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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

8,107 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 8,107
Reviews: 2,497
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 3,140
Gots: 2,899 | 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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jschonert

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

03-14-2013 18:10:34 | More by jschonert
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2010 Vintange, aged two years... Thanks, Mick! Pours dark as hell as it glorps itself into the glass, barely making a sound. A deep tan head slowly forms, never getting too big, but perching at a reasonable size and leaving some nice, wet lacing in its path. Who said high gravity stouts couldn't have a nice head?

Big bourbon presence in the aroma, right from the start, but it remains smooth, silky, and inviting; never "hot". Big-time oak and wood notes, outlined with a nutty presence; toasted and again, soaked in booze. The coffee brings up the rear; a nice collage of bitter-roasted coffee beans and a underlying malt sweetness. French blend, cream and sugar, please.

Though I didn't get it at first, after a few more whiffs, super thick and dark fudge becomes apparent. Deep, dark chocolate fudge - bittersweet, savory, and dense. The nose on KBS is fantastic, and I can understand why this beer is held to such high regard. So complex and robust, yet so approachable at the same time.

KBS hits my tongue feeling silky, smooth, and carbonated well considering that it's almost three years old at this point. Not as huge of a mouth feel as Founders' Imperial Stout, but this is still a full-bodied and lightly chewy stout, no doubt. Big, robust, syrupy bourbon flavors are the first things to attach themselves to my palate; heavy yet smooth, well-integrated, and non-abrasive.

Mild notes of oak and vanilla back up the bourbon flavor as well, showing a strong barrel presence in this finely aged stout. Roasted malts are abundant, of course, as is that dark fudge that snuck itself into the aroma later on. Super thick fudge-cake, exploding with dense cocoa flavors and bittersweet chocolate morsels. The wood and oak flavors get heavier as the sip goes on, followed by a bit more nuts and coffee beans.

The coffee is a little less present on the palate than it was in the aroma, but it's still very much there; roasty, creamy, and bold. The aftertaste is full of more thick fudge, nuts, coffee beans, oak, vanilla, all over the fading bourbon background. One of the most beautiful and elegant things about this beer - as it warmed up, the alcohol warmth never got any hotter. If anything, it almost mellowed out a bit and become even easier to drink... very dangerous for an 11.2% ABV stout. I didn't want this one to end.

What a huge stout, tons of things going on, and a beautiful display of how bourbon-barrel aging can turn beer into a work of art. KBS was an excellent beer, and while I certainly think it might be a *touch* overrated in the sense that there are many other "just as good or better" beers of the same type that aren't nearly as hard to get your hands on, it's still a fine beer, regardless - there's no denying that.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 12:11:31 | More by tectactoe
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ldhughes3

Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

03-14-2013 07:51:30 | More by ldhughes3
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superjose

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

03-14-2013 01:09:43 | More by superjose
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wmobley

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +8%

03-13-2013 20:58:23 | More by wmobley
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rgilbert

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +8%

03-13-2013 19:23:43 | More by rgilbert
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1up

District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +8%

03-13-2013 02:24:50 | More by 1up
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sketcher6773

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

03-13-2013 01:12:58 | More by sketcher6773
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BeachRez

California

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

03-12-2013 21:48:00 | More by BeachRez
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CypherEnigma

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

03-12-2013 21:37:48 | More by CypherEnigma
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Abnrml

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8%

03-12-2013 19:05:15 | More by Abnrml
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KGMIbeer

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

03-12-2013 03:18:08 | More by KGMIbeer
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shand

Florida

4.78/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2011 vintage.

KBS pours blacker than black with next to no head. There is a ton of bourbon in the nose, along with a strong roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and some vanilla from oak. Smells great. But the real judge is on the tongue where KBS really shines. The barrel and the base beer are in absolutely perfect harmony, letting enough of the bourbon barrel shine through to flawlessly compliment the notes of the stout. Everything works in lockstep all the way from the strong vanilla-bourbon start to the roasty, oaky and slightly boozy finish. The mouthfeel is rich and velvety, with just the slightest tickle of carbonation, and the drinkability is exceptional. Overall, a superb barrel aged stout that is masterfully aged and blended. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 02:09:36 | More by shand
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BeerBucks

New York

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

03-12-2013 00:22:24 | More by BeerBucks
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Matagal

Brazil

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

03-11-2013 23:34:39 | More by Matagal
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lunarbrew

Wisconsin

4.59/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours tar black with about one finger of dense brown head. Head dies fast and leaves a nice sticky lacing. Smells unbelievable. First sweet chocolate, which hit hard. Next, bourbon (and a lot of it). Finally, dark coffee and a little black malt. Phenomenal nose. Flavor is rich, complicated, and so so smooth. The attack is sweet and bourbony. Almost no heat, but I know there is plenty of alcohol hiding. There is a huge coffee flavor and a little bit of vanilla. Mouthfeel is exactly what I'm looking for. Heavy, syrupy, medium-low carbonation, and extremely creamy. I love this beer. For some reason, I wish there was a little more bourbon (although there's a lot) and a little stronger head/retention, but these issues are very minimal. Maybe the problem is the beer is just too drinkable. I can't stop.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 18:03:32 | More by lunarbrew
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Coldsnack

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

03-11-2013 16:13:35 | More by Coldsnack
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Grinky

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

03-11-2013 03:46:30 | More by Grinky
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Jimmeekrek

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

03-11-2013 03:07:28 | More by Jimmeekrek
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JohnnieNepal

Michigan

5/5  rDev +8%

03-10-2013 21:52:07 | More by JohnnieNepal
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MADPolo

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

03-10-2013 18:47:40 | More by MADPolo
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brys82

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +8%

03-10-2013 09:25:45 | More by brys82
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andrew84

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

03-09-2013 18:14:40 | More by andrew84
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Cvescalante

Texas

4.84/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Why even reveiw this beer after soooo many have done it before, and have agreed over and over that this beer is nothing less than incredible? I couldn't help myself. I won't waste my time descibing this beer's perfection. If you get your hands on this magical brew, just take the time to caress it. Sleep with it on your pillow for a few days. Practice beer abstinence a few days prior to having this baby. And in return, this beer will reward you with one of the best beergasms you'll ever experience.. Enough said..

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 16:56:13 | More by Cvescalante
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Momar42

Maryland

5/5  rDev +8%

03-08-2013 14:13:40 | More by Momar42
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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