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 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:
#45
Reviews:
3,391
Ratings:
13,407
pDev:
8.48%
 
 
Wants:
4,541
Gots:
7,105
Trade:
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Ratings: 13,407 |  Reviews: 3,391
Photo of WhaleSlayer85
4.56/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

KBS is a classic beer. Big coffee, chocolate, barrel always present. Moderate mouthfeel. It's delicious and holds up over time.

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Photo of zielonka92
4.44/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnDon
4.58/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Look was amazing jet black and nice thick frothy foamy caramel color head. Smell was excellent and strong

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Photo of mmilyko
4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ajmarohn
4.29/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of flipper2gv
4.71/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Really great looking brew. Pours a pure black color with a mocha colored head. Retention is pretty good. Lacing is very good too.

S: The smell is pretty strong on this one. You get a ton of cocoa, vanilla, coffee and bourbon. From the bourbon, you get a good amount of oak tannins and some light white pepper. There seems to be some light smoke and mineral notes too.

T: It's follows the smell very well. You get a ton of cocoa, vanilla, coffee bourbon, oak tannins, white pepper (much stronger than anticipated) and smoke. It's very complex and coherent and round. Surprisingly not too sweet either. Very well balanced. Not too much alcohol burn.

M: Super broad and thick as expected for the genre and the ABV. A bit sticky, but it's not too bad.

O: This is a world class beer, no doubt about it. It's super easy to recommend to all imperial stout lovers. The only thing I could improve on it would be to try different bourbon barrels.

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Photo of Satsuma
4.41/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Antoinecst
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of RollDamnTide
4.21/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OlaB
4.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep almost pitch black color with a small top of beige head that dissolves quickly. Amazing aroma of dark roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, caramel,bourbon, vanilla and leather. The taste start of with strong flavour of dark chocolate and coffe, is also a slight sweetness of bourbon in there that balance the roasted tones perfectly. The finish has a bitterness that is balanced greatly with the strong malty flavour. The aftertaste is strong with a great lenght. The flavour improves even more when it warms up. Mouthfeel is creamy and oily with a full body and medium carbonation.
An amazing beer and a real flavour bomb. To enjoy slowly.

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Photo of Antwon616
3.92/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mothmanscott
4.16/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pratik
4.66/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love stouts. This is one of my favorite stouts, and having it on tap is the best. It has a good three layered body, decent lacing, and rich flavor accompanied with a good coffee smell. Since the aging process is quite significant with this beer, i feel the vanilla compliments the bourbon flavor, and makes the overall feel a little bit subtle and pleasant. I would compare this with a fine Malbec or a $70 wine bottle. I feel that this should be enjoyed a little bit on a cooler side, and then let your hands warm the beer to a comfortable temperature on your last sip.

Look: 4.5/5. Good three layers with a quarter to half inch head. This causes a decent lacing on the lower side, and not too much
Smell: 4.75/5. Perfect blend of ingredients, coffee and vanilla with a bourbon hint. The coffee has a toasted smell because of the age
Taste: 4.75/5. Good rich taste. It has got a refined taste that will make you smile, but does not leave an after taste. Perfect beer for stout lovers.
Feel: 4.5/5. It is a beer that i would recommend on a cooler night. Having this during spring time, on tap is perfect. You can feel three stages with this. First one where you take in the cold sip, the second one is where the flavor settles on your pallet and you get the stout flavor and the third one is where it soothes you as you swallow it.
Overall: 4.5/5 i recommend this and is my Friday or Saturday night drink at a local bar. Must try it’s and get one of the best beer drinking experience.

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Photo of KurtisCarman
4.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Stunning black pours like oil
S: Sweet with notable bourbon notes
T: Every sip seems to improve. Toasty malts softened by the barrel aging are a joy. I’m getting a hint of cherry and stronger coffee flavors coming through.
F: Smooth as expected. Thick.
O: It is clear why this is an all time great. It will definitely remain a staple in my collection as long as it remains this good.

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Photo of wati47
4.48/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kpachla02
4.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RemDog517
4.45/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Flavor explosion... a great sipper while sitting by the fire pit.

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Photo of Robertas
4.48/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nasty15108
4.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 Variety
L - Poured black and vicious. Thin brown head with a nice layer of off white lacing.
S - Smelled slightly boozy and sweet, like brown sugar.
T- Sweet strong espresso and bourbon which equals deliciousness.
F- Oily and cloying in the best way possible.
O- An absolute classic, get it if you can.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.36/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2017 KBS in a 12oz bottle

L - Pitch black, not much head or lacing. Thick!

S - Bourbon dominates. Boozy. Hint of coffee

T - Sweet up front, coffee kicks in next and chocolate. Not much of the bourbon notes

F - Medium body and carbonation. Silky smooth

O - A good brew, but the bourbon does not stand out and carry this beer in my opinion. Tastes more like an imperial stout.

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Photo of chicagocraft
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

World Class!!

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Photo of antihero404
4.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of hatfieldspapa
4.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Reinmogard
4.24/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 13,407 ratings