Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 2,751
Hads: 10,493
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 4,158
Gots: 4,771 | FT: 388
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Michigan, United States

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

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-13-2004

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."
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Photo of bonbini26
4.78/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Pete from Shoprite Liquors in Westfield for holding 2 of these for me.

A- Pours a dark dark brown, with a foamy tan head, no light going through the glass, with sticky brown lacing left behind

S- The smell of vanilla, coffee, chocolate, and light oak. The bourbon is not overwhelming either

T- Sweet chocolate, roasted coffee, burnt burbon, suttle vanilla and malts

M- Medium body, low carbonation, silky smooth, sticks to the inside of your mouth, you almost don't want to swallow it. Alcohol is just right too, nice and balanced

D- I split a bottle with my father and it was not enough, drank at cellar temperature and even as it warmed to room temperature it was just as good, simply an outstanding beer. (723 characters)

Photo of raoulduke37
4.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another great brew from Founder's. Thanks to sarahspat for this awesome trade. Poured it into a tulip glass and man was this a thick beer, black as night, with a very small brown head. A little bit of lacing makes this one look promsing. Smells of smoke, coffee, oak, almonds, and definitely vanilla. The taste is unbelievable roasted malts, hinting at espresso beans. So incredibly delicious. This one is creamy and thick like a good stout, but with a kiss of carbonation that cuts through it and gives you a pleasant break. Simply a magnificent beer. (552 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.67/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This poured pitch black with dark tan head. It smelled like bourbon-soaked oak and roasted coffee, with some vanilla and oranges and cream. It tasted like roasted coffee and milk chocolate followed by strong bourbon and oak, then a bit of smooth brown sugar and cooking vanilla and fresh oranges. It was thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a lasting smooth and bitter oak aftertaste. Overall this had a fantastic flavor that was bold and complex, yet delicate and easy to drink. It hid the alcohol well, to the point that you really have to be careful drinking this one. It had great body that was silky smooth. I couldn't get over how well the different flavor elements were blended together. Simply delicious. This is a great beer that meets the hype! (758 characters)

Photo of PerzentRizen
4.57/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel glass at cellar temp this beer has a 1 inch dark tan to light brown head that reduces rather quickly. The beer itself is pitch black - it actually sucks the light out of the lightbulbs in the room. I can see my relection perfectly from all sides and the top of the beer. It's like peering into the depths of my soul and discovering a moonshiner.

The smell is of freshly roasted coffee, light bourbon, hints of bittersweet chocolate, and roasted barley. This isn't quite as over the top in the scent department - a little overhyped in this regard. I heard stories of this beer being smelled three states away - I can't smell it from 3 feet away.

The taste is like no other stout I've had. It's not quite as rich and chewy as BCS - which is a good thing. Althought that beer was good it lost points for the over-the-topness. The flavors here are an echo of the original aroma. There is a rich coffee and chocolate flavor that hits you first. Then you get a hop kick that bitters then recedes with the coffee and then you're left with a malty sweetness and a lingering flavor of chocolate nibs and resiny hop oils and coffee finish. This is one long beer. As a side note there really isn't much bourbon taste in the beer - there is the scent of bourbon.

The mouthfeel is lighter than expected but it is perfect for the style. This isn't watery but it's more in line with a coffee stout. It's still much thicker and more chewy than the regular breakfast stout.

Drinkability is over the top here. I could and would drink this more often if it were possible. Between the rarity and cost this is a rare treat for me. I did enjoy it greatly. If you get your hands on this one and you like coffee you will love this. (1,731 characters)

Photo of Brent
3.98/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was a bit confused at first due to a label change - my bottle was only designated "KBS." Pour was an amazing, thick used-motor oil black (only a beer geek could find that description appetizing). Aroma was dense with caramel, oak and vanilla. First few sips were almost overpowering, with a silky-sweet dark caramel, tinged wiht bourbon. Alcohol hit hard at the end, with an off-putting rubbing alcohol burn. As the beer warmed and I acclimated to the flavor, the sharp pepper of the alchol diminished, but never went away. The imbalance of the alcohol was the only detraction from an otherwise outstanding beer. (614 characters)

Photo of thirdeye11
4.26/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ktown67 for this during an in person trade.

