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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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9,248 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,248
Reviews: 2,568
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 3,781
Gots: 3,465 | FT: 239
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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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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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

Bottle date 2/17/12

Wow this brew is amazing. Well worth getting no matter what it takes. The alcohol is prevalent but hidden well. Boozy to the nose but wow great mouth feel. I would love to drink this brew at least a couple times a week if my waistline and budget could cover it. A truly phenomenal brew hats off to Founder's well done, well done.


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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.3/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 Bottle tried pretty much as fresh as can be after purchasing it at a store. Pours motor oil like with no head. Smells of heavy chocolate, vanilla, licorice, wood, bourbon and boozy. Taste is like chocolate sauce and light bourbon booze. Very good, but a bit hot. The palate on this one is thinner than I would have expected, and this is usually the impression I get from the BA coffee stouts. Not sure if it's due tot he acidity, but something about the coffee-barrel combination makes things seems thing to me. Lingering bourbon vanilla on the palate and warmth in the throat. Actually like the standard breakfast stout better. Gotta find some again.

Tried a 2011 bottle on Dec 20, 2012. Same impression as before, like the regular FBS better, but this one is a nice warming yumminess. Only complaint is there’s no more coffee flavor. Just sort of bourbony, and slightly metallic but nothing serious.

2013 bottle pretty fresh on 5/3/13. This one seems thicker than before with a little more vanilla. Bourbon is still a little harsh and there are others of the style I prefer. Still a neat beer though.

Alright. Now hitting up the 2014 version at the Tipples Rare and Barrel Aged Beer Tasting on July 13, 2014. Current year's version. This is coming off much better than any other KBS I have had. Lots of coffee on the aroma, chocolate, and even vanilla. The flavor is much more bold on the coffee, vanilla, and chocolate than previous vintages I have had, and the bourbon is not as harsh. Creamier mouthfeel, and plenty of body to this one. Really nice and the rating here is now for this vintage.

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

2011 bottle. Reviewed 17 March 2012. Poured into a small snifter.

Looks like motor oil. Very little carbonation and a minimal head. It leaves some lacing, though.

Smell is a very smooth blend that's two parts bourbon and one part each of vanilla, coffee and chocolate.

Flavor is much like the nose. Very smooth. Bourbon coats the mouth and helps carry the flavor, but there's chocolate and vanilla notes in the middle, and maybe a bit of oak. Finish is heavy on the bourbon. Overall, though, you might think the ABV is less. The bourbon character grows as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is much lighter than I was expecting for the size of this beer. This makes it easier to drink quickly, for better or for worse.

This is my first time having this beer. I'm not sure if it lives up to the hype, overall, it's is a great bourbon-barrel stout.

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.34/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black in the glass, with some dark reddish brown at the very top if you hold it to the light. Very thin head at pour, reduces to a light film lacing.

S: Excellent. First thing I got was the bourbon, but as it warms I'm getting vanilla, chocolate, and coffee. Coffee and chocolate are less pronounced than in the regular breakfast stout, but not in a bad way.

T: Very similar to the smell, but more balanced. Has a little bit of bourbon warmth in the finish, but the alcohol is extremely well hidden. A little bit of dark fruit and some sweetness at the side of my mouth. Near the front it's mostly coffee and chocolate, with more sweetness in the middle of the mouth and a lightly bitter finish. The bourbon is pretty noticeable. Glad it's a 12oz bottle, I can definitely feel it pretty quickly.

M: Pretty thick and chewy with excellent carbonation. Leaves a little tingling in the back of my throat when it goes down.

O: This is a really fantastic stout. Very balanced and smooth, really great thickness and carbonation... drinkability suffers a bit from the barrel character, but this is still a great beer.

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4.51/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap during the Evacuation Day bar crawl.

Smell was complete booze...smelled like Jim Beam. Not terrible, but a little over the top (but what am I supposed to expect with a bourbon stout?)

Taste was great. A little boozy, but very balanced. I don't really know what else to say about this...if you can get it, give it a shot--you won't be disappointed!

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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%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.82/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well it is the famous KBS, much hyped, although not as much insanity to acquire as CBS , BCS and Bourbon County Coffee. Managed to get my hands on some, despite avoiding the price gauging of other unnamed establishments. I believe it to the best best stout I have ever had. Mountains of complexity, bourbon, oak, coffee, vanilla, awesomely smooth and delicious, but not overwhelming on the palate in terms of mouth feel . easy to drink, could have it everyday. it has so much going on but not that intense, giving it a nice smooth taste with so much to savor. I hope founders lives up to its promise and produces 3x as much for 2012.

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

2012 Batch. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance. Cherry dark brown through the pour. Pitch Black in the glass. Some small patches of lacing stick to the side of the glass.

Smell. Surprising amount of coffee on the nose. A lot roastier and more chocolatey than regular breakfast stout. The bourbon adds some wonderful, light vanilla and some charred oak.

Taste. Starts out very chocolatey, with a hint of vanilla. Some slight bitterness punctuates a switch to toffee and bourbon and then fades into the background. Overtones of grain alcohol start and are present throughout. Coffee bitterness and flavor take over with surprising power for a beer which has been aged for "over a year". Some vanilla and toffee come back, with a buttery bourbon flavor in the background. The finish is sweet at first, and then quickly becomes dry with coffee bitterness and some alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel. Starts out thick and creamy, but the carbonation gives way to a prickly mouthfeel.

For me this one lives up to the hype and more. I see the similarities between this and original Breakfast stout, but this one just takes it to the next level. The bourbon is so subtle in its application, and only accompanies the other flavors already present. For me a perfect beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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

This is the second year in a row I've had KBS. I had to go to Georgia to get it last year, but it came to Alabama this year.

A-Black as night, in the best possible way.

S-Coffee, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla. It smells amazing.

T-Roasty, with great notes of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla and roasted nuts. All the flovors harmonize in amazing fashion. I also pick up some good bitterness, and a bit of boozy warmth. No complaints, as close to perfect as possible.

M-Thick and viscous, almost chewy.

O-As good a beer as I've had. I'm partial to all things bourbon barrel aged and this is as good or better than any. KBS is worth the effort and wait to get it.

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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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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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