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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)

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7,098 Ratings

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Ratings: 7098
Reviews: 2412
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.86%

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 nilesschmidt


4.78/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

a - black, dark tan head that dissipates quickly

s - as good as it gets, coffee, chocolate and whisky all come thru well balanced

t - amazing, only reason its not a 5 is the whisky is a little hot, time will mellow and help this tremendously , i cant wait to try a 12 or 13

m - very solid, finishes light in comparison to other coffee stouts

o - one of my favorite beers all time, rich, smooth and delicious, fantastic beer, believe the hype!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 20:50:27 | More by nilesschmidt
Photo of vonnerbeer


4.61/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

2013 and 2014 Vertical pours at Yard House, Lynnfield, MA. 2013 has mellowed nicely with with subtle bourbon and coffee notes. Mouthfeel and body is slightly thinner than expected, but doesn't disappoint. 2014 is a little hot, but delicious none the less.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2014 13:55:17 | More by vonnerbeer
Photo of 1000lbgrizzly


4.19/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Black viscous body, red tinge around the edge with the proper lighting. No head was produced on my pour, nor is carbonation visible through the opaque body. No lacing, either.

S: Strong notes of burnt malt, coffee, chocolate, smoke, and faint alcohol burn. A little harsh, but loud and clear.

T: Started off with dark chocolate (yum), turned to smoke and harsh bourbon (ok, but disruptive), palate ends with semi-sweet chocolate, smoke, coffee, maple wood, coconut and vanilla (more like a traditional beer, with more than one flavor apparent at once). Very enjoyable, especially the very well done and realistic chocolate notes, but that middle stage was harsh. Alcohol readily present on the finish throughout.

M: Medium bodied, nice and thick but too oily for my preferences, appropriate carbonation.

O: Doesn't cut any corners, for better of worse. Those chocolate notes are incredible- I think they snuck a bar of chocolate into my bottle. Those alcohol/whiskey notes are lifelike- I think they isolated pockets of straight ethanol in my bottle, too. Very well rounded stout, tons of flavors that I can honestly say I've never experienced before (coconut) or at least not with such clarity. The expectations were high, no doubt, and while it did not live up to them it still surpassed nearly every other stout (and most beers of any category). Try to avoid any hype and simply enjoy it for the fantastic beer that it is.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 06:55:20 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. There's a number near the base of the bottle: 14213421. No idea what it's supposed to mean.

A- Pours a fully opaque motor oil black color with a 1/4 inch light brown head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small side patch of bubbly surface foam. Strange lacing that's split into three columns and is not-so-resilient.

S- Nice waft of oak and vanilla that's sweet and carries with it notes of chocolate and mild coffee. I really like this because of its sweetness. You can definitely smell the bourbon but the brown sugar/caramel/maple notes round it out to make it quite awesome.

T- Initial dark chocolate flavors wind their way across the vanilla, bourbon and finally coffee notes to make for a complex, nearly decadent, drink. The booze becomes apparent after a few hearty swigs but never gets in the way of enjoyment. Wonderful cherrywood finish.

M- Nearly the best part of the beer. Soft, silky smooth and semi-syrupy. Medium-low carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- Wow. Fuck all the haters that say "It was better last year, the year before, the year before..." This is a premium BBA stout. While the coffee isn't as prevalent as expected, I've had enough BBA stouts to know this is one of the best. Killer drinkability, incredible flavor and feel.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 03:51:14 | More by Immortale25
Photo of SavvyStudent


4.81/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: pitch black and very thick like syrup. Little lacing
S: a predominating bitter chocolate, cherry sweetness, and molasses. Not as potent as I would have hoped with all of the hype.
T: a unique dry bourbon flavor behind a bitter chocolate. Well balanced and focused in those two notes for me.
M: heavy with little carbonation
O: an amazing well balanced beer but not up to the hours finding and extreme hype. Worth a try but have enjoyed other BB Stouts that surpass this. Hopefully it will aeg well.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 02:10:11 | More by SavvyStudent
Photo of Mikecap


4.51/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a jet black with a finger of dark brown head that fades to a lovely lace.

