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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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8,769 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,769
Reviews: 2,521
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 3,395
Gots: 3,224 | FT: 232
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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4/5  rDev -13.4%

HoldenDurden, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of Jared14
4.34/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hype may have done this one in a bit for me. This is a very well done brew, but I found it to be a little too boozy to the point of overpowering all but a little coffee. I'm aging a bottle so hopefully it'll settle a bit and will review again then.

Jared14, Apr 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

BoobyTrappist, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of itsscience
5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This review covers a fresh bottle of the 2014 release. Shamrock Liquors in Orlando FL hooked me up with two. Thanks!

It comes out viscous and black, like motor oil. Looking around the edges of my snifter glass, there's a -little- bit of reddening in the light, but not much. There's no head to speak of but some khaki bubbles around the rim. The nose is bold with chocolate , vanilla, coffee beans, and wood from the bourbon barrel aging. These notes are in harmony with each other -- each comes through in a big way but nothing overpowers the rest. When tasting it, the sweetness of the vanilla plays off the natural bitterness of the coffee and chocolate for a balance of flavors, putting each ingredient on a pedestal to speak for itself. The oak and bourbon lend a secondary profile of woodsiness, burned toast, and molasses to make this beer an absolute pleasure to drink, and it all goes down creamy and smooth. The alcohol is absolutely undetectable. I wanted to age my other bottle, but I don't know if I can keep myself from cracking it open.

itsscience, Apr 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

amstokesdb9, Apr 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Nordbier, Apr 02, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

gatorbev, Apr 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

equincel, Apr 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Danny1217, Apr 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

huntermop, Apr 02, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

apasternak, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of jmadiadora19
4.83/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Ill start out by saying wow. This beer definitely lives up to the hype surrounding it and exceeded my expectations. As an IPA lover, stouts usually aren't on the top of my list. Plain and simple if you like bourbon and the deep, rich flavor of dark roast coffee you will love this. Much more complex flavor profile than most stouts I have tried, the bourbon is very pronounced on the nose and flavor (I feel it would be better with some age). The heat of the abv is there, allowing for the beer to seem much larger than I thought.

A-very little carbonation and poured jet black

S-like bourbon and coffee. Some vanilla notes as well

T-very complex and balanced. The bourbon was the noticeable of all flavors

M-my favorite aspect. Perfect level of carbonation and nice slick consistency

O-seek this beer out. Imo doesn't matter what style of beer you are into this will be a treat. Cheers from Denton, TX and Oak Street Draft House!

jmadiadora19, Apr 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -13.4%

Josbor11, Apr 02, 2014
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4.96/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

App. - Very dark with little to no head at all. Whatever came up quickly dissipated. Intermittent bubbles broke the surface. Beautifully brown in color if held up to a light, but only around the edges, this beer is incredibly opaque.

Smell - The bourbon was the first thing to hit my nose. This was quickly followed by rich coffee and chocolate hints. Not overpowering but very strong.

Taste - As expected, the bourbon hits strong but does not last very long. The coffee and chocolate cascade right in afterwards. Strong, but again not overpowering. Very well balanced.

Mouth. - Velvety and smooth.

Over. - Fantastic beer. Definitely lives up to the hype. If you can get your hands on it do so and be impressed!

Apatschinn, Apr 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

goldenM13, Apr 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

ohiobeer29, Apr 02, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

Phil_H, Apr 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

beerasaurusrex, Apr 02, 2014
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4.7/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Sip, and take your time, as you would a nice cognac. Actually, there's a similarity in the taste and mouthfeel, and I mean that in a really good way. Intense stuff. I hadn't looked at the ABV before sipping it, but after one mouthful, I got up to check. If anything, it feels like more than 11.2 - - but that's OK. One 12 oz. bottle, chilled and served in a snifter, or even a shot glass, will be all you need for a pleasant evening.

How does Founders so consistently come up with such distinctive beers?

eldraque39, Apr 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Rilesmiles, Apr 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -13.4%

hopley, Apr 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

uglypirate, Apr 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -29.7%

TLambrechts, Apr 02, 2014
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4.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A black in color, brown head. Some brown lace.
S lots of sweet chocolate cotton candy nose.
T lots more sweet chocolate cotton candy, some hop on the end, bourbon.
M velvet mouth feel, chocolate hop aftertaste.
O very good and strong beer. Glad I got Tue chance to try it. Had in a large snifter at OSDH in Denton.

tubeyes, Apr 02, 2014
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4.69/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75


2014 vintage. Bottle to snifter.

A. Pours jet black. 2 finger amber-frothy-fine bubbles. Stable laces. Thick. The head retreats to a rim and galaxy film.

S. Layered. Coffee, coco, and dark malts are in the front. They give way to to high booze then bourbon.

T. This ale certainly delivers with a strong, smooth, but aggressive taste. Very complex and layered as the nose. Bourbon soaked oak, coffee, dark chocolate, and dark malts. Nuts, dried fruit, vanilla, toffee, bourbon balls, and hops round out the palate.

M. Strong, smooth, and aggressive. Such was the taste. Low carbonation, highly viscous.

O. This is an excellent ale. Big time. Worth the hype. The freshness adds a complexity that is not present in aged bottles. Particularly the coffee presence and bite. The roast is a little too much because it overpowers the bourbon.

macher0, Apr 02, 2014
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 8,769 ratings.