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:
3,379
Ratings:
13,358
pDev:
8.48%
 
 
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Photo of Vitaly91
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.66/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured to an Ora et Labora taster.

A: Body is totally black opaque, with a small head that's brown to beige living to the side of the glass. When swirling, it creates a 3mm thick head.
S: Aroma is incredible. It starts with vanilla, caramel and then moves to bourbon and ends in dark chocolate with a big smily end.
T: Taste starts with vanilla and caramel. It then changes to the slight sweetness of dark chocolate and in between you a boozy blanket of bourbon that's just great. Just like Backwoods, this is a perfect marriage of whisky and beer.
M: Body is high. Carbonation is perfect. Alcohol is noticeable but runs at 11.9% ABV. Bitterness is mild and sweetness is also mild, resulting in a beautiful mouthfeel.
O: These guys kill it when it comes to marry whisky stuff and beer. It's amazing.

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Photo of JWSRPh
4.98/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Buglover83
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing!!! When it's available I will always but it! Don't miss it on this beer, totally worth the price!

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Photo of clucas_43420
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Delicious coffee smell and taste

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

Photo of nfedas
3.8/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rooroo61
4.27/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of grm1007
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Jromanowicz09
4.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of LazyDog
4.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Photo of santig0nzalez
4.54/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Body is a deep dark brown, capped by a dense head the colour of a Cadbury milk chocolate bar. Great retention, if not 'out of this world'.
The nose is a treat - rich dark chocolate and aged rum, complimented by lighter notes of medium roast coffee and vanilla. My mind keeps going to rum cake, or a true, aged fruit cake.
A velvety smooth feel and luscious chocolate flavour are the first things to stand out, like an authentic hot chocolate. Once again that fruity, sweet, rum flavour kicks in, right after the chocolate and lingering through the finish. I wish this came in cake form. Light burn of alcohol provides balance to the sweetness, which thankfully isn't cloying or heavy-handed. Dried fruit (dates, figs, raisins) flavours come to mind, and vanilla. A touch of coffee. Easy-drinking despite the intense flavours, with a medium body and medium-light, very fine carbonation.

Get your hands on this come Fall! KBS is an outstanding stout, with a complex marriage of flavours and luxurious feel. A pure delight, perfect for dessert - make it chocolate, with berries, or a coffeecake.

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

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

The holy grail of imperial stouts. I don't know how the thirsty monk got a keg of this, but I will be forever grateful for it.

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

Thank you, Rkitchen!
Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) brown bottle into a conical pint glass; 2018 release (bottled on 02/21/2018).
A: Pours a very, very dark brown color (but not quite black) with excellent formation of a one inch plus, light brown head, moderate retention, but rings and rings of serious lacing.
S: Gorgeous nose with aromas of chocolate > coffee (but definitely both), vanilla, frankly very reminiscent of a chocolate ice cream malted. As warms, more of a bourbon note.
T: Chocolate and coffee are very evident, with vanilla and bourbon flavors much more evident. Thought I detected orange peel and spicy notes. Aging from oak and higher order alcohols both seem to be present. Bitterness imparts almost a birch or sarsaparilla note.
M: Full bodied with solid, very persistent carbonation. Creamy and smooth.
O: Wow! If you like stouts and porters, this is for you. Delicious, high quality stout, not much more to say.

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Photo of Bman6266
4.77/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JimboBrews54
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 13,358 ratings