Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) | Founders Brewing Company

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)
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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)Founders 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:
#28
Reviews:
3,242
Ratings:
12,680
Liked:
12,388
Avg:
4.61/5
pDev:
8.46%
Alströms:
0
 
 
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4,500
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6,688
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Ratings: 12,680 |  Reviews: 3,242
Photo of BigIrishman
4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured side by side with a Breakfast Stout

Appearance: Pours black as night and thick as molasses. Almost no head, and what tiny amount there is, is much darker than the breakfast stout.

Smell: Heavenly, much more complex than the BS, there is the overwhelming coffee/espresso but now there is a smokey, earthy and plenty of bourbony smell, and maybe a bit of hops as well.

Taste: Okay wasn't expecting this at all, the vanilla and smoke hits hard up front. Slightly after is the espresso/chocolate pounding, and finally a blast of straight bourbon. This may just be as complex a brew as Ive ever had. Also as somewhat assumed, this brew is way sweeter than it's not kentucky friend, but bourbon has a knack for doing that.

Mouthfeel: Thick/jetfuel etc.

Drinkability: That flavor is so huge and complex I almost need to drink two to wrap my head around it. But it is just like drinking a mornings breakfast in a glass.

Notes: And I thought the BS was amazing, I had no idea a concoction like this existed. Do yourself a favor....Get yourself some KBS!!!

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Photo of Acforster2
4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow!!!!! 2016 12.4 abv version on draft at Dixie grill and bar as part of their second annual Dark day in July stout celebration. An 8 oz pour of this exceptional barrel aged stout was served in a tulip glass for $5.00.

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Photo of Shonu_ff
4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of SLewis
4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mlefebvre7
4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RogerWolfe
4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of doppel
4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Garvey
4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jangoon24
4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JayS2629
4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely amazing. I traded some Mad Elf for this and it was well worth it. Best stout I've had to date. Complex and very well balanced.

The pour produced a solid thick motor oil black that had a creamy tan head with moderate retention and sea foam lace. The smell was intoxicating with oak, smoke, and bourbon blending into roasted malts, chocolate, and robust coffee. The taste was a robust coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate with a perfectly blended woody, oak and bourbon. The sweet bourbon flavor blended into tones of rich caramel sweetness and balanced with robust coffee with hints of vanilla.

The most impressive thing about this beer was how the complex flavors blended and complimented each other. The deep robust coffee lended a bitterness against a sweet caramel and bourbon smoothness. Nothing overpowered or dominated. Great chocolate undertones and smokey, woody notes finished it into a superb and mellow drink. It was creamy and full bodied. This is a beer to be sipped and savored. The bourbon flavor lends a sweetness and the booze burn was subtle and blended. Awesome beer!

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Photo of Brondeau
4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Incredibly complex. Some sweetness of chocolate masks the alcohol. Tasted to me like a liquid Tootsie Roll. Sourced from a nice employee at Ancona's in Wilton, from the back room.

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Photo of SebD
4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer review # 300!

Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a thin mocha head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of chocolate, coffee, caramel, bourbon, vanilla and molasses.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice bourbon character with some chocolate, coffee, vanilla, caramel, molasses, oak and a nice roastiness. Such a great taste.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.

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Photo of dpuia
4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle poured into a Chimay snifter. Pours rich dark color with no head. The smell is full of fresh ground coffee, nice and aromatic. The taste is like no other, best way I can describe it is take a mild IPA, and mix it with an iced coffee, with a smoked wood overtone. This beer is so thick you can nearly chew it. Drinkability is not exceptional for one reason, high ABV and smooth taste, can be a dangerous combination.

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Photo of Ultrarunner100
4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sohearn
4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Niko_G
4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Drank side by side with 2015 KBS. 2016 had a slightly darker head. Decent amount of chocolate and coffee on the nose. Mouthfeel was spot on -- slightly more viscous than the 2015 version. Taste was better than I remember -- better than the 2015, and definitely better than 2014 (if my memory serves me right!). This beer grows more complex as it warms, with the chocolate becoming more pronounced. Overall, a great example of a BA'ed stout.

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Photo of LouZ
4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BoJengs
4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mikeys01
4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Upon first cracking the bottle, I am greeted with a decadent aroma of dark roasted mocha coffee, nutty sweetness, and just enough hint of bourbon to make you almost drool.
Kentucky Breakfast glugs into my glass an utmost dark brown color, topped with a thick dark chocolate colored head, which quickly fades into a dirty mahogany rim and lacing. I can already tell this beer doesn’t make any pretenses.

The Kentucky Breakfast definitely takes the game to another level, with an extremely well rounded full body, and almost unbeatable smoothness for a big bad stout like this one. Tasting envelops you in a malty morass of dark roastiness, fine cocoa, rich coffee, and oaty goodness, with a subtle undercurrent of bourbon lingering here and there. Mouthfeel is just tremendous, this really is almost a meal, and oh so drinkable. Alcohol is nigh undetectable and the finish is pleasantly sweet, with bourbon and vanilla lingering. Wow, this beer is really something, thanks much to CRJMellor for this one!

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Photo of BoilerUpNavy
4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Yesdog
4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Smittysguinness
4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

I just left the Michigant Winter Beer Festival...5 straight hours of consumption...hammered...

Anyway, this beer is incredible. My wife and I showed up about 12:30...a half hour after it started. Poured deep black with a dark brown head. Lacing was light, bu t stuck around.

Smelled of rich dark chocolate with malty sweetness. My wife even commented that that the malt sweetness was all she smelled.

Tastes of massive burbon...vanilla and oaky sweetness mixed with a normal Founders-style stout, replete with vanilla and harsh dark chocolate. The malt sweetness and hop bitterness is expertly mellowed by the year-long burbon aging. This is a beer for the ages.

Thanks again to the MI Brewers Guild for the massive beer offering. Only in MI will you drink beer with a thousand other people at below-freezing and love it. It snowed, it hailed, it blew cold wind, and we drank on.

I love this beer. They said they'd brew another batch starting now, and it'll be ready this time next year. Get this when you can!

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Photo of Nat1975
4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of brewdan
4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a thin tan head.

Smells like awesome dark roast coffee and chocolate with a hint of vanilla.

Tastes like it smells; rich roasted dark coffee with a splash of bitter dark chocolate and a hint of bourbon and vanilla. Amazing.

Mouhfeel is creamy and smooth.

Dangerously drinkable although more than one or two would be a problem due to ABV.

I think the thing that sets KBS apart is that the bourbon and barrel aging don't overwhelm the beer. There are plenty of dark roast coffee and bitter dark chocolate notes to go along with the bourbon and vanilla from the barrels.

Exceptional brew that makes me glad that I live in MI.

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Photo of BlazingMoose
4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97.7% out of 100 with 12,680 ratings
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