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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

8,178 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 8,178
Reviews: 2,498
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 3,156
Gots: 2,933 | FT: 209
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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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
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tvanr

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-13-2012 22:27:40 | More by tvanr
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danjohn1234

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +8%

01-13-2012 21:05:48 | More by danjohn1234
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otrejo

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

01-13-2012 17:25:21 | More by otrejo
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Auror

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

01-13-2012 15:45:21 | More by Auror
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kengardell

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-13-2012 15:25:10 | More by kengardell
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mjmadsen21

Indiana

5/5  rDev +8%

01-13-2012 04:06:46 | More by mjmadsen21
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ThirstyHerf

Oklahoma

3.68/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Blind BIF # 6
Once again, shared with Chaseabeer. Stubby, 12 oz bottle poured into 2 snifters. my initial thought is im about to review KBS due to the shape of the bottle and the beer i was instructed to drink before it.

A pitch black body, rich tannish / brown head with moderate dregs. great looking beer 4

S coffee, chocolate, vanilla, malt, mollases, black licorice 3.5

T I start off getting a lot coffee and hops, the chocolate and vanilla are very subtle in this beer, starting to taste a hint of the black licorice from the nose. Can definitely taste a hint of alcohol. 3.5 This has me questioning the KBS and now thinking maybe Founders imperial stout.

M thick, creamy and silky smooth. Coats the mouth with very little, noticeable alcohol. 4

O- This beer is pretty darn good and i know ive had this before. Just trying to put a finger on which beer. I think it is Founders Imperial Stout, Chase thinks Breakfast. The flavors play nicely against each other and the smell really keeps bringing you back for another wiff. 4

Speaking of Whiffs! The reveal: KBS. Wow, did not pick up the barrel or bourbon at all. I have had this beer many times and have always enjoyed the boozy, bourboniness. Thanks again Alewatcher for another fantastic beer! This beer was either perceived completely different from any other time if had it or this was a batch I've not tasted.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 00:18:24 | More by ThirstyHerf
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nucmedmario

Illinois

5/5  rDev +8%

01-12-2012 23:28:15 | More by nucmedmario
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ant880

New York

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-12-2012 21:23:38 | More by ant880
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Ruger44

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

01-12-2012 15:57:17 | More by Ruger44
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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