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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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8,134 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,134
Reviews: 2,497
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 3,146
Gots: 2,911 | FT: 210
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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4/5  rDev -13.6%

04-06-2014 21:28:54 | More by DantheMan75
Photo of Lupe

New York

4.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to metallitone1 for this one

Pours black as night and looks thick - not a tinge of light passing through. Creamy coffee colored head is dense, and settles down to a thin film - leaving behind traces of lace.

Wonderful aroma of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and fudge brownies. Mild charred oak and bright breakfast blend-style coffee round things out. Aroma is strong yet soft. Absolutely mouthwatering.

Flavor delivers what the aroma tells you - rich sweetness with chocolate, caramel, light coffee, and smooth bourbon. Notes of vanilla and charred oak. Finishes with alcohol warmth and lingering dry oak. Incredibly well balanced - no one flavor overwhelms, and the bourbon is super smooth and held in check.

Full bodied, super smooth, a bit chewy, and not heavy or syrupy as you would expect. Too easy to drink - should be a sipper but hard to put down, as it begs for another gulp. Desert, night-cap, or with breakfast, I'd make many excuses for having one. Truly a special beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 20:25:01 | More by Lupe
Photo of RomaniIteDomum


4.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours black with a brown head that clings to the glass.

Smells of strong bourbon with some chocolate and a hint of coffee.

Tastes fo bourbon and creamed coffee with a little chocolate finish. This is a really smooth beer with no hint of alcohol apart from the bourbon flavor.

Nice and smooth in the mouth with a creamy feel.

This is wickedly drinkable. Nice depth of flavors and incredibly easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 17:48:26 | More by RomaniIteDomum
Photo of Cvescalante


4.84/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Why even reveiw this beer after soooo many have done it before, and have agreed over and over that this beer is nothing less than incredible? I couldn't help myself. I won't waste my time descibing this beer's perfection. If you get your hands on this magical brew, just take the time to caress it. Sleep with it on your pillow for a few days. Practice beer abstinence a few days prior to having this baby. And in return, this beer will reward you with one of the best beergasms you'll ever experience.. Enough said..

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 16:56:13 | More by Cvescalante
Photo of fellowrs


4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

05-06-2014 22:17:20 | More by fellowrs
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4.9/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first time trying KBS and I wasn't disappointed in the least. All in all a phenomenol beer.

Appearance - looks like motor oil - beautiful creamy brown bubbles with little lacing on the glass. While the beer sits the lacing produces some swirling in the glass which is quite beautiful. When I finished pouring this into the glass, it left about 2 fingers worth of tan head

Smell: The bourbon is strong in this brew. Hint of coffee coming through.

Mouthfeel - very creamy mouthfeel

Taste - bitterness was stronger than expected in the finish. That may be why this is listed at 70 IBU vs. the usual 25 IBU. When I bought this from my local beer place, the cashier told me it tastes like chocolate pudding. I taste vanilla, coffee, and a hint of chocolate. Another taste coming through from time to time is the bourbon. The bourbon is definately contributing to the bitterness. This is probably the most complex flavor in a beer I have ever experienced. Fantastic.

Drinkability - the alcohol is definately present in this beer. Then again, it's 11.2% alcohol so it better be present! Even with the high alcohol content of this brew, I believe the drinkability of the beer is quite high. I could definately have 2-3 of these in a sitting.

At $6.00 a beer, I was a little nervous of being let down. Luckily, this beer is as exceptional as everyone on here speaks of. It is amazing.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 00:35:25 | More by beerman207
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

08-02-2012 23:14:17 | More by Geuzedad
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Rhode Island

4.48/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured at cellar temperature from a 12 oz bottle into a Founders KBS snifter glass. Purchased in North Providence, RI.

A- Pours a deep brown color that is translucent on the pour but opaque and black once in the glass. The head is modest and brown, reducing to a ring of foam. Leaves a little lacing.

S- Super fudgy.. chocolate brownies with hot fudge, cocoa, vanilla, bourbon, coffee beans, semisweet chocolate. Some booze.

T- The first touch of the tongue reveals a sweet butterscotch, bourbon, caramel, vanilla bean flavor that meshes perfectly with milk chocolate and coffee notes. The finish is absolutely fantastic with a roasted, charred, nearly burnt malt flavor.

M- Thick but smooth, rich, velvety and smooth. Low carbonation. Milky.

KBS did not let me down.. such an amazing beer that is rich, flavorful, and complex without being overly boozy or cloying. Lives up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 01:55:07 | More by gcamparone
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5/5  rDev +8%

02-20-2012 18:33:38 | More by cynical1027
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4.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Maudite tulip. from notes. 09 vintage.

