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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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8,165 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,165
Reviews: 2,498
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 3,155
Gots: 2,929 | FT: 212
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 -13.6%

03-21-2012 23:27:17 | More by nharres
Photo of stckhndlr


4.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Poured into a snifter and it looks amazing. Completely black with a 1 inch dark mocha tan head. Perhaps the darkest head I have ever seen.

S- Lots of chocolate. Roasted coffee and caramel behind it. The deeper I go it reminds me of chocolate syrup.

T- Lots of roasted chocolate and cream. The barrels really did the job on this one. I can really pick up the bourbon in there.

M- Super full body and really thick. Has a syrup feel to it. Wow this is thick. Silky smooth.

O- Absolutely perfect. Had to force myself to take this one slow and really just savor this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 23:10:44 | More by stckhndlr
Photo of PoppaK

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

03-21-2012 22:56:37 | More by PoppaK
Photo of xenjoiii

New York

4.9/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2012 KBS

A: Poured jet black with about a half finger head.

S: I'm picking up a strong chocolate character in the nose; behind the chocolate emerges an extremely pleasant mixture of coffee, bourbon and vanilla. This beer has divine aromatics.

T: Up front I am getting a nice balance between the oak and bourbon. By the middle of the mouth the coffee and roasted malts steal the show. The aforementioned flavors lead way to a nice bakers chocolate flavor.

M: Liquid velvet.

O: One of the best Bourbon barrel aged stouts that I have had to date. In my opinion this beer stands much higher than CBS. I felt that all of the flavors mended together extremely well; all of the ingredients are showcased in such a well balanced manner. Despite the strong chocolate character in the nose, I felt that this beer was perfect, hence the score I gave it.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 22:42:51 | More by xenjoiii
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4.35/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed 2010 and 2012 bottles side by side. Each are reviewed separately.

2012 (fresh)
A: Full black with no head and little lacing.

S: Sweet chocolate upfront, with light coffee, and even lighter bourbon. Alcohol is definitely noticeable in the back, but not bourbon specifically.

T: Bittersweet chocolate upfront, yielding to dominate coffee mid-sip that lingers into the finish. Light bourbon in the finish, but not very present. Very well-integrated flavors, with the bourbon playing second fiddle to the choco-coffee stout.

M: Medium bodied, with full carbonation.

O: Enjoyable and not nearly as bourbon-y as expected.

2010 (Aged 2 years)
A: Full black with no head and little lacing.

S: Cocoa powder, sweet, less complex coffee, little bourbon if any is noticeable. No alcohol noticeable, unlike fresh

T: Sweeter chocolate—less full flavored than the fresh, but sweeter. Little of the coffee remains and what does is a shell of the fresh coffee. Bourbon dominates the finish, much more noticeable than in the fresh, probably due to the lack of coffee.

M: Medium to light, with some carbonation, but not overly so.

O: Sweeter than fresh with the chocolate a little lessened and with the coffee all but gone. The upside is that the bourbon dominates the back to finish in an outstanding way. If I'm looking for a bourbon-y stout, I'd go for an aged KBS. If I want totally integrated choco-coffee stout with the slightest hint of bourbon, I'd go for fresh KBS. If I want a bourbon-dominate beer, I'd go for BCBS.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 21:06:51 | More by Hophead717
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

03-21-2012 18:15:19 | More by RohoMech
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2.5/5  rDev -46%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Jet black and the tan heads appears and then disappears kinda like flat coke.

S: Very nice. Bourbon, booze, liquorice, vanilla, oak and light roasted notes and maybe some coffee.

T: I know this is supposedly an amazing beer but the taste is like a dirty ash tray right out the gate...with lots of boozey taste.

M: Hot. Not sweet at all, well balanced with the bitterness.

O: Incredible disappointment here...I agree with this comment "Not to say it was bad, but I was led to believe this was something mind blowing, rather it is a pedestrian BA beer, which sadly let the bourbon take over (maybe it was just this year's blend, who knows... BCBS is definitely better than this and I enjoyed Boulevard's RIS more too..."

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 07:09:21 | More by BeerMeFitz
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4.05/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2/17/2012 vintage into a brandy snifter. Reviewed on: 03-21-2012

A - Pitch black with some very light mocha edging which eventually disappears completely. A vigorous swirl simply produces more edging with tiny amounts of lacing. Has some sticky alcohol legs though. 3.5/5

S - Strong fresh coffee notes followed by some milk chocolate, oak, faint vanilla and a touch of alcohol. As it warms up the bourbon becomes more pronounced. The coffee is just so prominent and dominant here, and this is some damn good coffee beans were talking about here. 4.5/5

T - Bitter coffee followed by some bittersweet chocolate and bourbon notes. Oak, vanilla and butterscotch. This is a beer for bourbon lovers. Its amazing how it starts off with dominant coffee and leads right into a fine bourbon. The finish is boozy and bittersweet. 70 IBU's? Holy hell! 4.0/5

M - I don't know how I feel about the mouth feel. It's medium with an average level of carbonation. As a stout lover I feel like it could be thicker and chewier. As a bourbon lover I think it works really well. The finish is warm yet pleasant. 3.5/5

O - I adore BCBCS because its blends the fresh and intense notes of coffee, the roasty and sweet chocolatey notes of a stout, and the rich and buttery notes of a good bourbon to a near perfection. KBS doesn't blend all of these elements together very well. In the end its a bourbon strong coffee beer with a light body. Delicious in its own right, but I wasn't completely blown away by this beer. 4.0/5

