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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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100
world-class

7,978 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 7,978
Reviews: 2,495
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 3,104
Gots: 2,849 | FT: 206
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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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gueuzegossage

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-09-2012 19:31:28 | More by gueuzegossage
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3rdto1st

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-09-2012 17:36:53 | More by 3rdto1st
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innuendobrewskiman63

New York

4/5  rDev -13.6%

05-09-2012 14:51:48 | More by innuendobrewskiman63
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minterro

Colorado

4.48/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2012:
Been holding off rating for a while to make this one #200!!!

Purchased from Spartan Spirits in East Lansing a weeks ago.

Poured into a wine glass (no snifter available)

A&S: Upfront (directly after uncapping) the smell was very pungent, lots of the classic imperial stout characteristics you would expect to find in a world class stout: bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, rich coffee, a tad bit smokey. After some consumption the smell faded greatly both in intensity but also in characteristics, I started to really only smell coffee and dark chocolate. The been has an very thick pour (very dense looking). Dark black colored beer that seem to have reflective qualities to it on the surface. Pretty much no head, when poured viciously there was about an inch of fizzy, tan head but it faded very quick.

T&M: Pretty intense but not blow you back in your seat intense, it has extremely good balance and is easy to especially for the style. The main flavors (pretty much the same as in the smell) I'm getting are more toward to back and instead of being mixed (like they are more towards the front) they kinda come at you in waves, its very interesting. Excellent bodied: creamy, thick, velvety (pretty much everything your looking for), pretty chewy. Carbonation very low.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer! Its pricey, I'll maybe buy a single or a 4-pack once a year, but your getting what you pay for. As I think many people feel, I would love to do a blind tasting of CBS vs KBS vs Breakfast Stout, side by side. Maybe sometime down the road. I feel as of now I liked CBS much better.

On a side note: I tried a aged 6 month aged version of KBS and it was definitely less bold and way more sweet then before. Lots more marshmallow tones way less bourbon.

2013:
1#: First tried a few weeks after the release

More of a chocolate, coffee, and vanilla bean taste compared to the bourbon I remember from last years batch. I can feel the alcohol earlier then I remember. Lots of dark chocolate in the nose.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 14:33:05 | More by minterro
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Christov

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

05-09-2012 06:35:44 | More by Christov
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pepperfee

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-08-2012 20:15:33 | More by pepperfee
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aint_it_strange

Illinois

3/5  rDev -35.2%

05-07-2012 23:32:30 | More by aint_it_strange
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DamicosFriendChaz


5/5  rDev +8%

05-07-2012 22:33:58 | More by DamicosFriendChaz
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patjohnfive

Illinois

5/5  rDev +8%

05-07-2012 16:40:24 | More by patjohnfive
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vonnegut21

New York

4.44/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 batch poured into a tulip.

A: Pours deep black, with a slight tan head that fades quickly. Looks like a barrel aged stout should.

S: Thick coffee and roasted malt. Bitter chocolate and hints of bourbon. Lighter on the bourbon than I remember from previous years.

T: Coffee and baker's chocolate dominate. Hints of caramel, toasted malt, hops and bourbon. Very drinkable.

M: Moderate carbonation and decent body. Maybe a bit thin for a stout of this magnitude.

O: A classic beer for a reason. A really delicious barrel aged, coffee stout. Tough to find, but worth the hunt. If you like coffee in your stouts, this is a must have.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 22:08:05 | More by vonnegut21
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manjanai

California

5/5  rDev +8%

05-06-2012 10:43:43 | More by manjanai
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gunclubchris

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +8%

05-05-2012 21:20:58 | More by gunclubchris
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tobster24

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-05-2012 15:32:49 | More by tobster24
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Supergenious

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

05-05-2012 01:02:54 | More by Supergenious
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BuffaloBill12

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

05-04-2012 18:42:17 | More by BuffaloBill12
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Troville1990

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

05-04-2012 06:00:02 | More by Troville1990
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tlbarsh

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-04-2012 01:08:50 | More by tlbarsh
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-04-2012 01:07:10 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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WJGreene


4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

05-03-2012 22:40:32 | More by WJGreene
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love Founders, I have been wanting to try this forever and I finally got 6 bottles luckily!

So first off, believe it or not...the hype is actually true this is a phenomenal beer.

