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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)

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world-class

7,978 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,978
Reviews: 2,495
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 3,104
Gots: 2,849 | FT: 206
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.20% ABV

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."

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-13-2004)
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mryuk

Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a midnight black brown with very little head. no light transmission.

smell is strong coffee molasses with maybe some fruit. lots of excellent smoke and toasted notes.

taste is flavor overload. awesome strong flavor. only a small sip and pow! sweet toasted coffee with a slight bitter finish chocolaty goodness.

mouth is thick with medium carbonation.

very very good. not as much bourbon as expected. very smooth with excellent flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 02:59:06 | More by mryuk
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Dubbercody

Washington

4.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow about sums up this beer. I was very impressed with how well the taste of burbon was pulled off in this brew, very much there without hitting you over the head with it. I had this following the Breakfast Stout and I was quite amazed at how different they tasted, while both great beers this one has a bit more of a trp down the rabbit hole.

This is one amazing beer, it looks as great as the other reviews and if you are a stout drinker, it's a must try beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2006 21:05:56 | More by Dubbercody
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hellcatsjg

Virginia

4.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JJ21 for the trade!

Appearance: Dark dark black with the slightest bit of dark tan head. The small head disappears very quickly.

Smell: Oak and alcohol dominate with a good amount of coffee in the background.

Taste: The oak and alcohol are big up front. The first few sips are dominated by those two flavors. Once you get accustomed to those big flavors, the coffee starts to come out and blends very nicely with the other flavors. Very good balance between the flavors and the taste changes quite a bit as it warms. Very nice and very strong.

Mouthfeel: Good thickness and very smooth. The is almost no carbonation at all. There is a nice oak and bourbon aftertaste that hesitates for a moment after you swallow before making itself known. Very good flavor and very balanced.

Drinkability: The only thing that would hinder the drinkability of this beer is the 10% ABV. Other than that, this is a great beer and I would love to get my hands on some each time it comes available. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 01:36:29 | More by hellcatsjg
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treyrab

California

4.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to warriorsoul for this beauty!

Poured into a pint glass....

A: Poured thick black with low carbonation. Very little head, but the head is the darkest I have seen!

S: The smell is phenomenal! Tons of dark roasted coffee blended with warm vanilla and bourbon. The smell is huge, you can smell this from a mile away!

T: The taste is similar to the smell, but the bourbon takes control. The bourbon hits you first, followed by a hint of vanilla, then some coffee. But this is not bitter nor does it really have a bite to it. Pretty light on the palate.

Overall, a very good beer that I would recommend. It was a little thin for me and lacked on the roast, but the bourbon was fantastic!

Second time having this beer it was much, much better. Pitch black sludge with a dark mocha head. Incredibly scent of dark coffee, sweet bourbon and coffee with a deep, robust flavor of the aforementioned. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 23:37:11 | More by treyrab
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trumpetego

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Bauer Wine and Spirits in Boston for having some of this and, more importantly, letting me know about it.
Poured a 12oz bottle of the 2008 version into a tulip glass. Consitency of motor oil with only a sliver of head that quickly goes away. No lacing to speak of (this is where it looses some appearance points for me).
Smell is extremely complex. Starts out with coffee grounds, then some spicy alchohol, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon sweetness, and the oakiness of the barrels.
Taste is a very well balanced mix of all of the above. The coffee is less present than it was in the nose, but the vanilla comes out to take it's place - big, strong vanilla almost like someone poured vanilla extract into my glass. There is a slight hint of alchohol, but this is mixed with the vanilla and oak so that it's more of a warming than anything else. The only thing I miss in the taste is the bourbon, which is a bit hard to pick out. This will probably improve with aging.
Mouthfeel is good. It is certainly an imperial stout, so it has some heft but not too much. The carbonation is just present enough to provide a nice feel.
Drinkability - I was tempted to have more than one of these, but I resisted. Despite the sweetness and complexity of the flavors, it didn't leave me feeling overwhelmed.
This is an extremely tasty brew, and I can see why it is so highly praised.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 16:04:10 | More by trumpetego
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Iceman77

