Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) | Founders Brewing Company

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)
BA SCORE
4.61/5
12,723 Ratings
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#27
Reviews:
3,246
Ratings:
12,723
pDev:
8.46%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4,504
Gots:
6,703
Trade:
524
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Ratings: 12,723 |  Reviews: 3,246
Photo of UncleJesse1979
4.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of _nickg_
4.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SourTweek
4.58/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of robrio89
4.42/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sparkyclass1
4.81/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Photo of kricks77
4.74/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Zbeattie6
4.4/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pro45
4.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 edition, but I've had it on my shelf for the past 7 1/2 months. Pours a very dark brown with a brown head that dissipates quickly but not completely. The nose is chocolate covered cherries. Taste is chocolate, cherries, hints of bourbon, and very faint coffee notes on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium with a chalky, dry dry finish. I was expecting a heavier mouthfeel. Great beer. Definitely a sipper. I have another bottle and will age it for another year or two and see if I get some different flavors.

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Photo of aclockworkchris
4.18/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dubbschism
4.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

First ever review. I picked up a four pack of the 2017 vintage back in June and this is my third time having this.

Look: Violent pour into a 16oz tulip produces a one-finger khaki head that sticks around for a minute or so. Color is black as the night, slight bubbles rising to the top.

Smell: Vanilla, bourbon, faint coffee.

Taste: Smooth chocolate and coffee up front, booze and oak on the end. Coffee lingers, especially as it warms up. A gorgeous melange of decadent flavors that makes this style so appealing to me.

Feel: This is where the 2017 loses points - it is too carbonated for me, with an effervescence that is distracting. However it is still thick and coats the tongue, though not as viscous as I'd like it to be on account of the bubbles.

Overall: I prefer the prior vintages of this that I've been fortunate enough to have (2015 and 2016) but it is still a premium BA stout. It's always nice to walk into a packy or gas station and be surprised to find this is available (though it doesn't happen very often!) - there is definitely something to be said in favor of widespread distribution, from time to time. Will be aging my last bottle for at least a couple years.

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Photo of LeeeMare
4.02/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of osseo222000
4.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChrisG523
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ksimons
4.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2017 Release
A-inky black with a thin layer of dark tan head that leaves a ring around the edge

S-lots of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and a small amount of roasted coffee

T-taste is similar to the smell with lots of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and roasted coffee

M-medium to full body and moderate carbonation

Overall an amazing imperial stout, lots of great chocolate and bourbon flavors, really world class

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Photo of billydrinksbeer
3.85/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucular
4.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Lures Bar & Grille. Decent but not overwhelming flavors of chocolate, coffee, and bourbon. Surprisingly thin. Definitely did not live up to the hype; I'll need to try from the bottle some time because the BA I was with said it was much less impressive on tap than from the bottle.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.22/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It pours pitch black with a chocolate-milk-hued head that lasts only a few seconds. The aroma is of coffee and chocolate with only the tiniest hint of bourbon. The taste is of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, and of vanilla coming off the bourbon. Very complex and chewable. 

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Photo of Jlee0810
4.3/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

Photo of vheissu15
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.61 out of 5 with 12,723 ratings
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