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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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Reviews: 2,791
Hads: 10,704
Avg: 4.56
pDev: 17.54%
Wants: 4,236
Gots: 4,980 | FT: 408
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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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Reviews: 2,791 | Hads: 10,704
Photo of CraigP83
4.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very little head almost looks flat. Smell is milk chocolate, roasted coffee and some whiskey. Taste is a melted Hershey bar, coffee is a little muted, good bit of boozyness some people might say it's to "hot" but I enjoy that in these types of beers. I didn't get any vanilla. Mouthfeel is silky chocolate milk. Excellent stout but the price and availability would be a huge deterrent in future purchases.

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Photo of Gatorclos
4.68/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served off keg way too cold. Let it sit for a few minutes, but probably needed a bit more time than that.

Look: dark brown aged look
Smell: slight sweetness with oak and bourbon
Taste: it's strong and definitely bourbony with slight vanilla flavor
Feel: very warming, not too thick. Not as smooth as I had hoped, but I blame the temp
Overall: it's probably what BA stout should taste like. Great mouth feel and warming. Not as sweet as I prefer but really really good. Drink before going to bed because it will make you feel goooood :-)

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Photo of beerbully
4.68/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into cuvee

A- Black like motor oil, very small 1/4 inch tan head, mild lacing

S-chocolate, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, molasses,

T-chocolate and coffee upfront gives way to oaky bourbon flavors which fades into vanilla that slips into a slight cola

F-thick, full bodied, creamy, more carbonation than expected based on the pour

O-Great beer, flavors are well balanced with none overpowering the other..........nice variation of flavors from the chocolate / coffee to the oaky bourbon and vanilla / molasses / caramel

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Photo of hopsputin
4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: like motor oil. Slick tan film on top.

S: roasted coffee immediately assaults your nostrils in the best of ways. Vanilla, baking chocolate powder, oak, some bitter roasted malts. More roasted coffee

T: holy cow is this good. There is an intense coffee bean flavor right up front followed sweet oak and vanilla. Dense melted milk chocolate and a hint of cola. On the end of the taste is some mild bourbon

M: it's a silky mouthfeel that sits at about medium. More carbonation than expected, almost like drinking a soda

O: super smooth beer here. It's delicious. Coffee is the standout, but everything else works perfect in here

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Photo of MikeMess99
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing beer. Delicious. Very smooth, not too dark, not too bitter or carbonated. Basically perfect. As a stout fan ranks in my top beers of all time.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured a very dark brown, almost black; perfect stout colour.

Smelled of scotch and sweet caramel/molasses.

Great whiskey/scotch flavour with hints of molasses/treacle. There was a faint sweetness, but not as much as you would think. Dis not taste like a sipping beer (unlike many other bourbon-barrel beers). Very heavy/hearty beer.

Would I buy it again? Definitely!

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours from the bottle thick and black with a half finger of dark mocha head. You can smell the bourbon at arm's length, but it's not as overwhelming nearer the nose. smells of warm, moist chocolate cake. It's like drinking dessert - rich chocolate, vanilla and warming. They didn't allow the bourbon to overpower the stout. Thick, creamy mouth. I've a new favorite barrel-aged stout.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.29/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - Pours black with a thick, frothy, and creamy light brown head. Nice lacing and retention.

Smell - Bourbon and vanilla are most prominate with some chocolate notes peeking through.

Taste - The bourbon flavors hit the palate first with coffee and chocolate flavor that linger behind.

Feel - Slight alcohol burn in the aftertaste but still masked well considering the high ABV. Super creamy and bit chewy and gritty.

Overall - Maybe a bit overhyped but this is a damn good beer. The mouth feel more than anything stands out to me most. Definitely willing to have again but not willing to search for it.

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Photo of Czarkazm
4.64/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 3/21/13 which I had buried underground for exactly 2 years. Pours a mahogany brown color. Opaque in the glass with absolutely no light shining through. Dark tan head with lots of lacing. Surprisingly very coffee forward on the nose, even with two years on it. Rich milk chocolate, vanilla, sweet caramel, little bourbon character, with dark fruits starting to come through. Incredible, velvety smooth mouthfeel! Had a bottle of the 2015 recently which I was a little disappointed about and didn't review. Don't think this one lost much at all. Robust espresso and vanilla dominate the flavor, along with some burnt malts, oak, fresh cocoa, and molasses. The 2013 batch swept me off my feet when it was fresh, and I gotta say, my love is still strong with this one.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.78/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Aroma is as complex as the flavor. Coffee, chocolate, bourbon, and a hint of smoke. Flavor evolves as it warms leading with milk chocolate, wood, coffee with cream, and bourbon. It's followed by smooth bourbon, dark chocolate, mild coffee, and vanilla. The pour is pitch black with a brown head and lacing. Mouthfeel is full and is surprisingly drinkable for 11.2% ABV. Highly recommended!!

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Photo of KSOZE
4.72/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorites of all time. Feel a little thin but everything else on point. Bourbon, coffee, chocolate, roasted malt goodness in aroma and flavor.

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Photo of cl3
3.69/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Seriously underwhelmed by this beer. I had high hopes after hearing people sing its praises for so long. Too hot and boozy. Some age might help, but this did not live up to the hype.

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Photo of chrisjws
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Billy's on Grand in St. Paul, MN. Served in a snifter.

