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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: 2,849
Hads: 11,068
Avg: 4.56
pDev: 17.54%
Wants: 4,383
Gots: 5,264 | FT: 411
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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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: 2,849 | Hads: 11,068
Photo of Shermski
4.77/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015 KBS

Look: Motor oil, still a tad watery/thin for my liking
Smell: Heaven, complex oak, tobacco, it's a founder's barrel aged
Taste: Boozy heat, vanilla, chocolate, barrel oak
Feel: Like others have said a little more chewiness would of been awesome.
Overall: Badass offering, I think 2014 version was better, looking forward to 2016!

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Photo of Wasu
4.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2014 bottle and drank on Feb 2016. Very clear smell of bourbon but hardly detect smell of coffee and chocolate. Taste is very smooth and balance with nice bourbon aftertaste.

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Photo of NoZeFace
4.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2015 verision:
At a bit of a lost on this one. It is a well made beer and certainly glad I got via a trade. But it feels a bit thin compared to BCBS, has more heat and missing that something. Maybe it's just this year's version (have 2013 and 14 to compare it to). Maybe with some more time it could be something a bit more mellow and balanced.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.88/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Look - Dark as night. Gorgeous one finger mocha type colored head.
Smell - Ahhhhhh.....smells so freaking good! Bourbon, tons of vanilla, some oakiness, coffee, chocolate.
Taste - Simply delicious. An absolute perfect amount of bourbon, creamy vanilla, coffee and milk chocolate.
Feel - The only part of this beer that can be better in my opinion. Good mouthfeel don't get me wrong.....but I wanted more. More body..more chewiness.

Overall - This beer is very close to being perfect. A real treat. Need more of this in my life.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.82/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

355ml bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow:
Fantastic stuff from Founders & well worth the wait, I'm glad I picked up 2 bottles at the time. Full of flavour & quite complex with dark, ripe fruits & an oak sweetness on top of the excellent roasted flavours & dark malts. I enjoyed the warming alcohol touches that gave the beer a nice kick & despite the strength it still proved an easier than expected beer to drink. A beautiful beer & one of the best I think I've tried, I'm definitely looking forward to trying this one again now.

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Photo of Nhens0016
4.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at The Beer Trappe in Lexington, KY with the Founders Takeover Event. I have had the 2015 KBS before, but that was relatively early on. This draft was something special. It was a keg of the 2015 KBS.

It was served as a 6 oz pour. Dark brown, appearing black. Slight head that dissipated quickly. You can smell the bourbon notes and chocolate. The taste of chocolate, slight coffee, but over abundance of vanilla and oak. It was simply fantastic. I received 4 total glasses with each one being consumed rapidly. Luckily, I didn't drive.

I am relatively young in terms of a stout drinker, but this is easily my favorite barrel aged stout. I have had the pleasure to try others, but this is easily number one for me. I can't wait to have it again for 2016! Simply, fantastic!

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Photo of Robbiedob84
4.9/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Black in color, produces about 1 1/2 finger of a dark tan head. Nice creamy mouthfeel with med/full body. Heavy chocolate flavor up front, some coffee and toffee undertones. Subtle bourbon flavor in the finish.

This beer is absolutely phenomenal, it doesn't age quite as well as other beers in this category, but nonetheless I have a hard time believing beer gets much better than this, I run the rat race every year trying to get my hands on this one.

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Photo of floridadrift
3.94/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Not quite pitch black, slight brown hue with sand colored head that sticks around
S: Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts
T: Chocolate, coffee, some bourbon heat here and there, no consistent
F: Smooth and full
O: Over rated nowadays with so many better offerings out there

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Photo of RJB66
4.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is one outstanding flavored stout. I really enjoy the chocolate flavor. Super easy to drink even though this a is a 11% plus brew. I will seek out this beer in the future. I highly recommend this outstanding beer.

