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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

8,182 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 8,182
Reviews: 2,498
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 3,156
Gots: 2,935 | FT: 209
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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russwilliam

New York

5/5  rDev +8%

12-31-2013 03:06:50 | More by russwilliam
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gabedivision

New York

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

12-31-2013 02:47:36 | More by gabedivision
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woolybully67

Virginia

5/5  rDev +8%

12-30-2013 22:14:37 | More by woolybully67
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TigerOwl

Georgia

5/5  rDev +8%

12-30-2013 20:03:25 | More by TigerOwl
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miffsudd

Michigan

5/5  rDev +8%

12-30-2013 07:31:39 | More by miffsudd
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army01

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

12-30-2013 07:23:03 | More by army01
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ViragS

California

5/5  rDev +8%

12-29-2013 05:22:30 | More by ViragS
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Schulte30

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

12-29-2013 02:38:26 | More by Schulte30
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Pearlstreetbrewingco

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

12-29-2013 00:23:48 | More by Pearlstreetbrewingco
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ToddGingerich

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

12-28-2013 20:32:40 | More by ToddGingerich
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steamboatbrewer

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

12-28-2013 14:31:09 | More by steamboatbrewer
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SStein

Belgium

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

12-28-2013 07:37:10 | More by SStein
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nuckbuc

New York

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

12-28-2013 03:15:51 | More by nuckbuc
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smithj2154

California

4/5  rDev -13.6%

12-26-2013 21:33:16 | More by smithj2154
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grrrah

California

4/5  rDev -13.6%

12-26-2013 07:11:58 | More by grrrah
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Houser

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8%

12-26-2013 05:59:02 | More by Houser
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roger617

Indiana

4.44/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 "Flavored Stout" poured into Cigar City Hunahpu's snifter at 50 degrees.

A: Black, pours with less than a finger of khaki head that reduces slowly and leaves a ring of fairly large bubbles around the rim.
S: Strong coffee up front, which overpowers most other aromas. I can slightly detect chocolate and bourbon, but they certainly take back seat.
T: Similar to taste, coffee very dominant up front. The bourbon is ever so smooth and present, with chocolate there to balance out just enough sweetness to bring it all together. Very well done in the flavor. As it warms up the complexity just keeps opening up.
M: Carbed well, smooth, silky. After taste reminds me very much of my morning coffee, making this very hard to simply sip.
O: If I were doing a blind taste test, I don't think I would rate this one among the best. While I don't want to take away from how great of a beer this is, I think the hype is mainly due to availibility. I did enjoy the 2013 on draft this Summer as well, and remember it being much more complex than in the bottle. All this being said, I do recommend anyone who's a fan of the style to seek it out and give it a try, as it is a great beer. I would only recommend to not give into the hype, and please don't give a life and limb to acquire.

Edit 7/14/14
This review desperately needs updated. 2014 was a much better year in terms of personal yield, and I've enjoyed a few from this year already - this review to come later. I have been working through a vertical dating back to 2009, and have to say I am getting much more respect for this beer.

The 2009 surprised me, as it was a twist off bottle. It poured with absolutely no head to speak of, and the carbonation level was super low. The biggest aroma and flavor was chocolate. There was a powerful yet pleasant bourbon presence in both the aroma and flavor - but bourbon was definitely backseat to chocolate.

The 2010, pry off bottle, is almost the reverse of 2009. The bourbon takes lead, and while the chocolate is present, it by no means is dominant. I also detect subtle vanilla as well in the flavor. Carb level is still appropriate, and very similar to the fresh 2014 batch.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 02:28:01 | More by roger617
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dav3290

Louisiana

4.79/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewed 12/25. Finally busted one of these out for Christmas. First time having.

A - Perfect. Dark and rich with a thin brown head

S- Best smelling beer I've ever had. The strong coffee and bourbon notes meshing together are heavenly.

T- While not as great as the smell it's easily one of the top 5 best tasting beers I've ever had. Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak, all incredible.

M- Only knock on KBS is I which it was a bit fuller. Kind of thin. Still great.

O- One of the best beers made in the world easily compares to BCBS. So glad I have another bottle. Was afraid getting this at 9 months old the coffee would die down but it's a force in this one. Just an amazing beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 02:02:47 | More by dav3290
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RobinLee

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

12-26-2013 01:45:30 | More by RobinLee
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GMUPatriot_inKansas

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

12-25-2013 18:08:04 | More by GMUPatriot_inKansas
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Johncnh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +8%

12-25-2013 04:49:11 | More by Johncnh
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AnalogErik

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +8%

12-25-2013 00:52:31 | More by AnalogErik
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Mavigo

Michigan

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

This has been on my list for a while now. Impulse bought one bottle from Spartan Spirits in East Lansing for an enormous price. Seemed worth it to me. Served in a snifter.

A: Pours a deep, rich, opaque motor oil black color with minimal head, a little bit of mocha coloring with small patches of mocha colored lacing.

S: Probably the most aromatic beer I've ever smelled. Chocolate liqueur, rum, coffee, toffee, vanilla, cinnamon, these are the things that come to mind.

T: Hard to put my finger on it. It's sweet but very smokey and earthy as well. Tastes of bourbon, spices, caramel, malts, barley, coffee, toffee, spices and booze.

M: Rich, full bodied beer, with lesser amounts of carbonation, ample amounts of flavor, very rich and viscous. Good warmth from the booze.

O: Overall, this was a pretty damn good beer and an interesting experience. However, I not sure if it was worth the price I paid, I mean, I thought it looked incredible and smelled incredible, but it didn't taste incredible, it was good but I guess it just didn't fit the bill for my definition of a divine beer but it was good none the less.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 21:26:48 | More by Mavigo
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DerekQXQX

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -24.4%

12-24-2013 18:44:22 | More by DerekQXQX
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aqualung23

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -24.4%

12-24-2013 18:05:03 | More by aqualung23
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 8,182 ratings.