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:
12,597
Reviews:
3,219
Avg:
4.56
pDev:
8.77%
 
 
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Photo of WhiteRiverSuds
4.27/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep glossy black color with a very small, but lingering head. Nice mocha colored lacing.

S - Smells of roasted malts and dark chocolate that turns more toward warming bourbon.

T - Stong roasted coffee/espresso that work with dark chocolate flavors, and settles into bourbon and subtle caramel. Flavors and intensity quickly varying. Sherry notes at first that disappear as the mouth becomes coated. Lingering roast and burnt chocolate w/ oak becoming more noticeable.

M - Very smooth and creamy body that coats the mouth thoroughly. A nice alcohol warmth that fades as the tongue becomes intoxicated.

D - Very complex beer that grows with each taste. A fine way to end the week. Darius75 has is right...A true gentleman's stout. Very glad to taste my first KBS.

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Photo of leadanielle73
4.27/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kevin67
4.27/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattreitz49
4.27/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dsimenson
4.27/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atrus138
4.27/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick, almost syrupy black. Completely opaque, with a dark brown head that doesn't last long at all. Minimal lacing. Smell is fantastically rich. Smells a lot like Kahlua. Coffee and vanilla are most noticeable up front with notes of oak and bourbon. Taste is huge, sweet, and rough all at the same time. All that was promised in the smell was there and then some. Very earthy. There was also a flavor that I couldn't put my finger on. The flavor kind of reminded me of the way a cave smells. Can't say I ever said that about a beer before! Mouthfeel is monstrously thick. I'll definitely pick up more of this when I find them and see what other flavors may have gone undetected, because I feel that there's more here than I originally noticed.

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Photo of ThaJokerWild
4.27/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lateralundertow
4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SAxDRC5
4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at the founders tap room. $6 for an 8 oz glass on a monday (cheap pint night)

A - pitch black with a thin head that leaves a nice lacing

S - smells a lot like bourbon a little like coffe and oak.

T - tastes like it smells. bourbon is the predominate flavor. a bit of oak and burnt maltiness. fairly sweet. I'm sure there is a lot more complexity but I'm just not good enough to list all the flavors.

M - Medium body. feels like silk. perfect carbonation for the style. the alcohol leaves a fairly noticeable feel.

D - alcohol is too strong to be very drinkable. but with the KBS I don't think drinkability is what founders is going for.

This beer had a lot of hype but I was not disappointed. When I'm not a poor college student I will have this again for sure.

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Photo of mjtiernan
4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from a trade with heyta…thanks heyta!

2011 12oz bottle into a Jester King snifter

I did this review as a side-by-side tasting with an ’09 BCBS

A – Black as night with an oily film on top. Only sign of carbonation is the tiniest ring of bubbles along the outside of the glass. A vigorous swirl brings a bit of life to the head.

S – Chocolate cream pie served with Irish coffee and a freshly rolled unlit cigarette on the side of the plate. Nice!

T – Bittersweet chocolate is dominant. I’m so glad this isn’t yet another too sweet chocolate stout. The coffee and tobacco shows up long enough to wave hello before giving way to the most excellent bourbon and oak. Not getting as much vanilla from the oak as I usually find with other barrel aged beers. Possibly the most balanced -bal beer I've ever consumed.

Hang on, I tasted this so many times that I need to get more to finish the review.

M - Not a surprise, but there isn’t much carbonation to speak of. Can’t believe how smooth this is though. Not as oily as I expected based on the appearance, which was nice. The bourbon really comes out in the finish but isn’t even close to being too hot…and this is a relatively fresh one.

O – I poured myself appx 4oz to do this review and had to go back for seconds before I was finished. So much going on with this one. Not sure if I will end up preferring this one fresh or with some age on it, but I’ve got a second bottle so I’ll find out eventually. Really loved it!

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Photo of JMB2
4.28/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of philbe311
4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This review mainly serves as a compare and contrast of bottle vs. tap, and after sampling side-by-side with its elite BA contemporaries...

