KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) | Founders Brewing Company

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KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)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

Now labeled as "KBS."

ABV varies by batch.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-13-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32
Reviews:
3,327
Ratings:
13,080
pDev:
8.48%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4,528
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6,938
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Ratings: 13,080 |  Reviews: 3,327
Photo of RedhawkPoke
4.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beer pours a dark black body. Solid two fingers' worth of creamy brown head. Lots of lacing left behind while drinking. Outstanding looking stout.

S: Big oak aromas out front on the nose. Along with oak there are also faint amounts of chocolate. Not getting any coffee smells out of the beer.

T: Flavors are similar to the nose but with the addition of coffee. Oak, again, seems to be the main flavor. But more flavors are noticeable here than were on the nose. The beer has a stronger chocolate like sweetness and there is also a clear amount of coffee.

M: Medium bodied stout. A bit thinner than the flavors would imply, but makes for an easy drinker. Flavors and other areas make this beer an easy drinker.

O: Very nice beer. Didn't get much coffee from the nose but it was apparent on the taste. Hopefully with some age the oak flavors dial back some. Will be looking for more of this as I only bought a single.

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Photo of Madbum101214
4.83/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of trygelski1
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ryancuth
4.91/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of illpass78
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Black with a big leathery head.

Aroma: Chocolate, coffee, booze, caramel, bourbon/scotch.

Taste: Follows nose, along with dark fruits. Bourbon is very present. Chocolate is right there, and provides a bitter kick. Booze heavy. Some burn.

Mouthfeel: A sipper. One to enjoy slowly.

Overall: A beast of a beer. One to savor. A huge stout that hits all the notes. Not something to drink every day, but a real treat when gettable.

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Photo of jt_thomas18
4.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bloodsnot77
4.15/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mikeg67
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at District Tap House, NYC. Pours black brown head and nice lacing. Aroma is of toasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, vanilla and some alcohol. Body is full, creamy and smooth. Taste is of nutty, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate covered cherries, vanilla, brown sugar, dark fruit and herbal hops. Finish is long and dry. Great RIS.

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Photo of Nobel96
4.56/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KomodoDragon
4.4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black, tan head with choppy lacing.

Chocolate and freshly raosted espresso with a hint of booze comes into the smell. It's enticing

The taste keeps pace with the scent. Sweet milk chocolate a bit too bold for my liking. However, the vanilla latte flavor and warmth of the booziness is welcomed. Very creamy, very smooth. Yet robust. Hard to find fault in the mouthfeel.

It's rich and balanced enough to warrant it's public praise. Happy to have a chance at it. Worth the steep price? Maybe, and I'm apt to re-visit future vintages if avail.

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Photo of Lorgeous
4.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark, thick mahogany with a generous head. Smells of grounded coffee and vanilla. The taste is beyond words. A thick tongue blast of coffee, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. This is a mouthfeel like nothing I’ve had. It’s completely fulfilling.

= A divine stout. I can see why this is so highly regarded. Everything blends together in the best way and I mean the best way. Nothing is overwhelming yet everything stands out. Bravo Founders!

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Photo of NickandToni
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016, 2017, and now 2018 KBS Release. I've been lucky enough to had two years prior. Always giving to me by friends. This year I picked a four pack up at Brooklyn Fare in the West Village. I'll write a review later

After drinking a great double chocolate stout from Lancaster brewery in PA, having KBS tonight was a treat. This is a legendary stout that lives up to the hype every year. I don't have tasting notes from the prior years, but this hits me with a much boozier smell and taste. A nice surprise. Will be trying them side by side at Upright this week.

L: Dark, midnight color
S: More chocolate than coffee notes. Boozier than I remember
T: Smooth, chocolate upfront, hints of vanilla first, then coffee. Not just any coffee, a note of brown sugar, a drop of half and half, almost espresso with a 1:1.2 ristretto. Like syrup. more like a Typica varietal of arabica, sweet and full, able to hold up to the other strong tastes. Bourbon at the end with a much more boozy note that is welcomed an appreciated
F: Let me pour another. Velvety mouthfeel, lighter than the big tastes. the weight of a neat bourbon
O: I will buy a couple dozen to enjoy over the year. Quite amazing. Great job

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Photo of Shy_Traveler45
4.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Krice99
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sisterofba
4.31/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fitzy01
4.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of eschooz189
4.77/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JerryHelper
4.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stt1118
4.71/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mchegash
4.39/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark brown with dark tan head.
S: Vanilla and bourbon
T: Vanilla, bourbon, coffee, chocolate
F: Medium carbonation, medium-light carbonation, low bitterness

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Photo of Heftklammer
4.32/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TH28
4.46/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. 3/6/18 bottle date. Appearance: Opaque black with a thick dark khaki head and great lacing Aroma: Medium roasted coffee, dark chocolate, a touch of dark fruit, vanilla, and slight malt oxidation. Taste: Rich dark chocolate sweetness up front, a light roasted coffee, a touch of vanilla, and a light oak character with a touch of bourbon heat. Some dark fruitiness arrivescafter the swallow. Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied with a touch of creaminess and a low carbonation. Bourbon barrel brings only the slightest alcohol warmth in the back end, surprising for a beer of this strength Finish: Dark chocolate abounds, with some lingering coffee roast and a touch of vanilla and oak. Overall: Unbelievable balance between the strong dark chocolate malt character, a strong but balanced coffee roast, and an underlying oaked character of vanilla and spice. Remarkably smooth for a beer with this much complexity going on. Definitely a beer for relaxing by the fire

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Photo of jd2017
4.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally sampled this one - after a strong recommendation from local brew-pub. Bought a 4-pak. Very nice! Actually, had purchased, held & drank the Founders' CBS before this one. This one definitely tops that - for my tastes. Delicious! Satiates my palate for chocolate / coffee / bourbon finish. Well-worth the price to savor.!

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Photo of IDABEERGUY
4.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SynthetikReality95
4.98/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 13,080 ratings