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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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BA SCORE
100
world-class

8,192 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 8,192
Reviews: 2,498
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 3,161
Gots: 2,940 | FT: 210
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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glaketek

Illinois

5/5  rDev +8%

03-15-2012 19:13:55 | More by glaketek
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Listers

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

03-15-2012 17:15:37 | More by Listers
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Shmantha


4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

03-15-2012 06:07:35 | More by Shmantha
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leschkie

California

4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

03-15-2012 04:08:31 | More by leschkie
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BeerBaronDarren

Michigan

5/5  rDev +8%

03-15-2012 03:20:42 | More by BeerBaronDarren
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fuzzbalz

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

03-15-2012 00:21:48 | More by fuzzbalz
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MichPaul

Michigan

4.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm having this on-tap right now at Founders itself. I love this beer, but thought it would knock my socks off from the hype it receives.

L-The look is the typical black that most any stout I see would have.
S-The smell was GREAT! You could smell all the greatness of a stout, along with the pleasant smell of the bourbon within.
T-In the BA description of this beer it says: "Note, this is NOT simply barrel-aged Breakfast Stout. It is an entirely different beer." I kinda wish it was barrel-aged Breakfast Stout actually. KBS seemed to be lacking the extra flavors that Breakfast Stout seems to deliver, even though KBS has the extra bourbon added.
M-This beer doesn't disappoint in the feel area. It goes down so smooth, just like Founders seems to perfect in about everything I have tried! Even though this beer flirts with 12ABV, you would never know it!
O-This is a GREAT beer, but not my favorite that Founders puts out. I guess it does beat any other barrel aged stout that I have tried to date though.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2012 19:00:42 | More by MichPaul
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GBRunner24

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Not going to do a full review, but I'm sitting at Founders right now and life couldn't be better.

KBS is an amazing beer, but honestly I enjoy Backwoods Bastard a bit more. Mouthfeel is great; smell is full of chocolate notes, coffee, and beer. First taste is fantastic, but the alcoholy burn at the end is what pulls the score down for me. I wish I could've gotten a bottle to age it a bit, however I'm glad I could experience the last keg of KBS of the year

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2012 18:41:24 | More by GBRunner24
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bradcochran1234

Georgia

5/5  rDev +8%

03-14-2012 05:21:48 | More by bradcochran1234
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dejrrma

Georgia

4.95/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First time trying KBS. Bottled 2/17/12. Great label. Poured into a Dogfish Head snifter.

Fair warning: this review is basically a jack-off session to kbs.

a- first off, my first surprise came from simply pouring this into the glass. it's a very heavy beer, completely black and no light getting through even as I pour it. settles into snifter with about half an inch of head that diminishes to a thick ring around the glass. it's glossy up top with a layer of beige lace, with a few tiny bubbles around, and lacing that slides around the glass like butter. this is one hell of a beer.

s- intense ground up coffee, vanilla, powdery, brown sugar, and bitter chocolate. a good deal of bourbon coming through. i can almost taste the beer by smelling it and it makes my mouth water.

t- unbelievable. all of that coffee comes through with a nice roastedness, the most chocolate i've ever picked up in a beer, both dark chocolate and milk chocolate (and i can actually separate the two), and a slight sweetness. super complex beer, i can pick up the flavors clearly. the bourbon is delicious, and it doesn't overpower the beer. it contributes an almost undetectable alcohol-ness that is noticeable only because of the slight heat, and that heat continues long after you've paused. there's also a nice vanilla coming through. perfect.

m- by far the thickest and creamiest beer i've ever had. it's so rich. it's wonderful, what i've always dreamed of in a beer.the carbonation is on the low side, but it's perfect for it. not boozy, but there's definitely some heat. it's definitely a sipper.

o- impeccable. i have no other words.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 05:08:18 | More by dejrrma
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mfedor312

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

03-13-2012 17:35:44 | More by mfedor312
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TheLastEngineer

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

03-13-2012 13:34:19 | More by TheLastEngineer
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Steasy66

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

03-13-2012 02:56:11 | More by Steasy66
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Bzah

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

03-13-2012 01:57:35 | More by Bzah
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beergorrilla

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

03-12-2012 21:42:55 | More by beergorrilla
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Gary79

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

03-12-2012 18:46:19 | More by Gary79
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Zeller12

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +8%

03-12-2012 16:07:11 | More by Zeller12
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C2H5

Illinois

5/5  rDev +8%

03-12-2012 03:14:06 | More by C2H5
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Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

03-12-2012 02:42:21 | More by beerbomer
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ensign11

Maryland

5/5  rDev +8%

03-11-2012 23:29:15 | More by ensign11
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Zaphog

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

03-11-2012 23:03:26 | More by Zaphog
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ploobs

Illinois

4/5  rDev -13.6%

03-11-2012 20:35:32 | More by ploobs
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andrewjraab

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 3/10 at the taproom release party. I first must say that the hype surrounding this beer is simply amazing. A few weeks back at the West Michigan Beer Festival ($44 entry fee) I waited over an hour in line for the founders tent to get a 3oz sample. After I had my sample, some guy came running out of the tent...."Nooo, the KBS is out!" I thought it was good enough to give it a go for the Tap room release party in which I just attended. More notes along the lines of the hype machine for this beer... People were camping out last night at Founders to get there hands on a case. People follow the distributors trucks around just to buy the beer and sell it on ebay or craigslist. I found a fellow beer lover selling a 4 pack of the 2011 for 34 bucks ( a bargain) so I'm jumping on it. ( I will review that later)....okay on with the review.

A - Black as night and thick. No sunlight getting through this blanket of black velvet. No head to show for and not much lacing. Each blanket of lacing disappeared with each new drink. As a swirled my glass around, the beer left nice "plinko board" bubbles sticking to the glass for a brief moment.

S - First thing that pops out is the bourbon followed by sweet notes of maple syrup, chocolate, and coffee. I'm not a big bourbon follower, but this still does a number on the senses.

T - Strong bourbon flavor up front followed by a smooth blend of the sweet characteristics and a bitter bourbon finish. It is absolutely amazing the different jigs this beer dances on the tongue.

O - This is one hell of a great beer....but I have a hard time with the fact that it is so hyped up. I actually prefer the breakfast stout to this any day of the week. I wonder if it wasn't so limited in supply if it would be so hyped up? Do you get the people that see that it is so highly rated and feel that they have to judge it that way just because they are supposed to? Don't get me wrong, I think it is incredibly smooth and would keep this in my regular rotation (if supply permitted), but I just don't see the hype surrounding it. Founders marketing folks are absolute geniuses.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2012 06:59:27 | More by andrewjraab
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mcbeerbrew

Illinois

5/5  rDev +8%

03-11-2012 03:44:34 | More by mcbeerbrew
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Holland

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: thick like motor oil, black, brown head that gives a hint of its decent carbonation.

S: lot of oak, some bourbon, but it doesn't have the sweet smell of excellence of BCBS or Parabola.

T: taste is good, but there is something missing from making it a top beer.

M: Excellent feeling of thickness and medium carbonation makes this beautiful, especially with the slight bitterness.

O: I prefer a bourbon barrel aged stout with heavier notes of vanilla and caramel. This was more bitter than expected and kind of disappointing (especially after waiting out for 13 hours for 12 bottles of it). $5/bottle....

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 02:26:19 | More by Holland
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 8,192 ratings.