KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) | Founders Brewing Company

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KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)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): 12.30%

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

Now labeled as "KBS."

ABV varies by batch.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-13-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31
Reviews:
3,348
Ratings:
13,168
pDev:
8.48%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 13,168 |  Reviews: 3,348
Photo of Hopzilla_MN
4.14/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eddie729
4.83/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First off, in addition to beer, I love bourbon and scotch. This beer is an absolute symphony of all the right notes ; chocolate, coffee and bourbon. Music for my taste buds. A great way to start to the day... :)

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Photo of FIN
4.9/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Ryan4120
4.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

2018 Release:
L - Deep, opaque black with a dark tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly but leaves behind a decent amount of lacing behind.
S - Bittersweet chocolate and coffee on the nose along with a decent amount of malt and hints of bourbon. The smell is good but it's not strong at all.
T - Tons of bittersweet chocolate and bitter coffee throughout followed quickly behind with bourbon and oak. The bourbon leaves slight warming alcohol notes on the back end. Vanilla and nuttiness are intermixed throughout as well along with a roasted, malt backbone to tie it all together.
F - Medium to full bodied but leaning more toward the medium side of things with a light amount of carbonation. Silky smooth, but syrupy at the same time. Personally, for such robust flavors, I think the feel could be much fuller.
O - This is a hell of a bourbon stout with rich complexity that definitely lives up to the hype, but that said I do think there might be better or at the very least equal bourbon imperial stouts out there. The only weak points of this beer are the smell which could be stronger in my opinion and the feel could be fuller. Otherwise, a fantastic stout.

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Photo of Mdip2142
4.25/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Coltron23
4.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's alive!!! This 2018 beast pours medium thick the whole time, coming up with a giant 3 finger, bubbling head out of the 12 oz bottle. The smell is like a boozy log cabin! That's a trip I want to be on. Those barrels and their distinct liquor taste and flavor have mightily seeped into these beers. It's everything one desires in a big ass stout - it's nutty, creamy, robustly dark with coffee, chocolate... A velvet smooth nectar from Jesus. This 12.3% mofo deserves the title it holds and the reputation is merited. Cheers.

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Photo of Bstoeckel
4.24/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MachWon
4.44/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been chasing this for years and finally able to snag a couple this season. Now I understand why this is so heavily coveted.
I'm not a bourbon/whiskey/most bba beer's fan, but this has just the right amount of those notes to me. So many rich flavors going on and very well balanced.

I proudly salute Founders for creating such an exceptional beer!!

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Photo of Abstractspirit
4.31/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ahp5026
3.08/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mjw2808
4.2/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mattpodos
4.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrIPA21
4.66/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChipChaight
4.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Whole Foods on the UWS, NYC.
Pours black with dark tan frothy head, mild lacing, and hints of alcohol fingers, smells like boozy mulch/wood, molasses, cocoa powder, booze filled chocolate candy (Mon Cheri) , hints of fudge, burnt vanilla, and coffee, taste is sweet dark chocolate up front that transitions into mild black drip coffee bitterness and then it finishes with super dry and lightly bitter and very woody bourbon that lingers, this beer is medium to full bodied. Like licking the inside of the barrel after it was emptied of beer.

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Photo of entenduintransit
4.98/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of sashmont
4.98/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of cyber_phoenix
4.61/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of stucat
4.58/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of djames
4.01/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a review of the 2018 offering: A lot more bite and chocolate/coffee bitterness than what I remember. The hallmark of this beer has been the velvety smoothness and aged depth. That’s missing a bit to me. Still a great stout, but not the undisputed king status it once held. If I get me hands on another one, I will let it age for a while.

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Photo of Ktyler1137
4.49/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cwarwick812
4.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Purp1eOne
4.27/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SirNicholas33
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of BEERdedCharmer
4.49/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 13,168 ratings