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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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8,809 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,809
Reviews: 2,522
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 3,411
Gots: 3,230 | FT: 232
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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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

SocalKicks, Apr 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Pecafaced, Apr 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Drock325, Apr 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

whiterapid, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of jbierling
4.63/5  rDev +0.2%
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
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

BklynTerp, Apr 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Smosk, Apr 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

concealed, Apr 12, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

GRE680, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of Ahappyhiker2
4.35/5  rDev -5.8%
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
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4/5  rDev -13.4%

tbergsli, Apr 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

DukeX13, Apr 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

mccallisters_dali, Apr 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

BryanK, Apr 11, 2013
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4.31/5  rDev -6.7%
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
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Bizoneill, Apr 11, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

Jiatlas, Apr 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

ShadyJay, Apr 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -8%

JxExM, Apr 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

jkball01, Apr 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

jhillwastaken, Apr 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- dark brown to black with a thin brown head.

S- sweet bourbon with strong oak and roasted coffee.

T- strong bourbon flavor, booze, oak, some semi-sweet chocolate.

M- medium body stout, not as thick and syrupy as one would expect.

O- This one was as fresh as it gets so it was a bit boozy, but you can't go wrong here.

AdamF625, Apr 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

shredder83, Apr 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

cp45, Apr 11, 2013
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4.85/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured 2013 vintage into snifter. Served at clear temp.
A- pours jet black with a dense thin beige head. Dark as they come
S- tons of dark chocolate, lots of dark roast coffee, lots of oak, bourbon, some vanilla, boozy, good amount of alcohol scent
T/M- first you get the taste of FBS, slams your mouth with dark chocolate and perfectly balanced coffee. The barrel aging kicks in just after, lots of whiskey, lots of oak but neither are over the top. Leaves your mouth with a perfect flavor of chocolate, coffee, and bourbon barrels. The texture is creamy and not bitter at all
O- this beer is amazing. The flavors compliment each other perfectly and there is a lot going on at one time. Along with the obvious listed flavors, you get subtle cinnamon, marshmallow, lactose, hint of smoke, some boozieness. Can't wait to do a side by side with my 2012. This is a perfect example of the style. Make sure to drink this just under room temp to make sure you get to enjoy every aspect of the beer.

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