S: Strong black coffee dominates, touches of oak and sweet booze come through. Also touches of honey, chocolate and loads of sweet malt.

T: The first touch is nice freshly roasted coffee, chocolate, and definite strong bourbon. A nice vanilla and oaky flavor is evident as well but the coffee and alcohol dominate.

M: Full bodied with just-right carbonation and a noticeable alcohol burn. This is a pleasant sipper as the booze is there, but doesn't dominate. The flavors mesh together and it even gets better as it warms.

O: Definitely hyped, and for good reason. This is an amazing barrel-aged coffee stout that I'm glad I got to try. If you like barrel-aged beers, coffee beers, or big stouts this is a must try.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 01:59:31 | More by Mikecap
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4.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured and served into a snifter. Black pour with a dark tan creamy head with good lacing.

S: Coffee and bourbon aromas hit your nose in the best way.

T: with the first drink, heavy chocolate hints hit my tongue blended with coffee grounds and a bourbon finish.

M: This was very smooth and easy to drink; I would have forgot about the alcohol content if the bourbon didn't shine through so well.

O: The hype of the beer was lived up to. I have heard so many great things and I wS fortunate to try it for the first time this year. The bourbon could be a little more mellow, however I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 01:54:37 | More by Reed_iTap
Photo of SlothB77


4.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at RFD DC Chinatown. 6 oz for $10. I got two back-2-back. Drank this with my good friend Dan. He wasn't as impressed as I was, going in knowing the hype. He preferred BCBCS.

I liked this more as a vanilla bomb. I don't get the coffee as much. I get the malt. I get the chocolate. The classic bourbony/ vanilla flavor i love so much. Black, smooth, creamy. No charring. No bitterness. I probably prefer the regular BCBS, but this is still phenomenal. Definitely worth a try, even if it is $10 for 6 oz.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2014 23:33:15 | More by SlothB77
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5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yes, I am calling this beer perfect. I cannot get over how all of the wonderful flavors blend together to create such a unique experience. My initial taste was bourbon, but as the beer warmed more and more flavors came to light, especially malt and chocolate. I found one bottle, but I need to find at least one more before this goes away for the year, I'd like to age it some and taste the results. Smooth, clean, fresh. As the description says, this is not simply barrel aged breakfast stout, this is an entirely different beer. An amazing experience.

Bottle poured into a snifter

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 22:32:57 | More by tmbgnicu
Photo of ali1987


4.64/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- jet black body with minimal mocha colored head

S- chocolate, malt, bourbon, vanilla... Very little coffee.

T- very similar to the nose. Chocolate, followed by bourbon, & finishing with vanilla. Coffee is barely there.

M- thick, smooth body. Moderate carbonation.

O- Great beer with complex flavors. I'd like to taste more coffee though. For such a high ABV, it's very easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2014 22:18:01 | More by ali1987
Photo of JamieDuncan


4.69/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Good friend had snagged one of these and held onto it to split with me and my beer guru. What can be said, awesome beer, smell could be rated above 5 and with the ABV so high it gets an overall as almost perfect. I would love to track down some more of these.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 21:59:48 | More by JamieDuncan
Photo of ricknelson


4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Went to a Founder's Tasting at Woodstock Hops & Barley in Woodstock Vermont and had samples of Founders Centennial, Reds Rye, All Day IPA and KBS. Decided to buy a growler of the KBS to take home to share with my brother and friends. KBS lives up to all the hype.

