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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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9,102 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,102
Reviews: 2,541
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 3,579
Gots: 3,356 | 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 plehnus
4.55/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Spices, pepper, bitter chocolate followed by vanilla and cinnamon as the beer warmed.

Appearance: Thick black body with a tan-brown head.

Flavor: Roasted caramel, chocolate, and hints of bitterness. The alcohol is well masked.

Mouthfeel: Heavy full-bodied beer with a short creamy and every so slightly dry finish.

Overall: Very subtle for a huge barrel aged stout. Lots of interesting spice and roasted malt notes. Easily drinkable.

Photo of tobelerone
4.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Finally trying the much heralded KBS. Pours jet black with almost no visible carbonation. Decent sticky lacing. Totally opaque; appears nearly still. A tiny hint of dark brown head vanishes almost immediately.

Strong aroma of vanilla, coffee, and traces of bourbon underneath. Very appealing.

Wow, delicious, super vanilla coffee combination; bourbon is underneath and subdued. Sweet and roasty at the same time. Complex. The most prominent vanilla flavor I've had in a beer.

Syrupy and thick with just a touch of carbonation. Sticky and lingering in the mouth. Scrumptious!

The hype around this beer is pretty well justified. As it comes to room temperature more complexities emerge, with a warming bourbon kiss on the finish that's quite nice and doesn't overpower the other flavor characteristics of this beer.

Photo of stabzmcgee
4.28/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is opaque black with a nice lacing of tan head. Aroma is immediately bourbon followed by vanilla and caramel. Taste is of caramel, bourbon and mocha. Mouthfeel is thick, resinous and viscous. Overall a great bourbon barrel stout that i wish i could try on tap.

Photo of jethrodium
4.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of myspoonistoobig. Thanks Michael. Pour a black that is cola brown at the edges when held up to the light. A small light tan head disappears pretty quickly and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma chocolate, coffee, some roast, bourbon, and some light char. The coffee is still pretty strong. The initial taste is sweet chocolate, followed by coffee, some light oak, bourbon, and a little bit of char. The finish has a decent bitterness to it and leaves some lingering coffee flavors. Medium body. Relatively low carbonation. This is a very good beer, but there are several barrel aged imperial stouts that I enjoy more.

Photo of sacrelicio
4.95/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This might be the best stout I have ever tasted. The beer pours black, with a short lived mocha head that leaves a little lacing. The smell is vanilla, bourbon, coffee, chocolate and cream. The taste is similar to the nose, but with the wood from the barrels shining through.The mouthfeel is full and rich, with just enough carbonation to give it lift. Overall, a stellar example of a bourbon barrel aged stout.

Photo of Knapp85
4.66/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Managed to score a few bottles of this at Abe's Cold Beer when they got in a very limited supply of them. The sale price wasn't too bad for this beer surprisingly enough.

The beer itself pours out as a really nice black stout. The head does vanish pretty quickly. The aromas of coffee come first than the bourbon and vanilla come trough later. The taste is powerful. It's got to be sipped over a set period of time, don't waste this and drink it fast. Sit back and enjoy it. I also felt that this beer was a little thinner than I expected which was a bit of a bummer. I have one bottle of this left and I'm gonna age it for just a bit before I crack it open. Just want to see if anything changes in it.

Just opened a bottle of this that I bought in June 2010 and split it with a friend. I found this to be even better now after some time has passed. The smell and taste of the beer is much better overall I think. Just a great beer for sure.

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

2010 bottle from tburk - thanks again for the trade!

Jet black with a thin dark brown head. There is not much carbonation either. Super rich and chocolaty, which is just my kind of stout!

Whoa strong cayenne peppers, what a strange sensation (yes I know there isn't any pepper in this beer). The pepper becomes a heavy oak once the beer warms.
There are also generous notes of bourbon and a surprisingly subtle coffee/chocolate. The bourbon/booze nose isn't nearly as strong as a bourbon county.

Super bold flavors, this is definitely a stout that pushes boundaries. The beer is quite bitter and roasty with a slightly sweet aftertaste. I quite honestly can't taste the booze; a year must have done a number on softening the alcohol bite. Quite a superb beer, very rich and filling.

Full bodied and syrupy thickness. This beer coats the tongue and is definitely not a chugging beer. There is almost no carbonation, it's just smooth and velvety.

This is a delicious stout, it did not disappoint. I can understand why people look hard for this beer and I'm happy to share it! Next on my list is the coveted CBS, which will come eventually to complete the "founders stout series."

Photo of DividedAvery
4.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into my New Belgium Snifter

A: Pours pitch black and has a one finger brown head that lingers for quite a while.

S: Whiskey is the main smell I'm getting off of this which hides some coffee, vanilla and chocolate flavors. My mouth is really salivating

T: Wow, lots of bourbon on the taste. In fact that's the dominating flavor for me, bourbon heat. Hidden behind the bourbon is some good coffee and vanilla notes with a great chocolate aftertaste.

