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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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8,344 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,344
Reviews: 2,501
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 3,203
Gots: 3,022 | FT: 214
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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5/5  rDev +8%

02-07-2014 20:56:01 | More by Shandycan
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5/5  rDev +8%

05-04-2013 18:03:43 | More by bruindre
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5/5  rDev +8%

07-10-2014 18:40:57 | More by jhartley
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-12-2013 02:13:38 | More by MightiestBeard
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New York

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

04-29-2013 02:53:29 | More by nyrblue2
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-25-2014 20:49:13 | More by Rimbimhoot
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4.74/5  rDev +2.4%

A - Pours a very dark, viscous brown with small mocha head that retains for a bit.

S - Good amount of bourbon on the first draw with a sweet, malty background of chocolate, caramel and coffee. It's almost like smelling a sweet, chocolatey glass of whiskey.

T - The taste here is so complex it's hard to decipher it all. Of course the bourbon is there ,along with with the chocolate and roasted coffee. Some slight notes of vanilla cream and dark fruits as well. I do, however, feel like the bourbon should play more of a supporting role than what I'm tasting here, I don't think it's full masking the flavors, but it's a little too dominant.

M - Very creamy and smooth with a good body. A bit of heat from the alcohol hits the back of the throat. Good amount of carbonation present.

Overall - I thought the beer was very, very good, and indeed deserving to be called a world-class beer. But I was a little disappointed in the balance, I felt like the bourbon was just a little too much for own tastes. Great beer though.

03-18-2011 00:17:31 | More by BeerBuckeye
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

04-25-2012 07:17:35 | More by Kevlee722
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New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -22.7%

12oz bottle (from 2/17/12) in a snifter glass.

A- pours opaque black, no head or lacing, thin mocha film that does not last. It kinda looks like flat cola.

S- Chocolate right up front which I thought to be a sign of good thins to come, I was wrong. There's some roasted malt, coffee, molassses, vanilla. The aromas come and go as the beer warms. The predominent stench of booze hides any certain identity.

T- The aromas try to show themselves in the form of flavors but the booziness sets up a roadblock.

M- Slick ,heavy, and boozey.

O- I don't get it...all the hype and not even close to FBS for me. I don't like all the booze here. An IPA and a snifter of B&B would please me much more. I feel that my ratings could be even lower, but the rest of BA can't be wrong. I gave it every chance, oh, well.

01-26-2013 02:22:46 | More by NiceTaps
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

03-27-2013 19:07:19 | More by SupremePie
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

04-11-2014 20:34:30 | More by rojapa
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

02-04-2014 16:43:11 | More by ToddBeans
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4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

07-25-2014 15:42:04 | More by Tyecko
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4.45/5  rDev -3.9%

A. Pours out a black hue with a thin tan head that maintains really nice lacing and retention.
S. Coffee, bitter dark chocolate and bourbon hit the nose and makes you want to drink this.
T. The taste starts out with some coffee, followed by some vanilla and bourbon and finishes off with some very bitter dark chocolate. Chocolate and bourbon is in the aftertaste.
m. The mouthfeel is very smooth and very creamy in which the taste melts in your mouth. Yummy, yummy, yummy.
O. A very very good beer that I wish was more available and a little bit lower in price, but it is a must try and get it if it is available.

03-31-2012 06:23:29 | More by DannyDan
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4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

11-30-2012 02:22:11 | More by DrIPA
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New Mexico

4.55/5  rDev -1.7%

2011 vintage

Poured into a CCB snifter

A - pours super thick, dense, with no head.

S - bourbon, oak, vanilla.

T - follows the nose, with some coffee poking through and some hewn Carmel type notes on the back end.

M - nice and thick. Strangely, almost too much carb. Surprising, given the absence of head. Even given that, really top notch.

O - a great beer. Would love to try it fresh; at 2 years I think this one is a little bit past it, but still a phenomenal brew.

Bumped a bit after having a fresher bottle. Plus .5 on taste, plus .25 on feel and .25 overall.

01-28-2013 05:42:56 | More by Beerandboards
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5/5  rDev +8%

04-11-2014 18:56:41 | More by Xzfgiimtsath
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

06-10-2014 01:49:24 | More by NJB145
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4.61/5  rDev -0.4%

Enjoyed on-tap in a 10oz chalice at Shakespeare's Pub in Kalamazoo, MI

A- Jet black like dark espresso. Thin, light mocha head that stays around longer than expected. Noticeable alcohol legs as you swirl the glass. Very tiny amount of light comes through on the edges when you angle the glass.

S- The coffee is the main aroma here, then comes some chocolate, vanilla, booze, dried cherry, and some light oak. I do find that the aroma in this beer is not as in your face as some of the other big bourbon stouts, BCBS, BCBCS, Black Note.

T- Similar to aroma but everything comes across bigger. Coffee, dark dried black cherry, chocolate, vanilla, and a medium-high level of booziness.

M- On the lighter side of heavy, a definite sipper and lies somewhere between Black Note and BCBS.

O- I've had this beer a few times now and when I first had it I was pretty disappointed but slowly I've been able to look past the hype of this beer, in both finding it and the high ratings, and appreciate how well crafted it is. I still prefer BCBS and Black Note to this one, the coffee and chocolate are a bit too much and kind of covers up the barrel too much as opposed to working with it, IMO. Still an amazing beer and worth seeking out and maybe waiting in a not too long line for.

10-14-2013 11:27:00 | More by PaulyB83
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4.13/5  rDev -10.8%

A - Slightly murky, very dark brown with a small, tan, long-lasting head.

S - Coffee, dark bitter chocolate, dark roasted malts, caramel, vanilla, oak, alcohol.

F/M - Coffee, chocolate, roasty, oak, vanilla, caramel, alcohol. Moderate-high bitterness accentuated by the roasty malts. Thick, oily, full bodied with medium-low carbonation.

D - Slightly too alcoholic to have much more than one bottle; however, it is very enjoyable.

09-07-2010 04:24:46 | More by domtronzero
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5/5  rDev +8%

01-10-2013 01:51:29 | More by miadw3
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Rhode Island

4.48/5  rDev -3.2%

Poured at cellar temperature from a 12 oz bottle into a Founders KBS snifter glass. Purchased in North Providence, RI.

A- Pours a deep brown color that is translucent on the pour but opaque and black once in the glass. The head is modest and brown, reducing to a ring of foam. Leaves a little lacing.

S- Super fudgy.. chocolate brownies with hot fudge, cocoa, vanilla, bourbon, coffee beans, semisweet chocolate. Some booze.

T- The first touch of the tongue reveals a sweet butterscotch, bourbon, caramel, vanilla bean flavor that meshes perfectly with milk chocolate and coffee notes. The finish is absolutely fantastic with a roasted, charred, nearly burnt malt flavor.

M- Thick but smooth, rich, velvety and smooth. Low carbonation. Milky.

KBS did not let me down.. such an amazing beer that is rich, flavorful, and complex without being overly boozy or cloying. Lives up to the hype.

11-12-2013 01:55:07 | More by gcamparone
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

07-11-2012 18:45:58 | More by dumptruck81
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South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

12-10-2013 00:20:19 | More by Alex5
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4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

03-01-2013 14:43:40 | More by Seaba
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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