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 rsyberg01
4.97/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

S - 12 oz. bottle. Again, Andy is the man.

A - Black with a brownish red breaking through at the very edge. Tan chocolate head, looks great.

S - Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, oak, bourbon with a slight alcohol burn on the tail of the whiff. What the hell is going on inside my glass, wow.

T - Chocolate, coffee, espresso, oak, vanilla, slight bourbon again with some alcohol warmth to it. I cant even express how I feel right now.

M - Viscous, but not too, perfect.

D - I wish I had an everlasting glass of this nectar of the gods.

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Photo of Dubbercody
4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow about sums up this beer. I was very impressed with how well the taste of burbon was pulled off in this brew, very much there without hitting you over the head with it. I had this following the Breakfast Stout and I was quite amazed at how different they tasted, while both great beers this one has a bit more of a trp down the rabbit hole.

This is one amazing beer, it looks as great as the other reviews and if you are a stout drinker, it's a must try beer.

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Photo of amatuerbeerguy
4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out an opaque black. Aromas of wood, bourbon, hint of milk chocolate, with smoke.

Flavors of dark chocolate, malt, wood, roast, some metallic.

Mouth feel is huge body, creamy, milkshake like. Carbonation is low, no lacing but has legs.

Overall this is a nice well balanced, flavorful beer. Awesome.

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Photo of EvilKeith
4.32/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout poured into the glass viscous and nearly black in color. The head began as a half finger of reddish brown foam that fell to a thick collar and a wispy cap. The lacing was somewhat spotty, but was still clingy.
The smell was sweet roasted malts, strong coffee, ripe dark fruits, molasses, rum, and spicy alcohol.
The taste was initially espresso, a strong roasted character with moderate bitterness that got lost in the overt peppery and warming alcohol. There were flashes of sweetness throughout balanced against hop bitterness and a moderate dryness in the finish.
The body was thick and heavy, the carbonation was fairly light.

Wow! This is one fine American Double Stout! A couple of these for breakfast would certainly precipitate an early nap, with no complaints from me!

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Photo of froggyfrog
4.97/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A highly anticipated beer for me for sure. A huge thanks to hoppymeal for slipping me this bottle.

12 ounce brown bottle. Beer served in a clean glass snifter.

Liquid lamp black with a feeble sea foam head that etches an unyielding line of hardened foam on the glass. A very black beer, impenetrable to light.

Aroma is sweet Hershey's chocolate syrup and Jack Daniel's. A mouthwatering combination to sat the least. Also comprising the nose is brewed black coffee some toffee, vanilla and dark bittersweet chocolate. Wow!

The flavor: An expertly done smoky liquid bourbon oak and black coffee mix. Toasted oak and grain with a mild vanilla finish.

[Some have complained of the level of bourbon evident in this brew, calling it overpowering, but I dig it just the way it stands. The whiskey barrel brings depth and a strong flavor to this beer and that suits me just fine. I'm not a liquor drinker myself (to much alcohol burn getting in the way of my flavors), but I love the taste of good whiskey, etc. in my beer. That being said: this is not a hot alcohol beer or one overpowered by bourbon flavors. I call it just right. 5.0]

MF: Silky and smooth. Drinks like an oatmeal stout liquor if there was such a monster. Really, it floats across the tongue like so much hand whipped cream.

Drinkability: For all its strength and complexity this beer could be guzzled very easily.

The Verdict: An awesome beer, worthy of the hype. Derek: You're the man, I owe you one.

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

appearance: The pour gives a mocha colored head that soon recedes to a ring around the snifter. The beer is nearly black in color.

smell: Espresso beans dripping with warm milk chocolate blended with rich, roasted grain syrups. Thick, sweet cream. Wonderfully woody bourbon fumes and an aged American hop aroma that melds just right with the other smells. Hardwood that has been exposed to sweet, moist pipe tobacco for quite some time. Practically perfect.

mouthfeel: The low, smooth carbonation and full, creamy body combine to create a silky mouthfeel. Almost spot on...just a touch more thickness for me.

taste: Sweet, medium roast coffee bean blended with milk chocolate and cream upfront. The flavor gradually turns from sweet to dry, with the roast taking over. The bourbon doesn't make itself known until after the swallow, when it plays around for a second with the espresso and chocolate. Low American hop flavor. A moderate bitterness comes out in the finish with a hint of ethanol, and lingers for quite awhile with dry coffee and roasted barley flavors. Just a touch more malt depth to the taste and it would be an easy 5

drinkability: a breeze

Shipped to NC by dirtylou sometime late last winter (please send more). Notched about 1/3 of the way across the top of the label...some dating code...whatever it means (February?)

