Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) | Founders Brewing Company

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)
12,724 Ratings
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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

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Ratings: 12,724 |  Reviews: 3,246
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of GRPunk
3.75/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap poured into a snifter

A- This one poured almost jet black with some brown noticeable at the edges. There was a small brown head and good lacing.

S- It was a really sweet scent of roasted malts, whiskey, and vanilla.

T- Definite whiskey and vanilla flavors along with the roasted malts.

M- Very smooth mouthfeel with light carbonation. It was a little thick, but as expected for the style.

D- This one is a little overpowering to be considered really drinkable.

Overall- While I can't say this is a bad beer, I think I went into drinking it with some really high expectations. I found the whiskey flavor to be a bit too broad for my taste. It just ended up being a little too sweet (lots of vanilla tones). My lower drinkability score didn't come from the high alcohol, I knew what to expect there. It was more of the overly sweet tones.

I'm looking forward to giving the regular breakfast stout a try in the near future. I'm a big fan of the style, and of Founder's, and want to check out a more traditional version.

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Photo of Quafftastic
5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of craft_shannie
5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of ChicagoNick
4/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Fcolle2
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours jet black. Really thick not a huge head but its dark tan.

S: great oak aromas upfront hints of bourbon rich chocolate and coffee notes. Unbelievably balanced.

T: lots of chocolate, bourbon bite is there but doesn't over power the beer what so ever. Coffee follows and oak lingers on the exhale. Unbelievably balanced.

M: thick but the carbonation is spot on. Has a rich creamy quality to it.

O: unbelievably balanced. This is a beer that I'm really Interested in aging however I'm not sure it can get much better.

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Photo of TboneRN
4.06/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.45/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ALLISON01
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely amazing !!!! Well worth the wait!!

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Photo of standardcherry
4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, 2010 vintage served into a snifter:

A: Jet black pour with a small mocha colored head. It dissipated in a few minutes
S: Wow. This is aged almost three years and it still has a massive amount of coffee. Lots of chocolate, vanilla, oak and bourbon.
T: LOTS of coffee/oakiness in the first sips. Some oaky bitterness. Balances out well with chocolate, vanilla and roasty flavor. A bit of roasty, heavy flavor.
M: Heavy, syrupy flavor. Lots of chocolate and roastiness. Thick bodied with medium carbonation.
O: This is one of the best BA stouts I've had. Will seek this again.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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

This beer is almost indescribable. Jet black body. Aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee, bourbon. Flavor - more of the same. Unbelievably complex but no odd flavors. Mouthfeel - extremely rich. Drinkability - even at 11% ABV I want to drink this all the time. Next year I need 2 cases.

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Photo of wafers
4.38/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mark000
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of gibgink
4.25/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall this is a good beer, but there are so many stouts(barrel aged and non-barrel aged) that are much better. At the end of the day, it is overpriced, compared to other beers. Not worth running out and standing in line.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.45/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage

a - poured a one finger thick creamy coffee-colored head into a snifter that settled into a thin ring. the body was black as you might imagine.
s - big chocolate aromas with a hint of oak and bourbon.
t - chocolate, bourbon, raisins with a touch of heat. i'm also getting some smoke.
m - medium thickness, very creamy. would have liked a little more robust mouthfeel.
o - great beer that does live up to the hype. even after sitting on this one for 2 years it was more boozy than i thought. i think 5 years of age would be about perfect for this beer. i like goose island's bourbon county stout (since those 2 are compared so much) just a little bit better.

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

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of bobhits
4.84/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I know this review has been written before but I suppose I deleted it before posting it. Shame on me!

Pitch black once in the glass, it's the darkest mocha on the planet earth. Virtually no head which seems off for this beer, but not by much.

Coffee/espresso notes just dominate this. Vanilla/sour oak aroma in the back ground. Touches of dark chocolate, and burnt malt. This is just amazing...simply amazing.

Way too cold to start. Watered down coffee, oak, burnt malt, and chocolate...I'll wait to finish this till the flavors fully come out. The warmth builds on the flavors. This beer is a coffee flavored, bourbon kicking, chocolate laced, master piece. Sure there's some hop bitterness, mixed with the vanilla and oak flavors subtly mixed in. I like the bourbon county stout better, but this beer is just AMAZING.

This beer is a touch thin for the flavor profile, but the carbonation is extremely good. As a result this beer is just a wonderful sipper. Some beers suffer from the alcohol, this beer relishes from it.

The more I drink the more I suspect this beer simply will NOT age, so drink fresh like an IPA and savor it.

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.61 out of 5 with 12,724 ratings
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