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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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4.61/5
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12,774 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:
#26
Reviews:
3,252
Ratings:
12,774
pDev:
8.46%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4,519
Gots:
6,725
Trade:
522
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Ratings: 12,774 |  Reviews: 3,252
Photo of Dan_K
4.31/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of goalie35
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LA_Hue24
4.58/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: the mere presence of a bottle in my vicinity gave me a chubby, holding it in my hand made me jizz. And drinking all 4 bottles made me puke.

Pours an obsidian like waterfall. Sits pitch black in the glass white a khaki ( light beige) head that leaves evidence of its presence in the glass and never fully dissipates
A: smells like breakfast, coffee, pancakes with syrup but not too much.
T: the taste follows the nose, coffee right up front bold astringency followed by light sweetness.
M: one of my favorite B.A stouts to drink. Double digit ABV yet easy to drink and very thick silky feel.
O: KBS is a staple of a good BA Breakfast Stout

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Photo of SargeMcCluck
4.73/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours like oil. The head is moderate, quick-subsiding khaki with minimal lacing. Major props to the fact that this appears to warp surrounding spacetime with its utter black-ness. Note I didn't have to consult some yogi in the astral plane to acquire this beer as some below apparently did - this review is not coloured by 'wanting' to like it.

Aroma is coffee oils, baker's chocolate, and browned butter. Palette is deep, complex sweetness, recalling sticky toffee pudding with boozy raisins. The bourbon is mild, lending some rubber-ish heat that joins the bitter coffee to tame the decadence. Heat increases as things settle.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but slightly thinner and more effervescent than what would be optimal for the taste. More lacing might help out here.

Overall, not as complex as something like Deschutes' The Abyss, but that's not what it's aiming for. Founders succeeds at delivering cohesive, uncompromising, character-forward brews, and this is the pinnacle of just that.

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Photo of Glorithm
4.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jrutherford87
4.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of J-loCBH78
4.63/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IBUBrew
4.46/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kchuskerz
4.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Cn0te11
4.73/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of adipilla8708
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ElPatito
4.65/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ECOBOOSTINST
4.63/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my go-to when it comes to barrel aged coffee stouts....

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Photo of SavageHopHead
4.54/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gademost
4.57/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CanCusherKen
4.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of gandres
4.73/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle 12 ounce, poured to pint glass Sight: dark, black, brown foam that disappears slowly Smell: aroma of coffee, boozy on the drink, very good Taste: very good to excellent, medium bitterness, some sweetness Mouth feel: excellent, creamy, good carbonation, long follow through, no sudden drops, a bit sticky, long sweet bitter aftertaste, boozy Overall: excellent stout, excellent beer repeat: yes look for: yes

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Photo of DMC43
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My perfect stout. Smooth, velvety, hits all the right notes w/o overly bitter or boozy tastes. Taste doesn't lend to the high ABV in the least

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Photo of MaxxInked49
4.87/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

$ 132.00 (Including tax)/case of 24 12 oz bottles ($ 0.456/oz) at Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA.
2017 release stored at 42 degrees and served between 57 and 60 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – Coffee and chocolate. Coffee fades somewhat allowing a little bourbon to come through. Chocolate remains.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.7 cm, aggressive pour), brown, medium density froth, good retention, diminishing to an irregular four to seven mm creamy ring fed by gentle effervescence and a complete layer with a raised rocky hillock. No detached lacing.
Lacing – Not very good, but typical of BBA at the higher alcohol levels (11.8% ABV). Two columns of tiny to medium bubbles, connected to the receding ring.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque.
Flavor – Alcohol, coffee, and chocolate. Some bourbon, particularly in the aftertaste. No hops, no diacetyl.
Palate – Medium, creamy, lively carbonation.

Impression: A very good BBA stout, although somewhat alcohol-forward. The chocolate and coffee are well balanced and hold their own against the alcohol. I found this very easy to get and ended up buying five or six cases, two for other people.

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.5.

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Photo of Crom45
4.64/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BuckNaked79
4.84/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Photo of metacog42
4.27/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sporeg
4/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.61 out of 5 with 12,774 ratings
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