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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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8,766 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,766
Reviews: 2,520
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 3,389
Gots: 3,223 | FT: 232
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 -2.6%

jrfehon33, Jun 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

BWHD, Jun 05, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

salvy31, Jun 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

nosavingsaccount, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of raffy313
4.73/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into my New Belgium snifter. Bottled: 02/25/11. Aquired in another awesome trade with cbeer88. I'm forever in debt to you Carl!

Pours a dark, dark brown(almost black) color, with absolutely no head to be seen... but I'll let that pass, assuming it's due to the barrel aging. Practicaly no lacing.

Aromas are of dark roasted(almost burnt) malts, sweet molasses, coffee, some chocolate, some vanilla and a definate bourbon/oaky note. A bit of an alcohol bite in the nose to let you know that you're in for something special.

Flavors are amazing! Like the nose, I'm getting tons of coffee, bitter chocolate and the sweet molasses. Add the bourbon flavors and a bit of smokiness and you end up with a very complex, nicely balanced stout.

A medium/full body with a perfect amount of carbonation for this style. Feel is rather outstanding... smooth, rich, somewhat creamy and... well, BIG is a good word to describe it. Slightly bitter, and a bit of a dry finish.

Overall, I've had this beer in my cellar for awhile, kinda scared(for some reason) to open, and try one for the first time. I'm guessing it's just one of those beers, with so much "acclaim"... that you just don't want to see it go away. I'm, obviously, absolutely impressed, and will be looking forward to opening my last bottle for some special occasion. In the mean time... anybody reading this who wants to hook a brotha up with a bottle or two... give me a shout. I'll give up something good for it!

raffy313, Jun 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

Jojo850, Jun 05, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

bifrost17, Jun 05, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

SamIam, Jun 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

danolson312, Jun 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

cofeeguru, Jun 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -8%

josephwa, Jun 04, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

vrbulldog22, Jun 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

Riverared, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of minnesotaryan
4.98/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my all time favorites.

Pours a deep deep black, slight mocha colored head that quickly dissipates.

A complex nose, slightly roasty with dark chocolate, coffee and bourbon.

The taste backs up the nose. Lots of deep dark bitter chocolate and coffee, bourbon dominates, nice notes of caramel, vanilla, almost cherry like qualities. so much wonderful complexity.

Thick and smooth, silky body, good carbonation. Luscious and luxurious.

What a glorious beer, delightful, dessert like, excellent complexity and stellar quality.

minnesotaryan, Jun 03, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Fermenticusrex, Jun 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

drleomarvin, Jun 02, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 & 2011 bottles.

Good dark brown color and tan head not much head but as expected due to the barrel aging. Great rich sweet aroma that definitely smells like molasses and caramel, slight hint of bourbon. Flavor is amazing, great balance, sweet, complex. Chocolate mixed with caramel and coffee, ever slight oak/smoke to it that just makes the balance perfect. Not much hop to this one :) Fantastic bourbon and malt pairing, one of the best.

Prospero, Jun 01, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

FreshHawk, Jun 01, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

JSchock7, Jun 01, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

hollerined, May 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

kevin7912, May 31, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Deshon2688, May 31, 2012
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4.68/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aged in burbon barrels.

A: Dark viscose motor oil pour sits heavily in the vessel supporting a scant brownish-orange head that dissipates rather quickly.Dark and brooding.

S: Burbon laced burnt chocolate first arrives on the nose with a noticeable alcohol content that is pleasant and well mannered for its 11.0 abv nature. Burbon barrel woodiness comes through nicely, licorice, burnt barley and strong vanilla and cinnamon notes.

T: The flavor is thick chocolate slurry with a strong boozy burbon alcohol. Vanilla, cinnamon alcohol influence, burnt chocolate sweetness and barrel woodiness. A fade of alcohol heat comes with some dark fruit and burnt barley but the flavor is very smooth and silty like a campfire bitterness.

M: thick and creamy, viscose with a warming of alcohol glow. Burnt roasted chocolate bitterness warms the inner cheek and stays behind.

O: Im no fan of hard liquor but if I was burbon would be my choice of poison, just love the influence the burbon barrel aging on beers, especially a hearty stout. The alcohol is no slouch here, a heavy hand helping that compliments the thick viscose stout nature. Burbon and burnt chocolate works well together delivering a blast of bitterness to the taste buds. One bottle is memoriable, fulfilling, and worthy the wait.

beerthulhu, May 31, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

316nuts, May 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -8%

erha2, May 30, 2012
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 8,766 ratings.