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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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Reviews: 2,850
Hads: 11,070
Avg: 4.56
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 4,386
Gots: 5,268 | FT: 410
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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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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Reviews: 2,850 | Hads: 11,070
Photo of GregSVT
3.94/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours pitch black with very small head that diminishes into a very small ring.

S: The smell is fantastic! Aromas of coffee, whiskey, milk chocolate, and dark roasted malt.

T: The taste mimics the nose but without any whiskey flavor which is pretty disappointing. I was expecting more milk chocolate/vanilla flavors and they are no where to be found. There's a hop/burnt malt bitterness in the finish which really wasn't what I was expecting either.

M: It coats the mouth and feels about like an imperial stout. Very light carbonation at first but it shows up if you swirl it in your mouth.

D: The bitter finish and the disappearing act the whiskey does in the taste plus the high ABV really don't make this very drinkable for me.

I was really excited when I smelled this beer but the flavor really came up short for a bourbon aged beer. I didn't think I'd say this but I think I prefer Bourbon County Stout to this.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, shared at an impromptu throwdown at CCB today. poured into a snifter.

A: Almost opaque, dark brown color. The pour produces a finger of sand color head the retained nicely and left nice spotty lace.

A: I get the coffee at first, almost like used coffee grounds. Then hints of vanilla and chocolate. The burbon is not in your face, but present.

T: There's the burbon. Subtle but very nice. Again, I get the coffee, vanilla, and chocolate, and a very nice earthiness. Finishes dry and burbony, with just a hint of alcohol.

M: Silky smooth from the barrel aging. The carbonation delivers the flavors nicely.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is great! I am a coffee and burbon fan, so this one is just about perfect. This is a must have, and worthy of its place among the best beers in the world. Skal.

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Photo of gory4d
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another excellent bonus from Masterski.

Pours pretty much flat black: no head, a little white lacing. The smell is whiskey, dark dried fruits, toffee, cocoa. The taste is burnt malt, chocolate, whiskey, more chocolate, of the salty, bitter, unsweetened variety, in the aftertaste; coffee taste is mild but throughout. It's viscous, low in carbonation, nicely filling. Too easy to drink: the alcohol is not apparent.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.82/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On the unofficial last night of summer, I figured that I would cap off an incredible summer of beer consumption with one more special treat from my trip to Pittsburgh one week ago. The trip that brought Yellow Bus, BA Decadence, and BA Yeti continues to give. Picked this bottle up at the Fathead's bottle shop.

A: Just about everything you would expect from a big imperial stout. Thick in the pour like a used 10-W30 motor oil. It almost looks like syrup as it leaves the bottle and deposits itself in my glass with hardly a disturbance to the surface. Black, dark, and creamy. The laces start as thick rings and finish as speckles of foam as the lacing slowly slid back into the beer. The only thing missing here is a bit of head.

S: Where do I even start? Hazelnut coffee and dark roasted malts spring out of the beer into my anxiously waiting nostrils. Bourbon and vanilla find their way with a little more effort, and as I bury my nose in my glass, I can make out some freshly ground coffee beans as well, rounding out a stellar aroma.

T: Complexity out the ass...let's see how I can describe it...It starts with the roasted flavor of dark coffee. As the beer sits on my tongue, maple syrup swarms around my pallet as if I just drowned a stack of pancakes and went in for the first bite. Oakey and vanilla notes fill in as the syrup reluctantly bows out and all of a sudden BAM! There is the bourbon. It really gets you, and if you love bourbon, this is a dream come true. The bourbon, like the rest of the flavors, lingers just long enough to satisfy, then moves on. It gives way back to coffee in the aftertaste, and a slight taste of alcohol in the exhale, bringing the flavor full circle.

M/D: Extremely thick, as I mentioned before. Every bit as thick as the pour indicates. Almost no carbonation at all. The texture is silky, smooth, and creamy. The complexity is the most amazing part of this beer. I have never experienced so many flavors in such even and well- balance proportions. A bit too heavy for more than 2, but an absolutely phenomenal beer. I am so happy that I was able to enjoy this.

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Photo of portia99
4.69/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth goblet. Bottled 2/16/09

A - Pours an opaque, pitch black. A vague attempt at forming a head, but it ultimately fails, only creating a short lasting dark tan colored collar and small islands on the surface.

S - Smells heavily of coffee, deep and roasty. Dark chocolates and licorice join in with a faint bourbony aroma and a hint of vanilla too. Very thin alcohol smell contributes as well.

