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:
12,640
Reviews:
3,233
Avg:
4.56
pDev:
8.77%
 
 
Wants:
4,498
Gots:
6,682
For Trade:
529
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Ratings: 12,640 |  Reviews: 3,233
Photo of SMZBrew
4.69/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Strong notes of vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. Bourbon comes thru really well but there is some booziness present which makes it a little harsh considering the rating that this gets. Overall, I really enjoyed this one but quite honestly it is way overhyped.

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Photo of SenorBiggles
4.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Maybe this is an off-year, but I really don't see the hype. It's a tasty stout, dominated by coffee, chocolate, and vanilla flavours, without being too sweet. But there's just not the kind of depth or complexity of flavour that would justify a 100/100. (I don't taste the barrel-aging at all, for instance.)

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Photo of Jasons483
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mcsoupman
4.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of frasergrove
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wolverine3232
4.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of stevepat
4.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful opaque obsidian. Black as night. Thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Smell has wonderful chocolatey, pruney, coffee notes but is dominated by a booziness that is a little overbearing on my nose. Taste is much more balanced, figs and chocolate, oak and bourbon, big and bold but not so boozey as the nose would hint. Very nice bourbon barrel stout. Incredibly clean on the palette for such a big beer. Certainly fills the tongue, leaving no taste bud idle, but also clears out in a respectable time and gives the impression that you could drink a couple of these without getting syrup mouth. Overall a very good bourbon barrel stout, but seems to me to be a bit less balanced than it used to be (this is the 2016 release). May be just that it's been some years since I had it and my palette has changed but the nose seems much boozier now and the taste seems more bitter. Great brew though if you're looking for a big stout.

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Photo of neil2me
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mdwhitney
4.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of IPAGuy2112
4.99/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Kevin72
4.05/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brass_Rat_76
4.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Tomesco
4.27/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of maltznhopz
4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours pitch black with a small tan head.

S - The aroma consists of chocolate, caramel, bourbon, booze and light vanilla.

T - Follows all the same characteristics of the nose. Very heavy on the bourbon with some added coffee.

M - Thick and creamy with a dry finish.

O - It was definitely worth a try but the cost might deter me from actually buying this again.

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Photo of Robemiller9
4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Alexcortez426
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of cmurphy7
4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thebits
4.78/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The thing that always impresses me about KBS is how it changes year to year. Slightly different, but always very good.

Look: Black espresso with a thin tan/caramel head.
Smell: Intense dark chocolate, coffee, alcohol/bourbon, vanilla, wood
Taste: Bourbon forward balanced by dark chocolate and coffee strong vanilla and malt aftertaste
Feel: Smooth and clean
Overall: My favorite stout

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

Photo of Act25
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$11 at local bodega on way to ferry. As great as this beer is, not worth the premium. But - all the same - a must try at least 1x. Intense, deep, meditation beer.

A: Lasting tan head with excellent lacing on black body.
S: Happy and deep aroma of dark chocolate, espresso, sambuca, and church pew oak with vanilla, bourbon and dark fruit. Powerful.
T: Dark, deep and dominated by bourbon with all the under currents of chocolate, coffee, sambuca, varnish, church pew and incense.
M: Offers thick body, smooth with moderate carbonation, finishes thick but clean NIce last beer of the night.
O: Try 1 or 24.

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

Photo of Glider
4.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nnk8216
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
4.56 out of 5 based on 12,640 ratings.
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