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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Photo of canadianghetto
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of s35keith
4.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Mealhouse
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of rmank
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of insearchofhops
4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Lerxst
4.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Much thanks to sjccmd for this one.

2009 vintage poured into a tulip

A-Black as night. A moderate pour produced a thin mocha colored head that receded into a ring. Looks good.

S-A great roasted coffee scent hits me right off followed up by definitive chocolate notes, bourbon and some vanilla. Smells great.

T-A nice bourbon flavor hits first but doesn't overwhelm, followed up by sweet vanilla, roasted coffee, chocolate and a wonderful earthy/woody flavor. Well balanced, these flavors all represent and really intermingle nicely with each other. Simply put, this is exceptional.

M-Viscous, full bodied, coats the palate well, creamy with a carb level that is just right.

D-Its really drinkable for a big beer. Many of these would certainly be doable, if I don't end up falling off my chair ;)

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Photo of I2uss
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of brewmudgeon
4/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

KBS (previous review apparently lost), bottled 2/25/11

a 3-4 dark, ok? very little head, no lace.

s 4 whisps of vanilla, light wood, charring, coffee grounds, butterscotch. some alcohol is noted zipping by.

t 3.5-4 follows the smell but sweeter, barrel flavors, a little root beer. a little flabby. not sure how others use the term but when something has a body with less flavor than it would take really fill that body, when there is a sort of viscous emptyness along the perimeters, i think of it as flabby.

m 3.5-4 enough heft in the body that it goes a little past the flavor, resulting in the above described flabbyness. carbonation is just about right, much more noticeable than in the nearly flat FIS, of fine quality and never intrusive.

o 3.5-4 i do like KBS, and it is certainly easy drinking. but it's kind of too easy drinking in a sweet, friendly, nonchallenging way. its several flavor elements play well together, and i would not want more roast--it's really just the right amount of roast. the butterscotch lacks an edge, though, and the vanilla is more of a ghost. between this and bcbs, i strongly prefer the bcbs, at least the 2011 iteration, although that is admittably a much stronger concoction. but where bcbs explodes with flavor and aroma with every sip, the KBS just sort of demurely slides down, leaving a touch of char and sucrose sweetness, but never fully grabbing me, embracing me, making me say "wow." guess i have become a full-fledged 'merican?

good, several-faceted, but a teensy bit boring.

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Photo of Holmes698
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of aslamm75
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of dctriman
3.5/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of jwerner23
4.98/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of guido19
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of RyanCrawford
4.04/5  rDev -11.4%

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

Very dark appearance with minimal head. Very nice bourbon and coffee aroma. Taste is also coffee and bourbon. Very smooth without any alcohol taste. Aging is not necessary

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

Pours really thick into a pint glass. The color is black, almost totally black with hints of light appearing on the edges. A small tan head forms that slowly laces down. The aroma is in a word, WOW! Coffee and chocolate blended with scents of bourbon, lets just say I like it alot. The taste is just as impressive, the coffee and chocolate malt hit the palate, then the boubon comes in with caramel and vanilla flavors. In the mouth it is thick and syrupy, coating the palate, the leaving that warm feeling of in the back of the throat that bourbon has. This is a very impressive beer, drink slowly, these flavors are meant to be enjoyed gradually. It is nice to see a beer getting intense flavor from something other than hops, not that there is anything wrong with that.

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Photo of mattafett
4/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of CBlack85
4.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mac's Speed Shop Steel Creek. Served in an 8 oz. pint glass.

The beer is completely black with no visible highlights. There is a big, creamy, dark brown colored head that slowly recedes leaving behind bits of lacing.

Lots of roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, and coffee. The bourbon is definately present but not overpowering. It really mingles well with the rest of the aromas present. There are also some smaller hints of toffee that round out the nose.

The dominant flavors are that of roasted malts, caramel, some coffee, and to a lesser degree chocolate and vanilla. Like the nose the bourbon is noticable but not dominating. Just a hint of alcohol burn that lets you know that it is there. A very well crafted beer. Full bodied and mildly carbonated, dangerously easy to drink and very smooth.

This beer is a terrific, well crafted RIS. Definately one of the better examples of the style. Founders has achieved just the right bourbon presence while still being amazingly drinkable. Good stuff.

