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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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8,618 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,618
Reviews: 2,513
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 3,315
Gots: 3,149 | FT: 230
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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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Kunstman, Apr 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -19%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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5/5  rDev +8%

MPPHISH, Apr 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

wesley14, Apr 20, 2013
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4.36/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Jet Black, very little head. What head that is there is tan and frothy.

S- Holy bourbon batman, followed by a whiff of coffee

T- Bourbon up front, coffee at the end. Some serious alcohol heat as well

M- Silky smooth mouthfell with some vanilla and alcohol on the end

O- A great stout and im glad to be able to get a few thanks to a trade. I would drink this daily and keep it for special events. Think a few months may lower the heat a lil and create an even better brew.

joshbhs04, Apr 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

EdelweissDad, Apr 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Skramer, Apr 20, 2013
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4.8/5  rDev +3.7%

kbrown, Apr 20, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8%

nuclearmeg, Apr 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8%

anjah, Apr 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8%

mickgeo, Apr 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Valleyview06, Apr 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Skunkyluvmuffin, Apr 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

RMTWM, Apr 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

TheMexicanPope, Apr 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

arlingtonjoe, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of pmoney
4.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage reviewed on 4/21/13.

Appearance: It pours a thick inky black color. After a vigorous pour, a half-inch head forms and then dissipates within the first minute leaving behind a cream-colored rim. The head-retention is a bit underwhelming, but that is typical of high ABV beers. This year's KBS comes in at 11.2%. I intentionally let the beer sit and warm up to about 50 degrees before enjoying it.

Aroma: Faint aromas of bourbon, chocolate, coffee, and oak. The aroma has improved as it has warmed, but it is still less than I would have expected. Bourbon and chocolate are the more prevalent smells.

Taste: Huge flavors of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, roasted grains, and a little coffee. There is an excellent balance of all of these components! Bourbon is in the forefront, but definitely isn't overpowering. The coffee kicks in a little more in the back end.

Mouthfeel: Very thick, chewy, and silky-smooth. Everything a barrel-aged imperial stout should be! The carbonation is a little less than average, which is perfect for this beer.

Overall: The best aspects of this beer are the perfect mouthfeel and the wonderful balance of all the flavors. The only things lacking are the coffee flavor and the overall aroma. This year's KBS is a lot more chocolate-forward than years past, and definitely less boozy (especially considering it was bottled only a few weeks ago). It is typical for people to age barrel-aged imperial stouts, but this one is drinking great right out of the gate! I would recommend drinking it at cellar temperature (around 50-55 degrees), and consider pairing it with a piece of plain cheesecake. Overall this was a great beer!

pmoney, Apr 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

klingenator, Apr 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -13.6%

Dat, Apr 19, 2013
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4.7/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Thirty weight black in color, with a dark tan velvety half finger of a head

S - coffee and chocolate aromas of course, but its alcohol that dominates the aroma. big on the bourbon in the whiff. Plus that great vanilla oakiness from barrel aging. Ends with a kick of dark fruits, especially plums. Quite an amalgamation of aromas.

T - holy bourbon! big roasted sweet vanilla oaky bourbon flavors. The coffee and chocolate follow up the bourbon elements nicely.

M&D&O - hype met. KBS is an incredible experience and I am very glad it finally made it to New England. I hope some local watering holes got some logs of it as well. It tastes like it would be even more amazing on tap. Rich, thick, layered, complex and utterly flavorful. Try it.

sinstaineddemon, Apr 19, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, bottled on 03/04/2013. Thanks to the generosity of my local beer store dudes, I was able to snag their very last bottle. Exponentially hyped to be able to try this, although that probably goes without saying.

For lack of a snifter, I am pouring this into a St. Bernardus Watou chalice.

A - Pours a rich, thick, opaque black colored body with about a centimeter of mocha colored foam that dies out within seconds. Looks very enticing. Bit of alcohol lacing on the sides.

S - Nose is comprised of the usual suspects: iced brewed coffee, coffee beans, dark chocolate, and a lovely vanilla / bourbon barrel aroma.

T - Wow, this is a lovingly complex beer with layers of goodness. Silky chocolate body with bitter roasted coffee beans. Finishes with creamy delicious vanilla from the bourbon barrels and a hint of bourbon & some alcohol heat. Perfect carbonation.

M - Sleek, creamy feel, with just a hint of alcohol warmth. Bitter coffee beans & vanilla goodness lingering on the palate.

Overall, it lived up to the hype surrounding it fairly well. Although, I wouldn't trample innocent women & children to have another go at a bottle of this. I have to say, while it is still fresh in my mind from yesterday, that I think the Pipeworks Abduction Coffee Break was a better beer, albeit not aged in bourbon barrels. However, if this beer was more readily available than it is, I could see it as a mainstay in my fridge.

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) ---4.5/5

mfnmbvp, Apr 18, 2013
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 8,618 ratings.