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 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:
3,390
Ratings:
13,401
pDev:
8.48%
 
 
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4,541
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7,105
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Ratings: 13,401 |  Reviews: 3,390
Photo of nfedas
3.8/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rooroo61
4.27/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of runmilesdrinkbeer
4.59/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of grm1007
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of zbelair
4.58/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jromanowicz09
4.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Bearblitz
4.59/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of LazyDog
4.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of KaeptnBlaubaer
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of santig0nzalez
4.54/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheilerW
4.71/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BGDrock
4.54/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Body is a deep dark brown, capped by a dense head the colour of a Cadbury milk chocolate bar. Great retention, if not 'out of this world'.
The nose is a treat - rich dark chocolate and aged rum, complimented by lighter notes of medium roast coffee and vanilla. My mind keeps going to rum cake, or a true, aged fruit cake.
A velvety smooth feel and luscious chocolate flavour are the first things to stand out, like an authentic hot chocolate. Once again that fruity, sweet, rum flavour kicks in, right after the chocolate and lingering through the finish. I wish this came in cake form. Light burn of alcohol provides balance to the sweetness, which thankfully isn't cloying or heavy-handed. Dried fruit (dates, figs, raisins) flavours come to mind, and vanilla. A touch of coffee. Easy-drinking despite the intense flavours, with a medium body and medium-light, very fine carbonation.

Get your hands on this come Fall! KBS is an outstanding stout, with a complex marriage of flavours and luxurious feel. A pure delight, perfect for dessert - make it chocolate, with berries, or a coffeecake.

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Photo of bierzeit
4.56/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeardedWalrus
4.64/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The holy grail of imperial stouts. I don't know how the thirsty monk got a keg of this, but I will be forever grateful for it.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Thank you, Rkitchen!
Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) brown bottle into a conical pint glass; 2018 release (bottled on 02/21/2018).
A: Pours a very, very dark brown color (but not quite black) with excellent formation of a one inch plus, light brown head, moderate retention, but rings and rings of serious lacing.
S: Gorgeous nose with aromas of chocolate > coffee (but definitely both), vanilla, frankly very reminiscent of a chocolate ice cream malted. As warms, more of a bourbon note.
T: Chocolate and coffee are very evident, with vanilla and bourbon flavors much more evident. Thought I detected orange peel and spicy notes. Aging from oak and higher order alcohols both seem to be present. Bitterness imparts almost a birch or sarsaparilla note.
M: Full bodied with solid, very persistent carbonation. Creamy and smooth.
O: Wow! If you like stouts and porters, this is for you. Delicious, high quality stout, not much more to say.

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Photo of Bman6266
4.77/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JimboBrews54
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Is there anything wrong with this beer?!?!? I cannot find one bad or mediocre thing to say about this heaven in a glass. The only thing I can say is get the 22 oz bombers. Anything smaller is a waste of time!

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Photo of shreead
4.56/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Devonking
4.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of estajoe
4.27/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of antrocks
4.96/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of flockofjay
4.19/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer is thin. However, I tend to compare it to Russian Imperials, and that is not a fair comparison at all.,,with that being said....the profile fits a barrel aged porter more than a stout. I know that technically, a stout is a stout porter....higher alcohol content....the current taste profile and thinness of this beer reminds me of a porter and not a stout....however times 2...it is a damn fine barrel aged porter...or a middle of the road barrel aged stout. All that being said...just make the thing 15 percent. It will hide the problems.

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KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 13,401 ratings