Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 2,748
Hads: 10,484
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 4,159
Gots: 4,763 | FT: 385
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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 RustyDiamond
4.72/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 version...11.2% ABV...70 IBUs

Jet black viscous pour into a Brooklyn snifter. Smallish mocha head with a good amount of bubbles that quickly dissipated.

Nostril tingling bourbon, black cherry, hot French roast Italian, and sultry vanilla bean aroma. Couldn't not stop smelling this brew. Complex and sexy.

Very bright and hoppy up front. Hard to tell the hop arrangement, with everything going on. But the hop flavor was very evident...floral and fruity. Maybe vanilla + hops early on? Somewhat creamy and delicious. This took a nice right turn into big bourbon flavor town with roasty coffee flavor riding shotgun. Sweet vanilla, warm bourbon, roasty finish...very satisfying.

This is the King of the bourbon coffee stouts. (733 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.48/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is it. Review No.1000.

This beer pours a pitch black color, dark as night with a brown one-finger head into my fancy Piraat glass.

The aroma is rich and creamy with a strong whiff of bourbon from the barrels, chocolate and vanilla in the nose. A bit of roasted coffee peeks out as well.

The taste is nice and creamy upfront with a strong bourbon presence that increases as it warms up. A good hint of both chocolate and coffee are still there but the bourbon and alcohol seem to dominate.

The mouthfeel is full of warm bourbon and lingering bitter coffee and chocolate. Again, the bourbon dominates the palate.

This is a very good example of the style. However, I should have aged it for a while. Still quite drinkable while young and it doesn't take away from the potential that this beer has. The aroma is intact but the taste needs some age. (856 characters)

Photo of surfer4life
4.61/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Gorby10826 for this one I got in a trade, poured into a tulip from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours dark brown like molasses and chocolate. Small head takes a few seconds to form but recedes just as fast to a thin film of foam around the edge of the glass. Nice bits of lacing down the glass.

S - Dark chocolate dominates the nose, perhaps it's to cold, but I don't detect the bourbon smell from the aging process. I do get a good hint at some hops for balance, but mostly this is big on the malty, chocolatey nose. Other than that I get some real good toffee notes. This promises greatness.

T - Wow, amazing. Exactly what I smelled, HUGE chocolate taste, with some roast coffee and toffee. Slight hints at hops to balance. The bourbon comes through, but is not overbearing like the Bourbon County Stout. Amazing oak wood flavor as well.

M - Heavy body, medium to high carbonation. Very good alcohol warming and so very very creamy on the pallet. Leaves the mouth completely coated and helps the taste linger for a long time.

D - At 11.2% alcohol, this is remarkably drinkable. As with most great bottles, I would like to have this on Tap! (1,150 characters)

Photo of rwdkosak
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This spent some time on the shelf before I cracked it open pouring motor oil darkness with a forced sheen of dark head barely covering the surface.
Nose was full of dark chocolate and coffee, maybe the slightest bit of vanilla and raisin in the background.
Taste was just the same with to me much more dark chocolate than coffee, full but not distracting alcohol from middle to end and certainly nice warming effect throughout the finish. Coffee is there as is some vanilla, raisin. Very smooth mouthfeel and the bourbon aging comes through nicely without taking away any of the other notes. Drinkability will always be low at >10% ABV but truly I could have had another if it weren't so bloody hard to find. I rarely give a 5 for taste but this is an exemplar for the style. (779 characters)

Photo of Kadonny
4.82/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a tap at Capones in Norristown at his bourbon event into a snifter glass. This is the 2009 version now known as just "KBS".

A: A deep dark thick black with no light filtering through. Full ring lacing that does last on the glass, minimal head on the pour though with a light brown color.

S: So complex. Coffee, chocolate, bourbon, dark fruits and a hint of alcohol.

T: Again, really complex. First flavors of dark coffee and espresso with the dark fruits. Second wave gives you the bourbon flavors and the barrel flavors of dark chocolate and vanilla coupled with some candy sweetness. Finish is a bit bitter with a nice alcohol warming. Just a great, great beer. It just all melds so well together. I will say I think the tap version is a bit smoother and even more so balanced with all the flavors working together.

