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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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9,498 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,498
Reviews: 2,623
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 4,023
Gots: 3,712 | FT: 264
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:
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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Ratings: 9,498 | Reviews: 2,623
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of horshack7
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Wonderfully dark with only a little bit of head. Oh it's dam dark like an abyss of sinister darkness.

Aroma: Tons of sweet malty aroma very much like molasses with nice dark roasted malts on top. In the world of the hops those are roasted nicely dark and little bit burnt that's so great.

Taste: Molasses notes off the charts and tons of dark roasted malt and hops. Espresso notes with a little bit of vanilla in the back.

Notes: The first time I got to try this beer was a sample at the Extreme beer fest. Now it's from a twelve ounce bottle and dam it's amazing. Cheers.

Photo of waltonc
4.37/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

M: Extremely thick. This was the first time I have had a stout this thick, so initially took some getting used to. But now I love it. Thank God Founders is smart enough to sell this in 12 oz bottles. Unless you have friends to share with, I don't know why anyone would want more than 12 ounces of this at once. That said, the mouthfeel is great in small doses.

T: The viscosity complements the super strong chocolate, coffee, molasses, and bourbon flavors. Somewhat sweet. Compared to a Goose Island BCS, the bourbon in KBS is relatively restrained.

A: Black with tan head.

Smell: Coffee, bourbon, and chocolate.

Photo of sisuspeed
4.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 KBS

Big black body with a thin tan head that slowly reduces to a ring of foam around the glass. Light lacing is left behind.

A decent amount of bourbon on the nose, but not overpowering. The barrel wood comes through quite a bit, along with some well roasted coffee beans and dark rich malts. Some chocolate is present as well. One of the better bourbon stout aromas I've come across.

Bourbon soaked wood and roasted coffee roll across the tongue on the first sip. Lots of the barrel coming through, but the bourbon is actually much more toned down than I would have thought. Very well balanced. A touch of vanilla and some faint dark fruits (most likely from the bourbon). A little bit of astringency from the coffee, but evened out by a subtle chocolate presence. Rich and complex. The flavor is excellent and the bourbon is integrated well.

A smooth, creamy body adds points to the mouthfeel. Carbonation is about right. Slight warming from the alcohol and a bit of harshness from the wood and coffee beans.

One bottle is the perfect serving size. This is definitely a sipper, but quite drinkable for the style. The ABV is pretty well masked and the complexity and richness of the flavor make this very enjoyable to drink.

Overall, this is probably one of the best, if not the best bourbon stouts I have had. Instead of knocking you over the head with bourbon, Founders does a really great job of balancing the barrel aging with the rest of the flavor profile. Lots of stuff going on with this one. This beer lives up to the hype and is worth the price. It will be hard to resist the other three I'm trying to age in my cellar. Once again, great job Founders!

Photo of JamesMN
4.37/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage. Having this one for the first time. Pulled out of the fridge and let warm for 30 minutes.

Appearance: Pitch black with visible streams of effervescence along the edges of the tulip glass. Modest half finger cap of dark brown foam. Got some good lacing as well.

Aroma: Lots of chocolate notes, both sweet and semi-sweet. Just a hint of vanilla and a touch of alcohol giving a nice bourbon aroma. Really not much in the nose but what's there is enjoyable.

Taste: A lot to digest here with a complexity that keeps shifting long after each sip. Starts with a lot of milk chocolate and a good charred malt backbone to keep it from getting too sweet. About halfway through you get a bit of a hop bitterness that sort of masks itself in the mocha liqueur-like flavor that the alcohol brings out. At 11.2% ABV it is possible to hide that flavor but it really works wonders in adding to the experience of this beer. The flavor and complexity hits a high note during and right after the finish. The palate is drowned in charred malt, hints of coffee, vanilla, and alcohol. This combination brings the bourbon to mind without it being forthright. The aftertaste lingers for a seemingly endless amount of time with black coffee bitterness, burnt chocolate, and a nice heat in the back of the throat. The oak-aging of this beer doesn't add very much oak flavor but it is probably the reason that all the flavors have matured and blended so well. One of those great beers where every sip is better than the last.

