Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)Founders 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.

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

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Photo of Lahey
4.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is my first beer in 3 months as I've cut down on sugar intake, so this review is skewed. (I couldn't turn down this one though)
The appearance, smell and lacing are all what you would expect for a top notch stout.
The taste is excellent. I'm not partial to bourbon aged stouts, but this one is pleasant. The chocolate, coffee and bourbon all show up in a glorious mingling of flavors. It may be too boozy for people not used to high octane beers, but as a guy who drinks straight bourbon it tastes pretty smooth.
My one issue is with the mouth feel. It feels a bit oiily to me. But that may be because of my departure from beer. I haven't drank sugary drinks in a while.
If you like stouts and especially bourbon aged stouts, give it a try (if you can afford/find it)

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Photo of CanadianBacon
4.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured from a 355ml (12 oz) into a teku 11.9% labeled best before :12/20/2017. The beer pours a jet black color and light does not get through the glass just like I would expect. The head pours just under 3 fingers and tanish brown but rather bubbly and fades quick. If it wasnt for the rapidly fading head this would be a no brainer 5/5, oh well though. Nothing is perfect.

Aroma - Deeply roasted coffee and rich dark chocolate are the 2 primary aromas to hit the nose. One of the things I'm used to in these barrell aged beers is a strong oak and bourbon aroma. While they both exist in this beer they sit idly at the back of the nose letting you know. I am a breakfast beer and coffee is what you are getting with me. I will age one of these a little to see how it changes. Inbetween the strong and weak aroma you get a plethora of others including coconut, caramel, a little bit of fig and dates. They all come together to create one heck of an aroma.

Taste - Rich roasted coffee beans are again the first to stand to your attention, than they are followed by a beautiful dark chocolate, caramel and toffee, The oak and bourbon hit the back of my palate with a splash and send me to another world. and some very subdued dates and figs add a sharp sweetness on the back end. The coconut is subbtly there with the oak and bourbon on the back of my throat. These flavors are magically put together.

Feel - Madium mouth feel with a beautiful medium velvety carbonation. There is a very light spice on the end which may be a bit of the boozyness coming through at 11.9$ while retaining its medium body this beer can almost be chewy. It goes down smooth without so much as a burn at 12%.

Overall - While it definitely lacked a little on head quality, the rest of this beer was outstandingly put together from the way each aroma mingle with each other to invite your nose in, The taste profile is equally as irresistable and it has a mouthfeel to die for, With all this being said I am a night shift worker This would be one that I would love to come home and sip on everyday. However I know it has to be a limited release given the aging and in the end the price would make it so I couldn't daily this beer. I can get stouts near this level for half the cost. I think its time founders send breakfast stout to Canada and this will be a once a year treat.

P.S, I'm also gonna age a couple of these a year and see if the bourbon and oak become more predominant. Cheers!

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Photo of Nicolaiw
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 Vintage.
Pours pitch black with small tan head
Aroma has lots of bourbon, bitter chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla,
Taste is cold brewed coffee, bitter chocolate, peppers, bourbon heat in the finish

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 release on tap at Founders.

L: Deep dark black with faint ruby edges, thin layer of tan head. With swirl, half finger head appears, doesn't stick around for too long. Spotted lacing.

S: Lots of chocolate and cocoa, licorice, wood smoke, sherry.

T: Starts with a rich chocolate, a good amount of cocoa-y-ness too it, wood smoke, and sherry again, the burn from the bourbon barrels is quite smooth. Just a wonderful beer.

F: Light-Medium body, slightly dry.

O: I have been after this beer since I became a craft drinker and hands down the best I've ever had.

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

A-Thick luscious moka head on top of a dark coffee coloured brew
S-So many layers of wonderful aromas, I get coffee, caramel and toffee mostly. Outrageous bourbon notes!
M-Medium body with a medium to high carbonation that is very slightly peppery and helps cleans the palate after each sampling
T-Sweet and peppery upfront with a peppery alcoholic wave before a coffee flavoured bitterness takes over and lingers for a while along with caramel and toffee on the tongue and surrounding areas
O-What a fantastic beer. Crafted to the height of excellence. This drinks like the finest scotch/bourbon available.

