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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Ratings: 9,137
Reviews: 2,550
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 3,609
Gots: 3,373 | FT: 240
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 auliv
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of hosehead83
4.85/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to my local craft beer place for saving me a couple of bottles. (The Anderson's-Luv ya)
Poured from a "stubby" 12oz. bottle into a wine goblet.
Inky jet black in color, with a short head of tan foam that struggles to the surface. "High gravity" indeed.
Aroma-Like hovering your nose over a tumbler of fine whiskey, a cup of gourmet coffee, and some Belgian chocolate.
Taste-Ahh, where to begin? Bourbon bon-bons, silky chocolate, Irish coffee with cream, all perfectly blended, with a ghostly minlging of hops in the balance. Super-smooth and dangerously drinkable. "Tingly" mouthfeel lets you know something good is happeneng here. Superbly crafted, sip slowly and try not to smile. Makes you warm and happy. Believe the hype. Wow! Profound.

Photo of standardcherry
4.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, 2010 vintage served into a snifter:

A: Jet black pour with a small mocha colored head. It dissipated in a few minutes
S: Wow. This is aged almost three years and it still has a massive amount of coffee. Lots of chocolate, vanilla, oak and bourbon.
T: LOTS of coffee/oakiness in the first sips. Some oaky bitterness. Balances out well with chocolate, vanilla and roasty flavor. A bit of roasty, heavy flavor.
M: Heavy, syrupy flavor. Lots of chocolate and roastiness. Thick bodied with medium carbonation.
O: This is one of the best BA stouts I've had. Will seek this again.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of JonathanSuarez
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of jlove5
5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.03/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Almost black. Deep rich brown at the edges. Head is dark khaki and drops to almost nothing in very short order. Pours a little heavy with some hints of carbonation.

Smell: Oak and vanilla layered over a sharp bourbon. Malts are heavily roasted. Big cocoa and dark chocolate. Fudgey sweetness. Some slightly burnt edges. Some minerals. Bitter chocolate. Nice layer of oak brings it all together. Deeply malty with a great edge taken off by the barrel.

Taste: Barrel and vanilla with some big oak notes. Touches of char. Bourbon adds some caramel and toffee notes. Layers of sweetness. Malta are roasted and chocolatey. Dark chocolate and fudgey sweetness. High burning alcohol. It's a liquid dessert.

Mouthfeel: A little thinner than expected. The barrel really smooths it out. Creamy and rich with a medium body.

Overall: Good fresh, but age tempers the bourbon. It becomes a nice blend of big stout and bourbon goodness. If it had a bit more body, it would be truly legendary.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of buschbeer
4.28/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It pours about as dark as a beer can get. A half inch of cocoa head rests on top.

S - I get that coffee and vanilla that is advertised.

T - I immediately get a puss full of bitter coffee. I get some subtle hints of anise and molasses. The bourbon still has some life as well.

M - Full and creamy

O - This beer looms large on the senses. Founders once again does an outstanding job.

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Ultraman9000
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of bvdubn
4.48/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The stout pours a black color with little head and a leaving almost no apparent lacing. The initial aroma emits notes of bourbon, followed by hints of vanilla and roasted malts. First taste was of bourbon and the vanilla that comes along with the style. The aftertaste was warm and boozy with hints of vanilla. The beer lacks body to me but that doesn’t diminish from the taste.

KBS is definitely not as sweet as CBS but it is very good. Doing a taste side by side really magnifies the sweetness of the CBS.

Photo of hiphopj5
3.25/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of natemort13
4.63/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'11, poured into a snifter. Thanks Tim!

A hard, jet-black motor oil pour creates a dark mocha head that fades quickly into a ring.

Nose is strong bourbon and mellow coffee coffee with vanilla and dark fruits bringing up the rear. The nose is straightforward and does not play around but retains a ridiculous smoothness.

The taste brings coffee first then fades into bourbon with a strong vanilla finish. Lingering notes of smooth coffee. As the taste becomes more coating the bourbon becomes more prevalent. This is some of the smoothest bourbon I've ever tasted in a beer. Warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and coating. Alcohol becomes a little warming as it hits my belly.

Tough to live up to the hype, but as far as coffee stouts go, this one is right there. Can't find a smoother stout at 11.2.

Photo of NWer
4.79/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 02/25/11 stamped on the neck.
Semi-aggressive pour into my Hair of the Dog Tulip.
One finger head. Tight brown foam dissipates fairly quickly. Nice lace surrounds inside of glass.
Aroma fills glass - coffee, chocolate.
Where do I begin? For a great beer, I look for the "wow factor". I want to be blown away.
This was Wow Factor times two.
Multiple flavors - coffee, chocolate, bourbon blend like I've never experienced before. Nothing harsh about it. Not even in the sting of the alcohol.
Aftertaste is so pleasant. A small sip can be savored for several minutes before repeating the process.
What is there not to like about this beer?
Nectar of the Gods.

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of RedBeardFace
5/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of kylegillick
4.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 12oz. Bottle Aged 1 year

A- Black with fine brown lacing

S- coffee, chocolate, and slight hit on Bourbon

T- Complex stout. Coffee is not overpowering, but certainly there. Chocolate, with hints of vanilla. Very smooth with a bit of a bite at the end. 70 IBU adds a sold bitterness. The oak and Bourbon add a great aftertaste

M-very thick. Classic full bodied stout. HEAVY

Overall: Great for Coffee lovers. The oak aged adds complexity and flavor. Too much hype for this beer, but it is great none the less.

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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