M: Full and bold with a nice warming alcohol feel, smoother and creamier than the bottle.

D: Really? High, I had one snifter and I could have just gotten started. So drinkable for that high abv that it's insane.

Overall I think this beer is just a bit more drinkable on draft, as it was soooo good. This is a world class beer folks, don't ever pass it up if you get to try it. Wonderful, one you will remember. Founders does it again. (1,271 characters)

Photo of khiasmus
4.02/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

09.

An oily liquid is dripping down, one in which can be seen the reflection of the dreary day from the picture window. The love of my life lies lifeless in the next room, and the inky blackness reflecting the gloomy, Londonish outdoors seems but fitting. So young. Too young. A quick flash of brown atop the liquid, then nothing but the reflection.
I take a sniff and the memories come flooding back... her love for thick espresso, her black, wispy hair, her deep eyes, she looked through me. Every morning. Espresso and bourbon. The log cabin, the smell of the wood, last night's fire, the smell before the rain, almost metallic, tannins...
Black chocolate, as she loved it. Black chocolate covered espresso beans. Chase each with another shot of whiskey, it lingers in the throat. I can't bear the thought of the next years. A time machine, I need a time machine. Another shot of espresso, another shot of bourbon. Give me peace. The dying trees in the garden, the black earth below the drooping, lifeless branches. The grey drops plunging earthward, and then shattering.
Thick. Oily, viscous, but so warm in the finish, so oily a clean, warm, dry finish. Earthy. Like her, tomorrow. It always comes back. I can't ignore it. The bourbon lingers in my throat, I will see her again. I will see...
She knew Him. Now He's all I have. Put down the drink, I must go back to battle. (1,380 characters)

Photo of UGADawgGuy
4.08/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Updated review (now reflects KBS 2010)...

Appearance: Thick, black, and unusual (if not totally unique). KBS is viscous, opaque, and very low on carbonation. An aggressive pours yields only a half-finger of khaki head, which dwindles to a filmy cap throughout drinking. The body of the beer, though, looks heavy and thick enough to warrant high marks. This is a STOUT.

Smell: Coffee is predominant, followed by dark chocolate, burnt toast, and bourbon. I was told to expect a blast of bourbon and vanilla, but I don't find it here. In my view, this smells more like a "coffee stout" than a "bourbon-barrel stout." As a big bourbon fan, I hope I'm wrong...

Taste: Aw, man, I'm not wrong. Coffee and dark chocolate are foremost in this beer's flavor profile, with a hint of bourbon tagging along for the ride. I pick up a good amount of wet oak, but bourbon and vanilla are afterthoughts relative to that dominant coffee. Still, I don't hate coffee or chocolate, so the beer tastes good to me -- it's just not the bourbon bomb I was hoping for.

Mouthfeel: Not as thick and viscous as the mouthfeel would lead you to believe, but still pretty heavy in the mouth. Low on carbonation (which is fine for the style) and fairly sticky. I like it.

Drinkability: The coffee and dark chocolate flavors may not hide the alcohol entirely, but this year's (2010) edition of KBS does a fine job of distracting the drinker from the relatively high ABV. This is a strong beer, and you'll feel its effects after even a single 12-ounce bottle. It's good stuff, but you've got to exercise caution while drinking it.

I certainly wouldn't discourage anyone from trying KBS, but it's not the bourbon-aceous miracle I'd been led to expect. Give it a try, but don't expect a ton of bourbon character -- for that, look to Goose Island Bourbon County Stout or Founders Nemesis 2009. (1,862 characters)

Photo of Stunner97
2.38/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance- dark brown to black, light tan head quicly fades away, very dark no light

Smell- very strong coffee and espresso, so strong and unique
smell, some roasted malts, but mostly pure coffee more then anything else

Taste- im a blown away how strong the taste of burbon whiskey is, infact way stronger then i had been hoping or expecting when i had put off to save trying this, not well balanced nearly enough as it should have been, literally not literally hint o f burbon taste like im drinking straight burbon, way to much alcohol to call it purely enjoyable, way overated and not enjoyable, unbalanced too burbony not enough beer,

Mouthfeel- semi sweet and syrupy but nothing impressive, the body is actually very light believe it or not in a way

Drinkability- tastes way to strong of liqour, i hope my other kbs tastes way better aged big freaking let down a terrible beer as of now that tastes too much burbon to be called beer, could never drink more then even one of these overerated beers, in my opinion had much better stouts (1,044 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kentucky Breakfast Stout pours a midnight black into the glass with a small, creamy brown head on tap. The foam dissolves quickly to a thin ring around the surface of the beer. A few spots of lace cling to the side of the glass.

