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:
12,595
Reviews:
3,219
Avg:
4.56
pDev:
8.77%
 
 
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Photo of mahak213
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage into HF tulip-

Appearance- Deep, dark, black. Viscous looking pour, with a minimal brown head that faded to a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell- Big roasty coffee and chocolate, with a mild vanilla presence from the barrel.

Taste- Very coffee forward, followed up with fudgey dark chocolate. The bourbon takes a back seat in this, but has a mild vanilla sweetness on the finish. I love the big coffee presence, but wish there was a bigger bourbon presence.

Mouthfeel- Full and coating.

Overall- Seriously good stuff, worth seeking out, but not worth going too crazy for.

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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 DraughtJunkie82
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Metalmonk
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Careful to let it warm accordingly, it poured into a snifter a glistening oily black, already beautiful, and with that toasted brown head (no tan about it, it's totally brown!)...well, this is an amazing looking beer. Not much head, but that would be expected, considering the style and ABV. If you can see even the smallest bit of light through the blackness, you're inhuman.

Aroma is deep dark chocolate, burnt marshmallows, bourbon, bonfire/smoke/wood...maybe just a little too heavy on the bourbon and the smoke/char, but still quite a nice aroma.

Flavor sticks around in the mouth a long, long time. I took one small, slow sip and it felt like I'd be tasting it throughout the entire evening, on just that one sip. Features a whiskey-like burn, but balanced very well by strong coffee, bitter dark chocolate, charred wood, and a deep, heavy graininess that I can't quote put my finger (tastebuds) on.

That great aftertaste/finish is enhanced by a creamy smooth mouthfeel, less heavy than you might expect, but very present with ample carbonation (ie. on the low side, perfect for the style). The stickiness was perfect for the flavors and not overbearing; probably a large reason why the flavor rides with you for so long.

What to follow this with? How about nothing. This is a slow mover, one that opens up new things every sip. Glad to have finally tried this heavily hyped cult classic. I prefer the regular Founders B'fast stout, I think it's more drinkable overall, but what's not to love here? Thanks once again to the man, aka msubulldog25, aka Brian. Cheers!

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Photo of Mar02x
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wednesday 28th of December 2011 I had a brilliant tasting session at my uncle Peter place . This was the beer I brought to compare it with the CBS Thijs would bring. So thanks for that. And yes every one, I have a beautiful family in which good beer is highly appreciated.

A - This is a pitch black motor oil. Was there a head? I forgot to look carefully I guess.

S - Chocolate bourbon, my favorite.

T - A sweet chocolate, caramel liquid, mixed with bourbon and oak. All very subtle though, I expected a more strong and aggressive beer. More like the Bourbon Stouts from Goose Island.

M - A soft carbonation that is a joy for my mouth, it leaves a nice chocolate bourbon coating.

O - A good RIS, but I prefer the Goose Island Bourbon Stouts.

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Photo of Tripphop
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Robust, rich, and highly addictive.

Aromas of dark chocolate and bourbon, this drinks incredibly well. Great mouthfeel, smooth and creamy with a crisp bourbon undertone. Can't wait to revisit this one in the wintertime. A must try for stout lovers.

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Photo of bret717
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kbarnes9
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 4truth
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kramerwtmf
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I looked to trade for this beer for a long time and finally got a four pack of the 2014 release. While it is a great bourbon barrel aged stout, I personally thought both bourbon county coffee stout and founders breakfast stout were better. I can't wait to revisit this beer every six months until I run out to see how it matures.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of betsona
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at KBS release party 2011. Served in a snifter.

A- Pitch black. Came to me with a thin tan head. Dissipates into a minute lacing forming a tight ring around the edge of the snifter. Did not notice any lacing on the glass.

S- Blown away by the strong bourbon overtones. Picked up some roasted malt goodness, but my nose was held hostage by the wonderful delicious bourbon smell. Quite amazing, but a little less bourbon would make it perfect.

