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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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9,109 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,109
Reviews: 2,545
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 3,593
Gots: 3,363 | 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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Photo of jlpepper13
4.85/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I almost cried. Accidentally poured into a pilsner glass after confusing it with a Founder's Breakfast Stout.

A: Comes out black with with amazingly full, thick head that comes down to a solid finger of well built, beautiful head on top. Tiny beads of lace linger as the drink disappears from the glass.

S: pronounced aroma of chocolate and coffee. Some kind of amazing spiciness is present that isn't like any other beer I've ever had. Fusel burn is picked up when deep breaths are taken.

T: Sweet chocolate comes on strong that eventually settles down to a mellow coffee. Again, that spiciness comes through in the back palate. Not at all bitter and very pleasing.

M: Quite the mouth full of beer, I tell ya! It's thick and filling. It took me a good half an hour to enjoy the whole glass. No dryness, it's wet and delicious. Hardly any carbonation is felt which is surprising after seeing so much head on this beer.

O: I'm revisiting this beer and remember why it was the first high end craft beer that really turned me on to the culture. Man is it good! and the 11.2% ABV is nice too. This is the highest score I've given to a beer so far.

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -13.4%

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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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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.78/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoying at home. 12oz bottle into snifter. 2011. Pours black as used motor oil with a one finger caramel tan head.

Nose: Cocoa, peat, dairy, coffee, roasted malt. Honestly smells like fresh baked chocolate chip cookies in cold press coffee.

Taste: Dark chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, bourbon, toffee, peat, booze. A hair off of perfection due to booziness.

Low carbonation with a silky smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The depth of flavor on this brew is unmatchable. Very well rounded and bold. This is one of the best beers I've ever had. Incredible!

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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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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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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3.68/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received via TheSevenDuffs, thanks so very much! 2011 bottling, poured ~6C into a Duvel snifter and warmed significantly over the hour+ it was drank.

A: Jet black and even with a hard pour the thinnest of tan heads appears and then disappears. Eventually a small bubble of foam appears in the middle due to the last etched bottom.
S: Very nice. Bourbon, booze, liquorice, vanilla, oak, chocolate syrup (like Quik), light roasted notes and maybe some coffee, although that may have been the roasted malts...
T: I know this is supposedly a world class beer. It is a nice beer, but man this beer is a pain in the mouth. Very hot, with lots of booze playing through. Not sure if this is the bourbon barrels or the base beer, but it is overall distracting and off putting. Otherwise the beer is fine. Notes of vanilla are most prevalent. Hints of molasses, mild coffee notes along with hot chocolate play through. Overall though there is one thing only that is beating down everything else: Hot, Boozy & Bourbon...
M: Hot. Not sweet at all, well balanced with the bitterness.
O: Incredible disappointment here... Not to say it was bad, but I was led to believe this was something mind blowing, rather it is a pedestrian BA beer, which sadly let the bourbon take over (maybe it was just this year's blend, who knows... BCBS is definitely better than this and I enjoyed Boulevard's RIS more too...

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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1/5  rDev -78.4%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,109 ratings.