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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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9,107 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,107
Reviews: 2,545
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 3,588
Gots: 3,360 | FT: 243
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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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of sukwonee
4.9/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally!!! Got to taste KBS - 2012, Bottle poured into a snifter

A: Opaque Black. Medium brown head (barely there). Okay amount of lacing

S: COFFEE COFFEE COFFEE, very slight bourbon, chocolate

T: DAMN!!! this is a great tasting beer. Coffee, Chocolate, very very slight bourbon & oak.

M: A bit on the medium thickness side. Moderate to medium carbonation. I wish it was a bit flatter and smoother, but hey.

O: I love this beer! I wish I get this all year around. I can't imagine this would age well though... (not too much body and all the coffee I am getting). Great Great stuff - so much better than FBS.


I just got a chance to try to 2010 vintage on 8/8/2012 and I gotta say great beer is still great beer whether or not it has passed its prime.

Coffee and bourbon definitely faded but dark chocolate is more dominent. Less boozy, but booziness is still there. Still sweet and bitter (or I should say bitter sweet). My score stands.

I have a bottle of 2011. I will give this a shot soon.

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4.23/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle dated 2/17/12 into a tulip glass

A- Poured a super dark black, heavy viscosity like motor oil, one finger mocha/cherry colored head with tight bubbles and lots of alcohol legs. This looks like a big beautiful stout

S- Big bourbon, vanilla, oak, and alcohol notes. Some cocoa powder notes too. The aroma is dominated by the barrel, not a lot of stout aroma. Boozy aroma

T- Big rich cocoa powder taste, rich vanilla bean, oak, bourbon notes, some caramel and toffee, light coffee ground taste on the finish. Complex, good balance between bourbon, oak and cocoa notes.

M- Unbelievably soft, silky, and decadent mouthfeel. Full bodied, chewy mouthfeel, big alcohol warming and burn

O- It is a complex and flavorful big stout. Great silky smooth mouthfeel. It is a good beer with a little more heat and alcohol flavor than I like in a beer. I would love to have an aged bottle on this, but for the rarity and price I am not sure I will seek this out every year. There was not much coffee taste or aroma in this beer.

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1.5/5  rDev -67.5%

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

Today, a bottle fell into my hands thanks to the beer guy at Charleston Wines and Spirits. In great anticipation, I had to pour it tonight.

KBS pours a dark, deep red, color only visible in bright light and in the shadow of the glass. Barely any carbonation, just a thin ring of mocha bubbles at the rim, and a faint hint of air on the surface.

The smell is amazing. Vanilla, bourbon are the boldest, with just a faint hint of maple and roast.

The mouthfeel is the first thing you'll notice. Heavy and syrupy, the richness of the beer will coat your mouth and tongue with an amazing sheen of flavors.

KBS tastes like candy, in a way that no candy could possibly match. The bourbon is up front, definitely, followed by vanilla, the darkest of chocolates, a mapley flavor, and smoke, a mix of bacon and a fine cigar.

Finishing this richness is a dry, bourbon taste, leaving almost a caramel finish in the mouth. The taste sticks around, and would be well complimented with some vanilla bean ice cream and/or a fine cigar.

Totally worth the hype. Rich without being too sweet. Bold without being boozy. Beautiful color, texture and mouthfeel. 5/5, across the board.


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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of ChugginOil
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured @ The Bavarian Lodge: Sinner or Saint?

Black as always. Looks oily. A quarter inch of dark tan head. Small spotty lace.

The nose has a ton of coffee, more so than the bottle. Subtle bourbon, chocolate, caramel, tannin, and roast.

The taste is coffee forward with dark chocolate notes, roasted malts, light vanilla and oak. The bourbon is much more subtle than the bottled version. The balance and array of flavors is just as stunning as always.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy as hell. Silky and beastly.

Overall, amazing beer. This is a great example of how a great beer can vary between serving types. Excellent for both ways. Leaning towards the bottled version more because of the prevelant bourbon notes.

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4.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wowee, I finally get to drink one of these. The last time I had the chance, I was so sick I couldn't even enjoy a full draft pour.

Bottled 02/17/12 and poured into a Duvel glass. Pours black as night and thick as oil, no light passes through whatsoever. Smell of chocolate, vanilla and wood; all the tell-tale signs of a bourbon barrel aged stout are present. The taste matches with some underlying notes of peat and other charred flavors.

A full-bodied, delicious beer, one you have no excuse not to drink. Go get one.

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.43/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served into a Triple Karmeliet tulip.

A- Dark black with a mocha head that is thin but holds well and has great lacing. Nice and dark but seems a little thin.

S- Chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, fresh coffee beans, oak, dark fruit and a slight hint of tobacco. What a nice aroma. Plenty of pleasent smells that are expected from a beer of this caliber.

T- Bitter coco, bourbon, vanilla, coffee, dry oak finish, and alcohol heat. Very deep and rich, with lots of complexity. Some hop bitterness reside in the fresher bottle, I have had aged KBS ( 1-2 yrs ) and it's not quite as bitter throughout.

M- Smooth and easy drinking. A little thin for such a complex stout, but by far one of the most solid barrel aged ales on the market. The alcohol burn is noticeable but blend well with the other strong flavors.

O- One of the best. Although I do feel there are better, even within founders own line up, KBS is a beautiful stout every year. The traditional flavors that one expects in a barrel aged stout are all present and well represented. I will and always have been a fan.

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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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4.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to pschul4 for trading with me for this. Bottled on 02/17/12.

A- Pours a beautiful, almost black color with some dark brown coming through. Small head almost non-existent but cocoa colored, might have been a bad pour.

S- Coffee, chocolate, booze, a little caramel. Delicious nose, sticky smelling and sweet.

T- Toffee, bourbon, chocolate, a little roast. Similar to the nose, but seems to have more complex taste than smell. Every awesome sweet flavor in a stout is here, minus dark fruit. This is incredible. Lingering booze on the aftertaste, masked well.

M- Awesome, sticky, and thick without being overwhelming. One of the best mouth feels I've ever had in a beer.

O- The hype is well deserved. I came into this very excited, but tried keep a neutral opinion through the tasting. I don't know how age does with this beer, but fresh it is awesome. If I only had 15 dollars in my bank account and that was how much a 4 pack would cost, I would go broke, and not even feel bad about it.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -8%

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

2010, aged 1 year
Appearance: Thick black, little head on a slightly agressive pour, some lacing sticks to the glass

Nose: Oak and coffee with some very dark chocolate, the tiniest hint of bourbon comes through...

Taste: Chocolate, lots of dark chocolate and supporting coffee with some oak then the tiniest hint of bourbon... I must say I was disappointed with this.

Mouth: Thick and rolling velvet consistency present on the tongue.

Overall: Very different from what I remember fresh.

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,107 ratings.