T - Taste closely mirrors the aroma. Lots of coffee and dark chocolate flavors. Heavy roastiness. Vanilla flavors keep things smooth. Bourbon flavor adds nice complexity without lots of alcohol burn...just a nice warmth. Where GI BCS is bourbony and hot, this is smooth, complex, and much more drinkable.

M - Thick and oily feeling. Coats the entire mouth. Alcohol level and bourbon aging provide some warmth that lingers. Vanilla stays well into the aftertaste and gives a rich, smooth finish.

D - Bourbon barrel aged beers take on lots of different characteristics. This is probably my favorite of these beers. The aging gives lots of added flavors making this beer taste great. The big trick is obtaining the complexity without the heat - something this accomplishes very well. I want to feel like I'm drinking a beer (albeit a strong one), not a shot of bourbon. Given the strength of this, it is extremely smooth and drinkable...just great for this style.

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Photo of erz316
4.07/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled on 02/16/09, poured into pint glass from 12floz bottle

A - bottle pours a pretty thick pitch black liquid, that only forms about a single mm of head after a forced pour. the body is pitch black. head is so incredibly minimal that is is quite a let-down on the visual aspect. what little head there is has a medium-dark brown colour to it.

S - the top note is espresso. smells quite a lot like chocolate covered espresso beans, which is the chocolate aspect mixing into the predominant coffee part. the mid note is dark roasted malts, while the rest of the aroma way down below it all is this slight whiskey flavour, a bit spicy and boozy, but for the most part the nose is completely dominated by this chocolate covered espresso bean aroma. would have liked to see more of the kentucky aspect, and have a much bigger whiskey presence.

T - the taste is like a mirror refleciton of the nose: majority is this distinctive choco-espresso bean flavour, while the malts are in the middle with some slight whiskey taste. the initial taste is the choco-espresso and some slightly sweet malts; bitterness is definite at 70 ibu but there is no real identifiable hoppy bitterness, nothing vegetal; slight alcohol warmth and minimal whiskey taste along with it. the finish has more of a dry alcohol taste than a whiskey burn. the espresso bean flavour also stays with us for the entire finish; slightly more bitter at the far end of the finish than the rest of the process. the aftertaste is like i've had a handful of dark chocolate covered espresso beans. I am throughly unimpressed with the beer; though it is very smooth and tastes pretty good, the redundancy of the taste and distinct lack of whiskey is much to much to ignore.

MF&D - the one real redeeming factor for this brew is that it is very very drinkable despite the high abv. one hardly (sadly) taste the alcohol or whiskey barreling process. aside from that, the body of the beer is too thin for the style. american doubles are supposed to be thicker than an ris, but this is barely cutting it for that. it has a heavy body, but one at the far light side of heavys. not something for which I would dish out the money again, much prefer the regular breakfast stout.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.67/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to rnorgart for the hook-up in his Ghetto Fabulous BIF! 12oz bottle into a Great Divide tulip (bottled on 2/17/09).

According to the label, KBS "is good for everything a stout ought to be good for". So I guess if I ever run low on motor oil, this beer just might do the trick. After all, it pours like the stuff--viscous, oily, black. A dark brown head creeps slowly from the depths beneath and eventually settles to a scant ring of foam. A few speckles of lacing cling to the glass. An earthy, musty aroma eminates from the hops amidst a black sea of baker's chocolate, dark roasted coffee beans, and vanilla-rich bourbon. The alcohol is hardly noticeable...quite a feat considering the monster ABV on this thing. Sharp, woody tannins and spice round out the astounding aroma.

Designer dark chocolate bars and booze-soaked bourbon-barrel planks fight for the tastebuds, with the alcohol eventually winning the rights to the back of the tongue and throat. The finish is sticky with a warming booze and bitter with earthy hops, but neither in a harsh way. Few beers completely coat the lips, tongue, and roof of the mouth like KBS. This. stuff. is. THICK. Thankfully, there's enough carbonation to keep this behemoth afloat, as the mouthfeel is equal parts velvety smooth and spiced with booze. Founders manages to both set trends in the American craft brewing industry and simultaneously raise the bar, and as such, KBS deserves its place among the top of the the category that is "Extreme Brewing".

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours black with a small light tan head. Aroma of roasted nuts, chocolate peanut butter, coffee, and a touch of bourbon. Flavor is a touch more bourbony with more chocolate and lots of coffee. The bourbon is light but definitely present in the flavor. This is s good beer! Better than the original? Maybe...

