KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) | Founders Brewing Company

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KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Double / 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

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Ratings: 13,263 |  Reviews: 3,364
Photo of LarrysDeerGut
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of oaktree42
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 505beergeek
4.25/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shrimply_pibbles
4.93/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TedSwing
3.93/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.46/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Solid black color. Body is above average, thick heavy feel that slightly coats the tongue. Carbonation is very low but works well for this style. Aroma is bourbon,coffee, chocolate, and malt. Taste follows the aroma,alcohol is somewhat hidden but still very noticeable.. bourbon dominates but this beer really needs to warm to let all the other flavors show up

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Photo of danch
4.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A truly great beer. Rich mouthfeel accompanied by complex layered flavors. I let it get to a bit under room temperature before trying and I definitely think that’s the way to go.

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

Photo of madhungarian90
4.45/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Smhill
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sportsride
4.93/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of cbb77
4.14/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of msink28
4.39/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Luxurious, complex taste. Taste of bourbon throughout, with initial taste of dark chocolate. Pours rich and dark, with minimal cocoa head. Feel is perfectly smooth, not as heavy as other stouts in the category.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.59/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Feb 13 2019 and served barely chilled. Not the first time I've tried this - I enjoyed the '17 batch, but never got around to reviewing it.

Pours ebony jet-black, topped with a half-finger of frothy, dark tan-coloured head that wilts within 90 seconds; a bubbly cap and wide, creamy collar remain, along with a liberally-applied coat of lovely lace. On the nose, coffee grounds virtually leap out of the glass and tantalize the nostrils; they're accompanied by robust notes of molasses, bourbon, oak and baker's chocolate. Minor hints of vanilla, smoky ash, herbal licorice and ethanol also come through as it warms.

If you're trying your first KBS, ensure that you're seated before you take a sip - it's so tasty that your knees might start to wobble and give way. OK, maybe I'm exaggerating, but rich, decadent and intense are still the adjectives that immediately come to mind - roasted malts and coffee beans, dark chocolate and vanilla, as well as bourbon whiskey, molasses and oak wood combine together into an absurdly yummy conflagration of flavour. Towards the finish, hints of herbal licorice, burnt wood and bourbon provide an added kick, with the latter element lasting on, well into a boozy-sweet aftertaste that lingers. The ethanol is well-integrated with the flavour profile, but still very potent and impossible to dismiss; it's actually concentrated enough to numb the palate somewhat after a couple of sips. Full-bodied, with very low carbonation levels that barely even register; it has a silky-smooth, satisfying texture on the palate.

Final Grade: 4.59, an A+. Founders KBS is one of the best stouts I've ever tried, and an undoubtedly excellent, world-class beer that I'd be thrilled to drink again. There's no subtlety to be found here - this one wallops you in the face, over and over again, with more coffee, chocolate and bourbon/oak than your taste buds will know what to do with. I don't know if it's the 31st best beer on the planet, but it's a damn good one either way: I'll be picking up a few more bottles before the stock runs dry, because it's not as if beers this amazing show up in Ontario every month.

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Photo of Tivlavrie
4.27/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of richbossert
4.57/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AllHopsMatter
4.36/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look The beer pours deep brown, though it’s pitch black in this glass. There is a thin light brown head that dissipates quickly; the bubbles are fairly uniform. There is no lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Lots of molasses and chocolate. No coffee or oak on the nose, which is surprising considering all my beer friends in California have assured me that 2018 is nothing but barrel.

Taste: The taste follows the nose. There is lots and lots of dark chocolate, which these dominates all the way through. Not much molasses in the taste. Coffee is again not apparent. Very slight barrel warming in the very end, with just a tiny hint of oak. I’ve had the 2017 CBS and the taste is definitely reminiscent of that in some sense. Alcohol is very well hidden for it being a 12% beer.

Feel: Medium body, medium carbonation. Don’t know what else to say.

Overall: Considering the California prices, I got this 2018 bottle for pretty cheap. All my beer friends have described this beer as an underperformer due to too much barrel on both the nose and the smell. Honestly I’m not getting much of that. Chocolate is definitely the dominant flavor overall. This stout is very well made and is great overall, but it’s definitely not a standout among its class in 2018. Would I buy more bottles at $2.50 a pop again, absolutely. Is it worth to seek out or spend more for than its real market value currently — definitely not in 2018 NorCal.

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Photo of Hopstronaut
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nullbort
4.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Hallbrauhaus
4.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of YungAnejo
4.21/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mgroner
4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChrisCage
4.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a very opaque, and very dark brown color....near impossible to see through. The head starts out about one finger thick and looks super frothy!.....it is toffee colored and retains rather well into a half finger thick layer over the brew. The lacing, while thick, doesn't really do any sort of clinging around the inside of my glass, leaving only behind a couple of small scattered blobs. Decent looking overall!

S- Huge amounts of dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, black coffee, some vanilla molasses sweetness, bourbon barrel woodiness. The overall aroma is rich, delicate and smooth. Hints of black and dark chocolate barley malt make their presence known too, and the finish is of a dry Earthy sweetness, with perhaps some fresh coffee bean grinds and subtle hop bitterness.

T- Wow, this is a nice tasting Stout! Huge deep dark chocolate right up front, with background notes of licorice, oak aged bourbon, tender vanilla bean pods, dark fruit pits.....kind of a rummy booziness, and lots of dark/toasty malts that provide a dry astringency throughout the finish! There is an alcohol burn that runs from the back of the throat straight down into the gut and the dryness/booze lingers a little bit on the palate.

M/O- I was very surprised with how bubbly this is!......plenty of effervescence to this medium-full bodied brew! The drinkability is kind of low in my opinion, as it is much too rich to have more than a half bottle of at any one time.....definitely a sipping beer and it needs something sweet (or a nutty chocolate) to pair up with this. This is a good beer, if not a little overrated.....it could be a little more sociable and a little high in alcohol content.

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KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 13,263 ratings