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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9,133 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,133
Reviews: 2,550
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 3,606
Gots: 3,367 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -8%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.78/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle dated 3/17/2012 poured into CCB Hunahpu snifter.

Opaque, black, thin liquid. Light brown head quickly dissipates to thin ring.

Wonderful aroma of chocolate, coffee, light vanilla, bourbon, slight oak. Could sniff this one all night.

The taste doesn't disappoint. A complex amalgam of nicely roasted malt (smooth bitterness), chocolate, caramel and oats. The bourbon is present throughout, like nice background music.

Thick, nicely bitter, well carbonated. Smooth on the back end. Solid.

Very nice bourbon barreled stout, well balanced and complex. Not a 5, but close. I have probably been ruined by Peg's G.O.O.D. Rare D.O.S.

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4.93/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler I scored, 2012 vintage, thanks Cicero's; shared it with a large tasting group.

It's black, it leaves a slight dark coating on the glass as you swirl it, the head was minimal and it disapated quickly to a light ring in the glass, legs abound as you swirl or tip the glass.

The smell is of boozy bourbon, light notes of chocolate and vanilla hit me while the oaky bourbon stays in the spotlight.

The taste is what you want in a breakfast stout, I get coffee, chocolates, and the bourbon. This growler is more boozy than past KBS I have had.

In my mouth it's silky and filling. It covers my mouth with warmth the way I could see it coat the glass. The carbonation is right and the finish is perfect for this style.

Nothing I can say can give this beer the respect it deserves. You know you should have some in your cellar. Once you've had it youknow what to expect from an aged breakfast stout, KBS sets the bar.

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of dorianmarley
4.35/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is dark black with a rich brown head and not much lacing.

Nose is roasted malt, dark chocolate, roasted chestnut, and vanilla extract.

Taste is toffee, milk chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and a bourbon finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and very light for a beer with so much aging & alcohol.

Overall, it has surprising drinkability. It is not overpowering. It is actually rather simple, but well-made.

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of oline73
4.8/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a Hunahpu's glass.

Appearance: Pours a thick black color with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Roast and bourbon, this smells so smooth. Dark chocolate sweetness with some warmth from the alcohol.

Taste: Sweet, smooth bourbon and roast. Dark chocolate with a hint of dark fruit. The roasty coffee bitterness stays on the tongue through the end of each sip. So smooth and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Thick body with very smooth carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: One of my favorites. I'm glad I finally got around to rating this. I'll have it again every time I get the chance.

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4.1/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer is beautiful, it poors jet black with a creamy tan head which fades quickly.

S - Here is the first hint of how big this beer is. Lots of coffee, coffe, a little oak and in the back some alcohol.

T - The aroma was no lie, tons of coffee in this one. Cocoa present with a bit of oak on the back end. Hints of tar maybe.

M - Lighter than I would expect, medium carbonation.

O - Good stout, tons of coffee, maybe it was all the hype but I was expecting a little more. Still a solid beer.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev -13.4%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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3/5  rDev -35.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.35/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage poured into snifter

Pours jet black with a small tan head that fades away to a nice circle around the glass

Smells of french vanilla coffee with a shot of bourbon in it

Tastes of roasted malt and coffee upfront then mellows out to a very nice smooth toffe candy like sweetness, the bourbon is not to overly present

Mouthfeel seems a little light and carbonation is slightly higher then I would prefer but still very nice

Overall great beer but I don't know if it was worth all the trouble to get my hands on one.

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4.93/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Thick black appearance with a nice brown head that quickly goes down.

S- Chocolate and bourbon are pretty strong, along with some vanilla and toffee

M- Smooth, almost silky.

O- An incredible beer. Very drinkable for such high alcohol percent. Very rarely do I think the beer justifies the hype. This is one of those time.

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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