M: strong. That's the best word to describe it. Thick as it should be and a little creamy

O: I'm not happy with the amount of booze heat there is in this stout. In my mind after a year or two this could turn into a truly amazing beer. Parabola at this same age had a lot more smoothness to it's character and so itstill ranks higher for me but overall a great beer..

Photo of patm1986
5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Notes: April 2011

12 oz bottle. Got a good deal. Didn't have to hunt. I won't. I swear I won't. (just wait til next year).

Just watching this beer pour into a glass is nirvana. Some divine release. Mahogany. Darkness. With a dark brown head like root beer. Beautiful.

Smells like heaven. I am not a coffee drinker, but with the amount coffee in this, I'd partake if it'd smell like this. Vanilla beans, mildly dark chocolate, roasted pecans, well-aged bourbon, a little bit of butterscotch or toffee.

Tastes of a dark roast, dark chocolate, bourbon vanilla, nuts like roasted pecan or almond, and good, small batch bourbon. Really sweet, slightly boozy finish, but refined so subtly it's candy-like.

Now this is my third year on this beer. I swear it'll change. I swear I'll change. I thought taking notes on it this year for review would change my opinion some, scrutinize something. It seems as though something will happen, and I'll be jaded. It doesn't. It hasn't. I really tried to not rate it with 5s across the board, but what can you do? I really couldn't help it. This is The KBS.

Photo of shoky01
4.45/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz poured into pint glass served chilled.

A: think and smooth like oil. Not totally black, like a deep brown. No head and light lacing.

S: smells awesome, all chocolatey and malty with a hint of bourbon.

T: Wow, stout maltiness with cocoa. Hints at alcohol. Bourbony goodness comes forth on a second drink. Little bitter on the back end with tiny burn. Wakes up more as it warms.

MF: tingley and smooth. A little fizzy feeling even without much carbonation.

OA: I need more of this. Brings warmness to the cold days to come in the winter. Not nearly as over powering bourbon like some others but is gooodddd.

Photo of beagle75
3.35/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an half-pint snifter.
2011 vintage

A: Opaque black, showing dark brown light at the edges, with a few scattered bubbles of beige foam. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Old wood and hot boozy bourbon stand out with remarkable clarity. There is little in the way of roasted qualities, other than the charred oak of the barrel. As it warms more coffee shows, followed by briny shoyu.

T: Begins dry, with a thin thread of roasted malt preceding rampant spirituous bourbon. Acidity is moderate to high, making the dark flavors struggle needlessly. Chocolate becomes detectable when acidity recedes into the middle, finally adding a layer of flavor that is able to complement the untamed bourbon presence. The finish demonstrates a bitter edge, while other previous flavors are able to marry more closely in the presence of mellowing vanilla.

M: Medium viscosity, disjunct on the palate at first due to due to scathing acidity and alcohol heat, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: The barrel treatment is a process that is all about refinement, where value is added to a product. Amongst barrel-aged stouts, KBS is a relative bargain even after emerging from the oak, but its qualities appear amateurish at times, compared to its contemporaries. Flavors find themselves mostly at odds with each other early, but become passably simpatico during the latter two acts. Challenging textures in the mouth do not help, yet there is still something appealing about it--compared to bourbon it is basically the same taste, but easier to tolerate for the non-spirit drinker. I can appreciate why this profile would appeal to so many, and it does qualify for an extreme candidate of the sub-style.

Photo of litheum94
4.28/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/25/11.

Pitch black body with zilch head. Some bubbles form on the edge, but that's it. Weird.

Aromas of chocolate covered espresso beans and charred oak. Some vanilla and a hint of floral hops.

Nice flavors of coffee and milk chocolate. Some vanilla and bourbon.

This isn't really a very complex beer, but damn is it good. I'll let my other bottle age for a bit.

Photo of pschul4
4.88/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz glass into pint glass, shared with my one of my buddies because this greatness needs to be shared

A- Pitch black with a tiny film of head that lingered quite nicely

S- I cannot wait to taste this! It smells like FBS but theres something more here that excites me in ways I cannot understand ;)

T- WOW... theres no words to describe this. It's a world class stout for a reason beautiful coffee and bourban flavors blend together with small chocolate undertones that make me want 4,235,623 gallons more of this right now

M- silky smooth with a small amount of carbonation that makes this abolutely perfect

O- I can see myself dropping an entire paycheck on this beer once it becomes available in the spring. The best beer I've ever had in my life so far

Photo of muletrane
4.58/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Jet black with no light shining through whatsoever. A vigorous pour only yielded 1 finger of tan head and minimal lace.

S: Lots of bourbon here. Nice roasted coffee and chocolate notes as well.

T: Nice roastiness up front. Then comes the chocolate and coffe notes with a boozy bourbon finish. Nice lingering roastiness and bitterness in the finish as well.

M: Heavy body/low carbonation. Silky smooth all around. Slightly sticky

This a real nice stout with lots of big flavor and nice subtleties. If it wasn't so expensive I would revisit this more often.

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,102 ratings.