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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company

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

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7,023 Ratings
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Ratings: 7023
Reviews: 2408
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.86%


Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
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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ali1987

Florida

4.64/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- jet black body with minimal mocha colored head

S- chocolate, malt, bourbon, vanilla... Very little coffee.

T- very similar to the nose. Chocolate, followed by bourbon, & finishing with vanilla. Coffee is barely there.

M- thick, smooth body. Moderate carbonation.

O- Great beer with complex flavors. I'd like to taste more coffee though. For such a high ABV, it's very easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2014 22:18:01 | More by ali1987
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JamieDuncan

Maryland

4.69/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Good friend had snagged one of these and held onto it to split with me and my beer guru. What can be said, awesome beer, smell could be rated above 5 and with the ABV so high it gets an overall as almost perfect. I would love to track down some more of these.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 21:59:48 | More by JamieDuncan
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ricknelson

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Went to a Founder's Tasting at Woodstock Hops & Barley in Woodstock Vermont and had samples of Founders Centennial, Reds Rye, All Day IPA and KBS. Decided to buy a growler of the KBS to take home to share with my brother and friends. KBS lives up to all the hype.

Serving type: growler

04-08-2014 14:12:35 | More by ricknelson
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dank203

New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

here goes, one of the top rated beers in the world.

kbs 2014: most drinkable beer for the size. goes down like nothing with the alcohol so well masked. the bourbon is more in the finish. fair amount of hops come through with it. aromas of rich caramel, butterscotch, dark chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. flavor complex, a little bitter, big explosion of chocolate and coffee. very thick and actually chewy.

kbs 2013: reminds me more of a dark chocolate cake. boozey aromas. some dark fruits, cherry, bourbon comes through pretty mellow. really not getting much coffee. even the fresh, raw chocolate note has died down a lot. the only positive difference here is the mellow smoothness of it that seems to have evolved. not as much an explosion of flavor like it is when fresh.

prefer the fresh bottle. if you can get more than one bottle, its worth aging one just to realize your preference. my preference is to have this within a month of attaining it. In fact, I think everyone should have it fresh at least once. it shows you the full flavor profile. THEN age one, and decide. Just my suggestion!

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 13:57:28 | More by dank203
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xungmound98

New York

4.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter. Pitch black color with about 1/4” of mocha-colored head. Swishing the beer around leaves an oily residue and spotty lacing on the sides. Smell is an intense mix of chocolate, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, cinnamon, etc. Taste is equally complex, and includes all the aforementioned; heavy on roasted malts. A mild wave of bourbon heat shows up in the throat after every sip. After the first taste it's hard to restrain myself from downing this in a minute. Mouthfeel is thick, creamy and palette-coating. An exceptional beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 00:06:50 | More by xungmound98
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drdiesel9483

Ohio

4.81/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look - dark as night.
Smell - malty, sweet smell. Almost like maple syrup smell.
Taste - taste like strong coffee with bourbon added. Maybe too much alcohol taste. You can taste the bourbon for sure! Get's better when it's a little warmer.
Feel - highly carbonated thick pallet. I'd say this is just slightly over carbonated but not by much.
Overall - great beer! If you like coffee and bourbon you'd love this beer!

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2014 21:13:39 | More by drdiesel9483
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JasonHaviland

New Hampshire

4.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Utterly fantastic. Worth the chase. Great notes of chocolate, oatmeal and brown sugar. Bourbon barrel aging adds great complexity. Strong through the mid-palate and smooth on the finish. Tasted at a tap takeover in Boston in a tulip glass. If you are able to find it on-tap, you won't be disappointed.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2014 01:39:47 | More by JasonHaviland
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richj1970

Alabama

4.41/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours midnight black with an almost crude oil appearance. A very small mocha colored head that dissipated quickly with just some slight lacing.

S: Chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and roasted espresso beans. A truly wonderful smelling beer. Perhaps not as pronounced as BCBS or the variants, but still very enjoyable.

T: Follows the nose closely. Fairly strong bourbon up front combined with roasty coffee and bitter chocolate. Some vanilla in the back.

M: Full bodied with a creamy texture. Fairly well carbonated for a brew with this ABV. Everything I want in a big stout.

O: I had a small sampling of the 2013 vintage this year at EBF and was a little underwhelmed, but this bottle was truly great beer. Now I need to find a few more...

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 23:21:54 | More by richj1970
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oldmankoch

Tennessee

4.85/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow...Amazing. To me this beer definitely is worth all the hype.

Pours a pitch black motor oil with minimal to no head and lacing.

Smell is inviting. Coffee, malt, vanilla, chocolate brownie, with hints of bourbon, char, molasses, and dark fruit.