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Photo of xav33
4.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Founder's Kentucky Breakfast Bourbon Aged Stout
12 oz bottle
Bottled 11/05, served with Wheaties 11/06
Medium pour in a large tulip glass.

Poured inky black with an average light brown somewhat lasting head.

Smelt of strong bourbon, dark coffee, toasted oak.

Flavor was upfront bitter charred oak, dark coffee, with light sweet bourbon and bitter sour vegetal soy bean taste, followed by a moderately bitter earth and dark chocolate sweetness on a long oaken finish. Palate was full bodied, creamy, softly carbonated, moderate astringency and alcohol warmth.

Overall, the explosion of flavors begs for another sip, and another bottle...

JesseDaniels is a beer pimp and is owed undying gratitude by me for sharing this little bundle of liquid charcoal joy.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours solid black with a thin creamy brown head that turned into a little oil slick floating on top of the beer. This one almost has legs in the glass like a bourbon itself. Very nice.

S - Bourbon, vanilla, oak and hints of chocolate.

T - Slight burnt coffee, bourbon, vanilla, oak and slight lactic milk quality.

M - Creamy but slightly on the thin side.

D - I originally thought this was bourbon barrel aged Breakfast Stout but the notes up top say different. The one I am reviewing is about a year old and the heavy coffee flavor I got when it was fresh has mellowed which is a good thing in my opinion not being a huge coffee fan. This one needs a little more mouthfeel but is exceptional otherwise.

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

Bottle received in trade last summer from nflmvp (big ups, Steve!). Poured into a 17-ounce snifter. Ridiculously black -- pitch, tar, etc. -- with a dark mocha foam cap that fizzles to a dedicated ring and a thin swirled mass in the center of the glass. Simply amazing aroma complex: striking scent of earthy wet hardwood, with unsweetened Mexican chocolate, vanilla, and coffee aromas rounding out the scent. And the taste is just unbelievable. Every sip is a mouthful of sweet dark chocolates filled with incredibly smooth whiskey and white pepper. The 10% alcohol by volume is unmistakably noticeable, but the way in which it has been so deftly melded with the rest of the flavors is beyond belief. There are also dark fruit flavors: dried Bing cherries, prune nectar, currants. The silkiness of the mouthfeel is otherworldly -- no alcoholic slickness, just pure zero-resistance smoothness. An earthy finish gives way to an aftertaste of all the above-mentioned flavors that aboslutely demands repetition of the entire experience.

God. Damn.

I had been sitting on this bottle for a few months now and only opened this one tonight because I recently received another one in trade (maximum respect to hoppymeal for that one!). I am so terribly glad that I did. This most certainly must be one of the most beautiful beers available in the world today. Nothing short of peerless.

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Photo of lpayette
4.17/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Thanks for autumnaldave for supplying this to me via trade.

Details- 12 oz bottle. No apparent bottled on date. Paired with steak and twice baked mashed potatoes (unfortunately for dinner instead of breakfast).

Appearance- Very thick, jet black, small brown head composed of very small bubbles.

Smell- First thing that hits the nose is the bourbon. Bakers chocolate follows. Chocolate-covered cherries, ground coffee, and nuts. Very complex and interesting.

Taste- Bourbon, smooth chocolate, cherries, vanilla, raw coffee, nuts at times, and finally, alcohol.

Mouthfeel- Very much a full-bodied brew as expected. Gets creamier as it warms.

Drinkability- A very big and flavorful beer. Delicous and enjoyable, but this is definitely a sipping beer. The bourbon taste made it hard to quaff, but still damn good.

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Photo of CraftAle
3.88/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells and tastes bourbon with roasted malt. Very thick mouth feel, and dark black color. Largest serving available is only 8 ounces on tap, and served in sniffer. More like an after dinner cigar than a beverage. I appreciate the quality, but wouldn't buy this again, I didn't taste the hops.

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Photo of kimcgolf
4.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured to a used motor oil black with dark tan head, that lingered a while, then reduced to lkay lacing. This was the only thing about this beer that could have been better. Aroma was an excellent blend of sweet malt chocolate and toffee, with a nice bourbon-alcohol background. Flavor of this thick-bodied beer was also a perfect mixture of sweetness and bourbon. This all led to a long, smooth, warming finish, with a mild alcohol, similar to a shot of Maker’s Mark.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this beer at a BA Gathering in Portland 23 Sept, 2006.

A: Pours a very dark brown, though when held to a light traces of red and auburn creep in. Almost no head and a hint of mocha-colored film. Rich and thick.