New Jersey

4.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I should mention first that this is the '09 KBS, i've had one bottle laying around for a while and realized i never reviewed it. It is probably the most opaque stout i've seen, just a deep rich black with very minimal head despite a vigorous pour (probably due to age). The aromas are as complex as most beers' taste, you get a heavy roasted malt with the sweetness of chocolate, vanilla and coffee, and also a faint hint of the bourbon in the background. All of those flavors come back in the taste, just a wonderful melding of everything a good stout should be. The mouthfeel is very nice as well, there's almost three stages as an upfront, a mouth coating and then an aftertaste, each with a seemingly different effect on the flavor. The only thing that keeps me from rating the drinkability higher is the abv, i've made the mistake of drinking a KBS later in a sesh and it's basically put me to sleep. Definitely worth the hype and praises, this Founders offering stands right at the top of the imperial stout class.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 04:07:13 | More by Iceman77
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I still cannot believe I got to try this beer. A good buddy (and fellow BA member) spotted a few bottles at The Foodery (Center City location) and was good enough to pick one up for me. He is truly a god amongst men.

After leaving it the basement for a couple weeks (in hopes of saving it for a special occasion), I noticed that this bad boy is actually a raging 11.2%, which made me even more excited to try it.

I poured this mythic ale into a brandy snifter, letting it sit for a few minutes before I dove in. It was colored the deepest black I'd ever seen with a creamy brown head and sizzling carbonation. The aroma was quite wonderful, bringing to mind everything from vanilla to after dinner liqueur to heavy cream. From first scent, its profound ABV is evident.

Flavor hits you like a ton of bricks, opening with roasted coffee bean and ending with vanilla and irish cream. I've never had a stout that is so well balanced and as it warms, a transcendent coffee flavor finishes with authority.

The beer coats the tongue with each sip with the sting of whiskey as it sinks. It's an absolutely terrific beer, but let's not kid ourselves. With its potency and big flavor, one or two is definitely enough.

A great beer for a special occasion and potentially the best stout I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 23:04:18 | More by deapokid
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d0ggnate

California

4.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A good friend (m1ked) recently traded for a few of these and was kind enough to toss one my way. I broke open the bottle tonight I knew I had to write a review as soon as I poured.

A: Oil-like brown/black pour. A ring of head lines my snifter and last throughout drinks.
S: Strong coffee aroma, dark chocolate notes, and a rich roasted malt hint found.
T: Rich dark chocolate carries over and amazes my palate. An overwhelming rich flavor of coffee, but more than welcomed here.
M: Very smooth and velvety. A lasting flavor and a nice warming alcohol affect.
D: So rich and delicious. I can't believe I had no desire to try this beer. I now wish I had more. This will now be added to my Wants List. Amazing flavor and texture.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 05:24:58 | More by d0ggnate
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chalsk

New Jersey

4.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very delicious imperial stout. Pours a dark black color with a caramel colored head. Has an aroma of bourbon with hints of coffee, vanilla, and malt. The alcohol comes through on the smell and taste. This stout has it all sweet and malty on the front, bitter and biting alcohol on the back. Thin mouthfeel. Notes of vanilla and coffee which linger on the tongue through the finish. This is most definitely a snifter worthy stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 02:38:08 | More by chalsk
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jampics2

Ohio

4.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is such a treat to run across. Got a few bottles at the Buckeye Beer Engine's Wood Aged Beer Festival (all of the stock they had was gone within the first hour). Took a few home, but had one at the bar. The pour is dark black - not as much of the toffee colored head that the non-barrel version has, but a little nonetheless. The nose has a ton of chocolate, with bourbon and vanilla coming to the forefront as the beer warms and relaxes. A bit of coffee roast in there as well. Taste is chocolate, coffee, and the nice bourbon kick. This is heaven - there are other BB stouts I enjoy a bit more, as I am a bourbon in my beer guy, but this is so balanced and smooth. An world class offering from Founders, and a treat that anyone should splurge for if given the chance.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 12:19:11 | More by jampics2
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kiddynamite920

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It finally made it's way to PA after a bunch of hoopla with centuries old laws. Not only did I grab a few bottles, but it is also making an appearance on tap soon. Very excited to try this beer!

