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:
12,602
Reviews:
3,221
Avg:
4.56
pDev:
8.77%
 
 
Wants:
4,492
Gots:
6,668
For Trade:
525
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Photo of mnredsoxfan69
4.19/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Berrymon
4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It was great - a phenomenal beer. I had the 2015 version. Recently had 2013 & 2014 BCBS which I thought were both superior to this though. My take was that KBS '15 should age a bit. There was a sharpness to it that made me think the edge could be smoothed out with a little more time. I have one more that I'll wait on. It was still an incredibly delicious beer.

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Photo of Beefstroganoff
4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Motor oil black, no lacing, 1 inch khaki head
Smell: big coffee and coloclate notes fallowed by bourbon and malt.
Taste: big bourbon and coffee, under tones of malt and chocolate
Feel: big bourbon mouth feel, medium body, insanely easy to drink and that perfect burn at the end.

Overall: I don't know of many better mass released bourbon stouts, it's a real gem.

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Photo of JEdstrom
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Had this on tap this past weekend while in Tulsa. Found this at a Mixology bar, never discount a non beer centric joint.
Served in a slender stemmed tulip and had about 2 finger light tan head. Smelled of chocolate, coffee and a slight hint of bourbon
Taste was unlike any other barrel aged beer I have had before, it was more of a muted bourbon taste with very little alcohol burn. This is a beer that I would get a case of if I could.
I have one sitting on my desk now that my daughter scored when she was traveling up north. I was planning on opening it this month, but I think I will save it now for winter and a cuban. Well done Founders

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Photo of ThirstyHungryLife
4.41/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vogie
4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Spiegelau stout glass. Bottle date not visible, however the case I pulled it from said 2/25/15.

Pours an awesome motor oil with two fingers of mocha colored pancake head. Aroma is dominated with dark chocolate, vanilla, and wood. Slight whiffs of dark coffee roast, dark fruits, and black licorice? Taste is a chocolate bomb! Loads of chocolate, vanilla, oak, dark fruits, and a alcohol burn going down. Mouthfeel is the star of the show. Smooth, creamy, and decadent.

An exceptional stout that everyone must try. Worthy of the hype? Perhaps not, unless your new to the craft beer scene. On the sweeter end for a barrel aged stout but I'm not complaining. This is probably one of the best barrel aged stout I've had to date.

Cheers!

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Photo of Chriscowles1980
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Hiwattowner
3.43/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2015. Overly woody. Different from prior vintages. Tannins from the oak lead to astringency with no payoff. Better beer to be found with BCBS.

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Photo of AndyCowles75
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrewNoob1
4.72/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MTKATL
4.99/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of bigleague
4.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

What a beer!! A sweet, dark beer with an obvious hop aftertaste. I am thankful to have had this

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Photo of jvgoor3786
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewing a 2016. It pours a deep black with a short tan head that dissipated quickly, but still leaves some lacing. The smell is deep, dark chocolate and a little bourbon. The coffee has faded a bit on this one, but it's still present. The smell is fantastic. The taste gets better as it warms toward room temperature. It's beautiful bourbon, dark chocolate, coffee with a lot of sweetness and some oak. The mouthfeel is perfect. It's smooth, thick, low carbonation - just like velvet. Overall this beer is basically perfection. The smell and feel alone merit high praise. The outstanding taste is almost a bonus.

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Photo of Golden303
4.69/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

looks like expresso & real big coffee roast aroma
Tastes like a really good Irish coffee.
deceptively easy drinking
Fantastically enjoyable, world class?
Hhmmmm nearly, need to research further.

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Photo of Jmikepow
4.94/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Let this guy age two years and I think it really allows the flavors to come through!

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

Photo of drone
4.46/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 variant, huge thanks to @fsckewe for providing me with a bottle. Gorgeous coffee and chocolate notes, no 11% notes anywhere to be found. Masterpiece.

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Photo of Cramerican
4.32/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tjk135
4.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bolivian22
4.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
4.56 out of 5 based on 12,602 ratings.
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