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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)
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4.61/5
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12,836 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#28
Reviews:
3,258
Ratings:
12,836
pDev:
8.46%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4,521
Gots:
6,776
Trade:
524
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Ratings: 12,836 |  Reviews: 3,258
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of SHDoyle
4.89/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Description: Deep black color with zero head and just a few, small brownish bubbles on the surface and some legs. An extremely (and pleasantly) strong aroma that can be smelled from a few feet away, the smell is as promised: bourbon, coffee, vanilla and cocoa in that order with some oak/wood especially as it warms. Flavor is coffee, then bourbon, then more coffee with some vanilla and cocoa on the finish. Complex and very well balanced, none of these flavors overpowers the others but instead they seem to be patient and subtle without being ignored. Feel is smooth with minimal carbonation. Might be a tad thinner and less velvety than expected but that doesn't take away from the beer at all.

Suggested food pairing: Medium rare prime rib

If you like this beer then you should also try: Bourbon Barrel Black Maple

Overall: 4.75 (This beer is excellent and I would definitely drink it again) Having already been reviewed a few thousand times there's not too much new or novel to say about this. It's worthy of its reputation and the hype surrounding it. Certainly a beer to seek out and cross off your list. To me, KBS is sort of the prototype for a Founders beer: a big, bold, take-no-prisoners, swing-for-the-fences type beer. Not every beer like that will be a success, but what Founders has done with KBS is an absolute grand slam!

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4.68/5  rDev +1.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.99/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.8/5  rDev +4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.65/5  rDev +0.9%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.52/5  rDev -2%

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4.84/5  rDev +5%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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1.08/5  rDev -76.6%

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4/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

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3.8/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Doc1182
5/5  rDev +8.5%

Tastes like double crooked tree with a hint of coffee and vanilla

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.61 out of 5 with 12,836 ratings
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