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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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8,568 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,568
Reviews: 2,510
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 3,303
Gots: 3,129 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

redliner8, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of Landshark67
3.3/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Paid $30 for a 4-pack

Appearance: (5) Completely black with dark brown head. Minimal carbonation. Head dissipates quickly.

Aroma: (3.5) Chocolate & Charred malt with bourbon - a little raw.

Taste: (3) Burnt malt, bourbon and a little oak character. Not cloyingly sweet.

Mouthfeel: (3) Typical stout but with more heat and a medicine finish.

Overall: Good but not great beer, certainly not epic in my book. I expected a lot more out of the beer. It may improve with some time but it still lacks the roundness of a Bourbon County or Surly Darkness.

Serving type: bottle……..and on tap later in the evening

Landshark67, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of aliveguy17
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

aliveguy17, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of mtrog313
5/5  rDev +8%

mtrog313, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of GTB
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

GTB, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of Ralphs66
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Ralphs66, Mar 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -13.6%

theminutemen, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of scrizo
4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

scrizo, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of Vaison
1.4/5  rDev -69.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I don't really wish to put down a highly regarded beer but I feel this one is very overrated. I think it is unbalanced and tastes more like someone dropping a shotglass of bourbon in a stout. I could almost not notice the coffee or chocolate properties because of the overwhelming bourbon taste. I know most won't agree with this but it was a drainpour for me.

Vaison, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of ribby
4.38/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paid $7 for a bottle at International Beverage in Cascade.

Appearance: I rated this a 5, but that is absurd, as this beer appeared completely black to me. Even the head was dark brown. This poured with a fingernail sized head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma: Charred malt and bourbon.

Taste: Malt, oak, and bourbon. There must be some hops in there, but its main effect is to balance the other ingredients.

Mouthfeel: Not a lot of carbonation, a little bit of heat on the way down to let you know where it spent the last year.

Overall: I am partial to consistently excellent beers rather than one-off curiosities. This is a consistently excellent curiosity. If you are going to age something in bourbon barrels it had better be a blockbuster to start with. This works.

For comparison, I had saved a bottle of Backwoods Bastard. The BB is sweeter, lighter in color, and not as big. It really isn't fair to the BB to compare it to KBS, but if you want to know what KBS is about, there is no substitute.

ribby, Mar 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After all of the bottles being sold out before the case hits the store I get a stroke of luck and land one of these bad boys at Philly steaks,wings ,and beer.

Poured into my cigar city snifter.Pours an opague black with a very weak light coffee colored heading that disappears to nothing and stays flat the entire session. Looks like oil leave rings lacing after every sip.

When the cap was popped, a rush of coffee. After the pour nice aromas of mocha, some bourbon there not too overwhelming just lingering in the background. Dank,funky oak goes right along with it.

Something about the taste seems off. Not as hot and heavy as I remembered on tap. This seems very tame with that hot boozey bourbon element, that funky oak taste is there but the bourbon is very tame. Heavy coffee notes and cocoa powder lingering in the finish.

Full bodied, average carbonation but excellent balance.

Very drinkable maybe not sessionable but I could definetley have another one. In the end is it worth it? I would say so very happy to have tried both on tap a few years ago and now bottled. I do prefer this one on tap.

TheFightfan1, Mar 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8%

gorman72, Mar 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

fehrminator, Mar 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8%

Oboogie, Mar 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

wesleypipes237, Mar 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle date 2/17/12

Wow this brew is amazing. Well worth getting no matter what it takes. The alcohol is prevalent but hidden well. Boozy to the nose but wow great mouth feel. I would love to drink this brew at least a couple times a week if my waistline and budget could cover it. A truly phenomenal brew hats off to Founder's well done, well done.


STKPICR0720, Mar 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Bokononist37, Mar 18, 2012
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4.29/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 Bottle tried pretty much as fresh as can be after purchasing it at a store. Pours motor oil like with no head. Smells of heavy chocolate, vanilla, licorice, wood, bourbon and boozy. Taste is like chocolate sauce and light bourbon booze. Very good, but a bit hot. The palate on this one is thinner than I would have expected, and this is usually the impression I get from the BA coffee stouts. Not sure if it's due tot he acidity, but something about the coffee-barrel combination makes things seems thing to me. Lingering bourbon vanilla on the palate and warmth in the throat. Actually like the standard breakfast stout better. Gotta find some again.

Tried a 2011 bottle on Dec 20, 2012. Same impression as before, like the regular FBS better, but this one is a nice warming yumminess. Only complaint is there’s no more coffee flavor. Just sort of bourbony, and slightly metallic but nothing serious.

2013 bottle pretty fresh on 5/3/13. This one seems thicker than before with a little more vanilla. Bourbon is still a little harsh and there are others of the style I prefer. Still a neat beer though.

Alright. Now hitting up the 2014 version at the Tipples Rare and Barrel Aged Beer Tasting on July 13, 2014. Current year's version. This is coming off much better than any other KBS I have had. Lots of coffee on the aroma, chocolate, and even vanilla. The flavor is much more bold on the coffee, vanilla, and chocolate than previous vintages I have had, and the bourbon is not as harsh. Creamier mouthfeel, and plenty of body to this one. Really nice and the rating here is now for this vintage.

BMMillsy, Mar 18, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle. Reviewed 17 March 2012. Poured into a small snifter.

Looks like motor oil. Very little carbonation and a minimal head. It leaves some lacing, though.

Smell is a very smooth blend that's two parts bourbon and one part each of vanilla, coffee and chocolate.

Flavor is much like the nose. Very smooth. Bourbon coats the mouth and helps carry the flavor, but there's chocolate and vanilla notes in the middle, and maybe a bit of oak. Finish is heavy on the bourbon. Overall, though, you might think the ABV is less. The bourbon character grows as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is much lighter than I was expecting for the size of this beer. This makes it easier to drink quickly, for better or for worse.

This is my first time having this beer. I'm not sure if it lives up to the hype, overall, it's is a great bourbon-barrel stout.

musicforairports, Mar 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8%

Jsmitty1967, Mar 18, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black in the glass, with some dark reddish brown at the very top if you hold it to the light. Very thin head at pour, reduces to a light film lacing.

S: Excellent. First thing I got was the bourbon, but as it warms I'm getting vanilla, chocolate, and coffee. Coffee and chocolate are less pronounced than in the regular breakfast stout, but not in a bad way.

T: Very similar to the smell, but more balanced. Has a little bit of bourbon warmth in the finish, but the alcohol is extremely well hidden. A little bit of dark fruit and some sweetness at the side of my mouth. Near the front it's mostly coffee and chocolate, with more sweetness in the middle of the mouth and a lightly bitter finish. The bourbon is pretty noticeable. Glad it's a 12oz bottle, I can definitely feel it pretty quickly.

M: Pretty thick and chewy with excellent carbonation. Leaves a little tingling in the back of my throat when it goes down.

O: This is a really fantastic stout. Very balanced and smooth, really great thickness and carbonation... drinkability suffers a bit from the barrel character, but this is still a great beer.

rodkin, Mar 18, 2012
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4.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap during the Evacuation Day bar crawl.

Smell was complete booze...smelled like Jim Beam. Not terrible, but a little over the top (but what am I supposed to expect with a bourbon stout?)

Taste was great. A little boozy, but very balanced. I don't really know what else to say about this...if you can get it, give it a shot--you won't be disappointed!

bszern, Mar 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8%

Steimie, Mar 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8%

IlludiumQ36, Mar 17, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8%

beerFool28607, Mar 17, 2012
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 8,568 ratings.