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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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Ratings: 12,768 |  Reviews: 3,251
Photo of dohedan
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Cheeseboo
3.29/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Truth be told, I am not a fan of Bourbon stouts because I don't like to drink hard liquor. To me, a beer should taste like a beer, not like anything else. The bourbon flavor is overwhelming. I know that some people love this stout, but I'm not a fan. I would much rather have something smooth and creamy that doesn't assault my taste buds with alcohol. My brother paid something like $30 for a 4 pack of this and I don't feel it is worth the money. Again, I'm not a fan of hard liquor, just beer.

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Photo of bmh_the_legend
4.4/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FSUlaw-and-brew
4.37/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmink27
4.24/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vivified
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of rugbypsu
4.44/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jmasher85
4.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I could literally fill myself up drinking this for breakfast, assuming I'm not doing much else that morning. Rich, thick, dense, black as sin, and decent foam on medium carbonation, the texture of a great beastly stout is there. And it gets better once you sip it. This is, for my money, the superior big brother of CBS, and while it shares textural qualities, it's a different animal and, aside from being easier to find, my preferred brew.

Not overtly chocolatey, but plenty of cocoa and coffee for sure, which keeps it from being overwhelmingly sweet. The bitterness of the flavor works here better than any stout I've had before, I think. There's also a mesmerizingly chalky, tannic texture to the bitterness brought on by the cocoa and oak - what I assume is charred oak from the smokey smell that, mixed with a hint of vanilla, makes me dream of this beer days later. God, there's so much going on in this beer that it's hard to say much else besides "drink the dang stuff!"

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Photo of Stevem68
4.74/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark chocolate color, has a nice aroma of bourbon, chocolate and coffee. The flavor follows the aroma but its very smooth. This is a very flavorful beer that drinks incredibly sooth for how heavy it culd be

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Photo of woemad
4.57/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of LehighAce06. No bottling or “best by” date, but it’s the 2015 vintage according to the label. This was a longtime want.

Poured into an Iron Goat snifter, this was inky black and quite viscous looking as it poured out of the bottle. There was a modest tan head that dropped quickly, which was not a surprise given this beer’s potency, but a collar of tan foam remained afterwards. The lace reminds me of pictures of distant clumps of trees on the African Savannah.

Boozy and sweet aroma, in that order. It smells like a dessert. Although the label boasts of 70 IBUs, no hop aroma seems able to cut through the scents given off by the dark malts, bourbon, chocolate and coffee.

This beer tastes rich and decadent. Chocolate and bourbon lead the assault on the taste buds. The coffee flavor is more subdued, kicking in after the initial flavor blast and providing a kind of backbone of rich bitterness to the sweeter aspects. There’s a big, boozy undercurrent here. It doesn’t exactly dominate things, but it keeps you aware at all times that this is a BIG beer. Slight dry, hoppy zap at the swallow, but that’s about the extent of any standout hop character.

Full bodied, with a rich, sticky, coating, velvety mouthfeel.

God, I love this beer! It’s great after a late breakfast and coffee, but would be amazing after a dinner or as a nightcap. Going forward, my problem is that I’ll have to trade or do more BIFs just to get this beer again. Thanks, Kevin!

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Photo of aleckpa
4.3/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cristhre3floyd
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of skiking70
4.38/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer lived up to its billing.

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Photo of Hendry
4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of invalid665
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wolverine48092
4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of morrowd3
4.49/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours the color of cold brew coffee - mostly black with brown around the edges, and a nice small brown head that sticks around and leaves some lacing.
Smell and taste are both dominated by a ton of chocolate, smooth cold brew coffee notes (no bitterness), and flavors of chocolate covered dark cherries, vanilla cream, caramel, and a smoothness from the bourbon and oak. Overall, it deserves the hype, a great beer.

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Photo of Taby
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of emalc
4.17/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage, bottling date 2/11/15. I've found quite a bit of variation between the different batches this year, even in a side-by-side blind tasting, but this is the first one I've sat down to do a proper review on.

L - Body pours opaque dark brown with garnet highlights. Thin beige head dissipates quickly.

S - Vanilla, bourbon, molasses, and oak leap off. The oak becomes more prominent as it warms. Moderate coffee roast and milk-chocolate covered almonds. A hint of brown sugar and licorice. No hops, esters, or phenolics. I'm looking for the ethanol, and can't find it - very well masked, even with the prominent bourbon character. I could smell this for hours.

T - Dark chocolate, oak, and coffee predominate. Again, the oak intensifies as it warms. Roasted and chocolate malts are vivid, and a bitterness from the roast and the bittering hops in the finish keep it from even thinking about being cloying. For me, though, the oak is too far out of balance and gives a tannic astringency that really knocks this version down a peg. The alcohol is present here, far more than the aroma lets on.

F - Tannins from the oak gives a significantly astringent finish. Moderate alcohol warming. Medium body - a somewhat fuller mouthfeel could better support the substantial character of the beer. Medium-low carbonation and creaminess.

O - This vintage is over-oaked for my tastes, which really pulls it down a notch compared to some others batches/vintages that I've had. The nose is tremendous, though, and if Founders can ever nail both the nose and the taste in the same batch (as they've done separately, in my opinion) then we've got a real contender for top honors.

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
4.2/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle less than a year old into a tulip glass
Appearance: black with decent carbonation. Bubbles of varying sizes. Alcohol lacing.
Aroma: vanilla, roasted almonds, marshmallow, milk chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. Great nose on this beer.
Taste: chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, and coffee. There is roasted bitterness, creaminess, coffee, and alcohol warm in the finish. The lingering taste is very pleasant.
Feel: Body is medium to full.
Definitely taste the 11% in this once it hits the back of the throat. The nose and finish on this beer is very nice. The taste is good but the alcohol in the middle could be mellowed a bit.

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Photo of BIN29
4.65/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
4.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Finally got my hands on several 2014s. Definitely lived up to the hype of it. I'll be curious how the flavor will change with aging. My favorite part about this beer is the lingering aftertaste of chocolate and coffee along with the mouthfeel. Well done Founders.

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Photo of heydrinks
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ChuckS
4.7/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.61 out of 5 with 12,768 ratings
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