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Photo of aceseth13
4.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Dark with a inch head that is mocha in color and lots of lacing. 4.25

Smell: Coffee stands out, followed by bourbon. Hints of chocolate and oak. 4.5

Taste: I was expecting a bourbon bomb like bcbs but was pleasantly surprised. The coffee, bourbon, and chocolate mix quite well with none overpowering the other. The aftertaste starts as bourbon and fades to the mocha notes. 4.75

Feel: On the thicker side, coats the mouth and leaves strong aftertastes of chocolate and coffee. 4.75

Overall: I was expecting that this was just over hyped and I was pleasantly mistaken. One of the better bourbon beers I have had. It was nice that the beer played in the fore front and that the bourbon just added to it instead of the other way around. 4.75

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Photo of spacecake9
4.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured this 2014 version into a snifter.
A - Pours black with a nice tan head, leaves some lacing down the sides.
S - I really like the aroma even though it's very boozy.
T - Flavor is very well balanced with a bits of coffee, chocolate and vanilla followed by a soft kick of bourbon.
M - Low carbonation, medium mouth feel, rather soft and warming.
O - I would not rate it 100 but it is very good. If it was easier to get I would certainly drink it regularly.

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Photo of retry4z
3.75/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On Tap at Reagal Beagle. 10 oz pour into a goblet. Dark with cola-brown at the edges with 1/2 finger head. Notes of bourbon, vanilla, and licorice on the nose. Taste of heat upfront with bourbon, licorice, and vanill bean. The bourbon is on the subtle side, with alcoholic taste dominating but not completely overpowering. Leaves something to be desired for a bba stout.

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

Have had the opportunity to taste two separate 355ml pours, one from 2013 and the other from 2015.
Knowing this beer had a sensational hype surrounding it (and the fact that it took me 4 years to track down a bottle), I poured into a leftover Guinness glass I had and watched it settle. Almost immediately, overwhelming nose of coffee and chocolate.

Mouthfeel, if served at proper temp, is BOOZY with caramel and toffee tones. Delicious.

Goes down easy, but roars like a lion. Served at breakfast both times, and had to cancel my morning engagements. If given the chance, try this beer. You won't be disappointed (if you love stouts. If not, give it to someone who does).

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Photo of clager
4.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Had the opportunity to try a glass of the 2013, 2014, and 2015 KBS on the same day at Fraser's pub in Ann Arbor.

2013: Delicious, smooth stout with prominent chocolate flavor, tasted like a milkshake with bourbon in it. Alcohol flavor masked but still there.

2014: More bourbon/oak flavor than the others, less chocolate flavor. Burned on the way down but tasted less boozy than the 2013.

2015: Our favorite, smoother than the 2013, still chocolaty but also some vanilla notes.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.19/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 02/11/2015. Had a chance to try this a while back but was quite a ways through a bottle share at the time. This pours jet black with a thin light brown head. Smell is chocolate, brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla, coffee, and a little boozy. Stings the nose actually. Taste is very upfront with the bourbon. Chocolate and vanilla come next. Coffee is faint, which I would expect from an almost year old beer. Alcohol is quite noticeable and adds a slight sting. Bitterness is just right. Mouthfeel is oily with smooth carbonation. Overall, this is a good, standard BA stout. Nothing incredible here, although I would assume when it first came out it turned quite a few heads. BA stouts had been done before, but not quite like this.

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Photo of Jpeach70
4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark, very dark. It's viscous like used motor oil. Very little head when poured.

Smell - Pleasantly sweet. Notes of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, caramel malt, licorice, and bourbon.

Taste - Sweet bourbon and chocolate up front, fades to a nice alcoholic coffee with caramel. It's a little bit too sweet for my tastes but i can appreciate the style.

Mouthfeel - Thick and oily, lightly carbonated. Goes down easy!

This is a really good beer! Very sweet and thick, I wouldn't want to drink more than one at a time.
It's a perfect beer to drink on a cold night by the fire.

