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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)
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12,837 Ratings
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:
3,258
Ratings:
12,837
pDev:
8.46%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4,521
Gots:
6,781
Trade:
524
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Ratings: 12,837 |  Reviews: 3,258
Photo of Shaneb818
4.78/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ashes857
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Snowcrash000
4.64/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep black coloration with a medium, creamy head shifting in color from dark brown to beige. Smells intensely of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and a hint of bourbon. Taste follows the nose, with amazing coffee, chocolate and vanilla flavours, complemented incredibly nicely by a subtle bourbon note. This is without a doubt the second best stout I've ever had. It's got an incredibly smooth and creamy full-bodyness to it, with really intense and well-balanced flavors. Even though this has almost 12% ABV, the slight boozyness is such a wonderful shade of bourbon that it doesn't feel unpleasant at all. Fantastic stuff.

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Photo of andajnow1987
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nothing to say other than I would rate this 110% out of 100% if I could, and stop reading my review and get this beer!!!

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Photo of tiptop
4.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bufante
4.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Synesthesia
4.83/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

KBS is a top tier stout that lives up to the hype. It has a strong bourbon flavor that perfectly compliments the chocolate and coffee. This is an incredibly comforting beer. The booziness of the bourbon is warming without being overpowering. In every sip, KBS feels smooth and creamy with just enough carbonation. Despite the price, it's worth picking this one up at every opportunity.

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Photo of amesetz
4.93/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dooleymon
4.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ian_osu
4.64/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, but hard to find here in Ohio. Impressive in appearance and smell, but a bit boozy in taste.

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.77/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another beer acquired in Ontario transported in luggage to Alberta. If only had more room! Pours a thick oily black with minimal head, aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, hint of vanilla. Tastes of smooth coffee, chocolate with faint licorice, cherry and warming booziness. Caramel malt comes out as warms slightly. So smooth with amazing clinging mouth feel. Lives up to the hype!

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Photo of SHODriver
4.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2016 edition

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep black topped by a finger and a half of dense dark tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass leaving minimal lacing
S: Smells of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts with a little caramel, vanilla and oak on the back end.
T: Taste is coffee up front followed by some bitter dark chocolate and roasted malts with a little charred wood. hint of burnt sugars as well. Good oak, caramel and vanilla with some slight sweetness. Swallow is more chocolate and coffee with some lingering barrel with more caramel and light vanilla.
M: This is a full bodied beer with a silky smooth and slightly creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is light but adequate and the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this beer is outstanding. The 11% ABV makes it a very drinkable beer. It has good flavors and great complexity which makes it a joy to drink. This is one worth seeking out.

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Photo of JOSHRINARD
4.3/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Goofster
4.28/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dan_K
4.31/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of goalie35
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LA_Hue24
4.58/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: the mere presence of a bottle in my vicinity gave me a chubby, holding it in my hand made me jizz. And drinking all 4 bottles made me puke.

Pours an obsidian like waterfall. Sits pitch black in the glass white a khaki ( light beige) head that leaves evidence of its presence in the glass and never fully dissipates
A: smells like breakfast, coffee, pancakes with syrup but not too much.
T: the taste follows the nose, coffee right up front bold astringency followed by light sweetness.
M: one of my favorite B.A stouts to drink. Double digit ABV yet easy to drink and very thick silky feel.
O: KBS is a staple of a good BA Breakfast Stout

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Photo of SargeMcCluck
4.73/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours like oil. The head is moderate, quick-subsiding khaki with minimal lacing. Major props to the fact that this appears to warp surrounding spacetime with its utter black-ness. Also note: I didn't have to consult some yogi in the astral plane to acquire this beer as some below apparently did - this review is not coloured by 'wanting' to like it.

Aroma is coffee oils, baker's chocolate, and browned butter. Palette is deep, complex sweetness, recalling sticky toffee pudding with boozy raisins. The bourbon is mild, lending some rubber-ish heat that joins the bitter coffee to tame the decadence. Throaty heat increases as things settle.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but slightly thinner and more effervescent than what would be optimal for the taste. More lacing might help out here.

Overall, not as complex as some of the other big names, but that's not what it's aiming for. Founders succeeds at delivering cohesive, uncompromising, character-forward brews, and this is the pinnacle of just that.

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Photo of Glorithm
4.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jrutherford87
4.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of J-loCBH78
4.63/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IBUBrew
4.46/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kchuskerz
4.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Cn0te11
4.73/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of adipilla8708
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.61 out of 5 with 12,837 ratings
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