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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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8,748 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,748
Reviews: 2,519
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 3,378
Gots: 3,215 | FT: 230
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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4/5  rDev -13.4%

deweese, Jan 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

stouts4me, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of 05Harley
4.73/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 2/17/12
Purchased somewhere in Mass, thanks phingdong.
Estimated calories - 336/12oz

Price - $23.59/4pk

Yeah baby, pours pitch black with a creamy brown head and simply put, looks absolutely amazing. My mouth is watering just looking at it. Head retention is limited but the polka dotted lacing is both decorative and abundant. Some red edging is noticeable as the snifter empties along with a shiny oily appearance on the bottom.

Aroma is complex with dark chocolate and vanilla bourbon notes at the forefront followed by burnt sugar, dark fruit and coffe beans. Strong and roasty, the nose is very much addicting. I could smell this all day...

Following the aroma the flavor is spot on with dark chocolate, vanilla, molasses and espresso. A perfect blend of bourbon sweetness. Everything works well here with not one ingredient overwhelming the others. Impeccably balanced.

Mouthfeel is creamy and syrupy with a thick and chewy body. Not much carbonation to speak of but the bourbon here tickles the taste buds in it's place. Very smooth and easy to drink at 11.2%. Finishes off with a nice warm feeling.

One of the best, if not the best bourbon blended beers I've ever tasted. And not too heavy to follow up again and again. I've enjoyed this 4-pk and can't wait to get my hands on a few more. Highly rated and well deserving.

05Harley, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of sburrough
5/5  rDev +8.2%

sburrough, Jan 06, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

Pjmjr22, Jan 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -13.4%

RespertFTW, Jan 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

gamanley, Jan 05, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

Katie_DeLancey, Jan 04, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Crookdrain, Jan 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

dickieb, Jan 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

bbrown12, Jan 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

iKasey, Jan 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -8%

Tony412, Jan 03, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

hunkler, Jan 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

NearTheGrove, Jan 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

acat25, Jan 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Envelopes, Jan 02, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

briiguy, Jan 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

beerguy24, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of sjones5045
5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well, this is about as perfect as you can get. Founders perfected the bourbon barrel beer with this. It pours jet black with a minimal brownish head that fades quickly. Unless a stout is hopped up on nitro I guess this is par for the course. The appearance is probable the only thing regular about this beer.

The smell is crazy with tons of chocolate and sweet bourbon that hits you early. As the beer breaths it remains the same. Almost smells like a dessert beer.

The taste is heaven in a glass. The chocolate gets you first, then a bit of vanilla with a great bourbon sweetness that is consistent and bold. Smooth and silky are the words that come to mind while drinking this. The alcohol is pretty well hidden, but there is enough there to give a nice burn in the throat.

Honestly, I think I appreciate this beer more as I've tried so many others. I feel that all the other bourbon stouts hit you with tons of bourbon taste upfront. And what separates this from the others is that somehow Founders creates a very even taste all the way through. When drinking the other top bourbon stouts it seems like it all hits you at once rather than creating a unique balanced flavor. There may not be a wide variety of flavors here, but the ones that are here are so craft-fully blended and there really isn't another beer I've tried that can accomplish this. World class, and this is the reigning champion of the beer world as far as I'm concerned. If you really separate yourself from the hype and concentrate on the beer, I defy anyone to find a bourbon beer as well balanced as this. It's worth the drive to Michigan for the release every year.

sjones5045, Jan 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

jar66su, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of JWU
4.79/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle dated 2/17/2012 poured into a snifter. I let it warm for about 45 mins before pouring.

A- Black. Half finger of mocha colored head that dissipates quickly, but leaves just a bit around the edges for some lacing. Major alcohol legs here.

S- Really complex. Dark chocolate, vanilla/heavy oak notes, molasses, a light coffee note, and some booziness.

T- Heavy handed on the oak and bourbon notes up front, and a smoky wood note that dissipates quickly. Chocolate and some light sweetness associated with the Breakfast Stout portion come to balance. There's a little booze, but it's really quite well hidden. Dark chocolate and coffee bitterness hits later on as well. I get a slight coconut note as well (I get this on a lot of bourbon barrel aged beers). A lot going on here, and you can sit and pick out different flavors the more you sip on it.

M- Thick, syrupy. Carbonation is pretty agressive on the tongue, but not overdone. Drier on the finish than I would expect, and I appreciate that because otherwise I think I would fatigue on this beer quicker than I actually do.

O- I can't say it failed my expectations. Pretty much what I expected after having Backwoods Bastard a few times, and being a BIG fan of regular Bfast Stout. An excellent beer in every sense.

JWU, Jan 01, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

Davihaw, Dec 31, 2012
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4.98/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to a generous trader, I finally get a chance to try this great stout. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a dark inky black with a dark mocha colored head. The aroma is amazing - chocolate, bourbon, and coffee all stimulating the senses, and in a balanced fashion. The taste is just as wonderful, chocolate and bourbon are a little more pronounced than the coffee. The mouthfeel is heavy-bodied with good carbonation, and is smooth and silky.

This is how a BA stout is made, it is amazingly balanced and hides the ABV pretty well.

mkotsayfan, Dec 31, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

theCoder, Dec 31, 2012
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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