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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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8,816 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,816
Reviews: 2,522
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 3,414
Gots: 3,237 | FT: 232
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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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

hpthebull, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of brewskis
4.7/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2012 version. Pours black as night with a quarter finger of a dark mocha colored head that dissipates very quick and leaves an extremely thin ring of lacing. Smells of lots of roasted coffee, some bourbon, oak, vanilla, roasted malts, some dark chocolate. Taste starts with coffee, dark chocolate, some oak, and roasted malts. Then the middle brings more sweetness. Notes of molasses and carmel join the darker coffee, chocolate, and roasty notes. The finish is just fantastic. Strong, yet not overbearing notes of bourbon, vanilla, and oak come into the picture and meld with the now stronger notes of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. The bourbon, oak, and vanilla get stronger as it warms; yet it does not get hot at all. It simply makes the beer more complex and flavorful. Surprisingly thin for a beer of this magnitude. High medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. Not enough good things to say about this beer. It’s smoothness makes it stand out from a lot of other barrel aged stouts. Extremely well done.

brewskis, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of straightlambic
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

straightlambic, Mar 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

corysmith01, Oct 14, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

csiewert, Nov 17, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

johnhenryconway, Nov 19, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -8%

atoulouk, Jan 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

CraftEyeDoc, Jan 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

WCW, May 28, 2014
5/5  rDev +8.2%

CHILLINDYLAN, Apr 29, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

billhelm, Apr 18, 2014
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4.55/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

FInally was able to try this one fresh.

A: Poured a very dark brown, verging on black. Highlights of brown and red. In the glass, the beer is pretty much black, with blood red hints around the edges of the glass. The head was a dark khaki brown (3/4 of a finger) that dissipated very quickly.

S: Upfront, you get the coffee. This is a nice change, as the other time I tried KBS (an aged bottle), the coffee was gone, and the bourbon was dominant. After the coffee, you get the bourbon, along with the vanilla and a touch of coconut. And then, all of a sudden, you are hit with strong notes of sweet, runny chocolate. I really dig the balance between coffee, chocolate, and the bourbon characteristics.

T: Again, coffee upfront. Then the bourbon, and the vanilla. NO soy sauce (which I got hints of in the aged version). Bitter chocolate with subtle bourbon notes. This version (although I am aware that FBS is not the base beer) is very much reminding me of FBS. The bourbon is not "hit you over the head" which I enjoy in a BA coffee imperial stout. I would dock this beer slightly for what I feel is a SLIGHT lack of chocolate.

M: A little higher than medium-bodied. Really nice. Carbonation is JUST enough for the style. So, so drinkable. I am trying to savour my one and only bottle, but it's going too quick.

O: Really reminds me of the 2013 batch of BA Peche Mortel. This is not a "in your face" BA beer. The subtlety works well. Really enjoying it. Cheers!

montrealbcr89, Feb 11, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

mtrog313, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of Luk13
3.5/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle. Pitch black pour, almost no head. Aroma is really strong I could already smell the coffee while it was pouring. Strong coffee notes, bourbon, booze and tobacco. Taste is a potent mix of espresso coffee and bourbon. Palate is actually dissapointingly thin with huge bourbon/alcohol burn on the end. Good, but still, generally dissapointing. Very hard to drink.

Luk13, Sep 12, 2010
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5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had this beer both on tap and 12oz bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It pours very dark and fairly thick. A half inch of head rests on top.

S - I get the coffee, bourbon and vanilla that is advertised.

T - AWESOME, I get a hint of coffee with a nice bourbon finish. The

M - Full and creamy

O - This beer is one of the best, it's so sad that it is so hard to get. Founders once again does an outstanding job with an outstanding brew.

RandyKemka, Jun 25, 2012
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4.64/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black with small brown head, with some lacing.

Smell: Lots of bourbon with hints of coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Exactly as it smells. Bourbon up front with a little bit of coffee and chocolate.

Mouthfeel. Good carbonation, and really easy drinking.

Overall: It lives up to the hype. I feel like the bourbon overpowered the coffee too much, but it is still simply amazing.

maDUECEgunner, May 22, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotta love trading!!