Mouthfeel: Just under full in body. Not really thin for what it is just not as thick as expected. Average carbonation for a BA beer but a vigorous pour is probably a good idea. A nice ease of drinkability.

Final Thoughts: I was very lucky to snag a bottle of this year's release and thoroughly enjoyed KBS. Founder's proves time and again that their seasonals are some of the best beers available. While KBS probably won't break my top 10, it is still a phenomenal beer that every beer geek should get the opportunity to try. Would I drink it again? Yes.

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of mattboyer182
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of CraftEyeDoc
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of ccurrid
4.25/5  rDev -8%

Photo of brywhite
3.75/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of Sparty55
5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of C2H5
5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Ken_P
4.7/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of perrymarcus
4.47/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a snifter.
2011 release (bottled 2/25).

pours a velvety jet black with a thin, mocha-colored head that quickly dissipates (unsurprising on that count given the strength); a bit of patchy lacing evident. good presentation, though nothing i haven't seen in a dozen or so other imperial stouts.

nose is bold and complex, offering strong notes of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and vanilla... in the background i get a booze, oak, and the bourbon. it's not a BCBS or older viscosity-like bourbon bomb; more subdued.

flavor follows the aroma very closely - chocolate, coffee, vanilla, roastiness, bourbon, and a bit of oak: it's all there. delicious. borderline world-class. maybe world class. a slight touch of hops as well as alcohol in the finish. i think the booziness is going to keep it from a perfect five, but with a bit of age...

velvety, smooth, medium-full mouthfeel with average carbonation.

in the final analysis this is a truly great beer, the hype and rarity factor notwithstanding. sure does make me appreciate the accessibility of bourbon county stout.

Photo of HopsMatt
4.25/5  rDev -8%

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4.25/5  rDev -8%

Photo of khiasmus
4.02/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


An oily liquid is dripping down, one in which can be seen the reflection of the dreary day from the picture window. The love of my life lies lifeless in the next room, and the inky blackness reflecting the gloomy, Londonish outdoors seems but fitting. So young. Too young. A quick flash of brown atop the liquid, then nothing but the reflection.
I take a sniff and the memories come flooding back... her love for thick espresso, her black, wispy hair, her deep eyes, she looked through me. Every morning. Espresso and bourbon. The log cabin, the smell of the wood, last night's fire, the smell before the rain, almost metallic, tannins...
Black chocolate, as she loved it. Black chocolate covered espresso beans. Chase each with another shot of whiskey, it lingers in the throat. I can't bear the thought of the next years. A time machine, I need a time machine. Another shot of espresso, another shot of bourbon. Give me peace. The dying trees in the garden, the black earth below the drooping, lifeless branches. The grey drops plunging earthward, and then shattering.
Thick. Oily, viscous, but so warm in the finish, so oily a clean, warm, dry finish. Earthy. Like her, tomorrow. It always comes back. I can't ignore it. The bourbon lingers in my throat, I will see her again. I will see...
She knew Him. Now He's all I have. Put down the drink, I must go back to battle.

Photo of gory4d
4.3/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another excellent bonus from Masterski.

Pours pretty much flat black: no head, a little white lacing. The smell is whiskey, dark dried fruits, toffee, cocoa. The taste is burnt malt, chocolate, whiskey, more chocolate, of the salty, bitter, unsweetened variety, in the aftertaste; coffee taste is mild but throughout. It's viscous, low in carbonation, nicely filling. Too easy to drink: the alcohol is not apparent.

Photo of blbarnett3
3.7/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown color, mocha head with decent retention. Aroma is wonderful, mostly coffee. I found the flavor a bit disappointing - the bourbon was just too prominent and overpowered everything else.

Photo of BuckeyeFaninMI
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of MarcWP
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of xICooRsYIx
5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of n00blar
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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