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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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BA SCORE
100
world-class

8,139 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 8,139
Reviews: 2,497
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 3,147
Gots: 2,912 | FT: 210
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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RespertFTW

Michigan

4/5  rDev -13.6%

01-06-2013 01:47:23 | More by RespertFTW
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gamanley

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-05-2013 18:35:40 | More by gamanley
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Katie_DeLancey


5/5  rDev +8%

01-04-2013 19:36:03 | More by Katie_DeLancey
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Crookdrain

New York

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

01-04-2013 15:13:42 | More by Crookdrain
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dickieb

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-03-2013 23:53:19 | More by dickieb
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bbrown12

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

01-03-2013 23:27:21 | More by bbrown12
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iKasey

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

01-03-2013 05:34:35 | More by iKasey
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Tony412

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

01-03-2013 05:23:23 | More by Tony412
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hunkler

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8%

01-02-2013 23:04:05 | More by hunkler
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NearTheGrove

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

01-02-2013 18:35:55 | More by NearTheGrove
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acat25

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-02-2013 15:29:11 | More by acat25
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Envelopes

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-02-2013 15:00:19 | More by Envelopes
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briiguy

Illinois

5/5  rDev +8%

01-02-2013 14:43:30 | More by briiguy
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beerguy24

New York

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

01-02-2013 05:02:42 | More by beerguy24
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sjones5045

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well, this is about as perfect as you can get. Founders perfected the bourbon barrel beer with this. It pours jet black with a minimal brownish head that fades quickly. Unless a stout is hopped up on nitro I guess this is par for the course. The appearance is probable the only thing regular about this beer.

The smell is crazy with tons of chocolate and sweet bourbon that hits you early. As the beer breaths it remains the same. Almost smells like a dessert beer.

The taste is heaven in a glass. The chocolate gets you first, then a bit of vanilla with a great bourbon sweetness that is consistent and bold. Smooth and silky are the words that come to mind while drinking this. The alcohol is pretty well hidden, but there is enough there to give a nice burn in the throat.

Honestly, I think I appreciate this beer more as I've tried so many others. I feel that all the other bourbon stouts hit you with tons of bourbon taste upfront. And what separates this from the others is that somehow Founders creates a very even taste all the way through. When drinking the other top bourbon stouts it seems like it all hits you at once rather than creating a unique balanced flavor. There may not be a wide variety of flavors here, but the ones that are here are so craft-fully blended and there really isn't another beer I've tried that can accomplish this. World class, and this is the reigning champion of the beer world as far as I'm concerned. If you really separate yourself from the hype and concentrate on the beer, I defy anyone to find a bourbon beer as well balanced as this. It's worth the drive to Michigan for the release every year.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 03:05:59 | More by sjones5045
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jar66su

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-01-2013 02:22:28 | More by jar66su
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JWU

Pennsylvania

4.79/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle dated 2/17/2012 poured into a snifter. I let it warm for about 45 mins before pouring.

A- Black. Half finger of mocha colored head that dissipates quickly, but leaves just a bit around the edges for some lacing. Major alcohol legs here.

S- Really complex. Dark chocolate, vanilla/heavy oak notes, molasses, a light coffee note, and some booziness.

T- Heavy handed on the oak and bourbon notes up front, and a smoky wood note that dissipates quickly. Chocolate and some light sweetness associated with the Breakfast Stout portion come to balance. There's a little booze, but it's really quite well hidden. Dark chocolate and coffee bitterness hits later on as well. I get a slight coconut note as well (I get this on a lot of bourbon barrel aged beers). A lot going on here, and you can sit and pick out different flavors the more you sip on it.

M- Thick, syrupy. Carbonation is pretty agressive on the tongue, but not overdone. Drier on the finish than I would expect, and I appreciate that because otherwise I think I would fatigue on this beer quicker than I actually do.

O- I can't say it failed my expectations. Pretty much what I expected after having Backwoods Bastard a few times, and being a BIG fan of regular Bfast Stout. An excellent beer in every sense.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 01:33:01 | More by JWU
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Davihaw

Illinois

5/5  rDev +8%

12-31-2012 22:58:47 | More by Davihaw
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mkotsayfan

California

4.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to a generous trader, I finally get a chance to try this great stout. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a dark inky black with a dark mocha colored head. The aroma is amazing - chocolate, bourbon, and coffee all stimulating the senses, and in a balanced fashion. The taste is just as wonderful, chocolate and bourbon are a little more pronounced than the coffee. The mouthfeel is heavy-bodied with good carbonation, and is smooth and silky.

This is how a BA stout is made, it is amazingly balanced and hides the ABV pretty well.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 20:43:20 | More by mkotsayfan
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theCoder

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

12-31-2012 02:58:24 | More by theCoder
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jroberge1981

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

12-30-2012 19:11:13 | More by jroberge1981
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badboy7113

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

12-30-2012 16:45:56 | More by badboy7113
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

12-30-2012 16:22:47 | More by IPAmayday90
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mrbojangles31

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8%

12-30-2012 02:07:16 | More by mrbojangles31
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tjkramer95

Ohio

5/5  rDev +8%

12-29-2012 07:22:32 | More by tjkramer95
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 8,139 ratings.