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 Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

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."

ABV varies by batch.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-13-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#25
Reviews:
3,266
Ratings:
12,907
pDev:
8.46%
Bros Score:
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Photo of sunnovgoat
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the greatest beers Ive had the pleasure of trying

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Photo of Nass
4.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Let's review the highly sought after and hard to come by Founders KBS. Founders is a real hit or miss brewery. Some of there stuff is the best beer around town and some of it is downright dreadful to drink. On to the KBS review. That high abv is not perfectly hidden but it's not too harsh either its middle of the road. I am not too crazy about this one maybe there is too much going on in this beer for me. I like some non adjunct bourbon barrel aged stouts that I have had in the past so I am guessing this might be a bit of mess because it has quite a few adjuncts in it. The bourbon is definitely there but it does not seem to be mixing well with the other adjuncts that they put in it. This is interesting because their regular breakfast stout seems to always be a crowd pleaser in the fall & winter time. I don't see what the fuss is all about for this beer. For me this beer does not deserve to be in the A (world class score range). Cheers! B (85-89) score range

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Photo of dextr24
4.45/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hightide
4.22/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cub7
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of FrankOcean
4/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chaint
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of scream
4.42/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jrjr0891
4.24/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of bdevennie
4.4/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of David_Porter
4.46/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of arr3388
4.38/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wolvmar
4.65/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2017 vintage poured into a tulip glass.

Pour: deep, dark, brown/black with a solid two finger tan head that only slowly dissipates leaving lots of lacing. The lacing lasts, and lasts. One of the most beautiful pours I’ve seen.

Nose: heavy malts, caramel, bourbon. The sweetness dominates with the bourbon well balanced. Not over powering; maybe more subtle than expected. Very pleasant.

Taste: creamy malts and bourbon hit first with hop bitterness right behind. Lots of coffee and dark chocolate. Some caramel and molasses provide a subtle sweetness, a hint of vanilla and dark fruits. Really well balanced with only the hop bitterness being a little more than I would want. Compared to fresh, the bitterness has mellowed and the bourbon is a little more subtle. Improves as it warms. I started at low 40s warming to low 50s. A really tasty treat.

Mouthfeel: creamy with bourbon coating the mouth. Mild carbonation, which makes the beautiful head even more impressive. The hops and alcohol linger a bit and, as with the flavor, maybe linger a bit to much and long. But that’s splitting hairs.

Overall: one of the best. This is a great sipper that improves as it ages. Keep a supply in the cellar. This was a year old and fabulous. I’ve had two year old and it is even better. Can’t wait to try three year old soon.

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Photo of 89BeerMe
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of LoudRed
4.52/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of johnlatona
4.45/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hcproff36
4.27/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of XsoldoutX
4.1/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Joseph_James
4.67/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Clemente285
4.01/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mishi_d
4.78/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of vikingpillager
4.64/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

It's very interesting to sample 2017 KBS in a side-by-side with 2017 BCBS. You can immediately discern major differences, the biggest of which to me was that KBS has much more dark fruit flavor than BCBS, which really punches you in the face with huge smoke and chocolate flavors. I tend to prefer the smoke/char of BCBS but there are many who prefer the Founders flavor varieties (including my wife!). Either way, KBS is still a fantastic stout!!

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4.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Taste: Bourbon, woody, dark malts, molasses, vanilla, coffee, smokey, sweet, with thick mouth-feel. same with the boozy nose. Black, opaque, dark tan creamy head with a sticky lace. Full oily body. Strong kick after viscous finish.

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Photo of GlennF
4.24/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JuanFushashi
4.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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