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

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Ratings:
12,647
Reviews:
3,233
Avg:
4.56
pDev:
8.77%
 
 
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Ratings: 12,647 |  Reviews: 3,233
Photo of dvmin98
4.36/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I remember when I tried this for the first time 4 years ago. My taste buds were in pure heaven. My eyes opened wide and couldn't believe what I just had. I had to get more and I did!

I recently had this again, fresh and aged 2 years. The fresh definitely beats the aged. But there is also something else I noticed...its not as good as it used to be and I don't think the beer is changed, but I think there are SO MANY more better options these days that have surpassed KBS.

Don't get me wrong, its still an awesome beer, but I think other breweries are putting out superior stuff these days.

Here's to my 'first crush'.

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Photo of rab53
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Photo of Billolick
4.67/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, etched on the bottle, "Bottled 2/08/10" Pours black, plain and simple, the head is dark mocha, on the loose side, stays around for a good while, leaves scattered fine bits and some blobs of lace. Bold nose with waves of chocolate, dark coffee, vanilla, and some wood. Rich and thick, a double expresso, mocha, chocolate shake comes to mind....with 11% alcohol tossed in to boot! Simply yummy stuff...dark, flavorful, complex, smooth, cheewy, heady stuff. Hope I can get some more of this stuff soon...Stout lovers rejoice and go get some.

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

Thanks to Brewandbbq for an '08 bottle sent to me quite some time ago. The '09 I sampled directly afterwards is compliments of me.

For sh*ts and giggles sake, we're going to keep up with the tasting of ridonculous beers today. We did the Westys, now let's do the KBS.

Pours totally black with a thin tan head. Nose is whiskey, yes. Vanilla and boozy tones. Flavor is whiskey tones. Heavily influenced by the barrels, yes. I want to say I feel like it is interfering with the original Breakfast Stouts character. Feel is smooth on liquid and carbonation is slightly lower. This is nice and I certainly don't dislike it, but like I was saying: why mess with a damn good recipe?

For comparisons sake, I found the younger bottle of KBS much less "Kentucky" than Breakfast Stout.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.54/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tasted in an 8 oz snifter from draught at Firkin on April 4, 2017. A very nice balance of flavors. The barrel notes compliment the coffee and chocolate flavors without overwhelming them. Highly recommended.

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Photo of 22Blue
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of SadMachine
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mklisz
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of jwc215
4.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BrewerB for this!

Pours black with a brown head that becomes a wisp. A bit of lacing sticks.

The smell is of chocolate, coffee, roasty with bourbon.

The taste is of chocolate, coffee, bourbon - wow - this is tasty! (I think I might like the actual coffee and chocolate used in the other Breakfast Stout a bit more, but I'm far from complaining). It has a great bourbon character to it, while allowing the dark complexities and roast to come through. Doesn't get too sweet, as there is roast and a dryness in the finish.

Silky smooth, it has just the right touch of carbonation to keep it full but not too thick or syrupy.

Awesome! Overhyped? Nope. Very well-done - a great sipper!

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

2013 Vintage. Poured from a bottle into mug, the beer is jet black, and pours heavy, with no head and only the slightest dark brown ring of film around the surface. It literally poured like motor oil, and it looks delicious. Aromas of wood and earth, with a backbone of rich chocolate and touches of smoke, highlighted by booze. Flavors are robust, with a smoky, woody forward flavor followed quickly by dark, bitter baker's chocolate and rich, full, roasted coffee. Wow, this one is layered, and it is unbelievably smooth. Smoke and roast fills the senses, as well as the palate, throughout each drink. Creamy vanilla highlights, with a warming sensation from the heightened ABV. This is tremendous. Smooth, full, and creamy in mouth, with an almost velvet feel. Roast and coffee on the aftertaste, with hints of booze. Dry, roasted finish, with a smoked and woody linger. This is a fantastic brew, and I can only imagine it would age very, very well.

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Tone
4.14/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of coffee, roasted malt, sweet malt, alcohol, and slight hop. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is also a strong bitterness from the roasted malts. Tastes of strong coffee, strong alcohol, bourbon/wood, and roasted malt. Overall, great aroma, great blend, good body, but appearance was lacking.

