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): 12.30%

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:
#31
Reviews:
3,354
Ratings:
13,213
pDev:
8.48%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 13,213 |  Reviews: 3,354
Photo of WorldsTop10BeersPodcast
4.59/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a World's Top 10 Beer. For now. A big barrel aged Stout that is easy to drink. Here's the podcast link to our review. Cheers! https://bit.ly/2IELj0y

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Photo of JamarcusMarinovich
4.44/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definite chocolate and coffee but the star is the bourbon undertone. There are other brews that tout aging in bourbon barrels (and are very good), but you really get the alcohol taste with those. While this one does as well, it's not nearly 'in your face' (to me, anyway). Very good.

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Photo of fisherbray
4.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BellsFan
4.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of emilytkac
4.13/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Badger2121
4.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very roasty, tons of coffee awesome beer.

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

Photo of justinv29
4.71/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of joseph_ewer
4.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of csmrx7
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So glad to finally get this. Coffee is a bit too forward so a little age would mellow this out, but the oak and bourbon is perfect. Check again in a year.

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Photo of Beardown08
4.34/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mariewarchol
4.88/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Ecxeeder616
4.48/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vitamin_T
4.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tried a 2015 the other day and it was fantastic. Ages well.

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Photo of Almighty1
4.44/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of keith40
4.69/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle labeled 2018 release purchased at CBC in Plymouth. Dark chocolate color and chocolate/coffee nose. Flavors continue on the mocha theme with bourbon in the background especially on the finish. Not too hot despite the high ABV with a great balance of flavors and alcohol. A very smooth, rich beer that did not disappoint.

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Photo of mtimmerman84
4.9/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Don’t think it gets much better than this.

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Photo of DigitGrowler
4.59/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mkyer
3.94/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopzilla_MN
4.14/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eddie729
4.83/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First off, in addition to beer, I love bourbon and scotch. This beer is an absolute symphony of all the right notes ; chocolate, coffee and bourbon. Music for my taste buds. A great way to start to the day... :)

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Photo of FIN
4.9/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Ryan4120
4.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

2018 Release:
L - Deep, opaque black with a dark tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly but leaves behind a decent amount of lacing behind.
S - Bittersweet chocolate and coffee on the nose along with a decent amount of malt and hints of bourbon. The smell is good but it's not strong at all.
T - Tons of bittersweet chocolate and bitter coffee throughout followed quickly behind with bourbon and oak. The bourbon leaves slight warming alcohol notes on the back end. Vanilla and nuttiness are intermixed throughout as well along with a roasted, malt backbone to tie it all together.
F - Medium to full bodied but leaning more toward the medium side of things with a light amount of carbonation. Silky smooth, but syrupy at the same time. Personally, for such robust flavors, I think the feel could be much fuller.
O - This is a hell of a bourbon stout with rich complexity that definitely lives up to the hype, but that said I do think there might be better or at the very least equal bourbon imperial stouts out there. The only weak points of this beer are the smell which could be stronger in my opinion and the feel could be fuller. Otherwise, a fantastic stout.

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 13,213 ratings