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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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9,142 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,142
Reviews: 2,551
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 3,615
Gots: 3,378 | FT: 240
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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Photo of SummitVA
4.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle from 2010 Release

A - Jet black poor. Very little head and moderate carbonation.

S - Vanilla, bourbon, a bit of oak, coffee, wet coffee grounds, a bit of heat and that wonderful charred-barrel character that is so unique to Founders.

T - Smooth vanilla and roast, along with oak and char--all flavors of the nose are immediately present. Bourbon obviously present, although it does not overpower. Heat is especially pronounced in the finish, melding well with the vanilla and coffee. Getting more chocolate up front as the pour warms. Complexity is amazing. All flavors meld together perfectly.

M - Fantastic mouthfeel; one of the best imperial stouts out there in this respect. On the heavy side of medium, perhaps, but still drinks so smooth.

D - For an 11.2% beer, this beer goes down far too easy.

Overall - I am not a huge fan of this beer fresh, as I always find the coffee overpowering. However, with a year on it, this is just unearthly.

Photo of Walken
4.7/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders: Kentucky Breakfast Stout (Vintage: 2009) (Tasted 01/24/10)
12 oz. Bottle, poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Black as sin, the head starts as a one millimeter covering of bubbles and fades down into a perfect reproduction of the cloud cover from Van Goghs "Starry Night" on top of the beer with a crown of bubbles around the edges. No lacing, but this puppy does have some nice legs!
Odor: The nose is well layered and bursting with aroma. Bourbon and oak on top, layer of nutty, earthy coffee and bittersweet chocolate roast notes way in back.
Consistency: Akin to a full bodied coffee, in that there is a distinctive feeling of heftiness to this beer, but it doesn't feel extremely viscous of syrupy. Oak, roast and coffee keep the body in check, offering some astringency, carbonation is low, just enough to lend a creamy feel.
Taste: I love it when a beer has a knockout aroma and the flavor exceeds it. The layering hinted at in the aroma is very different. Coffee flavors run a little darker while maintaining the nutty richness, chocolate flavors are on the sweeter side than advertised, like dark chocolate fudge brownies. Bourbon, oak and vanilla are an afterthough, though they flourish in the finish. Either this beer doesn't show it's strength or the bourbon barrel flavors mask it completely. Finish is malt and adjunct driven, flavors fade, last-in, first-out, leaving a nice subtle bourbon flavor on the tongue.

"It tastes just like it smells...delicious" - Tyrone Biggums

Photo of hophead247
4.78/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an oily black with a nice tan head that disappeared almost instantly. The aroma is strong coffee, light bourbon, alcohol, roasted chocolate, roasty all around. The flavor was also strongly coffee, chocolate, light bourbon again, alcohol is well contained, vanilla extract shows. Different taste for an impy, not quite as sweet. The palate is smooth and rich. Alcohol finishes warm and creates a mild warmth in the stomach. Excellent beer.

Photo of bret27
4.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Wilwfu

Appearance: Jet black w/minimal dark brown head.

Smell: Roasty, vanilla, bourbon

Taste: Sweet, bourbon, vanilla, oakiness. Somewhat thick mouthfeel, but not chewy. The bourbon burn kind of hits half way through and leaves a little burn on the way down but not so much as to overpower flavor or make undrinkable. Bourbon also thins the body quite a bit. More so than CBS or FBS.

Overall: exceptional very delicious imperial stout.

Photo of schlimenhaumer
4.48/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an Orval tulip at high altitude outside Denver, CO. Really looking forward to this one. Paired with Lindt dark chocolate (70% cacao).

A: Pours an opaque dark brown color with a relatively thin mocha-colored head of moderate retention. It's viscous and leaves quite a lot of lacing behind.

S: In a word: mouthwatering. Coffee, subtle bourbon notes, vanilla, chocolate. Very enticing and certainly no alcohol comes through here.

T: Opens with dark chocolate notes that give way to deep coffee flavors. The coffee notes add just the right amount of bitterness before giving way to a mildly alcoholic bourbon finish that top this one off very well. Delicious.

M: Full-bodied and creamy with a dry finish slightly reminiscent of whiskey. Complements the flavors very nicely.

O: Of the many imperial stouts I've had in my life, this one stands out as one of the best. Believe the hype for this one.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle (at just below room temperature, bottled on date: 2/17/12) into a Libbey 14oz snifter.

A- An aggressive pour yields a viscous, motor oil black fluid with a 1+ finger, brown head which dissipates quickly. Pronounced (as expected) alcohol legs coating the glass. Any light that penetrates the curves of the glass (as consumed) reveals a deep, ruby red hue.

S- Chocolate, coffee and bourbon (which contains the following in any order): vanilla, toffee, oak, toasted nuts and some dark fruits (like raisins) thrown in for good measure.

M- Much like the appearance, oily and slick...just the way a bourbon whiskey coats the toungue, but the 70 IBU's leave a dry woody finish leaving you with (dare I say) the need for another sip...at 11.2%ABV, that can get dangerous rather quickly. Strangely drinkable for a brew of this magnitude.

O- Is it beer/chocolate/bourbon, chocolate/bourbon/beer or bourbon/beer/chocolate? Hard to tell, but this is one complex brew and blurs the lines between beer and spirit...a sipper for sure. Another homerun from a brewery (I think) that can do "no wrong."

This is a must for beer geeks, but certainly not for the casual observer. My only recommendation is (as I have read) that this beer is to be enjoyed poured in a snifter glass at (or just below) room temperature. I'm certainly happy I have a few more bottles on hand to savor.

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -18.8%

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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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4/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -8%

4/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of punkrkr27
4.95/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours black, with very little tan head. Initial aroma is a hint of bourbon, but not much else. As it warms, the bourbon scent becomes very strong in addition to coffee and roasted malts. Mouth feel is very smooth with little carbonation. Flavor at cellar temperature was a nice subtle blend of vanilla, bourbon, roasted coffee beans, and a touch of hops. As it warmed the bourbon and vanilla flavors got to be very intense, probably too much. I had a tough time rating this one. At cellar temp, the beer was wonderfully balanced, but once it warmed, the bourbon barrell flavor just overpowered everything else. NOTE: Re rated 8/27/06. Tap. Bourbon flavor seems to have mellowed a lot since it was first bottled. Flavor is much more balanced and enjoyable now.

Photo of natasharai
4.68/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2009 bottle of KBS consumed on 9/24/09, served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Poured with a small foamy brown head that dissipated leaving almost no lacing on my glass. The beer is black and lets no light through.

Smell: Amazing, so strong I can smell it 2 feet away. Strong delicious coffee, Dark chocolate, deep roasted malt, faint sweet plum, and a small amount of toffee.

Taste: Strong coffee like the smell, nice roasted malt flavor, sweet malt, plum flavor is more prevalent in the taste than smell, some sweet oaky and bourbon flavors, dark bitter chocolate. The flavors are combined so nicely, I can only imagine what a few more months would do to this beer!!

Mouthfeel: Thick body, very smooth with a nice, but small, amount of carbonation, a little sticky sweet, leaves mouth with a nice roasted dry feel and a little bit sticky. Very little alcohol burn, especially considering the ABV on it.

Overall: Amazing drinkability!! So many huge aromas in the smell, it made me think this would be difficult to finish... until I tasted it. Despite the huge coffee flavor and roasted malt this beer is so smooth!! The sweet character combined with the bitter roasted/coffee/chocolate flavors and oaky bourbon keep me very interested. Quite complex and smooth... just what I was hoping for!

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,142 ratings.