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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Photo of dheacck11
4.78/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pour is chocolaty black with mahogany head that leaves a lovely smattering of lace. Sticks to the glass after each sip with a little residue.

Nose is nice but not as powerful as I would expect. Hints of bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla seem to be most prominent.

Taste is almost mind blowingly complex with each sip. Initially with rich vanilla, coffee, and malty scotch flavors. Then seems to morph into a rich, thick, creamy chocolate on the finish, which lingers in your mouth. Just a slight hint of burn from the booziness.

Feel is lusciously thick and full, but not overwhelmingly. Really quite perfect.

Really happy I got to pick up some of this. Absolutely a must try if you like stouts at all. The complexity is incredible.

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Photo of Jacurdy60
4.37/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours like any typical stout, with one difference. This one just looks better than the rest. Deep, pitch black color with a tan, copper colored head that dissipates fairly quickly. The color is sublime.

S-Bourbon hits the nose pretty astringently, which I do not like. However, it fades quickly into a deep, complex symphony of chocolate, toasted almonds, burnt oak, and coffee.

T-Quick bourbon bite at the front. Strong on the chocolate and toasted almonds. The bourbon has a lingering taste, but it is not as overpowering as it is on the nose. The bourbon at the front fades nicely into the chocolate and toasted almonds at the finish as I notice its presence again with a faint touch of vanilla. Very well-rounded, full bodied brew.

MF-The body is perfect. Not as thick as most Imperial stouts, but not to thin. A perfect balance between watery and chewy. It feels like I could drink more than 2 in a sitting, which is not typical of an imperial stout. Very smooth and semi-rich with slight carbonation

O-Absolutely exceptional. Worth the money I paid for, however the bourbon presence was a touch too strong. Very complex and smooth, and I wish i could have bought just more than one.

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Photo of StArnoldFan
4.39/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of flyersfan900
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Urs
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Thickfreakness
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

300th review

Pours like liquid brownie into my tulip glass. Thick, dark and chewy. A walnut tan head rises up and fades rather effortlessly back into the abyss leaving only tiny islands of lacing and some foam settling on the murky black.
Rich black coffee, subtle hints of bitter 90% chocolate, little bits of vanilla and bourbon but not fake or overwhelming. Subtle touches of coconut, gently toasted nuts, and I swear just a hint of orange peel. To me KBS never had an over-the-top bourbon punch, just gentle, smokey kisses that cling to your palate without overwhelming you. I had pulled this out of the fridge about 15mins before opening it, and it's now starting to really open up in the nose and come alive.
Bitter black coffee, 90% Belgian chocolate bar, cocoa powder, orange peel dipped in melted chocolate, whisps of vanilla, coconut and smokey bourbon. The bourbon is really opening it up as it warms up. This is a perfect candidate for opening right out of the cellar. I prefer KBS with a year on it so that some of that bitter coffee fades and everything melts together beautifully.
Neither thick or thin. Sticky and chewy enough to stick to the sides and roof of your mouth like a brownie, but still flows and drinks easily. Nice cocoa powder/coffee/charred malt/bourbon blend. Neither takes the lead, but each shares eloquently.
Not my favorite BBA RIS by any means, but still a nice treat on this first decent day of spring in NY. Nice and chewy, a decent blend of coffee/cocoa/bourbon. It's really too bad that this is so limited. I think that's why this one is so damn hyped. A damn fine RIS. Plenty of other better ones that are easier to find, but if you've never had it and have the chance, by all means grab it. I'd love to try this on tap sometime. That must be something else altogether.

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Photo of Festigio
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of kernal
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Damian74
3.07/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I was excited wife scored a four pack for me. Not gonna go through a full review. I had it smelled like coffee and alcohol. But the taste I just couldn't take it. It taste like bourbon spiked cold coffee. And I don't like coffee. Don't take this wrong I know coffee notes are part of having a stout but usually chocolate is too and didn't get that anywhere in this beer. If ever have again it would be one and done, then go onto another beer. Sorry but this beer is overrated, Or maybe not just to my liking.

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Photo of Lurkerson
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Buff0910
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of phooky
5/5  rDev +9.6%

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

First KBS ever, fresh 2013 bottle poured into a Triptych pint glass.

