Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) | Founders Brewing Company

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)
BA SCORE
97.7%
Liked This Beer
4.61 w/ 12,680 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:
3,242
Ratings:
12,680
Liked:
12,388
Avg:
4.61/5
pDev:
8.46%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
4,500
Gots:
6,688
Trade:
522
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 12,680 |  Reviews: 3,242
Photo of xyz_entropy
4.14/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shafaegalo
4.86/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ahacsgt
4.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of KalCal
4.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A HUGE beer. Delicious. Huge flavor. LONG Finish. Roasted coffee and chocolate on the nose with an almost "syrupy" mouth-feel. This is definitely a "sipper" and in small amounts. It's one of those beers that is hard to find, and when I found it on tap, it was a surprise. The server poured it in a 20 oz. Imperial Pint glass! Perhaps did not know "what" was being poured? Either way, 20 oz. was a HUGE amount of THIS beer. Very happy to finally taste this "unicorn" and was impressed with everything about this delicious stout.

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Photo of Erikshegda1994
4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours Coffee Black with a thin light brown head with little to no lacing

S - Primarily of Coffee and sweetness

T - Flavorful Black coffee and dark chocolate with slight notes of bourbon

F - Full flavored mouth feel but very smooth and easy to drink, not too heavy so its great with breakfast and savory food

O - An EPIC stout and a must try if you like Founders Breakfast Stout; also do not refrigerate too long! The colder it is the less flavor you get...I like this one room temp.

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Photo of StormAles
4.86/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Nhmp105
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of marlowe57
4.65/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Lardo in Portland. Black. Half inch head, lasts a bit, lovely lacing. Aroma is vanilla, coffee, chocolate, a little bourbon/barrel. Taste adds alcohol, just a touch hot. Tastes less alcoholic than it is. Real nice, very well balanced, and a pleasant surprise to find it on tap today!

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a long lasting half inch dark chestnut head that leaves a coating of lace on a tulip glass.

The aroma opens with coffee and mild bourbon against a dark chocolate background. Light vanilla comes out with warmth as the coffee aromas intensify.

The flavors pick up where the aromas left off, adding sweet fruity flavors. Bourbon diminishes with warmth, but is always quite present. The finish is long and mild.

Alcohol, while as strong as expected, is far from hot. The body is thick and smooth with a soft cotton texture. Carbonation is well suited.

This is an excellent sipping beer. I enjoyed it with conversation over lunch at the Village Tavern and found it to be well worth the years of anticipation.

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Photo of Mthomas1221
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SMZBrew
4.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Strong notes of vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. Bourbon comes thru really well but there is some booziness present which makes it a little harsh considering the rating that this gets. Overall, I really enjoyed this one but quite honestly it is way overhyped.

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Photo of SenorBiggles
4.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Maybe this is an off-year, but I really don't see the hype. It's a tasty stout, dominated by coffee, chocolate, and vanilla flavours, without being too sweet. But there's just not the kind of depth or complexity of flavour that would justify a 100/100. (I don't taste the barrel-aging at all, for instance.)

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Photo of Jasons483
4.25/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mcsoupman
4.81/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of frasergrove
4.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wolverine3232
4.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of stevepat
4.42/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful opaque obsidian. Black as night. Thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Smell has wonderful chocolatey, pruney, coffee notes but is dominated by a booziness that is a little overbearing on my nose. Taste is much more balanced, figs and chocolate, oak and bourbon, big and bold but not so boozey as the nose would hint. Very nice bourbon barrel stout. Incredibly clean on the palette for such a big beer. Certainly fills the tongue, leaving no taste bud idle, but also clears out in a respectable time and gives the impression that you could drink a couple of these without getting syrup mouth. Overall a very good bourbon barrel stout, but seems to me to be a bit less balanced than it used to be (this is the 2016 release). May be just that it's been some years since I had it and my palette has changed but the nose seems much boozier now and the taste seems more bitter. Great brew though if you're looking for a big stout.

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Photo of neil2me
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of IPAGuy2112
4.99/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Kevin72
4.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brass_Rat_76
4.81/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of A-A-Ron-5
4.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tomesco
4.27/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

A - Pours pitch black with a small tan head.

S - The aroma consists of chocolate, caramel, bourbon, booze and light vanilla.

T - Follows all the same characteristics of the nose. Very heavy on the bourbon with some added coffee.

M - Thick and creamy with a dry finish.

O - It was definitely worth a try but the cost might deter me from actually buying this again.

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97.7% out of 100 with 12,680 ratings
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