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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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world-class

8,355 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 8,355
Reviews: 2,502
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 3,211
Gots: 3,028 | FT: 215
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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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

03-20-2013 19:33:44 | More by tom10101
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Mounty4Life

Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev -7.3%

Shout out Dommys Pizza in Vandergrift, Pa! Aged a year on top of barrel age! Poured a opaque black color with a coffee head that came late and fizzled quick. Smell is heavy on bourbon with some vanilla that is trying to get through. A lot of alcohol present on nose. Tastes a lot better than it smells for sure. Smooth and toasty coffee and bourbon shine in this special selection. Roasted malts stick to your tongue while the bourbon warms the sides of your mouth. At 11.2%, I thought I would have trouble getting it down but that was not the issue. Mouthfeel is thick and warming and flavor is popping everywhere. Overall a lot better than I thought for high gravity stout. Tons of robust flavor with some whisky reminding you to drink it slow!

03-19-2013 23:57:18 | More by Mounty4Life
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YoungTeach

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

03-19-2013 22:18:49 | More by YoungTeach
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DruRho

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

03-19-2013 01:02:25 | More by DruRho
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pauljunk

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

03-18-2013 14:37:53 | More by pauljunk
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beertardis

Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

03-17-2013 23:22:13 | More by beertardis
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aaronblain22

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

03-17-2013 21:48:12 | More by aaronblain22
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roostor07

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

03-17-2013 14:54:01 | More by roostor07
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mikeburd1128

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

03-17-2013 02:18:03 | More by mikeburd1128
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blakelive784

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev -5%

Thanks to maximum12!

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a snifter. Bottled 2/8/10. Reviewed live:

A - Pours a thick, opaque, motor oil black color. I coaxed about two fingers of mocha colored head after an aggressive pour, but retention is terrible. Inviting to say the least, and I can smell it already...

S - A pungent bourbon front. Vanilla, oak, milk chocolates, and fresh roasted coffee. Pleasantly alcoholic. One of the best oak noses I've ever encountered. Roasted malt and caramel buried. Amazingly subtle and complex. Pungent. I can't wait to try it.

T - Creamy, luxurious chocolates and dark roasted coffee open. Awesome subtle bourbon. Well placed oak. Thick roasted malts and burnt caramel. Subtle vanilla throughout. Toffee and molasses come through. It warms in the stomach, but is far from boozy. In fact, I'd never guess the ABV is as high as it is. Savory and sweet. Incredibly complex. Decadent.

M - Thick and smooth. Creamy. Full bodied.

D - Hot damn this is good. I'll be comparing all others in the style to this one. One of the best stouts I've had.

03-17-2013 01:52:38 | More by blakelive784
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averse

Ohio

5/5  rDev +8%

03-16-2013 13:19:11 | More by averse
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SimcoeJoe

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

03-16-2013 13:15:14 | More by SimcoeJoe
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darvinlikemarvin

Iowa

5/5  rDev +8%

03-16-2013 13:07:08 | More by darvinlikemarvin
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Cazlo

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

03-16-2013 01:54:06 | More by Cazlo
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AmitC

New York

4.49/5  rDev -3%

Poured the 2013 bottle into a snifter. Very fresh.

A very dark brown pour. Thick. Black inside the glass. A bout a finger thick shiny brown colored head with good retention. Excellent lacing left by the receding head. Opaque and calm with very little activity going around inside the bottle.

Aroma is of huge dark chocolates. A good amount of booze. Strong vanilla flavors. Smells a lot like creamy milk chocolate. Malt content is very very big - full of dark roasted malts, chocolates and coffee. Very warm and inviting. Layers and layers of aromatics notes with a lot of complexity.

Taste has a nice burst of upfront hops and charred malts. A lot of dark roasted malts fill the palate. Bitterness provided by the hops, burnt up malts and the strong booze presents a phenomenally powerful stout. This one is strong and not for the faint hearted. Layers of wood and vanilla notes provide it complexity as well as the silken touch. Creamy. But very potent. The booze is strong as the stout is very fresh. Nice mix of flavors. Finish is dry and bitter.

