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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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9,335 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,335
Reviews: 2,584
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 3,890
Gots: 3,514 | FT: 242
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-13-2004

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."
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Photo of wspscott
4.22/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in Duvel tulip
bottled on 2/08/10

A: Pours a completely dark/black color with a thin dark tan head that disappears almost immediately. Interestingly, it does not look "thick" the way some RISs do.
S: Lots of wood/oak, I always think coconut with heavily oaked beers like this, just had Weyerbacher's Insanity last night and had the same initial thought of coconut. As it warms, some of the bourbon becomes more apparent.
T: Lots of oak with bourbon in the background, I like that the bourbon is very well integrated with the beer as compared to some bourbon barrel beers. There is a bit of roasted malt/coffee but it is not overwhelming at all, a little bit of sweetness and a hint of alcohol heat in the background, but just a hint, no evidence of 11% ABV. No hops at all, not even from the bitterness side which is somewhat surprising given the 70 IBUs stated on the bottle. The balance seems to be coming from the roasted malts, but they are not "dominant" at all.
M: A slight carbonation tingle that fades very quickly on the tongue, very mouth filling/coating without being heavy. Surprisingly light, but still a little bit of creaminess.
O: A truly awesome beer. This is an excellent campfire beer. I need to compare to a newer version because I am curious if it comes across as well integrated when it is new. One of my favorites for a number of years, I am surprised I never reviewed this before. Anyone who likes stouts and bourbon should have this at least once.

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jtd1969 for hooking me up with this.

Pours a deep, dark, oily black with a thick brown head that has good retention. The nose has notes of coffee, chocolate, and a hint of bourbon. The taste is similar; heavy, rich, roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate with a nice, warm, woody, bourbon note coming through in the end. There is a slight hoop character that lends some balance to the finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied, very smooth, chewy, a bit viscous, and lightly carbonated.

This was a fantastic beer. It has a great mouthfeel, a robust, intense flavor, and is absolutely enjoyable.

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

A. Pours out a black hue with a thin tan head that maintains really nice lacing and retention.
S. Coffee, bitter dark chocolate and bourbon hit the nose and makes you want to drink this.
T. The taste starts out with some coffee, followed by some vanilla and bourbon and finishes off with some very bitter dark chocolate. Chocolate and bourbon is in the aftertaste.
m. The mouthfeel is very smooth and very creamy in which the taste melts in your mouth. Yummy, yummy, yummy.
O. A very very good beer that I wish was more available and a little bit lower in price, but it is a must try and get it if it is available.

Photo of partypak
5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of NCbeerpirate
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of SawDog505
4.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a 16 oz snifter. Pours the most amazing black, with a half inch, of patchy head, with some spotty lacing. Smell roasted coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, and some molasses, in the nose no bourbon yet. Taste is that, extremely balanced, with a hint of the bourbon in the taste, but very well blended barrel aged stout. Body is thinner than you would expect for its size, nice amount of life for its size, a little dry, and very drinkable. This is amazing and perfect for my 200 review.

Photo of pigc
4.22/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 02/17/12

A - Pours pitch black with half finger mocha head.

S - Dark chocolate, raisin, plum, booze, oak, coffee.

T - Starts out with a wave of medium to dark chocolate followed by oak booziness then followed by raisin, fruit cake, rum and coffee.

M - Medium to thick bodied. Oily and viscous.

O - Great stout as all the reviews say. I think I would prefer this with 1-2 years on it as the booze is a bit overpowering right now but not by much.

Photo of RKing44
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of airbag11
5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of scubahood
5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of baybassboy
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of andrewinski1
4.39/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bendurgin for procuring this nice growler tick. Poured into a tulip from a 32 oz screw-top growler. The color is black. There is a small layer of tan bubbles that isn't quite a full head.

The aroma is full of chocolate and coffee. I wouldn't know this was a beer from the aroma. I would think it's mocha ice cream or something.

The taste emphasizes the chocolate in the front. There is a nice coffee finish. There is a hint of oak that is more noticeable after a few sips.

This is medium bodied but the carbonation is filling.

This is really great. The coffee comes through nicely when fresh.

Photo of Bendurgin
4.66/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks a lot for this one Jason. You're the king. Poured into a tulip. This one pours a dark sludgy black with a small layer of dark tan foam that forms and fades away.

Milk chocolate in the aroma with a rich chocolate aroma and some nice bourbon in the background. Really hits all the marks here and this is very chocolaty. The pallet gives off a lot of the same. Rich milk chocolate flavors with some nice roasted coffee flavors and a nice bourbon kick on the end.

The body is full and robust. Very silky and smooth with soft carbonation. Overall this really is to tier. Really tough to be this stuff.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of RyanGoodman
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of MaseFace
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of CrazyOtto623
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of seanpackage
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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

Pours a sludgy black with some brown highlights a dark tan head that fades quickly.

Smells of bourbon, wood, sweetness, chocolate, slightly oxidized sherry notes. Big pleasing, boozy nose.

Taste is up front bourbon with malt richness, chocolate that goes into a boozy middle with hints of coffee and alcohol sweetness before finishing on a bourbon, vanilla, and wood note. Some lingering notes of chocolate; the coffee is buried deep under the bourbon and wood.

Full body and low carbonation works well. Alcohol is very present.

A bourbon, booze forward sipper of a stout. The chocolate and coffee come out as the beer warms, and it evolves constantly as you drink it. A nice bourbon barrel-aged stout, though, a bit too bourbon heavy for me...will be happy to age a few and see how they end up.

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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%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,335 ratings.