Presentation: Poured from 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours the blackest of blacks, with a semi-vigorous pour it has no head, but the bubbles settle to the top and form a 1/2 finger of dark tan bubbles. No lacing on the glass, and some odd sediment that lingers on the sides of the glass.

S: Smell is awesome. So complex for a stout which are normally one dimensional. Coffee and dark unsweetened cocoa powder, whiskey/bourbon and even some woody notes that are muted. Even some cream in the smell.

T: Having this and the standard breakfast stout from Founders this week have opened my eyes to the style which I generally don't like much. Lots of coffee, some unsweetened hot chocolate powder, maybe some marshmallow creme, whiskey is on the finish as is some bitternes that I wish wasn't. Very complex it isn't lacking anything I want. The bitterness is really not bad at all, and on the very lowest end of the spectrum compared to most stouts I've had. I really like this one, creamy too!

M: Almost perfect. Creamy, coating my mouth, but slightly more carbonation and it WOULD be perfection.

D: Very high for a strong flavor beer. I could have 2 or 3 of these no problem.

Recommended for any beer drinker even if you don't drink stouts because it's awesome. Complex, flavorful, delicious, even refreshing which is odd to say. (1,393 characters)

Photo of TK5150
4.87/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2008 Vintage. Second time having this vintage.

A- Pours black with a very brown head.

S- Big coffee, bourbon, chocolate and vanilla. Aroma is excellent.

T- Lots of coffee and chocolate with a solid bourbon presence as well as vanilla and cocoa on the finish. High point of the beer.

M- Smooth, medium full bodied. Gets thicker in the mouth near the finish.

D- So tasty, I could drink a bunch of this.

Overall, this is a far superior beer to the standard breakfast stout, and one of my favorite beers to boot. Aging this has really improved it. Awesome stuff. (565 characters)

Photo of NCBeernut
4.71/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oily and pitch black like you would expect from a big stout like this, but could have a little better head retention, probably at the expense of the bourbon. .

This is going to be delicious. Plenty of bold chocolaty coffee with obvious hints of mellow bourbon that gives off a little vanilla with it. A slight edge of alcohol.

The special additions and ingredients really shine. Layers of chocolate and dark roasted coffee with a little cream and infused with subtle but noticeable bourbon. I really really like how the bourbon isn't overpowering like it is in GI BCS. Hints of vanilla hide within the bourbon flavors, but want to be noticed. No hop bitterness. Even the coffee doesn't add much bitterness. Fairly sweet all the way through. Nice warming sensation from the alcohol. Rich, velvety and creamy. My only complaint, not enough roasted malt flavors. A sipper, but with the alcohol pretty well covered, a possibly dangerous one. Typical of founders, they essentially nail what they are going for here. (1,014 characters)

Photo of ottovon
3.58/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

got this in a trade with stoutfiend27. thanks!

A: Pours a jet black, with a brown head that fell quickly.

S: huge coffee smell, with a hint out bourbon and vanilla.

T: dominating taste is coffee. there is some roastyness. bourbon and vanilla is in the background. as it warms the bourbon, vanilla, and some chocolate come through more. and you can taste some alcohol.

M: medium with low carbonation. warming of alcohol.

D: it is a good beer, but could probably only drink 1 or 2 in a sitting, and not because of the abv.

bottled on: 02.16.09
drank on: 04.24.09 (571 characters)

Photo of cdViking
4.15/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed in bottle on 4/24. Thanks Tuthill for the trade.

The pour is absolutely amazing, wonderfully dark with a minimal head brown head that slowly rises. Smells very strongly of oak and coffee, and a little bit of dark chocolate. Taste is not quite exceptional but great nonetheless, reflecting the smell with a subtlety of bourbon that adds complexity. Its silky smooth and tastes almost frothy, but the carbonation in my bottle was almost nonexistent. Its a wonderfully tasty beer (moreso than the wonderfully boozy BCS), but I couldn't fathom having more than one of these in a session. (593 characters)

Photo of aglose45
4.52/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into snifter glass at Tally Ho, Bethlehem Pa.

