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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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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,978 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 7,978
Reviews: 2,495
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 3,104
Gots: 2,849 | FT: 206
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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blackcompg

Illinois

3.86/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I've read so much about this beer, and acquired a bottle 2 years ago. I've been patient long enough. Bottled on 2/17/12, here we go...

Appearance - Pouring directly into the center of a large snifter yields a finger of rich brown cinnamon foam, having almost a creamy appearance. This quickly comes down to a broken cap. The body is a viscous opaque black - no highlights on the sides. This brew is deep and dark. *Letting this breathe for a few minutes really brings out the coffee and chocolate in the nose.

Smell - The nose starts with dark ripe fruits, molasses, rich roasted malt, moist oak, a quick blast of dark semi-sweet chocolate, faint coffee and vanilla bean, and a whiff of bourbon well up into the sinuses.

Taste - I'm a bit surprised here honestly. Even after 2 years, this beer is still somewhat bourbon forward. Let m break this down... Starts with bourbon, but not over powerfully so. Immediately there is roasted malt, and the oak is right there with it, a slightly bitter vanilla extract is there, and a light ribbon of dark chocolate. I'm getting a little dark fruit, but also some slightly sour plum skin. I then get a little black coffee and bitter coffee grounds, and then at the finish the hop characters begin to show - a bit of dried grass and slight dried grapefruit pith. Long into the finish the lingering flavors are dried oak, lingering roast and coffee grounds, and a little warmth from the bourbon.

Mouthfeel - I'm really surprised here - FBS is rich and mouthcoating. KBS is definitely a medium mouthfeel, not heavy at all, almost slightly watery for such a big aged beer. Carb is definitely on the lighter side, and is smooth across the tongue, with some prickle along the sides and the back. It is silky smooth, and a very easy sipper - but I feel that the lighter weight accentuates the bitterness and the bourbon.

Overall - To each his own, but I'm truly not impressed. FBS is head and shoulders above this beer, and this isn't in the same universe as BCBS, which I rated last night - it got all 5's. This is a good solid beer, don't get me wrong. And with all the discussions and history of this beer, you MUST try it. But in my humble opinion, this is above average at best. The flavors are good here, but not bold enough. The bitter and the bourbon carry the day. The nose on this beer is incredible, I will give it a 5 - but this does not carry over into the taste. And the mouthfeel I felt was somewhat lacking - almost watery. But this is just my personal rating. There are those that preach this as the gospel beers. As for me, I am not a believer.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2014 03:14:19 | More by blackcompg
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MasterfulIdiot

Georgia

4.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in an Ikea snifter. The liquid is a viscous dark mahogany pouring out of the bottle, and almost pitch black in the glass. The pour kicks up a one-finger cafe-au-lait-colored head that fades after a few seconds, but leaves a few tendrils of lace.

Aroma comes out at you from the pour alone - chocolate, lightly roasted coffee, and a wonderful silky-vanilla bourbon character with just a hint of an alcohol burn. Bourbon is present, but not overpowering. Absolutely delicious smell!

Flavor follows the nose, but with a more pronounced bourbon flavor. Lots of milk chocolate, vanilla, oak, coffee, and bourbon mingling around perfectly. Alcohol heat is just a slight prickle on the finish, which is perfect. Ratios of the flavors are well-balanced - none ever overpowers the other. Lots of nice roasty flavors without any roasty bitterness. The only thing I can say is that I wish there was a more pronounced coffee flavor, because the coffee kind of falls flat on the palate. Still, the other flavors are good enough to make up for it.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, with a fair amount of carbonation... maybe a bit too much for my taste. Thanks to roostor07 for the bottle!

Overall, really well-done BA stout - not much to say other than that it's awesome and worth seeking out!

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2014 02:26:09 | More by MasterfulIdiot
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psdriscoll

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

07-02-2014 01:19:21 | More by psdriscoll
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NinerGC


5/5  rDev +8%

07-01-2014 16:33:16 | More by NinerGC
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suckaj


4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

07-01-2014 12:02:25 | More by suckaj
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rjjhoffman

California

5/5  rDev +8%

07-01-2014 09:26:44 | More by rjjhoffman
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Liam4123


5/5  rDev +8%

07-01-2014 07:53:26 | More by Liam4123
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JKIPA05

New York

5/5  rDev +8%

06-30-2014 18:06:46 | More by JKIPA05
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FFreak

Vermont

4.89/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into tulip glasses and shared at a bonfire in the back yard. In the dark it was hard to tell the exact color but I'd say deep black with a quarter-inch tan head. Aroma is beautiful - the tell-tale Kentucky bourbon followed by chocolate and roast malt. Taste is phenomenal. The bourbon is there and is unmistakably Kentucky mash. An additional complex range of flavors pass over the tongue - chocolate, cherries, hints of dried fruit, roast, wood. This is an amazing beer. Now I understand the hype, but I sure wish it was more obtainable.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2014 15:58:31 | More by FFreak
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wingwalker3

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

06-30-2014 04:53:52 | More by wingwalker3
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kanether


5/5  rDev +8%

06-30-2014 04:22:25 | More by kanether
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319Hawksfan


5/5  rDev +8%

06-30-2014 02:14:24 | More by 319Hawksfan
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Droopy487

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

06-30-2014 02:06:49 | More by Droopy487
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Iparedman

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

06-30-2014 01:10:31 | More by Iparedman
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Ty_Collins

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

06-30-2014 00:55:04 | More by Ty_Collins
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msumike89

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

06-29-2014 23:27:56 | More by msumike89
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vermilcj

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

06-29-2014 21:57:37 | More by vermilcj
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Kinger86

Maine

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

06-29-2014 20:10:58 | More by Kinger86
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Ardeer

New York

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

06-29-2014 19:08:05 | More by Ardeer
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blckout20

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

06-29-2014 17:29:32 | More by blckout20
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CraftBeerforBrains

Ohio

5/5  rDev +8%

06-29-2014 06:23:08 | More by CraftBeerforBrains
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Halfbrother83

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A: Pours a deep black with a slight khaki head that fades quickly.

S: Sweet, mellow bourbon, some coffee, mild milk chocolate. Intoxicating.

T: Mellow chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. The bourbon makes itself present in the finish with a slight burn down the throat and a lingering presence in the mouth after swallowing. Pretty complex.

M: Very smooth, almost no carbonation. Of most interest, though the alcohol and bourbon characteristics make themselves known in the taste, there is almost no alcohol presence in the overall mouthfeel, lending to the smoothness of this beer. The mouthfeel is what, I feel, really separates this beer from others BA stouts.

O: Is there some overhyping of this beer? Sure. Are all of the detractors correct? Absolutely not. This one is complex enough to reveal itself in different ways to different palates; to me, it's not as enjoyably complex as, say, BCBS. I'm not sure this belongs in the top 10 on BA, but it's definitely not outside of the top 20.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2014 03:55:33 | More by Halfbrother83
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ElijahCraig69

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really love this beer. Its hard to find though. I drink these in the morning. This is one of those beers you start to drink cold but it warms and it still tastes just as good. color is perfect. Smell is incredible. Tastes like bourbon and i like that. Mouthfeel is like a party in your mouth. You gotta love this beer. Pick it up when you can.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2014 02:31:44 | More by ElijahCraig69
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bourassa23

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

06-29-2014 02:27:53 | More by bourassa23
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ztcoll


4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

06-29-2014 02:15:26 | More by ztcoll
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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