KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) | Founders Brewing Company

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KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)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): 12.30%

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

Now labeled as "KBS."

ABV varies by batch.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-13-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#33
Reviews:
3,370
Ratings:
13,290
pDev:
8.48%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 13,290 |  Reviews: 3,370
Photo of Nicholas_JD_11
4.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Hoppsbabo
3/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Initially a great head which dies down quickly, but I'm guessing because it's barrel aged. Oh man, a flavoured stout that actually tastes of the stuff it's flavoured with. The bourbon in the aftertaste is very aggressive after not long. Very much reminds me of a stout with chilli pepper. Otherwise quite sweet but the bitter whisky aftertaste turns my stomach a little.

Started well but after a few minutes, oh boy is it aggressive. Give me a Good King Henry any day.

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Photo of greenman27
4.54/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LarrysDeerGut
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of oaktree42
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 505beergeek
4.25/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shrimply_pibbles
4.93/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TedSwing
3.93/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.46/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Solid black color. Body is above average, thick heavy feel that slightly coats the tongue. Carbonation is very low but works well for this style. Aroma is bourbon,coffee, chocolate, and malt. Taste follows the aroma,alcohol is somewhat hidden but still very noticeable.. bourbon dominates but this beer really needs to warm to let all the other flavors show up

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Photo of danch
4.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A truly great beer. Rich mouthfeel accompanied by complex layered flavors. I let it get to a bit under room temperature before trying and I definitely think that’s the way to go.

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Photo of MjamesL
4.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of madhungarian90
4.45/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Smhill
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sportsride
4.93/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of cbb77
4.14/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of msink28
4.39/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Luxurious, complex taste. Taste of bourbon throughout, with initial taste of dark chocolate. Pours rich and dark, with minimal cocoa head. Feel is perfectly smooth, not as heavy as other stouts in the category.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.59/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Feb 13 2019 and served barely chilled. Not the first time I've tried this - I enjoyed the '17 batch, but never got around to reviewing it.

Pours ebony jet-black, topped with a half-finger of frothy, dark tan-coloured head that wilts within 90 seconds; a bubbly cap and wide, creamy collar remain, along with a liberally-applied coat of lovely lace. On the nose, coffee grounds virtually leap out of the glass and tantalize the nostrils; they're accompanied by robust notes of molasses, bourbon, oak and baker's chocolate. Minor hints of vanilla, smoky ash, herbal licorice and ethanol also come through as it warms.

If you're trying your first KBS, ensure that you're seated before you take a sip - it's so tasty that your knees might start to wobble and give way. OK, maybe I'm exaggerating, but rich, decadent and intense are still the adjectives that immediately come to mind - roasted malts and coffee beans, dark chocolate and vanilla, as well as bourbon whiskey, molasses and oak wood combine together into an absurdly yummy conflagration of flavour. Towards the finish, hints of herbal licorice, burnt wood and bourbon provide an added kick, with the latter element lasting on, well into a boozy-sweet aftertaste that lingers. The ethanol is well-integrated with the flavour profile, but still very potent and impossible to dismiss; it's actually concentrated enough to numb the palate somewhat after a couple of sips. Full-bodied, with very low carbonation levels that barely even register; it has a silky-smooth, satisfying texture on the palate.

Final Grade: 4.59, an A+. Founders KBS is one of the best stouts I've ever tried, and an undoubtedly excellent, world-class beer that I'd be thrilled to drink again. There's no subtlety to be found here - this one wallops you in the face, over and over again, with more coffee, chocolate and bourbon/oak than your taste buds will know what to do with. I don't know if it's the 31st best beer on the planet, but it's a damn good one either way: I'll be picking up a few more bottles before the stock runs dry, because it's not as if beers this amazing show up in Ontario every month.

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Photo of Tivlavrie
4.27/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of richbossert
4.57/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AllHopsMatter
4.36/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look The beer pours deep brown, though it’s pitch black in this glass. There is a thin light brown head that dissipates quickly; the bubbles are fairly uniform. There is no lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Lots of molasses and chocolate. No coffee or oak on the nose, which is surprising considering all my beer friends in California have assured me that 2018 is nothing but barrel.

Taste: The taste follows the nose. There is lots and lots of dark chocolate, which these dominates all the way through. Not much molasses in the taste. Coffee is again not apparent. Very slight barrel warming in the very end, with just a tiny hint of oak. I’ve had the 2017 CBS and the taste is definitely reminiscent of that in some sense. Alcohol is very well hidden for it being a 12% beer.

Feel: Medium body, medium carbonation. Don’t know what else to say.

Overall: Considering the California prices, I got this 2018 bottle for pretty cheap. All my beer friends have described this beer as an underperformer due to too much barrel on both the nose and the smell. Honestly I’m not getting much of that. Chocolate is definitely the dominant flavor overall. This stout is very well made and is great overall, but it’s definitely not a standout among its class in 2018. Would I buy more bottles at $2.50 a pop again, absolutely. Is it worth to seek out or spend more for than its real market value currently — definitely not in 2018 NorCal.

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Photo of Hopstronaut
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nullbort
4.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DougSomeBeer
4.56/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hallbrauhaus
4.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 13,290 ratings