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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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9,450 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,450
Reviews: 2,611
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 4,008
Gots: 3,622 | FT: 250
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:
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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Ratings: 9,450 | Reviews: 2,611
Photo of Metaldude05
5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A bourbon stout done perfectly. Aged in the barrels for a year the bouton really come out and complements the beer perfectly. The breakfast stout by founders is one of my favorites by itself. This is definitely the best bourbon stout in my opinion. Maybe my favorite stout period.

Photo of ryanBdrinkin
4.68/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am not as astute as some people that give descriptions. But I do know that I absolutely love this beer. If you can get it, do. It's an amazing beer and well worth all the fuss. The mouth feel is smooth. I have had this on a few occasions and like it better each and every time.

Photo of doldham
5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of falc0n2600
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of JulioH
4.25/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Easy to rate. Great beer. Pours a dark liquid. No foam forms, or very little. Smells very strong of liquor, molasses, coffee. Taste is a bit sweet, but it's very boozy. This beer must be nursed. Cannot drink this quickly. Mouthfeel is thick, syrupy, like a sweet imperial stout.

Had this on tap, cool beer.

Photo of steve423423
5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -8%

Photo of schris
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Emilean
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of simplicity
5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Goldfishman
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of sd123
4.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of buyyourfreedom
5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.18/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours near black with cola brown edging and a quarter finger's worth of dark tan head. Sub-par retention leads to a surface near barren of suds, sans the thin ring around the edge of the glass. Small, spotty lacing with little stick. About on par for the style.

Smell - Deep coffee aroma highlighted by chocolate fudge notes. Lesser notes of bourbon and oak which strengthen as the brew warms.

Taste - Follows the nose. Coffee at the forefront, along with some fudge chocolate and lesser vanilla notes. Bourbon booze character becomes prevalent as the beer warms. Touches of oak. A bit thin in the finish with some light alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body, with tingly carbonation. Despite the heat, this thing drinks stupid smooth. Thins out, with a drying finish.

Overall - Maybe not as flavorful as the Firestone's Parabola, but probably more approachable. Great beer, though I can't help thinking I'd rather have a Founders Imperial Stout in it's stead. The more I drink, the more I realize these BA stouts just don't quite do it for me. That barrel aging really thins out the brew and kills the depth in roasted bitterness; two qualities that I look forward to greatly in Impy stouts. Oh well, this wasn't my first, and it won't be my last.

Photo of Trent
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -8%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of ThurmondTX
4.25/5  rDev -8%

Photo of HoppySeb
4.68/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 12oz. bottle kept overnight in fridge to a KBS snifter. Its appearance is a stout lover’s dream – pours the darkest black with an apparent thickness in its body that you know to fit this style well. Halfway through the pour, thousands of bubbles start a carbonated explosion that culminates in the birth of a heavy, two inch tall head that looks like the crema in a finely crafted espresso – aromas of chocolate and bourbon invade the air around the glass as the head forms. Ultimately the short-lived foamy head sinks into the absorbing darkness of the beer below, leaving an elegant ring to remind you of its once majestic existence.

Its aromas boast dark dried fruit that brink back plum & rum-soaked raisins, medium roast espresso coffee (although not as much as expected), chocolate ice cream , sweet bourbon, molasses with faint notes of oak. Upon taking the first few sips my immediate impression is obvious, KBS’ taste mimics its aroma. After savoring the first few sips and soaking my palate I can tell that its taste stronger in the coffee & chocolate than its nose, the coffee tasting more dark roast and the chocolate tasting like cacao. There are also vanilla notes which complement its coffee and chocolate forwardness very well. The oaky bourbon presence, both in its warming heat and taste, surrounds the vast array of flavors and seems to aid well their transition. There is a warm yet mildly bitter finish to the beer which I consider very inviting. Its mouthfeel is great although from the appearance of the pour I imagined it to be slightly more viscous and chewy – which I believe would make its flavor profile even more enjoyable.

Overall – in this BA’s humble opinion - KBS definitely lives up to the hype. I wouldn’t say its my all-time favorite, but I would happily trade for it again or go out of my way to get it when travelling.

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4.25/5  rDev -8%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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