A: Pitch black/ licorice colored, dark ivory/ khaki colored head, which was very minimal and did not last long.

S: Notes of bourbon, chocolate, followed by a sweet malty/ alcohol flavor. There is a hint of bitterness in there as well.

T: STRONG bourbon flavor up front - delicious. this is followed by chocolate and roasted malts, maybe a bit of caramel. There is a subtle bitterness to it, which fits in perfectly for this brew.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth considering the immense bourbon note and high alcohol content. Great carbonation (somewhat light) for the style.

D: I could drink this beer all night. It goes down great; the flavor leaves you wanting more. (736 characters)

Photo of Yesac
4.52/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Solid jet black, small layer of brown colored head.

S- Some smokey bourbon, big on dark roasted coffee malts. Strong spicy boozy scent.

T- Just the right amount of bourbon blended in. Perfect. The spice and hints from the bourbon highlight a nice underlying heavy black stout. So complex, even some hop bitterness is present at the end.

M- Frothy mouthfeel and very thickly bodied. So smooth. Not dry or sticky. Sweet hints of bourbon are left on the palate. It's perfect.

D- If you can handle the bourbon and like stouts this is for you. So smooth and well balanced and maintains a great complexity. (610 characters)

Photo of charlesw
3.29/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Check this, homes... There's a reason this is an A+ and boris is only an A (really lower, but grade inflation and all). It's awfully pretty. Pours deep and dark. No head? What? Oh. Wait. Ha. You just had to wait for the bubbles to rise up. There they are! A decent-sized head of tiny dark bubbles. Would be better if they lasted longer.

Smells like Quick. Really - nothing but chocolate milk. Well, and a little smoke...

Tastes like Quick with a little smoke. OK, not quite so sweet. But pretty close. Ah, OK, it's bitter, too. (529 characters)

Photo of theghost3
4.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Appearance is pitch black with just an outer light brown ring for a head. Moderate lacing.

Smell is strong of roasted coffee, oak, and dark chocolate malts. It also kind of reminds me of a bold cabernet. The taste is strong of the roasted coffee & oak. There's also faint whiskey & dark fruits. The aftertaste is dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is acidic & oily. There's an alcohol warmth that's just like bourbon.

This is a drinkable beer. Very complex. Watch out for the ABV as the most recent batch is 11.2 percent. (538 characters)

Photo of bound4er
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. A firm pour produced about 1/4" of a light brown head that settled quickly to a well covering skim. Dark as night stuff - light does not penetrate through this beer. Lacing is average - lots of small dots and thin lines.

S. Chocolate, coffee and barrel influences such as vanilla, mocha, etc. Very nice but I was expecting a bit more. Some alcohol pokes through as it warms.

T. Initial wave of vanilla and chocolate flavors with a mild and unobtrusive hit of booze. There is a very nice back end hop bitterness to this beer and a long, flavorful finish that hangs around for a few minutes.

M. Full bodied and palate coating but not overly thick or syrupy.

D. Nice sipper - as others have noted, surprisingly drinkable given its ABV but one is enough for me.

This is a well crafted beer. I like it much more than FBS but I am unsure if this beer warrants all the hype, especially given its high tariff. I give Central Waters Peruvian Morning the nod over KBS. (970 characters)

