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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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BA SCORE
100
world-class

8,556 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 8,556
Reviews: 2,509
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 3,293
Gots: 3,126 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

snansel, Apr 15, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8%

KingBiscuit, Aug 14, 2012
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4.65/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From notes taken on March 16, 2010

A-Pitch black with nearly motor oil like consistency. Small mocha colored head dissipates quickly leaving a dense ring of foam.

S-Dark chocolate, espresso, bourbon, vanilla, burnt sugar. One of the most complex, unique, and intense noses I have ever encountered, simply amazing.

T-Bourbon explosion to start. Chocolate fudge, espresso, cream, coconut, and hint of brown sugar. As it warms the espresso stands out alongside the bourbon more and some oak flavors creep in. There is also a slight alcohol presence. Very, very complex to say the least.

M-Thick, rich, creamy, and silky smooth. Almost syrupy.

D-Good, but due to its complexity, its high alcohol content, and especially its strong bourbon flavor cut into the drinkability. I couldn't drink two of these in one sitting. I love this beer, but that would just be too much.

Overall, one of the most unique drinking experiences of my life. I love this beer and recommend it for anyone who is a fan of the style. I will save the other bottles for special occasions.

thegodfather2701, Aug 25, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

gabedivision, Dec 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

SlightlyGrey, Aug 30, 2013
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4.7/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2012 version. Pours black as night with a quarter finger of a dark mocha colored head that dissipates very quick and leaves an extremely thin ring of lacing. Smells of lots of roasted coffee, some bourbon, oak, vanilla, roasted malts, some dark chocolate. Taste starts with coffee, dark chocolate, some oak, and roasted malts. Then the middle brings more sweetness. Notes of molasses and carmel join the darker coffee, chocolate, and roasty notes. The finish is just fantastic. Strong, yet not overbearing notes of bourbon, vanilla, and oak come into the picture and meld with the now stronger notes of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. The bourbon, oak, and vanilla get stronger as it warms; yet it does not get hot at all. It simply makes the beer more complex and flavorful. Surprisingly thin for a beer of this magnitude. High medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. Not enough good things to say about this beer. It’s smoothness makes it stand out from a lot of other barrel aged stouts. Extremely well done.

brewskis, Aug 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

HuntDaddy540, May 08, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: No light got through this beer, even when I held it up towards the light bulb. Not much head either, but a few bubbles trickled up towards the top throughout the glass. No lacing to speak of.

SMELL: Not as intense a smell as I would have liked in a bourbon barrel aged stout, but what came through was very pleasant - a smoky, bourbon and vanilla aroma with hints of vanilla.

TASTE: The coffee, bourbon and chocolate flavors of this beer all seem to be equal parts. If this were a mixed drink it would be one part bourbon, one part Kahlua and one part Godiva Chocolate liqueur. Yes, that sounds too sweet, but remember, it is not a mixed drink, it is a beer, so there are plenty of hops which provide 70 IBUs in order to balance this one out. Nothing too complicated here, just an excellent, straight forward example of what a bourbon barrel aged beer should taste like.

MOUTHFEEL: KBS is one of the more bubbly and sparkling Imperial Stouts I have had, although, it would still qualify as more of an oily and mouthcoating beer than anything else. A nice, mild warming feel accompanied the bubbles on the way down as well.

OVERALL: Technically, this is one of the best beers I have ever had. Near perfect balance and flavors that make it one of the best representatives of the style out there make this beer delicious, but I have tasted one better Imperial Stout and it's name started with Bourbon, ended with Stout and had County in the middle.

StoneTSR, Apr 09, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

a0lbudman, May 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8%

ParkbrauFan, Apr 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Beerontwowheels, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

jlindsey, Dec 17, 2012
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4.65/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A. A vigorous pour left me with a half finger of light brown head that quickly retreated to little more than a ring around the glass. This beer is such a dark brown into black color, I imagine it is something like a black hole, in that no light that enters this beer will escape it. Very light delicate lacing throughout.

S. I first smell the chocolate and coffee, but these are quickly overtaken by the strong aroma of bourbon. After the bourbon hits my nose, nothing else is apparent.

T. I'm first struck by roasted maltiness, and this quickly flows into the chocolate and coffee flavors. Bourbon follows this up, and the beer finishes with a big oak taste that seems to be complimented by bitterness.

M. Heavy bodied to be sure, not as creamy as expected, but that does not detract from this beer. Has the perfect amount of carbonation and ends with a lovely alcohol burn in the back of the throat.

O. This is a beer to savor and remember, I wouldn't have more than one of these in a sitting as the supply isn't abundant enough for me to want to just drink them away. The high ABV is also a deterrent in this. Definitely a sipper, but it still has a lot of drinkability.

CFHMagnet, May 19, 2011
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4.83/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Date: 4/26/14
Location: The Beer Necessities
Glassware: Tulip

Appearance: This beer is so black and so lightly carbonated that as I look it sitting in the counter I get the impression that time has stopped. Stunning. Almost no carbonation but with an oily whisk at the beers top.
Aromatics: There is a lovely boutique in this beer. The bourbon barrel hits and I get vanilla, oak and the bourbon itself. I'm also hit with chocolates bitter and sweet with coffee intertwined. Espresso I think.
Flavor: The bourbon comes through nicely here as it's just perfectly balanced into the beer. The base is solid in its own way and I pick up those chocolate and coffee notes. There is a big molasses flavor to the beer as well. These might be a touch of alcohol in there but it is really hard to pick up as it's hidden so well.
Mouthfeel: The beer is medium full. Oh so creamy in the front a little viscous in the back. This beer has the profile of a double fudge ice cream shake it's that smooth and wonderful.

KornWallace, Apr 26, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

TonyY, Sep 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Fusebuddy, Apr 10, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8%

WuBByG999, Apr 08, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

ubufan2112, Jan 30, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8%

uziangis, Dec 11, 2011
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4.8/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It made me giggle.

This is one of the finest stouts on the planet. The local good beer bar had one keg of this and decided to have a founder's party and have nothing but founder's beers on tap. KBS was the prize of the night. It goes down very smooth with a very strong coffee overtone with a vanilla and bourbon after taste. The alcohol is hidden very well. It took me at least four glasses to even tell how strong this was. Overall fantastic. Best BBS stout to date.

beerhan, May 10, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

ComRock12, Oct 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

jhillwastaken, Apr 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

CB_Crowe, Dec 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

tpaetow, Dec 14, 2013
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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