KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)

American Imperial Stout Founders Brewing Co.


KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) is an American Imperial Stout by Founders Brewing Co.

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KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) is an American Imperial Stout brewed by Founders Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a snifter from a bottle.


The Stout pours an opaque black and is topped by nearly an inch-thick cap of loose, mocha-brown-colored froth that shows fair retention. The reduction leaves behind a bubbly ring around the collar of the glass.


The aroma is initially quite sweet with a scent of dark chocolate and brown sugar. As the beer begins to lose its chill, the aromatics offer coffee, oak, and some boozy bourbon.


The tasting begins with bready malt mixed with cocoa. A bite of coffee roast and earthy woods follow. Bourbon then smacks the palate with its booziness. The heat lingers through the finish and a sweet taste of vanilla is picked up on the swallow.


Its feel is smooth and creamy with a modest chew. Medium-full body with medium-light carbonation. Finishes dryly with a shade over moderate warming sensation.


Its appearance is fine but better head retention would be preferred. But that’s nitpicking. Otherwise, the KBS smells wonderful and is oh so flavorful. Although its booziness runs a little hot at first and overwhelms the rest of the palate. But as the beer warms, the other flavors really begin to shine. Of course, depending on your perspective, that blast of booze could be a good thing. Regardless, just prepare yourself.

When a beer is as hyped as this one, it’s not easy to live up to the expectations. But this Stout nearly pulls it off. All things being equal, the KBS is a delicious and complex boozy treat. When you taste it, you’ll understand why there were so many raves, and maybe, even its lofty price tag.

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Check out the video below from Founders as the brewers talk about the KBS American Imperial Stout.

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About the American Imperial Stout

Rich, dark, and complex, the American Imperial Stout has a strength similar to that of an American Barleywine. Its bitterness typically runs high from hops, roast, or booze, and it should have a silky, luscious feel. The style originated in the Russian Imperial Court, became popular in England, and then all but disappeared. The modern craft brewing renaissance resurrected the style in America and in England.