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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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8,551 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,551
Reviews: 2,509
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 3,290
Gots: 3,123 | 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%

CrazyOtto623, Mar 30, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

seanpackage, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of TenHornsProud
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a sludgy black with some brown highlights a dark tan head that fades quickly.

Smells of bourbon, wood, sweetness, chocolate, slightly oxidized sherry notes. Big pleasing, boozy nose.

Taste is up front bourbon with malt richness, chocolate that goes into a boozy middle with hints of coffee and alcohol sweetness before finishing on a bourbon, vanilla, and wood note. Some lingering notes of chocolate; the coffee is buried deep under the bourbon and wood.

Full body and low carbonation works well. Alcohol is very present.

A bourbon, booze forward sipper of a stout. The chocolate and coffee come out as the beer warms, and it evolves constantly as you drink it. A nice bourbon barrel-aged stout, though, a bit too bourbon heavy for me...will be happy to age a few and see how they end up.

TenHornsProud, Mar 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8%

csb5036, Mar 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

closisinthehouse, Mar 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

lvoutlawjlh, Mar 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8%

dfecteau, Mar 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Independant, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of kevanb
4.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage, 12oz bottle into a snifter.

KBS pours a wonderful jet black color with minimal brown when held to the light, it’s like staring into the abyss. An aggressive pour yields a small caramel colored head, about a finger at most, but it vanishes quickly leaving behind a nice layer of tan film atop the beer with a significant amount of tan film along the circumference of the glass. The lacing is nice and sticky with thin webbing around the whole of the glass. The aroma is pleasant, a bit weak and somewhat astringent, alcohol is definitely apparent, nice smooth notes of chocolate and robust roasted coffee come through as well that finishes with a nice balance of sweet vanilla. The flavors are wonderful, much more complex than the nose suggests. Roasted coffee jumps out right away which leads to rich, smooth dark chocolate and sweet vanilla, which is much more apparent than in the nose. Soft toffee and caramel flavors are also apparent along with the bourbon, which at no point overwhelms the beer, but supports the other flavors exceptionally well. Slightly charred wood is also apparent, but it definitely takes a number of sips and tastes to really grasp everything that is going on, wonderful complexity. A nice warming sensation comes from the alcohol but is in no way a distracting heat, just a nice bit of warmth as it goes down. The body is absurd, extremely rich, smooth and velvety, it coats your mouth perfectly and gives the flavors a little extra oomph, not they needed it in any way.

Verdict: A pretty sensational stout from Founders. One of my favorites to sip on after a long day or after a great meal, it makes for a fantastic desert beer. The barrel treatment adds the perfect amount of flavor and warmth without hijacking the beer.

kevanb, Mar 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

mbs11, Mar 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8%

AlCzerik, Mar 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

guillemiro, Mar 29, 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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter

A: This beer pours oily black. Completely opaque and dark. A vigorous pour yields a brown head of two fingers which dissipates quickly.

S: Smells of baker's chocolate and oak. Fairly sweet smell with some molasses coming through. I can detect a subtle but notable booziness and some bourbon peeking through.

T: Dark chocolate and coffee just coat the mouth, very potent. The bourbon is much more clear and prominent than in the aroma, with additional notes of oak and smoke. There are a variety of sweet flavors; Molasses, brown sugar and vanilla are complemented by some mild dark fruit flavors. Aftertaste is fairly bitter and returns to the coffee flavors.

M: Very thick and oily. A little bit sticky with some moderate but enjoyable alcohol heat.

O: A delicious stout. All the typical offerings from a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout done really well.

WankelEngine, Mar 29, 2012
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3.84/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black, with thin off white head. Smells of strong bourbon and slight black coffee. has a good feel on the mouth a bit of carbonation but not much. taste of bourbon very apparent and very pleasant (if you like bourbon.) leaves mouth warm almost like taking a shot of whiskey, almost as if someone dropped a shot of bourbon in my stout! The a.b.v. is not masked at all even after a year of again it's still pretty hot!! leaves a very dry after effect on the palate.

Beerlover, Mar 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8%

GJDitzler, Mar 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8%

MSandahl23, Mar 28, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2012

A: Pours black. Has a thin tan head that quickly goes away.

S: Lots going on. Initially there is a lot of coffee and chocolate with hints of bourbon, toffee, caramel, and vanilla.

T: The first flavors are coffee, bourbon and dark chocolate. The bourbon sticks around and is joined by vanilla, caramel and toffee. The finish has some coffee bitterness and alcohol warming.

M: Creamy and thick with low-medium carbonation.

O: Very good. I wish this one was more easily available.
Very balanced. Not one flavor dominates it but everything from coffee to cherry to oak can be found.
Great sipper.

RunForYourBeer, Mar 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8%

TheRuss9585, Mar 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

olmane, Mar 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

DCgolfpro, Mar 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

jk3, Mar 28, 2012
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4.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I needed to open something special tonight to honor what would have been the 70th birthday of Michael Jackson, the Beer Hunter. So what better than a beer that combines his two passions: beer and whiskey? Bourbon was as close as I could get.

Pours a ruddy darkness with a thin head of tan, dense foam tinged with maroon. The head doesn't last long, leaving just a ring and a few floaters. Disappointing head, but wonderful, glowing colors.

The first sensation in the nose is chocolate and then bourbon comes in second. After more contemplation, some red wine notes appear against an understated roast.

The first sip reveals some coffee notes, cut by some acidic booze. Chocolate still remains, but barely and there is a sense of cherries or maybe other dark fruits. The balance of the flavors is really nice with none really dominating.

But the real star in this show is the mouthfeel. Luscious, viscous, tongue-coating, mouth-filling or whatever your favorite way to say full-bodied, this is it. And then there's velvety, smooth, satiny and all every other synonym that fits there. You don't get better than this.

This is the full package and I'm impressed that this isn't a bourbon bomb like so many others. The chocolate and the coffee are then free to express themselves on equal footing.

Naugros, Mar 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8%

Zenk, Mar 28, 2012
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4.12/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage poured into my KTG Snifter.

Poured a dark black/brown color with very minimal head.

Smelled immediately of booze/bourbon. Really hot smelling. Can pick up some burnt caramel and chocolate notes.

Taste is absolutely phenomenal. At a semi-chilled temp - I picked up a lot of the bourbon/barrel flavors. Somewhat boozy tasting. As it warmed, the vanilla flavors came through, and the taste turned much sweeter. Very complex. This is a beer that you take a decent sized sip of, and let it roll around your palate. Awesome awesome awesome.

Mouthfeel was pretty oily, slightly carbonated. Really complements the complexity and flavors.

Overall - this is a world-class beer. I enjoyed every sip, and the 12 oz bottle lasted me over an hour. Great beer from a company that just keeps blowing my mind. So glad I have a few more 2011's and some 2012's on the way!

UPDATE: 2012 Batch drank on 1/20/14.

This was very underwhelming. It appeared very thin and taste quite one-dimensional. I will know not to age this anymore.. :(

TWStandley, Mar 28, 2012
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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