Taste follows the nose perfectly with epic balance. Not one flavor is overly dominate. Plus the booze is nicely masked. You can tell its there but it doesn't permeate the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is meaty, slick, with low carbonation, it's just enough to support the numerous flavors as they register on the tongue.

This makes for one amazing Spring afternoon back porch sipper. Most compare this to BCBS Coffee and I can see why. I feel that this trumps that particular version of the BCBS series simply because of the balanced profile. Just my opinion though.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 22:17:23 | More by oldmankoch
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bnewall3

Connecticut

4.8/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- Very little head at all, good amount of lacing. Midnight black just as expected.

S- Perfect to me. Exactly what a stout SHOULD smell like, especially one aged in bourbon barrels. Molasses followed with tannin vanilla and some oak.

T- IDC about all the hype surrounding this beer but for me it lives up to it. Now is it something to sell your first born for, or drive 13 hours to wait another 14 in line for? No, most aren't. But as far as a great top of the line stout KBS meets all standards. The carb levels are on point, its not a sludge bomb, and the flavors are all there. Booze is present from beginning of your sip until the end, but it isn't overpowering or game changing. Its actually awesome if you ask me. Warms ya right up.

M- look up^^

O- Great brew by a great brewery. Funny how i sought founders non stop then a little after they came to CT I sort of took them for granted and walked right past them in a store. Sometimes it takes something like KBS to realize ya do still have great beers right there in the cooler down the street. Don't need to spend 30$ in shipping to drink a DIPA on a thursday work night.
Sorry I rambled, but this beer made me realize some things.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 22:11:50 | More by bnewall3
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upton7418

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 Poured into a snifter

A: Jet black. Thin tan head that doesn't last long. Not much lacing.

S: sweet malt and Bourbon slight alcohol smell

T: Smooth, sweet Coffee and chocolate with a lot of bourbon though not overpowering like most bourbon barrel beers i've had. Alcohol is extremely well hidden and no taste of it

M: low carbonation and very thin and easy to drink. aftertaste lingers and continues to add flavor while the beer itself is gone very nice

O: very good taste i've tried few like it, alcohol does sneaks up as it's very well hidden. would definitely buy again especially as a yearly thing as long as i can find it which was tough this year. worth the hype yes worth the money still debating. very sweet and bourbony but not overly so.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 21:54:33 | More by upton7418
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

4.49/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2013 edition. Poured into a snifter. Aged for a year. Thanks, Shannon.

A: Coal black. A half finger tan head that doesn't last long. Not much lacing.

S: Espresso, anise, leather, licorice. Bourbon. Very nice.

T: Smooth, sweet. Sublime. Coffee slides in with a viscous feel. Then chocolate with light vanilla and cognac. As it warms, the bourbon comes out, with a nice mellow feeling. Can't feel the 11.2...until it's too late.

M: heavy with thick viscosity. Not much carbonation.

O: One of the best beers I've ever tried. A true sipper, special occasion beer. Promise your first born, whatever it takes to experience a KBS.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 17:20:45 | More by brewskifan55
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ilikebeer03

Texas

4.76/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

A: pours jet black, some nice tan head, about a fingers worth. Not too much lacing, leaves a ice ring around the glass, but this, too, eventually disappears.

S: WOW! lots of rich, dark chocolate. coffee and roasted malts also present. Some nice oak and bourbon notes present as well. Chocolate is the real dominating thing on the nose. This beer smells delicious.

T: Tastes great. a nice mix of coffee, chocolate, oak, vanilla, bourbon. It all intertwines very nicely. No one thing dominates the taste. The bourbon is more present and fades into the background as it cools. bourbon is nicely present in the aftertaste as it lingers in my mouth.

M: great mouthfeel. thick, creamy, carbonated well for the style.

O: this is an incredible beer! no wonder it is so highly sought after. WOW

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 03:15:19 | More by ilikebeer03
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kimjongill

Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great at about 8 months in. Had it fresh from bottle and wasn't nearly as good. Haven't tried this year's batch fresh.

From previous tastings I'd say it peaks at about the 6-9 month mark. Very mellow and balanced. The coffee flavors are well balanced (not bitter like when it first came out).

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 22:54:54 | More by kimjongill
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SassieCassie

Florida

4/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served: snifter glass from a bottle.

Color: Black/Brown

Not much of a head which is typical for stouts, but decent head retention.

Smell: tobacco, chocolate, and bourbon barrel wood.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee, and milk, finishing with a bourbon flavor that includes undertones of vanilla.

