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): 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

Now labeled as "KBS."

ABV varies by batch.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-13-2004

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -13%

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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

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of OB1Kubota
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say this is the best stout ever. Thick, heavy, delicious, complex, may cure brain damage, water on the knee, and if made in large enough quantity, may be the conduit for world peace. Praise the lord and pass the KBS. More words needed, but words will only keep me from waiting for the first week in April when KBS is sold for all of 5 or 6 days.

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Photo of Deerslayer210
4.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to the mind. This is a very dark, thick, rich bourbon stout. The smell is excellent and the taste is outstanding. No burn, all pleasure! Founders Breakfast stout is one of the top beers of all time on my list. Add in bourbon barrel aging and it is knock out. I must have more of this stout next year.

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4.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle served in a snifter glass.

A: Pours a deep opaque oily black color forming a small but creamy beige head with medium retention that leaves some spotty and molasses lacings in the glass

S: The smell is just perfect. Sweet and molasses. Delicious roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, bourbon and oak. The smell of oak is absolutely delicious. I've gave 5, but I would give it 10 if I could! :p

T: Sweet and roasted upfront. Strong notes of roasted malts, candy sugar, caramel, bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate and coffee. Strong and delicious roast bitterness in the end. Alcohol is well hidden

M: Heavy, dense, creamy and molasses body. Medium to low carbonation. Complex sweet and roasted aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. Masterpiece

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3/5  rDev -34.8%

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

This stout is near perfection. The quality of the stout itself and the bourbon barrels used to age this beer make it one of the best stouts I have had the pleasure drinking! This stout pours almost black with a nice brown head. The flavors of chocolate and coffee are outstanding. The bourbon flavor complements the overall taste.

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Looking forward to this one!

Appearance: completely and totally black with a thin finger of rich brown foam. Quite good indeed.

Smell: sweet and rich; roasty without being acrid. There's a deep bouquet of fruit flavors, almost like a quadrupel. Oaky, vanilla and bourbon notes from the long barrel aging, but nothing over the top. A well-balanced, well-considered, and very enticing aroma.

Taste: the flavor has a little bit more edge to it than the aroma. Darkly fruity right up front with a good coffee character coming through -- something that was much less prevalent in the aroma. There's definitely a harsher bitterness in the flavor, probably from all the roast. There's also that characteristic vegetal hop aftertaste, which, while it's not my favorite thing, is kind of integral to the style. I love the deep, dark fruitiness, though.

Mouthfeel: huge body with a silky, smooth creaminess. It just goes down eeeasy.

Overall: an extremely tasty and capable beer. Certainly not a session quaffer, but definitely something I want to have more of.

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4/5  rDev -13%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 13,107 ratings