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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Reviews: 3,092 | Ratings: 12,167
Photo of breakingbland
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served in a bottle at The Ark (proper glass not available).

KBS is indeed a different take on this style: yes, lots of coffee & chocolate, but the key is in the balance between these ingredients and in the beer overall. And not a trace of booziness.

Wasn't expecting to find this beer so easily. What a treat to finally have one!

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Photo of Etrillion
4.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smells of Bourbon slight vanilla,mostly charred taste with slight coffee,bourbon and vanilla.I know its hard to find and can cost a pretty penny,but a friend and I scored an entire case and an additional 3 four packs so now we have a ton to sit on cause it does get better with age.Compared a '16 and '17 and much much prefer with a year on it vs fresh.

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

The hype craze of obtaining this beer and the smooth barrel bourbon chocolate coffee coconut flavor this beer carries along with its aging in an underground cave makes this beer one of a kind. I swear obtaining it felt like negotiating with the mob, never is there such a badass of a beer. Better than breakfast stout and better than any barrel aged stout. Only beer of similar caliber is Dragon's Milk but obtaining Dragon's Milk is just too damn easy...what makes this beer special is the journey that goes with capturing it. It's basically liquid gold! Cheers Founders!

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

Im am lucky enough to have KBS find its way to two spots in my little AZ town at least once a year. At $39.99 a 4 pk you might think twice, but dont. This is an amazing stout rich and full of bourbon and coffee. Pour black with a beautiful tan head that slowly fades to the BA. If you run across this, grab it

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Photo of Dabucadog
4.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best and super smooth, but has some kick. Deep roasted coffee and a caramel and vanilla dance on the palate. If you happen to see it don't blink and don't think just tackle it an drink it.

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Photo of puck1225
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Snagged a last four pack of the 2016 brew during Christmas break in PA. Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Rich dark brown color with a thin light brown head and beautiful lacing. Coffee smell with sweet berries. The taste is very strong dark chocolate and coffee with a nice spicy sweetness. Had it with Canadian bacon and eggs and enjoyed it all!

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.44/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color with a rather small dirty-brown head.

Smell is really smooth. Coffee, chocolate and vanilla, but more balanced than overwhelming.

Where other beers go bold, this goes for balance. Perfect combination of coffee beans, vanilla, and some slight notes of toffee.

Smooth. This is deceptive drinkable with light medium body and low carbonation. Perfection.

Excellent. This is one of those beers I have a hard time seeing anyone not enjoying.

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Photo of JiminKY
4.73/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2017 edition from the tap at the New Albanian (Rich O's) Public House, poured thick, black, and smooth, with only a thin ring of head. The mouthfeel matched the look—smoothly coating my tongue and lingering as each of the individual taste characteristics revealed itself.

The strength of this beer is its seeming simplicity and blend of the tastes that everyone notes. The vanilla, the oak, and the expected characteristics of an imperial stout are so nicely presented that it is easy to see why this beer is so highly-regarded and sought-out.

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Photo of Dzu
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 0,33 l bottle into goblet.
L: Very dark brown (near black) with a weak foam head.
S: Cocoa beans, caramel.
T: Chocolate, vanilla.
F: Very tight, low carbonated.
O: Not in this style of beer but very impressed from this one.

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Photo of AndrewP17
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: very dark with a small tan head
S: big scents of bourbon and oak, slight hint of chocolate and vanilla, I didn't get the coffee like most
T: big bourbon flavor, this is where the coffee crept in along with undertones of chocolate and vanilla
F: one of the best stout feels you can think of
Overall: big beer in single serving bottles

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Photo of Narkee
4.21/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The bourbon was very strong upfront, it was then pleasantly balanced by some cocoa and roastiness which would have been nice to finish here but then the bourbon came back with a vengeance which threw it out a bit. It was balanced, but wasn't, if that makes sense. Perhaps it could do with some time.

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Photo of Bum4ever
4.94/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Pitch black with a one inch dark tan head.
S: Bourbon, like burnt oak, chocolate and coffee
T: Perfect balance of bourbon and oak and coffee and chocolate w/ a hint of vanilla
F: Thick full-bodied feel.
O:Been a big fan of Breakfast Stout for a while and this is my first try of KBS. It is amazing, like the most perfect bourbon aged stout. Bourbon does not over power but is very present, all other flavors still come through. Lived up to its rep.

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Photo of spursfaninla
4.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have been looking, and waiting, for this damn beer. Did not disappoint.

Best bourbon aged stout I have had. The bite comes with the first swig or two, but quickly subsides, and this is a STRONG 12+% beer. Bourbon weights in, continues throughtout, but does not overpower, which is appreciated.

Smell could be stronger. Otherwise near perfect.

Up there with best imperial stouts . Bottled, draft, all of them.

MOST drinkable ever.

Paid 6 a bottle for 4 pack and worth every penny. Subtle flavors for an imperial, but I liked that.

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

Slightly superior to Founders breakfast stout which is already exceptional. Worth every pennies I spent to find it in Europe. Awesome beer... Cheers!

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This has been reviewed so many times and I ain't gonna improve on any reviews other than to say, this stuff is freekin' great and I grab it when it comes out and ever celler some of it.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this a few months back, but finally reviewing.

