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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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100
world-class

8,009 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 8,009
Reviews: 2,495
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 3,117
Gots: 2,865 | FT: 208
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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JonathanSuarez

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

06-25-2012 06:41:28 | More by JonathanSuarez
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mmsimmons

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

02-19-2013 01:35:55 | More by mmsimmons
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AnotherImperial

Arizona

5/5  rDev +8%

01-08-2013 23:03:26 | More by AnotherImperial
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FleetwoodMatt

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

12-05-2013 02:17:31 | More by FleetwoodMatt
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letshaveanother

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

05-28-2014 21:31:34 | More by letshaveanother
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bigsquirrel

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +8%

04-15-2013 19:49:37 | More by bigsquirrel
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Howlader

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -13.6%

01-08-2013 19:02:34 | More by Howlader
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2xHops

Texas

4.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this bottle of KBS.

A: Rich, rich, rich, rich black colored appearance with little head.

The taste is exquisite with bourbon flavors seeping through as you drink it. This is kind of beer where you would want to drink much more slowly than you usually do. The oak barrels really give this beer another layer of character than you don't get in an usual stout.

The mouthfeel is great, and it's not overpowering nor underwhelming. There's just a right balance without being too thin or thick. For something that has a strong ABV, I really thought this beer was just perfect. The alcohol did not come screaming at you at all.

I'm not a big stout drinker, but I certainly enjoy this one. This kind of beer is something you would want to drink slowly either by itself or with a nice dinner.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 14:38:16 | More by 2xHops
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jxc5

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

06-03-2013 01:09:59 | More by jxc5
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timc13

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

02-12-2013 01:18:05 | More by timc13
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dejrrma

Georgia

4.95/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First time trying KBS. Bottled 2/17/12. Great label. Poured into a Dogfish Head snifter.

Fair warning: this review is basically a jack-off session to kbs.

a- first off, my first surprise came from simply pouring this into the glass. it's a very heavy beer, completely black and no light getting through even as I pour it. settles into snifter with about half an inch of head that diminishes to a thick ring around the glass. it's glossy up top with a layer of beige lace, with a few tiny bubbles around, and lacing that slides around the glass like butter. this is one hell of a beer.

s- intense ground up coffee, vanilla, powdery, brown sugar, and bitter chocolate. a good deal of bourbon coming through. i can almost taste the beer by smelling it and it makes my mouth water.

t- unbelievable. all of that coffee comes through with a nice roastedness, the most chocolate i've ever picked up in a beer, both dark chocolate and milk chocolate (and i can actually separate the two), and a slight sweetness. super complex beer, i can pick up the flavors clearly. the bourbon is delicious, and it doesn't overpower the beer. it contributes an almost undetectable alcohol-ness that is noticeable only because of the slight heat, and that heat continues long after you've paused. there's also a nice vanilla coming through. perfect.

m- by far the thickest and creamiest beer i've ever had. it's so rich. it's wonderful, what i've always dreamed of in a beer.the carbonation is on the low side, but it's perfect for it. not boozy, but there's definitely some heat. it's definitely a sipper.

o- impeccable. i have no other words.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 05:08:18 | More by dejrrma
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jacobbocce72

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

07-27-2013 19:02:12 | More by jacobbocce72
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chrisp450

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-11-2013 03:15:48 | More by chrisp450
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lswilma

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

01-19-2014 23:34:40 | More by lswilma
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Gator_Nation

Florida

5/5  rDev +8%

06-01-2014 02:27:22 | More by Gator_Nation
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youngblood

Indiana

4.78/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Old Town Ale House is Fishers. Thanks to Matt for getting a keg of this! The beer looked like an oil slick with melted chocolate in it. Very dark, but slightly creamy looking. Very thin head due to 5 oz. pour. Smells strongly of coffee and has slight bourbon hints. The strongest taste is the coffee/espresso flavor. It's a warm punch in the face. At the back of the taste comes the more pointed bourbon flavor. It's lovely. Some vanilla flavor as well ties this stout up quite well. The mouthfeel is amazing. Chews slightly and goes down smoothly. Drinkability is good due to it being a liquid, but more over it is very smooth. Hidden high ABV will knock the crap out of you though.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2009 13:32:18 | More by youngblood
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biggied

California

4.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Dark dark doo doo brown. small head and just enough of a lacing to tell you it's carbonated.

