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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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BA SCORE
100
world-class

8,745 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 8,745
Reviews: 2,519
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 3,378
Gots: 3,215 | 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 papat444
4.58/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

***2009 vintage***

Big thanks to Masterski for this one.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, bottled 02/16/09.

Appearance: Pours a murky brown body (looks black in the glass) that is literally impenetrable when held to the light. Barely a thin ring of foam before disappearing. Swishing does show sheets if lacing.

Smell: Wow, this is strong with overpowering. Mix of chocolate, oatmeal and coffee with some bourbon thrown in as an afterthought.

Taste: Good oatmeal base, raw, some chocolate but the bourbon is more present. Traces of vanilla are felt and the coffee comes strong as it warms. Taste could have lingered a bit more but that's the only knock.

Mouthfeel: Amazing how a strong beer like this can be as smooth as it is. Very low carbonation, as it should be, with a body of silk. Suffers mildly as it warms.

Overall: After a few average bourbon-aged stouts, this one has restored my faith in this type of aging. The balance is incredible and this is what a bourbon-barrel stout should taste like.

papat444, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of emdawg
5/5  rDev +8.2%

emdawg, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of Jakers90
5/5  rDev +8.2%

Jakers90, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of imperialking
5/5  rDev +8.2%

imperialking, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of BeRanger
4.78/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What appears to be a perfect Sunday nightcap after a great trade at Darkhorse 4Elf party landed me a 2011 bottle. Poured into a Founders Tulip.

A: Pours thick and jet black with a dark brown rim.

S: Vanilla, Chocolate, Bourbon and hints of coffee.

T: Perfectly balanced flavors, all the pieces smelled come through but none are overpowering each other. The 11% ABV is surprising given that the alcohol taste is perfectly masked to not come off too hot.

M: Full bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

O: Fantastic imperial stout - Founders has done a great job balancing all the flavors to create such a robust stout. Finishes very smooth, I feel like I could drink multiples however at 11.2% it might get me into some trouble!

BeRanger, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of kenpo23
5/5  rDev +8.2%

kenpo23, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of TheFlern
3.6/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Robwestcott!

Appearance: Black with a little brown tint to it. Head is mud brown that dissipates to a thin layer, decent lacing.

Smell: Bourbon, oak, malty sweetness behind that. Light coffee and chocolate in the background.

Taste: Far more balanced than the nose. Bourbon, coffee, chocolate, roasty malts. This stout has it all and in very complementary proportions.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light and smooth. Not very much roasted bitterness, of course no hop bitterness. Light carbonation. Drinkable for the abv.

Overall: This is just a great beer. I highly recommend it.

TheFlern, Dec 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

ottodyer, Dec 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

jheiss, Dec 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

szartman, Dec 18, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

GreenMountainBoy, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Rutager
4.47/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh, the elusive KBS. Been trying to get my hands on one of these for about a year. Thanks to Hooliganlife, I can finally taste this fabled brew on this lazy Sunday morning ...hey, if it has "breakfast" in it's name, who am I to argue?. Here we go. 2010 vintage.

Appearance. Pours thick and pretty much black, like hot dirty engine oil. Just a skim of brown head.

Smell. Bourbony vanilla, some sweet chocolate and booze with a little roasty coffee. Smells nice and rich.

Taste. Wow. Coffee, bourbon, vanilla and chocolate all fairly mellow, but blend to form a rich and ballanced flavour. Some roasty bitterness present at first, which fades into the flavours mentioned with just enough booze to compliment.

Mouthfeel. Full body with lower, smooth carbonation. Just a little warmth.

Overrall. Really nice beer here. The flavours are all nicely balanced and just a hint of sweetness which makes this beer fairly easy to drink despite it's enormity. Then again, why would you want to drink it any fasster than you would have to? This one is to be savoured.

Rutager, Dec 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Romulux, Dec 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

duff247, Dec 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

marsonbro, Dec 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

dybeer50, Dec 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Coleybeerman, Dec 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

mhenson42, Dec 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

1koolspud, Dec 17, 2011
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3/5  rDev -35.1%

ryno09, Dec 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

jackie7787, Dec 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

jkane101, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -13.4%

kevflaherty, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of korguy123
4.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From notes. 2010 Vintage consumed fairly fresh.

A- Oily black as night pour. Very thin brown ring around the glass. Alcohol is sticking to the glass as I swirl. Lacing is minimal. Looks like an oil spill from above with the small wisps.

S- Bourbon right off the bat, oak notes with dark chocolate and roasted malts. Vanilla sweetness with molasses peaking through as well. Every swirl of the glass brings huge wafts of vanilla and the oak with a touch of brown sugar.

T- Wow!! A collision of everything at once. Brown sugar, chocolate and coffee with bourbon right in the middle of it all. Subtle oak notes with a touch of licorice and molasses.

M- Creamy, full bodied, carbonation is perfect. Sticky sweet on the lips the whole thing is just amazing.

O- This beer is a true treat. I can see why it is so highly coveted and why people line up at the brewery one day a year to get their hands on as much as they can afford. A true experience!

korguy123, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of Lawnboy33
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Lawnboy33, Dec 17, 2011
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 8,745 ratings.