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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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9,515 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,515
Reviews: 2,625
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 4,020
Gots: 3,741 | FT: 265
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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Ratings: 9,515 | Reviews: 2,625
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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

A- Super black with virtually no head from aggressive pour. Still generates sticky lacing.

S- I think this may have been the first stout I ever smelled from a distance... I pushed the snifter away to take a pic and could smell it from two feet away. Chocolate, coffee, bourbon, dark cherry, and a touch of vanilla. There's also a subtle nuttiness that comes out toward the end. Bourbon grows more and more intense as it warms.

T- Surprisingly sweet up front with notes of cherry, chocolate, roasted malt, and wood characteristics. Middle brings out coffee and more chocolate with a big surge of bourbon. Finish is dry dark chocolate with a nice subtle burn. The flavors are huge. As balanced as balanced gets when on the cooler side, but bourbon becomes more dominant as it warms.

M- Lightly viscous. Creamy and drying.

O- Cheers to my old beer guy, Drew, for landing this for me. I would've never had it, otherwise. What I'll remember most about KBS is the supreme balance between such huge flavors. I don't think I would go out of my way to buy again, but I can definitely see why it is so hyped.

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4.25/5  rDev -8%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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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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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle as shown, obtained in a fantastic (and I DO mean FANTASTIC) trade with shbobdb.

Moderate pour into a New Belgium goblet yields a large chocolate reverse-cascading head over a completely opaque black-brown body, that is obviously thick and viscous. Looks like oil. Head fades fairly quickly, but as I swirl the liquid, lots of dark coating sticks to the inside of the glass and a smallish head returns.

Initial aroma is intensely and overtly vanilla and bourbon, then the coffee and dark chocolate rise up. Perhaps the strongest aroma of any of the 391 beers I've reviewed: you can literally smell this across the room, as if you poured into a warm sauce-pan a cup of warm bourbon and a cup of vanilla extract and a cup of espresso. As I sit here typing, the glass is two feet from my nose, and this beer is ALL I can smell.

Taste is somewhat in reverse order from the smell: espresso first, then the dark chocolate, then the bourbon, then the vanilla. And it's all excellent, and exceptionally straightforward. There is a bit of hops-bitterness in the finish, which dries things out a little, and balances the intense bourbon-vanilla sweetness. Indeed, I found my lips had a sweet taste on them after each swallow. INTENSE, but enough burned malt bitterness and hops to keep this beast from being cloyingly sweet. Honestly, this beer tastes fantastic, and the taste stays long.

Mouthfeel was a tiny bit thinner than I expected in view of the way the liquid coated the inside of the glass. Still, nice and round.

Obviously this beer is too strong for more than one. But the one is wonderfully drinkable.

Overall, a truly exceptional beer, solidly worthy of its lofty accolades. Thanks again to shbobdb for this terrific beverage. Memorable. Noteworthy.

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4.17/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Thanks for autumnaldave for supplying this to me via trade.

Details- 12 oz bottle. No apparent bottled on date. Paired with steak and twice baked mashed potatoes (unfortunately for dinner instead of breakfast).

Appearance- Very thick, jet black, small brown head composed of very small bubbles.

Smell- First thing that hits the nose is the bourbon. Bakers chocolate follows. Chocolate-covered cherries, ground coffee, and nuts. Very complex and interesting.

Taste- Bourbon, smooth chocolate, cherries, vanilla, raw coffee, nuts at times, and finally, alcohol.

Mouthfeel- Very much a full-bodied brew as expected. Gets creamier as it warms.

Drinkability- A very big and flavorful beer. Delicous and enjoyable, but this is definitely a sipping beer. The bourbon taste made it hard to quaff, but still damn good.

Photo of Bonis
4.05/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with a half finger of tan head. Decent retention and lacing.

S - Sweet, sweet bourbon. I get mostly bourbon, maybe a little bit of coffee, but the bourbon overpowers the nose, which isn't entirely bad.

T - A smack in the face with bourbon, followed by a smooth and creamy dark chocolate espresso that lingers until the next drink. The aftertaste is amazing, but the bourbon is just a little too much for me. This one is very warming after just a few sips.

M - Thick and creamy. Bourbon coats the mouth.

Photo of dspinler
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Tanktizzo
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rhinos00
4.77/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received this as a very generous extra from Brent (brentk56). Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A- So dark that it almost looked like I was staring at the black hole. Very thin ring of tan head formed at the top of the glass and dissipated quickly.

S- Simply amazing. Had the strong roasted coffee presence, just like the Breakfast Stout, but was offset by a cornucopia of aromas. Among them was molasses, burned malts and a vanilla-like bourbon sweetness.

T- Exactly like the smell. Really enjoyed how the bourbon flavor was real subtle and had a sweet tinge that cut the harshness of the roasted coffee beans. Capped of by a nice bitterness.

M- Well carbonated, thick and viscous. Not much more to add, just perfect.

D- Extremely drinkable. The amazing taste and smell make this the thickness and high ABV just disappear into the background. Only reminder is the nice, slow burn in the chest.

Overall, this is one hell of a beer. It's right up there with some of the best I have had to date. Thanks again Brent! Highly recommended. Can't wait until March to pick up some four packs of this.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Anthony1
4.02/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Smell is Bourbon and sharp strong coffee. The overall aroma is sharp like fresh strong lightly roasted coffee. Every sniff brings more of that wonderful coffee and bourbon aroma with all the subtle scents you would associate with those smells. Bitter chicory, vanilla, caramel, wine, nuts, oak, and slight amount of black pepper are all in there. I could smell this 24/7 and never get tired of it; they should make a cologne that smells like this.

Taste is slightly sweet and full of smooth coffee and bourbon flavor. Quite strong and tasty vanilla flavor with a tasty chocolate and bourbon aftertaste. Smooth and never bitter

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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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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