S: What is that? Oh my, what an incredibly appealing aroma! Huge espresso/coffee nose. Bittersweet chocolate. Woody smell, smoky and sweet - like the most savory barbeque. Notable bourbon barrel-tinged alcohol, too. What a nose full - could smell this all night...however...

T: ...could it possibly it taste as great as the smell? In a word: yes. Extremely rich and complex. Begins like a mildly sweet & toasty oatmeal stout. Packs a wallop of deeply roasted malts with heavy emphasis on chocolate and coffee. An oaky flavor of vanilla and mildly sweet spice then develops to a pleasantly dry finish, warmed with the 10% alcohol. An incredible taste.

M: Very smooth, the influence of barrel-aging really mellows this beer. Coats the mouth and lingers for quite a while. One to savor.

D: An incredible beer... a sipper in small portions and not for the faint of heart. I'm very glad to have tried this one and recommend to anyone who has a chance to get some. Won't be forgotten...

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.52/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - opaque black, not even a little color on the edge. A thin layer of mocha bubbles on top. Some spotty lacing, rather random.

Aroma - very dark roasted malt, with definite scents of chocolate, espresso, and charred oak.

Taste - an intense play of the oak barrel with the chocolate. At times the char almost tastes peppery like chipotle. Not much else gets through besides the alcohol on the swallow. The burnt, charred flavor is more intense at first and mellows with temperature. It's basically a chocolate and bourbon experience, but it is so over the top that it's a bit of a chore to enjoy. Some intensities of flavor I like, but this bourbon influence tends to take over the profile making it hard to pick out and enjoy any other flavors.

Mouthfeel - not as heavy as I expected but still silky smooth. Good amount of carbonation and still lays down a serious layer on the palate.

Drinkability - this is a very intense beer, and while I like some of the bourbon barrel styles, this one is a little too wound up for me.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.27/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Dilly Deli at the Founders tasting. Pours a pitch black with a thin tan foamy head. Head disappears quickly. Aromas of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and coconut. Deep rich chocolate flaovr, coffee, a bit oaky, with vanilla as well. Bourbon is subtle, not overwhelming. Medium body, maybe even a bit thin for a beer of this magnitude. A lot of great flavors going on here. Somewhat warming, but the alcohol is not overbearing. Very nice. Thanks to Founders for bringing this treat on tap!

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Photo of badbeer
4.62/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared courtesy of MABZ, thanks for the opportunity.

Poured a nice black color, with hues of red when held to the light. Tan colored head with a tid bit of lacing. Smell was very nice, fresh roasted coffee with a hint of vanilla and some nice wood and bourbon notes as well. Taste was even better. The coffee started out but quickly I noticed a nice wooden and bourbon flavor, paired with vanilla and hints of cocoa. Mouthfeel had low carbonation and was on the lighter side of full bodied, but still relatively thick. I'd love to have more of this and look forward to getting some when it's released again. If you see any of this on the shelves, run, don't walk and grab all that you can.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.49/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been sitting on this bottle for about 2 months, since buying the last stock from Holiday market in Detroit. The first notable thing is the low carbonation, evidenced by almost no pffft sound when I opened the bottle. Also there was no head, just a thin ring of tan bubbles where the beer meets the glass.

But the smell and taste are the most important dimensions, and both were really good. It smelled STRONG, like whiskey and roasted malt. The flavor was heavily malted and had decent currents of chocolate and whiskey. No coffee that I could smell or taste. Or maybe on reflection just a hint of coffee.

The mouthfeel was thick and chewy, really nice. Overall I'm glad I tried it, but it's too big to drink too often so it's no problem that it's brewed like once a year.

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

Total darkness - a pitch black body with nary a highlight, topped by a three-finger light tan head, excellent lacing. Head drops very quickly. Great label, too. Surprised it got approved.

Big aroma of bourbon/vanilla/oak, with deep roast coffee and chocolate undercurrents.

Taste starts with coffee, adds a dark Hershey kiss, a healthy dollop of vanilla, some oak, and a dash of earthy hops at the finish. Bit of late belly warming as it slides down the throat.

Smooth, silky mouthfeel coats everything in the mouth. For such a big beer, wonderous drinkability.

Might not want to start my day with this, but its a damn fine way to end it.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.82/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black breakfast in a glass. Melted butter thin topping of firm dark cocoa brown foam. Scraggly, icicle-like lacing along with some smeared spotty stuff.

Coffee's on! Wonderfully well rounded aroma of fresh roasted coffee with a vanilla mocha twist and a slight tender pull of chocolate chip waffles.

