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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

8,117 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 8,117
Reviews: 2,497
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 3,143
Gots: 2,903 | FT: 209
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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tlazaroff

Virginia

4.8/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh my lord! I smell debittered coffee, vanilla, slight oak, chocolate, raisin, ripe plums, molasses, and brown sugar. This has quite the enticing bouquet!

First thing I noticed is that the lacing is better than expected for such a high ABV beer. It's minimal, don't get me wrong, but its better than I expected. The solid brown head dissipated quickly into the black abyss which is KBS. No light getting through this one at all.

Oh my god! I'm turning into a religious person, apparently. The beer starts sweet. Its sweet like brown sugar, molasses, and vanilla. Hints of other flavors come through on the mid-palate like the coffee. I also get a grain-like taste that is akin to cheerios. The finish is chocolate, vanilla, and coffee with a slight taste of alcohol.

Full bodied with medium carbonation. It has a nice viscous thick feel to it, while being silky smooth too. Very little alcohol burn on the sweet finish, and would pair great with a nice bold cigar or desert.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 13:01:39 | More by tlazaroff
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evavro

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

07-04-2012 19:30:14 | More by evavro
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phishphorce

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

07-04-2012 04:14:36 | More by phishphorce
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DougVanHoy

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

07-04-2012 01:58:53 | More by DougVanHoy
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csnullptr

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +8%

07-03-2012 22:35:53 | More by csnullptr
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littletriggers


4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

07-03-2012 13:58:27 | More by littletriggers
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tmiotke

Michigan

5/5  rDev +8%

07-01-2012 21:00:19 | More by tmiotke
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mmiotke

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +8%

07-01-2012 20:43:07 | More by mmiotke
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beeruser

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

07-01-2012 05:18:41 | More by beeruser
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mwrecording

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

06-30-2012 21:55:37 | More by mwrecording
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thick motor oil like pour, jet black in color with a quarter inch of brown head which quickly disappeared. getting a huge scent of alcohol as soon as i start pouring into the snifter.

let the glass sit for about 10 minutes to warm up a tiny bit.

smells mainly of vanilla and bourbon with a hint of roasted nuts. not getting any of the coffee smell (it said it's got coffee beans.. we'll see if it comes up in the taste).

the taste is phenomenal! not as boozy tasting as it smelled, in fact the bourbon flavor is pretty subtle on the mouth (as far as mouthfeel goes). tastes of vanilla, bourbon, tobacco, light and sweet coffee, roasted grains, roasted walnuts/pecans. a quite complex flavor for a stout i thought was just going to be harsh with the booze!

full body, very mellow and creamy on the palate with a bite from the bourbon! barely feeling the carbonation. definitely a nice sipping beer, as it gives off nice warmth. this is pretty much what a stout SHOULD feel like.

overall this is a solid barrel aged stout. i have no complaints. i can understand what the hype has been all about, finally! however, i do recommend that the people who can't get ahold of it - try their luck with some central waters peruvian morning or bourbon barrel aged stout if they like this style. it's hard to say which is better - but this kbs reminded me a lot of them.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 07:43:16 | More by facundoCNB
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tylermains

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -13.6%

06-30-2012 05:34:34 | More by tylermains
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srv33

Michigan

4.65/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. The darkest pour I think i've ever had, almost zero head, so hardly any lacing. Smells very strongly of bourbon, chocolate, and herbal extracts. Taste is incredible and quite strong, definitely one you need to take slow. You can taste coffee, chocolate, at first - then malt and bourbon, especially in the aftertaste. The flavor profile has several evolutions in your mouth and the mouthfeel is thick and balanced. Its a little less sweet than their Breakfast stout, though more complex. It was pricey, though i'm very glad I got it, this is one of the last bottles in MI. One of my all time favorites, can't wait for next years batch.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 22:49:06 | More by srv33
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surlytwinsfan

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

06-29-2012 18:03:12 | More by surlytwinsfan
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throwback

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

06-29-2012 16:04:43 | More by throwback
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SlowWideTurns

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

06-29-2012 13:33:10 | More by SlowWideTurns
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (2012) into a snifter.

A: Hard pour yields a reddish-black stout with a large chocolate head. Nice retention and lacing.

S: Coffee beans dominate the nose, but harder sniffing reveals some mellow bourbon and vanilla character. Milky sugar, mild cocoa.

T: Big coffee roast, then warm sweet alcohol, tannic vanilla, rich oaky bourbon. Raisin and chocolate notes, slight bitter roast. Vanilla and dark fruit come out more as it warms.

M: Lightish, but creamy and silky. A bit tannic and boozy.

O: Definitely enjoyable, but I'm not sure I like it more than something like Peruvian Morning.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 00:43:09 | More by Etan
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BeerNutz324

Iowa

4.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass

Ap- this one pours a deep dark brown that you could basically call black. Has very little creamy tan head that just clings to the outside of the glass. Can't see through this baby at all.

Ar- whiskey, bourbon, some spices, vanilla, molasses even some chocolate

T- taste is molasses and some dark dark fruit up front, has a chocolate note with a coffee flavor too, finishes with that aged oak whiskey barrel taste but is so, so smooth.

M- pretty thick and syrup-y but its perfect for this style. The carbonation is spot on too. The alcohol warms your mouth nicely as it sits.

O- I can see why this beer gets 100. Amazingly complex and smooth. The whiskey taste is there on the back end but not overwhelming like some other aged monsters. Another success from Founders.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 21:26:18 | More by BeerNutz324
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EL48823

Michigan

5/5  rDev +8%

06-28-2012 20:40:34 | More by EL48823
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Crispy25

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

06-28-2012 19:19:35 | More by Crispy25
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jawneyt

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +8%

06-28-2012 03:09:31 | More by jawneyt
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rmank

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

06-27-2012 23:05:44 | More by rmank
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gpawned

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

06-26-2012 11:52:14 | More by gpawned
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Sam516

California

5/5  rDev +8%

06-26-2012 02:37:13 | More by Sam516
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Aschap

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8%

06-26-2012 01:58:38 | More by Aschap
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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