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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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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,989 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 7,989
Reviews: 2,495
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 3,107
Gots: 2,856 | FT: 207
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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sliks96

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

01-29-2013 01:18:50 | More by sliks96
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Beerandboards

New Mexico

4.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage

Poured into a CCB snifter

A - pours super thick, dense, with no head.

S - bourbon, oak, vanilla.

T - follows the nose, with some coffee poking through and some hewn Carmel type notes on the back end.

M - nice and thick. Strangely, almost too much carb. Surprising, given the absence of head. Even given that, really top notch.

O - a great beer. Would love to try it fresh; at 2 years I think this one is a little bit past it, but still a phenomenal brew.

Bumped a bit after having a fresher bottle. Plus .5 on taste, plus .25 on feel and .25 overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 05:42:56 | More by Beerandboards
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mj0126

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +8%

01-28-2013 03:54:51 | More by mj0126
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thedoer

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +8%

01-28-2013 03:00:15 | More by thedoer
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KFBR392

Illinois

4.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled on 2/17/12

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a consistency that looks heavy but not over the top. A very thin menacing head formed and some slight carbonation remained through drinking. No lacing on the glass as to be expected. Enjoyed out of a goblet shaped glass.

Smell: What jumps out right away is the chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. The vanilla/bourbon combination really packs a punch in the body of the aroma with the dark chocolate undertones following. A cherry and oak darkness looms as well.

Taste: Up front, the oaked flavor carry the front of this beer which quickly yields to the wonderful vanilla flavors. Truly wonderful. The bourbon flavors warm up the back end of this brew. The high ABV is cleverly hidden in the powerful flavors. The lingering flavors never seem to stop which a attribute to the masterful bourbon accents. There is also quite a nice hint of coffee presence. The complex layers make this one of the best in the world. I got chills drinking this brew.

Mouthfeel: A heavy lacing takes over. Have I mentioned the bourbon? Because it continues to be a major player here providing a sticky mouthfeel. The vanilla/caramel creates a sweetness that is to be remembered. The perfect balance of a heavy mouthfeel without being offensive.

Overall: The first time I had this beer it changed how I drank, appreciated, and thought about beer. I continue to be blown away by the complexity in this beer. I think it is unfair to try and compare FBS and this beer due to how completely different they are. Both are two of the best beers in the world for very different reasons. Founders is the gold standard of Stouts in my opinion. Don't call it hype anymore, this beer is just that good.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 02:48:22 | More by KFBR392
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scoot64

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

01-28-2013 00:01:09 | More by scoot64
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8%

01-27-2013 22:17:10 | More by aszatk01
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Petevocals

Indiana

5/5  rDev +8%

01-27-2013 17:34:40 | More by Petevocals
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Birdlegs

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

01-27-2013 15:36:52 | More by Birdlegs
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Hopsiam14

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-27-2013 15:17:36 | More by Hopsiam14
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Gretlawn

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

01-26-2013 22:24:12 | More by Gretlawn
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Spleeb

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -13.6%

01-26-2013 18:30:00 | More by Spleeb
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TorsHammer

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

01-26-2013 17:09:34 | More by TorsHammer
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ejeffer11

New York

4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

01-26-2013 15:44:47 | More by ejeffer11
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Golfingtom


4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-26-2013 12:55:44 | More by Golfingtom
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Robdrinx

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-26-2013 05:58:41 | More by Robdrinx
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (from 2/17/12) in a snifter glass.

A- pours opaque black, no head or lacing, thin mocha film that does not last. It kinda looks like flat cola.

S- Chocolate right up front which I thought to be a sign of good thins to come, I was wrong. There's some roasted malt, coffee, molassses, vanilla. The aromas come and go as the beer warms. The predominent stench of booze hides any certain identity.

T- The aromas try to show themselves in the form of flavors but the booziness sets up a roadblock.

M- Slick ,heavy, and boozey.

O- I don't get it...all the hype and not even close to FBS for me. I don't like all the booze here. An IPA and a snifter of B&B would please me much more. I feel that my ratings could be even lower, but the rest of BA can't be wrong. I gave it every chance, oh, well.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 02:22:46 | More by NiceTaps
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jcjerabek

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

01-26-2013 02:08:52 | More by jcjerabek
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bigclydeoliver

Ohio

5/5  rDev +8%

01-26-2013 01:37:33 | More by bigclydeoliver
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -13.6%

01-26-2013 00:37:34 | More by UncleJimbo
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Azrael


4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-25-2013 06:32:09 | More by Azrael
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hopandbarley28

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

01-24-2013 22:26:34 | More by hopandbarley28
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avalonct

Michigan

5/5  rDev +8%

01-24-2013 19:33:37 | More by avalonct
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vtbeerandbud

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-24-2013 19:23:49 | More by vtbeerandbud
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CraftEyeDoc

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-24-2013 15:40:16 | More by CraftEyeDoc
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 7,989 ratings.