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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

8,429 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 8,429
Reviews: 2,505
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 3,252
Gots: 3,070 | FT: 219
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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RWACKO

New York

5/5  rDev +8%

04-07-2013 00:53:37 | More by RWACKO
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raythealeman

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

04-07-2013 00:48:06 | More by raythealeman
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STXIDHI13

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

04-07-2013 00:29:12 | More by STXIDHI13
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jimmy82063

Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev -5%

Poured into a tulip glass....Jet Black with minimal to no lacing. The smell is very coffee forward with a hint of Oak and Vanilla. Taste, there is a bit of bourbon up front; as this warms the bourbon is more noticeable, coffee comes up as well as a bit of vaniila and some chocolate. Alcohol is certainly well hidden. Mouthfeel is very smooth. Awesome beer!

04-07-2013 00:04:52 | More by jimmy82063
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EigenBeer

Florida

4.58/5  rDev -1.1%

*Note: I drank a 1 year conditioned bottle

A- Pitch black with a tiny half a centimeter head that disappeared shortly after.

S- Best aspect. The bourbon oak was noticeable but not over powering like other beers aged as long. This may have been more noticeable when it was freshly bottled. Coffee and chocolate was present, but not as explosive as the Breakfast Stout. It had a nice combination of bourbon, oak, and roasted malts.

T- The taste followed the nose. Initially tasted a heated bourbon with a very smooth transition to a roasted coffee finish. I am not sure if it is the age, but there is a distinct earthy/dirt after taste.

M- A great combination of robustness and carbonation.

O- I was more impressed with the smell than the taste. I will have to try a fresher bottle to compare.

04-06-2013 23:12:56 | More by EigenBeer
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LynnHomeBrewer

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +8%

04-06-2013 22:10:11 | More by LynnHomeBrewer
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Dylanjf

New York

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

04-06-2013 22:04:48 | More by Dylanjf
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev -9.1%

On Tap at House Of 1000 Beers
A - Pours completely black with a brown head, but not a really thick head, and little lacing.
S - Big dark roasted malt right off the bat, some chocolate and vanilla, then that big bourbon scent.
T - Follows the aroma almost exactly, large roasted malt flavor, very sweet, with hints of vanilla, and some minor earthy hops, toasted wood chips, and some chocolate.
M - Very thick, but smooth, the sticky sweetness of the malt just lasts forever on your palate.
O - From personal preference, I dont see eye to eye with Imperial Stouts, this does have some great flavors, and is incredibly smooth, the 11.2% is masked almost completely, but it tastes like nearly every other imperial stout i've had. I'd much rather take your average stout against this, but I've had it.

04-06-2013 21:50:27 | More by Omnium
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Givemebeer

Vermont

4.48/5  rDev -3.2%

1st review! Might as well start with a big boy. Had this puppy alongside a bourbon county. Honestly, the bourbon county blew it away. Not to say the KBS was at all bad, it was delicious. Great blend of chocolate and coffee with good lingering taste. Good mouthfeel. Not flawless but would be nitpicking to mention anything serious... I thought it would have a more complex taste but still absolutely delicious. If you find this rare gem, pick it up.

04-06-2013 21:44:57 | More by Givemebeer
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jkrug5

Maryland

5/5  rDev +8%

04-06-2013 21:35:26 | More by jkrug5
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GFish

Virginia

5/5  rDev +8%

04-06-2013 20:56:37 | More by GFish
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OleDixie

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8%

04-06-2013 20:43:32 | More by OleDixie
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TexasZach

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

04-06-2013 20:17:42 | More by TexasZach
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ScaryEd

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

04-06-2013 19:05:25 | More by ScaryEd
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jakea

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +8%

04-06-2013 17:27:04 | More by jakea
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mzeld

Michigan

5/5  rDev +8%

04-06-2013 16:30:26 | More by mzeld
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LSMroz

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -24.4%

04-06-2013 16:26:38 | More by LSMroz
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Ri0

Wisconsin

4.81/5  rDev +3.9%

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Black as coal with a big 2 finger sand colored head. Light does not pass through this black beauty. Thin ring remains and lacing is minimal.

S - Ahhh... Sweet bourbon and vanilla, mocha, dark chocolate. Roasted malts and some molasses also are present.

T - Mmmm... Waves of sweet bourbon and dark chocolate with vanilla. Notes of roasted malt, mocha, and molasses. Some warming from the alcohol in the finish. Absolute joy to sip on.

M - Rich and creamy with a thick mouthfeel. Surprising amount of carbonation for a barrel aged beer.

O - This and BCBS are the stouts that I covet. I feel lucky to have been able to get a 4 pack my first year looking for it. I'll make sure to take off work in future on KBS day to land some!

04-06-2013 15:23:18 | More by Ri0
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Boilerfood

Indiana

4/5  rDev -13.6%

04-06-2013 14:44:11 | More by Boilerfood
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IcemanCometh

Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +3.7%

04-06-2013 14:15:16 | More by IcemanCometh
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Summer78

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

04-06-2013 11:18:11 | More by Summer78
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MWilt

Michigan

5/5  rDev +8%

04-06-2013 11:15:22 | More by MWilt
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DerekMorgan

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

04-06-2013 07:22:35 | More by DerekMorgan
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SometimesIfart

Michigan

4.24/5  rDev -8.4%

A - Into a snifter. Pours about as black as you can get with a one finger mocha head. Left very spotty lacing.

S - A good sized hit of bourbon up front followed quickly by dark chocolate and coffee. I also pick up some slight chocolate covered cherry and roast beef.

T - Bourbon right off the bat, shortly followed by dark coffee and espresso. Chocolate makes it's presence known and it finishes off on a warming boozy vanilla note. The coffee sticks around well into the finish.

M - Thick oily body with almost no carbonation. Consitant dark chocolate and coffee. Flavorts unravel as it sits.

O - Overall, definitely a solid stout, unfortunately, I don't think it belongs on the top 10, or even the top 20 beer list. The bourbon was nice, but the vanilla undertones weren't pronounced enough. Hate all you want, but FIS and Siberian Night were both better than this.

04-06-2013 06:32:06 | More by SometimesIfart
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SourAddict

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

04-06-2013 04:13:51 | More by SourAddict
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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