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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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world-class

8,181 Ratings
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Ratings: 8,181
Reviews: 2,498
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 3,155
Gots: 2,934 | FT: 210
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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:
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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HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

5/5  rDev +8%

12-15-2012 20:09:43 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
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Optifron

Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review from notes. Enjoyed 4/14/2012 from the bottle.

Appearance: Pours thick. Dark, dark brown – black. 1 finger of brown head.

Aroma: Layers. Strong chocolate with a bit of dark roast coffee and just a hint of maltiness

Taste: Dark chocolate, bitterness included. Interlaced in with dark, almost burnt, coffee. Hints of toffee. Caramel sweetness that lingers with the dark chocolate bitterness. Lingers on and on. There might be a touch of bourbon and vanilla if I look for it.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Wet. Viscous, but not overly. Hints of small bubbles. The lingering sweetness makes me salivate.

Overall: Absolutely superb. The aroma and taste are incredibly well layered and balanced. Nothing overdone, but nothing left out. Thick and strong, but it doesn’t hurt the drinkability. Could have several before I knew what hit me.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 02:40:57 | More by Optifron
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mscudder

Georgia

4.65/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage served at the Brick Store Pub. Cheers to my friend Jeff for showing me the place.

A - Deep oily black with a thin head. Nice consistency with sticky lace filled retention.

S - Big blend of things on the nose here. All in balance: coffee, dark chocolate, booze, bourbon and wood. This is amazing stuff.

T - An amazingly balanced melody of flavors listed in the nose. The flavors are all present, with no sharp imbalances. I usually can detect one note overwhelming the field, however this is the definition of harmony.

M - Medium body with a smooth feel. Carbonation is light.

O - A fantastic beer that tastes similar to a CBS, less the maple syrup.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 01:53:23 | More by mscudder
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indiskret

Michigan

5/5  rDev +8%

12-15-2012 00:07:59 | More by indiskret
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ScottO

California

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

12-14-2012 07:04:59 | More by ScottO
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Treb0R

Oregon

5/5  rDev +8%

12-13-2012 15:48:47 | More by Treb0R
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Drucifer

Illinois

5/5  rDev +8%

12-13-2012 03:35:38 | More by Drucifer
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mmikey8

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

12-12-2012 04:18:32 | More by mmikey8
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Jade

Ohio

5/5  rDev +8%

12-12-2012 02:32:37 | More by Jade
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AlMarzo

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

12-12-2012 01:55:39 | More by AlMarzo
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Zach136

Georgia

4.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes. Had 12/10/2012.

Bottled February 2012 and cellared in appropriate conditions.

Poured into a New Holland flute at room temperature.

A: Standard stout appearance. Pitch black with a caramel head. Pretty solid lacing and head retention for 11.2 ABV.

S: Mostly coffee with a bourbon background and hint of vanilla. Woody tones as well. Just what you'd expect from a BA breakfast stout. A touch of booze as well, but much more subdued than any other barrel aged brew I've had.

T: A perfect, impeccable balance of everything sweet in bourbon, everything roasted in coffee, and just enough malt to remind you your drinking beer and not liquid gold. There's virtually no alcohol burn that's typical in their other BA beers like Backwoods. Nor is there any of the (undesirable to me) bitterness that straight black coffee has.

M: Oh so smooth. Very low carbonation and very rich, chewy feel.

O: Everything I ever hoped it could be and more. I'm really can't wait to try it fresh and see if some of the bourbon burn and coffee bitterness are more present, or if the same flavors I'm getting now are just brighter. Kind of hoping for the second option, as having one of these sit in my cellar for a year would test my will power.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 17:34:50 | More by Zach136
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Keith_R

Georgia

5/5  rDev +8%

12-11-2012 04:25:03 | More by Keith_R
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JessxSpikes

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +8%

12-11-2012 01:14:41 | More by JessxSpikes
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MaudeLebowski

Illinois

5/5  rDev +8%

12-10-2012 01:30:43 | More by MaudeLebowski
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LaChupacabra

California

4.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours thick, opaque black with deep espresso brown tones around the edges. Has decent amount of mocha colored head from a vigorous pour. Head dissipated somewhat quickly, leaving thin foam ring around the glass and an oily layer at the top of the pour.

S: All the standards you would expect from a BA Stout: bourbon, coffee, chocolate, oak, vanilla, roasted malts.

T: Same as smell: bourbon, coffee, chocolate, oak, vanilla, roasted malts. Also some alcohol warmth. Great balance on everything, especially as it warms to room temp.

M: Thick, chewy mouthfeel. Leaves creamy coating on mouth. Low carbonation.

O: IMO this is a nearly perfect beer when fresh, but doesn’t do too well with age on it.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 01:22:25 | More by LaChupacabra
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coolhandbeer

New York

4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

12-10-2012 01:07:18 | More by coolhandbeer
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raly03

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

12-09-2012 20:52:54 | More by raly03
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Jasonrm72

Colorado

5/5  rDev +8%

12-09-2012 20:11:23 | More by Jasonrm72
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Lastop

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +8%

12-09-2012 14:12:32 | More by Lastop
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atigerlife

Hawaii

4.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a couple of bottles for a long while and decided to celebrate tonight. I'm guessing this is the correct beer, even though mine actually says "Kentucky Breakfast Stout" not the initials. Also, ABV is stated on Bottle as 10%, not 11.2%. But, must be the same stuff....

Pours dark black, black hole black. Dark soy sauce. Little/no head. Light brown color. Very mysterious looking.

Strong aroma, dark chocolate, coffee and molasses.

Taste is of dark chocolate, light bourbon [nicely done], oak and coffee.

Mouthfeel is thick, heavy, creamy.

Overall, a very, very nicely made beer. Can taste the love put into this one. Glad I have another bottle to open for my next occasion.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 02:34:11 | More by atigerlife
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draimegould

Missouri

5/5  rDev +8%

12-07-2012 18:32:06 | More by draimegould
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jmutoml757

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

12-07-2012 01:24:29 | More by jmutoml757
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pcarney8

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

12-06-2012 22:13:17 | More by pcarney8
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gratefuld

Indiana

4/5  rDev -13.6%

12-06-2012 03:31:57 | More by gratefuld
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browniewithnuts

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8%

12-06-2012 00:26:08 | More by browniewithnuts
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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