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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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8,540 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,540
Reviews: 2,509
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 3,284
Gots: 3,118 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Christian1, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of JohnQVD
4.93/5  rDev +6.5%

2012 release.

Pours a beautiful deep brown with a foamy medium brown head that leaves chunks of lacing on the glass. Smell is sweet chocolate and bourbon with a touch of coffee. Taste is mostly chocolate with some coffee with the bourbon all in the finish. This has a heavy body, but is not boozy though there is a pleasant warming from the alcohol. Overall this is the best bourbon aged beer I've had and was well worth the trouble it took to hunt it down.

JohnQVD, Apr 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

GBallHead, Apr 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

One word...SMOOTH. Everything layers into the other. The bourbon, coffee and chocolate all mold into a mellow bouquet of flavors. Seriously a world class stout and a world class beer to boot. Well worth the wait and so glad I have 4 left t enjoy over the course of the year.

ironchefmiyagi13, Apr 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

runfoodrun, Apr 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

schoon, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of Jonada
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

2013 batch. Served in a Founders snifter

Appearance: Pours motor oil black with a finger and a half of dark tan, almost brown head which dissipated to a relatively thick collar. Leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, roasted malt, bourbon, hint of dark fruit. The bourbon is less prominent than I was expecting.

Taste: Follows the nose closely. Roasted coffee, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, burnt malt, mild oak tannin/astringency.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a thick, viscous, velvety smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation is medium

Overall: I don't know that any beer can live up to the hype that surrounds this or the work that it can take to obtain a bottle. With that being said, it's still a world class beer and worth seeking out.

Jonada, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of Mike
4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Mike, Apr 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

acbe, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of Rope
4.74/5  rDev +2.4%

It was my extreme luck to get this bottle, someone had it on hold and never showed up. The fool.

Black, black oil spilling into the glass. A thin burnt yellow head appeared, and disappeared. A delightful dance of hop oils before the last couple drops went into the cup.

Coffee first, coffee ice cream second, and a sweet alcohol finish.

I can see what the hype is about. The coffee bitter combines well with the hop bitter to make this not too sweet like many bourbon barrel aged beers. Like the smell, it leaves a sweet alcohol presence.

Microbubbles surrounded by the oil. Heavy, could keep you warm all winter long. Luckily though, it doesn't hover on your palate unpleasantly long.

A giant in the category, the best I have had so far. I am curious to see how Dark Lord tastes in comparison.

Rope, Apr 07, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8%

Ak555667, Apr 07, 2013
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4.55/5  rDev -1.7%

A - Black as night, pencil thin light mocha head, excellent lacing

S - Deep roasted chocolate coffee, toffee, brown sugar, touch of bourbon and as it warms the aged fruit comes out

T - Initial: Very similar to nose. Finish: smokey, vanilla, small hint of booze, aged fruit and a lingering roastiness

M - Perfect. silky, velvet, creamy, viscosity is highest i've ever seen a brew.

O - This has a much more roasty taste than anticipated. Flavors are excellent. Mouth is incredible. As in, I don't think it can get any better. Aged fruit makes appearance after substantial warming. This is MUCH different than Black Note and BCBS- but in my personal opinion, not as good.

weonfire, Apr 07, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8%

JimmyFlatRock, Apr 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

catboy, Apr 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -13.6%

Jonnyhiggs, Apr 07, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8%

twkirkby, Apr 07, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8%

Gunson, Apr 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

StoutIrish, Apr 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

EJXL, Apr 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

JoninVT, Apr 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

joel66, Apr 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -35.2%

stealth, Apr 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Zuidman, Apr 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

MattyDrinks, Apr 07, 2013
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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