Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) | Founders Brewing Company

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)
BA SCORE
97.7%
Liked This Beer
4.55 w/ 12,677 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:
#27
Reviews:
3,241
Ratings:
12,677
Liked:
12,385
Avg:
4.55/5
pDev:
8.57%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
4,501
Gots:
6,686
Trade:
522
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of aclockworkchris
4.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dubbschism
4.68/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

First ever review. I picked up a four pack of the 2017 vintage back in June and this is my third time having this.

Look: Violent pour into a 16oz tulip produces a one-finger khaki head that sticks around for a minute or so. Color is black as the night, slight bubbles rising to the top.

Smell: Vanilla, bourbon, faint coffee.

Taste: Smooth chocolate and coffee up front, booze and oak on the end. Coffee lingers, especially as it warms up. A gorgeous melange of decadent flavors that makes this style so appealing to me.

Feel: This is where the 2017 loses points - it is too carbonated for me, with an effervescence that is distracting. However it is still thick and coats the tongue, though not as viscous as I'd like it to be on account of the bubbles.

Overall: I prefer the prior vintages of this that I've been fortunate enough to have (2015 and 2016) but it is still a premium BA stout. It's always nice to walk into a packy or gas station and be surprised to find this is available (though it doesn't happen very often!) - there is definitely something to be said in favor of widespread distribution, from time to time. Will be aging my last bottle for at least a couple years.

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Photo of LeeeMare
4.02/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of osseo222000
4.48/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChrisG523
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ksimons
4.56/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2017 Release
A-inky black with a thin layer of dark tan head that leaves a ring around the edge

S-lots of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and a small amount of roasted coffee

T-taste is similar to the smell with lots of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and roasted coffee

M-medium to full body and moderate carbonation

Overall an amazing imperial stout, lots of great chocolate and bourbon flavors, really world class

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Photo of billydrinksbeer
3.85/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucular
4.08/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Lures Bar & Grille. Decent but not overwhelming flavors of chocolate, coffee, and bourbon. Surprisingly thin. Definitely did not live up to the hype; I'll need to try from the bottle some time because the BA I was with said it was much less impressive on tap than from the bottle.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.22/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It pours pitch black with a chocolate-milk-hued head that lasts only a few seconds. The aroma is of coffee and chocolate with only the tiniest hint of bourbon. The taste is of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, and of vanilla coming off the bourbon. Very complex and chewable. 

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Photo of Jlee0810
4.3/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Samact
4.48/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of parpalapelix
4.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DannyBaldoni
4.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of vheissu15
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of SBPooker
4.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of thetravelguy01
4.48/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rye-ot
4.78/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of wreckless76
4.99/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of DuncanBishop24
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of archiebunkerjr
4.33/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Allthingsbeer510
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jimlikesbeer
4.16/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very nice! Full flavor. Dark brown head. Smell of oak with hint of bourbon. Not sure it's a breakfast beer though as the name might suggest. More of a night cap. Definitely taste the 11.8% ABV.

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Photo of neurobate
4.24/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Amb3do
4.93/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of PlinyMeNow
4.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I live in LA and for months I've been trying to track down a bottle of this. Well, I couldn't believe my eyes when I stumbled across a 2016 release at a craft beer store on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil! It cost the equivalent of $17 for one 12-oz shorty, but I couldn't pass it up.
Poured jet black, viscous, into a small glass, yielding a small tan head without much retention. The aroma is of roasted espresso beans as well as some more raw and assertive wet coffee grinds, warm dried fruits such as raisins and dates, bitter dark chocolate, cinnamon, burnt caramel and other roasted and toasted dark malts, some booze, oak. Not the most aromatic stout I've had, but inviting nonetheless. Taste is of all of the above, with the roasted espresso and the bittersweet toasted caramel malts dominating, with bitter chocolate and some barrel character and booze. Thick and resinous body, mouth coating, some alcohol burn present, with a long finish that it is a bit bitter, mainly from the malts.
Comparing similar-ABV imperial stouts, I'd say this is slightly better than AleSmith Speedway Stout in its complexity, but I'd put the 16%-ABV Avery Tweak on a bit higher level. Still, this is incredibly well crafted.

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Beer rating: 97.7% out of 100 with 12,677 ratings
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