KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) | Founders Brewing Company

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

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.67/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Dark, thick, viscous Milk chocolate head builds to 1/4" dissipates rather quickly
S: Dark Chocolate, roasted coffee, subtle vanilla, a nose of mocha ice cream
T:Melted chocolate, German dark chocolate cake, A hint of booze. Reminiscent of a rich coffee drink
M: Viscous, creamy,
O: Well balanced, alcohol helps beer dry out. Definite a decadent dessert. A great beer but something for special occasions. Definitely would lose some luster if I had it too frequently.

Worth seeking out! Definitely A top beer.

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4.57/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 03/14/14

Ap - Black. There's a papyrus colored, frothy head that slowly dissipates to a thin ring and film atop the beer. Lacing is left the whole way down. This is a top looking stout.

Ar - The aroma is quite subdued, even around 58°. There's a touch of oak, and subtle iced coffee. Chocolate and a dirty egg custard thing going on as well.

T - This is a really good tasting beer. The notes are all there; bourbon, vanilla, coffee on the front end and finishing with dry oak and dark chocolate. The only reason this wasn't rated any higher, was because the booziness is a touch too much. I'd like to see this aged for 6 months, and maybe a touch (more?) oatmeal.

M - This is where the beer kills it. It's perfect. Thick, chewy, and creamy. Slightly sticky and mouth-coating. A real stand out.

O - A damn delicious beer. Search it out. The only way this could get better is with a little less booze (for me). Some people seem to enjoy the booze. I feel this would be fun if it had a Huna/Abraxas/Mexi Cake treatment and had some chili's and/or cinnamon thrown in. It's a huge beer in a small bottle. Every time I've had this previously has been at the end of a tasting, with a wrecked palate. It was still good, but now, after having it by itself, I believe the hype. Well done Founders!

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4.69/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Blackest of night with the tannest of tan heads of about a finger and a half thick. It’s foamy and oh so pretty.

Smell: Let’s not forget about what this beer came from, the Breakfast Stout. The aroma has so much coffee. I also know that you can’t physically smell density, but KBS just smells thick. The aroma is a good warning for what you’re about to get into.

Taste: As the nose leads on, the stout has a lot of coffee, but surprisingly, it doesn’t dominate as the nose might suggest. I expected bigger bourbon flavor in this, but the subtle presence smooths out the bitterness from the coffee and dark chocolate malts. Hop presence is very minimal as expected, but slight bitterness comes presence from the coffee and chocolate. The bourbon’s main contribution, in my opinion, is the smooth vanilla flavors to balance it all out.

Mouthfeel: When you see how thick the pour is, you don’t really expect a thin, watery brew. There is nothing thin and watery about KBS. It is very thick, but it is so smooth that there is nothing unappealing about it. One word: creamy.

Overall: Founders KBS is just delicious. It is not extremely complex in the varieties of flavors it offers, but what it does offer(coffee, chocolate, vanilla bourbon), the complexity is so deep. The thick, creamy mouthfeel is just so drinkable. It’s not a beer I could drink everyday, but anytime someone offers me one, I’ll drink it…and love it irregardless.

4.75/5.0…what’s really perfect?

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4.68/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

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

Rare opportunity for me in the southeast to have this one. I had about a shot glass if it once before.

A: thin off white head with excellent lacing on a jet black body. A little more head and it would be perfect. May be pour related and do to the fact it is on draft

S: aroma is dominated by milk and dark chocolate and oak with vanilla, bourbon and dark fruit notes. I was sitting under a fan and yet the the aroma stayed full on the nose.

T: I had this one cold then let it warm up to are how it changes. The bourbon dominated when cold. As it warmed I got more chocolate, oak and vanilla. I must say I want more coffee which was more in the after taste. Last years seemed to have more coffee.

M: thick body but doesn't overly coat the palate, smooth with moderate carbonation. Carbonated a bit more than I wanted for the style to make it perfect but damn close.

Overall: I have tried many great beers and this one is at the top of that list. Best thing about it honestly is that it lives up to the hype which for a beer this highly rated is difficult to do. My biggest knock was not enough coffee to balance the sweetness. Alcohol is dangerously hidden

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4.36/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a still black with a very thin ribbon of head that fades almost entirely. Very fine lacing.

S - Upfront and at lower temperatures there's a lot of coffee with some notes of bourbon. As the temperature rises, bourbon becomes more apparent and the coffee becomes much harder to detect.

T - Dark chocolate predominates initially, and then gives way to some espresso. Finally, the bourbon becomes more evident. Aftertaste has a balance between the bourbon and the coffee flavors. The warmer it gets, the more bourbon comes through.

M - Very full bodied, quite thick, and no carbonation.

O - This is a phenomenal beer. It blurs the lines between a fine beer and a fine liquor. Even though I think this is a great stout, it would not be my go-to stout. I would save this one for special occasions. I have to say, my favorite stout continues to be Breakfast Stout.

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KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 13,213 ratings