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Photo of stwok21
3.69/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Drank 1/9/16
Bottle dated 3/4/15

Found a 4pack at a local store. Super stoked. Been wanting to try this for over 3 years.

Super thin mouth feel for one of the most highly acclaimed bba stouts. Reminded me of my disappointment with breakfast stout.

Flavors were bland, but the bourbon barrel sweetness and vanilla only really came through at the very end in the "afterflavor".

Disappointed. Decent for the price.
Got no coffee but I'm sure that had to do with the age of the bottle.

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Photo of Biggtriksta
4.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

An exceptional beer - definitely lives up to the hype. With a heavy mouthfeel that's loaded with a dark, roasty flavor profile, this 11% beer goes down smooth and feels very warm on the way down. It's pitch black in appearance. I can only imagine that it gets better and better with age.

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Photo of GoneARye
4.49/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 bottle. Gift from Chris and Mo and their family trip to Michigan! Beer pours a deep dark black, but is actually brown when held up to the light. A thin rim of brown head forms around the rim of the glass from a vigorous pour. The smell is a mixture of sultry coffee and great dark chocolate, with a hint of vanilla from the bourbon. Taste really follows smell, with some interesting layers. The coffee jumps out on the pallet from the get go, giving way to bourbon, oak, and great amount of warming vanilla. The finish brings the coffee back to the forefront with some bitterness, but everything is in harmony and nothing is overly roasted or burnt. Mouthfeel is thinner than I'd expect (though this isn't an IRS, so I might just be mislead by my mental dreams of this white whale of a beer). Carbonation level is appropriate, and on the low end of the spectrum.

Overall this was a great beer and I personally think it lives up to the hype. Would buy again. Hope to try it's relative, CBS, one day.

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Photo of SayBoom
4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014 version bottled.
Rich dark pours in a sniffer. Mocha head.
The smell is extremely bourbon, sweet chocolate, licorice, coffee, mild vanilla. The taste follows exactly with bourbon, roasted malts, chocolate candies with cognac, caramel, coffee. The beer is not overly sweet. Alcohol warm was in the finish.
Medium to heavy body, creamy and smoothy, with moderate carbonation.
KBS is really fantastic beer.

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Photo of bgold86
2.24/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

One of the most disappointing BBA stouts I've ever had, have "enjoyed" both fresh and aged, coffee smell and taste was old and stale, quite the letdown. Perhaps the greatest downfall of this beer minus its vegetative nature is its incredible thinness. Perfect example of a hype beer.

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Photo of WillDavis707
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was a great beer all around, but honestly was a bit disappointed only because the fact that it is so hyped up.

Very smooth taste, nothing really stands out, was expecting more bourbon flavor. A treat for sure, but ill drink the regular breakfast stout any day, and just as enjoyable to me.

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Photo of DrAnnaNemis
4.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours like oil with just a wisp of head. Bourbon masks other smells. Putting the glass to your lips is like getting hit in the mouth with a whiskey bottle. Leads with a smooth bourbon flavor finishes with oak tannins and coffee. A nice and boozey sipper. Easily one of the best beers made.

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Photo of NateDyk47
4.57/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle each of '14 and '15 KBS.

L- very dark brown with a thin tan head
S- oatmeal and whiskey
T- whiskey, oatmeal, and hints of chocolate & espresso
F- on the thicker side, very lightly carbonated (bottled 18 months ago)

Very good, even for a Founders beer. Even so, I'm not sure it lives up to the incredible amount of hype.

EDIT: I had this on tap last night and it was definitely better than bottled. Increasing my taste rating a little bit. Very good beer.

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Photo of EagleAgedStout
2.06/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I am in disbelief, this beer fell flat on it's face! Drinkable is the nicest description I'm willing to grant this failure. I would take a backwoods bastard over a KBS evey time. If you want a great bourbon barrel aged beer, do yourself a favor and try anything from 50/50 in Truckee, CA

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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