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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world-class

10,384 Ratings
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Ratings: 10,384
Reviews: 2,859
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 4,135
Gots: 4,655 | FT: 374
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: 10,384 | Reviews: 2,859
Photo of circus_cat
4.79/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: motor oil black, thin ring of mocha head, inviting
S: bourbon, currant, coffee, cigar
T: bourbon, booze (in a good way), cigar, dark fruits
M: velvet-smooth

This lived up to the expectation!

Photo of Tbone2131
5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply put, awesomeness in a bottle!!

Photo of Shogun250
4.39/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rating is for 2015. Seems lighter ten previous years. Not the motor oil as I expected. Usually get it in draft though.

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

Been waiting to try this beer for over a year. I am not really a stout fan. This beer is deserving of a 5 rating. It's everything I was hoping it would be.

Photo of beer456
4.31/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A nice experience. Vey much recommend.

Photo of Austin32
4.6/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just an exceptional barrel aged stout. Hides the heat of 11.20 abv very well and all the flavors of breakfast stout shine through the barrel aged flavor. Love it!

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

2015 KBS Bottled 3/05/2015 drank on 4/10/2015

Look: Pitch black like you just turned the lights out in a bright room, brunette head like Monica Lewinsky, decent lacing.

Smell: sweet, boozy scent takes the forefront, chocolate, spice, and very slight coffee linger in the back. Smells like it would smell if you snuck a jack and coke into your starbucks cup before you go to work, without the scent of shameful alcoholism.

Taste: Very bourbon forward, like the aftertaste left in your mouth after a sip straight from the bottle if you chased it with cold coffee (good cold coffee). Chocolate chills in the background and is forgotten until the brew warms a bit, which brings a bit more of a mocha character heightened by the malt. Heat from the bourbon isn't as present as its sweetness, which was alleviated by the beer getting a bit warmer.

Feel: Nice and velvety without being like a syrup. Perfect median between what you would expect from a stout and a bourbon, very pleasant but heavy if enjoyed with anything other than a dessert or by itself.

Overall: I try not to think of beers as products of their own hype, but hype as a product of a beer. That being said, this is a very good BA stout that deserves a lot of credit and deserves to be sought after. Perhaps it is overblown due to availability, but it is a mistake to discredit this beer or any in its same class due to its scarcity or popularity. It is extremely complex and well balanced and only improves as you sip. Highly recommend seeking out at least a couple bottles annually. Excellent.

I am aging three bottles from this year and will update with a review at 6 months, followed by a side-by-side comparison to next year's version.

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

Nice rounded bourbon taste through the mouth. Very apparent bourbon presents. Finished Carmely

Photo of enternalhoppiness
4.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 lacked the mouth feel of 2014 . What happened? It is till in class of stouts by itself other than Founders Russian Imperial Stout which I feel is better.

Photo of Deshaies
3.87/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

April 2015 / 12oz Bottle. Got a really strong bourbon taste and smell, but a bit underwhelmed by the beer, coffee and vanilla notes which was described. Decent mouth feel, but slightly muddled flavor. Might have been over excited for this one.

Photo of lefty17
4.88/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Cream of the crop in 2015...

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

If there is a God, he created this beer.

Photo of IndieInc
4.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thick, big, and beautiful - this beer is everything you've heard about and more.

Photo of Plok1785
4.78/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Fantastically strong stout. Very strong bourbon taste.

Photo of oldn00b
4.89/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just had it on draft, came home and had a bottle. Bottled, this year, is way better than on tap. Everything would have been about .5 lower if rating the draft. Coffee was way more forward on tap. This bottle is fantastic and a perfect balance of the coffee, chocolate, and bourbon. Wish I had more.

Photo of jws6w7
3.89/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Certainly no bcbs... Was definitely hoping for more with all the hype this receives

Photo of BergBeer
4.58/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Opaque black with a light mocha head. Quite carbonated for a beer aged this long.

Smell: A big wallop of coffee and chocolate greet the nose followed by a sweet vanilla aroma and beautiful bourbon that makes everything pop and meld into one of if not the best smelling beer I've had. Amazing. The dessert like sweet masks most of the booze.

Taste: Rich coffee and decadent chocolate greet the tongue that then turns either coffee or hoppy bitter that fades to a beautiful sweet vanilla bourbon with more rich coffee as it faded to a beautiful mixture of decadent chocolate, coffee, bourbon, and a dry oaky finish. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Rich and velvety on the tongue. Almost like a cushion of liquid decadence that is only interrupted by the bitter that brings it back down to the palate and a dry finish. The booze is only present on a slight warming on the back of the throat and chest.

Overall: Wow. This is my first crack at this beer and I must say it was worth the wait. It's so rich and complex with flavors popping in sync through the duration of the ride. The coffee is fantastic and I really enjoy the huge bright vanilla/bourbon mix that jumps out. Is it the best BA beer I've had? No that probably still goes to Bourbon County Coffee but this deserves the praise and is one outstanding world class brew.

Photo of Wowcoolman
3.97/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I've had this beer many times- finally getting around to making some comments. Hype train is huge with this one- for many it might be their first BA coffee Stout. The coffee character is bitter and peppery, and the whiskey character is a bit harsh. Bourbon beers and coffee Stouts have come a long way since this beer first made the scene. Can't compete with the likes of BA Speedway or CBS for that matter.

Photo of Jwburns75
4.31/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was my first KBS. Poured into snifter, jet black, small head that dissipates quick, strong lacing throughout. Heavy bourbon in the nose. Taste was more mild than expected after smelling, at least with the bourbon. It was present for sure in a big way, imparting a smooth, almost vanilla-like taste. I didn't get the roasty, coffee presence FBS brings and I was actually glad for that. This was a sipper but a very smooth one. Very much enjoyed my first KBS.

Photo of NightMoose
4.6/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Syrup taste makes each drink more enjoyable. Bright Tasting stout that could make or break your day.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.94/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass.

A - 5 - Pours a viscous, oily, jet black color. With a heavy-handed pour, it forms a good, creamy and solid finger of extremely dark tan colored head. Medium head potential, low head retention. Nice solid walls of lacing left behind on the walls of the glass.
S - 4.75 - Extremely roasty malt, medium-sweet chocolate, macchiato coffee, peanut butter nuttiness and light touches of whiskey booze.
T - 5 - Wow, this totally lives up to the hype for me. Roasted malts, medium-sweet chocolate, cherry-almond-marzipan, vanilla tobacco, the perfect amount of whiskey, and a medium-bitter coffee ending. Perfectly balanced.
F - 5 - Extremely, thick, oily, creamy and viscous. Like a coffee creamer consistency. Amazing.
O - 5 - There are very few beers in the world that I have taken my first sip of and was left just simply smiling and speechless for a minute. Not to get poetic in my review but, it was everything I had hoped it was in my mind and, for me, completely lives up to its hype. This is the IDEAL, perfectly balanced bourbon barrel imperial stout, and you'd be hard pressed to find one better.

Photo of stickydankhop
4.68/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I waited an hour in line for two bottles! hype hype. what more could you want chocolate, coffee, bourbon,and tobacco flavors come out. thought it tasted best at 55 F

Photo of BrewLancer40k
4.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The strong oak taste opens with notes of chocolate and coffee follow. The after taste brings the bourbon characteristics along with some tobacco and leather.

Photo of jzuidema
4.68/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Solid brew once again, prefer 15 over 14. Good barrel flavor. Pour into snifter, need to let this brew come up in temp.

Photo of KED8715
5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tried this for the first time yesterday; loved it!

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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