Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) | Founders Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
12,548
Reviews:
3,205
Avg:
4.56
pDev:
8.77%
 
 
Wants:
4,493
Gots:
6,646
For Trade:
524
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Ratings: 12,548 |  Reviews: 3,205
Photo of Slarson7
4.44/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a Pint Defiance tulip. The beer has a black motor oil colored body, with a half finger brown head. Aromas consist of the same aspects of the taste. The flavors are off the charts! Packed full of espresso, dark and milk chocolate, caramelized sugar, vanilla, and baked bread. The feel is warm, smooth, with a full body and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Stockatron
4.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice, good woody bourbon smell an beautiful malt character, so mellow and smooth. Not really mind blowing enough to warrant 100 rating IMO. Still a very good beer and glad I got to try it though.

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Photo of eagle109
4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cwkash
4.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Shabadoojr
4.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of beer_guy_nc
4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Look : One finger brown head, solid black body.

Smell : See below.

Taste : Dark chocolate, coffee, oats, a little bit of toasted marshmallow, and mild bourbon.

Feel : Medium-full body, medium carbonation. Sweeter and more alcohol presence than the Breakfast Stout.

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Photo of marycarol
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Noles9585
4.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RobertColianni
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of T-Sizzle
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jsh987
4.21/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WickedBeer
4.69/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Picked up at Stagecoach Liquors in Newbury Park, CA. 2016 release, bottled on 2/11/2016. 12.4% ABV. 12oz bottle.

Look: Pours a beautiful jet black. Very small head of dark tan foam. Very thin, quickly dissipating lace.
Smell: Overwhelming coffee hits you initially. It is quickly met by an amazing sweet chocolate that perfectly balances the initial coffee bitterness. An evidence of toasty caramel malts plays with the back of your nose.
Taste: Again, you're met first with a great bitter coffee. A sweet boozy warmth comes next, with a subtle breadiness and more of a dark chocolate feel.
Feel: While it pours very thick, the mouthfeel was surprisingly thin with a much stronger carbonation than I expected! While you don't get too many hints that this beer is 12.4% from the taste, you feel that bourbon burn in your stomach right away and get a nice stickiness with each sip. A smooth beer, even with that surprisingly high carbonation. It also does thicken as it warms.

Overall this beer is fantastic as I predicted it would be. Coffee dominates the profile , but with a great balance from the chocolate, caramel, and booze. This beer had such incredible hype that nothing short of perfect would have lived up to it. It definitely nears the top of my stout lists, however if in my opinion I'd place Alesmith's Speedway Stout and North Coast's Old Rasputin IRS slightly ahead of it. But 100% worth trying if you come across it.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, shared by a random at rogerdandy's latest typically epic bottle share.

This beer pours a solid black hole, with one finger of medium brown head, which leaves some scattered island chain lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of pungent Bourbon barrel notes, bittersweet cocoa powder, cafe-au-lait, grainy and roasted caramel malt, black licorice, and a further barely-restrained booziness. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, some free-range ashiness, bitter coffee, still heady Bourbon (the barrel and the whiskey therein), milk chocolate, anise candies, and a weak earthy, leafy, and perfumed floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is average in its meek frothiness, the body a decent medium-heavyweight, and dead smooth, with a nice full and rounded creaminess. It finishes in a sweet confectionery and saucy Bourbon manner.

Overall, this is certainly a stellar big boy brew, with lots and lots of the promised and expected flavours, while not disappointing in the least. Totally worth sampling or imbibing should you get the opportunity.

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Photo of Stephen_Woods
4.82/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of DrederickTatum
4.46/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of augustwest
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of jkblr
4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled February 2017 poured into a teku at 55 degrees 11.8% ABV. The beer is black with no light passing through. The head is light brown and leaves significant lacing. The aroma is coffee and black chocolate with a hint of bourbon and oak. The taste is an even mix of dark chocolate, coffee and malt with nice bourbon barrel flavor on the end. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium to lowly carbonated and balanced in terms of bitterness. Overall, great. This is a case study in balance. At no point does this become a boilermaker that tastes like stout with a shot of cheap bourbon. Recommended if you're a fan of the style.

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Photo of walt5
4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pour looked thick, almost like oil coming from the bottle. A very vigorous pour yielded a finger of thick tan head that turned into a ring fairly quickly.
Nose for me was predominantly a dark chocolate, not much of the bourbon barrel I was hoping for from a highly acclaimed brew.
Taste followed, lots of dark chocolate. I drank this one slowly, let it warm but never really got the barrel presence I was hoping for. Maybe a little hint of coffee.
Mouthfeel was nice, thick and almost oily. That chocolaty flavor lingered.
Overall a tasty brew but not quite living up to the hype to me, maybe I expected more going into it than I should have but I have a few bottles sitting to try again another day.

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Photo of jgido759
4.21/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jacobdunne
4.82/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

COFFEE. YUM. It's a breakfast stout...It is what it is. perfect. Cheers!

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
4.56 out of 5 based on 12,548 ratings.
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