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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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8,549 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,549
Reviews: 2,509
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 3,291
Gots: 3,122 | FT: 224
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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Photo of douginromeo
4.48/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage aggressively poured into snifter at cellar temperature.

Appearance - dark, with just the slightest bit of light visible through it. Pours a 1/2 inch beige head that dissipates rather quickly

Smell - won-der-ful! Vanilla, bourbon, caramel sweetness. Just so pleasant to smell that it ALMOST seems a shame to drink

Taste - In a word, balance. Nothing overpowers anything else in this beer. The vanilla, bourbon, and dark malts play so well together that there can be no doubt of the craftsmanship that went into the making of this beer.

Mouthfeel - Thick, viscous, and silky, with the perfect amount of carbonation. This is what a barrel aged stout should be like

Overall - In my humble opinion, there is simply not much to improve upon. It is so well-balanced and well done that there won't be much that is better in this specific genre of beer. I'm not going to sit here and pretend that I'm vastly experienced with bb stouts, but I know a great beer when I drink one. This is a great beer!

douginromeo, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of MusicaleMike
4.43/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pored from a distance into a balloon glass to try and coax the head in this high ABV beer. Great success! Big, two-finger-thick, mocha-colored head that sits with some tight, some foamy bubbles on top. Some lacing too. Deep, black body that does not allow much light to pass through at all. Head dissipates to thin layer after several minutes.

Massive aroma that is pumped up with notes of coffee, vanilla, and dark malts. Coffee definitely dominates the aroma, but those layers of chocolate and bourbon-soaked wood help to add more complexity here. Smells delicious. Delivers what is says it is going to deliver.

Rich coffee/espresso and chocolate notes that are overlaid with notes of bourbon, oak and vanilla. A very supple taste that could easily hold up to some strong food pairings or cigars. As the beer warms the alcohol becomes much more prevalent and even a touch hot.

The beer's body is as thick as can be. Velvety and creamy carbonation. Smooth and rich, with a slick finish. This is a great body for such a big beer. Compliments the flavor and aroma very well.

Yet another great beer from Founders! It isn't something you could drink a lot of, but still remains a tasty beer. I don't think it's the best beer that Founders makes, but it's 100% worth trying and I would definitely drink this again. It exemplifies the signature barrel aged smoothness and bold character that I come to expect from their beers. A must try for barrel-aged beer lovers.

MusicaleMike, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of evenKeelD
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

evenKeelD, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of Trifecta1
3.7/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottles on mulitple occasions; both absolutely fresh and up to 2 years old.

A - Deep brown/black, decent head retention for the ABV.

S - Coffee, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, not much else, not very complex, but it does smell good.

T - Ashy chocolate, malt, light coffee, slight bourbon and vanilla.

M - Creamy, full-bodied, sticky. Coats the tongue in a single sip. Decent carbonation, not over or underwhelming.

O - Does not live up to the hype, plain and simple, partly because there IS so much hype. It is, however, a good stout, but as far as bourbon barrel stouts go, there are countless better examples.

Trifecta1, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of kodt
4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

kodt, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of Saltee
4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Saltee, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of PattyMelt
4.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 KBS.

A- Dark dark brown, almost black, with a dark tan, creamy head that minimalized pretty quick.
S- Heavy malty, dark chocolate smell, with a strong coffee base. Bourbon is evident in the smell, but not over-bearing. It really smells like a decadent piece of chocolate.
T- Bourbon hits at the front and lingers throughout. Other tastes are the same as on the nose. Very malty, chocolate and coffee. The coffee flavor lingers awhile. Very strong taste.
M- Creamy and smooth. Pretty easy to drink despite the liquor and the heaviness of it. Full bodied.

Overall, a great drink. I'm not sure it quite lives up to the hype, but that is a lot of hype to live up to. ;) It is amazing though, and a definite try!

PattyMelt, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of hoerr
4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

hoerr, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

SocalKicks, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of Pecafaced
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Pecafaced, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of Drock325
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Drock325, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of whiterapid
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

whiterapid, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of jbierling
4.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark with minimal head. Not fizzy by any means. Pours extremely thick. Wish it had more to the pour.

S - Chocolate, Chocolate. Wasn't able to pick up much Bourbon.

T - Chocolate, chocolate, and chocolate. Did I mention it has a strong taste of chocolate?

M - Carbonated well. Not much head, but good mouthfeel all the same.

O - A high quality beer well worth the asking price, and quite possibly the most chocolatey beer I've ever had. Its hard to imagine anything with more dark chocolate.

jbierling, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of BklynTerp
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

BklynTerp, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of Smosk
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Smosk, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of concealed
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

concealed, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of GRE680
5/5  rDev +8%

GRE680, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of Ahappyhiker2
4.35/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage poured into stemless Heady Topper snifter. I typically like KBS with a year on it, so it's time to see how it's aging.

A- Jet black pour, no visible light through it. Small tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Definitely has lost visible carbonation from last year.

S- Roasted coffee upfront, very traditional for KBS. Some caramel, dark chocolate, molasses. There's a hint of bourbon and vanilla at the end but not much at all compared to other BA stouts. The aroma is bitter and sweet at the same time, very well balanced.

T- The first thing I always notice about KBS is how smooth it is. It has so many distinct, bold flavors but they're subtle when they need to be. There's still a lot of coffee and roasty flavors in there, and as always KBS has much more chocolate to it than vanilla. It's bitter at the end, but not a hoppy bitter, more of a dark coffee or dark chocolate bitter. Like I said, every flavor in KBS is incredibly bold.

M- Thick, chewy, what I've come to expect from Founders' stouts. Carbonation has died down since last year but with the thick mouthfeel it's kinda perfect.

O- KBS is a solid BA stout. It says on the bottom of the label, "Is good for everything a stout ought to be good for" and it certainly is. I typically like my stouts with more of a vanilla characteristic to them (something KBS and CBS certainly lack) but it's a fantastic beer nonetheless.

Ahappyhiker2, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of tbergsli
4/5  rDev -13.6%

tbergsli, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of DukeX13
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

DukeX13, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of mccallisters_dali
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

mccallisters_dali, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of BryanK
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

BryanK, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of mahak213
4.31/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage into HF tulip-

Appearance- Deep, dark, black. Viscous looking pour, with a minimal brown head that faded to a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell- Big roasty coffee and chocolate, with a mild vanilla presence from the barrel.

Taste- Very coffee forward, followed up with fudgey dark chocolate. The bourbon takes a back seat in this, but has a mild vanilla sweetness on the finish. I love the big coffee presence, but wish there was a bigger bourbon presence.

Mouthfeel- Full and coating.

Overall- Seriously good stuff, worth seeking out, but not worth going too crazy for.

mahak213, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of Bizoneill
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Bizoneill, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of Jiatlas
5/5  rDev +8%

Jiatlas, Apr 11, 2013
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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