A: Bottle poured into my new Great Divide Brussels glass. Jet black with a very dark brown head, close to Marshal Zhukov's in head color. Very dark and thin head that settled to a brown ring atop this black beast.

S: Barely have to put my nose into this one to smell it. Without even attempting to smell I picked up a gigantic dark coffee and rich roasty malts. Putting the nose to the beer only accentuates the previous aromas. Fresh ground coffee, vanilla, some sweet bourbon. Huge semisweet chocolate aroma, and a bit of burnt wood. Only picking up a bit of alcohol, can only imagine how this will mellow out with age.

T: A near perfect balance of sweetness and roasted malts. Great alcohol presence. The bourbon comes through very nicely and is mellowed by the vanilla bean on the palate. Never had a beer that tasted like a spoonful of fresh ground, dark roast coffee beans. Picks up all the woody qualities of the oak barrels, along with the sweetness. Has an aftertaste of bourbon whiskey. Very complex flavors here. Slight maple syrup flavor on the end.

M: Incredibly rich and full bodied with no one element outweighing the other. Thick and syrupy like a barleywine, roasty and dry like an RIS. Excellent heat from the alcohol that doesn't overpower the beer. Flavor lingers for quite a while after each sip.

D: Easy does it with this one, slow and steady. This beer offers so many levels of flavor each and every sip that it needs to be enjoyed slowly. Appreciate its complexities with a good book or just as a great night cap! I am also tempted to try one of these in the morning instead of my morning cup... Great beer all around.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 03:24:17 | More by kiddynamite920
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jera1350

Minnesota

4.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick deep brown/black with a hint of brown foam. Leaves traces of lacing.

Lots of deep roasted malt, bourbon scent, moderate coffee and a hint of vanilla.

Lots of chocolate with notes of coffee, vanilla and bourbon. Perfection! So perfectly blended and outstanding tasting.

Rich and creamy mouthfeel. Full bodied, but not syrupy and sticky. Smooth and dry finishing.

Should be a sipper of a beer, but it makes you want to sip frequently. Outstanding beer, give me more.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 03:55:03 | More by jera1350
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krisandajt

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe I found this brew in my local beer store...

Appearance: Pours a deep black with a slight amount of head that fades quickly. Does leave some nice lacing.

Smell: Wow...picking up chocolate and coffee and just a hint of bourbon. Smells phenomenal!

Taste: The taste is unbelievable! Very smooth, the coffee and chocolate is very apparent, but not overwhelming. I was expecting a bit more snap towards the end, but nothing but sweet smooth goodness.

Mouthfeel: Not too heavy, not too thin...it's smooth and creamy. Perfection.

Drinkability: Complexity is the key word here. This beer gets better with every sip, I wish it wouldn't end. Oh, I just remembered...I have another bottle...

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 01:20:48 | More by krisandajt
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ADTaber

South Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz btl poured into a DFH snifter - 2011 vintage

A: pours black like used motor oil with a 1 finger tan head that lasts and leaves a lot of lacing

S: Bourbon, vanilla, coffee, hint of chocolate

T: bourbon sweetness up front, coffee and roasted malt, chocolate, ends with a nice oaky vanilla smoothness, bourbon flavor is not overpowering

MF: medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, very smooth

D: very enjoyable, the high alcohol content is well hidden, great sipping beer

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 22:17:12 | More by ADTaber
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AdmiralDiaz

Minnesota

4.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz.bottle to pint.

A: Pours molasses black with a big brown head with decent retention and some web-like lacing.

S: Smells of strong bourbon, alcohol, roasted malts and some coffee with a very melded chocolate and vanilla note. Smells amazing. What's interesting is that the smell is fairly mild, not in an non-complex way, just a can't smell from a foot away like some beers. Not a bad thing, just not a trait you often see...I mean smell.