All flavors work evenly throughout this beer. There isn't anything that is too strong, weak, or overpowering. They're spot on with this one, it needs nothing.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 22:48:25 | More by SassieCassie
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skipxtracer

New York

4.48/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this on draft at the founders event at tap and mallet. Dark black with no head. I am not usually crazy about stouts but this is incredible. Dark chocolate, coffee, coconut flavors. A little effervescence at the end. I can't believe how great this tastes.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2014 15:46:54 | More by skipxtracer
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peacemakers48

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Kentucky Breakfast Stout is the second best stout I have ever had next to the Bourbon County Coffee. Nice flavour all the way through and is remarkably smooth. Although the alcohol content is high, the taste is really light. This is a stout I could drink a bunch of as opposed to the coffe which is more if a one and done.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2014 15:09:42 | More by peacemakers48
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j_rod22

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours very dark, 1 1/2 finger khaki brown lacy head, beautiful looking

S - Wow! awesome coffee undertones with vanilla, espresso, and chocolate up front

T - hits the palate with a great hint of that Bourbon, with coffee vanilla at the end; very smooth

M - very thick chocolate mouthfeel, very pleasant not to hard on the palate every sip was very well balanced

O - definitely lived up to its hype! I would love to compare '13 to this years batch. Though I was not disappointed! Awesome stuff!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 05:16:18 | More by j_rod22
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Doerrijustmether

Michigan

4.9/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

beer pours dark brown almost black to a medium khaki hear about 1 finger.

smell is up front bourbon, with chocolate undertones. the bourbon being the main focus.

drinks like perfection, each flavor is completely balanced and complements one another.

lace is smooth and does not leave a lasting aftertaste, chocolate, espresso and bourbon all in the profile, i want more.

i'm left yearning for another, only able to secure one bottle.

Ive been on the hunt for this beer since ive got into crafts. i was worried that this would not live up to the hype. For those who are worried, it did. ive drank other bourbon aged brews and no other are able to complement the flavor profiles. Everything in this beer seems to complement not overpower. I can with certainly say this is the pinnacle of my beer drinking to this point. i will be dreaming of this beer again. outstanding Founders, this make me feel doubly proud to be a Michigander.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 03:16:48 | More by Doerrijustmether
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tberry1693

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had to bribe my local craft beer store to actually sell me one of these. Enjoying it as I write this. This is by far the best I've had from Founders and definitely up there with some of my other favorite beers. It pours near black with a creamy brown head. The smell is fantastic, like chocolate milk and vanilla bourbon. I've had many stouts flavored with coffee and chocolate before but this one definitely takes the cake, far and away. The first thing that hits the palate is the oak and the bourbon with a little bit of coffee bitterness. You can definitely tell that this beer is 11.2% alcohol; it warms the throat but in a very pleasant way. The aftertaste is very forward on the chocolate with undertones of coffee. It was mildly carbonated, and I enjoyed it more as it warmed up. Overall, fantastic beer. I will try my best to find another before they all sell out, and I recommend that you do too!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 02:44:18 | More by tberry1693
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JeffoC6

New Jersey

4.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled: 3/2/14 (I think? It's tough to see)
Drinking: 4/4/14 @ 7:30 PM
Setting: Living room couch, watching Bear Grylls: Escape from Hell- CANYONS

Scored one bottle this year. I tried for a few others, but it didn't work out. Happy to have one, and can't wait to enjoy this baby.

A: Poured into a snifter glass after letting the beer sit at room temp for 15 minutes. Poured somewhat aggressively and got a nice 1 1/2 finger of a chocolaty milk-like head. The beer itself is almost jet black with shades of deep purple. The heead fades over about 2 minutes to about 1/2 finger and caps the inky liquid beneath. Deep, dark, and sexy sexy, that's for sure.

S: Dark roasted coffee beans and vanilla cream immediately hit the nose. Huge chocolate presence with hints of bourbon and oak. A faint hint of cinnamon perhaps? Earthy hop tones balance out the rich malty sweetness. Bravo!

T: Taste follows the nose with the bitterness of the coffee and toasted vanilla up front. There's some glorious flavors in here: Creme brule', burnt caramel, roasted coffee and cream, oak, peat, char, toasted coconut, and enough balance from the earthy hop bitterneess to keep everything in check. A wonderful richness throughout.

MF: This beer leaves a lacquer-like coating on the tongue. It washes over all of the taste receptors in your mouth, and because of it's stickiness, allows for all of the flavors to linger and let themselves be experienced, before finishing dry. Really leaves you wanting more.

