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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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8,563 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,563
Reviews: 2,509
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 3,303
Gots: 3,126 | FT: 223
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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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.03/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Almost black. Deep rich brown at the edges. Head is dark khaki and drops to almost nothing in very short order. Pours a little heavy with some hints of carbonation.

Smell: Oak and vanilla layered over a sharp bourbon. Malts are heavily roasted. Big cocoa and dark chocolate. Fudgey sweetness. Some slightly burnt edges. Some minerals. Bitter chocolate. Nice layer of oak brings it all together. Deeply malty with a great edge taken off by the barrel.

Taste: Barrel and vanilla with some big oak notes. Touches of char. Bourbon adds some caramel and toffee notes. Layers of sweetness. Malta are roasted and chocolatey. Dark chocolate and fudgey sweetness. High burning alcohol. It's a liquid dessert.

Mouthfeel: A little thinner than expected. The barrel really smooths it out. Creamy and rich with a medium body.

Overall: Good fresh, but age tempers the bourbon. It becomes a nice blend of big stout and bourbon goodness. If it had a bit more body, it would be truly legendary.

Goblinmunkey7, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of ImperialSnout
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

ImperialSnout, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of ThirstyJoe77
5/5  rDev +8%

ThirstyJoe77, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of buschbeer
4.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It pours about as dark as a beer can get. A half inch of cocoa head rests on top.

S - I get that coffee and vanilla that is advertised.

T - I immediately get a puss full of bitter coffee. I get some subtle hints of anise and molasses. The bourbon still has some life as well.

M - Full and creamy

O - This beer looms large on the senses. Founders once again does an outstanding job.

buschbeer, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of Czar_chasm
5/5  rDev +8%

Czar_chasm, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of Ultraman9000
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Ultraman9000, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of bvdubn
4.48/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The stout pours a black color with little head and a leaving almost no apparent lacing. The initial aroma emits notes of bourbon, followed by hints of vanilla and roasted malts. First taste was of bourbon and the vanilla that comes along with the style. The aftertaste was warm and boozy with hints of vanilla. The beer lacks body to me but that doesn’t diminish from the taste.

KBS is definitely not as sweet as CBS but it is very good. Doing a taste side by side really magnifies the sweetness of the CBS.

bvdubn, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of hiphopj5
3.25/5  rDev -29.8%

hiphopj5, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of natemort13
4.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'11, poured into a snifter. Thanks Tim!

A hard, jet-black motor oil pour creates a dark mocha head that fades quickly into a ring.

Nose is strong bourbon and mellow coffee coffee with vanilla and dark fruits bringing up the rear. The nose is straightforward and does not play around but retains a ridiculous smoothness.

The taste brings coffee first then fades into bourbon with a strong vanilla finish. Lingering notes of smooth coffee. As the taste becomes more coating the bourbon becomes more prevalent. This is some of the smoothest bourbon I've ever tasted in a beer. Warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and coating. Alcohol becomes a little warming as it hits my belly.

Tough to live up to the hype, but as far as coffee stouts go, this one is right there. Can't find a smoother stout at 11.2.

natemort13, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of NWer
4.79/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 02/25/11 stamped on the neck.
Semi-aggressive pour into my Hair of the Dog Tulip.
One finger head. Tight brown foam dissipates fairly quickly. Nice lace surrounds inside of glass.
Aroma fills glass - coffee, chocolate.
Where do I begin? For a great beer, I look for the "wow factor". I want to be blown away.
This was Wow Factor times two.
Multiple flavors - coffee, chocolate, bourbon blend like I've never experienced before. Nothing harsh about it. Not even in the sting of the alcohol.
Aftertaste is so pleasant. A small sip can be savored for several minutes before repeating the process.
What is there not to like about this beer?
Nectar of the Gods.

NWer, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of Cowcakes
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Cowcakes, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of RedBeardFace
5/5  rDev +8%

RedBeardFace, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of acorre08
5/5  rDev +8%

acorre08, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of belgianfiend
5/5  rDev +8%

belgianfiend, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of PeterOrlando92
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

PeterOrlando92, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of BugTownPub
5/5  rDev +8%

BugTownPub, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of kylegillick
4.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 12oz. Bottle Aged 1 year

A- Black with fine brown lacing

S- coffee, chocolate, and slight hit on Bourbon

T- Complex stout. Coffee is not overpowering, but certainly there. Chocolate, with hints of vanilla. Very smooth with a bit of a bite at the end. 70 IBU adds a sold bitterness. The oak and Bourbon add a great aftertaste

M-very thick. Classic full bodied stout. HEAVY

Overall: Great for Coffee lovers. The oak aged adds complexity and flavor. Too much hype for this beer, but it is great none the less.

kylegillick, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of majaqua
5/5  rDev +8%

majaqua, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of lorenwhite7
5/5  rDev +8%

lorenwhite7, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of devinoconnor
4.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A classic... Surprised I had never reviewed the KBS after having it several times. If ya haven't tried, ya gotta.

Pours a dark brown/black color with a foamy brownish head. Lots of slow legs on the glass. Smell consists of an abundance of coffee, with a boozy undertone.

Taste is incredibly smooth, a perfect blend of coffee and bourbon-like tastes. Plenty of hops in this imperial as well, yet flawless in its smoothness.

devinoconnor, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of KingofHops
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

KingofHops, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of powder245
5/5  rDev +8%

powder245, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of Lynn
5/5  rDev +8%

Lynn, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of Goobastic
5/5  rDev +8%

Goobastic, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of lnashsig
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

#BOTG 67! A pretty special one...2012 KBS! My triple header ending of tonight, something to sip on for sure. Poured from bottle into my CBS snifter. Pours a pitch black motor oil thickness, brown tan head that bubbles up like a tarpit from the glass. Beautiful. A tan ring settles around the circumference of the glass. Smell- amazing. Sweet molasses, caramel, honey, chocolate. Just absolutely decadent. Maybe a little bit of cinnamon. Taste- buttery caramel, molasses, spicy tobacco reminds me of Red Man from my HS baseball days. Sweet bourbon, espresso roast finishes the end. Wow. This is absolutely mind boggling good. This is so smooth, the bourbon flavor is absolutely present, but this shows no booze at all. I'm glad to have had the chance to taste this (thanks Eric!), and will seek it out again. World class, lives up to the hype. This is a home run, a perfect 5.0.

lnashsig, Jun 14, 2012
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 8,563 ratings.