S- Amazing. I couldn't wait to drink this beer, once I smelt it. coffee, vanilla, raisins, and bourbon lingering in the background

T- There is a roasted coffee, vanilla, I want to say slight maple, the aftertaste lingers for quite some time, occasionally revealing hints of chocolate, port and quinine. Very complex, yet very well integrated. A classic bourbon stout.

M- Coats your throat. The aftertaste sticks around for a while and morphs as it goes. I'm waiting minutes between sips.

D- This beer is delicious and goes down surprisingly well for this style. I also like that it is not terribly sweet for this style. It IS on the sweet side, but not as cloying as some.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 21:37:36 | More by biggied
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dksl16

California

5/5  rDev +8%

11-14-2011 17:07:48 | More by dksl16
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bcheng

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

07-05-2014 21:18:15 | More by bcheng
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bigkahunas4

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -13.6%

12-22-2011 18:13:10 | More by bigkahunas4
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kkdowning

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8%

06-16-2014 02:58:54 | More by kkdowning
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wyatt

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

05-16-2012 22:17:16 | More by wyatt
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geryeb624

Maryland

4.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into my DFH signature glass. Received in a trade from idrinkgas. Thanks man!

A- Pitch black with thin wisps of tan head. Considering its such a small head, it has decent retention and lacing, leaving a rim of foam around the top of the beer.

S- Wow, incredibly complex aromas. Coffee, chocolate, bitter roasted malts, boozy bourbon notes, some creamy vanilla. Very nice.

T- Again, wow. Starts boozy with recognizable bourbon flavors with some oakiness and vanilla. Finishes with some bitter coffee and chocolate notes and a warming alcohol.

M- Rich and creamy without being too syrupy. Would've liked a tad more carbonation, but this is near spot on.

D- Well, considering this tastes almost as much of whiskey as it does of beer, and has the ABV to prove it, you'd think it would be low. Well, it isn't. This stuff is phenomenal, and although it is a sipper, I can sip this pretty quickly.

One of the most hyped beers I've had the opportunity to try, and this doesn't disappoint. Nearly perfect on every level.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 08:17:20 | More by geryeb624
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beav19

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +8%

06-26-2013 17:22:59 | More by beav19
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Preismj

Illinois

4.9/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cracked open a 2010 in anticipation of the 2011 release coming up...

a: pours solid black...no transparency at all. Look like oil in a glass, though not ask heavy. Nice cappuccino color head about half an inch...stays around just long enough to get your mouth watering.

s: like I am inhaling chocolate. Each breath gets a new scent. First pull got heat from the bourbon...the next a strong whiff of cocoa. Caramel and wood definitely in the mix as well. I remember smelling more coffee when I had the 2010 back in March/April 2010. In 2011, the smell is surely chocolate.

t: oh my! I remember getting more of the heat from the bourbon in the aftertaste, though here it shines up front. It isn't as intrusive as I recall though. Lots of chocolate, vanilla and bourbon with hints of wood (oak? gotta be oak). I'm telling you, there used to be more coffee in this, but with age that chocolate is aggressive.

m: light carbonation, smooth...slick on the tongue. Slides right down, though it is hard to make yourself swallow as my taste-buds don't want to say goodbye just yet.

d: it's a sipper, that is for sure. while you wouldn't want to drink a bunch of these, that is only because it is a rich beer...to be honest with you, you'll only need a few with the high ABV. However, one is VERY drinkable...past that is just not needed.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 01:43:32 | More by Preismj
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 8,009 ratings.