Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) | Founders Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
12,597
Reviews:
3,219
Avg:
4.56
pDev:
8.77%
 
 
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6,667
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Photo of Kerrie
5/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of hillvt4me
4/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Black with red undertone. Minimal light brown head with pour into a tulip.

S - fudge-chocolate. coffee beans, dark fruit and earthy leather.

T - Bourbon, chocolate, cherry, Etoh and coffee. The flavored enriched and developed with some time and change toward room temperature.

M - Thin, silky smooth, low carbonation.

O - Solid brew, though I am recalling last years batch a bit more fondly.

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of mykill84
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of jageraholic
4.69/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2014 KBS. Number abiove are from 2013. This release snuck up on me but i was able to track down a bottle in the area. Served into my snifter around 50-55 degrees.

A: a beauty. Pitch black, light brown froth on top. Microbubbles keeping it alive. 5

S: fantastic aromas of coffee, vanilla, bourbon, some oak, a little anise, caramel and slight hint of alcohol heat in the background. 5

T: wow. Wave of sweet bourbon at first, vanilla follows with some burnt chocolate and caramel in the background. Coffee in the finish and alcohol heat in the aftertaste but in a good way. Man i wish i was sitting by a fire drinking this. Crazy wave of flavors with each sip being a different flavor taken dominance. Awesome wild ride to drink. 4.75

M: coats the mouth but dissapates really quickly. Leaves a lingering presence known along with some of the complex flavors above. A little over carbonated for a stout which is its only flaw. But that goes away the slower i drink it. 4

O: a phenominal beer and one i look forward to every year. Worth every moment of tracking it down. Looking at my review of last year, 2014 definitely has more stout quality and is really really awesome. 4.5

2013 KBS...start of my birthweek, sitting outside, been drinking a lot of IPAs lately, time for a stout.

A: rough pour, nice inch light brown head that reduces down to a microline of bubbles throughout the rest of the beer experience. Pitch black in the body of the tulip glass, with a light clear brown around the surface edge. Beautiful stout.

S: lot of bourbon in the smell. Very sweet. Some vanilla and chocolate in the background, but smell is predominately sweet. Like if maple candy were bourbon rather than maple. No sense of any alcohol in the smell. Slight coffee notes come out too. Alcohol comes out more as it warms.

T: lot of sweet bourbon in the taste. Takes over the mouth at first, then gives way to notes of vanilla, maybe a little cherry in the background. Not much chocolate, coffee or malt taste...yea,not getting many stout flavors, but very smooth bourbon (pleasant bourbon,not overwhelming like fresh BCBS) vanilla and slight tart cherry. No woodiness. Alcohol presenting itself as it gets mid 50s and getting more chocolate.

M: very thick in the palate, coats the mouth with a nice dry finish leaving the great flavor in my mouth and wanting more.

O: I remember more stout qualities in the past, even when i tried this years when it was first released. I like the balance of the bourbon aging and imp stout qualities that KBS usually has and this one is lacking that. It is very sweet and very flavorful, incredibly smooth beer with no burn at all for a hgh abv beer. Was expecting more stout, got more bourbon, and founders did excellent, because i'm not dissapointed in the slightest. Just have to throw in when the alcohol shows itself, it tastes like delicious chocolate bourbon with a smooth subtle burn, basement temp is the way to go with this beer. Excellent job prost!

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of hodsongolf
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is always one of the most hyped/limited beers out there in my area (RVA). I even went to the big box total wine the day it was supposed to be delivered and the manager told me they were only getting 1 case (1 bottle per person). imagine my surprise to find it on draft at Brew (chester, VA). Now I know what all the hype is about.

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of s8bored
4.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The 2014 KBS release was as delicious as last year and the previous.

Enjoyed on tap with good friends. Appearance was dark and chocolatey with passable light filtering through its heavy depths.

Nose was coffee and dark molasses. Great nose filling stoutiness.

Taste was chocolate and coffee. Dark toast. And booze! Nice warming going sensation going down.

Slight carbonation. Just the right amount of viscosity.

Overall, one of the best barrel aged stouts around. A enigma for some and a legend to others.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.7/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

After the great Columbus chase of 2014 I finally got my hands on a couple of bottles. It is true that when you are considerate to the store, they are considerate back. What goes around comes around.

A-Poured aggressively into by tulip glass it poured a deep dark brown. I got a nice head with the pour, a beautiful mocha colors which held its old for a bit.

S-Got some oaky smell, but what came through for me was the coffee, and a slight hint of chocolate

T-Took the first pull while it was cold and got a big hit of bourbon upfront, then a nice kiss of chocolate followed by a nice coffee finish. As it warmed up I got a lot more coffee forward, big roasted taste.

M- I'd call this medium, not too thick, not too thin. Goldilocks would love this beer.

O-A very good stout, that is great for breakfast. (Which is how I had it). I'll drink it again, but with other great stouts more easily available I probably won't hunt this down again.

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4.48/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
4.56 out of 5 based on 12,597 ratings.
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