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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

8,005 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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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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MAN615

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-20-2012 20:04:35 | More by MAN615
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TwinLightTap

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

05-20-2012 16:48:23 | More by TwinLightTap
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oneturbucfan

Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

05-20-2012 15:53:00 | More by oneturbucfan
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jackrodgers77

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

05-20-2012 14:38:56 | More by jackrodgers77
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rderedin

Maine

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-20-2012 12:53:06 | More by rderedin
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maxk

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first foray into bourbon barrel aged stouts, so I might as well start with one of the best.

A: A deep, rich black. It looks rich and thick with a beautiful, caramel colored head. The head settles down after a few minutes to leave a nice blanket of bubbles atop the fluid. It leaves a trail as it slides down the glass.

S: Lots of chocolate, a little bit of coffee. It has some bourbon booze in there too which really tickles the nostrils in a pleasant way.

T and M: Lots of oak and bourbon are still prominent. There's a bit of coffee there too. These flavors really dominate the palate. There is a tiny bit of some dark fruitiness, but it's incredibly buried. It feels big, rich, creamy and chewy in the mouth with no astringency. So smooth and chewy. It's pretty hot from the booziness, even after over a year.

I really enjoy this beer, but I can't help but feel like it's a little bit unbalanced. The bourbon really dominates. Of course this is my first beer of the style, so keep that in mind, but the bourbon is really intense.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 12:23:38 | More by maxk
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MaddGeneral

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

05-20-2012 08:03:08 | More by MaddGeneral
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philcha

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

05-20-2012 03:25:22 | More by philcha
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Clayton1220


5/5  rDev +8%

05-20-2012 00:05:20 | More by Clayton1220
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GameFreac

Georgia

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

2011 vintage on tap at the Brick Store Pub for the Breakfast Yard Sale - May 19, 2012. 8 oz pour.

Appearance: Pours a midnight black with a brownish small khaki head.

Smell: Smells of chocolate, bourbon, and slight alcohol.

Taste - Taste is chocolate, roasted malts, and bourbon. Gets better as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Thick and perfect for this beer.

Overall: I prefer CBS and FBS over KBS and I wasn't as blown away as I thought I would be but this is still a world class beer and one of my favorites ever.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2012 23:47:08 | More by GameFreac
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HopFace

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8%

05-19-2012 19:51:06 | More by HopFace
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nicoga3000


5/5  rDev +8%

05-19-2012 17:32:35 | More by nicoga3000
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julian89

Georgia

4.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

So yeah, I went to Brick Store Pub's annual breakfast before work and had KBS 2010, CBS 2010, and Blushing monk to make an awesome 8-10 oz per cup beer flight, all on draft. Yes It was a great start to my work day. I had the CBS from bottle last year, from what I remember it's just as fantastic.

Appearance: Pours a viscous-looking black body with a small, short-lived tan head. It's viscosity is similar to a light molasses.

Smell: Heavy aroma hits with strong notes of smokey roasted malt, brown sugar, vanilla, fine pipe tobacco, dark chocolate charred wood, and smooth bourbon all blended well.

Taste: Oh... my.. god... these three beers were my breakfast and all I needed. The smooth mix and booming taste of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and strong vanilla-flavored coffee hit me on the start. Distinct, yet subtle bourbon flavor with tastes of smokey wood and dark brown sugar. Sweetish bourbon, roasty taste on the mild alcohol warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Full body and mild carbonation. Oh so smooth.

Drinkability: If I had to trade breakfast for liquid for the rest of my life, all I would drink are Founders KBS, CBS, and regular breakfast stout. Such a smooth well mixed beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2012 17:02:01 | More by julian89
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jordanblaskey

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a CBS snifter. Bottle date: February 17, 2012. Acquired from a trade with StevenT562.

A:
Pours an extravagant black with a half-finger dark mocha head that recedes into a nice crown. Beautiful lacing.

S:
Huge coffee, huge chocolate, caramel, vanilla, baking chocolate, licorice, slight alcohol burn, etc. I could go on for days. This is a huge smelling beer.

T:
Taste is very rich with roasted malts, chocolate and bourbon dominating the palate. The second wave of flavors include caramel, dark fruits with a kiss of vanilla at the end. Bourbon bite is plentiful throughout. Finishes very hot and spicy yet surprisingly smooth.

M:
KBS rolls and drips through your mouth like warm molasses straight from Kentucky. Creamy and luxurious is exactly how I want my stouts to feel and this does not disappoint.

O:
A bourbon aged beer done right. Not sure if it's as good as the hype suggests, but a very good stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 05:15:42 | More by jordanblaskey
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markasparov

District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +8%

05-19-2012 05:13:44 | More by markasparov
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ksiazewski

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

05-19-2012 03:38:25 | More by ksiazewski
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40451

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +8%

05-19-2012 00:54:59 | More by 40451
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Nugganooch

California

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

Birthday Breakfast made possible by either Mid or mdfb79. Two great traders that sent me one of these.

12oz into a goblet fit for a King!
2011 vintage I believe

A: KBS pours a deep dark chestnut brown that sits a dark oily black in the glass. Forms a thin rim of turbinado sugar that settles down to a crown leaving light spotted tracks of creamy lace.

S: Smells of dark roasted malts with a big bourbon kissed oak influence. Alcohol noted with some lesser aromas of chocolate, caramel, and a dash of black licorice. Really nice with evident bourbon character.

T: Tastes is incredibly rich with deep roasted cereal/grains, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and earthy oak. I get secondary flavors of coffee, toasted caramels, and bit of earthy spice hops. Brings in a slight bitter touch to things. Some warming booziness flares at the nostrils but this is amazingly smooth for an 11%+ ABV brew. Bourbon barrel treatment is masterful. Strong and forward but not domineering. Thick, filling and slightly sweet but not syrupy. Just a real delight.

M: Feel is a bit heavier but not incredibly thick. Super creamy with a great silky texture. Oily sleek coating across the palate.

D: A real showcase of what bourbon barrel aging should be. Artfully crafted and incredibly smooth with layers of burnt toast, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and oak.

A great breakfast sipper. Would gladly trade for more.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 18:32:02 | More by Nugganooch
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SickNukes

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8%

05-18-2012 18:23:26 | More by SickNukes
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Spartan213

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-18-2012 12:01:42 | More by Spartan213
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carrollmel7

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +8%

05-18-2012 10:12:58 | More by carrollmel7
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jeffoatess

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-17-2012 14:29:39 | More by jeffoatess
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Rau71

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to chewy08rx for a few bottles of this. I got to try a few vintages of this beer.

The 2008 Had a distinct smoky smell, but Had a very high oak taste to it with very mild tastes of Coffee and Vanilla in the background with no smokey taste so I am not sure where the smell came from.

The 2010 was a coffee forward smell with a taste to follow. I thought it was smoother and easier to drink than the 2008.

Overall this is a wonderful stout, and I am not a huge stout fan. I am more of a hop lover but this beer is good enough for me to step outside my comfort zone.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 04:56:01 | More by Rau71
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ChrisKuhns

Texas

5/5  rDev +8%

05-17-2012 04:06:06 | More by ChrisKuhns
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durrrr

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

05-17-2012 02:57:28 | More by durrrr
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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