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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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8,734 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,734
Reviews: 2,519
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 3,376
Gots: 3,204 | FT: 229
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 jdkitchi
4.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured black with large brown head into a large snifter. There was good head retention and sticky lacing.

I mostly get wet coffee grounds on the nose along with some malt. There is a somewhat sweet coffee flavor up front. I get a little bit of cocoa and bourbon barrel after that. The mouth feel is medium.

About halfway through I'm getting more of a balance of the bourbon barrel flavor with the coffee. I started this at cellar temp of about 55F but I think it's a little better as it warms up from there.

I don't know if it is worth the $7 for a 12 oz bottle. Goose Island BCBS is much more intense. Central Waters BS has much more of the bourbon barrel notes. Overall, this is a very good imperial coffee stout.

jdkitchi, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of MichiganBrews
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

MichiganBrews, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of 888
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

888, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of Fusion7777
4.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't really have much more to contribute over what's already been said by more experienced palates, but KBS is absolutely phenomenal. Poured motor oil black into an oversized wine glass with a modest creamy mocha head. Hints of mahogany when held up to the light. Scintillating aroma with a lot going on; roasty and sweet. Taste is elegantly layered, like a dark chocolate coffee cake in liquid form, revealing hints of caramel, vanilla, and oak as it warms. Muted bourbon character that isn't overpowering but comes together well with the other flavors. Incredibly balanced and nuanced. Mouthfeel is moderately thick but thinner than other big stouts. Dangerously drinkable, luxuriously smooth, and not as hot as you would expect for the ABV. Definitely one to sip and savor. A real treat. A shame this is so much of a hassle to acquire.

Fusion7777, Apr 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

skinnycox, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of DStoked
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

DStoked, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of EvoJoe
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

EvoJoe, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of tcampbel1
5/5  rDev +8.2%

tcampbel1, Apr 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -8%

SaisonFest, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of TTAmod
4.23/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Procured a 2013 bottle today. Poured into tulip. Let's see if it lives up to the hype.

A: Dark, dark brown...almost black. There's quite a bit of brown head and carbonation, too. It's about one finger thick and the retention is quite good.

S: Lots of chocolate, coffee, and alcohol come through. There's a touch of oak and bourbon going on in the nose, but not that much.

T: Taste is burnt cocoa nibs, coffee, touch of chocolate. The bourbon is there, but isn't as strong as something like BCBS. Ends with a taste like a chocolate cake and a bit of heat. The bottle says 70 IBUs? Haha...it doesn't taste anywhere near that. Is the bourbon covering it up? This brew doesn't taste bitter at all. And they're not lying when they say that this is a completely different beer than Breakfast Stout...doesn't taste anything like it.

M: Very, very smooth and quite easy to drink considering the high ABV. There's a bit of carbonation tingle, but this stuff is SMOOTH.

O: It's good, but not as good as BCBS and not the liquid gold that people claim it is. It's not a bad beer by any means, though. I think a bit more bourbon flavor and slightly less sweetness would do this beer some good.

I'd definitely buy some again, but not something I'd buy every day, especially considering the price.

TTAmod, Apr 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Punqbert, Apr 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

JandJMD, Apr 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

frizzzle, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of fx20736
4.79/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Given to me as a gift by a very generous BA on 4/16/13.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a St Bernardus Chalice, served at room temp.

Appearance: Kentucky Coal Black with a 1 finger mocha head that has a cinnamon color to it. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma: deeply roasted malt and a hint of coffee get a mammoth bear hug of oaky, vanilla-ish Bourbon. Alcohol vapors.

Mouthfeel: silky, smooth. As delightful a mouthfeel as any beer.

Taste: rich, dark, chocolate, a touch of coffee and a good wallop of Bourbon with some molasses and vanilla in there somewhere. The oak from the barrels is noticeable as well.

notes: so this is KBS! I was afraid the beer couldn't possibly live up to the hype, thank God my fears were unfounded. Aroma, mouthfeel and taste are all perfect or nearly so. The only minor blemish is lack of lacing and head retention but that may just be a result of the barrel aging. The Bourbon flavor is blended in to the beer very well so it is not a hot mess. This is one of the best beers I have ever had. I hope to be able to get another bottle for Christmas!

fx20736, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of ktblue22
4.84/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I just realized I forgot to ask if this was being served nitro or not - perhaps I can research and update later. We usually ask to sit at the bar, however, since it was extremely packed we grabbed a table (at the Whetstone Station in Brattleboro- you may have seen ads for it on this site!).

Waited 15 minutes for the beer to come so you can imagine how antsy I was to finally try it. I was with my partner and one of my best friends, we all were trying it for the first time and the anticipation was exciting and fun. We all took sips at the same time, and we all exclaimed simultaneously OH MY GOD.

Seriously smooth and velvety - vanilla and caramel and sweet sweet bourbon. The aftertaste is a sweet burn from the bourbon barrel. Delicious and very sippable - the intensity of this beer makes me recommend not chugging it! It is also incredibly rich. So happy to have been able to try it on tap, would love to compare it to the bottle!

ktblue22, Apr 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -13.4%

Fubar1453, Apr 16, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

Jd2391, Apr 16, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

moshea, Apr 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -24.2%

theGlasstronaut, Apr 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -8%

HopsMatt, Apr 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

ravot, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of Doc_Hops
4.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Kentucky Breakfast Stout pours a jet, almost motor oil color with a creamy looking heady that is dark tan, if not light brown.

S- Rich coffee notes pop out first followed but nicely but some subtle chocolate and bourbon notes. There's a faint hint of vanilla too that is quite pleasant.

T- WOW! What pops out right away is the dominating malt character. Lot's of thick, roasted flavors going on. This is melding very interestingly with vanilla and chocolate sweetness. Quite a bit of bourbon as well; this is actually lingering quite a bit. I'm lovin' it!

M- Smooth like velvet. Full bodied, heavy bodied, whatever you want to call it, this beer is dense and delicious. Not a whole lot of booziness from the 11.2% ABV, which is actually a bit surprising. I'm sure this would mellow out even more with some aging.

O- Absolutely stellar beer. Rich and complex flavors are keeping me wanting another sip. I wish I had one more to age a while to see what it does. Nevertheless, I'm incredibly happy I got to try it. This beer definitely lived up to its reputation. Great stuff from Founders.

Serving Type- 12oz bottle poured into a large tulip

Doc_Hops, Apr 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

nollie77, Apr 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

FUwolfpacker, Apr 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

BoneyardBrewer, Apr 16, 2013
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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