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): 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

Now labeled as "KBS."

ABV varies by batch.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-13-2004

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Photo of Photo-Craig
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Many Beer snobs will eventually come across Founders KBS. I was fortunate enough to have had the bottle version as well as the cask. Outside of all the taste, feel, finish, I will say it is a solid choice. I was able to perform a side by side test from 2015 thru 2018 casks, and in my opinion the winner was 2016. Enjoy this one.

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Photo of VivaTheHate
4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AngEo
4.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Snitko
4.27/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PMarcy78
4.05/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of cbenson
4.64/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark black/brown with a maroon streak and a burnt umber head with medium retention. Dense but not as thick as some other imperial stouts
S: A balanced aroma of chocolate, brown sugar, coffee, licorice with a punchy hit of whisky
T: What an amazing array of flavor! It starts crisp, chocolaty, and acidic and then comes the bourbon notes followed by a sweet, coffee aftertaste. The best tasting beer I've tried.
F: Thick and slightly carbonated with a wet finish. I prefer my stouts slightly thicker and with a dryer finish, but this is fantastic nonetheless.
O: The most flavorful stout I've had, with high marks in all other categories.

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Photo of Strike00
4.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is just fantastic. I have KBS aged and fresh and drinking it fresh is a whole new experience. The coffee is more up front and the bourbon sticks to the background but still present. World class for sure.

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Photo of JoeyJellico
4.13/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mpolewan
4.36/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of jjsipsjj
4.54/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gr0g
4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled on Feb. 9, 2018. Pitch black with a good amount of khaki foam for a big stout. The aroma really pops with rich, decadent notes of mocha/vanilla/bourbon that are nicely blended together. This is a pretty fresh bottle, so the booze notes are somewhat prominent, but they don't smother the aromas of the base beer. Coffee notes are quite a bit more subtle than in other Founders coffee beers like Breakfast Stout and Sumatra Mountain Brown.

Bittersweet dark chocolate and coffee hit the palate first. A brief wave of sweetness fades as the bourbon and wood flavors come into play. Booze only intrudes on the finish. Mouthfeel is very soft and smooth, and the only knock against it is that Founders couldn't match the richness/chewiness of their Imperial Stout. Having finally gotten my hands on one of the longest-tenured, most venerable Bourbon barrel stouts, it definitely lives up to the acclaim it has received over the years.

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

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

Photo of MikeBogert53
4.53/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Appearance: dark, DARK brown; a wee hair shy of black, yet not black. The head forms a 1-finger of coffee-and-cream colored foam with excellent retention. Dark brown, silky and luxurious when poured. Velvety. This beer does not resemble 10W30 when poured as so many other imperial stouts do (which is neither a positive or negative.)

Aroma: wonderful. Boozy. Chocolate, fudge and coconut. I wouldn’t have picked up the coffee if it weren’t referenced on the beer’s label.

Flavor: very boozy but not hot. Milk chocolate, coconut, bourbon and oak all in harmony.

Mouthfeel: thick and chewy; a meal by itself.

Overall: very, very good. I commend Founders for bottling this in 12oz bottles; a 750ml would be way too much. The 12oz format allows me not to have to share it. This BA imperial stout is near the top of a long list that I’ve tried. I’d put it alongside Bourbon County and Pirate Bomb as the best.

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Photo of Ahypercube
4.97/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So excited to run into this. Finally appeared at my local Whole Foods (highest praise for their beer selection). Pouring one into a goblet on a late Friday morning. Happy 4/20!

L: Looks pretty typical of a BA Stout. Black as night, with a centimeter multicolored mocha/tan head. Hard to see how well-carbonated, as light cannot penetrate more than a centimeter, but from the persistence of the head, it can be assumed it is substantially so.

S: Very sweet. First I get maple and chocolate syrup, a splash of espresso, then toffee, vanilla, bourbon, fudge, molasses, coconut cream, then some subtle hop character of sage and lemon, salty soy sauce and a finish of dark roast coffee. Smells delicious and beautifully balanced.

T: Like giving God a rim job. Holy. Shit. The level of sweetness is somewhat subtler and comes off absolutely PERFECT on the palate. Chocolate and vanilla battle for dominance within an oak bourbon barrel, but coffee comes in and beats the crap out of both of them, with a little assistance from soy sauce and herbal hops. Finish is acidic, dark-roasted coffee with no cloying sweetness, and just a hint of hops that complement the roast.

F: Smooth, with a creamy consistency like whole milk. Not syrupy at all, as you might think from the smell. I would guess this crisp finish is likely the first attribute that would suffer with age.

O: SO damn good. It brings me back to my single random encounter with BCBS. Definitely a world-class BA Stout.

P. S. It isn’t acceptable to drink the this brew at any temperature between 45-65°F, but peak deliciousness is somewhere in the higher range, around 58°.

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Photo of robebo44
4.37/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Klister
4.22/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pitchfork2322
4.82/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Bottled: 2/26/2018
Drank: 4/18/2018

A - Pitch black, 2 fingers of dark khaki head. Lacing very noticeable.
S - Smells like my morning cup of Joe! A hint of the bourbon and can vaguely detect chocolate.
T - Wow - first sip was incredible. I know the beer has high ratings but was going in being critical and was not let down. Coffee up front, with hints of chocolate - chocolate flavors finish stronger with coffee notes lingering and the sensation and flavorings of the bourbon starting to come into the picture.
M - Perfect.
O - Wow. Again. Was somewhat expecting this to be over hyped and plagued by group think but this is truly an exceptional beer! I was not let down and will be looking forward to chasing this beer down every year just as I do with the Hopslam ale.

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Photo of robfohl
4.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes around here in april every year, i look forward to it. Very well made barrel aged stout. We know what to expect from this brewery. They dont dissapoint.

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

This beer is a legend and another that has somehow become fashionable to take shots at, sort of like Hopslam and a bunch of others. Not sure how Bourbon County escapes this, maybe because it's a sloppy boozy mess? Anyway, absolutely easier to find than it was two or three or 8 years ago, but still outstanding.

I get about 1/8 inch of head after an aggressive pour, quickly dissipating into a ring of tight, creamy foam around the perimeter of the glass. Not quite black but very dark. Aroma dominated by chocolate moreso than coffee, light bourbon on the nose. Not overpowering whatsoever. Excellent.

Tastes like it smells. Very smooth going in and zero alcohol burn. I would never guess that this beer is even similar in abv to say, Black Note. Nice chocolate flavor, very faint coffee presence, zero alcohol. This is not to say that it's a training wheels beer, but rather it's approachable and actually superb.

Medium body, decent carbonation, which surprised me. Similar in the mouth to the last batch of CBS.

This beer remains world class. I do not have anything close to a criticism of the beer itself, and it's not even difficult to find anymore. I guess it's expensive? I paid $8 a bottle, I suppose that's a lot. Recommend highly.

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Photo of ssgunbond
4.54/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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