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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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9,102 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,102
Reviews: 2,541
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 3,579
Gots: 3,356 | FT: 243
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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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of BigRedDog
4.88/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a black as night color. Mocha colored head that doesn't stick around too long. Decent sized ring around the edge. Great lacing.

Smell is of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, marshmallows, oak, and bourbon. In short: holy crap. This is awesome.

Taste begins with coffee. Mellows into a bitter chocolate with lots of vanilla. Finishes with booze and oak. The coffee, chocolate and a bourbon flavor lingers long after the finish.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. It's like a liquid bourbon marshmallow.

Overall this beer is simply amazing.

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4.33/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into an oversized wine glass. No head. Looks like oil when you pour it. Black in color... no light can be seen through it when held up to one

S- Strong bourbon smell with some coffee overtones and maybe a slight hint of vanilla

T- Can taste the bourbon the whole way through. Where it lacks the vanilla in smell, it makes up in taste. Can definately taste the vanilla mixed in with with the heavy bourbon and mild coffee overtones

M- Pretty smooth tasting... no carbonation. Definately leaves a bourbon flavor in your mouth as well as throat after the swallow

D- Very tasty... I would drink more. Could definately see the alcohol catching up with you


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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.45/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage reviewed on 4/21/13.

Appearance: It pours a thick inky black color. After a vigorous pour, a half-inch head forms and then dissipates within the first minute leaving behind a cream-colored rim. The head-retention is a bit underwhelming, but that is typical of high ABV beers. This year's KBS comes in at 11.2%. I intentionally let the beer sit and warm up to about 50 degrees before enjoying it.

Aroma: Faint aromas of bourbon, chocolate, coffee, and oak. The aroma has improved as it has warmed, but it is still less than I would have expected. Bourbon and chocolate are the more prevalent smells.

Taste: Huge flavors of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, roasted grains, and a little coffee. There is an excellent balance of all of these components! Bourbon is in the forefront, but definitely isn't overpowering. The coffee kicks in a little more in the back end.

Mouthfeel: Very thick, chewy, and silky-smooth. Everything a barrel-aged imperial stout should be! The carbonation is a little less than average, which is perfect for this beer.

Overall: The best aspects of this beer are the perfect mouthfeel and the wonderful balance of all the flavors. The only things lacking are the coffee flavor and the overall aroma. This year's KBS is a lot more chocolate-forward than years past, and definitely less boozy (especially considering it was bottled only a few weeks ago). It is typical for people to age barrel-aged imperial stouts, but this one is drinking great right out of the gate! I would recommend drinking it at cellar temperature (around 50-55 degrees), and consider pairing it with a piece of plain cheesecake. Overall this was a great beer!

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4.25/5  rDev -8%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My 1st experience with KBS. Looks a lot like Coca Cola in my snifter. Almost no head, more of a film that dissipated quickly. Smells near perfect for what it is, lots o' coffee & chocolate not getting the vanilla that others have mentioned. Tastes almost exactly as it smells, pretty damn good. The mouthfeel is smooth but kind of bores me they way most non-carbonated beverages do. Overall, this is fantastic. I like the lower alcohol/booziness of the regular Breakfast Stout, though I know they claim this is it's own beer. That said this is an amazing stout.

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.45/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Spun a few yarns with some good ole boys with this one on 5/27/2007. 12-oz. bottle poured in a shaker glass.

Very thin camisol of threaded beading hides the core of the pour with a truly nice red-brown hue to the striations. Plentiful, spiderpig webbing of lace throughout. On the nose, mahogany, linseed oil, coca cola, French roast coffee, and chocolate caramel all mix together for a powerful karate chop to the olfactory senses. Enormous coffee jackhammer on the tongue, with a cherry infused chocolate trifle boring like sugary good acid through the tonsils, a smoky applewood trickling down the throat, suffusing every part above the neck in a sea of sublime super stout. Medium-heavy body, very silky.

Wish I had a few more of these; truly excellent.

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4.83/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

KBS bottled 2.17.09 shared with cpz28

Appearance is pitch black with a one finger tan head. Minor lacing with a nice collar of foam. The carbonation is hidden in the blackness but shows up when taking a sip.
Smells of big coffee notes and bourbon. Very roasty as well. The coffee just smells fantastic. Would love to know what they used in the beer. One of the best noses on a stout that I've had.
Taste is coffee and roasty flavors initially. The bourbon makes its presence known more as it warms up. Slightly sweet with vanilla, bourbon, and oak making their presence known too.
Medium to full bodied with good carbonation. Very easy drinking.

Just a great beer to sip over the course of an hour or so and see all the flavors develop and change. I feel it's best a bit fresher when the bourbon presence is felt more. I cannot wait for KBS day to arrive so I can get some more for the coming year. Definitely seek this one out!

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.56/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed on-tap in a 10oz chalice at Shakespeare's Pub in Kalamazoo, MI

A- Jet black like dark espresso. Thin, light mocha head that stays around longer than expected. Noticeable alcohol legs as you swirl the glass. Very tiny amount of light comes through on the edges when you angle the glass.

S- The coffee is the main aroma here, then comes some chocolate, vanilla, booze, dried cherry, and some light oak. I do find that the aroma in this beer is not as in your face as some of the other big bourbon stouts, BCBS, BCBCS, Black Note.

T- Similar to aroma but everything comes across bigger. Coffee, dark dried black cherry, chocolate, vanilla, and a medium-high level of booziness.

M- On the lighter side of heavy, a definite sipper and lies somewhere between Black Note and BCBS.

O- I've had this beer a few times now and when I first had it I was pretty disappointed but slowly I've been able to look past the hype of this beer, in both finding it and the high ratings, and appreciate how well crafted it is. I still prefer BCBS and Black Note to this one, the coffee and chocolate are a bit too much and kind of covers up the barrel too much as opposed to working with it, IMO. Still an amazing beer and worth seeking out and maybe waiting in a not too long line for.

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,102 ratings.