Photo of bhalter8
4.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After being such a big fan of the regular breakfast stout I was excited to see what the barrel aging did for it. Aggressive pour into my goblet yields almost zero head, amazing really. A swirl of the glass offers little lacing, as well. The color is oil black. The smell is pure alcohol, the aging really took over the sweet malt and coffee aroma in the original version. This is not to say that aroma completely left the beer, its still there, and makes for greater complexity in the smell. The barrel aging comes through in the taste as well, big bourbon heat upfront followed by the blend of coffee and dark chocolate undertones. A nice hop bitterness even finds a place in the amazingly complex taste. I have to say KBS may have the best consistency for an imperial stout ever, just the right thickness, and silky smooth to boot. This thing is definitely a heater, as easy as it goes down, it later reminds you that you are indeed sipping on a barrel aged stout by leaving heat in your throat and mouth behind.
I have a few bottles, so I am glad I will get to revisit this beer, as it was completely unimpressive looking, but such an amazing, great flavor. (1,161 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Put on the spot to order a beer quickly, a quick gander at the cooler revealed a beer I'd never had before with a label that read KBS. OK, I'll have that. DOH!!! Once delivered to me I realized that it was Kentucky Breakfast Stout from Founder's. I'd had it before, but the label was different. So, OK, I was having brunch and coffee and bourbon and stout seemed appropriate, and this is a beer that can stand up to (actually dominate over) a spicy mushroom enchilada. What I was not prepared for was the price... $12!!! Damn, if only I'd known.

Anyway, I'm sure there are a million reviews for this out there, so I'll keep it simple. I prefer the Breakfast Stout. I think that the Bourbon just adds a bit too much to the mix, and it clearly increases the perception of alcohol, whether there's more there or not. It also cuts down on the really nice coffee flavor that the standard Breakfast Stout has, and I think, the malt flavors as well.

What's nice about the Breakfast Stout is that it's really complex, but that's kind of lost in the KBS because the Bourbon characteristic cuts through a lot of it (at least at the end of the glass).

So although this is not a beer I'd throw out of bed (you know what I mean), it's just not quite as good as the beer that spawned it.

Oh, and I kind of have to ding it for points on the appearance as the head drops immediately, and it leaves little lacing.

Cheers! (1,409 characters)

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

After reading the somewhat amusing label (at least they tried) I gave this guy a slow pour.

A: Dark swampy brown black, with a thin veil of moss brown goodness. Lacing was nominal, but still somewhat evident. Low carbonation.

S: Big chocolate notes, bourbon, coffee bitterness, nose hair twitching alcohol.

T: Much like the smell, biggest element is authoritarian chocolate. The coffee and bourbon are noticable, the coffee more subdued than the bourbon. They mix well to create a very tasty beer. 11% alcohol is hidden well. I must say that maybe if I would have tried this before other bourbon barreled beers I'd like it more.

M: Quite full bodied, coats the tongue quite well.

D: Enjoyable. A real treat to drink. High ABVs would keep my lightweight ass away from downing more than 3 in a sitting, but a very good sipping brew. I guess I am still blown away by Goose Islands BCS. (887 characters)

Photo of becktone
4.78/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From notes 3-29-09

Here's to 500 reviews! I think I'm going to retire my trusty Guinness pint glass which has proved usefull in about 4/5 of these was my first and only glass for quite a long time. Prost!

Eye: Black and opaque...color doesn't get better than this! Is it clear? Who knows? Its too damn dark to tell, awesome! Head is steady at 1/2 finger and is very creamy, almost looks as if it came from a nitrous tap. Color of head is a light muddy brown. Really this is everything that you could expect. I think it would look marvelous next to a steak and some over-easy eggs at about 10:30-11:00 in the morning. It'd definitely look much better than that glass of OJ next to the plate. Lacing is very beautiful, rings and sheets....don't get much better...

Nose: Lots of coffee aromas here, like coffee beans, expressos, and cappuccinos all combined. But the strongest aroma is the coffee bean aroma, smells like you've got you're nose in a pot of Folgers or something....yet its much better quality than that. Under that roasted qualities come out but diminished by the strength of the coffee. Oak is under all that. Hints at bouron and alcohol warmth associated with bourbon, yet still hidden for the most part under the dominant coffee. I'd really like some more vanilla and oak tones that should be associated with bourbon barrel aging...Goose Island BCS has it right. Perhaps some age on this guy would improve its balance of aroma.

