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:
12,597
Reviews:
3,219
Avg:
4.56
pDev:
8.77%
 
 
Wants:
4,489
Gots:
6,667
For Trade:
526
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Photo of BEER88
4.01/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't get it.

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Photo of Mtozier
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of JoshHellcat
4.92/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of SpauldingSmails
4.9/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MrT172
4.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jeremy0682
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Josh012012
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

updated rating whiled drinking a vertical of kbs . felt compelled to do this because it has changed a lot. my original rating was 4.65. note... did 10 blind tastings at different points during the night.. the kbs with 1 year plus on it won every time..

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Photo of jkinzey
4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 3/4/15. Poured into snifter. Look is very dark with little head. Smells of bourbon, chocolate, roasted coffee but not overpowering. Taste is very nice, not too hot. It is a little thin with no lacing left on the glass. A good beer, but not worthy of its ranking or its demand IMO.

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Photo of rregione07
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ljbonadonna92
4.64/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black color with a small amount of lacing. Smells like coffee, vanilla, bourbon, and sweetness. KBS tastes of coffee at first followed by vanilla and the smallest bit of alcohol heat, and sweet bourbon that coats your tongue and lingers for several minutes to finish it all up. This beer was fun to drink and definitely memorable. One of my favorites at this point. Now I gotta go find some more.

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

I don't get the hype for this beer.

It is a very solid Imperial Stout, but in my opinion pales below its Breakfast Stout counterpart. Not in same league as CBS.

Look and smell are both top notch, but the watery mouthful really bothered me. A beer like this should be rich and thick , not watery.

Points off for otherwise a rock solid stout

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Photo of jow_42
4.24/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 Vintage (drinking 03/2015) poured into a Stone RIS tulip

A - Pours a jet black with half a finger of tan/khaki head

S - Coffee, chocolate, dark chocolate, subtle bourbon. Wish the bourbon was more present in the nose of this. Sweet milk chocolate follows, roasted coffee bitterness underneath the sweet chocolate aromas.

T - This is a tasty beer. Tons of chocolate, coffee bitterness, but hardly any bourbon is present. This almost tastes like a brownie dipped in a cup of coffee. The coffee on the finish is great. The barrel is lacking though. No oakiness, no vanilla, nada.

M - medium bodied, but not quite chewy. Wish it was chewier.

O - Tad bit of a disappointment considering the hype. Really wish the bourbon was there. As a standard stout, this would be amazing. Grading as a BA stout, it comes up a bit short. Might just be the 2014 vintage isn't as strong as others?

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Photo of jammery
4.13/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Grant214905
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brifunksta
4.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Caseyk1088
4.87/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of KingCobra686
4.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Warmaster
4.52/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Boondada
4.73/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Longhorn3036
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of R3ason
4.31/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cmw2987
4.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of montman
4.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bonannophone
3.99/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zonk
4.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
4.56 out of 5 based on 12,597 ratings.
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