A - Color is a medium semi-sleek black... A very thin dark brown had fizzes away rather quickly... Some carbonation streaks can be seen throughout... Thick, dense, and hearty...

S - The nose is potent and enticing... Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and vanilla all compliment the effects of the bourbon...

T - Much more complexity when compared the the bottled version... The bourbon, while still uber-present blends in with the rest of the flavors and add the complexity... Chocolate... Coffee... Some woody notes... Touches of caramel...

M - Full bodied... A bit chewy... Dense... Limited carbonation... A bit of a chalky finish...

D - Interesting to sample on tap after enjoying in bottle form on many occasion... Still an elite and must try for all BAs, but it barrel aged competition seems to be gaining a bit...

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Photo of TruePerception
4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Founders' KBS, Bourbon barrel aged stout, brewed with chocolate and coffee. 11.2% ABV.

A: Pitch black, with three fingers of chocolate milk colored head, which doesn't seem to want to go anywhere. Dark brown in the dimple, with a reddish brown glow. Very slight sheeting, but no lacing holds.

S: Roasted coffee dominates, but a smooth bittersweet chocolate and slight Bourbon char quality are right behind. Very dark toffee comes out as it settles.

T/MF: Very smooth texture on the palate. A lot of Bourbon-y char and dark toffee. More bittersweet chocolate, finishing with a dark coffee flavor. Dark toffee and sweet char linger quite long.

This needs a nice juicy steak, but unfortunately, I haven't one...

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of vinicole
4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (2016 - 12.4%). Very dark brown. Thick tan head which diminishes over time.. Almost glutinous pour.
Immediate booze detected. Rich chocolate malt. Bourbon noticeable along with peat and liquorice.
Tastes like the bouquet. Brown bread comes through. A bitter completion nicely balances an initial sweetness.
Soft carbonation. Viscous. Very smooth.
Very tasty but not as good as the hype suggests.

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Photo of SMH_NWI
4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jbone78
4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had a little vertical of this the other night. 08-10 and I liked the 09 the best.

It poured black with 1/8 inch tan head. Coffee, chocolate balanced well with the bourbon flavors, but the 08 were very faded to me. This is just an overview of my tasting. I really think the fresher the better in my opinion.

bye

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Photo of BSecaida
4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Liquidswordz
4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Amedlin18
4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrentLepping
4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OleDixie
4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RedHaze
4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep impenetrable black with a dense one finger head that slowly fades to a thin layer of foam and thick ring. The ensuing lace that's left behind is a solid sheet on the sides of my glass.

Smell; the bourbon is definitely present, but it's not overwhelming, and mixes very well with the coffee aromas. There's a bit of chocolate in there, as well a bit of dark fruits that just barely seep through.

Taste; whoa, that bourbon flavor is first to hit, but boy is it really smooth. The bourbon fades nicely into a very rich chocolate espresso topped with cherries. The alcohol is felt with a mild warming in theback of my throat. Mouthfeel is thick, creamy and velvety, and about as good as it gets. Drinkability is really high when you take into consideration such a high abv.

This was very good for this relatively cool rainy evening.

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Photo of Ironstutz
4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joshleo
4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: no light gets through this baby. It is blac as night with a thin halo of head made from the tiniest of bubbles.

S: a little bit of chocolate and coffee with that ever present tinge of alcohol

T: Much like the smell, overtones of chocolate and coffee mix with bourbon to create a rich taste.

M: Smoothe, and creamy

D: I am not usually a stout drinker, but this one is very drinkable. It is really thick and intimidating but once you start drinking you can't stop. every sip is an exploration into the subltle flavors bouncing around in this beer

note: I love that the number 4 beer on BA comes from my home city. I can have it whenever I want right from the brewer's tap!

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Photo of CaptainSJC
4.28/5  rDev -6.1%

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
4.56 out of 5 based on 12,597 ratings.
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