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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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:
#25
Reviews:
3,262
Ratings:
12,884
pDev:
8.46%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4,528
Gots:
6,819
Trade:
523
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Ratings: 12,884 |  Reviews: 3,262
Photo of Mr_Moe
4.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 version / 2014 Version

jet black, looks amazing!

Smells like Bourboun, some coffee in there and chocolate(as well as spices and berries)

You really taste the Bourboun barrels, some bitterness from the beer, burnt coffee and I'd say some vanilla. I love bourbon but it really over powered this beer.

Mild mouth feel for a stout, a little too thin for my taste.

Slightly let down.

End of 15 review.

Aged 1 year do not recall when it was bottled but boy it was so much more amazing.

Smells perfect, this time I could taste the complexity of this beer and the many flavors, I absolutely recommend you age your KBS and let this bad boy mellow out to produce an amazing beer.

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Photo of FyreStorm
4.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Chris33
4.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dan3320
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of JimmyShaker1
4.88/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Hophazzard
4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly balanced beer. Definitely lives up to the hype. A world class stout.

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Photo of Cdog2cool4u
4.31/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bcamilleri
4.92/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of The_Dude_710
4.59/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of hopflyer
4.31/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Revisited 2017 version...completely Different from my 2015 version. Drank this one fresh. Bourbon much more subdued but adequately there. Chocolate forward with coffee and light bitterness background. Barrel carries a smooth vanilla flavor.

Feel is still quite thin but little in way of lingering bitterness. A touch of booze heat.

Glad I gave this another shot.

2015 version bottled 3/5/15. Consumed 12/5/15.

Pours jet black, no highlights even when held up to light. Head is one finger, light tan. Retains a thin ring and sparse film on top. Looks really good.

Nose is mostly bourbon whiskey. Not in your face, but that is the smell. Not picking up much coffee, chocolate. If anything, there's faint light roast coffee. Where's the chocolate?

Taste again is whiskey forward all the way. There is a touch of coffee but everything else is dominated the whiskey. Some bitterness, which is expected with 70 IBUs. Bourbon retreats a little as it warms, but only opens up to bitterness instead of char, wood, or chocolate. Some vanilla arrives late.

Feel is just medium body and carb is sufficient and not overdone. Surprised and let down that this isn't heavier. Lingering bitterness, maybe too much, and some boozy heat.

I gotta say I'm pretty disappointed. I chased this each year and struck out. Got one bottle this past year. This doesn't have much depth beyond the bourbon. Doesn't even carry a whole lot of oak, wood from the barrel and I'm really not picking up any of the chocolate. Yes there is coffee and bitterness, but for something sought after be so many, I would think this had something special. It doesn't! Nonetheless, it's a decent BBA Coffee stout, but not worthy of such high marks.

Revisited 2017 version...completely

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Notes from black party. Draft

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4.74/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of robc3366
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of NickT1133
4.44/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DerekE4750
4.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fellysmarts
4.89/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of samreynolds
4/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mcjeff42
4.74/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TimG_0913
3.79/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Too hot for me.

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4.19/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.61 out of 5 with 12,884 ratings
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