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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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9,345 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,345
Reviews: 2,587
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 3,907
Gots: 3,519 | FT: 241
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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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Photo of sevenarts
5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Dark brownish black, small head that quickly dissipates and leaves behind some modest lacing.

S: Rich bourbony alcohol, dark coffee, very sweet and roasty.

T/M: The coffee and the bourbon from the barrel aging blend together so well. The bourbon flavors come through clearly but aren't overpowering at all. Sweet up front followed by the bitterness of the coffee. It goes down so smooth and creamy. The alcohol becomes just a little more prominent as it warms, adding a pleasantly warming sensation to the follow-through.

O: This is just amazing. Delicious, creamy, layered, and very easy-drinking. Its hype is very much justified, though I wish I could get more.

Photo of Schlais
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Pantera10
5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: pours black and thick like 20000 mile 10w40. Looks like a stout should.

S:coffee,chocolate,vanilla,bourbon. Inviting to say the least.

T:wow wow wow! A lot going on here! Coffee, chocolate, bourbon, and a little vanilla on the finish. Smooth sipper especially considering the 11%.

M:thick, creamy, very full-bodied. Perfect.

O: worthy of the hype: if you're lucky enough to get your hands on one, a must have. I was lucky enough to acquire 3. This stuff ain't for sharing.

Photo of Rostie
5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of pjs234
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Nameyourhop
5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of wibrewer
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of ericalexander
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of fakehat
4.6/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased the last bottle from my local shop. Apparently they require you to put your name down on a list so that nobody can abscond with all of the stock. Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours like a silky black elixir with a thin and finely bubbled head.
S: Hints of malt and coffee with an overtone of alcohol
T/M: Initially I taste nothing and notice mostly a subtle and smooth texture, it then blossoms richly into tastes of chocolate and malt with an alcoholic bite at the end

Photo of HoneyLamb
4.73/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle purchased at Lambrecht's in St. Joseph, Michigan into high-gravity glass. Poured a dark molasses brown with a single finger of mocha-brown head and slight residual sugar.

Smell is bourbon, toffee, chocolate, and molasses. Heavy alcohol smell balanced the other smells well.

Initial flavors of coffee dark bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, high-end bourbon and oak.

Flavors exploded as stout warmed in the glass.

Wonderful beer! This one of the best I've ever had in my life!!!!

Photo of marshmeli
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of bonez05404
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Synergy87
4.73/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received the last bottle from the back room of Discount Liquor Waukesha. Bottle dated: 2/17/12

A - Pitch black with some carbonation, and a thin brownish head

S - Light bourbon, coffee

T - Roasted malt, coffee, oak wood undertones, and a buttery bourbon flavor yet surprisingly not overpowering as is typical for the style

M - Believe it or not, the body is somewhere between medium and heavy. Smooth, and the subtle carbonation and warmth from the alcohol, almost seems to soothe the tongue

O - If it wasn't so hard to find and Founder's made more batches, I'd make this one of my go to stouts. This is now my new favorite bourbon barrel stout. It is crucial to let this one warm up to about 50-55 degrees to experience the full range of flavors in this beer. It has a great mouthfeel, is complex and as balanced as a bourbon barrel stout can be given this beer styles strong bourbon flavors. I look forward to next March and will hopefully be able to pick up a 4 pack before its all out.

Photo of jamesfrazer
5/5  rDev +8.2%

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

A- pours a deep oil black with a thin molasses tan head that has. Thin lacing. The carbonation is perfect for this beer.
S- immediately you get light bourbon notes on the nose. But not overly boozy smell. A great balance for a barrel aged beer.Roasted malt smell. Smell of candied almost burnt sugar.
T- Woody bourbon at the front that is so delicately balanced. This beer gives some smoky notes but everything about the tastes here are perfectly balanced.
M- medium body with great flavors from front on the taste to the end.
O- this beer lives up to all the hype it is given. It is definitely one of my favorite barrel aged stouts!

Photo of rhoadester69
5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of mobius387
4.83/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

had on tap at the palm tavern, which is also where i was fortunate enough to have CBS on tap last october! (taken from notes)

appearance: jet black, fluffy brown head, like liquid oil, perfect looking stout

aroma: big nose of chocolate, oak, burbon, some vanilla, a little hop to it. very nice

palate: very smooth for a big body, pretty strong sense of alcohol to it, but at 11%+ thats expected, not very carbonated, sits amazingly well in the mouth

taste: always stunned by how awesome this tastes. big time chocolate and coffee, almost syrupy in flavor, then you get the oak and bourbon with vanilla all at once. very very robust flavors, just fantastic

overall: its beers like this that make founders the best BA brewery in the country, hands down. i look forward to having this every year in march, and every year i am not let down. its too bad it was very hot off the shelves in bottles this year, but im very glad i got to have this on tap.

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of BubbaBeerMan
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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1/5  rDev -78.4%

Photo of parchedjay
4.38/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking two bottles back to back...a 2009 and '12. Lucky me! First time trying what I've considered the holy grail of stouts. Both pour black holes. Flavor profile similar between the two. Huge chocolate/nibs. Smell the coffee in both but just picking up a bit of iced coffee in the aftertaste (and my burps). Nice bourbon layer in both, much smoother in the '09. Both go down well, the '09 is much mellower and doesn't carry the slight bitterness of the '12. The '12 is a little alcoholic, the '09 went down sooo smooth, almost too easy. The aging flexes itself nicely. Of course they are both fantastic but a little aging does benefit the style very well. It's making my ears pop. Get it if you can.

Photo of nas4atu
5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of FATC1TY
4.85/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Managed a 4 pack this year. Haven't had it before, or remember having it to be honest. Didn't wait for it, did hunt it down, and hated the hype. Managed to get it for under $16 bucks for a 4-pack and was happy. Now....

A: Black. Dark coffee color, really creamy and thick looking. Like used oil perhaps. Good lacing, not much of a head with a good pour, but little mocha ring around the glass and nice tiny bubbles on the top.

S: Chocolate, bourbon, coffee, and a boozy fruit perhaps, but of the good old maple syrup.. Pretty inviting.

T: Bourbon. You really taste it, and it's smooth and not overpowered but enough to know the damn thing was aged in bourbon barrels. Really great chocolate, cocoa nib, roasted malts and coffee. Sweetness in there, rich cream. Great taste, you hate the hype until you taste it. Slight warming alcohol finish, but smooth is the key here.

M: Full body and chewy. Creamy and robust. Ultra smooth.

O: I friggin love it. I love stouts, I love higher ABV imperials. I love bourbon too. This beer is fantastic. I really wanted to not love it, the hype, the hard to find, the price gouging. This beer is flat out great. It's everything rolled into one and just works. I would bathe in it, and still drink it.

Photo of themind
4.93/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The good : I finally got a few bottles of KBS. This beer is very good! it pours like motor oil and has an excellent aroma. Rich and thick this stout is World Class for sure. The bourbon gets stronger as you drink the 12 ounce bottle and it's very creamy with a very good mouth feel.

The Bad: It was very hard to come by and for $11.00 a bottle in NJ it's over priced!!! It is not the kind of beer you drink all night, its a ounce in a while treat.

Bottom Line: If you see it...buy it! World Class!

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,345 ratings.