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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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7,996 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,996
Reviews: 2,495
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 3,111
Gots: 2,858 | FT: 207
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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4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

04-30-2012 19:39:54 | More by brewblues82
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

04-30-2012 16:19:31 | More by Canesfan22
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

04-30-2012 07:04:09 | More by UnderJoath
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

04-30-2012 03:25:01 | More by CummingsK21
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New York

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

This beer is legend. Why are you reading reviews of it?

Bottled 2/17/12, this one of many enjoyed 04/29/12. Don't shy away because it's fresh.

A - Pours out go the bottle a very dark brown, almost black body. Settles in the glass pure black with a finger deep brown head. Head settles to a slight soapiness on top of the obsidian body. This is how stouts should look.

S - Friggin' awesome. Big notes of coffee, dark chocolate and oak. The woodiness is massive but not overbearing. The barrel character really shines here. Vanilla is present as well in dashes/

T - It doesn't get much better than this. I can't think of a better blended barrel aged stout. Huge woody barrel notes, huge coffee and huge vanilla/chocolate all working together in perfect fashion. This is like a celebrity sex party.

M - Thick, creamy and perfectly carbonated. Coats your mouth like it should. Alcohol burn is there, but pleasant, and this beer loses that over time anyways.

O - Brilliant beer that is well worth the hype. Stop reading review and buy/trade/find this beer. All-time favorite. "5's" in categories are reserved for the best, and this grabs a couple.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 02:50:51 | More by DevilsCups
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4.23/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was able to score 6 bottles of the 2012 version. The fist time I had this was on draft so I maybe a little skewed towards the version.

Poured from the bottle into a CBS snifter. Pours a deep dark brown/black with a dark brown head.

Smells of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, alcohol. Taste was strong of bourbon and booze, but also included vanilla and coffee. Mouthful was smooth and was thinner then some of the other BA stouts that I've had.

Will be looking to see how this one tastes with some age on it.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 21:59:15 | More by duceswild
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

04-29-2012 16:50:50 | More by wiu992000
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4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

04-29-2012 15:49:14 | More by NickyDee21
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5/5  rDev +8%

04-29-2012 14:13:48 | More by tmarretti
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District of Columbia

4.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served alongside the regular Breakfast Stout to get a comparison between the two. Have had this beer a number of times, but only finally getting around to reviewing it.

Beer pours a pitch black with a medium tan head, more head than it's non-barrel aged little brother. Smell is just incredible here, the bourbon takes center stage, but it's mixes fantastically with oak, coffee and chocolate to make an amazing aroma. Bourbon, oak and vanilla really stand out in the flavor here with the coffee really taking a back seat (especially compared to the original). It's got a nice chocolate-y finish and is extremely smooth. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, I've actually always felt this beer was a little overrated, but this particular bottle that I'm reviewing is excellent (maybe it's always been excellent?). It's a little more bourbon-forward than I remember, and I wonder if that's a product of drinking the original next to it. A great beer that really blows away most of the brewery-only whales that people go nuts for.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 04:10:08 | More by starrdogg
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4.78/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


A - Pours deep mahogany, flat, black and dense; pours flat with a slight lift of chocolate-colored foam.

N - Whiskey, oak and cream, strong notes of vanilla bean, cocoa, burnt toast, boozy; very bready backbone like biscuit, reminds me of a chocolate brownie. Suggestions of dark, sugary fruits like fig, raisins, glazed fruit and even candy corn.

T/M - Chocolate brownie, biscotti, quite fudgey, chocolate chips, vanilla bean, coffee and cream all set against a chewy, dense mouthfeel; balanced for a BBA imperial stout - it has just the perfect touch of bourbon whiskey and charred oak in the finish.

D - World class, alcohol is tucked away nicely.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2012 01:37:05 | More by biga7346
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

04-29-2012 00:54:00 | More by DanOCMD
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

04-28-2012 05:45:38 | More by JMBSH
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

04-28-2012 03:37:34 | More by Njstoutlover23
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4/5  rDev -13.6%

04-28-2012 01:20:45 | More by RockOnKatie
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3.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into snifter glasses.

A: Black, with a brown-ish head that quickly disappeared.

S: Heavy oak / vanilla. I can almost smell the alcohol, too.

T: Lot of vanilla. Not much roastiness at all. Along with the thick/creamy texture, it almost tastes like butter. The finish is where the beer shines - the more complex oak, coffee, chocolate, and spicy flavors come out.

M: Very thick and very creamy.

O: I'm not sure why it's QUITE so well-rated, but it's a solid Imp Stout. I think I've had better, though.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 21:21:31 | More by shleepy
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4/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black as night. Small expresso head. Somewhat viscous.
S: Bourbon. Dill. Woody. Roasty. Chocolate. Pleasant aroma.
T: Same of the coffee flavors with barrel contributions. Some medicinal notes. Licorice sweetness.
M: Creamy and full bodied.
O: A nicely balanced imperial stout. For such a strong beer, pleasantly drinkable. This is one of the best RIS I've had. However, RIS is not my favorite style so my ratings reflect that.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 21:19:09 | More by jibbyvonjibb
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5/5  rDev +8%

04-27-2012 18:48:13 | More by muddah37
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4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

04-26-2012 17:53:23 | More by vfalstad
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

04-26-2012 15:52:09 | More by DersOne
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

04-26-2012 00:15:37 | More by alwaysanswerb
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

04-25-2012 21:04:58 | More by DavidWalker
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3/5  rDev -35.2%

04-25-2012 16:48:55 | More by Connor
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

04-25-2012 09:43:27 | More by DaveHack
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

04-25-2012 07:17:35 | More by Kevlee722
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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