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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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12,828 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:
12,828
pDev:
8.46%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4,520
Gots:
6,769
Trade:
524
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Ratings: 12,828 |  Reviews: 3,258
Photo of Beerman811
4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AndrewCataldo23
4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of atomicnemesis
4.18/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcotom
4.62/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Did you ever have one of those liqueur-filled dark chocolate candies? This is like that, only with charred espresso bean-flavored dark chocolate. Bottle date 02/21/17, poured into a glass goblet. This is, dare I say it, the color of a buckeye: deep, dark brown body, with an aggressive pour yielding a thick three-finger dark tan head. Big aromas and flavors of dark roasted malt, espresso bean, dark chocolate, and bourbon, with a little tart black cherry in the background. A little sweet, a little hot, and incredibly smooth, with no harsh bitter edge at all. Finish is quite dry for such a "heavy" beer, with just a hint of oaky astringence. World class in every respect, and well worth waiting in line for.

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Photo of tnelson1
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of BJB13
4.64/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2017 release.

I have been drinking these since April. I have had 12 oz. bottles, draft pours and did manage to get a 32 oz. growler back in May. From memory and notes I would definitely say this one was best fresh as some of the flavors have diminished slightly.

The oily near black body hasn't changed, nor has the thin swirling two tone mocha head. It still has visible legs of alcohol and leaves spots of lace on the side of the snifter.

The robust nose is still excellent, the chocolate now overpowers the bourbon and coffee and the oak seems to have disappeared. The alcohol is nearly absent.

The taste follows suit, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, and oak barrel flavors harmonize. The flavors have tailed off a little and aren't quite as synergistic as they once were but are still very balanced. The alcohol combines with the caramel malt to add a nice leaf tobacco burn. Full bodied and creamy this goes down almost too easy for an 11.8% Imperial Stout.

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Photo of Lonewolfwmv
4.38/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beeragent
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Grovejr20
4.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Burghman
4.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dirk_Chappelle
4.14/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lcoblentz
4.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

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

Photo of DupaJas
4.65/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Bajdog
4.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of abjones22
4.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of drmeto
4.65/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L:
-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a small to medium,foamy,khaki head
S:
-vanilla,coconut,brown sugar,syrupy,light smoke,oats,raisins,cognac
T:
-sweet,nougat,milk chocolate,cappuccino,toast,licorice,earthy,caramel,raisins,figs,vanilla
F:
-medium,soft carbonation
-medium to full body
-noticeable alcohol
O:
A fantastic, complex BA Imperial Stout.
It's a bit too sweet for me, which keeps it from a perfect score.

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Photo of southsidejoe8089
4.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Boldbrew
4.59/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jltrovil
4.16/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chris1907
4.98/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Damn! Best beer I've ever had, no doubt. Can hardly wait for April!!!

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

As delicious as it comes!

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Photo of Zythophile
4.47/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date: 2017
Palate Contaminants: other beer

The look is a down-the-middle dark brown with a very small amount of fine head.

The smell is dark malt and freshly ground coffee, very freshly ground. There's as much depth to that as anything I've had, not bitter at all. I get some desiccated fruit, as well, mostly non-sweet dates. Concentrated vanilla starts to show up as it warms.

The taste (for me) is raw cookie dough in the base. Some of the flavors (coffee and vanilla, namely) I often get in a brew, but there's a level of savoriness that I haven't run across before for those flavors. It has plenty of coffee, but there's also a slightly lactic sweetness. I keep getting close to saying bitter cocoa, but it keeps splintering into separate things, meaning I can never really pinpoint some sort of chocolate. Vanilla extract pervades the taste, and the level is very even throughout. I do get a little alcohol heat, but that's only because I was really paying attention to my first ever bottle. The only bitterness is on the back end, and it's slight.

The sweetness is lacking in the aftertaste, but there's lots of savory coffee left. It's very smooth with foamy carbonation, but I can get a little prickliness out of it.

As Darth Vader said, "Impressive. Most Impressive."

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.61 out of 5 with 12,828 ratings
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