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Photo of egregor35
4.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed in snifter at Founders Taproom 3/23/2017
Look: Jet Black body, thin brown head
Smell: Cocoa, coffee, notes of smoke, dark fruit, bourbon
Taste: Bourbon immediate, fading into a cocoa, vanilla-like sweetness. Excellent contrast with perfect balance
Feel: Smooth, velvety mouthfeel. Absolutely decadent.
Overall: Tremendous beer, tremendous brewing institution. An absolute pleasure and my favorite in the style.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

355ml bottle, 11.9% abv. "best by: 20.12.2017", enjoyed on mar 22 '17. toasted coconut, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, fresh coffee. subtle roast flavour. wow. sweet and a bit hot, but unbelievably delicious. every flavour meshes together perfectly, and none overpowers the other. the bourbon flavours tend to open up more as the beer warms. mouthfeel is a little on the lighter side, but is still rather fitting i find. a phenomenal beer -- believe the hype!

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Photo of ludachris
4.37/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

It pours cola brown out of the bottle but is black in the glass. A frothy coffee brown head quickly moves to the edges. Sheets of alcohol coat the sides of the glass after a few swirls.

Deeply rich and roasted coffee grinds and loafy dark, spicy bread start things off in a big way. Sweet booze and dark chocolate combine to give off a soft impression of cake icing. This gradually unravels as it warms. Sticky raisins and dates are close to its core. A bit of vanilla and oak are underneath. The bourbon comes through very slowly and melds into the rest of the flavors as opposed to standing out on its own.

Softy and chewy oak and vanilla coat the palate. From there, everything happens. Rich and rounded coffee grinds and dark chocolate are dominant. Raisins and dates continue its sweetness into the finish which closes a bit dry, roasty and with a boozy bourbon note. Vanilla beans and fluffy oak have the last word.

The combination of wheat, oats, and an extensive aging process in bourbon barrels gives off a remarkably velvety, silky, chewy texture. It's full, satisfying, and decadent.

This is a wonderfully balanced and rounded RIS. Its high ABV is hidden behind its silky, fluffy decadence and feel. The barrel aging comes through in its texture and its balance more so than in its aroma and flavor. I really was expecting more bourbon character but I'm more than happy with what I've got in front of me.

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Photo of TFB5
4.77/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2017 KBS is another winner. It seems to be a bit more coffee forward than chocolate. As a result it seems to be more bitter, but I really like it this way.

If there is a negative, it's that it is very hard to get, but it's definitely worth $6 bottle.

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Photo of Ginger-tipple
4.82/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I would eat breakfast 3 times a day, just for an excuse to drink it. Difficult to find in Belgium.
Could not find anything really to criticize, except that the bottle is too small.

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

Served in a bottle at The Ark (proper glass not available).

KBS is indeed a different take on this style: yes, lots of coffee & chocolate, but the key is in the balance between these ingredients and in the beer overall. And not a trace of booziness.

Wasn't expecting to find this beer so easily. What a treat to finally have one!

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

Smells of Bourbon slight vanilla,mostly charred taste with slight coffee,bourbon and vanilla.I know its hard to find and can cost a pretty penny,but a friend and I scored an entire case and an additional 3 four packs so now we have a ton to sit on cause it does get better with age.Compared a '16 and '17 and much much prefer with a year on it vs fresh.

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

The hype craze of obtaining this beer and the smooth barrel bourbon chocolate coffee coconut flavor this beer carries along with its aging in an underground cave makes this beer one of a kind. I swear obtaining it felt like negotiating with the mob, never is there such a badass of a beer. Better than breakfast stout and better than any barrel aged stout. Only beer of similar caliber is Dragon's Milk but obtaining Dragon's Milk is just too damn easy...what makes this beer special is the journey that goes with capturing it. It's basically liquid gold! Cheers Founders!