This pours out like a thick syrup and it completely pitch black almost like motor oil with a very small mocha, dark brown head.

The aroma is packed with chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon and caramel.

The taste follows very much the same way. Right off the bat it's kinda sweet with the vanilla and caramel taste and then that fades to the chocolate and dark coffee with roasted malts and then finishes with a bourbon burn and a slight bitterness.

Extremely fully bodied and creamy, this is almost too easy to drink, but there is a definite alcohol burn. You can't really taste it as much, but you can definitely feel it. I'm letting 2 bottles age to see how this mellows out.

Another great beer from Founders!!

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 17:02:19 | More by JohnnyMc
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BubbaMac

Georgia

5/5  rDev +8%

05-03-2012 16:26:44 | More by BubbaMac
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harrymel

Washington

4.03/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Latest review: Vintage 2012, reviewed 02MAY12
This one pours black as ever, with a good etched tan surface. Up in the nose: cocoa, so much chocolate this year, it's insane....and I dig it. Coffee comes through in the secondary, and then the vanilla bourbon notes come through. I gotta say, nosewise, that this is beautiful, but no longer worth the trouble on the nose aspect vs. FBS for me. Flavor, vanilla, bourbon and american oak up front, upon moving to the posterior lingual aspects, I get an alcohol burn and some nice cocoa, but really more bourbon character - okay, this is way better than FBS, but still, in the current trade market, not quite $ worth it for me vs. Abyss. Smooth, but a bit hollow with a litter higher carb than I'd prefer in this style. All around great brew, worth at least two or three tries. Really admire everything Founder's does. 4/3.5/4.5/3/4-

Thanks to Chaney for this brew!
Bottled 02/2010
2nd time: bottled 02/2011 - sampled 3/2011 4/4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5/4.48
Poured to NB Globe at around 50F
A: Deep, dark, black ale with opacity which it seems difficult to overcome. No light, not even at the edge of the beer. No carbonation evident, just black, thick beer. When agitated, can get a small appearance to provide evidence of carbonation.
A2: Same as above. Add thick quilt of dark mocha head which hangs around. Little lacing.
S: Coffee, dark chocolate, hints of bourbon, good and sweet vanilla tones intertwine with plenty of malt goodness. This develops over the course of the beer and further accentuates the the chocolate tones.
S2: Coffee again. You know, the bourbon is just not here, too much coffee!
T: Wow. It's the most chocolate I've ever experienced in a beer. Dark, +85% pure, but chocolate nonetheless. I almost want this beer to be served warm, oddly. So much coffee continues to highlight this beer, and I can't think but wonder how they did this. Just delightful. Just a hint spicy and hot with the alcohol.
T2: More coffee this time around. Still no bourbon. Why don't they just skip the barrel? Lakes and East Coast seem to be obsessed with coffee beer. okay, okay, there's bourbon on the back end, but not substantial. Okay beer, not as good as the homers make out.
M: Heavy, thick, sticky. Dries the tongue, dries my life. Sucks me dry and compels me to fill my mouth with more of the seductive beer. Low carbonation. Well played.
M2: see above.
O: This beer is good, no doubt. My problem is with the bal presence. Here's the thing, if you want to have a coffee beer, have a coffee beer. If you want to have a BBA beer, have a BBA beer. If you want to have a BBA/coffee beer, learn to balance them. I can't say I will pursue this as aggressively next year. It's just not that great. Good yes.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 13:18:23 | More by harrymel
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BrandonDZ

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-03-2012 05:30:32 | More by BrandonDZ
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Beerdregs

Minnesota

4.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2012 Vintage

A: Pours an almost black opaque color with almost no head to speak of whatsoever.

S: toffee, burnt coffee, strong whisky with some soy sauce/molasses mixed in.

T: Heavy sweetness at first then the whisky comes in across the palate very strong, then comes bitter roasted malt with a vanilla finish.

M: For not having much head to speak of this beer does have an appropriate amount of carbonation. This beer has kind of a slick, oily mouthfeel with a prominent alc. burn.

O: This beer is outstanding. I would go out of my way to find it.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 00:54:44 | More by Beerdregs
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patol8

Michigan

5/5  rDev +8%

05-02-2012 23:34:42 | More by patol8
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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