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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)
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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 Omnium
4.21/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On Tap at House Of 1000 Beers
A - Pours completely black with a brown head, but not a really thick head, and little lacing.
S - Big dark roasted malt right off the bat, some chocolate and vanilla, then that big bourbon scent.
T - Follows the aroma almost exactly, large roasted malt flavor, very sweet, with hints of vanilla, and some minor earthy hops, toasted wood chips, and some chocolate.
M - Very thick, but smooth, the sticky sweetness of the malt just lasts forever on your palate.
O - From personal preference, I dont see eye to eye with Imperial Stouts, this does have some great flavors, and is incredibly smooth, the 11.2% is masked almost completely, but it tastes like nearly every other imperial stout i've had. I'd much rather take your average stout against this, but I've had it.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1st review! Might as well start with a big boy. Had this puppy alongside a bourbon county. Honestly, the bourbon county blew it away. Not to say the KBS was at all bad, it was delicious. Great blend of chocolate and coffee with good lingering taste. Good mouthfeel. Not flawless but would be nitpicking to mention anything serious... I thought it would have a more complex taste but still absolutely delicious. If you find this rare gem, pick it up.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.28/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of Ri0
4.49/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Black as coal with a big 2 finger sand colored head. Light does not pass through this black beauty. Thin ring remains and lacing is minimal.

S - Ahhh... Sweet bourbon and vanilla, mocha, dark chocolate. Roasted malts and some molasses also are present.

T - Mmmm... Waves of sweet bourbon and dark chocolate with vanilla. Notes of roasted malt, mocha, and molasses. Some warming from the alcohol in the finish. Absolute joy to sip on.

M - Rich and creamy with a thick mouthfeel. Surprising amount of carbonation for a barrel aged beer.

O - This and BCBS are the stouts that I covet. I feel lucky to have been able to get a 4 pack my first year looking for it. I'll make sure to take off work in future on KBS day to land some!

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4/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.8/5  rDev +4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Raime
4.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Into a snifter. Pours about as black as you can get with a one finger mocha head. Left very spotty lacing.

S - A good sized hit of bourbon up front followed quickly by dark chocolate and coffee. I also pick up some slight chocolate covered cherry and roast beef.

T - Bourbon right off the bat, shortly followed by dark coffee and espresso. Chocolate makes it's presence known and it finishes off on a warming boozy vanilla note. The coffee sticks around well into the finish.

M - Thick oily body with almost no carbonation. Consitant dark chocolate and coffee. Flavorts unravel as it sits.

O - Overall, definitely a solid stout, unfortunately, I don't think it belongs on the top 10, or even the top 20 beer list. The bourbon was nice, but the vanilla undertones weren't pronounced enough. Hate all you want, but FIS and Siberian Night were both better than this.

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of BirdFlu
4.32/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So after much time spent hoping and waiting, KBS finally came to town like Santa on Xmas night.. Every store in my state that I know of who had it only sold a single bottle per customer (so I had to go to every store, obviously, and obtained a full 4 pack or so).. So its fitting that this is my 100th review!
Served just above room temperature in a snifter.
The appearance of this beer is the sort of thing RIS lovers can usually only dream of- Jet black, it literally made me laugh out loud at how absurdly dark and viscous it looks. Just solid darkness with thin brown head which clings lightly to the walls.
The aroma is very chocolatey- dark and milk chocolates mixed with dark roast coffee/espresso beans and a bit of liquor. The wood barrel characteristics are there too giving it an earthy quality. Its a much, much more prominent smell you get in the glass (as opposed to just out of the bottle) compared to a lot of beers.
The taste is smooth and balanced between similar characters you find in the aroma- dark coffee, dark chocolate, wood, some vanilla bean, and certainly boozey brown liquor. Bitterness (like dark chocolate, not like hops) is upfront. Mouth is incredibly smooth, unbelievably even, on the tongue then warm boozey burn (not in a bad way) as you swallow it. Amazing, a great, chewy, viscosity that doesn't cross the line to overbearing heaviness.
You really had to try and find something to thats NOT fairly perfect about the beer.. For an RIS its much much all you could hope for, though it does have a few slight drawbacks in its drinkability considering the boozeyness which becomes reminiscent of sort of an after-dinner liqeur and the weight of it which develops.. its almost like a milkshake towards the end.. Its not a solid 5's across the board, but its definitely an A+

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of DrewskiWhit
4.64/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

First time drinking KBS.... Wow

Combination of chocolate, bourbon, coffee at forefront. Not overly complex. Drinks like a milkshake. Mouthfeel is awesome with low carbonation and nice aftertaste. Alcohol smell very very prevalent but no alcohol burn. Incredibly delicious. Cant wait to try it with a couple years of age. Lives up to hype.

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Photo of Mattybz28
4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.61 out of 5 with 12,728 ratings
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