Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) | Founders Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
12,548
Reviews:
3,205
Avg:
4.56
pDev:
8.77%
 
 
Wants:
4,493
Gots:
6,646
For Trade:
524
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Ratings: 12,548 |  Reviews: 3,205
Photo of Martine
4.16/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cjohns73
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: brilliant black-brown crowned by a 1" moderately persistent blanket of foam. Has some legs.

S: A rich malty base provides a backdrop for chocolate, bourbon, coffee, and dark malt aromas.

T: Layers of chocolate, coffee, and bourbon build the flavors. It starts mildly sweet with a little spiciness but dries out by the finish. Everything is very well balanced.

F: The body is medium full to full and the carbonation is moderately low but very soft and creamy.

O: This beer is world class.

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Photo of mickyge
4.77/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JWess
4.68/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of wuthrichj15
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of plnar
4.62/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of jkaczinski
4.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Founders tap takeover at Pickled Pig in Rehoboth, DE. I don't think I can add any descriptive embellishment to the hundreds of reviewers before me. Suffice it to say that KBS is truly an impressive piece of craftsmanship. It's boozy yet smooth, massively flavorful yet balanced, and embodies the essence of the style. Well done.

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Photo of MarkGutz
4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Reef
4.69/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2016 vintage enjoyed in a Duvel tulip.
Pours jet black with a finger's head. Sheets of lacing. Head subsides to a ring and surface blanket with scattered larger bubbles.
After pouring aroma is initially straight chocolate, lesser vanilla, some bourbon. Faint alcohol burn. As it warms coffee is more evident with vanilla and some dark fruit.
Super balance of chocolate, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, slight char, a little dark fruit. After a year the strong coffee and alcohol burn I recall have subsided, an improvement in my book.
Decadent full mouthfeel.

Great coffee BBA stout still firing on all cylinders.

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Photo of Crafty_sonofabeer
4.49/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jwilcox767
4.95/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Jet black, dark brown head.
S - The aroma a light roast from coffee, vanilla and bourbon, oak, dark chocolate.
T - The taste matches and it's really well balanced, nothing overpowering the other. A little heat from the booze, but it is perfect.
M - Super silky mouthfeel, warming.
O - It's a fantastic beer, one of the best BBA stouts I've had. Lives up to hype

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Photo of HermitDan
4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Pours a pitch black with no light coming through. The pour looks like motor oil coming out of the bottle. Has a nice finger and a half of a creamy dark brown head that leaves some great lacing on the glass.

Th smell is so delightful and right up in my face with my tulip glass. Lots of coffee and some chocolate with a hint of that wood barrell coming out.

The taste is a big rush of coffee with some cool chocolate. The chocolate is both bitter and sweet which lends to some great flavors. Also picking up some raisins and bourbon/wood notes. There is a bit of alcohol warming towards the back of the mouth and as it warms the chocolate notes bacame a bit sweeter.

The mouth is medium with a bit of a wet finish but silky smooth like satin sheets.

This 2017 KBS was a real sipper and I enjoyed every sip of it. There are a lot of fine stouts out on the market and this is one of the finer offerings. To be sure I have drank several that I feel could compete with this beer but I will say this is a must try beer for fans of the heavy dark beers.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.48/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2017 vintage, poured into teku a pitch black velvety looking liquid that allows no light through. A tan rim of bubbles that turn dark brown with a light swirl.
The aroma a light roast from coffee, vanilla and bourbon, oak, dark chocolate.
The taste matches and it's really well balanced, nothing overpowering the other. A little heat from the booze
Silky mouthfeel, warming.
It's a great beer, one of the best BBA stouts I've had. Lives up to hype

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Photo of JDoHo
4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of philday
4.88/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of _Adam_
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brick1981
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BenK34
4.73/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of DustinGalvin
4.87/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
4.56 out of 5 based on 12,548 ratings.
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