T: Strong bourbon with chocolate notes. Coffee kicks in on the finish, however it's complimented by bitter oakiness. This is amazing. It's complex but not as "extreme" as GI GCS, which I like because that helps the drinkability factor.

M&D: Good carbonation and a heavy body are great, but what really impressed my is the mouth-drying bitter feeling you get. The mouthfeel blew me away, I've never had anything like it. It's pretty drinkable for the abv content and it's not too heavy. I could probably do a couple bottles.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 03:46:08 | More by AdmiralDiaz
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RodneyX

Missouri

4.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a bottle. Pours a velvety black with a brown head that didn't leave anything on the sides. It smells of coffee with some barrel, oak, and bourbon. Has a nice roasted character with wood and huge coffee and chocolate. This beer feels and tastes great, can't think of much that could make it better. Glad I was able to get some bottles this year.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 15:12:51 | More by RodneyX
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thequeen711

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

KBS 2010!!!! is finally in PA!!!
Nose of blended chocolates and bourbon, Pour is rich chocolate black, barely lacing at the top. The aging in the oak bourbon barrels just makes this specialty brew more flavourful. Medium-heavy mouthfeel, just slides down the back of my throat and warms my belly! This is in my top 3 Favourite beers, and I will faithfully seek this out whenever the opportunity arises!
Thanks to Mike Bell and the guys at Founders for creating such pleasure.

Serving type: cask

06-11-2010 16:13:15 | More by thequeen711
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don1481

Wisconsin

4.71/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My then-28 week pregnant wife bought me this bottle on KBS Day. To celebrate the arrival of our son at home after 6 weeks in the NICU, I'm having this.

12oz bottle poured into glass.

Appearance: Pours a very, very dark liquid from where no bubbles can escape. A caramel colored head sits atop of this for a bit.

Smell: Chocolate? Check! Coffee? Check! Bourbon? CHECK CHECK CHECK! Some vanilla hints to the aroma, as well. This smells heavenly.

Taste: It kinda tastes like a bourbon-infused mocha. Just the right balance of chocolate, coffee, vanilla... and booze. Honestly, this is right up there with BCBS in my book. Whereas BCBS is a little more complex in its flavor profile, this has a certain "rough around the edges" hit to it that makes it stand out in a different way.

Mouthfeel: Goes down smooth. Leaves a coffee and booze aftertaste.

Overall: I still have a second bottle in my basement. I'm going to age it until the next round of BCBS comes out late this year. Very excited to see how some more aging goes with this.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2014 02:54:07 | More by don1481
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CloudStrife

New York

4.71/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Two 8oz pours into snifters. 3.4.13 written in black marker on the keg collar.

A: Pours a very dark brown appearing black in the glass. A dark khaki head sits on top of this brew. One or two spots of lacing.

S: Nice blend of roasted malt and coffee with a mild bourbon incorporation. Fermented dark fruits come through as it warms, along with a touch of sweetness.

T: Very mellow for what I anticipated, extremely well balanced for such a bold beer. Bourbon is present but doesnt over power like it tends to with most aged beers, this time it feels like the flavor is in the beer not simply an addition. Chocolate provides an almost milk stout quality.

M: Creamy, velvety and very smooth. Booze are far from hot making the alcohol fairly hidden. Mild carbonation, full body.

Overall I am surprised at how balanced and flavorful this beer is. I expected more of a bourbon bomb but would prefer this craftily blended beer any day. All flavors work together in perfect harmony.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2013 18:14:28 | More by CloudStrife
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Dohtig

Maine

4.71/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After missing out on this beer at the store and several local tap houses I caught it at the oldest beer bar in town. It was well worth tracking down and making the trip just for a glass. Very dark, served in a large tulip glass the aromas shifted from a hint of bourbon to chocolate. A smooth full body mouthfull. There where so many flavors coming accross that it took a long time to get through them all. It reminded me of the scene from Charlie and the Chocolate factory where the girl takes the gum and new flavors come to her as she chews. This beer was like that, every sip brought a new flavor and insight. When this gets bottled again I won't be missing out. It is well worth hunting for.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2013 07:13:01 | More by Dohtig
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

4.71/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Coopers Tavern, Madison.

