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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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8,560 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,560
Reviews: 2,509
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 3,301
Gots: 3,127 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

shebby, Apr 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

djre4orm, Apr 17, 2012
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4.19/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got a random call the other day from a local store asking me if I was going to pick up my KBS that I never called about in the first place. Awesome. Served too cold, had to let it warm in the appropriate serving glass (Founders snifter). 2/17/12 bottling opened at the time of this review.

A - Fairly dark, then a thick mocha head that slowly dissipates. Sticks very well, looks fantastic.

S - Massive amounts of smooth coffee, slight amount of vanilla in the distance. Hints of oak around the edges.

T - Roasted malt, coffee, coffee, coffee, then some barrel emerges in the finish with the coffee. The oak is present and gives a hint of dryness. Vanilla notes are the most present of the barrel flavors that come through in the end, but apparently there is already vanilla in the base so it is hard to tell. There is a lack of any real complexity for over the first half of the flavor. There is some chocolate coming through in the flavor after the first few sips. The finish is great, the coffee and barrel blend very well. I do enjoy the flavor more than I probably should.

M - Medium body, lower carbonation on the tongue.

O - Really a good one. The coffee is very smooth and tastes great. The barrel aging shows up well in the finish. 5/4/4.5/4/4

UPDATE 2013:

Shag hooks it up when I swung by his store, thanks man. Poured into a CBS snifter between 55-60 degrees.

A - Dark yet translucent pour, looks black in the glass. Great looking +1" mocha head turns into a very thick lacing. Sticks alright, but the nice lacing really sticks around. 4.5

S - Smooth coffee with some background oak that never seems harsh. Some lingering sweetness. 4.0

T - Moderately sweet coffee and a quick note of vanilla, then chocolate notes, then barrel towards the finish. Some bitter coffee/chocolate with a little bit of dry oak on the finish. Very smooth, even with the slight bitterness in the end. 4.25

M - Medium. 4.0

O - Pretty good overall. The smooth coffee isn't too sweet, the oak from the barrel isn't dominating. It all comes together very well. 4.25

claaark13, Apr 17, 2012
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BradleySig, Apr 16, 2012
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zchops, Apr 15, 2012
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4.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled 2/17/2012. Re-rate from last year. Pours thick pitch black color with a small 1 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some slight spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, molasses, toffee, espresso, roasted malt, bourbon, and oak. Fantastic aromas here with great balance and good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, caramel, molasses, vanilla, toffee, espresso, bourbon, roasted malt, oak, biscuit, and slight herbal hops. Almost no bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, molasses, oak, and roasted malt on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor balance, without the bourbon being too overpowering; and no cloying sweetness at all. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with an insanely creamy, slick, lush, and super smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is extremely well hidden at 11.2% with only a slight warming after the finish noticed. Extremely easy to drink, but is still a sipper. Overall this is definitely a world class barrel aged imperial stout. Big balanced and robust flavors; with an incredibly smooth and lush mouthfeel. This is definitely at it’s best when fresh.

superspak, Apr 15, 2012
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4.8/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this from the bottle @ the pit in raleigh, NC. I wish I had it in the glass to really get a good look at it.

The taste was spot on. thick chocolate, malt, coffee and then the bourban oak.

The mouthfeel was much like the original breakfast stout (smooth) but with a crisp burn from the bourban.

Overall I really wish I had the beer on tap, other than that nothing I would change about the beer. Its great when a beer exceeds the hype. There were times when drinking when I was thinking is this coffe, beer or bourban? Keep it up Founders.

cwoods, Apr 15, 2012
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Billakowski, Apr 14, 2012
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4.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage 12 oz. bottle poured into a Founders Brewing Company snifter

Pours near black with a one finger dark beige head. Light lacing present. The aroma is a mixture of bourbon, coffee, chocolate, with a hint of vanilla. The taste is much like the aroma with slight bourbon upfront, coffee and chocolate join in and a smooth finish includes bourbon and a slight roasted malt and espresso bitterness. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. KBS is truly a work of art. A classic and unique brew that is a worthy representative of the best that American craft breweries have to offer.

chanokokoro, Apr 14, 2012
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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