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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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8,997 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,997
Reviews: 2,533
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 3,518
Gots: 3,295 | FT: 239
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%

TimoP, Feb 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

rjm217, Feb 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

k0diak, Feb 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

WHOTH3MAN, Feb 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

MarkFy, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of stxSS07
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

A- Black with a half-finger of mocha head. Leaves awesome lacing.

S- Chocolate, coffee, oak, bourbon, vanilla sweetness, tobacco, and booze.

T- First taste is of sweet vanilla/malt sugar. Followed immediately by a wondrous mix of dark chocolate and coffee/espresso. Barrel and bourbon notes appear to round out the finish.

M- Nice and viscous with just the right amount of carbonation that lets the decadent flavors linger.

O- I've had this multiple times, and it is still one of the best beers I've ever had.

stxSS07, Feb 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

LiquidDegenerate, Feb 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

drumenigma, Feb 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

nickhiller, Feb 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -13.4%

nyctrance2, Feb 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -13.4%

garrisonp, Feb 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

Kenai4, Feb 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

gomejar, Feb 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

bbes347, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of travMI13
5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Figured I should do a formal review of this one, finally. 2011 vintage. Bottled on 2/25/11. 12 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

A: Black as night with a half-finger of tan head that recedes quickly. Fantastic lacing. Completely opaque, even around the edges. Whoa. I never realized how dark this is.

S: A perfect blend of chocolate, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Very sweet and decadent smelling, like chocolate cake.

T: Dark chocolate, with hints of oak, bourbon, coffee, and vanilla mixed in. The bourbon flavor is incredibly mild and takes a backseat to the chocolate and the coffee. This is like drinking a chocolate cake. I would probably even call it liquid sex.

M: Thick, sweet, and lightly carbonated. The flavor coats the tongue and lingers for quite a while. The bitterness from the coffee really balances out the lingering chocolate quite nicely.

O: Quite simply, if not my favorite beer, this is one of my favorite beers of all time. Every time I drink it, I am blown away. In all honesty, if a brewer can make a better beer than this, I don't believe I have had it. Deserving of the all the hype and praise it receives. Founders absolutely kills this barrel-aged imperial stout.

travMI13, Feb 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

bringmetobelgium, Feb 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

prender1482, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of MrVonzipper
4.38/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black, oily and viscous. No head with mild brown bubbles.

Nose is rich with notes of dark bitter chocolate brownie, faint oaky bourbon and earthy leathery characteristics.

Flavor follows the nose. Mild alcohol heat from woody bourbon notes on the back end following dark bitter chocolate fudge and mild coffee.

Full bodied silky mouthfeel with a touch of heat. Low carb and fairly dry.

Overall it's a great beer. Nowhere near CBS IMO but I'd be happy to have this in stock at all times.

MrVonzipper, Feb 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

jamiekimble, Feb 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

duels, Feb 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

kevinbranin, Feb 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -8%

ricksrealm, Feb 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

trginter, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of Heatwave33
5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Color: Black with a dark brown head.

Smell: Bourbon, chocolate, coffee and oak.

Taste: Same as the aroma. AMAZING!

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, smooth with a light dry finish.

Overall: Is this 11% ABV?! It's so very well balanced and smooth I couldn't tell at all. This is probably one of the best beers I have ever had. Absolutely could not fin anything wrong with it. This brew does nothing but a whole lot of right! Cheers.

Heatwave33, Feb 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

BHansen214, Feb 04, 2012
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 8,997 ratings.