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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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8,186 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,186
Reviews: 2,498
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 3,159
Gots: 2,937 | FT: 209
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%

04-03-2012 03:27:14 | More by curly31989
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4.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010, aged 1 year
Appearance: Thick black, little head on a slightly agressive pour, some lacing sticks to the glass

Nose: Oak and coffee with some very dark chocolate, the tiniest hint of bourbon comes through...

Taste: Chocolate, lots of dark chocolate and supporting coffee with some oak then the tiniest hint of bourbon... I must say I was disappointed with this.

Mouth: Thick and rolling velvet consistency present on the tongue.

Overall: Very different from what I remember fresh.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 01:30:35 | More by 2378GCGTG
Photo of Stouttyme


4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

04-03-2012 01:19:39 | More by Stouttyme
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

04-03-2012 00:29:56 | More by Miamilice
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3.75/5  rDev -19%

04-02-2012 20:54:00 | More by Dontcounttoday
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5/5  rDev +8%

04-02-2012 20:35:03 | More by jsboots21
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

04-02-2012 20:31:28 | More by nonstick
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

04-02-2012 16:16:02 | More by DreadHead
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4.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage

a - poured a one finger thick creamy coffee-colored head into a snifter that settled into a thin ring. the body was black as you might imagine.
s - big chocolate aromas with a hint of oak and bourbon.
t - chocolate, bourbon, raisins with a touch of heat. i'm also getting some smoke.
m - medium thickness, very creamy. would have liked a little more robust mouthfeel.
o - great beer that does live up to the hype. even after sitting on this one for 2 years it was more boozy than i thought. i think 5 years of age would be about perfect for this beer. i like goose island's bourbon county stout (since those 2 are compared so much) just a little bit better.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 14:52:51 | More by GPHarris
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5/5  rDev +8%

04-02-2012 05:32:25 | More by justinm4bama
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New York

4.8/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black, true darkness with a dark tan head which rose to maybe one fingers length.

Smell: Butterscotch, dark chocolate and rum. Wow!

Taste: Bitter sightly sweet (hence the dark chocolate), you feel the molasses and slight bourbon. You will not complain at all in this department.

Mouth: Medium carbonation but closer to the lighter side of things. But overall smooth!

Overall: I do not read any reviews before writing one, I don't check number nor anything else I just buy a beer sip a little and already have in my head what I think about. I think you and most real beer drinkers will not be disappointed. This beer is a true beast, an animal in it's own right. Complex, strong and incredibly satisfying. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 04:44:02 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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5/5  rDev +8%

04-02-2012 03:17:52 | More by chrisinidaho
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5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I think that someone supposing to rate any part of this beer much less than perfect would be doing so simply for dramatic effect. Every aspect of this beer is phenomenal.

I finally had the opportunity to buy two bottles of this in Grand Rapids and did so promptly. I'm not one to buy into hype and typically go against the grain when it comes to things that are trendy and popular. This beer is definitely trendy in the craft beer world and you are considered some sort of loser if you haven't had it.

The taste is multi-dimensional and I am pretty sure there are several more dimensions beyond the roasty, woody, chocolatey, bourbon.... the list goes on.

I'm not going to camp or pay $50 for a bottle of this but I wouldn't think less of someone who did. This beer is one of a kind and is simply amazing.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 01:22:49 | More by h00dak
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4.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much love to maximum12 for parting with a bottle so I didn't have to fight fanboys for this one. Thanks, man! I have another Sacramento beer for you now.

The pour is deep brown, with a tiny cappucino head. The smell, oh man, what a smell. Bourbon, booze, vanilla, butterscotch lifesavers.

Taste, well, it's a bad news, awesome news type of thing. The sip starts with bourbon and chocolate, but becomes temporarily awash with raw alcohol. Then the aftertaste comes, coffee, coffee, coffee, and all is forgiven. If not for the tiny ick moment of alcohol we'd be talking 5.0 here.

Classic FBS consistency -smooth, syrup, lightly carbonated.

This bottle was split with my wife, who sometimes struggles with bourbon aged stouts. It says a lot that she slammed this down and heckled me for my half.

Great drink. A+. Thanks, Maximum12. Also, since you are not a huge fan of this, you are dumb.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 21:50:33 | More by lurpy1
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

04-01-2012 20:33:21 | More by Caterwaul
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North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

04-01-2012 16:35:59 | More by Tgmckinn
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3.75/5  rDev -19%

04-01-2012 06:55:07 | More by JavaNoire
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

04-01-2012 05:34:01 | More by paslaugh
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5/5  rDev +8%

04-01-2012 05:06:32 | More by mecmd
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4.66/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2012 KBS. Such a bitch to land the 1/3 of a case that I now have (unlike last year), but now it's time to enjoy the fruits of my efforts.

Poured into a just-washed snifter glass.

Sludgy pour yields black with a ring of creamed coffee-colored head. Three or four dozen bubbles perch on the surface. Great legs. Very viscous. Very rich-looking. Quite the promising start.

Trusty bourbon-vanilla nose with serious dark roast, black coffee, alcohol fumes, burned-out lactose, and char. Huge nose that's whiskey forward with some excellent oaky qualities that come off like sandalwood. Intertwining flavors include dark roast coffee, root beer, dark stewed fruits, bitter chocolate, anise, and butter rum.

