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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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8,739 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,739
Reviews: 2,519
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 3,377
Gots: 3,208 | FT: 230
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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4.98/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter

A: Black with a thin brown head that doesn't stick around too long

S: Bourbon notes, vanilla, dark roast coffee, toffee

T: Bourbon, oak, vanilla, coffee, nutty, dark chocolate

M: Smooth silky mouth feel

O: Wow, this is one amazing beer! Lots of layers and lots of complexity. The bourbon and coffee flavors really compliment each other and make this beer dangerously drinkable at 11.2% ABV.

Streetcore, Apr 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My uncle brought one of these to Arizona for me to have, thanks to Uncle Gary!!!

Poured from the bottle, into large snifter. Poured a thick black, not a lot of carbonation, but it was thick, tan, almost brown.

Smell was amazing! Complex, lots of caramel, vanilla, and bourbon, with some chocolate/coffee.

Taste was more then what I was expecting from the aroma. Every bit as complex as the smell, and then some. Strong woody bourbon flavor, with a dark roasted coffee flavor, and chocolate throughout.

Very smooth drinking beer for a 10%+ complex beer! Sorry I only had one!

This beer is truly a work of art, is all I have to say! Simply amazing beer! (my first perfect score!)

buffettfan, Apr 09, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pitch Black, one finger head dissipating to coffee brown head. Appears to have significant carbonation.
Smell: Bourbon, alcohol, toffee
Taste: Bourbon, alcohol, toffee, mocha/coffee. Bitter at the end. Warming, earthy.
Mouthfeel: great mouthfeel, warming syrupy.
Overal: Exceptionally special RIS.

scoand, Apr 09, 2012
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4.9/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Deep, thick, viscous black. Poured out like thick syrup. Very small tan head. Very minimal head sticks around

S: Lots of dark coffee beans, got a very slight vanilla and tons of roasted malt characters. Got the bourbon quite a bit, but the nose is dominated by coffee

T: Right upfront I got lots of sweet vanilla and roasted malts. Towards the middle I really started to pick up the bourbon and and some dark chocolate. I got hit with a coffee bomb after the finish and it lingers around in my mouth for a while.

M: Pretty amazing. Very, very thick. Almost a light syrup type of consistency. The thickness makes this one extremely smooth and it gives a slight alcohol burn.

I'm glad I was finally able to try this one and it definitely lives up to the hype. Can't wait to see what some of the other bottles I have drink like with some age on them

Bobheed, Apr 09, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2/17/2012

Poured a dark black that was totally non-translucent. Produced virtually no head and has just the slightest dark mocha colored lacey ring around the glass. I don't drink many stouts these days so it's pretty uncommon for me to see brews this dark. First aromas are of sweetened coffee, slight chocolate, hints of caramel and roast, Kaluha, deep malts and of course... bourbon! Unlike Goose Island BCS, this one is not over the top on the bourbon alcohol booziness tastes. The chocolate coffee is complimented by just the right amount of bourbon. As the brew warms, I notice the bourbon tastes becoming a bit more prevalent. It has a very crisp mouthfeel, not very heavy or sludgy. 11.2% abv? Seems about right. Perhaps even a bit smooth for that high of an alcohol content. Glad I finally got to try the infamous KBS. Worth a taste! Hopefully I can find it on tap some time.


rmcnealy, Apr 08, 2012
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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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