Tongue: Alcohol is evident, yet it doesn't get in the way, infact the flavor of the beer overtakes it! Oak is noticeable, but does not yet seem to meld all that well with the far I'm beginning to think that this one would be much better with some age on it. There is also a warmth to the flavor...yes from alcohol but the flavor of it is more of that associate with spirits-bourbon-than with high abv beer. Bourbon flavors tend to come through more closer to the finish, some oak, tiny hints at vanilla, but moreso a raw bourbon flavor like its been mixed with this beer as opposed to infused with it (BCS). Its different than BCS, more of a raw and less pronounced, yet at the same time more pronounced bourbon flavor. BCS has bourbon hints, oak and vanilla-that obviously come from the bourbon-as an overall flavor. This beer has a more pronounced "shot of bourbon" flavor. Its almost like during part of this beer you've added bourbon or taken part of a shot. It comes in right before the finish. Just before the finish bourbon flavor is perceived and the finish is a mix of beer and bourbon finish, a little warm and well...very good...hard to describe. Oakiness is there too, a woodiness. Both beers are good, but I think I'll have to say that this one is crafted better, the bourbon is more a part of the beer, it doesn't stick out. Rather its an integral part of this beer, it doesn't stick out but needs a bit searching for. All in all, this is the best bourbon barrel beer I've had to date, its blended the best and all the flavors work together the best.

Feel and Drinkability: Thick and heavy on the palate. Awesome. Slight warming at the swallow, but not all that much. Low carbonation. Overall the feel of chocolate syrup in melted chocolate ice cream slightly warming being spooned into the mouth...thick. Hahahha! Seriously kinda like that. I feel that this is an easily drinkable beer, so coffee infused that it can become dangerous. It is much easier to drink than BCS. Whereas BCS is a sipper, this one is a much easier beer to drink, not as hot. Its still a sipper, yet it doesn't feel me like I've just taken a shot of bourbon....where if I did-after drinking some beer-I'd need a few minutes to gather myself...(thats how BCS feels sometimes). This beer feels and drinks much better. Altogether awesome, expensive, yet awesome! Would that it were a bit cheaper though.

edit: and with this beer I retire this glass... (3,912 characters)

Photo of frothyhead
4.72/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark black into a snifter with a small brown that quickly fades. No light getting through this one.

Nose is chocolate, coffee, smoke, bourbon, oak/wood and alcohol. Some caramel and even a bit of nuttiness (peanuts?).

Mouthfeel is full bodied, thick and velvety, low carbonation. Slick and viscous. Very smooth with some dryness in the finish.

I was expecting this to be over the top, based on my general feeling toward Founders, but to my surprise the taste is so amazingly well balanced. Sweet vanilla up front, chocolate and coffee bitterness in the middle and fading out with a quick blast of hoppy bitterness as it coats the back of the throat. Some alcohol dryness and bite, but kept in check.

This is sublimely drinkable for what it is. 11.2% ABV just gets lost in the beauty of everything else and you find the glass draining all-too-quickly.

Overall this one lives up to the hype. A really nicely balanced stout with that extra kick of the bourbon barrel really complimenting and enhancing the flavor in all the right ways. (1,050 characters)

Photo of jminsc76
4.36/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this courtesy of a wonderful gentleman who brought it when he moved out to California from Illinois. He also brought Three Floyds' Dark Lord Imperial Stout, so we started with that, and then after experiencing complete beer jubilation, moved on to this (and experienced a second wave of jubilation). As I was slightly intoxicated from the Dark Lord I cannot comment too much on the look. All I remember is it pours a dark, oily body with slight head, but nothing too extravagant. It's aged two years, so a lot of the carbonation has subsided.

Strong aromas of rye, sawdust, and even oats. Momentarily felt like I was hanging out in a either honky-tonk bar or Irish Pub, you know, the kind with all the sawdust on the floor. Intriguing aromas, but I was not expecting sawdust.

The taste is similar to the smell: sawdust, oak, and oats, but also strong roasted coffee flavors. Keep in mind that my palate may have been a wee bit blunted as I was still reeling from the rich coffee/chocolate/molasses/whatever-else-is-present aromas and flavors of Dark Lord, so any of the molasses or chocolate that other reviewers are alluding to may have been knocked the *bleep* out of me. Perhaps I should have saved this for another night but what can I say? I was inspired from having two top-rated beers in my presence.