O: When I had this beer last year, I claimed it to be the best beer I've ever had. Since that time, I've been fortunate enough to try the likes of Heady Topper, Pliny The Elder, Goose Island BCBS, etc...Gun to my head, I'm a stout guy, and because of that, I still lean towards this offering as one of the best beers out there, if not the best. I know it's hyped beyond belief, but maybe-just-maybe it's worth it? Yep.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 00:18:45 | More by JeffoC6
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DrStiffington

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got one from my beer guy today. Cracked it open tonight. Pours a midnight black with a small head. Smells nicely of chocolate. Slight coffee too. The coffee comes out a bit more with the first taste. Hmm. A bit tangy as well. Just the right amount of booziness. Mouthfeel is incredible. Thick, smooth, creamy. Overall a fantastic beer. Not quite as high in alcohol as ones like DFH120 or as boozy as BCBS, which, in my opinion, makes this one more enjoyably drinkable. My first perfect score.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 00:15:02 | More by DrStiffington
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TysonNavarre

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good beer overall. Was handed to me by the beer buyer at my usual craft store. The way he talked about KBS you would think its the second coming. At $8.99 per bottle, it sure as heck should be.

The KBS did not disappoint. As good as it was, the price bothered me a bit for one reason: This beer tastes almost exactly like Dragon's Milk from New Holland. There are some differences, mainly the coffee and chocolate tones, but other than that its got that same boozy taste which I love.

Anyway, did I like this beer? YES. Would I buy it again? NO. I would rather have a good Dragon's Milk at half the price than wait and/or beg for a single bottle of this when its made once a year. Good it is, but that good, it ain't.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 23:59:27 | More by TysonNavarre
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hillvt4me

Vermont

3.96/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Black with red undertone. Minimal light brown head with pour into a tulip.

S - fudge-chocolate. coffee beans, dark fruit and earthy leather.

T - Bourbon, chocolate, cherry, Etoh and coffee. The flavored enriched and developed with some time and change toward room temperature.

M - Thin, silky smooth, low carbonation.

O - Solid brew, though I am recalling last years batch a bit more fondly.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 21:56:09 | More by hillvt4me
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jageraholic

Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2014 KBS. Number abiove are from 2013. This release snuck up on me but i was able to track down a bottle in the area. Served into my snifter around 50-55 degrees.

A: a beauty. Pitch black, light brown froth on top. Microbubbles keeping it alive. 5

S: fantastic aromas of coffee, vanilla, bourbon, some oak, a little anise, caramel and slight hint of alcohol heat in the background. 5

T: wow. Wave of sweet bourbon at first, vanilla follows with some burnt chocolate and caramel in the background. Coffee in the finish and alcohol heat in the aftertaste but in a good way. Man i wish i was sitting by a fire drinking this. Crazy wave of flavors with each sip being a different flavor taken dominance. Awesome wild ride to drink. 4.75

M: coats the mouth but dissapates really quickly. Leaves a lingering presence known along with some of the complex flavors above. A little over carbonated for a stout which is its only flaw. But that goes away the slower i drink it. 4

O: a phenominal beer and one i look forward to every year. Worth every moment of tracking it down. Looking at my review of last year, 2014 definitely has more stout quality and is really really awesome. 4.5

2013 KBS...start of my birthweek, sitting outside, been drinking a lot of IPAs lately, time for a stout.

A: rough pour, nice inch light brown head that reduces down to a microline of bubbles throughout the rest of the beer experience. Pitch black in the body of the tulip glass, with a light clear brown around the surface edge. Beautiful stout.

S: lot of bourbon in the smell. Very sweet. Some vanilla and chocolate in the background, but smell is predominately sweet. Like if maple candy were bourbon rather than maple. No sense of any alcohol in the smell. Slight coffee notes come out too. Alcohol comes out more as it warms.

T: lot of sweet bourbon in the taste. Takes over the mouth at first, then gives way to notes of vanilla, maybe a little cherry in the background. Not much chocolate, coffee or malt taste...yea,not getting many stout flavors, but very smooth bourbon (pleasant bourbon,not overwhelming like fresh BCBS) vanilla and slight tart cherry. No woodiness. Alcohol presenting itself as it gets mid 50s and getting more chocolate.

M: very thick in the palate, coats the mouth with a nice dry finish leaving the great flavor in my mouth and wanting more.

O: I remember more stout qualities in the past, even when i tried this years when it was first released. I like the balance of the bourbon aging and imp stout qualities that KBS usually has and this one is lacking that. It is very sweet and very flavorful, incredibly smooth beer with no burn at all for a hgh abv beer. Was expecting more stout, got more bourbon, and founders did excellent, because i'm not dissapointed in the slightest. Just have to throw in when the alcohol shows itself, it tastes like delicious chocolate bourbon with a smooth subtle burn, basement temp is the way to go with this beer. Excellent job prost!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 21:10:26 | More by jageraholic
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 7,023 ratings.