KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) | Founders Brewing Company

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KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.30%

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

Now labeled as "KBS."

ABV varies by batch.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-13-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#45
Reviews:
3,392
Ratings:
13,410
pDev:
8.48%
 
 
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Photo of HappyGuy12345
4.88/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Sampled from a 9 ounce snifter.
Look: Deep black with a tiny amount of tan head.
Smell: Very dominant smell of vanilla.
Taste: Follows the noise with a delicious taste of vanilla. This beer is so smooth going down. I did not even detect the 12.3% ABV. This is one of the best tasting stouts that I have ever sampled.
Feel: Full-bodied beer with mild carbonation.
Overall: World-class on every level. I feel lucky being able to sample this beer.

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Photo of Pippuri
4.56/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gadzook
4.58/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DoghouseReilly3946
4.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Date: Bottled on 02/26/18, consumed on 12/12/18.

Appearance: Pours out solid and luscious black with a very minimal dark tan head.

Aroma: Semi sweet dark chocolate, bourbon, oak, coffee, cherry bark, raisin, roasted malts, and some slight vanilla. It smells nice and the adjuncts still pop much more than I had anticipated at almost ten months old.

Taste: KBS has some malty sweetness up front aided by the dark fruits and bourbon vanilla sweetness but it dries out some and gets a touch bitter thanks to the barrel character and the coffee. It does seem somewhat thin when compared to Barrel Aged Expedition Stout, The Abyss, or Sunday Morning Stout. However, this is a nice departure from onslaught on pastry stouts that have become so popular over the last few years and has a flavor profile that is reasonably close to a personal favorite, The Abyss, less some chocolate. KBS is a quality beer, it isn't worth chasing trucks for, especially when beers like The Abyss sits on shelves, but it is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of pprichar
4.15/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jtollefson
4.78/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CarpeDiem33
4.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Official_space_cadet
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't give many beers a straight 5/5 across the board. However, this is the stout I will measure all other stouts to. Truly world class

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4.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jimdavii
4.77/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of nuggetlover
4.64/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bafcats
4.05/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of schopenhauerale
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nmgreen
4.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of arrowsmith_
4.37/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PvtSnowball
4.71/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Vade281
4.28/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LampertLand
4.21/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Explosion72
4.71/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DerAudi
4.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JellybonesElmer
4.39/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Davidstan
4.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not a stout guy but this is a well crafted beer. 6 months old into tonic pint glass. Wow, great flavors thruout but a wee bit strong abv IMO. Lot of sipping going on here and not used to drinking any beer like wine but hey I like this!

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Photo of KMcGrath
4.58/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of captaintrash
4.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Oktoberfest
4.25/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle.

So, a fine 10W30 pour into a rocks glass, 'cause I'm classy like that.

The label says coffee, chocolate, and bourbon. and you will get a mouthful of all three. Pretty sweet and smooth considering that pedigree and the ABV it brings along for the ride. Alcohol feel is on the warming side and not the medicinal variety. Very smooth. I'd rather the chocolate and bourbon flavor be more prominent, but that's a completely personal taste and no knock on Founders

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KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 13,410 ratings