This needs some age, and I didn't get much barrel which may come with proper aging. Good overall, but this was my first time having this in awhile, and I was hoping for more.. Again with some age this will be great.

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Photo of goWhite89
4.57/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best bourbon barrel stouts you can have. The hints of coffee, chocolate, and bourbon are consistent, yet different from year to year, varying in from a strong coffee flavor, to a rich vanilla flavor. Holding this up to light allows nothing to pass through, and it's smell is an intoxicating coffee bean roasting, dark chocolate, bourbon distillery tri-fecta. 10/10 would drink before 10am.

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

One of the first simply smooth as silk bourbon barrel stouts I've enjoyed. New to the analysis of rating and putting down my thoughts but I'd thought I would start here. I'm on a mission this March for more! Love Founders

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

355ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Completely pitch black in color with one finger of loose tan head that stays for a while before collapsing to some long-lasting bubble sheet on the surface and leaving behind some spotty and patchy lace on the glass-side, it is quite sticky at time.

Coffee, chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, oaky bourbon, roasted profile, licorice, burnt wood, charred nuttiness, some smoke, dark bread, and some earthy hop, all of these scents are delicately presented in a nose. The aroma is more open when the beer starts to warm with a strong presence of creamy chocolate, black coffee, and spicy bourbon.

The taste is malty sweet at first upon initial contact through the tasted buds, however, it won’t last for long as the bourbon character bursting with its vanilla, oaky, and spicy note. Then it is roasted and chocolate malt profile with notes of coffee, chocolate, cocoa, burnt wood, charred nuttiness, some smoke, and dark bread. Some earthy hop too then it is bourbon barrel again that reclaims its place with its spicy heat of alcohol along the end through the aftertaste.

Full body and sticky mouthfeel but it is rich and soft with moderate carbonation to generate a wave of silky effervescence through the palate. It is well proper to cater all the things inside the smooth palate in very good shape. Finish is dry.

Complex and robust but tasty as hell with a lot of thing going on and changing all along in all aspects, the only thing I can recommend is that take your time and sip slowly to let it developed from time to time. Apart from that, let the quality itself to speak the truth and tell how great it is.

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Photo of 98green
4/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2016 version on tap at founders. Finally got this one after several years of passive hunting. So it has been in a keg for 11 months. The look is brilliant black with soft lacing that hangs forever. On the upfront taste and smell, I'm underwhelmed. This is much more restrained than its BBA brethren. The stout base is more pronounced. Rich and malty. I don't get a ton of that barrel fun. Feel is plenty thick and they hide the abv amazingly well. Overall excellent and maybe I'd like it better "hot" right out of the barrel.

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

This beer is truly world class. The bourbon notes, the coffee, subtle vanilla, and the smooth, somewhat sweet, rich taste all come together and create a delightful treat. This beer is a masterpiece.

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Photo of do_ob
3.96/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 3/23/2014

Bottle into a tulip. Black with a thin head of khaki bubbles. Big aroma of coffee, chocolate, and bourbon, but not a whole lot else. Maybe some faint notes of vanilla. Thankfully the taste is better. Bourbon and chocolate, vanilla, caramel malt, and coffee/expresso. Lighter than I expected, though far from thin. Decent alcohol burn on the finish.

Pretty underwhelming given the hype. Maybe this one was aged too much, but I was expecting a lot more. Just seemed pretty one-dimensional to me.

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Photo of Drvitlkeyustolit80
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First Had 4/15/14 at Tavern on Liberty. I've had the pleasure of getting every years version since 2014. It seems to stay the same every year, except when properly cellar aged. The flavors develop a bit more, good thing I stashed a few from last year.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with no visible carbonation. Topped with a half finger of rusty beige head. I can see a hair of copper and a hair of amber, side by side when held up to sunlight, like a two toned rainbow.

Smells of coffee, dark chocolate, alcohol, liquorice, and hints of vanilla sweetness. Its got that kind of rusty, earthy, coconut fiber quality I get in a lot of imperial stouts. Umami, soy sauce, salami qualities as well. Cinnamon at moments. The bourbon comes in as it warms.

There it is! So many layers, so much going on in this brew. The coconut fiber, black liquorice tar like, earthy qualities come in first, then it opens like a flower in the middle with vanilla, dark chocolate, sweet carmel notes. It continues then with the umami, soy sauce qualities that come in from another angle, and it finally finishes with coffee and sugar. Like a full course meal! Alcohol is mostly hidden but shows up on feel for sure. The cinnamon comes in as well. I only get the bourbon after it warms, but its there.

Thick and oily but smooth with moderate carbonation. Alcohol shows up mid palate, then burns in the throat and back of the nostrils.

Amazing brew. At first I was like smelling it and going 'There must be more!' but it opens up with each sip. More scents, more flavours, really delicious, well rounded brew. My first time to have this is December 1st, 2016 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Amazed to have found it online in Thailand! In Michigan, over a year earlier, I saw some empty return bottles in Saginaw and yearned for it, in spite of it not being available. This was the 2015 batch.

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

So many factors, but it's easily the most balanced beer I've had given what it promises in its price range. Light on the tongue, but rich in flavor. Can barely taste the booze. Fantastic.

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
4.56 out of 5 based on 12,167 ratings.
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