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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
12,650
Reviews:
3,234
Avg:
4.56
pDev:
8.77%
 
 
Wants:
4,500
Gots:
6,684
For Trade:
528
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Ratings: 12,650 |  Reviews: 3,234
Photo of TheWolf
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very well balanced. Nothing dominates. Nothing detracts. Impressive.

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Photo of Trosper53
4.63/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ThatAmateurBeerDrinker
4.39/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mikey2333
4.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of CMC73
4.68/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of breffitt
4.31/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

L: Very dark, even in light with a lasting chocolate head.
S: strong on the bourbon and chocolate, vanilla hits when it warms.
T: immediate bourbon followed by chocolate with a verry smooth vanilla/chocolate finish.
F: nice and creamy.
O: Stands up to the hype, would only get better with age. All ingredients flow together well.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

KBS pours a black color, with a big, long lasting and lacing head. Big aroma, lots of oats, hints of smoke. Taste is also big, lots of oak and oats, hints of chocolate, with a big bourbon flavor near the end. Good body and feel. Overall, excellent beer, great bourbon flavor.

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

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

Photo of jchandler3
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of brandalf
4.52/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.49/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The appearance has a dark brown/almost black colored body, tan foamy head as it rises and falls slowly but nicely enough to leave some nice clingy slightly foamy lacing in the wake. The smell has some bourbon up front with coffee, chocolate and oak coming through to try and combine with the bourbon but still stays secondary, vanilla only comes out as it warms. The taste is slightly sweet, but burnt/roasty/smokiness of sorts goin’ on, vanilla comes out again but subdued, hmmm...yes a bourbon aftertaste and finish. On the palate, its pretty heavy, yet smooth and rich, not sessionable (nowhere close, not sure why I had two of these tonight, but I know I’m goin’ to bed after this), boy oh boy that ABV is felt [the heat is there], carbonation is adequate. Overall, this is smooth, wow, what a nice mouthfeel, I can see why so many people absolutely love this.

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Photo of Atodd21
4.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Dark milk chocolate motor oil pour, creamy frothy head, coffee dark fruit bourbon vanilla taste, full thick taste upfront thin boozy finish. Love this

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Photo of travolta
4.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bdubz94
4.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Will it live up to the hype? Been sitting on this one for a few months... bottle dated 2/23/17.

Poured into a snifter. Black as oil with a half finger dark tan-brown head. Most of it dissipates fairly quickly but it lines the edges until the final chug.

Aroma is coffee, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, molasses. Sweet yet savory. Loads of chocolate but you can easily appreciate all of the the aromas as well.

Taste is rich chocolate. So rich. Just a deep bourbony, chocolaty blend of flavor. Sweet but not cloying.

Feel is heavy, lightly carbonated, smooth, and creamy.

Overall, the most balanced BA stout I have ever had. No one flavor dominates-- the coffee, chocolate, and bourbon all shine through in the just the right amounts. Perhaps just a tiny bit too boozy but honestly this beer is difficult to criticize.

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

Photo of dukeandduke
3.92/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2/2/17 (Chicago). 2015 Draft 10 oz pour into snifter at Fountain Head. Black pour, thin lacing, minimal carbonation. Cocoa and coffee aroma and taste. Smooth and easy drinking, solid texture. Overall very good beer.

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Photo of txx675rx
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ikidunot
4.46/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Slarson7
4.44/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a Pint Defiance tulip. The beer has a black motor oil colored body, with a half finger brown head. Aromas consist of the same aspects of the taste. The flavors are off the charts! Packed full of espresso, dark and milk chocolate, caramelized sugar, vanilla, and baked bread. The feel is warm, smooth, with a full body and medium carbonation.

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

Really nice, good woody bourbon smell an beautiful malt character, so mellow and smooth. Not really mind blowing enough to warrant 100 rating IMO. Still a very good beer and glad I got to try it though.

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
4.56 out of 5 based on 12,650 ratings.
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