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 colbster92
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pburns5
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of GormBrewhouse
3.92/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2017 bottle, pours dark brown/black, smells mostly of bourbon some malt, tastes mostly like bourbon, feels thick with some bourbon burn. Overall a good beer but more of a bourbon beer, many others available these days that offer more.

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Photo of Juggerr
4.19/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jleavitt08
4.54/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mikec1115
4.88/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L- Poured from a bottle. Dark black with a 1 finger brown head that quickly dissipated. I knocked it a little because I prefer a head that sticks around longer.
S- Starts with a dark chocolate then erupts with the whisky, raisin, figs.
T- WOW... taste follows aroma with the chocolate starting the parade followed by coffee, whiskey, raisin, figs, vanilla. Every taste compliments the others, wonderful blend. Evermost slight bitterness but no discernible hops. Perfectly blended. One notch below great sex.
F- Very thick as it should be.
O - Founders always knocks it out of the park with KBS. I tried to clone it once and it was the most expensive brew I've ever made. Paid $22 for a 4 pack and it is a deal. Expensive but so worth it.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
4.99/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L- Dark, dark brown. Almost black. Looks like oil. Nice two finger brown foamy head.
S- Beautifully mixed between Coffee, molasses, woody-oak, and bourbon aromas. Extremely complex.
T- Even better than the aroma, in my opinion. The sweetness of whiskey is present along with the sweetness of vanilla and dark chocolate, there is also a strong presence of oak combined with the bitterness of roasted flavor of dark coffee beans. Extremely tasty.
F- Little carbonation, thick and heavy. Exactly what you'd think.
O- Wonderfully crafted. Exceptionally complex. This beer is art, and this beer is the best beer I have ever had. Hands down. I honestly don't know what else to say.
Good job Founders!

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Photo of Nugget40
4.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dadthew
4/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of prost2hefeweizen
4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MJ64
4.49/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

2017 release poured into a Teku glass. Consumed on 04/23/17.
Look: Pours like crude oil and is pitch black. Has a brown head that is stubborn to form from being such a massive beer.
Smell: Coffee, wood, chocolate, bourbon, light alcohol that's subdued under the rest of the aromas.
Taste: Bourbon comes through first and foremost, but dances with the coffee, chocolate, wood, and vanilla notes in perfect harmony.
Feel: Very little CO2 as you'd expect. The beer is chewy but not syrupy.
Overall: I love dark beers way more than should be appropriate for someone born and raised in San Diego, and I really fell in love with this beer. It lives up to the hype and if you're a dark beer lover like me or enjoy barrel-aged beers, this is a must-try and perhaps the quintessential bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout.

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Photo of Jacobus79
4.98/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of NoVAMilitia
4.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opaque, dark color, lighter head than I expected hence the 3.5.
Coffee/Smokey smell with a hint of subtle burnt strong coffee. 4.
Bourbon pulls through at end of taste--especially when temp is ~50 degrees F. Flavors at 39 degrees (temp of my fridge) are not as organized. Coffee is definitely there. 4.5
The mouthfeel is small bubbles, much smoother than other 11% ABC beers. 5
Excelled beer. Special occasion that a buddy gifted me two bottles to try. The only other time I tasted KBS was at the Three Penny in Montpelier, VT. 5

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

I have searched long & hard for this one, & I have FINALLY found some! On to the review...
2017 release out of a 750ml bomber.
A: Jet black with a small dark tan head that sticks around nicely.
S: Wonderful stout aroma, almost... Guinness Forgein Extra Stout like! With a hint of bourbon & vanilla in there.
T: Oh baby! Initially follows the nose, but opening up to more barrel flavors of vanilla, honey, & amaretto! VERY faint alcohol on the tail end, but nothing like it should be for a 11.8% brew, it masks it well!
M: Finishes slightly sweet with a tingling of carbonation on the tongue. Perfect for a beer like this!
O: Ok, now I see what all the fuss is about. This beer is without a doubt the best BBA beer I have EVER had. In my top beers of all time in fact! Seek this out & try it if you have not yet, it is well worth it.

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

This 12 oz bottle is from the 2017 release and so fairly fresh.

The dark dark brown, almost black, liquid pours out into a snifter glass with 1/2” dark tan head that slowly but visibly recedes to a thin film over part of the liquid and leaves a partial ring-like band of lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates some arches, patches and small legs of lacing, some of which cling as other slide back down to the tiny ring of foam around the glass.

The aromas are first noticeable when the bottle is opened. In the glass they remind of Bourbon, but also include some coffee, chocolate, a hint of vanilla, and some touches of oak from the barrels. While bourbon is there it is very well integrated with with the other aromas and almost hard to sort out from the other aromas.

The flavors are also a very complex and well integrated package that is noticeably Bourbon-like but includes the coffee with chocolate, a bit of dark bread, some sweetness, some vanilla both as part of the Bourbon flavor profile but also from the oak since there are also a few woody notes from the oak way in the background. The alcohol is well concealed.

The mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy smooth with some light, fairly persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the complex flavor profile begins to fade to away, allowing a bit of warmth/bite from the alcohol to emerge in the back of the palate along with some coffee like bitterness mingled with some noticeable but very light Bourbon character which seems to persist in the back of the palate a very long time, even after the bitterness is gone.

This is absolutely a well made beer and is well worth having again. I expect I’ll be doing so since I’m not convinced I’ve unraveled all that is intertwingled in the flavor profile. That said, KBS is also a one a night sipping beer, both because of the high ABV and because of the challenging complexity of the aromas and flavor. BTW, this beer is fairly temperature sensitive in that when still chilled the aromas and flavors seem to be all about the Bourbon. But once it warms…. The beer definitely lives up to its reputation and is worth trying at least once. In some ways I think I enjoy the KBS more than I did the BCBS from Goose Island. But then it’s also likely my palate has matured a lot since I had my first 4 pack of BCBS.

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

Photo of OregonGrown7
4.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of wattie83
4.9/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dontknojack
4.41/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of B33rcules
4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Pours opaque brown with a thikn head dissapating to an espresso like foam around the edges. Smells of oak and bourbon with a hint of alcohol combing through. The taste is unparalleled layers of flavor. Starts with the oak/burbon on top. With creamy coffee chocolate following. Feels as creamy as it tastes. Overall I feel it lives up to the hype. I was lucky enough to score a case of this and didn't hesitate for a moment at the high price; after getting only one of the 2016 release.

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Photo of gbw5009
4.93/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
4.56 out of 5 based on 12,464 ratings.
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