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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9,138 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,138
Reviews: 2,550
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 3,609
Gots: 3,373 | FT: 240
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  rDev -13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of AndyP612
4.99/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(2013) Bottle poured into Darkness tulip.

A- Thick murdered out black with no light let through with a fingers worth of khaki brown head. I was kind of expecting a little thicker head otherwise looks very inviting.

S- Chocolate and coffee dominant nose with hints of vanilla and bourbon booze prize towards the end. Very inviting proven by the fact that I'm salivating before the first sip.

T- Wow. Follows the nose very, very closely. Big Chocolate and coffee punch to start with the dryness and the alcohol(not overpowering) from the Ol' Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. A lingering taste of bourbon stays with you between sips along with rich chocolate. Burps taste like whiskey. Delicious. So many layers.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Not too thick but so rich and luscious. Velvety while milky.

O- Worth it. KBS definitely opens up as the temperature levels off. Upon first sip, I was seeing many similarities between this and Founders Breakfast Stout, however, as the layers become more apparent, the differences become less subtle. I want more. Is it 2014 yet?


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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of BeerNotes
5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Black as oil with a thin khaki head.

S: Lots of cocoa and sweetness, balanced with just a touch of coffee roast.

T: Miraculous. Can I say miraculous? Chocolate, coffee, bourbon, roasty malts. Oak at just the right times. Vanilla undertones throughout, but not extremely noticeable. Not boozy in the mouth, but a little in the stomach. Really masks that 11.2% ABV.

M: Thick and smooth. Really full body.

O: Absolutely lives up to the hype. A remarkable beer. Full-bodied without being overpowering. Complex without being muddled. High ABV without tasting like booze. It’s just delicious. Everything you could ever want in a stout.

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Axnjxn
4.58/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On draft at sams in Durham. 16oz pour into a pint glass for 7 bucks. great price.

pours a pitch black with a nice frothy beige head.

chocolate, vanilla coffee and hints of bourbon on the nose. very nice.

taste starts out with vanilla and chocolate and ends with a bourbon kick. ooh, very balanced and smooth. bourbon is a great kicker and isn't too overpowering. excellent .

creamy, not syrupy. 11.2% is unbelievable. full bodied with mild carbonation.

overall a world class bourbon stout. also, I've had it before in bottles but its significantly better on draft. nice!

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3.5/5  rDev -24.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -8%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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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

Bottle to Founders branded snifter.

A: Black as hell, head was about a finger of chocolate colored head that receded to a skim layer. Looks decadent.

S: sweet vanilla and bourbon combined with loads of dark chocolate, some black coffee and a light whiff of booze.

T: Sweet bourbon, vanilla, very dark chocolate, espresso coffee.

M: Smooth, full, creamy ,lush.

O: Absolutely phenomenal. Drinks like liquid luxury, alcohol is so well masked with the exception of a welcoming warmth going down. Wish i had a few more bottles, but thankful to be able to have tried this one.

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4.25/5  rDev -8%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.21/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 out of the bottle, poured into the world famous "Raise your Pints" glass.

Looks quite tasty nice head dark milk chocolate Stout color.
Nose is Coffee and chocolate and sweet bourbon!

I let it warm for approximately 30 minutes, It's slightly chilled over room temperature.
Taste is very coffee forward followed by nice silky chocolate with Bourbon allover the middle and backend. A hint of Vanilla touches the buds too.
The bourbon and coffee linger in your mouth and pallet.

I will say, for as hard as is to get, it didn't live up to expectations. I've previously had bottles of the CBS, And in my opinion KBS isn't at that level.
But that does not mean it's not an absolutely terrific stout! As it is absolutely wonderful!

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of JMurphy41
4.89/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(2013) 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to the guys at Eastgate Liquors in Lakeview for this one. They hooked me up big time.

Appearance: She's a beaut after just a mild pour. Jet black with a khaki-colored one finger head. Leaves some nice lacing on the side of the glass as you put more into your gut. Head shrinks to just a small layer that stays with you throughout the experience.

Smell: Bourbon for days. Vanilla follows, and a bit of coffee is also present.

Taste: Omph. This brew was(is) worth the trouble. Vanilla is actually much more present in the taste than it is in the smell. Coffee is big too. The bourbon and alcohol elements are mellow but definitely appreciable. Coffee taste is what is most prevalent between sips. I'd say that the vanilla is more prevalent when the brew is cooler, and as it warms, the coffee mixes in more with the vanilla. Not too hot at all at any point.

Mouthfeel: This and the taste are what really make this beer shine. It is extra, silky smooth. Almost like milk, and I mean that in the best way possible... Coats the mouth with a welcome layer of velvety goodness.

Overall: Well worth all the hype, honestly. This was my second bottle this year and I enjoyed this one exponentially more than my first (which is why I held off on reviewing it until I had this one). It is a must try for all of you fine people. At about $5/4 pack more expensive compared to BCBS, I'd have to say it's worth the hike in price. I love BCBS, but this beer justifies the extra $1.25/12oz IMO.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,138 ratings.