02/25/2011 vintage into a brandy snifter. Reviewed on: 03-23-2012

A - Pitch black body with a one finger mocha head. 4.0/5
S - Fresh coffee is still present, but slightly muted over the '12. Leads into some bourbon and oak on the finish. 3.5/5
T - Bitter notes of the coffee minus a lot of the coffee flavor. Bittersweet chocolate, oak, and vanilla. 3.0/5
O - This is at an awkward phase right now. Majority of the coffee has faded but it hasn't yet melded into the sweet chocolate beer that the '10 is. 3.5/5

02/08/2010 vintage into a brandy snifter. Reviewed on: 03-23-2012

A - Pitch black body with a one finger mocha head. 4.0/5
S - Coffee is faded a bit more than the '10 but still pretty lively. Oak and bourbon finishes the aroma. 4.0/5
T - Milk chocolate is the dominant flavor here. A slight hint of coffee and vanilla, but this is all chocolate now. Very sweet and tasty. Oak on the finish with no alcohol present. Body seems a bit thicker here. 4.5/5
O - This is unbelievably delicious. Amazingly sweet chocolate flavor with a nice bourbon finish. However, the coffee flavor is all gone which makes this beer so unique. 4.0/5

In conclusion I found the beer to have an amazing aroma and a damn good taste when fresh. Great coffee and bourbon notes. The mouth feel was a bit too thin for me though. At a year old its lost most of the coffee flavor but has retained that coffee bean bitterness. Seems like its at an awkward phase in its life. At two years old all the coffee has left the building as well as that awkward bean bitterness. Its become a delicious sweet chocolate stout with bourbon notes. Similar to BCBS but with a lighter body. Two years seems to be the sweet spot for this beer aged. I don't think I would go through the trouble of aging it though as it seems to defeat the purpose of a Kentucky breakfast stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 03:59:49 | More by davey101
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New York

4.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was simply an experience. Had on tap at spring beer fest. Poured a viceral inky black with a small coffee colored head that was gone in seconds. Scent was overwhelming. Huge vanilla and bourbon notes, flooded my nose. Taste was a remarkable balanced blend of vanilla, bourbon, char, and some butter baking chocolate. Bourbon was the dominant element. Mouthfeel was smooth, creamy, not too thick. Not much to critique here, world class.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2012 02:06:09 | More by gskitt
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

03-21-2012 01:57:46 | More by Sparrow
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4.95/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2012 vintage in a Duvel tulip, cellar temperature

A - pours jet black, no carbonation of note, dark chocolate head, about 2 fingers, fades slowly to leave a bit of lacing

S - chocolate, coffee up front, with an undertone of the bourbon which doesn't over power

T - just like the nose, with coffee and chocolate up front, but the bourbon is more prominent

M - thick, almost syrupy, minimal carbonation, the bourbon definitely lingers for some time

O - This is definitely one of my favorites for imperial stouts. The bourbon has a strong presence, which I like. Not too sweet, very well balanced, one of the best beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 01:55:06 | More by ncketchum
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

03-21-2012 01:48:26 | More by cburns48
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5/5  rDev +8%

03-21-2012 01:45:47 | More by szmnnl99
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4/5  rDev -13.6%

03-21-2012 01:42:13 | More by MtnDewd
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4.7/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found this tonight at my local supplier.I am not worthy.
Wow. The smell alone is really amazing. I'm not really partial to the idea of beer aged in burbon barrels, but the whiskey smell is just one item in a bouquet of aromas. Bourbon is far more prevalant in the taste, but even here there is a lot going on. Swallowing gives a little whiskey bite in the back of the throat.
The whiskey barrel taste is a little more dominant than I'd like, but there is still a lot here to enjoy. I'll be honest and say my reviewing skills are not up to snuff to give this a fair description. Vanilla is probably the second strongest taste, followed by molasses. There are many flavors but they appear quickly then are gone, too quickly for me to identify them.
Buought two bottles at $5 each and wished I'd bought more.I'll go back tomorrow, but I'm guessing it'll be gone. Truly an experience, but I'm not sure how repeatable it would be.
Update: I'm still drinking the same beer and suddenly realized I needed some water. I never needed a chaser for a beer before :) I recommend it though as it refreshes the taste buds and improved my enjoyment of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 01:28:35 | More by anglagard1
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

03-21-2012 01:16:08 | More by RobertMathison
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

03-21-2012 01:10:33 | More by ShemRahBoo
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5/5  rDev +8%

03-20-2012 23:31:50 | More by USSRNUKE9
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4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

03-20-2012 21:21:22 | More by keithbrouillette
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5/5  rDev +8%

03-20-2012 16:03:23 | More by DocTredex
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5/5  rDev +8%

03-20-2012 04:13:22 | More by Rick
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New York

5/5  rDev +8%

03-20-2012 03:00:48 | More by joshtrich
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5/5  rDev +8%

03-20-2012 02:10:58 | More by NSLPublishing
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

03-19-2012 20:45:28 | More by KevinHenderson
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4.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into riesling glass at work tasting. Pours a darker molasses with a quarter-inch of mocha foam head with slight residual sugar.

Nose is hot bourbon, toffee, rich molasses, bittersweet baking chocolate and dark roast coffee. Booze is evident

Front palate is full of rich coffee and dark, bittersweet chocolate with vanilla, bourbon and oak undertones. Finish is fairly hot.

Lots of nuances on the tongue with this one. Sweet, bitter, oaky, and cocoa-y

Always love when this beer comes out every year. The increase of quality bourbon beers in our market has slightly diminished this beer's value but it is still true to form.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 20:21:19 | More by zep9865
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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