Rich chocolate crossed with bourbon in the forefront, like those foil-wrapped chocolate candies that have a liquor center. Milk chocolate flavor with some added alkali, buttery vanilla, and earthy-toned coffee with some underlying caramel and smoke notes. Licorice in the finish washed-out with vanilla sweetness and wood from the barrel. Spikes of oak flourish from start to end, peaking at the last. Big ol' alcohol burn follows the whole presentation, as well, ranging from sharp to sweet to warming. The caramel starts to really shine as this one warms up. There's an almost spicy/minty hop element carrying out some supplementary bitterness that is both intriguing and beguiling. A top-notch imperial stout that goes without saying.

Other than being hot fresh, this beer is right on the mark. Thick and juicy, hearty and rich. Not much carbonation, but this one is a half-percent away from straight 12%.

An unreal beer. A massive, complex stout. A real treat. So happy to have it so good.

* * *

Revisited 1/13/13

Founders KBS 2012. Bottled 02/17/12. Poured into a Courvoisier snifter. Enjoyed side-by-side with Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout.

Pours super-black. One of the darkest beers I've ever seen. Very thick and oily. Like chocolate beer syrup. Even scrounged up an 1/8" of light chocolate brown head. Great caramel legs.

Huge roasty malts with mega aromas of vanilla, dark chocolate, bourbon whiskey, and sweet black coffee. Perfect marriage of bourbon and vanilla. Whiskey mash notes exhibit a hint of smoke and pronounce the malt grains and balance out the sweet chocolate and coffee, along with the dark roastiness. The alcohol merely just comes off as odorous whiskey. Full-effect nose, and one of the best of the style.

So smooth after almost a year. Bourbon and mocha syrup and gobs of Madagascar vanilla flavor. The chocolate is almost fudgy; the coffee sweet and dark and slightly fading. Liqueury sweet. Dark caramel, oak, and whisps of eucalyptus oil and subtle peatiness round out the complexity. The middle is big and juicy with all of those decadent flavors in full-swing, while the finish is slick and sweet with a breath of booze and a short stamp of bitterness that makes all of the difference. Just an unreal stout. Super-high rating, deserved.

Feels packingly-full with light prickle from the carbonation and light burn from the alcohol. Sticky sweet, like a glaze upon the lips, but the feel and the swallow are smoother than granite. A lovely sipper.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 05:05:03 | More by thecheapies
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4.65/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- dark brown with thick tan head that disappeared quickly.

S- chocolate, vanilla, coffee, roasted malt and Bourbon and booze on the end.

T- chocolate, roasted coffee and the oak are initial flavors. Next comes the Bourbon and booze in the aftertaste.

M- thick creamy mouth with nice carbonation

O-this beer is very very good and lived up to the expectations. Just a slight bit boozy for me but still delicious.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 03:05:49 | More by vobr0002
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4.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Great dark brown color with a small amount of off white head. Nice and clear with decent lacing.

S: Smells strongly of coffee bean with a hint of white chocolate. A stronger smell of dark chocolate follows the other smells. Normally when a beer smells heavily of coffee bean, I am not excited to drink it because i am not a coffee person but whatever they paired with this beer, makes me very excite.

T: Initially I get a dark chocolate taste followed heavily by the coffee beans. There is a smokey flavor that empowers the finish of the beer and overwhelms my nostrils. This is definitely, in my opinion, what a imperial stout should taste like.

M: Good thick mouthfeel but pleasant on the pallet.

O: Overall, great beer. I am glad my husband did a trade for this. As much as I love Abyss and Darkness, so glad to have tried KBS and even more glad we have two more bottles! :)

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 02:56:30 | More by TVolt1
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

04-01-2012 02:37:09 | More by AaronBurr
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4.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in Duvel tulip
bottled on 2/08/10

A: Pours a completely dark/black color with a thin dark tan head that disappears almost immediately. Interestingly, it does not look "thick" the way some RISs do.
S: Lots of wood/oak, I always think coconut with heavily oaked beers like this, just had Weyerbacher's Insanity last night and had the same initial thought of coconut. As it warms, some of the bourbon becomes more apparent.
T: Lots of oak with bourbon in the background, I like that the bourbon is very well integrated with the beer as compared to some bourbon barrel beers. There is a bit of roasted malt/coffee but it is not overwhelming at all, a little bit of sweetness and a hint of alcohol heat in the background, but just a hint, no evidence of 11% ABV. No hops at all, not even from the bitterness side which is somewhat surprising given the 70 IBUs stated on the bottle. The balance seems to be coming from the roasted malts, but they are not "dominant" at all.
M: A slight carbonation tingle that fades very quickly on the tongue, very mouth filling/coating without being heavy. Surprisingly light, but still a little bit of creaminess.
O: A truly awesome beer. This is an excellent campfire beer. I need to compare to a newer version because I am curious if it comes across as well integrated when it is new. One of my favorites for a number of years, I am surprised I never reviewed this before. Anyone who likes stouts and bourbon should have this at least once.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 01:36:15 | More by wspscott
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

03-31-2012 22:03:37 | More by Corkpuller
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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