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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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9,232 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,232
Reviews: 2,568
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 3,753
Gots: 3,455 | FT: 242
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-13-2004

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."
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured at 57.4F into a Riedel stemless goblet. Pours dark mahogony brown with a relatively minor toffee head which subsides quickly with minimal lacing.

N: Hard to figure out where to begin. You have the milk chocolate, with vanilla, but all wrapped in a kind of buttery toffee smell. The bourbon is there when you first open it, but subsides after a while. Doesn't really smell boozy to me. 11.2%?? No way. But wow, the smell is delicious and just like many a FB relationship status: it's complicated.

T: This really really really is a well crafted stout. Artisinally produced. Evertyhing you get in the nose is there on the tongue, and each flavor on its own is quite bold and distinct, but it's all just sooo dang balanced. You get the very rich coffee and expresso but it's totally interwoven with the chocolate and the vanilla from the bourbon barrel. The bourbon flavors and booziness didn't really start to become prominent until this warmed to 60F or so. But completely and complexly delicious.

MF: So smooth and velvety. Very creamy and sticks to your mouth and palate. You can still get the oak and vanilla 10 seconds after your last swallow on the back of your tongue.

O: This is a truly EPIC stout in almost every way. Is it worth $5 / bottle, for 2 bottles once a year? Sure. Would I pay that much every day?, no way. Continuous battle of hype, expectation, scarcity and quality. But a great beer in any case.

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -8%

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4.25/5  rDev -8%

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4.25/5  rDev -8%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -8%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of douginromeo
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage aggressively poured into snifter at cellar temperature.

Appearance - dark, with just the slightest bit of light visible through it. Pours a 1/2 inch beige head that dissipates rather quickly

Smell - won-der-ful! Vanilla, bourbon, caramel sweetness. Just so pleasant to smell that it ALMOST seems a shame to drink

Taste - In a word, balance. Nothing overpowers anything else in this beer. The vanilla, bourbon, and dark malts play so well together that there can be no doubt of the craftsmanship that went into the making of this beer.

Mouthfeel - Thick, viscous, and silky, with the perfect amount of carbonation. This is what a barrel aged stout should be like

Overall - In my humble opinion, there is simply not much to improve upon. It is so well-balanced and well done that there won't be much that is better in this specific genre of beer. I'm not going to sit here and pretend that I'm vastly experienced with bb stouts, but I know a great beer when I drink one. This is a great beer!

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4.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pored from a distance into a balloon glass to try and coax the head in this high ABV beer. Great success! Big, two-finger-thick, mocha-colored head that sits with some tight, some foamy bubbles on top. Some lacing too. Deep, black body that does not allow much light to pass through at all. Head dissipates to thin layer after several minutes.

Massive aroma that is pumped up with notes of coffee, vanilla, and dark malts. Coffee definitely dominates the aroma, but those layers of chocolate and bourbon-soaked wood help to add more complexity here. Smells delicious. Delivers what is says it is going to deliver.

Rich coffee/espresso and chocolate notes that are overlaid with notes of bourbon, oak and vanilla. A very supple taste that could easily hold up to some strong food pairings or cigars. As the beer warms the alcohol becomes much more prevalent and even a touch hot.

The beer's body is as thick as can be. Velvety and creamy carbonation. Smooth and rich, with a slick finish. This is a great body for such a big beer. Compliments the flavor and aroma very well.

Yet another great beer from Founders! It isn't something you could drink a lot of, but still remains a tasty beer. I don't think it's the best beer that Founders makes, but it's 100% worth trying and I would definitely drink this again. It exemplifies the signature barrel aged smoothness and bold character that I come to expect from their beers. A must try for barrel-aged beer lovers.

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Trifecta1
3.73/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottles on mulitple occasions; both absolutely fresh and up to 2 years old.

A - Deep brown/black, decent head retention for the ABV.

S - Coffee, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, not much else, not very complex, but it does smell good.

T - Ashy chocolate, malt, light coffee, slight bourbon and vanilla.

M - Creamy, full-bodied, sticky. Coats the tongue in a single sip. Decent carbonation, not over or underwhelming.

O - Does not live up to the hype, plain and simple, partly because there IS so much hype. It is, however, a good stout, but as far as bourbon barrel stouts go, there are countless better examples.

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4.25/5  rDev -8%

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4.25/5  rDev -8%

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4.56/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 KBS.

A- Dark dark brown, almost black, with a dark tan, creamy head that minimalized pretty quick.
S- Heavy malty, dark chocolate smell, with a strong coffee base. Bourbon is evident in the smell, but not over-bearing. It really smells like a decadent piece of chocolate.
T- Bourbon hits at the front and lingers throughout. Other tastes are the same as on the nose. Very malty, chocolate and coffee. The coffee flavor lingers awhile. Very strong taste.
M- Creamy and smooth. Pretty easy to drink despite the liquor and the heaviness of it. Full bodied.

Overall, a great drink. I'm not sure it quite lives up to the hype, but that is a lot of hype to live up to. ;) It is amazing though, and a definite try!

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4.25/5  rDev -8%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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