KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) | Founders Brewing Company

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4.6/5
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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:
3,379
Ratings:
13,359
pDev:
8.48%
 
 
Wants:
4,542
Gots:
7,088
Trade:
514
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Ratings: 13,359 |  Reviews: 3,379
Photo of sensorglitch
4.27/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.13/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I get it why this is so popular, damn is it good...

This, for the most part, lives up to its hype. There's been other brews I have had that have not, but this one certainly does. From the time I poured it out of the bottle from the time I downed it, it was dark, laced on the pint glass, and did I mention dark...The smell was everything you would expect - boozy, chocolaty, full of the scent of coffee - and that goes for the taste as well. Mouthfeel is something I am rarely impressed with when it comes to beers - but this one was creamy, light on the carbonation (like I like it) and for all the bourbon - smooth. Yes, it was a special experience at the end of a long weekend to sip this and enjoy it.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.44/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With 13K ratings, I'm not sure what there is to say about this beer. I can't score it at the levels it is listed here (4.6), but it is certainly a great beer. Lots of coffee and chocolate in the nose and taste, but I didn't get quite as much bourbon and barrel notes as I was expecting. A little rougher mouthfeel as the carbonation is higher than I like for the style. Great beer.

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

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

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

Photo of informaticsDoc
4.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of maxarvo
4.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of trubeernick
4.17/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chad0131
4.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of tzat
4.54/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bones10
4.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PatrickCT
4.28/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2018/2018
Black body with ruby tint. One and a half finger beige head with light, wet lace.
The aroma is roasted malts with light espresso and milk chocolate.
The taste is roasted malts with hints of roasted coffee beans, rich dark chocolate, burnt caramel, cardamon, earthy molasses and a peppery hop presence.
heavy body, medium carbonation, wonderful, spicy finish.

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Photo of ManlyWealth
4.9/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a world class high gravity stout definitely worth trying if you hadn’t had it yet! Outstanding job Founders Brewers!

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Photo of Worcester90
4.15/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017 bottle aged about 6 months in cool cabinet and 9 in the fridge. Looks and smells good. Some nice notes of dark chocolate, vanilla and dark berries. Has definitely lost some sweetness and also coffee in the last year+. Also seems thinner than I recall. I liked it better fresh. It’s good but not great.

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Photo of Richter121
4.27/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of craigus
4.58/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DiggerDahl
4.24/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MEEK6382
4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of BklynBryan
4.22/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jibs
4.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of sulldaddy
4.62/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into my snifter. The beer pours a pitch black color with creamy dense tan to brown head of 3 cm foaming up on a gentle pour. The foam fades to a sturdy surface layer slowly after the pour.
The aroma is deep rich and malty with dark chocolate and some bourbon notes, also a bit of boozy warmth even on the nose here. A little molasses and some anice with hints of coffee grounds. No hops showing up here that I can really pick out.
The texture is very smooth and carbonation is mild and gently rolls across my palate. The body is pretty thick as anticipated for this large imperial stout.
Flavor is a dose of sweet and also dark chocolate, some molasses and roasted coffee. Some rich bourbon also comes through and the booze is very well hidden for this high ABV. Again the hops are buried and make no appearance.
This is a super drinkable and smooth imperial stout for how large of a beer it is. Im glad to have had this bottle and would definitely buy and drink this again.

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KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 13,359 ratings