Serving type: growler

04-08-2014 14:12:35 | More by ricknelson
Photo of dank203

New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

here goes, one of the top rated beers in the world.

kbs 2014: most drinkable beer for the size. goes down like nothing with the alcohol so well masked. the bourbon is more in the finish. fair amount of hops come through with it. aromas of rich caramel, butterscotch, dark chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. flavor complex, a little bitter, big explosion of chocolate and coffee. very thick and actually chewy.

kbs 2013: reminds me more of a dark chocolate cake. boozey aromas. some dark fruits, cherry, bourbon comes through pretty mellow. really not getting much coffee. even the fresh, raw chocolate note has died down a lot. the only positive difference here is the mellow smoothness of it that seems to have evolved. not as much an explosion of flavor like it is when fresh.

prefer the fresh bottle. if you can get more than one bottle, its worth aging one just to realize your preference. my preference is to have this within a month of attaining it. In fact, I think everyone should have it fresh at least once. it shows you the full flavor profile. THEN age one, and decide. Just my suggestion!

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 13:57:28 | More by dank203
Photo of xungmound98

New York

4.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter. Pitch black color with about 1/4” of mocha-colored head. Swishing the beer around leaves an oily residue and spotty lacing on the sides. Smell is an intense mix of chocolate, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, cinnamon, etc. Taste is equally complex, and includes all the aforementioned; heavy on roasted malts. A mild wave of bourbon heat shows up in the throat after every sip. After the first taste it's hard to restrain myself from downing this in a minute. Mouthfeel is thick, creamy and palette-coating. An exceptional beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 00:06:50 | More by xungmound98
Photo of drdiesel9483


4.81/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look - dark as night.
Smell - malty, sweet smell. Almost like maple syrup smell.
Taste - taste like strong coffee with bourbon added. Maybe too much alcohol taste. You can taste the bourbon for sure! Get's better when it's a little warmer.
Feel - highly carbonated thick pallet. I'd say this is just slightly over carbonated but not by much.
Overall - great beer! If you like coffee and bourbon you'd love this beer!

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2014 21:13:39 | More by drdiesel9483
Photo of JasonHaviland

New Hampshire

4.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Utterly fantastic. Worth the chase. Great notes of chocolate, oatmeal and brown sugar. Bourbon barrel aging adds great complexity. Strong through the mid-palate and smooth on the finish. Tasted at a tap takeover in Boston in a tulip glass. If you are able to find it on-tap, you won't be disappointed.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2014 01:39:47 | More by JasonHaviland
Photo of richj1970


4.41/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours midnight black with an almost crude oil appearance. A very small mocha colored head that dissipated quickly with just some slight lacing.

S: Chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and roasted espresso beans. A truly wonderful smelling beer. Perhaps not as pronounced as BCBS or the variants, but still very enjoyable.

T: Follows the nose closely. Fairly strong bourbon up front combined with roasty coffee and bitter chocolate. Some vanilla in the back.

M: Full bodied with a creamy texture. Fairly well carbonated for a brew with this ABV. Everything I want in a big stout.

O: I had a small sampling of the 2013 vintage this year at EBF and was a little underwhelmed, but this bottle was truly great beer. Now I need to find a few more...

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 23:21:54 | More by richj1970
Photo of oldmankoch


4.85/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow...Amazing. To me this beer definitely is worth all the hype.

Pours a pitch black motor oil with minimal to no head and lacing.

Smell is inviting. Coffee, malt, vanilla, chocolate brownie, with hints of bourbon, char, molasses, and dark fruit.

Taste follows the nose perfectly with epic balance. Not one flavor is overly dominate. Plus the booze is nicely masked. You can tell its there but it doesn't permeate the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is meaty, slick, with low carbonation, it's just enough to support the numerous flavors as they register on the tongue.

This makes for one amazing Spring afternoon back porch sipper. Most compare this to BCBS Coffee and I can see why. I feel that this trumps that particular version of the BCBS series simply because of the balanced profile. Just my opinion though.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 22:17:23 | More by oldmankoch
Photo of bnewall3


4.8/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- Very little head at all, good amount of lacing. Midnight black just as expected.

S- Perfect to me. Exactly what a stout SHOULD smell like, especially one aged in bourbon barrels. Molasses followed with tannin vanilla and some oak.

