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 HopHEAD1522
4.68/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Buddance
4.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GeoffAnton2637
4/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lewith
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of -steve-
4.39/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting a long time to try this beer. Could not find it even on my trip to Grand Rapids a couple years ago. It turned up at Hungry Brew Hops in Newmarket, Ontario a couple months ago. Sorely tempted to get it but the $18 price tag for a 355 mL bottle just seemed too steep. Fortunately it arrived at the local LCBO in Hamilton for $7.25. Couldn't wait to get this one into a glass! Slightly chilled it and poured it into a snifter.
L: Pours a jet black with an inch of brown foam that dissipates quickly.
S: Enticing smell with coffee predominating. Notes of mocha, licorice and some bourbon.
T: Wow! Superb. Coffee, chocolate, licorice, boozy (got that bourbon burn going on). A joy to sip and sort through the complex flavour profile.
M: Viscous, chewy and dry.
O: Stellar beer. Wish I could get a reliable supply for this one. The taste and feel hangs together so well. Worth the hype.

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Photo of JOldewurtel
4.93/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of beermanben
4.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Pours like oil, tastes like gold.

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Photo of OldeGolde
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I don't know about you but I can get jaded when it comes to beers. Everything is SO strong, SO intense, SO over-the-top, you just GOTTA try it! And then you drink something that goes really hard just like everything else and kinda blends into the background because of it.

Thankfully, KBS was an exception. I'm glad to say that it pretty much lives exactly up to the hype. It is the definition of balance. It's thicky, yet it lightly dances across the palate. It's complex, yet easy to enjoy. It's strong as heck, but you have no idea as you simply enjoy each sip of delicious dark coffee stout. It's the benchmark of the genre, yet to my understanding it also varies slightly from year to year.

It's so refreshing to come across a beer that really delivers. Try to keep one on-hand for celebratory mornings. You won't need any other beer, and you will only need one.

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Photo of juneof44
4.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of priley
4.48/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rockaroo
4.78/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm sure I'm a clown compared to previous reviewers.

Looks perfect and smells like bourbon and ice cream to me. Very pretty beer to drink.

very smooth taste .Dark Chocolate ,vanilla, bourbon. Those are all top notch complex flavor profiles .

savoriness level is great.

I opened this beer expecting to be disappointed. 2017 release sat on the shelves at my local and seemed like a fall off from previous years. To me it tasted aged or overly mellowed already upon release. Now it just the same solid beer it has been over the years, smoother maybe.
Buy as much as possible rating increased. Founders is great.

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Photo of binno
4.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Hemlock4888
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jtee
4.95/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

From a 355ml bottle served at 11 degrees Celsius into a snifter. The beer warmed up to room temperature during consumption. Best by date: 20.12.2017. 11.9% ABV confirmed.

Look: It's like pouring used engine oil out of a bottle. An opaque black with .5cm of mocha head that basically has no retention. A partial film is formed on top of the beer after it quickly dissipates. Poor retention which comes as no surprise for such high ABV beer. Some lacing.

Smell: Bam! Strong, sharp, rich, and complex. The beer hits you with a massive range of dark, roasted malts with slightly burned notes of coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, licorice, tobacco, and restrained bourbon. Faint alcohol note.

Taste: Bam! Like a sledgehammer. Strong (read intense) and bitter. Major notes are roasted malts (borderline charred), chocolate, coffee, and bourbon. I'm also detecting some dark fruit, tobacco, licorice, and caramel. The finish is long, strong, and the bourbon really comes through here.

Feel: Full body and mild carbonation. Heavy, thick, and slightly chewy with mild astringency and restrained alcohol warmth.

Overall: Big, bold, complex, and harmonious. Wonderfully balanced displaying excellent craftsmanship. World class and a must-try. My favourite bourbon barrel-aged beer so far. I think the beer lives up to the hype, however I'm left wondering how much I've been affected by it and to what extent does the hunt and the price tag have an effect. I suppose in any case you should grab a bottle if you can.

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

Photo of Watkinsmike83
4.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jrosso
4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mbjb0720
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of inbierveritas
4.54/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.52/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355 ml bottle served cold into a tulip. Purchased 9 of these for $7.25 apiece. This has been on my beers to try for 3 and a half years so I made sure to stock up. Still can barely believe its in Canada. Best before December 2017. I believe this is most recent vintage and advertised at 11.9% ABV. A fine way to conclude the Canada Day weekend.

Appearance - dark, dark brown, nearly black ominous. Capped with a finger and a half of frothy tan head. Some spotty lacing on the glass. Good if not quite great head retention.

Smell - dark chocolate and secondarily coffee to an extent I have rarely experienced. Vanilla shines through too with something akin to marshmallow as it warms. The bourbon starts showing up in copious quantities as the beer gets closer to room temperature. Effing phenomenal. Quite possibly the best nose on a beer ever. If not then in my lifetime which is good enough for me.

Taste - chocolate and creamy with some vanilla, plenty of bourbon as well. Bold flavors throughout, but the flavors ramp up a couple notches of intensity as it warms. Complex with lots of roasty notes and some bitterness, yet enough sweetness and richness to be a dessert beer on its own. At times can finish a little hot and boozy.

Mouthfeel - smooth, voluptuous, dense and heavy. Well carbonated, yet easy enough to drink on a summer's night. Flavours stick, but not cloying and the beer has enough balance to make this the truth.

Overall - as the label reads KBS is a very different beer than the breakfast stout. While it doesn't put out just incredible intense (coffee) flavor it's puts out many, culminating in a delicious dessert beer that's just fine on its own. While possibly not quite as good as the original, still an incredible beer worth all the praise it has ever received. Worthy of the hype!

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

Photo of tylerjb22
4.73/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mdaniel723
4.13/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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