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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9,134 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,134
Reviews: 2,550
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 3,608
Gots: 3,367 | FT: 240
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  rDev -13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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

Chocolate coffee, Rich, mid mouthfeel. The next night while drinking Porters I found myself dreaming of this beer.
I shared one can among five people. I don't like bourbon so the other four told me that I would not like it and didn't want to share. But I tasted it anyway, to rate it, and lived it.
I rate to taste, not to type.

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4.15/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into snifter glass

A - dark thick look with a small amount of tan head that fades, then lingers on the glass.

S - Coffee and dark roasted malts, with some dark fruit note and a bit of alcohol.

T - Similar taste as the smell, nice dark and roasty flavor with the coffee, only a small amount of chocolate. Alcohol taste is there, but not too strong.

M - good smooth mouthfeel with a nice amount of carbonation.

O - very good beer, not my favorite of the BA stouts, but very glad I got to try it.

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4.33/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to my Cigar City snifter; no bottling date that I can see, but this is the 2013 release, so it’s been about two months since it was released.

Appearance (3.5): Maybe half a finger of cappuccino-colored head comes off of the pour before dying down relatively quickly, leaving just a thin foam ring around the edge of the body. The body is pitch black but shows some deep amber tones around the edge when held up to the light. Not a whole lot of retention, the head having fizzled away and left just a couple of wide, flat legs of lace on the near side of the glass. I s’pose it fits the style, but I like more head, personally.

Smell (4.25): Lots of dark chocolate and French roast coffee lying underneath it—high-cacao content cocoa powder and fresh coffee grinds, all mixed with woody, rich vanilla tones (clearly the bourbon coming through here), and a low-level roasted grain character (like burned toast?) and a little smokiness. Not as intense as I was anticipating, but the elements are all very good and very well-balanced.

Taste (4.5): Much more of that wonderful, high cacao dark chocolate character mixed with cold-brew black coffee, a little rich molasses sweetness to smooth things out underneath, and some more of that smooth vanilla, bourbon-y component, but without the boozy heat you’d expect from a lot of –bbl stouts (and other styles). The booze does come through in the way the chocolate-coffee combo kind of evaporates away in your mouth, but that’s it—not too bad. The mildly oaky, vanilla tone helps smooth out any bitterness that the coffee, chocolate, hops, or roasted malt might be contributing, leaving just a moderate bitterness that opens up in the finish into a slightly boozy, roasty vaporous character.

Mouthfeel (4.25): On the full side of medium-weight but not heavy, with only a modestly syrupy feel. The carbonation is moderate, with just a bit of tingle here and there accompanied by a soft, slow foaming action. This is very smooth, and kind of hard to drink slowly.

Overall (4.25): This is a very, very good beer. Is it excellent? Maybe. Is it the best imperial stout I’ve ever had? No. That might actually go to (at this date) Founders Imperial Stout. But this does bourbon barrel aging better than 95% of other such beers, which I’m thankful for (’cause a lot of ’em can’t balance their shit very well). But this is a very, very good imperial stout with excellent chocolate and coffee components and a well-played barrel component, too.

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.63/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a KBS snifter (#ProperGlasswareBro)

Pours pitch black with a quickly slight amount of tan head that quickly faded until it was just a thin ring clinging to the edge of the glass.

Smell is of black coffee and dark chocolate along with a mild bourbon sweetness.

Taste is very dry with a ton of bitter black coffee and dark chocolate. The bourbon barrels add a nice sweetness to it and really helps to balance out what I think would be a very bitter and dry stout. The taste lingers around for a long time and just continues to develop.

The mouthfeel is wonderful with the perfect consistency of not too thin and not too viscous. A slight burst of tiny bubbles that work on your tongue amazingly.

One of the best balanced and complex stouts out there. Nothing over the top. Just a perfectly executed stout. A perennial favorite and worthy of the hype it gets.

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -8%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.79/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Vintage 2013

A- Pitch black body, with a thick, creamy, dark brown, one finger head. Retains nicely and a lot of speckles lace the glass.

S- Mocha liqueur, heavy on cocoa and booze.

T- Dark malts mixed in with booze, which is not overwhelming, a little cocoa and very subtle dark fruit notes.

M- Thick, creamy and rich. The perfect feel for this beer. Carbonation is there, but doesn't interfere with the creamy smooth nature of this brew. A meal in a bottle.

O- An unbelievable balance of lots of booze, flavor, and smooth drinking. This beer is outrageous! I'll begin my vertical cellaring with the rest.

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.69/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 ounce bottle poured into DFH glass.

A: Pours pitch black with a nice 1 finger cocoa colored head. Head recedes, but leaves a frothy covering atop the beer. What a big imperial stout should look like.

S: One of the best smelling beers you will find. Tons of dark chocolate, coffee, and a nice helping of bourbon beneath.

T: This was one of the first beers I fell in love with and is one of those beers that I seek out with a vengeance each year it is released. When relatively fresh, as this bottle is, the initial flavor is that of melted chocolate. The bitterness of the coffee then creeps in and cuts some of the sweetness. The tongue then picks up the slight bourbon heat that is there to let you know this beer spent some time in barrels.

M: Mouthfeel is exactly as a beer of this size should be, viscous and low carbonation. Sticky and lingers on the palate.

O: This is one of my favorite beers. It isn't as bourbon forward as some other barrel aged beers (e.g., BCBS) but is an exceptional showcase of how flavors can blend for an exceptional drinking experience.

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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