A: Black. Next to no head. Clearly viscous, not quite of motor oil consistency though.
S: Dark chocolate. Dark fruits. Coffee. Little hint of whiskey & oak.
T: Lots of dark chocolate upfront. Some dark roast coffee flavors in the middle and finishes up with a bit of bourbon flavor.
M: A little thinner than I expected. Still a medium to large mouthfeel. Minimal carbonation. Coats your mouth.
O: Really good, but honestly did not live up to what I was expecting. There's other BBA beers I think are much better and not nearly as hard to find. Still, a very, very good beer and glad I got to try it.

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Photo of NavyGoat
4.9/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A friend gave me a bottle of KBS to try; oh boy, what a treat! This is an outstanding stout and the flavor was just superior! This was superb is all categories! I need to find more!!

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Photo of TongoRad
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The aroma is rich with dark fudgy chocolate and bourbon. Roast coffee and vanilla dance around the edges, adding depth, but for now the cocoa is stealing the show. The palate is so full and plush right off the bat, the coffee becomes more prominent before giving way to just the right amount of bourbon and another solid blow of the dark chocolate. Bitterness comes on late, more reminiscent of an 85% dark cacao bar than a beer- everything is just seamless and works so well together. Midway through the glass the bourbon and vanilla become inseparable as the bourbon takes an even more supporting role. In the end this is just smooth and delicious, extremely well put together, nothing more need be said. A+

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle 2015 vintage into stout glass

L: Aggressive pour leads to 3 finger tan head with impressive retention, lots of sticky lacing, and cap. Very dark, almost black.

S: Coffee and malt up front, bourbon and vanilla in back.

T: Coffee predominates up front. Vanilla comes in, along with maybe some chocolate and anise. Not sweet up front, not too bitter in back. Can't taste the alcohol.

M: Surprisingly medium-bodied compared with expectations. Dry finish, but very little carbonation. Very well-balanced.

O: So this is my first KBS after a few years of trying to find a bottle. I came up with 5 in 2015 using an elaborate game plan. Is it great? Yes. Is it worth all the fuss? Honestly, no.

Glad I had one; I'm aging another for a couple of years, and I gave three away to friends.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle split between a pair of snifters. Bottled on 02/11/2015.

Pours dark brown with little head that fades quickly. Not much carbonation. Smell is chocolate and bourbon. Slight licorice and roast. Slight smoke. Aroma is a little mild.

Taste is interesting. Sweet (but not syrupy), slightly boozy (but as a nice accent), just a hint of chocolate, just a hint of maple. This is delicious.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light, and slightly gritty. It's a very good beer.

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Photo of Griffin2
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look- nice black stout with minimal tan head.
Smell - nice smell of bourbon.
Taste - a little boozy, but a really nice bourbony taste.
Feel - very little carbonation.
Overall - KBS is a delicious stout. If you like bourbon, you should enjoy it.

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Photo of Scarfer_Brad
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Editing to add a review just had on draft.
pouts a nice just black with a little dark drown head. leaves a nice lacing.

smells of coffee, chocolate some bourbon. very pleasing.

taste is phenomenal. a little coffee, chocolate caramel a little trace of bourbon.

smooth as silk a little light but wow.

Ias much as i liked this in a bottle to have on draft is amazing. it is an orgasm in a glass. easily in my top 3 favorite beers

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Photo of thebeers
4.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark root-beer black with small brown head. Very pronounced sweet bourbon aroma, with hints of cherry and chocolate. Not getting any coffee in the nose. Bourbon up front in the taste, but with nice chocolatey malts and some coffee flavors. A little vanilla. Fairly full-bodied. Smooth, aside from the whiskey bite.

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Photo of Aurora83
4.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: As black as night with a thin Mocha head.

Aroma: Upfront is a big hit of oak followed by a bourbon tone that tails off into a coffee/chocolate blend.

Flavour: Full bodied with medium carbonation. Huge hit of bourbon followed by oak and a slight tone of vanilla. The tail of the flavour is dominated by milk chocolate and a coffee bitterness.


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Photo of Bshaw22
4.68/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer really does live up to the hype. I had this version on tap 2015. Coffe was very present. Bourbon was there with oak and bite. Enough to hit your throat. Solid solid beer and worth searching out.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.99/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2015 Vintage

April 12, 2015

12 oz bottle, snifter

A – Deep black, pours moderately thick, not quite viscous. Milk chocolate brown, bubbly foam of a couple millimeters, with low retention. Some legs remain.

S – Cold-pressed coffee, dark chocolate, bitter roasted malts, some oaty-sweet aromas. Some fruit, herbal hop aroma far in the background.

T – Coffee and sweet milk chocolate, light fruity and earthy notes. A bit of vanilla. High roasty bitterness and hop bitterness, lingers through the finish, and is huge on the aftertaste.

M – Low carbonation, and medium-full bodied. Some sweetness up front, but very, very bitter.

O – A big, rich barrel-aged stout with a lot of complexity. Right now seems very bitter, but I believe it will mellow out and fine tune with additional aging.

Note: I have had this several times in the past, and enjoyed a much richer, fuller, more balanced beer. As I said, I'm hoping this one will improve, but it is inferior to previous editions right now.

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Photo of BDub_1988
3.92/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall very good but the hype for is beer is a little overboard. Wish the bourbon-vanilla flavors would be a little stronger; The cocoa flavors dominate this beer.

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Photo of byronic
3.61/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On draft and poured into a snifter, looks delicious and smells inviting. There are hints of cocoa and a nice dark roast along with some heavy barrel presence. Unfortunately after the hype and the appealing pour the disappointment started settling in. The flavour definitely backs up the smell along with a few other notes such as vanilla; however the barrel aging and alcohol presence is at best overwhelming. There is no subtlety as this is very much brute force. It very much diminished the enjoyment of this brew.

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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