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:
#31
Reviews:
3,347
Ratings:
13,167
pDev:
8.48%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of einman
4.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Weaselbob74
4.85/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Stoutmeister
4.99/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of TOnEz31
4.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Raj
4.07/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

About the perfect beer! I believe it to be about the best I've ever had!

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

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

Draft versus bottle is so different, didnt age the bottle a week but it was much much worse

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

Very good but compared to CBS it is a little weak

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Photo of pdonovan16
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PeterBBB
4.92/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Brolo75
4.85/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a Belgian style tulip

A: Pitch black with a nice creamy tan head with some great lacing. The head retained for quite some time for a barrel aged stout. The head looks really good, lots of tiny bubbles.

A: Bourbon right up front, toasted coconut, picking up some coffee, chocolate, roasted malt aromas. Smells really balanced, there's nothing that just out directly. Nice aroma.

T: Like the nose, bourbon, toasted coconut, coffee bitterness, chocolate sweetness, picking up a little vanilla, there is some alcohol burn on the back, bitter dry finish. Nice roasted malt flavors, no alcohol burn. Picked up some warming in my belly about halfway through the glass.

M: This is very creamy, smooth, dry finish.

O: I was not sure what to expect from this beer, it's different from other BA stouts I have tried, the bourbon is not big up front but the other flavors make up for it. It has a nice coffee, chocolate, vanilla bitter sweet flavor that I think makes this beer unique from other BA stouts, it almost seems as if this Founders Breakfast Stout barrel aged, even though it's not. I think it could use a little more bourbon presence but it's definitely a world class stout. If this was available every Spring in CA, I would definitely buy as much as possible.

Cellar check: just pulled a 2013 from my cellar, it has a great creamy smooth mouthfeel, hints of coffee and chocolate come through, bourbon is still there, taste amazing, surprisingly, still picking up some heat from the alcohol. The stout characteristics have come forward, roasted malts and chocolate, has aged pretty well.

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Photo of Cosmic_Chieftain
4.4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of alanamato
4.32/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Smithjt3
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of italynstallyn44
4.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AbbeyZ
4.72/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Drank my only bottle of Founders KBS that I have been aging since April 2012. The texture was so extremely smooth and creamy, just like dessert! Although the booze is slightly warming once it hits your belly, there is no burn.

The taste is like no other....malty, toffee, cocoa, molasses, a little burnt coffee...heaven possibly?

This beer is damn near perfect, the only regret I have is probably not waiting so long to drink it. It was unbelievably smooth, and I would have liked to feel a little more of a kick. I recommend aging it for only a year.

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Photo of imhoudinibitch
4.37/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tally
4.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RumDude
4.49/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Founder’s The Amazing Kosmicki’s Highly Acclaimed KBS
Born On 3/21/13 and sampled in the goblet on 1/2/15
11.2% ABV and 70 IBU

Appearance – Pour essentially without a head at an extremely dark brown.

Aroma- Alcohol, coffee, chocolate with a hint of raspberry.

Taste – I’m thinking Ethel M. coffee liqueur chocolates. Very good chocolate flavor. Not a lot of the expected extreme roasted malt flavor and a little of the usual bitter aftertaste of a stout. Thick, sweet and slightly acidic. I like this. So this is obviously flavored and very drinkable but tastes like more alcohol than advertised. Great sipper. The more you sip it the more you taste the coffee (or the chocolate fades). If there is a flaw it is that there is too much coffee and not enough bourbon flavor.

Final Thoughts – Get some.

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Photo of WVUBeer12
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of FightinIrish88
4.53/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Peeman616
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of 45nDown
4.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of okcommuter
4.67/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 13,167 ratings