Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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

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Photo of NJB145
4.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stephens101
4.64/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A deep, black hole smelling of milk chocolate, bourbon, brown sugar, oak and faint tannin. Initially tastes of dark chocolate and caramel with a dark fruity (grape, plum, prune) vein right down the middle. Notes of vanilla and cotton candy are found spots and offset by a punch of fusel alcohol and an earthy bitterness at the end. Exceptionally complex but relatively smooth. Heavy but never bottoms out. Drips a little viscous at times.

When it comes to any certain style, a jaded beer drinker is many times tempted to say if you've had one you've had em' all. But half the fun is found in the seeking and finding of beers of distinction. While KBS may not be the absolute finest example of this style, it compares well to its peers and should be rightly defined as a beer of distinction.

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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

love this beer the only thing that gives me pause it that it tastes a bit like Dragons milk which i have problems with, But having said that i am a big fan of this beer mouth feel is so chewy and sticky and the head in this tap poured beer is a thing of beauty as well as the heady rich nose, love the way it lingers on the tongue for a good 3 minutes

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of BoyDrinksWorld
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of mr_g00dkat
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Pitch black with half a finger of tan head

S - Coffee, chocolate, vanilla and oak

T - Mimics the smell, very upfront coffee & chocolate with nice vanilla undertones very balanced and complex.

M - Creamy and sticky. A very pleasant lingering aspect to this beer.

O - It lives up to the hype, just wish that I could have found more than 3 bottles. Will be aging however many I manage to not drink.

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3.5/5  rDev -23.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Corburk
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of boudeysbigbrew
4.36/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received 8 of these bad boys in a trade with user PeteGuento!

Appearance - Gentle pour with practically no head save for a tiny darkened brown circle. Lacing is minimal for the most part. Color is pure black with zero transparency.

Smell - In one word: delicious. Noticeably aged in bourbon barrels, with some sweetness clearly present. Smell of coffee beans comes through nicely.

Taste - Hints of vanilla I had not expected, which is something I've always loved in beer. Aftertaste is full of molasses and dark brown sugars. As it warms the bourbon's presence becomes noticeably more apparent.

Mouthfeel - great thickness with a bourbon aftertaste.

Overall - Though this is only my second KBS, it is certainly turning up to be my favorite RIS along with the Parabola. It completely lived up to the hype for me and cant wait to get to the remaining 6 I have left in my cellar!

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of highdesertdrinker
4.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I poured the beer into my FW tulip glass, glug, glug, glug, it pours out like motor oil, black as coal with a sheen of light brown on top.
The smell is slight barrel, some chocolate and coffee. Good, but a little muted.
The taste is marvelous, roasty, very roasty to give it sort of a rough around the edges edges flavor, vanilla, chocolate, and coffee all blended seamlessly and in near equal parts. The alcohol is almost unnoticeable. What a smooth, easy drinker for a big stout.
The mouthfeel is medium which only adds to the drinkability. Low carbonation, it's tough to drink this slowly.

In closing, I gotta say that I really like this beer! It reminds me of Parabola, but maybe a little rougher around the edges with it's roastiness, and not as much barrel presence. Super easy to drink for a big beer, and the 11.2 ABV is expertly hidden and just the right amount IMO. I will buy this every chance I get!

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -17.8%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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