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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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8,541 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,541
Reviews: 2,509
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 3,286
Gots: 3,118 | FT: 224
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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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

ccozzi, May 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

mattboyer182, May 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -13.6%

BenH1068, May 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Gabbyaboutipa, May 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

resistdefy, May 26, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8%

plumlmr, May 26, 2012
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.85/5  rDev +4.8%

I have been hunting this for years - and finally got to try it at the Holy Mother of Gatherings! It pours a deep, opaque sable with a thick, fine-bubbled tan head. Rich aroma has notes of molasses, caramel and semi-sweet chocolate. Flavor is DEEE-LISHUS! Smoky with tones of quality coffee, molasses, chocolate and caramel, and a hint of - is that bourbon? Thick, smooth texture is quite fizzy.

Cyberkedi, May 26, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8%

KFrank729, May 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8%

MattR, May 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8%

Wamba, May 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Koltar, May 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

jacob4999, May 24, 2012
Photo of rfbenavi80
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

2008 Vintage Bottle.

A- Pours a black licorice color. Letting no light through. Very minimal amount of dark tan head.

S- Nice aromas of bourbon, chocolate.

T- Very complex beer. Even after 4 years in the bottle the bourbon flavor is still upfront. Toasty stout, mixed with chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and coffee.

M- Creamy mouthfeel. Slightly sticky flavors. Nice warming feeling from the ABV.

O- Lives up to all the hype. If you can get your hands on this try it.

rfbenavi80, May 24, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev -3.2%

A very complex beer, I really enjoyed everything about this stout but it was missing that je ne snae pas.

Some theorized that the coffee was beginning to fade from the overall flavor profile, but I am not sure if I will buy that at this point in time.

The notes were in fact muted but I liked it a lot.

EdwardFortyHands, May 24, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Doggfish90, May 24, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

jwzibell, May 23, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8%

foodyjeff, May 23, 2012
Photo of dafla67
4.03/5  rDev -13%

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.


dafla67, May 23, 2012
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4.54/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

Tucquan, May 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

sennin, May 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

durkle, May 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

TylerW, May 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8%

jazzurb, May 22, 2012
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4.83/5  rDev +4.3%

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!

BruceBruce, May 21, 2012
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 8,541 ratings.