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:
12,641
Reviews:
3,233
Avg:
4.56
pDev:
8.77%
 
 
Wants:
4,498
Gots:
6,683
For Trade:
529
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Photo of bsu2005
4.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of nschofield
4.93/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of kbwalters
4.54/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured cold into a UK style stout glass and warmed to room temp through the drink. Bottled on 3/14/14 and consumed on 9/21/14.
Look = 3.75 Pours a deep brown color into a pitch black in the glass with .5 fingers of brown head that fades to a slight ring, thin lace.
Aroma = 4.75 Coffe notes hit me first. Then the bourbon alcohol smell takes over. Also notes of chocolate and vanilla come out as it warms. Nice, complex aroma.
Taste = 4.5 I get a lot of coffee throughout the taste. Sweet chocolate notes build throughout the middle of the taste. Bourbon and alcohol come in on the backend and define the aftertaste. The finish has a mild bitterness to it also.
Feel = 4.75 Thick and creamy with medium carbonation, more then expected for an aged stout. Feel is great on this one.
Drinkability = 4.0 11.2% ABV. Drinkability is reduced a little by the bourbon burn and the bitterness, but overall very drinkable.
Overall = 4.4375 Lives up to its reputation for sure. A very well rounded BA stout, great feel and aroma with a terrific taste. Great beer.

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Photo of tb4475
4.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of couchsitta
4.46/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Word2BigBIrd
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dleigh
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Did a side-by-side tasting of the 2014 and 2015 at Timmy O'Tooles in Chicago (couldn't believe my luck that their kegs lasted until I got there a couple days after the release). I liked the 2015 better--super chocolaty with a nice bitter kick at the end. The 2014 was a lot smoother, but I like the 2015's kick. Lovely beer overall.

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Photo of KingJeebus
4.88/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Hired_Goon
4.57/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Andrew041180
4.26/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of PilotPreacher
4.9/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

As much as I enjoy Backwoods, the booze is a little too forward for my tastes. Founders gets the combination just right, however, in KBS. As it warms, the bourbon takes a more prominent places in smell and taste but never overpowers the delicious chocolate and coffee. Worth the hype, effort to find, and money to buy.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - Lighter than oil, darker than coke. Nice dark cream head. Head film down the glass.

Smell – Whiskey and if anything else, vanilla. It is not overpowering.

Taste – Coffee on tongue, hit with the whiskey, mellows out to vanilla and classic stout finish. Tingle stays on the tongue but once again not overpowering.

Feel – Cream explodes in to large, heavy bubbles.

Overall – Is it worth the hype? No. Is it amazing? Yes. For a beginner BA drinker, this is the way to go. The dirty tobacco taste is almost completely lost from Breakfast Stout in the aging, but is there in the after taste. CBS is definitely better.

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Photo of normALE
4.87/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Segnem5
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Trombone69
4.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok, to be fair, I am not a coffee drinker, and I generally don't like my beers to have an ABV over 8. I do like Stout, although I'm not into "Extreme for the sake of extreme".

But I get it. I understand why this is widely sought after, and "highly acclaimed". Highly complex, intertwined flavors that can be individually identified, yet blend together. Not much carbonation, but I didn't feel like I needed or wanted more. A sipping beer, to be sure. Really a thing of beauty.

When I manage to convince the guy at the beer store that I am worthy, and he comes out of the back room with the KBS, I am very thankful. I thank him completely and unabashedly in the hope that he will find me worthy the next time. What a system. I'm not sure that this is how beer, or the free market, is supposed to work.

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Photo of PGD120
4.62/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

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

It's good, but not as good as their standard breakfast stout, which I can find more easily and at a lower cost! Still great, just not quite worth the hype

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

5/5 all day long. One of the best stouts out there for Bourbon barrel aged!

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
4.56 out of 5 based on 12,641 ratings.
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