobacco in the taste. The mouthfeel lingers just perfectly with the oils of the barrel guiding it down the throat.

Overall, well founders does it again, they really came through with this beast. #3 beer in the world, meh, idk about that, but is it in my top ten and a MUST HAVE, well definitely.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 04:32:50 | More by Abbbp
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xhuskr

California

5/5  rDev +8%

11-01-2013 03:43:30 | More by xhuskr
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Labeorphile

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

11-01-2013 01:34:32 | More by Labeorphile
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Jayeblue24

Idaho

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

10-31-2013 21:32:35 | More by Jayeblue24
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ZMDR1975

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

10-31-2013 19:24:39 | More by ZMDR1975
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sjjn

New York

4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

10-30-2013 19:07:13 | More by sjjn
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TheHumanTorch

New York

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

10-30-2013 01:23:50 | More by TheHumanTorch
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timmy2b

New York

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

10-29-2013 23:52:20 | More by timmy2b
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bccocx

Texas

4/5  rDev -13.6%

10-29-2013 19:57:50 | More by bccocx
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cbgoods

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

10-28-2013 22:38:27 | More by cbgoods
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dbexpert

Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Dark, thick, viscous Milk chocolate head builds to 1/4" dissipates rather quickly
S: Dark Chocolate, roasted coffee, subtle vanilla, a nose of mocha ice cream
T:Melted chocolate, German dark chocolate cake, A hint of booze. Reminiscent of a rich coffee drink
M: Viscous, creamy,
O: Well balanced, alcohol helps beer dry out. Definite a decadent dessert. A great beer but something for special occasions. Definitely would lose some luster if I had it too frequently.

Worth seeking out! Definitely A top beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 22:28:50 | More by dbexpert
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KVNBGRY

Florida

4.51/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 03/14/14

Ap - Black. There's a papyrus colored, frothy head that slowly dissipates to a thin ring and film atop the beer. Lacing is left the whole way down. This is a top looking stout.

Ar - I honestly don't notice anything that pops out. The aroma is quite subdued. There's a slight hint of bourbon, oak, and subtle iced coffee.

T - This is a really good tasting beer. The notes are all there; bourbon, vanilla, coffee on the front end and finishing with dry oak and dark chocolate. The only reason this wasn't rated any higher, was because the booziness is a touch too much. I'd like to see this aged for 6 months, and maybe a touch (more?) oatmeal.

M - This is where the beer kills it. It's perfect. Thick, chewy, and creamy. Slightly sticky and mouth-coating. A real stand out.

O - A damn delicious beer. Search it out. The only way this could get better is with a little less booze (for me). Some (most) people seem to enjoy the booze. I feel this would be fun if it had a Huna/Abraxas/Mexi Cake treatment and had some chili's and/or cinnamon thrown in. It's a huge beer in a small bottle. Every time I've had this previously has been at the end of a tasting, with a wrecked palate. It was still good, but now, after having it by itself, I believe the hype. Well done Founders!

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 18:46:16 | More by KVNBGRY
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TheBiercast

Indiana

4.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Blackest of night with the tannest of tan heads of about a finger and a half thick. It’s foamy and oh so pretty.

Smell: Let’s not forget about what this beer came from, the Breakfast Stout. The aroma has so much coffee. I also know that you can’t physically smell density, but KBS just smells thick. The aroma is a good warning for what you’re about to get into.

Taste: As the nose leads on, the stout has a lot of coffee, but surprisingly, it doesn’t dominate as the nose might suggest. I expected bigger bourbon flavor in this, but the subtle presence smooths out the bitterness from the coffee and dark chocolate malts. Hop presence is very minimal as expected, but slight bitterness comes presence from the coffee and chocolate. The bourbon’s main contribution, in my opinion, is the smooth vanilla flavors to balance it all out.

Mouthfeel: When you see how thick the pour is, you don’t really expect a thin, watery brew. There is nothing thin and watery about KBS. It is very thick, but it is so smooth that there is nothing unappealing about it. One word: creamy.

Overall: Founders KBS is just delicious. It is not extremely complex in the varieties of flavors it offers, but what it does offer(coffee, chocolate, vanilla bourbon), the complexity is so deep. The thick, creamy mouthfeel is just so drinkable. It’s not a beer I could drink everyday, but anytime someone offers me one, I’ll drink it…and love it irregardless.

4.75/5.0…what’s really perfect?

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 18:01:17 | More by TheBiercast
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DanSmith17

Delaware

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

10-28-2013 12:46:50 | More by DanSmith17
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mrcraft

California

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

10-28-2013 01:01:10 | More by mrcraft
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Lovely85

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

10-27-2013 22:35:09 | More by Lovely85
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nickfl

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

10-27-2013 22:27:49 | More by nickfl
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Rare opportunity for me in the southeast to have this one. I had about a shot glass if it once before.

A: thin off white head with excellent lacing on a jet black body. A little more head and it would be perfect. May be pour related and do to the fact it is on draft

S: aroma is dominated by milk and dark chocolate and oak with vanilla, bourbon and dark fruit notes. I was sitting under a fan and yet the the aroma stayed full on the nose.

T: I had this one cold then let it warm up to are how it changes. The bourbon dominated when cold. As it warmed I got more chocolate, oak and vanilla. I must say I want more coffee which was more in the after taste. Last years seemed to have more coffee.

M: thick body but doesn't overly coat the palate, smooth with moderate carbonation. Carbonated a bit more than I wanted for the style to make it perfect but damn close.

Overall: I have tried many great beers and this one is at the top of that list. Best thing about it honestly is that it lives up to the hype which for a beer this highly rated is difficult to do. My biggest knock was not enough coffee to balance the sweetness. Alcohol is dangerously hidden

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2013 22:25:43 | More by kylehay2004
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rx-beer

Puerto Rico

4.38/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a still black with a very thin ribbon of head that fades almost entirely. Very fine lacing.

S - Upfront and at lower temperatures there's a lot of coffee with some notes of bourbon. As the temperature rises, bourbon becomes more apparent and the coffee becomes much harder to detect.

T - Dark chocolate predominates initially, and then gives way to some espresso. Finally, the bourbon becomes more evident. Aftertaste has a balance between the bourbon and the coffee flavors. The warmer it gets, the more bourbon comes through.

M - Very full bodied, quite thick, and no carbonation.

O - This is a phenomenal beer. It blurs the lines between a fine beer and a fine liquor. Even though I think this is a great stout, it would not be my go-to stout. I would save this one for special occasions. I have to say, my favorite stout continues to be Breakfast Stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 06:11:22 | More by rx-beer
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Msudukie

New York

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

10-27-2013 05:14:20 | More by Msudukie
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obiwan_k3n00bi

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

10-27-2013 02:52:51 | More by obiwan_k3n00bi
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ScottJWing

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

10-27-2013 01:10:19 | More by ScottJWing
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Drew88

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

10-26-2013 21:09:17 | More by Drew88
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StompingClover

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

10-26-2013 16:02:07 | More by StompingClover
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blabaer

California

4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

10-26-2013 03:36:35 | More by blabaer
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 8,004 ratings.