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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4.41/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GennyCreamAle
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter
2013 Vintage

A- Pours syrupy pitch black. Nothing gets though this beer. A one fat finger of a khaki brown head. Big time alcohol legs on this beer. What a stout should look like.

S- Big coffee on the nose. A massive heap of roasted malt. A nice bit of chocolate and cocoa, sweet smelling. A big mocha note. No bourbon but what is there is quite magnificent.

T- A big bitterness at first. At first there is a subtle caramel sweetness. A massive roasted malt takes over on the tongue. A lasting dryness and smokiness left on the tongue. The coffee is very bold in this beer and really dominates the palate. The beer also has a dry cocoa to it that sticks to the tongue as well as a sweet and silky milk chocolate flavor to it. The bourbon is mostly noticeable on the back end. A nice sour mash to the beer and a nice bourbon flavor. The oak is subtly hidden under the bold flavors but adds a crisp dryness.

M- Big and thick, as it should be. Warming on the way down but not much in the terms of alcohol taste. A sweet stout with a very dry finish and lasting roast flavors on the tongue.

O- After trying to get this beer for 2 years. My time has finally come. This beer lives up to the hype. A well blended and surprisingly balanced stout, It remains bold in the flavors and goes down ever so smooth. Love it.

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Photo of MortalKombat14
5/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of 7Durandal7
5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of 1424IpA
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Tjvan2
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of spark3148857
4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into Founders snifter:
Pours midnight black with a mocha head that dissipates pretty quickly to a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Aroma is of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and sweet bourbon. Huge notes of chocolate and coffee up front give way to sweet and then bitter bourbon note that coats the mouth. This is my first KBS, and here is where I think Parabola edges this beer out: at this point Parabola explodes with a huge chocolate malt creaminess whereas KBS seems to fade out on the bourbon note. That being said, while it doesn't exceed my expectations of this super hyped beer, KBS at least meets them.

Edit: 2016 bottle fresh: I'm seeing better head retention and lacing on this batch. Taste is very complex with dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, huge oak, and bourbon. Not as thick as bcbs, but I perceive better mouthfeel and quite exceptional smoothness.

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Photo of StonedtotheBone
4.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Black as night with no moonlight; creates a virtual black mirror for peering into ones soul.

S- Roasted Barley and coffee malts followed by bourbon nose bending

T- very smooth, strong bourbon backing with ample chocolate and coffee accents

M- heavy but with little viscosity

O- Very good stout but not worth the price tag. Great buzz after one beer, it will make you take back things you never stole

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of robhbest
3.95/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into snifter @ cellar temp.

A: Pours a jet black, 1 finger caramel colored head which stayed around for a few minutes.

S: Obviously the bourbon comes through, with some roasted malts, coffee and chocolate.

T: More bourbon in the taste, vanilla, chocolate. Slight burn (in a good way) in the finish with a bitter coffee ending.

M: Thick rich and creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation was surprisingly good.

O: I must say, after having this beer last year, I'm glad I was able to score more bottles this year. It's everything I remember it to be. I love the feel of sipping beers and this is no exception. Its rich, its creamy, its not a boring beer by any means! If you can get your hands on it, do it. If you haven't already I'm sure it's sold out, and for good reason.

Edit: 3/31/2015

This beer isn't doing it for me this year. I noticed a fall off last year as well but I'm noticing that the big in your face flavors are gone. My taste buds going away? Possibly. Other close friends have said the same thing. It's no longer a beer I actively seek any more. I'll try it and be done with it. My rating is going down for this one.

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Photo of adamgetz
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Saviorself
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of jpatton0127
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of jahbulon
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of sbxx
4.29/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter

Appearance - Pours like old motor oil. No light getting through. 1/2 finger of dark caramel colored head hangs for a minute and fades away into the night. Very little lacing.

Smell - Oaky Bourbon scents dominate, with hints of vanilla, milk chocolate and coffee.

Taste - Dominant dark chocolate and coffee. Bold bourbon accents are there as well. Surprisingly, a pretty easy drinker at 11.2%.

Mouthfeel - Heavy body, light carbonation, sticky & semi-dry finish.

Overall - A solid, enjoyable beer. Well worth the $19 for a 4-pack that Founders charges. But I can't say it's worth the massive upcharge that most local liquor stores in the Chicago area are charging. This bottle cost me $7.99 + tax. I can get 4 regular Breakfast Stouts for just a few bucks more. That's a no-brainer. If you can find a single bottle for $6 or so, it's well worth it!

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Photo of BrownAleMale
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of gunpwdr
4.64/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nose: Chocolate rum cake, vanilla, coffee. Sweet, dense, and very dessert-like. Palate: Vanilla, rum, and melted chocolate on the attack. Impressions of syrup and liqueur immediately come to mind. Raisins with more rum and chocolate on the mid-palate. Chocolate and rum linger on the finish.

I love bourbon. I love stouts. I love barrel aged alcoholic beverages... which includes bourbon, scotch, wine, and so many other drinks. I love this KBS. But I struggle to reconcile this drinking experience with anything I've had before... which is probably besides the point. This is a very enjoyable beverage. It comes off as heavy and cloying at times, but it is a brew for a specific time and place and although this is my first time drinking this, I am a fan. Big, not terribly elegant, but delicious.

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Photo of mattafett
4/5  rDev -12.3%

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
4.56 out of 5 based on 12,599 ratings.
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