Mouth feel is full bodied. Thick. A lot of creamy and silky touch. A good amount of alcohol, hop and malt astringency. A lot of warmth. Drink really slow and warm.

This is one super big stout. Stouts definitely don't get much better than this. Probably not as good as BCBS may be due to an explicit booze content.

03-15-2013 23:24:26 | More by AmitC
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michaeljstraub

Georgia

5/5  rDev +8%

03-15-2013 11:26:35 | More by michaeljstraub
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MykelJH

California

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

03-15-2013 09:50:21 | More by MykelJH
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EricClayton

West Virginia

5/5  rDev +8%

03-15-2013 00:43:47 | More by EricClayton
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mrs_bretina

Michigan

5/5  rDev +8%

03-15-2013 00:12:22 | More by mrs_bretina
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jschonert

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

03-14-2013 18:10:34 | More by jschonert
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev -4.3%

2010 Vintange, aged two years... Thanks, Mick! Pours dark as hell as it glorps itself into the glass, barely making a sound. A deep tan head slowly forms, never getting too big, but perching at a reasonable size and leaving some nice, wet lacing in its path. Who said high gravity stouts couldn't have a nice head?

Big bourbon presence in the aroma, right from the start, but it remains smooth, silky, and inviting; never "hot". Big-time oak and wood notes, outlined with a nutty presence; toasted and again, soaked in booze. The coffee brings up the rear; a nice collage of bitter-roasted coffee beans and a underlying malt sweetness. French blend, cream and sugar, please.

Though I didn't get it at first, after a few more whiffs, super thick and dark fudge becomes apparent. Deep, dark chocolate fudge - bittersweet, savory, and dense. The nose on KBS is fantastic, and I can understand why this beer is held to such high regard. So complex and robust, yet so approachable at the same time.

KBS hits my tongue feeling silky, smooth, and carbonated well considering that it's almost three years old at this point. Not as huge of a mouth feel as Founders' Imperial Stout, but this is still a full-bodied and lightly chewy stout, no doubt. Big, robust, syrupy bourbon flavors are the first things to attach themselves to my palate; heavy yet smooth, well-integrated, and non-abrasive.

Mild notes of oak and vanilla back up the bourbon flavor as well, showing a strong barrel presence in this finely aged stout. Roasted malts are abundant, of course, as is that dark fudge that snuck itself into the aroma later on. Super thick fudge-cake, exploding with dense cocoa flavors and bittersweet chocolate morsels. The wood and oak flavors get heavier as the sip goes on, followed by a bit more nuts and coffee beans.

The coffee is a little less present on the palate than it was in the aroma, but it's still very much there; roasty, creamy, and bold. The aftertaste is full of more thick fudge, nuts, coffee beans, oak, vanilla, all over the fading bourbon background. One of the most beautiful and elegant things about this beer - as it warmed up, the alcohol warmth never got any hotter. If anything, it almost mellowed out a bit and become even easier to drink... very dangerous for an 11.2% ABV stout. I didn't want this one to end.

What a huge stout, tons of things going on, and a beautiful display of how bourbon-barrel aging can turn beer into a work of art. KBS was an excellent beer, and while I certainly think it might be a *touch* overrated in the sense that there are many other "just as good or better" beers of the same type that aren't nearly as hard to get your hands on, it's still a fine beer, regardless - there's no denying that.

03-14-2013 12:11:31 | More by tectactoe
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ldhughes3

Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

03-14-2013 07:51:30 | More by ldhughes3
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superjose

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

03-14-2013 01:09:43 | More by superjose
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wmobley

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +8%

03-13-2013 20:58:23 | More by wmobley
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rgilbert

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +8%

03-13-2013 19:23:43 | More by rgilbert
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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