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 Double / 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:
#33
Reviews:
3,371
Ratings:
13,294
pDev:
8.48%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Hopstronaut
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nullbort
4.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Hallbrauhaus
4.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of YungAnejo
4.21/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of ChrisCage
4.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a very opaque, and very dark brown color....near impossible to see through. The head starts out about one finger thick and looks super frothy!.....it is toffee colored and retains rather well into a half finger thick layer over the brew. The lacing, while thick, doesn't really do any sort of clinging around the inside of my glass, leaving only behind a couple of small scattered blobs. Decent looking overall!

S- Huge amounts of dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, black coffee, some vanilla molasses sweetness, bourbon barrel woodiness. The overall aroma is rich, delicate and smooth. Hints of black and dark chocolate barley malt make their presence known too, and the finish is of a dry Earthy sweetness, with perhaps some fresh coffee bean grinds and subtle hop bitterness.

T- Wow, this is a nice tasting Stout! Huge deep dark chocolate right up front, with background notes of licorice, oak aged bourbon, tender vanilla bean pods, dark fruit pits.....kind of a rummy booziness, and lots of dark/toasty malts that provide a dry astringency throughout the finish! There is an alcohol burn that runs from the back of the throat straight down into the gut and the dryness/booze lingers a little bit on the palate.

M/O- I was very surprised with how bubbly this is!......plenty of effervescence to this medium-full bodied brew! The drinkability is kind of low in my opinion, as it is much too rich to have more than a half bottle of at any one time.....definitely a sipping beer and it needs something sweet (or a nutty chocolate) to pair up with this. This is a good beer, if not a little overrated.....it could be a little more sociable and a little high in alcohol content.

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

Photo of Pete_Simpson
3.5/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of karma_initiative
4.2/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jkchad
4.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of irishkyle21
4.49/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ipeters1017
4.24/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled February 2018, drank June 2018. Pitch black with a surprisingly tall khaki head. Looks creamy and thick. Smells of chocolate, alcohol, and roasted malts. Tastes of bitter chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and oak--alcohol is definitely present but not a kick in the teeth. Coffee, more wood and more chocolate as it warms up. Super smooth and creamy mouthfeel, heavy and syrupy body with low carbonation. This is great, but maybe not up to the massive hype. Wish I could compare to some older versions.

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

Holy Moses! This beer is no joke. Rich, chocolatey, and delicious with a kick like a Southern mule. I thought I knew what I was getting into with this bad boy, but when push came to shove, I was woefully unprepared. I managed to score a 32oz growler of this nectar from a tap house today and was looking forward to settling into a good movie and a couple of imperial pints. It pours a bit like bottled Guinness, and not that fancy schmancy widget "draft bottle" stuff, but rather the old school, tan label, "we scored a crate off a truck in Armagh" Guinness bottles. Thin, but not watery. Black as coal, with almost zero carbonation. A tiny cocoa brown head forming at the top of the pint. I was instantly intrigued.
As for bouquet, it is stouty and complex without being overly so. There are hints of dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, and (unsurprisingly) bourbon.
I tipped the pint to my lips and BAM! The taste. Smooth, thick, coffee laced, with a delicious oatmealy richness, but what most surprised me is the dryness. The high ABV is reminiscent of Monster's Barleywine more than any stout I've ever had. At first, it almost put me off. But the more I had, the more I realized how delicious and balanced it is, even with its extraordinarily high alcohol content.
The mouth on this beer is slightly syrupy and thick, as it coats the tongue, but it maintains its traditional stout drinkability. It's as if a standard, run of the mill, draft Guinness had a love child with Sam Adams notorious triple bock. Potent, yet incredibly drinkable.

This is not a beer for beginners, or for tossing back. Its high ABV and complex profile will knock you down the stairs if you aren't careful, but It is rapidly becoming a new favorite and may just have become my new signature beer.

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Photo of hornsdude77
4.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 1979nate
4.59/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

It packs a punch

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

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

Photo of user8991037426712693
4.24/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of steve412smith
4.9/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of mike22ne
4.49/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of h4ger
4.53/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WhackoMillah93
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kitekid
3.87/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 13,294 ratings