The woody, oak-y, and coffee aromas and flavors are the standouts here, and according to the gentleman who brought this to me, it's among the last of its kind. Too bad, I want more. (1,505 characters)

Photo of PirateUlf73
4.67/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Bottle claims an ABV of 11.2%.

A: Jet black with a very thin chocolate-brown head.

S: Soft notes of oak and bourbon mingled with dark chocolate and coffee. Almost like a cold Irish coffee.

T: Taste is dominated by woody bourbon, coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. The three work flawlessly in harmony with one another, creating an almost singular flavor that's hard to pinpoint. Fairly strong roasted malt character. Comes off sweeter than the bottle's claim of 70 IBU's, but I'm not complaining. Alcohol is masked pretty well and serves to warm the throat and belly.

M: Big, oily and slick with a lower level of carbonation. Goes down very smooth for its ABV. Aftertastes are of coffee and bourbon.

D: A sipper to be certain, and opens up beautifully as it warms.

I fancy myself a cynic and a skeptic when it comes to beers as hyped and talked-about as this one, but it won me over in the end. A quite delicious brew that melds its flavors beautifully. Sip and savor. While I shall refrain from gushing endlessly about its merits, this is a beer that won't disappoint, provided you like some coffee flavor in your brew. (1,151 characters)

Photo of MacDomer
4.32/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I recently (~two weeks ago) had a bottle of 1 yr old '08 KBS and a fresh '09 KBS. Shout out to Andrew the manager at Binny's on North Ave. in Elmwood Park for hooking me up with the aged bottle! I'm having another bottle of the fresh '09 tonight and will attempt to review both...

Overall, I prefer the aged KBS to the fresh, at least this year - bourbon flavor was more forward in the '08, coffee a bit more muted, and flavors were better blended and overall richer. Both of these served in my Duvel tulip at about 58F.

Both pour thick and black in color with minimal head but a nice dark cap. There's dark chocolate aroma in both, a bit of nutiness, but the big difference was that the bourbon and vanilla was a lot bigger in the '08 and the coffee a lot bigger in the '09. The coffee in the '09 is a bit too much, actually, and I'm even a coffee drinker. I may wait another 3-6 months before revisiting this one in order to let the coffee ease a bit.

Both bottles were big a chewy up front and quite tasty. Lots of roast malt and chocoloate flavors. Same comments about the bourbon and coffee in the flavor department as I already said about the nose.

Mouthfeel on both is quite nice, with the '09 being a bit thinner than the '08. Still big and thick though. Carbonation is good.

Drinkability is good for the style, I could have another no problem.

Overall, a great beer. I just tend to prefer a bit less coffee and a bit more bourbon, so hopefully laying these down for a little while will help with that. (1,517 characters)

Photo of eljefe21
4.67/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black motor oil with a thin tan head and lacing.

S: Heady dark chocolate and slight bourbon smell.

T: A wave of dark chocolate and a slight coffee taste up front that fades to a slight, sweet bourbon and strong alcohol taste.

M: Thick and chewy up front, flowing smoothly over the tongue. Leaves a beautiful warming tingle in the mouth after it's gone.

D: A wonderfully balanced beer of strong and complex flavors. The dark chocolate and warming bourbon flavors plus the high alcohol content make this a perfect beer to enjoy in front of a fire in the winter.

Served: in a tulip glass. (593 characters)

Photo of ndekke39
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Trying my favorite beer on tap at the Founder's brewpub. Served in an 8 oz. snifter. Board says 10% ABV. Appearance is oily black with a thin tan head. Smells of the barrel and charred wood, coffee, chocolate, maple syrup, and alcohol. Tastes are dominated by chocolate and coffee bitterness. Very smooth mouthfeel, almost a little syrupy. Very drinkable, but keep it slow because of the high ABV. An exceptional beer! (418 characters)

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,751 ratings.