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Photo of malfunxion
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Duff27
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a thing dark mocha head on top of a black stout. Head retention is next to nothing but it did have pretty good lacing.

S- Initial smell is of chocolate and coffee, more chocolate though.

T- Whoa! What a ride on that first sip. Chocolate, coffee, with the end being a cool blast of vanilla and bourbon. The bourbon is not over powering like some bourbon barrel aged beers come off. It seems of those four flavors each one bounces around as the predominant one with each sip, always keeping you guessing. I like that.

M- Syrupy but not too much so. Smooth, low carbonation.

D/O- Consider me impressed. For all the "hype" surrounding this beer I feel like it does a good job delivering the goods. The best I have had of the style, Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels, including GI BCS...less boozy, goes down smoother. FOUNDERS.

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Photo of VeganUndead
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of BEER88
4.01/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't get it.

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Photo of t2grogan
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of BeerOps
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Deepest ebon hue, an impentrable blackness, above which nestles a modest ring of earthy brown, espresso tinges.

Aroma is chocolate first, followed by coffee, then molasses, brown sugar, and licorice.

Taste: Full and thick as it boards the mouth, slipping rich, deliciousness everywhere...this is stoutness of the highest order. Bourbon flavor is here, but feels less sweet than the same stuff straight from the bottle, an impressive blend of flavors. Further in, I can taste the charcoal, even.

So huge, and rich, and very rewarding. Each sip has enough flavor to taste a good 20 minutes, if you're not too thirsty...definitely a sippin' stout! If you don't take your time, you're spoiling a wonderful experience.

I must say, this is a hyperbolic label, but it's all truth in advertising. Gotta wonder how they slip it past the beurocracy, with it's jesting claims of giving relief from all manner of ailments. It is most assuredly "good for everything a stout ought to be good for."

Very nice bedtime brew. Wish I had a case or three to last me a spell.
Way to go, Founders, another impressive ale!
(and thanks to AKSP!)

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at the MacGregor's Grill and Tap Room in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a thick, DARK black. No light could ever penetrate this one. Small but inviting head.

Smells great- sweet, tasty bourbon, chocolate, and coffee. Very strong, even to someone like me with a poor sense of smell.

Somehow tastes even better. Brownie batter mixed with cookie dough comes first, then bourbon sweetness, coffee bitterness, vanilla, oak and a slight hop kick. The alcohol shows itself a bit at times, but not horribly so. This is certainly tasty, but it does not compare to some of the absolute top BA stouts.

Kinda thin compared to other BA stouts. Drinks a bit like a coffee bourbon milkshake with extra chocolate. Low carbonation.

This beer is unbelievably hyped, and very hard to get, so I was happy to find it on tap. It's much better on tap than in the bottle, but it's far from a slouch in the bottle.

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of MasterSki
4.67/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review #350 - finally getting around to reviewing this classic brew. Picked up a ton of the '09 vintage at the release party. Served in my Surly pint glass.

A - One finger of dark tan/mocha foam that slowly dissipates to a solid cap and ring and leaves a pretty solid lace. Pitch black brew, with no light anywhere to be found. The only thing lacking is head volume, which is forgivable for a 11.2% brew.

S - Intense smell of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and roasted malts. Strongly reminds me of a Coffee Crisp chocolate bar soaked in whiskey, which is a great thing as I love both of those things. As it warms up there are more subtle notes of wood and hazelnuts. It's just a wonderfully balanced and well-integrated combination of flavors.

T - The taste is terrific, but not quite as rich as the smell. Very strong onset of chocolate and vanilla flavors, before transitioning into light whiskey and a strong roasty bitterness that lingers well into the aftertaste. Never tastes particularly hot or over-the-top.

M - Very low carbonation, super creamy and soft in texture, with a mediuum-thick body. Leaves behind lots of residual stickiness that complements the roasty aftertaste. There's a nice bit of warming that happens after a while.

D - This is one of the few high ABV barrel-aged stouts where I want more than a single 12oz bottle. The lovely sweet flavors keep the booziness from getting out of hand and the wonderful texture makes it something I just can't stop sipping.

It's exceptional that a beer that is pretty readily available (at least during March) maintains such a high level of quality. One of the few stouts in the top 100 that isn't overrated.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
4.56 out of 5 based on 12,647 ratings.
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