Why I'm not giving KBS A 5:

I may not be the most reliable judge For this beer because I do like me a sweeter stout.

I figure to review an iconic beer like this, rather than hashing over the same old ground, it might be more useful to place it on my list of all-time favorites.

For best of all-time flavor in the mouth (any style), my 5's are Mikkeller Black Hole, Berserker, 120 Minute, BCBS, and very few others.

For aroma, the KBS just doesn't have enough bourbon in the nose. My highest marks for aroma (any style) go to My Monkey's Got Wood, Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine, and J.W.Lee's Harvest Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2013 23:16:37 | More by martyl1000
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

4.71/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter
2013 Vintage

A- Pours syrupy pitch black. Nothing gets though this beer. A one fat finger of a khaki brown head. Big time alcohol legs on this beer. What a stout should look like.

S- Big coffee on the nose. A massive heap of roasted malt. A nice bit of chocolate and cocoa, sweet smelling. A big mocha note. No bourbon but what is there is quite magnificent.

T- A big bitterness at first. At first there is a subtle caramel sweetness. A massive roasted malt takes over on the tongue. A lasting dryness and smokiness left on the tongue. The coffee is very bold in this beer and really dominates the palate. The beer also has a dry cocoa to it that sticks to the tongue as well as a sweet and silky milk chocolate flavor to it. The bourbon is mostly noticeable on the back end. A nice sour mash to the beer and a nice bourbon flavor. The oak is subtly hidden under the bold flavors but adds a crisp dryness.

M- Big and thick, as it should be. Warming on the way down but not much in the terms of alcohol taste. A sweet stout with a very dry finish and lasting roast flavors on the tongue.

O- After trying to get this beer for 2 years. My time has finally come. This beer lives up to the hype. A well blended and surprisingly balanced stout, It remains bold in the flavors and goes down ever so smooth. Love it.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 00:06:26 | More by TwelveOunces
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Goosehunter75

Missouri

4.71/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very dark almost black molasses color. I was surprised that there was little to no head on this beer.

S - Wonderful! Lots going on in this beer....Molasses, chocolate, coffee, custard, and even a slight bourbon aroma.

T - Wow. Doesnt get much better than this. Very similar to the smell. Hints of choclate, coffee, buts, bourbon. I love the chocolate custard I'm picking up. Wish I had a few more o these sitting around

M - A very heavy beer. Nice a creamy. definately warms the mouth. Surprisingly very smooth for a beer that is 11.2%!

O - Love this beer. It was the first time I was fortunate enough to have one. Its like no beer I've ever had. Very smooth with all kinds of flavors going on. I'd describe it as a chocalate custard shake with a shot of bourbon in it.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 17:20:14 | More by Goosehunter75
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RachelZ

Michigan

4.71/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great beer overall! It pours a beautiful coffee black with a tan head. Aromas are dark chocolate and coffee with hints of bourbon. This is a rich tasting beer with hints of chocolates and vanillas. A smooth beer with a great aftertaste! This beer definitely lives up to all its hype!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2014 15:05:32 | More by RachelZ
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.71/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a pitch black color from a 12 oz bottle; ABV and date of bottling printed in yellow on the neck of the bottle, with half a finger of dark brown head that dissipated fairly quickly. Absolutely no light penetration whatsoever through the beer.
Aroma upfront is extremely high on coffee, with hints of bourbon and vanilla and burnt/roasted malts coming through with every swirl.
Taste is also high on coffee upfront, bittersweet all the way through from the front to the finish.
The bourbon is evident only in the finish.
Overall, this beer lives up to all the hype. Smooth, luscious and delectable. The alcohol is very well hidden.
This is absolutely a 'must-try' beer in my humble opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 01:50:27 | More by CaptDavyJones
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 7,978 ratings.