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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

8,163 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 8,163
Reviews: 2,498
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 3,154
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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JoeBloe

New York

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-16-2012 15:49:49 | More by JoeBloe
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Sparger

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-16-2012 15:07:41 | More by Sparger
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MeisterSmudge

Indiana

5/5  rDev +8%

01-16-2012 11:20:51 | More by MeisterSmudge
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drewone

California

4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

01-16-2012 08:30:22 | More by drewone
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sidetracked

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost opaque, pitch black with dark brown head that dissipates quickly leaving some small bubbles lingering around the edge.

Aroma is woody, little bourbon, bitter roasted black coffee. Little alcohol heat. As it warms it becomes more boozy.

Upfront taste is bitter roasted malts, roasted coffee, wood, little baker's chocolate, and little sweet molasses. Finish is somewhat sweeter. Molasses, dark chocolate, more pronounced wood and bourbon. Lingering roasted bitterness, coffee, and chocolate. Bourbon is rather subdued and not as pronounced as expected. Rather woodsy overall.

Full bodied, creamy and slightly chewy with low carbonation. Little heat at the finish.

Lots of bitter roasted coffee and wood. High bitterness, but balanced well. Bourbon could be more dominant, but still a good imperial stout.

11/14/2011

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 07:23:24 | More by sidetracked
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takashi37

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +8%

01-16-2012 05:45:47 | More by takashi37
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crosamich

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-16-2012 02:13:51 | More by crosamich
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page101

Michigan

5/5  rDev +8%

01-16-2012 00:19:01 | More by page101
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gafferjohn

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-15-2012 23:41:17 | More by gafferjohn
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.78/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pitch-black, motor-oil like, black with on a thin wispy mocha head that lines the beer like a halo. It clings to the side of the glass as it drinks.

S: This beer smells of bourbon barrels and chocolate. Yup. That's pretty much it. Those scents dominate.

T: The taste is wonderful. This beer starts off with huge bourbon right up front. The smoothness in the booze blends seamlessly with hints of chocolate, and. There is an underlying vanilla taste throughout.

M: Full bodied beer. This beer starts and finishes super smooth. It's silkiness goodness is amazing. This beer is exceedingly drinkable for an 11.2% beer.

O: Phenomenal. I'm glad I finally got a chance to review this beer. It's world class, no doubt. It's everything you want in a bourbon barrel aged stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 14:36:27 | More by trxxpaxxs
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janetb

Washington

4/5  rDev -13.6%

01-15-2012 06:18:03 | More by janetb
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discreplayboss

Illinois

5/5  rDev +8%

01-15-2012 01:38:15 | More by discreplayboss
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Stoutsman

Kansas

4/5  rDev -13.6%

01-14-2012 22:20:26 | More by Stoutsman
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btesta

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8%

01-14-2012 22:15:37 | More by btesta
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Otis77

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-14-2012 22:07:07 | More by Otis77
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Morningside

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +8%

01-14-2012 21:00:21 | More by Morningside
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jongullotti

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +8%

01-14-2012 19:23:09 | More by jongullotti
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kjpage1

Alabama

5/5  rDev +8%

01-14-2012 19:22:27 | More by kjpage1
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Rjhami

California

5/5  rDev +8%

01-14-2012 17:16:06 | More by Rjhami
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bigjohn

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -24.4%

01-14-2012 16:53:38 | More by bigjohn
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

4.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 vintage cellared since purchase. Poured at cellar temp into a large scotch snifter. Probably had this batch 6 times already.

A: Pours a rich and velvety black, but at a tilt light seeps through the murky swamp. A minimal head appears, fading quickly to a thin ring with some oil slick patches that stick around for some time.

S: Explosive bourbon nose, even after some cellar time. Gobs of vanilla, with some lighter roasted coffee and cocoa. Smells alcoholic, but that could be the brain's response to the heavy bourbon.

T: First reaction is the lack of coffee, which seems to have faded a bit from fresh (as to be expected). There is still some roasty malts but they are mostly chocolate. Plenty of bourbon flavor overlaying the imperial stout underneath reminds me this beer has obviously changed significantly from whatever the base is.

M: First sip is velvety smooth, ust as the pour suggests. Following quickly is some nice prickly carbonation, followed by a welcome warming alcohol that coats the mouth. The body is absolutely perfect on this beer, carrying some heft without ever feeling overly viscous.

O: This is definitely the great beer that the hype would suggest it is. Add in the fact that it is ~$4.50 a bottle, and you have one mighty fine value. Just a pristine example of a bourbon-forward BA stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 04:29:04 | More by doucmehu
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TheRealDBCooper

Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

4/5  rDev -13.6%

01-14-2012 03:26:41 | More by TheRealDBCooper
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hattingc

Illinois

5/5  rDev +8%

01-14-2012 02:41:28 | More by hattingc
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stewart124

Ohio

4.8/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

No bottling date but I picked this up in 2010.

No pop or release to the cap and I initially worried but then during the pour I could see carbonation. Fairly subdued but there. Little to no head just some tan bubbling atop this inky black stout.

Oak, vanilla, light roasted coffee and subtle traces of bourbon in the nose.

The mouthfeel is as much velvet as I hoped for and silky smooth. Almost full-bodied or just maybe a notch below. Plenty of bitterness that is spicy with almost a peppery note. Roasted malts aplenty without being acrid. Vanilla and oak really round this beer out or at least give it another dimension.

There is so much in the taste but it blends so well. There is a milk chocolate as well as dark chocolate. Molasses comes into play along with some prunes. Clean esters that make it feel like an American Double but this doesn't get too overpowering with alcohol. The bourbon is muted. I am not sure if this is due to letting it age or if this was intended.

Perfectly balanced and really drinks like a 6% stout. I couldn't ask for much more except some more Kentucky bourbon. This may take away from the balance though. Simply delicious!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 02:24:50 | More by stewart124
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BierBliss

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +8%

01-13-2012 23:57:52 | More by BierBliss
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 8,163 ratings.