This beer is pitch black with the slightest dark brown edging against the light. Brown head was not retained well but that wasn't surprising. Smell was a nice mixture of roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon and vanilla. Taste was much the same with the chocolate and bourbon fighting each other for dominance. The vanilla and some molasses do make an appearance later on, which is nice. The subtle nuances of this beer come out as it warms. Heavy in the mouth with some burn, but in a good way. Absolutely delicious beer and I can see how some age brings out its different components.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 16:30:01 | More by OakedCanuck
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4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

09-03-2012 23:56:15 | More by EFR94
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage Bottle.

A- Pours a black licorice color. Letting no light through. Very minimal amount of dark tan head.

S- Nice aromas of bourbon, chocolate.

T- Very complex beer. Even after 4 years in the bottle the bourbon flavor is still upfront. Toasty stout, mixed with chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and coffee.

M- Creamy mouthfeel. Slightly sticky flavors. Nice warming feeling from the ABV.

O- Lives up to all the hype. If you can get your hands on this try it.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 06:46:10 | More by rfbenavi80
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4.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Intro: 12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottle dated 12/17/2009 release

Appearance: No head and minimal lacing that clings. Lacing can be swirled up that looks like chocolate milk foam. Coloring is closer to a very dark brown rather than black. The liquid looks thick like Worchester sauce.

Smell: Initially, the chocolate notes come through followed closely by alcohol.

Taste: Hershey’s chocolate taste, sort of a semi-sweet chocolate but smooth with a dark chocolate aftertaste and some alcohol. It was smoother than I expected given the thick appearance.

Mouthfeel: Leaves a film coating in the mouth with the bittersweet chocolate residue although it does have a fair amount of carbonation considering the lack of head when pouring.

Overall: Surprisingly smooth beer with a clean taste although heavy on the chocolate, but not overly sweet. Honestly though, I was a little disappointed. This is one of the highest rated beers, and this one was cellared for 2 years, and although not my favorite style, I was expecting more from this beer. When comparing it to other beers in the style, I find others like Southern Tier richer. I find this beer does not deliver the goods like “lesser” brews. The alcohol taste is very strong and not balanced well against the chocolate (These are personal preferences though).

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 15:28:30 | More by heysuz
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Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

04-14-2013 16:52:44 | More by jsnoek
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5/5  rDev +8%

04-06-2013 16:30:26 | More by mzeld
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5/5  rDev +8%

04-13-2014 05:10:38 | More by Notacraftdrinker
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3.38/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - super dark with just a hint of brown around the edges.

S - not nearly as good as I was expecting. Mild bourbon with malts and caramel.

T - sweet with mild coffee and chocolate. Obvious bourbon but not overpowering.

M - decent coating with tingles moving around entire mouth and throat.

D - it is a bit too strong for more than one, but you do want that one...

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 01:09:10 | More by biglite351
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-24-2013 14:40:11 | More by kspongeworthy
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4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

12-01-2013 04:13:57 | More by Brewski
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5/5  rDev +8%

11-22-2013 23:50:45 | More by TheSleepyMonkey
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

04-02-2014 16:58:16 | More by devilfluff
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4.65/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Founders...what a great experience. Color was dark as can be, it was served in a snifter but had very little head, I dont know if it decipated by the time I got it or it wasnt there to begin with. Some lacing. Smell was great, incredible amounts of coffee as well as alcohol. At first I was a bit taken back but it quickly grew on me. The taste was amazing. This has to me one of the first 5's I've given on taste. Dark chocolate, coffee, some vanilla, some bourbon, some earth tones...everthing. Wonderfully complex! Thick as all hell though, low carbonation of course. Left a nice warm coating every inch as it went down. Overall I was tremendously impressed with this beer, and I have to say having right at the brewery itself made the experience so much better.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2008 07:38:02 | More by bunnyhustle
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4.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #3

A: Extremely dark, light penetration is non existent. LOTS of lacing that is sparatically left around the snifter. Almost looks like a craft maple syrup.

S: Coffee ALL day, this beer is a few months old now and the coffee has not subsided whatsoever. A lot of malts, very little bourbon, vanilla and marshmallow.

T: Fantastic! Coffee stout love child. This is the only vintage I've tried but I imagine the previous batches were similar. Alcohol is pretty muted (at least to me) I can taste the oak but for the most part it is pure coffee and malt.

O: This is really good but I was expecting a bit more, especially on the bourbon side. I had no clue it was more coffee heavy. Seek this out if you love coffee stouts because you won't be disappointed but if you are a Bourbon Barrel fan, this is not a must.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 05:20:20 | More by Alpar
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-22-2013 06:04:46 | More by Pinche_Oso
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4.38/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Jet black, some head.

S: Bourbony malt. Coffee, chocolate.

T: Follows nose, add vanilla to the mix. Nothing overpowers the rest. Great balance of boozy bourbon, bitter chocolate, and sweel vanilla malts.

M: Heavy body, but not "gooey". Wraps your mouth up in goodness.

D: High ABV limits the D on this, but, a fine sipper.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 13:43:14 | More by KI9A
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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