Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) | Founders Brewing Company

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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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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of jbeervt
4/5  rDev -12.3%

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

Photo of robertjskelton
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of cmwilliq
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of BigJim5021
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IPAIsaac
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.78/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of brentblack1
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of NappyB
4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of badmotorgrunge
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of grumpygerman
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of MisterClean
3.87/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Abecall for sharing at his tasting.

A - Pours a dark brown with no head, may be slightly flat, even for style. Leaves no lacing.

S - Chocolate, roast toffee, and light bittering hops.

T - Chocolate, roast toffee, some dark roast coffee notes in there as well, some smoke and finishes with bittering hops.

M - Full-bodied, definitely malt dominated and finishes dry. Malts are not astringent.

D - Good overall. I was hoping for more malt complexity and aroma/flavor hops. Nice that there were no traces of alcohol.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A--Pours black as night with a dark brown sliver of head that fades very quickly leaving just a tiny ring. Wish there was a little more head, next time I have one I will give it a hard pour straight into the bottom of the glass and see what it does. The color was very nice while it lasted.

S--Holy cow this is big, boozy and complex. Roasted malts, coffee beans, oak, vanilla, trace amounts of whiskey.

T--This is a smack across the jaw with a baseball bat. I'm happy to note that the whiskey flavors here are balanced well with the coffee notes. I was afraid it would be too hot but it definitely is not. Just a nice mix of coffee, oak, and bourbon. Perhaps a bit too much of an acrid coffee bean roastiness, but below that quite superb.

M--Medium to full bodied, a bit more creaminess would put this over the top

D--Definitely a slow drinker here due to the intense flavor, but at over 11% ABV what do you expect really? Definitely a beer for those who adore brashness, although perhaps not quite refined enough to be truly drinkable. 6 oz. served at nearly room temperature would make for the best drinking experience with this brew.

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Blanco
4.37/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a 25 oz snifter. typical black with chocolate milk colored head disappears rather quickly. smells like cocoa and booze. seems like the alcohol is present right from the getgo. It's pleasant, but I didn't expect my nostrils to flare like that. the taste is a lot smoother than I expected from the smell very tasty. less coffee than a FBS, this one has more of a chocolate taste to it. Hints of vanilla start to show as I get toward the end of the glass, along with the bourbon I felt was missing in my first few sips. It's understood that FBS is not the base beer, but want to note it tastes more like a barrel-aged FIS. Definitely weaker on the bourbon, which some may think is lacking, but for me this is better. Mouthfeel is chewy and thick. very nice, and slightly creamy. Drinkability is incredible given the ABV, it's very nice and smooth and just an awesome drink. I had previously reviewed this one with about 9 months on it, but after having it a few more times and finally getting it fresh, I'm letting this review stand as this is what it should probably taste like.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.49/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Andy_Luft
4.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.32/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a tulip glass, pours an oil thick jet black crazy crazy, no head until the glass is full and only then does a thin quarter inch of dark tan head grow from the abyss, sticks around for a few seconds, then fades away into a swirl of film and some stringy lacing. Pretty nice, but for the small glob of syrupy guppy goo floating on top (fished out, forgotten, on to drinking!!).

Aroma is deep, dark, and nasty, loads of coffee up in there, vanilla hints and dark chocolate, and just barely some licorice and brown sugar, very faint. The bourbon is nicely handled but a bit faintish, I think a good thing, letting everything else come through clean and clear, very satisfying.

Taste is complex, tasty, thick. Taking it slow with this one, potent, the boubon much more expressive up front, playing center stage with fresh coffee grounds, merging into nicely chocolaty toward the end, with coffee grounds faint and lending a bit of lingering strength through the finish, while the bourbon lingers in the background, and lingers, and sits around for a but longer. Adjusts itself, shifts to the other cheek, hangs around some more. Finally, after a few minutes, take another sip, repeat, fantastic.

The mouth is preffy full, could be a little thicker, but beautifully smooth and warm, just enough carbonation, pretty darn nice. Now, let me just say that I am no fan of bourbon, but here it melds perfectly into a stouty perfection that is just fantastic.

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4.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: One of the first pours from a 2009 barrel, on tap down at Sycamore's Founder's Beer Dinner

Appearance: Pitch black, and I mean BLACK, opaque beer, with a large creamy dark tan cap with good retention and some nice thick sticky lacing.

Smell: Massive aromas of coffee liqueur and dark chocolate; this is sweet, lightly boozy, rich, and wonderful

Taste: Wow, this has aged beautifully. There are notes of rich medium-roast coffee, dark chocolate, a mild bourbon character with some dark fruit as is predominate here, but this has aged very nicely and everything is blended together into a nearly seamless whole. As it warms, the chocolate notes become a bit more pronounced, and the booze emerges a bit, along with some very light wood notes

Mouthfeel: Smooth and fairly rich/full

Drinkability: You know it's strong...but you keep drinking it...

Conclusion: I had high hopes for this, and they were well-met. One of the best coffee (and bourbon-barrel, for that matter) stouts I've had to this point. Well-done Founders. I don't know if it's sharper and more intense when it's fresh; I'll have to wait until the bottled 2010 comes out in two days; what I will tell you is that with a year of age on it this is great.

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4.4/5  rDev -3.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
4.56 out of 5 based on 12,641 ratings.
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