A - A thick black liquid that lets no light through, with a medium-dark head.

S - A flawless mix of coffee and bourbon with hints of vanilla

T - This is by far the best blend of flavors I've ever had in a beer. All the flavors are right there all the time, but none are dominated by the others. The sweetness of the bourbon falls into the background as the coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts gently roll through. You're never 'bombed' with any flavor. One of the most consistent beers throughout the whole tasting process.

M - Very smooth, sticks around for 10 seconds or so. The best mouthfeel you could want in a stout.

O - A lot of people comare this to BCS, but to me it's a whole different animal altogether. You can tell that this isn't just a bourbon aged stout with coffee added, it was made with those flavors in mind, producing an extremely well-balanced beer that retains the complexity through every last drop. I was worried that I was too hyped for this beer, but it proved itself worth of the rarity and praise it gets. One of, if not the best beer I've ever had.

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Photo of GR_Beer_Nut
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of withoutfailbrewmaster
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I popped my KBS cherry last night. 2013 served in a snifter

A -This was the most impressive BA stout pour i have had to date. 1 1/2 inch of mocha/ruby colored head. Seemed like it was going to linger far longer than i wished due to the anticipation of tasting this much heralded brew. Liquid dark chocolate in appearance, not quite as viscous as BCBS

S -coffee was predominant aroma by far, followed by a subtle blend of bourbon, oak, vanilla and roasted malts

T -I was surprised by how balanced this was. I was expecting a coffee bomb but it was a tantalizing combo of coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and the roasted malts. The bourbon definitively plays the supporting role well, kinda like the 6th man in basketball. Didn't try to steal the show but is an indispensable part of the team

M -very good mouth feel. not too thin and not thick. Goldilocks would say this was just right.

O -Superb offering from Founders. Does it live up to the hype? Yes. Does this dethrone BCBS as my favorite BA stout? No. It will be interesting to age for 6 mo or so to let the coffee subside just a little bit. It was definitely more prominent than my pallet is accustomed to, not going to say this is a bad thing, just different. I had 2011 BCBS coffee around Christmas time and I would prefer KBS over that, I have not had fresh BCBS coffee though. Makes me want to bust out my 2012 now for a comparison. This was well worth the effort to seek out. glad i have 5 more bottles to savor!

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Photo of baconman91
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of GeoffreyM
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Hallertau
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of TheConnMan
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of montag30
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of SourinQns
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of lic217
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Black, with a light brown head
Smell: Chocolate, vanilla, and coffee
Taste:Starts semi sweet with some chocolate flavor then a mix of bourbon,chocolate, and vanilla flavor then ends with dark fruit (mostly cherry) and some alcohol heat.
Feel: Moderate mouthfeel and carbonation
Overall: A good beer, would prefer less alcohol heat and a slightly bigger mouthfeel

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Photo of Rekrule
3.5/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of bnes09
4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black and perfectly opaque. Thick and creamy tan colored head on the pour. Head retention is excellent, forms a ring around the glass and plenty of lace blotches.

Aroma is very robust. Sweet molasses and maple. Oats and corn. Lots of coffee. Hints of vanilla and oak character. Well rounded and complex in the nose.

Flavor begans with the malt consisting of roasted barley, dry oats and cooked corn. Robust coffee and rich dark chocolate come to life near the middle. Subtle earthy hop character. Mild maple sweetness. Not getting too much oak or vanilla in the flavor. Complex but with less than perfect balance and the corn flavor is throwing me off a bit.

Full bodied though not syrupy. Highly carbonated for the strength. Rich, creamy texture and just slightly drying in the finish.

A very good beer but a let down from what I expected given all the hype.

Revision after second tasting 4/28/13: Compared side by side against breakfast stout and drank over the coarse of 1.5 hours. After about an hour the beer reached a temperature which allowed all the oaky, vanilla, bourbon nuances to emerge. The flavors also seemed to blend and harmonize. This brought the taste and overall score up for me and I recommend this sampling technique. Overall, every bit as good as breakfast stout with a little more flavor that tackles a slightly different style and both can be thoroughly enjoyed depending on the mood of the drinker

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Photo of David1492
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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