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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: 3,376
Gots: 3,206 | 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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Photo of DannyDan
4.45/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours out a black hue with a thin tan head that maintains really nice lacing and retention.
S. Coffee, bitter dark chocolate and bourbon hit the nose and makes you want to drink this.
T. The taste starts out with some coffee, followed by some vanilla and bourbon and finishes off with some very bitter dark chocolate. Chocolate and bourbon is in the aftertaste.
m. The mouthfeel is very smooth and very creamy in which the taste melts in your mouth. Yummy, yummy, yummy.
O. A very very good beer that I wish was more available and a little bit lower in price, but it is a must try and get it if it is available.

DannyDan, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of partypak
5/5  rDev +8.2%

partypak, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of NCbeerpirate
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

NCbeerpirate, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of SawDog505
4.93/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a 16 oz snifter. Pours the most amazing black, with a half inch, of patchy head, with some spotty lacing. Smell roasted coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, and some molasses, in the nose no bourbon yet. Taste is that, extremely balanced, with a hint of the bourbon in the taste, but very well blended barrel aged stout. Body is thinner than you would expect for its size, nice amount of life for its size, a little dry, and very drinkable. This is amazing and perfect for my 200 review.

SawDog505, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of pigc
4.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 02/17/12

A - Pours pitch black with half finger mocha head.

S - Dark chocolate, raisin, plum, booze, oak, coffee.

T - Starts out with a wave of medium to dark chocolate followed by oak booziness then followed by raisin, fruit cake, rum and coffee.

M - Medium to thick bodied. Oily and viscous.

O - Great stout as all the reviews say. I think I would prefer this with 1-2 years on it as the booze is a bit overpowering right now but not by much.

pigc, Mar 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

RKing44, Mar 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

airbag11, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of scubahood
5/5  rDev +8.2%

scubahood, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of baybassboy
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

baybassboy, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of andrewinski1
4.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bendurgin for procuring this nice growler tick. Poured into a tulip from a 32 oz screw-top growler. The color is black. There is a small layer of tan bubbles that isn't quite a full head.

The aroma is full of chocolate and coffee. I wouldn't know this was a beer from the aroma. I would think it's mocha ice cream or something.

The taste emphasizes the chocolate in the front. There is a nice coffee finish. There is a hint of oak that is more noticeable after a few sips.

This is medium bodied but the carbonation is filling.

This is really great. The coffee comes through nicely when fresh.

andrewinski1, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of Bendurgin
4.7/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks a lot for this one Jason. You're the king. Poured into a tulip. This one pours a dark sludgy black with a small layer of dark tan foam that forms and fades away.

Milk chocolate in the aroma with a rich chocolate aroma and some nice bourbon in the background. Really hits all the marks here and this is very chocolaty. The pallet gives off a lot of the same. Rich milk chocolate flavors with some nice roasted coffee flavors and a nice bourbon kick on the end.

The body is full and robust. Very silky and smooth with soft carbonation. Overall this really is to tier. Really tough to be this stuff.

Bendurgin, Mar 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

ribs, Mar 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

RyanGoodman, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of MaseFace
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

MaseFace, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of CrazyOtto623
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

CrazyOtto623, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of seanpackage
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

seanpackage, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of TenHornsProud
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a sludgy black with some brown highlights a dark tan head that fades quickly.

Smells of bourbon, wood, sweetness, chocolate, slightly oxidized sherry notes. Big pleasing, boozy nose.

Taste is up front bourbon with malt richness, chocolate that goes into a boozy middle with hints of coffee and alcohol sweetness before finishing on a bourbon, vanilla, and wood note. Some lingering notes of chocolate; the coffee is buried deep under the bourbon and wood.

Full body and low carbonation works well. Alcohol is very present.

A bourbon, booze forward sipper of a stout. The chocolate and coffee come out as the beer warms, and it evolves constantly as you drink it. A nice bourbon barrel-aged stout, though, a bit too bourbon heavy for me...will be happy to age a few and see how they end up.

TenHornsProud, Mar 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

csb5036, Mar 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

closisinthehouse, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of lvoutlawjlh
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

lvoutlawjlh, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of dfecteau
5/5  rDev +8.2%

dfecteau, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of Independant
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Independant, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of kevanb
4.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage, 12oz bottle into a snifter.

KBS pours a wonderful jet black color with minimal brown when held to the light, it’s like staring into the abyss. An aggressive pour yields a small caramel colored head, about a finger at most, but it vanishes quickly leaving behind a nice layer of tan film atop the beer with a significant amount of tan film along the circumference of the glass. The lacing is nice and sticky with thin webbing around the whole of the glass. The aroma is pleasant, a bit weak and somewhat astringent, alcohol is definitely apparent, nice smooth notes of chocolate and robust roasted coffee come through as well that finishes with a nice balance of sweet vanilla. The flavors are wonderful, much more complex than the nose suggests. Roasted coffee jumps out right away which leads to rich, smooth dark chocolate and sweet vanilla, which is much more apparent than in the nose. Soft toffee and caramel flavors are also apparent along with the bourbon, which at no point overwhelms the beer, but supports the other flavors exceptionally well. Slightly charred wood is also apparent, but it definitely takes a number of sips and tastes to really grasp everything that is going on, wonderful complexity. A nice warming sensation comes from the alcohol but is in no way a distracting heat, just a nice bit of warmth as it goes down. The body is absurd, extremely rich, smooth and velvety, it coats your mouth perfectly and gives the flavors a little extra oomph, not they needed it in any way.

Verdict: A pretty sensational stout from Founders. One of my favorites to sip on after a long day or after a great meal, it makes for a fantastic desert beer. The barrel treatment adds the perfect amount of flavor and warmth without hijacking the beer.

kevanb, Mar 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

mbs11, Mar 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

AlCzerik, Mar 29, 2012
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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