T- Good stuff. Heavy bourbon flavor matches well with coffee and chocolate notes. I can now understand why my co-workers enjoy a little bourbon in their Monday coffee. Plenty of alcohol. Hops are present; overpowered in a correct way by a good mixture of bourbon meets chocolate coffee.

M- Thick full body with some carbonation. Nice lingering bitterness with a tad of sweetness.

D- I stayed at KBS for five drinks over a couple of hours and had two. Probably would have had more, but the abv convinced me to hold off. It is also rich and wasn't sure if my stomach could handle any more. Would gladly drink one every month.

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Photo of Dspader1
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of DaveJanssen
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1/3 12 oz bottle in red wine glass. Probably the 2010 vintage. We couldn't find a date stamp but it is a pop top. Reviewed 17 September 2010

Ar: Coffee, char, smoke, chocolate, heavy roast, very unique, alcohol, the best burnt oriented stout (rather thasn bourbon/sweet like parabola, BCBS) aroma I've smelled, mild bourbon, very dark chocolate

Ap: Jet black, dark tan head, good retention, an elegant dusting remains throughout

T: Rich coffee, smoke/burn, tobacco, unique, dry, dark chocolate, alcohol, smoky bourbon, rich full dark malt with plenty of burn, vaniulla, spicy almost like a chipotle pepper but without burn, huge smoke character, malty, sweetness is balanced by smoke/burn

M: Low carbonation, heavy, alcohol warmth without burn, full and rich, burn astringency at end, creamy

O: I prefer stout with less burnt character but this is very good, super smokey, unique

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is dark black with a rich brown head and not much lacing.

Nose is roasted malt, dark chocolate, roasted chestnut, and vanilla extract.

Taste is toffee, milk chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and a bourbon finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and very light for a beer with so much aging & alcohol.

Overall, it has surprising drinkability. It is not overpowering. It is actually rather simple, but well-made.

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Photo of rarapacz
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of revolt914
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is extremely good and I really really really did enjoy it but I don't think the cost is worth the drink. With that being said if this cost around $2.50 to $3.00 I would have it a lot more often.

A: Poured damn near black and had about an inch of chocolate colored head, nice brown shade. Looked damn good!

S: You can smell the bourbon in this one quite a bit... everything else is almost masked until you take a sip. Then you get a bit of vanilla and coffee smell.

T: You can really taste the vanilla in this and it could be described as a vanilla coffee flavor then the bourbon smacks you but in a sexy way.

M: Warm and easy to tongue a bit more bourbon flavor than I'd like but A class beer all together!

D: I could sit and sip on one of these and not get tired of it for quite some time, very drinkable but I wouldn't drink to many with the price of over $6 for a single 12oz bottle.

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Photo of k3n
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2008 vintage.

Thick, viscous black. A vigorous pour gives me an inch of dense head, which quickly retreats down to a thin sheet with patchy spots. Minimal lacing. No light intrudes the body, and the color stays evenly black all the way to the edges.

Nose is roasted coffee and booze. Bitter chocolate in the background.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light. The flavors are intense but the feel of the beer is relatively light. Flavors follow the aromas, roasted coffee beans, bitter chocolate, roasted malts, and some alcohol heat. Finish is moderately long.

Halfway down the glass, I'm continuing to be impressed by the mouthfeel of this beer. There's a definite heft and creaminess to it, but it doesn't get over-bearing. Also, unlike other barrel-aged stouts I've had, the bourbon aspect is quite mellow, and doesn't crowd out the rest of the beer. A+ for drinkability.

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

Photo of flaskman
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What can I say that we don't all ready know. It's a great barrel aged stout. The only thing I can point a finger at is that it may seem a bit hot and a touch thin at times compared to other great stouts but that it totally subjective. It is and always will be one of my favorites and is worth the chase.

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Photo of WS_Transplant
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of DrunkenYeti
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
4.56 out of 5 based on 12,595 ratings.
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