The robust aroma has strong notes of chocolate, oak, vanilla, coffee and alcohol. The aroma may best be described as a combination of bourbon and chocolate. Each sip of this full bodied beer is very smooth, silky and slightly chewy. The flavor is much like the aroma. Mainly bourbon and chocolate, but neither dominate. Nice notes of vanilla, oak, and coffee are also present. It finishes dry with an alcohol taste and mild burn. Once gone the chocolate and oak flavor lingers on the palate.

This is definitely an interesting and tasty beer. The flavor is much more balanced than the standard Founders Breakfast Stout, which to me seemed like a pint of cold coffee. The 10% alcohol is hidden pretty well and sneaks up on you before you finish off one bottle. Definitely give this beer a try if you can find it. (1,041 characters)

Photo of Domingo
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Beejay for this one.
Thick and black, just like the original. It's like pouring spent motor oil. Not much carbonation, but the beer does manage to keep a thin head layer throughout.
Bourbon's the first thing that jumps out in the smell, but it's not overpowering like some bourbon aged beers can be. It's there, but you also clearly get some roasted coffee and baker's chocolate, too.
The beer does a good job of keeping flavors cycling. At first you'll pick up the bourbon and vanilla from the wood, but then you'll get waves of black coffee, roasted grain, strong hot chocolate, and then everything comes full circle. The bourbon comes on a little strong in the front of your mouth, but you'll pick everything else up quickly. With some sips, it's barely there at all, which can be welcome to keep it from being too much.
Just like the normal breakfast stout, the texture on this is amazing. Silky smooth. The only beer that can do it any better than this is BORIS.
Goes down easy, but not quite as easy as the normal one. The bourbon brings a potency that makes this more of a sipper. The extra alcohol and whiskey flavors keep this in check a bit more.

I honestly prefer the original just because it's so drinkable, and is almost perfect as is. This is still an absolutely killer beer, but I lean in the direction of the normal BS.

EDIT: A second bottle was even better. Granted I gave this one a pretty stellar score, but my second bottle was on par with the normal Breakfast Stout. The bourbon had mellowed slightly and the flavors had layered more. I'm thinking that holding on to one of these for a long time might be REALLY amazing. (1,654 characters)

Photo of coldmeat23
4.33/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Approx 50 degrees
Had on-tap @ Founder's on 4-22-2009

Pours an opaque black color, which was expected. About a one-finger head of mocha colored foam sits on top. Retention is very good. Lacing is spotty and slightly sticky.

Big coffee notes dominate the nose. There is a nice presence of chocolates, both milk and dark. Nice roasted barley malts. The bourbon is fairly understated. It does bring a nice presence to the table. Nice vanilla notes and a certain butteriness. I guess I just expected it to be more pronounced, from all the hype surrounding this one.

Coffee still dominates in the taste, like the nose. Good chocolate taste, also. The bourbon is, thankfully, a little more present here than in the nose. Good floral vanilla quality. Nice, big, brown sugar notes. Hints of oak and toffees.
This one is actually quite well balanced. If GI BCS is too over-the-top for you, give this one a try. It's much more subtle.

Nice, upper-end of the scale, medium body. Almost makes it into full bodied. Nice smoothness with a low level of carbonation. Low enough that I think it would benefit from just a little more. Then it could be creamy and delicious.

Yes it is 10%ABV, and you get an indication of that when drinking it. But the flavors are so wonderful and it is so smooth that you tend to want to overlook that part and just drink another. (1,372 characters)

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

So I was slightly disappointed in the bottled 09 KBS and heard that the on-tap version was immensely better. When I heard Party Town in Florence, KY was getting a keg and selling growlers, I had to give it a try. Review is from a pour into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours super dark brown with slightly oily-looking residue sitting atop the completely headless liquid. Little specks of cream-colored lacing attempt to cling to the glass, and slide away quickly.