Black breakfast in a glass. Much like the origianl BK stout but with a hearty warming of deep dark earthy roasted stuff. Vanilla, coffee, roast, earth, slight charred edging along some thick Belgian waffles, touch of buttercream, chocolate drizzled, and oh so lovingly warm. Something to wake up for indeed. Like a huge waffle breakfast when your eyes are bigger then your stomach and the coffee is just right and the syrup fills every square just right. The finish is the capper as it rounds around with a chocolatey warming and a perk of roast and fluff lingering. Puffy chocolate remains on the cheeks and floats like hand whipped cream.

Total breakfast feel. Fulfilling & without much effort to do so. Warming, smooth, delicate, sensationable, oozing the form of easy going syrup with enough thickness to soak into the pores of the waffle and drench the buds in flavor as the thickness settles and warms the belly, much like a good breakfast should.

I would love to have this stuff for breakfast every day. Although a few of these first thing at the crack of dawn and I may be napping through lunchtime. Is there a lunch stout? Anyways, this is unbelievably drinkable. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a yummy snack; you name the time and I'd drink this f*ckin' stuff no prob. Holy yummifingly delish man!

Breakfast is on! And trbeer is a cookin' ! Thanks! I owe some waffles and coffee next time around...

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Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a jet black color with a bubbly tan head that leaves tracks of lacing around the glass

Smell: Bourbon and coffee dominate the nose with chocolate shavings underneath

Taste: Starts with a boozy Bourbon-influenced chocolate flavor with some bitterness building in the middle; after the swallow, the Bourbon arises and meets the coffee tones, imparting a mellow flavor; the finish is relatively sweet but that bitter coffee flavor persists to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth; not as thick as I expected and there is very little carbonation despite the foamy head

Drinkability: This is a wonderful stout to contemplate as an after dinner sipper but it is a bit boozy and the mouthfeel is a touch thin

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Photo of trep
4.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark as night opaque, red glints around the edges.

Delicious aroma of chocolate and vanilla, coffee, and the bourbon is lurking in the background. A bit of chalkiness.

Chalky at first but super smooth as it warms up. Chocolate, coffee and a smooth vanilla round it out. Bourbon not as present as I thought it would be but its there.

Medium bodied and medium carbonation.

Very easy drinking.

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

If you change your own oil and don't take the easy way out by going to Jiffylube or something, you'll recognize the pour as dirty motor oil. A nice brown head seals the deal sitting like a crown atop the head of a king. Body is completely black and if you were hoping to catch a glimpse of something from the other side of this opaque liquid you will surely be saddened.

Nose is like a baseball bat to the face of lovely vanilla and sharp alcohol. There's also some roasted coffee bean at the tail end. Very nice.

Taste is huge on the bourbon. Lots of vanilla, chocolate, espresso, roastiness and a dry finish. This is wonderful. A nice mix of the stout I want to taste and the bourbon that should accentuate it.

Mouth is slick and oily. Thick as if something was added to thicken it. It feels as if there are layers to it somehow.

I could see myself buying this again and again. This is a true gem.

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Photo of RedHaze
4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep impenetrable black with a dense one finger head that slowly fades to a thin layer of foam and thick ring. The ensuing lace that's left behind is a solid sheet on the sides of my glass.

Smell; the bourbon is definitely present, but it's not overwhelming, and mixes very well with the coffee aromas. There's a bit of chocolate in there, as well a bit of dark fruits that just barely seep through.

Taste; whoa, that bourbon flavor is first to hit, but boy is it really smooth. The bourbon fades nicely into a very rich chocolate espresso topped with cherries. The alcohol is felt with a mild warming in theback of my throat. Mouthfeel is thick, creamy and velvety, and about as good as it gets. Drinkability is really high when you take into consideration such a high abv.

This was very good for this relatively cool rainy evening.

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Photo of egajdzis
4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque black color with a small tan head, that left light lacing on the glass, Aroma of vanilla, tons of roasted malt, espresso, with smokey malts, nuts, and faint dried fruits. Taste of more roast, chocolate malts, vanilla beans, nuts, dry wood, and faint bourbon... a touch of alcohol in the finish.

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Photo of Fugazme
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to redhaze! (review from notes)

Pitch black... opaque... can't see any light pass...

dark tan head forms quite large.. stays for a bit.

chocolatey aroma.... coffee-hints... some alcohol... faint tar-like smell and dried fruit... was good but hoped for more.

Excellent creamy mouthfeel (standard for Founders)... well done.

Huge coffee and chocolate... good alcohol burn... some raisin and balsamic flavors. Very good... VERY good flavor.

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
4.56 out of 5 based on 12,552 ratings.
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