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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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9,344 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,344
Reviews: 2,587
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 3,901
Gots: 3,517 | FT: 241
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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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.99/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pretty black, low mocha head, viscous, rich in appearance as tilted. Delicate lacing coats the glass.
Wow on the smell. Oak aged coffee and milk chocolate, bourbon-like. Dark fruit like fig and prune, alcohol. Each sniff is one big ahhh. Top notch here.
Taste impression is big, like opening an alcohol soaked barrel and finding coffee, with chocolate rolled in vanilla, and all lightly burnt. Still, it's silky smooth, and retains a superb balance with being boozy, chewy and sweet near the end..with a sticky choco-marshmallow-like sensation. Big, dense and complex. Worthy indeed. My lasting impression is that yes, this is a world class imperial stout. All the flavors I enjoy about the style are present, and balanced perfectly in such a high abv. Although I've had great stouts well above this strength, KBS would benchmark that game for me. Over a week later I have a lasting impression of the KBS flavor. Unique, and damn tasty. Deserving.

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.85/5  rDev +5%

Along with the examples from Goose Island's Bourbon County Brand series, this may be my favorite big stout I have tried.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 4-pack at a smoke and bottle shop in Flagstaff, AZ. The 4-pack was expensive but I just couldn't pas up the opportunity to try this.

Appearance: The color of this beer is amazing. Very dark, almost completely black. Not a large head but enough of one to get the beautiful tan color of the head.

Aroma: I got the bourbon right off the bat and then got hints of almost semi-sweet chocolate and a small hint of vanilla. I could smell this beer forever.

Taste: A lot like the aroma where the bourbon alcohol flavor comes through first and then more of a hint of the chocolate than the vanilla.

Overall: This was well worth the money I spent on it. This is an amazing beer and I could drink this everyday.

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4.25/5  rDev -8%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.88/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I bought this beer from a liquor store where the limit was one per customer and they only had a few cases! tough to get your hands on this one. Instead of trying it right away, I decided to wait for the right occasion, which happened to be a few weeks after purchase.

The beer was chilled in the refrigerator for 20 minutes before opened and poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Opaque country night black with a mid level tan foamy head. Just looking at this one was a serious treat.

Smell: Here is where i noticed the year long aging in an oak bourbon barrel, with a hint of chocolate and coffee following the classical bourbon taste.

Taste: Strikes the tongue with the bourbon notes first, finishing with coffee and dark chocolate notes. Aftertaste leaves you wanting more.

Mouth feel: Consistently chewy, inviting as hell, silky with an easy carbonation - not too carbonated

Overall: This is definitely the best brew i have been able to get my hands on. Considering I am just starting to explore the immense world of craft brews, this beer still comes out on top. If you have the chance to buy Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout, get as many as you can!!

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

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4.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle into goblet

A: Chewy lookin, super viscous, completely opaque. Moderate pour brought fourth a one finger head of a tan hue that dissipated in a hurry, lacing seems moderate. Not able to access the level of carbonation.

S: Warm dry aroma, roasted malt with dark chocolate. Some mellow wood undertones with a syrupy sweetness. Black cherry, prunes, date, and fig, and light coffee flank the nose. Smells less burnt than the imperial stout, maybe some chocolate liquor or genial whisky

T: Initially tall and roasted, chocolate malts come crashing in before the powerful bourbon profile erupts onto the palate. Dry wood, oak, roots, dirt and earth. The bourbon persists into the middle mouth in a powerful fashion clashing with sweeter notes of milk chocolate and toffee – this creates a façade of chocolate liquor, which incorporates spice of anise and faint caramel. A resounding rich espresso is playful throughout. The resinous bourbon reverberates back into the finish, which is warming; shyly boozy – spiced rum inspired vanilla peaks through in the transition between the middle mouth and finish. Hallowed and delicious

M: Big body, heated, chewy as hell, thick, light to no carbonation. After taste is dry and offly sweet, slightly resinous, can get the oak and some earth in there.

O: Hot Damn! I was honestly scared to drink this, worried about the hype and my preconceived notions. This beer lived up, completely. I was pretty enthralled with the FIS, but this is something else. The bourbon is so forward and so delicious – I wasn’t getting the BA craze, but this makes sense. I likely won’t cross paths with this beer again until next year, but I will now seek out any BA stouts I can find.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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