Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) | Founders Brewing Company

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)
BA SCORE
97.7%
Liked This Beer
4.61 w/ 12,679 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:
#28
Reviews:
3,242
Ratings:
12,679
Liked:
12,387
Avg:
4.61/5
pDev:
8.46%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
4,500
Gots:
6,687
Trade:
522
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 12,679 |  Reviews: 3,242
Photo of Alexcortez426
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of cmurphy7
4.38/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thebits
4.78/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The thing that always impresses me about KBS is how it changes year to year. Slightly different, but always very good.

Look: Black espresso with a thin tan/caramel head.
Smell: Intense dark chocolate, coffee, alcohol/bourbon, vanilla, wood
Taste: Bourbon forward balanced by dark chocolate and coffee strong vanilla and malt aftertaste
Feel: Smooth and clean
Overall: My favorite stout

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

Photo of Act25
4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$11 at local bodega on way to ferry. As great as this beer is, not worth the premium. But - all the same - a must try at least 1x. Intense, deep, meditation beer.

A: Lasting tan head with excellent lacing on black body.
S: Happy and deep aroma of dark chocolate, espresso, sambuca, and church pew oak with vanilla, bourbon and dark fruit. Powerful.
T: Dark, deep and dominated by bourbon with all the under currents of chocolate, coffee, sambuca, varnish, church pew and incense.
M: Offers thick body, smooth with moderate carbonation, finishes thick but clean NIce last beer of the night.
O: Try 1 or 24.

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

Photo of Glider
4.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nnk8216
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JoeLev
4.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brenn79
4.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle- Pours oil black with a small tan head that reduces to a thin blanket. Aroma is vanilla, toffee, cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate, leather. The taste is cocoa, malt balls, a bit nutty, caramel, toffee, velvety smooth with a bit of alcohol presence, but definitely not overbearing. Delicious and lived up to the hype i think.

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Photo of Shaneo42
4.62/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of al2913
4.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of EricVonStein
4.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a thick black ice cream float. Even the thick head looks like chocolate mousse.

Smells like dark chocolate espresso cake with rum or of course bourbon. Basically a chocolate covers espresso beam Lots of wood from the oak.

Taste is incredible. Many many stages and it just goes on forever slowly warming along the way. Sweet chocolate and brandy notes up front. Vanilla bean. Plenty of espresso. Sweetness stays on the palate as a more dry bitter dark chocolate flavour takes over the middle. Actually a decent amount of Bitter coffee and earthiness. Later on some oak lingers. Warms the throat a bit. Actually as it warms a bit of tobacco comes out.

Mouthfeel is amazing. So much body. Like an chocolate mocha ice cream float. A bit of tingly carbonation keeps it just fresh feeling enough.

First time trying and as good as I've heard. Id call it a Dessert beer over a breakfast one. Should have bought more than one. Very pronounced and genuinely "natural" tasting flavours yet still so well balanced with everything clearly distinguishable.

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Photo of JPeterson17
4.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jldoyle89
4.99/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of fryeguy52
4.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

Photo of HopHEAD1522
4.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Buddance
4.84/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GeoffAnton2637
4/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lewith
4.3/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of -steve-
4.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting a long time to try this beer. Could not find it even on my trip to Grand Rapids a couple years ago. It turned up at Hungry Brew Hops in Newmarket, Ontario a couple months ago. Sorely tempted to get it but the $18 price tag for a 355 mL bottle just seemed too steep. Fortunately it arrived at the local LCBO in Hamilton for $7.25. Couldn't wait to get this one into a glass! Slightly chilled it and poured it into a snifter.
L: Pours a jet black with an inch of brown foam that dissipates quickly.
S: Enticing smell with coffee predominating. Notes of mocha, licorice and some bourbon.
T: Wow! Superb. Coffee, chocolate, licorice, boozy (got that bourbon burn going on). A joy to sip and sort through the complex flavour profile.
M: Viscous, chewy and dry.
O: Stellar beer. Wish I could get a reliable supply for this one. The taste and feel hangs together so well. Worth the hype.

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Photo of JOldewurtel
4.93/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of beermanben
4.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97.7% out of 100 with 12,679 ratings
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