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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9,138 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,138
Reviews: 2,550
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 3,608
Gots: 3,374 | FT: 240
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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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Photo of chaz01
3.85/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle served in a Founder's snifter/tulip type glass.

A: Jet black, with a 1 inch dark brown head that recedes quickly leaving just a little lacing on the glass.

S: Coffee and chocolate flavors dominate any other aroma, especially the coffee.

T: Vanilla, coffee, bourbon, rum, and lots of grains and maltiness.

M: Thick, rich and full bodied. Lots of boozy alcohol finish to it.

D: I seek this beer out every year when it comes out, mainly based on it's reputation and scarcity in the market. It's very different and very good, but also very pricey, and I think just a bit overrated -- the bourbon and coffee flavors mixed together just don't do it for me -- I'd much prefer a Goose Island Bourbon stout. I'm not saying it's a bad beer, or I don't like it, just that when I rate it objectively it's not on on my list of top 10 beers in the world.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Bobheed
4.9/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Deep, thick, viscous black. Poured out like thick syrup. Very small tan head. Very minimal head sticks around

S: Lots of dark coffee beans, got a very slight vanilla and tons of roasted malt characters. Got the bourbon quite a bit, but the nose is dominated by coffee

T: Right upfront I got lots of sweet vanilla and roasted malts. Towards the middle I really started to pick up the bourbon and and some dark chocolate. I got hit with a coffee bomb after the finish and it lingers around in my mouth for a while.

M: Pretty amazing. Very, very thick. Almost a light syrup type of consistency. The thickness makes this one extremely smooth and it gives a slight alcohol burn.

I'm glad I was finally able to try this one and it definitely lives up to the hype. Can't wait to see what some of the other bottles I have drink like with some age on them

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders KBS, Imperial Stout, 11.2% abv

A: Deep oily hues, with very very faint brown at the thinnest edges of the glass. The viscosity on this beer is ridiculously thick and it coats the glass like chocolate robitussin. It pours with a big foamy collar and huge khaki bubbles.

S: Wow. Deep chocolate scents with hints of boozy bourbon notes, cocoa and vanilla bean. The wood is faint and I would appreciate a Pappy Van Winkle version of this but, now we are splitting hairs of what is already an amazing beer.

T: Again, just outrageously good. Being from the west coast it is difficult to admit absolute defeat but the tag team of this masterpiece with Rare BCBS must make me raise the white flag on imperial stouts. It has such a deep taste to it with a ton of complexity to it. This is chocolate robitussin with a heavy yoohoo coating and hot alcoholic balance on the front. The sweet lingers a bit and the smoky and coffee notes go to work and dry out the back sections of your mouth, which would piss you off if you didn't see the interplay of how well it works together. It’s a simple dynamic of, drink, coating, swallow, want more, drink more. Again, this is very drinkable and may crack out of the imperial stout cloistering for warmer climate drinking. Some things are just delicious enough on their own to defy pigeonholing.

M: this is exxon mobil in a glass, perfect for sipping because a little bit goes a long way, you put the glass down for a few moments and joy representatives are still within your gumline cleaning seals and waiting for the smoke and coffee notes to clear. Drink it in the morning and taste it all day. Overall a fantastic stout and the only contender to really put an even challenge up against the abyss and perhaps even defeating it, wish I had more test data to contrast. A couple bottles of this simply is not enough.

D: this is its roughest area as it is so aggressive so filling so hectoring in approach you have a hard time welcoming it for long periods, it kicks your mouth all over the room like a spaghetti western brawl and when the 12oz is done you are cast through swinging double doors and brush the coffee notes off of your chest, but you do want more. You want to slide this KBS across an old tymie piano simply because the fight itself is so enjoyable.

