Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -17.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -17.8%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of mhksuccess
4.39/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle into FFF teku
it is pretty dark little or no head at all
smell is of mostly coffee hints of chocolate come through
taste is similar with heavy coffee and slight bourbon and chocolate on the back end
very smooth i like the coffee flavor is nice not overpower and not acidic
i think i do prefer this beer with some age on it
but overall it is a nice contender

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Photo of HarriAle
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of dazedandconfused
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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

Chocolate coffee, Rich, mid mouthfeel. The next night while drinking Porters I found myself dreaming of this beer.
I shared one can among five people. I don't like bourbon so the other four told me that I would not like it and didn't want to share. But I tasted it anyway, to rate it, and lived it.
I rate to taste, not to type.

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Photo of henskejk
4.14/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into snifter glass

A - dark thick look with a small amount of tan head that fades, then lingers on the glass.

S - Coffee and dark roasted malts, with some dark fruit note and a bit of alcohol.

T - Similar taste as the smell, nice dark and roasty flavor with the coffee, only a small amount of chocolate. Alcohol taste is there, but not too strong.

M - good smooth mouthfeel with a nice amount of carbonation.

O - very good beer, not my favorite of the BA stouts, but very glad I got to try it.

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4.31/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to my Cigar City snifter; no bottling date that I can see, but this is the 2013 release, so it’s been about two months since it was released.

Appearance (3.5): Maybe half a finger of cappuccino-colored head comes off of the pour before dying down relatively quickly, leaving just a thin foam ring around the edge of the body. The body is pitch black but shows some deep amber tones around the edge when held up to the light. Not a whole lot of retention, the head having fizzled away and left just a couple of wide, flat legs of lace on the near side of the glass. I s’pose it fits the style, but I like more head, personally.

Smell (4.25): Lots of dark chocolate and French roast coffee lying underneath it—high-cacao content cocoa powder and fresh coffee grinds, all mixed with woody, rich vanilla tones (clearly the bourbon coming through here), and a low-level roasted grain character (like burned toast?) and a little smokiness. Not as intense as I was anticipating, but the elements are all very good and very well-balanced.

Taste (4.5): Much more of that wonderful, high cacao dark chocolate character mixed with cold-brew black coffee, a little rich molasses sweetness to smooth things out underneath, and some more of that smooth vanilla, bourbon-y component, but without the boozy heat you’d expect from a lot of –bbl stouts (and other styles). The booze does come through in the way the chocolate-coffee combo kind of evaporates away in your mouth, but that’s it—not too bad. The mildly oaky, vanilla tone helps smooth out any bitterness that the coffee, chocolate, hops, or roasted malt might be contributing, leaving just a moderate bitterness that opens up in the finish into a slightly boozy, roasty vaporous character.

Mouthfeel (4.25): On the full side of medium-weight but not heavy, with only a modestly syrupy feel. The carbonation is moderate, with just a bit of tingle here and there accompanied by a soft, slow foaming action. This is very smooth, and kind of hard to drink slowly.

Overall (4.25): This is a very, very good beer. Is it excellent? Maybe. Is it the best imperial stout I’ve ever had? No. That might actually go to (at this date) Founders Imperial Stout. But this does bourbon barrel aging better than 95% of other such beers, which I’m thankful for (’cause a lot of ’em can’t balance their shit very well). But this is a very, very good imperial stout with excellent chocolate and coffee components and a well-played barrel component, too.

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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