KBS is black with a tan head. Very little retention or lacing. Aromas are all vanilla and bourbon. They are heavy but most definitely inviting. Despite being hot (this is the most recent release and it's still very strong on the alcohol), the flavors are smooth, going down like a fine bourbon should. Vanilla, spice, and a bit of coffee bean. That is all, but that's not to say there isn't complexity. Everything here is so finely layered, while also pulling together to effectively create a delicious imperial stout that demands to be sipped on for dessert! Big body and low carbonation. I look forward to trying this again after a year or two. Age will do this beer some good.

washburnkid, Aug 06, 2009
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4.78/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had this at South Philly Tap Room as part of their Founder's Tasting this weekend. At SPTR they had this and 13 other Founder's beers on tap, I'm glad I got some before they ran out (as they definitely would've even with the 1 per customer limit)

The stout poured an opaque oily black, with a tinge of sandy foam. This is what in a imperial stout should look like.

The smell was fantastic! There was initial nose of roasted coffee, followed by some sweet chocolate, malt, and vanilla. It smelled like brewing coffee at a bakery with hot pastries coming out of the oven

The taste was just as good. I hate imperial stouts that are just sweet, the KBS had creamy malt flavor with the balance of bitterness from the coffee and chocolate and sweetness from the grain. You could taste all the ingredients individually and they blended very well together. Even my friends, who tend to like lighter ales, were impressed.

The mouth feel was full and luxurious with the beer coating my entire mouth and transfering all of its goodness to my whole palate

I rated this beer only as a 4 for drinkability, because with any beer with 10% ABV, this is just not possibly sessionable. And after more than one you couldn't really taste or appreciate anything else from the KBS tastebud assault

Soonami, Mar 15, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

ILikeGoodCider, Apr 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

bird22, Jun 17, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. 12-oz bottle to tulip. This is my second dance with this bad boy, the first being a few days after the brewery's release at the end of March. (Initial "had" rating was 4.25.) Consumed with a light dinner of grilled chicken, grilled zucchini, and salad on the 4th of July, over the course of an hour, to assess any development in the beer's aroma and taste. I did not sense much change throughout the session.

Initial, soft pour of a few ounces shows that this is a viscous, dark brown brew, with slow bubbling on a surface as quiet as a swamp. The full pour shows it is opaque black with 1-finger mocha brown head. The head dissipates to a lingering 1/2-finger size. The alcohol legs are decent, but this beer does not coat the glass for long.

Oak and vanilla, giving way to rich dark chocolate syrup and molasses. The alcohol does not overpower. It is faint. Interestingly, I did not sense much coffee, either in the aroma or taste, throughout the session (though there is a roast bitterness taste as the glass warms).

Dark chocolate gives way quickly to bourbon at first, with molasses and prune developing later in the session. As with an actual piece of dark chocolate, the inherent bitterness overtakes the sweetness as the glass warms, but vanilla begins to show its head in the last few drops as well.

The mouthfeel is oily and thick, with little to no carbonation. The beer lingers in the back of the palate, but this is not a lipsmacker.

Overall, there are better-tasting bourbon-barrel-aged stouts out there, in particular the ridiculously smooth Black Note and Baudoinia.

The uptick in my score accounts for the phenomenal aroma.

StoutItOutLoud, Jul 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

cavemanlawyer1999, Jul 20, 2014
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4.68/5  rDev +1.3%

misternebbie, Aug 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

cwd, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of cvfish
4.9/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - This beer poured black as a struck match, no light shining through, that produced a small dark brown head that had little retention and left spotted laced along the side of the glass

S - The mix of aromas produced by this beer was incredible, scorched malts, bittersweet chocolate, ground coffee beans, vanilla, and whiskey

T - The taste of this beer had lots of things going on, scorched malts, bittersweet chocolate and milk chocolate, a nice espresso, vanilla beans, whiskey, molasses, and brown sugar round out all the flavors found in this beer

M - The mouthfeel of this beer is probably the only negative thing I can pull about this beer, heavy body and a slight amount of carbonation, I only wish there was more bubbles in this brew

D - This beer is remarkable, hands down one of the best crafted beers I can think, while I can really drink a lot of this, this bad needs to be on everyone's want list

cvfish, Jan 01, 2010
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 8,816 ratings.