T- IDC about all the hype surrounding this beer but for me it lives up to it. Now is it something to sell your first born for, or drive 13 hours to wait another 14 in line for? No, most aren't. But as far as a great top of the line stout KBS meets all standards. The carb levels are on point, its not a sludge bomb, and the flavors are all there. Booze is present from beginning of your sip until the end, but it isn't overpowering or game changing. Its actually awesome if you ask me. Warms ya right up.

M- look up^^

O- Great brew by a great brewery. Funny how i sought founders non stop then a little after they came to CT I sort of took them for granted and walked right past them in a store. Sometimes it takes something like KBS to realize ya do still have great beers right there in the cooler down the street. Don't need to spend 30$ in shipping to drink a DIPA on a thursday work night.
Sorry I rambled, but this beer made me realize some things.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 22:11:50 | More by bnewall3
Photo of upton7418


4.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 Poured into a snifter

A: Jet black. Thin tan head that doesn't last long. Not much lacing.

S: sweet malt and Bourbon slight alcohol smell

T: Smooth, sweet Coffee and chocolate with a lot of bourbon though not overpowering like most bourbon barrel beers i've had. Alcohol is extremely well hidden and no taste of it

M: low carbonation and very thin and easy to drink. aftertaste lingers and continues to add flavor while the beer itself is gone very nice

O: very good taste i've tried few like it, alcohol does sneaks up as it's very well hidden. would definitely buy again especially as a yearly thing as long as i can find it which was tough this year. worth the hype yes worth the money still debating. very sweet and bourbony but not overly so.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 21:54:33 | More by upton7418
Photo of brewskifan55


4.49/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2013 edition. Poured into a snifter. Aged for a year. Thanks, Shannon.

A: Coal black. A half finger tan head that doesn't last long. Not much lacing.

S: Espresso, anise, leather, licorice. Bourbon. Very nice.

T: Smooth, sweet. Sublime. Coffee slides in with a viscous feel. Then chocolate with light vanilla and cognac. As it warms, the bourbon comes out, with a nice mellow feeling. Can't feel the 11.2...until it's too late.

M: heavy with thick viscosity. Not much carbonation.

O: One of the best beers I've ever tried. A true sipper, special occasion beer. Promise your first born, whatever it takes to experience a KBS.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 17:20:45 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of ilikebeer03


4.76/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

A: pours jet black, some nice tan head, about a fingers worth. Not too much lacing, leaves a ice ring around the glass, but this, too, eventually disappears.

S: WOW! lots of rich, dark chocolate. coffee and roasted malts also present. Some nice oak and bourbon notes present as well. Chocolate is the real dominating thing on the nose. This beer smells delicious.

T: Tastes great. a nice mix of coffee, chocolate, oak, vanilla, bourbon. It all intertwines very nicely. No one thing dominates the taste. The bourbon is more present and fades into the background as it cools. bourbon is nicely present in the aftertaste as it lingers in my mouth.

M: great mouthfeel. thick, creamy, carbonated well for the style.

O: this is an incredible beer! no wonder it is so highly sought after. WOW

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 03:15:19 | More by ilikebeer03
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4.49/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great at about 8 months in. Had it fresh from bottle and wasn't nearly as good. Haven't tried this year's batch fresh.

From previous tastings I'd say it peaks at about the 6-9 month mark. Very mellow and balanced. The coffee flavors are well balanced (not bitter like when it first came out).

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 22:54:54 | More by kimjongill
Photo of SassieCassie


4/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served: snifter glass from a bottle.

Color: Black/Brown

Not much of a head which is typical for stouts, but decent head retention.

Smell: tobacco, chocolate, and bourbon barrel wood.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee, and milk, finishing with a bourbon flavor that includes undertones of vanilla.

All flavors work evenly throughout this beer. There isn't anything that is too strong, weak, or overpowering. They're spot on with this one, it needs nothing.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 22:48:25 | More by SassieCassie
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New York

4.48/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this on draft at the founders event at tap and mallet. Dark black with no head. I am not usually crazy about stouts but this is incredible. Dark chocolate, coffee, coconut flavors. A little effervescence at the end. I can't believe how great this tastes.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2014 15:46:54 | More by skipxtracer
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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