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Photo of bulletrain76
3.58/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle thanks to bret27. Black with a tan head. The aroma has dominating coffee, mixed with plenty of oak and alcohol. Hot flavor with a little bourbon, wood, and coffee. Medium-full body with some tannic, woody astringency and alcohol burn in the finish. A blast of flavor, with a cool mix of coffee and bourbon that works a little better than in the aroma. The mouthfeel definitely brings it down though, with too much astringency and alcohol. This is one that I can see liking a lot better with a good deal of age on it to soften things.

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Photo of bret27
4.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Wilwfu

Appearance: Jet black w/minimal dark brown head.

Smell: Roasty, vanilla, bourbon

Taste: Sweet, bourbon, vanilla, oakiness. Somewhat thick mouthfeel, but not chewy. The bourbon burn kind of hits half way through and leaves a little burn on the way down but not so much as to overpower flavor or make undrinkable. Bourbon also thins the body quite a bit. More so than CBS or FBS.

Overall: exceptional very delicious imperial stout.

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Photo of fiver29
4.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one reminds me a lot of the GL BA Blackout Stout. Bottle pours black with an aroma that makes me want to keep smelling and drinking it. Smells of dark coffee and some bourbon abound. Head is a dark tan, almost milk chocolate color. Head does not last very long. Tastes like roasted coffee and bourbon from the first sip to last. Mouthfeel is velvety silky smooth with some occasional hints of oats. This is simply an outstanding brew and is easily of my favorites.

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

A: Poured into a chalice. Pours very dark black and no head, but its was cold at 36F

S: I let it warm until 50f to review: Nice, very strong but smooth bourbon or Kentucky straight whiskey notes.with coffee and Vanilla notes. I also detect a bitter chocolate whiff.

T: its strange though your nose is telling you your drinking strong bourbon, your mouth is tasting, a stout with strong chocolate, vanilla, and oak, lots of caramel malt, no hops detected period. I don't taste any coffee, because the bourbon taste pretty much overloads everything at first.

M: Silky and heavy, very heavy in fact. Its a stout, a Imperial Stout at that, no mistaken that here.

D: Well since I only bought 2 I cannot really say, but I want another one, just not going to pay the mail order price, but these 2 were damn fine beers.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow! This beer is worth all the hype. Amazing stout! It was very enjoyable.

Poured into a chalice. Pours very dark black and a very thin brown head.

Smells very boozy with coffee and bourbon notes.

Taste is wonderful! This beer is very good. Alot going on with this one! Coffee and roasty flavors followed by slight alcohol burn mixed with the bourbon and oak which balance well with each other! This is the best barrel aged beer i have ever tried. The vanilla taste comes out in the beer in the aftertaste with a bit of boozy taste, but it is not overwhelming at any time! It is done well.

Mouthfeel just adds to this beers appeal! The mouthfeel wonderful. It is like a thick silk on your toungue with flavours that coat your mouth making you want another sip.

The drinkabllity is right where it should be for a beer of this class. After i drank this beer i wanted another, even though i know that one was plenty! At almost 12% this beer goes down easy. I enjoy sipping and savouring the beer, but i really want to drink several in one sitting. If you in joy stout u owe it to yourself to get this beer!!!

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Photo of angelmonster
3.87/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer in trade with SonicDescent

Pours a thin 1 finger chocolate head. Body is pitch black and no light is seen through the beer. Head retention was barely above average and lacing was a little better.

Smell is similar to Breakfast Stout, lots of bitter chocolate and coffee. Smells very sweet like Bourbon County Stout, has that soy sauce aroma mixed with some alcohol. As beer warms up the oak from the barrel comes out nicely.

First taste I'm getting is definitely alcohol, but not really bourbon. This is more like just raw alcohol, maybe vodka. Not getting the vanilla flavor that I love from Bourbon. Bitterness is definitely coming through in this beer also. As the beer warms up the oak is more pronounced. Heat and warming sensation from the alcohol is very present. Unlike Breakfast Stout, the chocolate and coffee flavors are less present, they really take backseat to alcohol, oak and bitter after taste.

Carbonation of the beer is good, not under carbonated by any means. Body is similar to Breakfast Stout, not as rich as I would have hoped and the head was gone pretty fast.

This beer is definitely a sipper. Not very session able but a few of these would go a long way. The barrel aging was apparent, which was nice. Only wish that the alcohol was dialed down a bit. Cant say I agree with the ranking of this beer on best of BA but still a great stout

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Photo of Crittervision
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fack it. Best beer to share. So good. Coffee-y bourbony. Damn. Lacing slowly falls from the top to the 7/8 area of the glass. So goddamned good. A+s throughougt.
Sooo good. To the no I won't do it. Too damn good. Luckily I have a lot left. My favorite I've tasted but i know I'm gonna love CBS since I looove maple syrup.

