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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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8,168 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,168
Reviews: 2,498
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 3,155
Gots: 2,930 | FT: 211
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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4.03/5  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
Photo of Tucquan


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
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-20-2012 20:04:35 | More by MAN615
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

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

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

05-20-2012 15:53:00 | More by oneturbucfan
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

05-20-2012 14:38:56 | More by jackrodgers77
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-20-2012 12:53:06 | More by rderedin
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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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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

05-20-2012 08:03:08 | More by MaddGeneral
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

05-20-2012 03:25:22 | More by philcha
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5/5  rDev +8%

05-20-2012 00:05:20 | More by Clayton1220
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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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5/5  rDev +8%

05-19-2012 19:51:06 | More by HopFace
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5/5  rDev +8%

05-19-2012 17:32:35 | More by nicoga3000
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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