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4.54/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage 12 oz bottle, poured into a Southampton Imperial Russian Stout release day snifter. Picked this up today and drinking it as fresh as I possibly could. Being a fan of the two other Founders' imperial stouts I've had (the IRS and Breakfast stout), I'm excited to try this one.

Look: a hard pour yields a single finger of milk chocolate colored foam with decent retention, eventually leading to a thin layer of milk chocolate bubbles at the top. As for lacing, a few bubbles of lacing stick but for the most part there's nothing but a bit of alcohol staining. The body is quite black with no highlights.

Smell: bourbon oak barrel aromas dominate, with hints of vanilla, some smokiness, alcohol, and chocolate. One of the best smelling imperial stouts I've found so far.

Taste: oaky, smoky bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, some coffee bean, and roasted grain. Once it is room temperature, the bourbon comes out much more prominently with a bit of brown sugar or molasses.

Feel: medium bodied, maybe a little thinner than I would like a stout of this size to be, and this is probably the only downfall of this beer. Fairly smooth, a little creamy, with some alcohol burn, and nicely carbonated at first and ends up a little flat before I can finish.

Drinkability: a bit of a sipper, but that's only because I want to be able to savor it as best as I can.

Overall: great beer that lived up to the hype. This is one of the best barrel aged beers I've had. It doesn't overdo the bourbon and leaves enough room for the other flavors to come out. I'm definitely very glad that I had a chance to try this and will hope to score some every year that it comes out. Founders, thanks for coming to New York. You've made my life that much better. Canadian Breakfast Stout, here I come! Cheers!

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Photo of rden4654
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Best coffee infused beer on the planet!!!

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

Photo of allboutbierge
4.94/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Usually, Im the type who is disappointed when something his hyped, this case did not hold true.

Just darkness. Angry deep black darkness. Thin and short lived brown head. Huge bouquet of chocolate malt, well roasted. No trace of bourbon or even alcohol for that matter. Just incredible depth.

Taste is beyond description, just more going on here than one's taste buds can tell. Ive never had something like this before. Tons of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, some smooth bittersweet malt (presumably from the bourbon), significant bitterness adds depth to the monstrous wall of dark chocolate. Bitterness is well blended in. Nice dry grassy hoppyness. Theres just an insane amount of flavor here, but its organized confusion.

Body is beyond just chewy, its more like a steak. Its a meal, full beyond comparison.

Its more than drinkable, its an easy addiction.

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Photo of SupaCelt
4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Whoops. This might be a little past prime drinking. Yeah, sadly this is only great now and not stupendous. The looks of this beer are enough to get the salivation processes rolling. It is dark. It forms a small cocoa coloured head that fades rapidly, but leaves some decent streamers of lace behind as a reminder. Fine bubbles of carbonation squiggle upwards as a ring holds fast around the perimeter of the glass.

The nose is grainy and full of coffee notes. The bourbon accents seem to be a bit faded out at this point as this thing is not actually a young pup anymore. I feel some peanut shell or butter impressions as well as the vanilla qualities drift across my nares. Beans and smoke. Woody whiskey.

The taste is ashy and coffee and bourbon. There are no off qualities to be found. This tastes great. Great stout flavours improved by the barrel aging process. There is a nice creaminess to the taste as well.

The mouthfeel is the best aspect of this beer. KBS hits the mouth and bathes my palate in flavour and all the while a fluffed and creamy mouthfeel enhances the experience into bliss. This feels whipped and creamy like a fine malt and is matched by no other beer I have consumed.

Drinkability is superb. This is just a lip smacking good stuff. This beer has fallen down a few points from the initial release, which saddens me. I had many a four pack of this in the prime of this beer's life and I am sad to report that it is starting to make a decline. Drink this now if you have it. I am confident that this brew, when fresh off the dock, was at least as good as any beer that ever crossed my lips. I have graded it as such. This is surely worthy of the acclaim it has received. I only hope there are subsequent barrlels of it, and that everyone will be able to enjoy this as fresh as possible. A truly mindblowing experience for lovers of the stout style and your mama.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
4/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tasted this at the michigan brewers guild winter beer fest.
from my notes i wa served a jet black sample with a nice brown head
the aroma was rich with coffee, vanillia, and malt
the flavor had a great vanillia, good coffee undertone, malt, with a wounderful chocolate in the finish.
the mouthfeel is very full.
beer is very drinkable.

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
4.56 out of 5 based on 12,596 ratings.
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