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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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8,814 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,814
Reviews: 2,522
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 3,416
Gots: 3,236 | 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%

tobster24, May 05, 2012
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WJGreene, May 03, 2012
Photo of JohnnyMc
5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love Founders, I have been wanting to try this forever and I finally got 6 bottles luckily!

So first off, believe it or not...the hype is actually true this is a phenomenal beer.

This pours out like a thick syrup and it completely pitch black almost like motor oil with a very small mocha, dark brown head.

The aroma is packed with chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon and caramel.

The taste follows very much the same way. Right off the bat it's kinda sweet with the vanilla and caramel taste and then that fades to the chocolate and dark coffee with roasted malts and then finishes with a bourbon burn and a slight bitterness.

Extremely fully bodied and creamy, this is almost too easy to drink, but there is a definite alcohol burn. You can't really taste it as much, but you can definitely feel it. I'm letting 2 bottles age to see how this mellows out.

Another great beer from Founders!!

JohnnyMc, May 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

BubbaMac, May 03, 2012
Photo of harrymel
4.03/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Latest review: Vintage 2012, reviewed 02MAY12
This one pours black as ever, with a good etched tan surface. Up in the nose: cocoa, so much chocolate this year, it's insane....and I dig it. Coffee comes through in the secondary, and then the vanilla bourbon notes come through. I gotta say, nosewise, that this is beautiful, but no longer worth the trouble on the nose aspect vs. FBS for me. Flavor, vanilla, bourbon and american oak up front, upon moving to the posterior lingual aspects, I get an alcohol burn and some nice cocoa, but really more bourbon character - okay, this is way better than FBS, but still, in the current trade market, not quite $ worth it for me vs. Abyss. Smooth, but a bit hollow with a litter higher carb than I'd prefer in this style. All around great brew, worth at least two or three tries. Really admire everything Founder's does. 4/3.5/4.5/3/4-

Thanks to Chaney for this brew!
Bottled 02/2010
2nd time: bottled 02/2011 - sampled 3/2011 4/4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5/4.48
Poured to NB Globe at around 50F
A: Deep, dark, black ale with opacity which it seems difficult to overcome. No light, not even at the edge of the beer. No carbonation evident, just black, thick beer. When agitated, can get a small appearance to provide evidence of carbonation.
A2: Same as above. Add thick quilt of dark mocha head which hangs around. Little lacing.
S: Coffee, dark chocolate, hints of bourbon, good and sweet vanilla tones intertwine with plenty of malt goodness. This develops over the course of the beer and further accentuates the the chocolate tones.
S2: Coffee again. You know, the bourbon is just not here, too much coffee!
T: Wow. It's the most chocolate I've ever experienced in a beer. Dark, +85% pure, but chocolate nonetheless. I almost want this beer to be served warm, oddly. So much coffee continues to highlight this beer, and I can't think but wonder how they did this. Just delightful. Just a hint spicy and hot with the alcohol.
T2: More coffee this time around. Still no bourbon. Why don't they just skip the barrel? Lakes and East Coast seem to be obsessed with coffee beer. okay, okay, there's bourbon on the back end, but not substantial. Okay beer, not as good as the homers make out.
M: Heavy, thick, sticky. Dries the tongue, dries my life. Sucks me dry and compels me to fill my mouth with more of the seductive beer. Low carbonation. Well played.
M2: see above.
O: This beer is good, no doubt. My problem is with the bal presence. Here's the thing, if you want to have a coffee beer, have a coffee beer. If you want to have a BBA beer, have a BBA beer. If you want to have a BBA/coffee beer, learn to balance them. I can't say I will pursue this as aggressively next year. It's just not that great. Good yes.

harrymel, May 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

BrandonDZ, May 03, 2012
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4.98/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2012 Vintage

A: Pours an almost black opaque color with almost no head to speak of whatsoever.

S: toffee, burnt coffee, strong whisky with some soy sauce/molasses mixed in.

T: Heavy sweetness at first then the whisky comes in across the palate very strong, then comes bitter roasted malt with a vanilla finish.

M: For not having much head to speak of this beer does have an appropriate amount of carbonation. This beer has kind of a slick, oily mouthfeel with a prominent alc. burn.

O: This beer is outstanding. I would go out of my way to find it.

Beerdregs, May 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

patol8, May 03, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Black-opaque with fine bubbles. Mocha head forms and fades quickly. Scattered lacing.

S: Vanilla and hints of coffee. Just want I wanted. However, I also detect something astringent...I wonder if it's soap residue or strong alcohol.

T/M: Bourbon and vanilla nibs. Harsh but strong. Silky smooth mouthfeel just glides down the throat. Not obviously excellent, but actually quite well-balanced. Loads of chocolate malts and a touch of bitterness from both hops and coffee beans.

O: A pretty great beer. I would definitely have some more if I could ever find any. Incredibly drinkable for the ABV and the epitome of a bourbon-barrel aged beer. They don't get better than this.

IBU: 70
ABV: 11.2%

AgentMunky, May 02, 2012
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4.88/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is legend. Why are you reading reviews of it?

Bottled 2/17/12, this one of many enjoyed 04/29/12. Don't shy away because it's fresh.

A - Pours out go the bottle a very dark brown, almost black body. Settles in the glass pure black with a finger deep brown head. Head settles to a slight soapiness on top of the obsidian body. This is how stouts should look.

S - Friggin' awesome. Big notes of coffee, dark chocolate and oak. The woodiness is massive but not overbearing. The barrel character really shines here. Vanilla is present as well in dashes/

T - It doesn't get much better than this. I can't think of a better blended barrel aged stout. Huge woody barrel notes, huge coffee and huge vanilla/chocolate all working together in perfect fashion. This is like a celebrity sex party.

M - Thick, creamy and perfectly carbonated. Coats your mouth like it should. Alcohol burn is there, but pleasant, and this beer loses that over time anyways.

O - Brilliant beer that is well worth the hype. Stop reading review and buy/trade/find this beer. All-time favorite. "5's" in categories are reserved for the best, and this grabs a couple.

DevilsCups, Apr 30, 2012
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 8,814 ratings.