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

Im am lucky enough to have KBS find its way to two spots in my little AZ town at least once a year. At $39.99 a 4 pk you might think twice, but dont. This is an amazing stout rich and full of bourbon and coffee. Pour black with a beautiful tan head that slowly fades to the BA. If you run across this, grab it

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

One of the best and super smooth, but has some kick. Deep roasted coffee and a caramel and vanilla dance on the palate. If you happen to see it don't blink and don't think just tackle it an drink it.

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Photo of puck1225
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Snagged a last four pack of the 2016 brew during Christmas break in PA. Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Rich dark brown color with a thin light brown head and beautiful lacing. Coffee smell with sweet berries. The taste is very strong dark chocolate and coffee with a nice spicy sweetness. Had it with Canadian bacon and eggs and enjoyed it all!

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.44/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color with a rather small dirty-brown head.

Smell is really smooth. Coffee, chocolate and vanilla, but more balanced than overwhelming.

Where other beers go bold, this goes for balance. Perfect combination of coffee beans, vanilla, and some slight notes of toffee.

Smooth. This is deceptive drinkable with light medium body and low carbonation. Perfection.

Excellent. This is one of those beers I have a hard time seeing anyone not enjoying.

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

2017 edition from the tap at the New Albanian (Rich O's) Public House, poured thick, black, and smooth, with only a thin ring of head. The mouthfeel matched the look—smoothly coating my tongue and lingering as each of the individual taste characteristics revealed itself.

The strength of this beer is its seeming simplicity and blend of the tastes that everyone notes. The vanilla, the oak, and the expected characteristics of an imperial stout are so nicely presented that it is easy to see why this beer is so highly-regarded and sought-out.

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

Poured from 0,33 l bottle into goblet.
L: Very dark brown (near black) with a weak foam head.
S: Cocoa beans, caramel.
T: Chocolate, vanilla.
F: Very tight, low carbonated.
O: Not in this style of beer but very impressed from this one.

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Photo of AndrewP17
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: very dark with a small tan head
S: big scents of bourbon and oak, slight hint of chocolate and vanilla, I didn't get the coffee like most
T: big bourbon flavor, this is where the coffee crept in along with undertones of chocolate and vanilla
F: one of the best stout feels you can think of
Overall: big beer in single serving bottles

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Photo of Narkee
4.21/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The bourbon was very strong upfront, it was then pleasantly balanced by some cocoa and roastiness which would have been nice to finish here but then the bourbon came back with a vengeance which threw it out a bit. It was balanced, but wasn't, if that makes sense. Perhaps it could do with some time.

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Photo of Bum4ever
4.94/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Pitch black with a one inch dark tan head.
S: Bourbon, like burnt oak, chocolate and coffee
T: Perfect balance of bourbon and oak and coffee and chocolate w/ a hint of vanilla
F: Thick full-bodied feel.
O:Been a big fan of Breakfast Stout for a while and this is my first try of KBS. It is amazing, like the most perfect bourbon aged stout. Bourbon does not over power but is very present, all other flavors still come through. Lived up to its rep.

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Photo of spursfaninla
4.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have been looking, and waiting, for this damn beer. Did not disappoint.

Best bourbon aged stout I have had. The bite comes with the first swig or two, but quickly subsides, and this is a STRONG 12+% beer. Bourbon weights in, continues throughtout, but does not overpower, which is appreciated.

Smell could be stronger. Otherwise near perfect.

Up there with best imperial stouts . Bottled, draft, all of them.

MOST drinkable ever.

Paid 6 a bottle for 4 pack and worth every penny. Subtle flavors for an imperial, but I liked that.

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Photo of JakeScully
4.93/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Slightly superior to Founders breakfast stout which is already exceptional. Worth every pennies I spent to find it in Europe. Awesome beer... Cheers!

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This has been reviewed so many times and I ain't gonna improve on any reviews other than to say, this stuff is freekin' great and I grab it when it comes out and ever celler some of it.

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