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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)
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4.61/5
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12,836 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:
3,258
Ratings:
12,836
pDev:
8.46%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4,521
Gots:
6,776
Trade:
524
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Ratings: 12,836 |  Reviews: 3,258
Photo of abjones22
4.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

L:
-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a small to medium,foamy,khaki head
S:
-vanilla,coconut,brown sugar,syrupy,light smoke,oats,raisins,cognac
T:
-sweet,nougat,milk chocolate,cappuccino,toast,licorice,earthy,caramel,raisins,figs,vanilla
F:
-medium,soft carbonation
-medium to full body
-noticeable alcohol
O:
A fantastic, complex BA Imperial Stout.
It's a bit too sweet for me, which keeps it from a perfect score.

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Photo of southsidejoe8089
4.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Boldbrew
4.59/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jltrovil
4.16/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chris1907
4.98/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Damn! Best beer I've ever had, no doubt. Can hardly wait for April!!!

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Photo of BenHoppy
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As delicious as it comes!

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Photo of Zythophile
4.47/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date: 2017
Palate Contaminants: other beer

The look is a down-the-middle dark brown with a very small amount of fine head.

The smell is dark malt and freshly ground coffee, very freshly ground. There's as much depth to that as anything I've had, not bitter at all. I get some desiccated fruit, as well, mostly non-sweet dates. Concentrated vanilla starts to show up as it warms.

The taste (for me) is raw cookie dough in the base. Some of the flavors (coffee and vanilla, namely) I often get in a brew, but there's a level of savoriness that I haven't run across before for those flavors. It has plenty of coffee, but there's also a slightly lactic sweetness. I keep getting close to saying bitter cocoa, but it keeps splintering into separate things, meaning I can never really pinpoint some sort of chocolate. Vanilla extract pervades the taste, and the level is very even throughout. I do get a little alcohol heat, but that's only because I was really paying attention to my first ever bottle. The only bitterness is on the back end, and it's slight.

The sweetness is lacking in the aftertaste, but there's lots of savory coffee left. It's very smooth with foamy carbonation, but I can get a little prickliness out of it.

As Darth Vader said, "Impressive. Most Impressive."

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

Photo of Marvicsin
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Hightower33
4.74/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of stubbzz04
4.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of TheBeardedMeemo
4.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Kplummer82
4.19/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of constantine_272
4.4/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from a 12oz bottle like dark used motor oil with a thick viscosity to match. Very low head and carbonation. Nose is primarily vanilla, oak and of course bourbon boozyness with a long lingering damp musty forest. Dark toasted oak and bitter black coffee dominate at first with a brow rich earth. A sweet creamy vanilla bean icecream shines through the middle just briefly. More booze comes out at the end with dried leaves and cedar finishing surprisingly dry. Dried figs and plums are also present on the finish. Great balance of sweet and bitter, dry yet smooth. There was a lot of hype around this beer. It is delicious. Well crafted and well balanced with a ton of flavor.

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Photo of Helixoon
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Fistr
4.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RJQ3
3.28/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TomWight
4.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vicirus
4.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KennyDerenbecker
4.74/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Nalid66
4.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bnewt21
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of groleau
4.14/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.61 out of 5 with 12,836 ratings
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