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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9,134 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,134
Reviews: 2,550
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 3,608
Gots: 3,367 | FT: 240
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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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -24.2%

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4.9/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - This beer poured black as a struck match, no light shining through, that produced a small dark brown head that had little retention and left spotted laced along the side of the glass

S - The mix of aromas produced by this beer was incredible, scorched malts, bittersweet chocolate, ground coffee beans, vanilla, and whiskey

T - The taste of this beer had lots of things going on, scorched malts, bittersweet chocolate and milk chocolate, a nice espresso, vanilla beans, whiskey, molasses, and brown sugar round out all the flavors found in this beer

M - The mouthfeel of this beer is probably the only negative thing I can pull about this beer, heavy body and a slight amount of carbonation, I only wish there was more bubbles in this brew

D - This beer is remarkable, hands down one of the best crafted beers I can think, while I can really drink a lot of this, this bad needs to be on everyone's want list

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4.43/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appears black with small medium bodied brown head.

It smells of strong freshly roasted, roasted malts, subtle vanilla, coconut and mild bourbon.

It tastes strongly of bourbon but it is very smooth. I get a subtle note of vanilla and coconut. It is not "oaky" like many bourbon barreled stouts. I get a nice somewhat bitter coffee finish to the beer. the beer has plenty of flavors mingling together yet it is very smooth and easy to drink. I expected the beer to be more intense then it is. regardless it tastes very good.

the beer has a thin mouth-feel it also is low in carbonation. this is a bit of a lighter beer then i though it was going to be.

Overall a great beer. it is clean and it has a great collective flavor. however it did not blow my mind. regardless I would love to have this beer again.

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4/5  rDev -13.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of photomike
4.83/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big big thanks to zminor for this one.

Pours a deep brown, motor oil color with almost non-existent light brown head forming a ring around the glass. Spotty wet lace and a milky way of bubbles on the surface of the beer. Massive and delicious looking.

Smell is delightfully complex; vanilla and chocolate syrup go well with black coffee and a hint of bourbon booziness. This smells a bit like an FBS with milk and sugar. A nice loose-dirt earthiness is present as well.

Taste is vanilla and dark chocolate with black coffee or acidic espresso and a hot finish.

This is creamy and full bodied with a hot and surprisingly clean finish. Fantastic.

D: I cannot believe this is 11%. The alcohol is well hidden and the beer isn't overly sweet. A nice dry finish makes this thing dangerously drinkable.

I loved this beer far more than I expected to, and disagree with the sentiments that this is overly bourbony. As zminor said: "This is the beer Bourbon County Stout WANTS to be"

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.38/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Kaydogg
4.28/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 release, poured into victory tulip.
Appearance- Jet black with very little Carmel colored head or lacing.
Smell- , smells of bourbon and coffee, some chocolate. Complex
Taste- Bourbon is apparent on first sip, with coffee and dark chocolate also present. Delicious.a nice dessert beer.
Mouthfeel- no alcohol burn while drinking perfect amount of carbonation.
Overall, one of the best beers in the style.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of ultralarry2006
4.68/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves less than a one finger espresso-foam colored head that quickly fades, but does manage to leave a small amount of web-like lacing in places. Body is black.

Smell - coffee, espresso, bourbon, vanilla, spicy alcohol. Intense.

Taste - like the smell, but with dark chocolate and dark crusted maltbread showing up among the coffee, espresso, bourbon, vanilla, and spicy alcohol. Espresso, dark chocolate, dark crusted maltbread, and bourbon are strong on the finish. Alcohol is mostly well hidden. Very rich, very hearty, and delicious.

Mouthfeel - medium to full bodied, and dry.

Drinkability - this is excellent ale. It is very rich, hearty and delicious, but it really is more of a sipper than a session beer, and the high abv also limits sessionbility.

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4.47/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to abbddull for sending a 4 pack of this to Portsmouth! Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

The beer is black with a thin mocha head that fades quickly. The lacing is oily and slow moving down the sides of the glass.

The smell is coffee, vanilla and a hot bourbon in that order. The coffee smell is very strong at the start of the nose, a roasty coffee.

The taste is more bourbon forward than the smell, but the coffee and vanilla are definitely still there and it strikes a nice balance.

The alcohol presence is a little too strong to drink more than one of these, but as a sipper this is definitely a very pleasant experience.

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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