Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)
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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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4.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BeerMe8
4.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of domtronzero
4.1/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly murky, very dark brown with a small, tan, long-lasting head.

S - Coffee, dark bitter chocolate, dark roasted malts, caramel, vanilla, oak, alcohol.

F/M - Coffee, chocolate, roasty, oak, vanilla, caramel, alcohol. Moderate-high bitterness accentuated by the roasty malts. Thick, oily, full bodied with medium-low carbonation.

D - Slightly too alcoholic to have much more than one bottle; however, it is very enjoyable.

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.6/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of TimBeaulieu
4.86/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Kark
4.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bstyle
4/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This, my first KBS, is being consumed on Sunday 13 June 2010 to celebrate the last night of studying for the hardest exam I will ever take (Step 1 of the USMLE - United States Medical Licensing Exam).

Served at 53 degrees in a 12 oz. whiskey snifter.

A. Brisk pour brings up a pinky-finger-thick dark coffee colored head on top of an impenetrably dark black abyss. The head dissipates quickly to a thin ring of coffee around the perimeter of the brew.

S. Super coffee in the nose with a touch of dark chocolate. Some bourbon vanilla notes can be noted as the beer warms.

T. Bourbon barrel up front in the taste quickly followed by espresso, oak, and fine dark chocolate with a finish of bitter coffee and wood with a bit of fresh herb/leafy taste as well. The bourbon in the tail end really comes through; fine sippin' beer here (of course I prefer my barrel strength bourbon neat, too).

M. Medium-thick body with a good level of small bubble smooth carbonation. I'm on the edge with this. If I'd change anything, I'd like this to be thicker and possibly less carbonation. I like to really chew on my alcohol.

D. Excellent. I might have to pop another one of these when my bourbon drinking buddy gets back to town after my exam. That said, I might have to drop $25 on another 4 pack of these at my local beer store in celebration.

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of Qbdoo
4.47/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally had it on tap at Jerry's in Andersonville. Couldn't believe my luck. It's got the color of black silk and the mouthfeel fulfills the promise of the look. It is super smooth and elegant. The nose was somewhat subdued, coffee, licorice and a hint of bourbon. Taste had these and a bit of tobacco but all in much more distinct ways than the nose. I expected a big monster of a beer but this was smooth, subtle, and nuanced in flavor. Did it live up to the hype? How could it? But it was one pretty amazing beer and an astonishingly well-balanced one.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of TangoJuliet
4.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Photo of kels
4.32/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I was slightly disappointed in the bottled 09 KBS and heard that the on-tap version was immensely better. When I heard Party Town in Florence, KY was getting a keg and selling growlers, I had to give it a try. Review is from a pour into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours super dark brown with slightly oily-looking residue sitting atop the completely headless liquid. Little specks of cream-colored lacing attempt to cling to the glass, and slide away quickly.

Smell: Delicious aromas of bittersweet chocolate and dark coffee combine with slightest hints of vanilla, chewy malts, sweet oak and very subtle bourbon.

Taste/Mouthfeel: So much milder than the bottle pour! The feel is smooth as silk, with a slight sticky wetness that's heavy enough to hold the flavors on the tongue awhile. The taste is full of delicious bourbon that doesn't overpower the accompanying flavors of dry, charred oak, barely sweet bitter chocolate, dry roasted coffee and subtle bitter hops. Really nice balance that isn't overpowering in any way. Even the alcohol, while present, isn't overwhelming.

Drinkability: Moderate for the style. The warming sensation is really nice and the mouthfeel is very satisfying. I certainly wouldn't drink too many at once, but only because I know better.

I have to say that I'm so much more impressed by the draught version of this beer. The flavors were much more well-blended and balanced and the alcohol was better contained. In the bottle version I really felt like the bourbon came across in the nose and taste waaay too hot and seemed more like rubbing alcohol. I'm hoping the rest of the 4 pack I have aging comes out like this growler did.

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4.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into my Stone IRS snifter

A - Black body with a brown/red tint to it. circle of tan head rests on top

S - Bourbon, oak and vanilla all resting on top a solid malty body. Maybe a hint of cherry as well? Smells fantastic.

T - Nice bourbony flavor on top of a roasted malt monster with a hint of coffee. Picking up a lot of coffee flavor toward the end of this. Nice touch of heat at the end

M - heavy low carbonated body with a hint of creaminess.

D - A lot easier to drink than I expected. The bourbon flavor in this is noticeable but mingles well with the other flavors rather than dominating them for a pleasant taste. I wish I had bought more of this when I had the chance but the lesson was learned. Great beer. Worthy of its accolades.

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Photo of LaChupacabra
4.92/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours thick, opaque black with deep espresso brown tones around the edges. Has decent amount of mocha colored head from a vigorous pour. Head dissipated somewhat quickly, leaving thin foam ring around the glass and an oily layer at the top of the pour.

S: All the standards you would expect from a BA Stout: bourbon, coffee, chocolate, oak, vanilla, roasted malts.

T: Same as smell: bourbon, coffee, chocolate, oak, vanilla, roasted malts. Also some alcohol warmth. Great balance on everything, especially as it warms to room temp.

M: Thick, chewy mouthfeel. Leaves creamy coating on mouth. Low carbonation.

O: IMO this is a nearly perfect beer when fresh, but doesn’t do too well with age on it.

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.12/5  rDev -10.6%

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.61 out of 5 with 12,880 ratings
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