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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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8,568 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,568
Reviews: 2,510
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 3,303
Gots: 3,129 | FT: 224
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 bdubs22
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The story behind my trying this beer made it worth it even more. While visiting some friends in Kalamazoo, MI, several friends suggested making a trip to Grand Rapids to try the seasonal release of the KBS from Founders. We arrived around 5 am in the morning to find people wrapped around the brewery almost twice over. By the time noon rolled around, we found out that cases were no longer being sold because of the unanticipated number of people in queue. 30 minutes later, 12-packs were no longer available, and eventually by the time there were less than 50 people in front of us, we were informed that there were no longer any bottles available but the taproom still had plenty. We went in and I bought a pint and was immediately impressed. For a stout-drinker like myself, it was the epitome of perfection! It is slightly sweet from the higher-ABV, but otherwise a world-class beer!

bdubs22, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of Brinks
5/5  rDev +8%

Brinks, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of KojiGoji
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

KojiGoji, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of Iamjeff6
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Iamjeff6, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of Krafty34
4/5  rDev -13.6%

Krafty34, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of fthegiants
5/5  rDev +8%

fthegiants, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of gio540
5/5  rDev +8%

gio540, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of fsck
4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

fsck, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of CMui
5/5  rDev +8%

CMui, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of Roland45s
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Roland45s, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of grom111
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

grom111, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of Hops_n_Hawks
5/5  rDev +8%

Hops_n_Hawks, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of Soto
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Soto, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of Hanserelli
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Hanserelli, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of Loco_Joe
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Loco_Joe, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of Bartos
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Bartos, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of CrazyDan
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

CrazyDan, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of RAKeeler
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

RAKeeler, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of Armando_Perez
5/5  rDev +8%

Armando_Perez, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of PPOmaha
4.21/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: roasty caramel and molasses. Slight roast barley. Coffee and whiskey are blended nicely, not too up front.

Appearance: black and opaque. Brown head that lingers well for high alcohol level.

Flavor: Slightly astringent whiskey and vanilla up front, mid palate is mostly bitterness, finishes with nice coffee roast bitterness on the sides of the tongue. Whiskey dominates a lot of the flavor notes. No DMS, no diacetyl.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation.

Overall: Great beer. Can only really drink one but it is really enjoyable. I think I prefer plain breakfast stout though, there is a lot of stuff going on here, a lot of similar bitterness from whiskey, coffee, and roast malt all at the same time.

PPOmaha, Mar 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

dannyfayy, Mar 07, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8%

planbee, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of 2GOOFY
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

2GOOFY, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of jrenihan
4.48/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Very excited to finally try this one.

Beer is jet black with a very small tan head which fades quickly.

Nose is very good. Contains coffee, bourbon, chocolate. Very nice blend of the scents, all well integrated. A bit of vanilla.

Taste is like the nose. Moderately bitter, tasting of both coffee and chocolate. The bourbon is quite present, providing some vanilla and a bit of sweetness that offsets the bitter. Roasted malt. Like the nose, the flavours are super integrated. The bourbon not as intense as expected, but quite present.

Full bodied, moderately carbonated. Some alcohol heat.

Overall, excellent stuff. An extremely well done BBA stout.

jrenihan, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of allouez86
4/5  rDev -13.6%

allouez86, Mar 07, 2014
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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