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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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8,005 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,005
Reviews: 2,495
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 3,115
Gots: 2,864 | FT: 208
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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Photo of Cyberkedi


4.85/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have been hunting this for years - and finally got to try it at the Holy Mother of Gatherings! It pours a deep, opaque sable with a thick, fine-bubbled tan head. Rich aroma has notes of molasses, caramel and semi-sweet chocolate. Flavor is DEEE-LISHUS! Smoky with tones of quality coffee, molasses, chocolate and caramel, and a hint of - is that bourbon? Thick, smooth texture is quite fizzy.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 03:41:28 | More by Cyberkedi
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5/5  rDev +8%

05-25-2012 21:33:31 | More by KFrank729
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5/5  rDev +8%

05-25-2012 18:05:50 | More by MattR
Photo of Wamba


5/5  rDev +8%

05-25-2012 16:09:26 | More by Wamba
Photo of Koltar


4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

05-25-2012 02:02:10 | More by Koltar
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

05-24-2012 17:56:24 | More by jacob4999
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage Bottle.

A- Pours a black licorice color. Letting no light through. Very minimal amount of dark tan head.

S- Nice aromas of bourbon, chocolate.

T- Very complex beer. Even after 4 years in the bottle the bourbon flavor is still upfront. Toasty stout, mixed with chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and coffee.

M- Creamy mouthfeel. Slightly sticky flavors. Nice warming feeling from the ABV.

O- Lives up to all the hype. If you can get your hands on this try it.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 06:46:10 | More by rfbenavi80
Photo of EdwardFortyHands


4.48/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A very complex beer, I really enjoyed everything about this stout but it was missing that je ne snae pas.

Some theorized that the coffee was beginning to fade from the overall flavor profile, but I am not sure if I will buy that at this point in time.

The notes were in fact muted but I liked it a lot.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2012 04:41:32 | More by EdwardFortyHands
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5/5  rDev +8%

05-24-2012 02:15:01 | More by Channel10Geuze
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

05-24-2012 01:51:54 | More by Doggfish90
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

05-23-2012 17:28:59 | More by jwzibell
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5/5  rDev +8%

05-23-2012 15:47:58 | More by foodyjeff
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4.03/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage

A: very dark; black

S: strong aroma of bourbon, vanilla, burnt wood and coffee. Very appealing.

T: tastes exactly how it smells -- begin with coffee followed by the vanilla and wood then joined by the bourbon which also lingers. A bit heavy on the bourbon taste -- much more so than the aroma leads you to believe.

M: thick, velvety

O: good but CBS and Breakfast Stout are considerably better.


Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 03:38:56 | More by dafla67
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4.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2013-03-30 in Grand Rapids at the brew pub.

A - Black or very dark brown with a 1-finger, dark tan head, alcohol legs and light lacing.

S - Bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, coffee and fig.

T - Bourbon forward, chocolate, expresso, vanilla, oak and mild dried fruit. The aftertaste is equally complex with roasted and and hop bitterness and a touch of sour. Beautiful blend of flavors. The alcohol is apparent but well-integrated.

M - Pretty thick body, light carbonation yields a smooth, creamy feel.

O - This is a delicious brew; especially if you like a forward bourbon flavor. Quite the sipper that gets better and better as it warms from 45 degrees to room temperature. Interestingly, the more it warms, the more it leans towards a rich, chocolate flavor. Get it if you can. On-tap is extra good.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2012 22:52:15 | More by Tucquan
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

05-22-2012 21:25:33 | More by sennin
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4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

05-22-2012 19:11:33 | More by durkle
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

05-22-2012 07:53:21 | More by TylerW
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5/5  rDev +8%

05-22-2012 02:46:21 | More by jazzurb
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4.83/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First review ever, so I will do my best.

Appearance: Very dark almost used motor oil look (mean that in a good way) Very little lacing and almost no foam, very small rim around the glass.

Smell: Amazing Strong Bourbon Scent (I love Bourbon) a bit of wood and chocolate after but the bourbon hits you and gets better as it warms.

Taste: at first I think you get the other flavors and then the bourbon hits you. I get the tingle on my tongue then get a strong bourbon and then another after taste of bourbon coffee.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, wow that sounds gay but very thick

Overall: Very impressed with this beer, I almost like it as much as BCBS 2010. I loved it overall, I would drink this anytime no matter the season. The flavors all go amazingly together and its funny but I swear I feel the alcohol after one beer. Great Job!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 21:16:37 | More by BruceBruce
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New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

05-21-2012 18:30:07 | More by jfmamj
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

05-21-2012 16:05:24 | More by clutchbeyers
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4.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottled enjoyed on 5/20/12.

Appearance: Black body with just a rim of light brown head. Frothy lacing.

Smell: Big bourbon and oaky aroma. Light chocolate and coffee with a strong boozy scent.

Taste: Bold coffee and bourbon flavors dominate the palate. Some chocolate, woody, and dark roasted malts as it finishes. Super bold and flavorful.

Mouthfeel: As expected, heavy on the palate and full-bodied. Creamy and coats the palate nicely. Alcohol is well-hidden for such a big beer.

Overall: Finely crafted with a bold aroma and taste. The strong abv and noticeable scent had me expecting a much more boozy beer, but it was super drinkable. I want to get my hands on a bottle with a couple of years of aging and have it go toe to toe with BCBS.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 01:51:08 | More by mfavoino
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District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +8%

05-21-2012 00:52:47 | More by beerMeh
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4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

05-20-2012 22:00:23 | More by Mahlik
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3/5  rDev -35.2%

05-20-2012 21:56:02 | More by Drk93TT
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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