Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) | Founders Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
12,484
Reviews:
3,192
Avg:
4.56
pDev:
8.77%
 
 
Wants:
4,494
Gots:
6,615
For Trade:
524
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Ratings: 12,484 |  Reviews: 3,192
Photo of Michiganman2325
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Phineasco
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Look: Black, with big tan fluffy head that sticks around.
Smell: Coffee, chocolate, candied sugar, and a touch of borboun.
Taste: Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and oak.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, but on the thinner side.
Overall: Great coffee-foward barrel aged stout.

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Photo of TheHopsman
4.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of greencovesteve
4.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hef144
4.97/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best beer I've had so far even though I have only been indulging in craft beer for about a year now

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Photo of McClinton
4.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of mrosenfeld32
4.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ChilliHeights
4.73/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had my first KBS this week. A 2017 vintage. Excellent. Wonderful mouth feel and not too much alcohol taste. Pour a dark brown black color with light lacing. Drinking half a bottle was just about right. A good beer to share slowly. Looking forward to the next one. I have a 2016 vintage so will see if aging is better.

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Photo of pejohnson46
4.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Motor oil with a 3/4 inch head. Quite imposing.
Smell: Faint hints of chocolate, mostly coffee, bourbon and possibly vanilla?
Taste: Wait until this warms up in order to enjoy this. The flavors really shine once this gets to room temperature.
Feel: A bit oily but overall smooth, and pleasant.
Overall: Tremendous, This is for the 2017 version. Looking forward to aging this and see how it develops.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.27/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass shows a light-forced dark brown body floating a 1/2in dark brown head and leaves aggressive lacing.

Chocolate aroma is strong immediately on pouring. Malt roast and oak join with vanilla and bourbon.
Flavor is coffee forward, but chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak, and even some stone fruit follow soon after.
Mouthfeel is full, thick and slick.

Well deserved praise.

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Photo of Martine
4.16/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cjohns73
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: brilliant black-brown crowned by a 1" moderately persistent blanket of foam. Has some legs.

S: A rich malty base provides a backdrop for chocolate, bourbon, coffee, and dark malt aromas.

T: Layers of chocolate, coffee, and bourbon build the flavors. It starts mildly sweet with a little spiciness but dries out by the finish. Everything is very well balanced.

F: The body is medium full to full and the carbonation is moderately low but very soft and creamy.

O: This beer is world class.

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Photo of mickyge
4.77/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JWess
4.68/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of wuthrichj15
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of plnar
4.62/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Vidblain
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jkaczinski
4.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of dbl_delta
4.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Founders tap takeover at Pickled Pig in Rehoboth, DE. I don't think I can add any descriptive embellishment to the hundreds of reviewers before me. Suffice it to say that KBS is truly an impressive piece of craftsmanship. It's boozy yet smooth, massively flavorful yet balanced, and embodies the essence of the style. Well done.

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Photo of MarkGutz
4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Reef
4.69/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2016 vintage enjoyed in a Duvel tulip.
Pours jet black with a finger's head. Sheets of lacing. Head subsides to a ring and surface blanket with scattered larger bubbles.
After pouring aroma is initially straight chocolate, lesser vanilla, some bourbon. Faint alcohol burn. As it warms coffee is more evident with vanilla and some dark fruit.
Super balance of chocolate, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, slight char, a little dark fruit. After a year the strong coffee and alcohol burn I recall have subsided, an improvement in my book.
Decadent full mouthfeel.

Great coffee BBA stout still firing on all cylinders.

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Photo of Crafty_sonofabeer
4.49/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jwilcox767
4.95/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Jet black, dark brown head.
S - The aroma a light roast from coffee, vanilla and bourbon, oak, dark chocolate.
T - The taste matches and it's really well balanced, nothing overpowering the other. A little heat from the booze, but it is perfect.
M - Super silky mouthfeel, warming.
O - It's a fantastic beer, one of the best BBA stouts I've had. Lives up to hype

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
4.56 out of 5 based on 12,484 ratings.
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