Smell: Delicious aromas of bittersweet chocolate and dark coffee combine with slightest hints of vanilla, chewy malts, sweet oak and very subtle bourbon.

Taste/Mouthfeel: So much milder than the bottle pour! The feel is smooth as silk, with a slight sticky wetness that's heavy enough to hold the flavors on the tongue awhile. The taste is full of delicious bourbon that doesn't overpower the accompanying flavors of dry, charred oak, barely sweet bitter chocolate, dry roasted coffee and subtle bitter hops. Really nice balance that isn't overpowering in any way. Even the alcohol, while present, isn't overwhelming.

Drinkability: Moderate for the style. The warming sensation is really nice and the mouthfeel is very satisfying. I certainly wouldn't drink too many at once, but only because I know better.

I have to say that I'm so much more impressed by the draught version of this beer. The flavors were much more well-blended and balanced and the alcohol was better contained. In the bottle version I really felt like the bourbon came across in the nose and taste waaay too hot and seemed more like rubbing alcohol. I'm hoping the rest of the 4 pack I have aging comes out like this growler did. (1,667 characters)

Photo of Brew33
4.58/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well I think I picked up one of the last 4 packs in the Midwest not spoken for in 2009.

Pours pitch black with a very thin head. The smell is all Bourbon, distinct and alcoholic. The taste was very smooth. Complex, rich, earthy, strong bourbon finish. Wow. This is legit. A sipper to be sure. Alcohol heat is present but not dominant.

This is an excellent beer, def worth trying if you can get it. Not something I'd drink a lot of but it's a really nice beer. (462 characters)

Photo of nc41
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One hell of a big brew. Looks kinda flat then the head appears at the end of the pour. Nice rich Bourbon nose. Taste you have to experience. If you like Bourbon or whiskey in general you'll love it. Exceptional in every way. Loses a few points for drinkability because it's so damn dominating. A one at a time brew, but it's also priced that way too. A can't miss if you like world class stouts. (395 characters)

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

when we got this into the store me and the guys had to try it. the aroma is light coffee with a hint of chocolate. the body is thick and rich. the flavor is is full of coffee and chocolate with a nice lacing of bourbon in the finish. In my opinion it is worth every penny you pay (279 characters)

Photo of mhatters
4.77/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at TJs in a 10oz glass

Pours a coal black with a really small line of a tan head.

The nose has a strong roast, with a big bourbon back note. The malt is overpowered by the coffee at first, but appears at the end with what I perceive as a hint of vanilla

The bourbon pops out at first, but the coffee roast and malt comes through pretty quickly. The vanilla is there at the end, a sweet touch at the end of the sip.

The finish is powerful and the whole experience is warming and beautiful. A classic beer that is worthy of any quest to find it. (561 characters)

Photo of asabreed
4.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle split with friends into some tasting glasses.

Appearance: Not much head on the black-as-night brew, but of course a gorgeous opaque body. Swirled head's a mocha color with seemingly a bit of amber.

Smell: Huge bitter black coffee at first, and as it starts to warm the oak and wood notes come through, along with clean and beautiful vanilla aromas, and the sweeter bourbon aromas. Wonderful and heady and hugely complex.

Taste: What I love about this, in addition to the finish, which seems endless, is the transformation of flavors and complexity going on. Bitter black coffee at first, along with dark fruit, and then it slides into the honey and vanilla and wood flavors, with beautiful oak notes. There's no oak monster here. The barrel notes are complimentary and perfect overall, while the bourbon also doesn't dominate, but adds its own layers of flavor.

Mouthfeel: Big and chewy and creamy with near-perfect carbonation levels letting all the flavors do their thing.

Drinkability: Hell. Yes. What an amazing beer. All of us were blown away. It takes smart and talented people to craft such a beer, and thankfully Founders has done it. Glad I finally got a chance to try this. Worth going out of your way for. (1,240 characters)

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)

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,748 ratings.