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:
12,470
Reviews:
3,189
Avg:
4.56
pDev:
8.77%
 
 
Wants:
4,494
Gots:
6,607
For Trade:
524
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Photo of jdell15
4.73/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RichieRich1812
3.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mcthfg
4.46/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Aisha
4/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Coel
4.18/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gbiello
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of hopsonhopsonhops
4.39/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought the beer was great (2017) but i had extremely high hopes and found it to be a tad overhyped. even with that said, its a great beer and i would gladly drink it anytime.

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

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

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

Photo of MFMB
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2016 and a 2017 side by side. The review is for the 2017 version but a few observations from the side by side first. The 2017 is a little thinner and a lot more coffee. Could be that the 2016 has mellowed out a bit in that regard. You get the barrel and a bit of bourbon on both 16' and 17' equally.

2017 Kbs, pours a deep jet black with minimal head. The nose is coffee forward with a little caramel and bourbon mixed in. Taste of coffee and then a bit more coffee! Under the coffee is a nice roasted malt, caramel and vanilla flavor. You get the bourbon and a bit of wood on the backend. Mouthfeel is a little thin on the 17 version so it's missing a bit of the creaminess that the 16 had but there is still enough there that I didn't dock the score too much. Medium to light body with a smooth mellow bourbon like finish.

Very nice beer.

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Photo of zappa99
4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bmrattay
4.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a great beer. I revisit it every year and am constantly impressed with the quality and consistency.
Dark dark dark look, sticks to the glass. Tan lacing.

This beer is all coffee and bourbon on the nose and in the mouth. Some chocolate as well which works well with the oak.

Mouthfeel is full and sticky.

Overall just a great beer but there are other imperial stouts I prefer.

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Photo of T-RO
4.46/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BigSmooth12
4.63/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HopliteMpls612
4.9/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JWH37st
4.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of raspy22
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dinglehacker
4.54/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into snifter. Not much head, but its a lovely light brown. Opaque black.

Nose is bourbon sweetness, roast, and some coffee. A little boozy in the nostrils.

Taste: dark chocolate, barrel sweet, dark roasted coffee, all coming in to play with equal range.

Full bodied, like drinking silk. A little warm, but not too much.

Claimed by some as the codifier (if not the originator) of the barrel aged stout craze, and a fine example at that. All the ingredient balance well in the taste, making this a real breakfast of champions.

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Photo of NeverSettle
3.2/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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

On tap at the Nashua NH Whole Foods. 8oz pour into a snifter. Lots of caramel and vanilla and a huge boozy punch. Alcohol overwhelms the nose, it's black as midnight and has a heavy Stout mouthfeel with vanilla notes that linger up to a minute after each sip. It's an experience, very glad I found it on tap.

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Photo of zbooks
4/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rifleman_zach
4.64/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2017 release poured into a chilled tulip. Bottled 02.02.2017.

The smell isn't really anything out of the norm of a great stout. Nots of chocolate and bourbon. Not much of a coffee scent I felt.

This release is my favorite by far!!! The coffee is prominent, I love it. There is a light and sweet bourbon flavored finish. The flavors of this release are layered so well, the chocolate flavor really smooths everything out. Tye carbonation seems a little more than the prior year but that could be due to the aging of the 2016 release. Poursed nicely with a thick caramel colored head.

Over all an amazing release of my favorite Founders stout. Cant wait to pop open the '17 bomber that is currently aging in the back of my fridge. Great release, wll be buying more to drink fresh.

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Photo of SheaDawg
4.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
4.56 out of 5 based on 12,470 ratings.
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