Narrative: Claire Murkmuggins didn’t mind the delta. Shoot, half her family couldn’t tell you the way rightside out of the delta. In fact, she kinda liked its murkiness, the way the cool silt ran through her toes when she was fishing for crawdads. The deep black nights where the bayou water looked like shimmering oil, ignited by the moonlight. I mean sure, she liked all that just fine, but what she really aspired to do, I mean, someday of course, Claire wanted to take over the family Chocolate Milk dairy. She grew tired of harvesting coffee beans all day with all the youngins, she had that dark capitalism spirit and she wanted in on that chocolate empire. Sometimes at night she’d sneak into the old cocoa refined and push her slender arm deep into the 70% dark chocolate and feel a secret power in its stickiness. She was refined but poised, in control, but sprightly. One day, she too would revolutionize the stodgy old chocolate milk world.

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of stonermouse
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lucky score at Boston Wine Exchange. Big thanks. 2011 vintage.

Poured the whole bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

Looks like a heavily brewed, perhaps day old pot of Columbian dark roast. Head doesn't hang out too long, but lacing is sticky and nice.

Smell is a little tempered, but coffee-forward. There's a bit of burnt sawdust in the aroma, which isn't off-putting, but is instead rather interesting. I don't sense any booziness yet.

Flavor is quite a complex wallop. I can't believe the complexity here. While it was still cool, it was boozy and bourbony, comparable to Backwoods Bastard. As it warms, chocolate really takes over. The heat never goes away, but intensifies every flavor I taste. The coffee in the aroma is present, and adds a super base for this brew.

Mouthfeel is viscous, and the aftertaste is bitter and dry (could be the hops, but probably more due to the coffee). Just perfect for the flavors.

Sweet fancy Moses, I could bathe in this stuff. Just great. My remaining three bottles are surely special occasion-type brews, and I'd love to shelve at least one of these suckers for a couple years to mellow them out a bit. But fresh, it's still phenomenal. Off the tap must be heavenly.

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Lolli1315
4.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter at a local tapping in Dayton. Drank over an extended period of time.

A- Opaque black with a small dark brown head that disappears rather quickly. Nice amount of sticking to the glass.

S- The wood and vanilla hit the nostrils first followed quickly by the roasted malts and dark chocolate that one finds in the regular breakfast stout. Finishes with a slight amount of alcohol and bourbon.

T- Large drags of dark bitter chocolate along with high ends of coffee. Throughout the entire drink, the chocolate and coffee is laced with tastes of wood and vanilla that complement the roasted malts. Finishes with a lingering bourbon taste with a medium alcohol presence that really allows you to walk away with a refreshed palate.

M- Chewy and full, thick presence in the mouth is wonderful for a cool day.

D- Hardest part is letting this one sit around and warm up to develop its full character.

Notes- Must allow this beer to warm up if you want to get the full taste of the beer. This is a waste if you try to drink it quickly or too cold.

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of jminsc76
4.38/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this courtesy of a wonderful gentleman who brought it when he moved out to California from Illinois. He also brought Three Floyds' Dark Lord Imperial Stout, so we started with that, and then after experiencing complete beer jubilation, moved on to this (and experienced a second wave of jubilation). As I was slightly intoxicated from the Dark Lord I cannot comment too much on the look. All I remember is it pours a dark, oily body with slight head, but nothing too extravagant. It's aged two years, so a lot of the carbonation has subsided.

Strong aromas of rye, sawdust, and even oats. Momentarily felt like I was hanging out in a either honky-tonk bar or Irish Pub, you know, the kind with all the sawdust on the floor. Intriguing aromas, but I was not expecting sawdust.

The taste is similar to the smell: sawdust, oak, and oats, but also strong roasted coffee flavors. Keep in mind that my palate may have been a wee bit blunted as I was still reeling from the rich coffee/chocolate/molasses/whatever-else-is-present aromas and flavors of Dark Lord, so any of the molasses or chocolate that other reviewers are alluding to may have been knocked the *bleep* out of me. Perhaps I should have saved this for another night but what can I say? I was inspired from having two top-rated beers in my presence.

The woody, oak-y, and coffee aromas and flavors are the standouts here, and according to the gentleman who brought this to me, it's among the last of its kind. Too bad, I want more.

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,138 ratings.