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Photo of jdklks
4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an absolutely gorgeously thick pitch black with a nice little brown head. smells amazing. bourbon, coffee beans, chocolate, vanilla, etc.

this one is big. heavy alcohol in the nose. chocolate/bourbon sweetness up front. alcohol burn on the backside of the tongue and going down. a bitter roastiness throughout, that retains only a hint of the coffee bean flavor suggested by the smell (seemingly due to the bourbon taking over the coffee flavors). a nice dark chocolate flavor accompanies the bourbon, making this a great dessert beer. absolutely destroys regular breakfast stout. it tastes (and smells) like a mix between bourbon county stout and black butte XXI, for those of you who are familiar with those two beers.

it may be slightly over-carbonated, but it has the "motor oil" thickness so essential to the mouthfeel of great imperial stouts. drinkability is hindered by the on-the-verge-of-overwhelming alcohol presence.

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Photo of Tetano
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful is all I can say. Dark with a thin brown head, and a swirling middle in which small bubbles of flavor rose up from the depths.

S-Earthy malty goodness with a fine hint of Espresso and woody sweetness I assume is from the aging process.

T-Taste was complex. You can definitely taste the espresso and the oatmeal backbone which holds up well with the heat of the alcohol. The sweetness of the bourbon comes through. This beer is to savored like a finely cooked steak and should be sipped slowly allowing all the favors to cross your palette.

M-The carbonation is there even though its lost in the initial blackness. This beer is thick like a good cup of Joe. It coats the tongue nicely and stays in the mouth allowing you to get through all the levels of flavor.

D - This is one beer session my friends, any more than one is a waste. Hey take your time with this one is all I can say. So I lowered the score on drink ability. You will not crack this one open after mowing a lawn, but if you definitely like to end the day on a high note this one will do.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.67/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review #350 - finally getting around to reviewing this classic brew. Picked up a ton of the '09 vintage at the release party. Served in my Surly pint glass.

A - One finger of dark tan/mocha foam that slowly dissipates to a solid cap and ring and leaves a pretty solid lace. Pitch black brew, with no light anywhere to be found. The only thing lacking is head volume, which is forgivable for a 11.2% brew.

S - Intense smell of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and roasted malts. Strongly reminds me of a Coffee Crisp chocolate bar soaked in whiskey, which is a great thing as I love both of those things. As it warms up there are more subtle notes of wood and hazelnuts. It's just a wonderfully balanced and well-integrated combination of flavors.

T - The taste is terrific, but not quite as rich as the smell. Very strong onset of chocolate and vanilla flavors, before transitioning into light whiskey and a strong roasty bitterness that lingers well into the aftertaste. Never tastes particularly hot or over-the-top.

M - Very low carbonation, super creamy and soft in texture, with a mediuum-thick body. Leaves behind lots of residual stickiness that complements the roasty aftertaste. There's a nice bit of warming that happens after a while.

D - This is one of the few high ABV barrel-aged stouts where I want more than a single 12oz bottle. The lovely sweet flavors keep the booziness from getting out of hand and the wonderful texture makes it something I just can't stop sipping.

It's exceptional that a beer that is pretty readily available (at least during March) maintains such a high level of quality. One of the few stouts in the top 100 that isn't overrated.

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Photo of steadydose
4.32/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Twist of 12 oz. bottle acquired in a trade

Bottle opened with a hiss, initial smell is fantastic.

KBS is thick with a heavy body. Dark Black, a little foam that looks like a dark brown froth, poured into my tulip glass.

The smell is fantastic, lots of chocolate, roasted coffee, a hint of bourbon which all come together nicely.

I taste a really good chocolate stout, good bitterness on the finish, the bourbon is well integrated, not boozy. I personally like a little more bourbon heat. KBS is so balanced where all the flavors meld well together, and no flavor profile is too dominating.

The mouthfeel is excellent, thick and creamy mouthfeel with the perfect amount of carbonation. My favorite aspect of this beer.

Overall, for a stout coming in at 11.2%, this stout is as drinkable and delicious as I have ever had. Glad to have another bottle, going to need to trade for some more and stock up for winter.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.32/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotta love trading!!

KBS is black with a tan head. Very little retention or lacing. Aromas are all vanilla and bourbon. They are heavy but most definitely inviting. Despite being hot (this is the most recent release and it's still very strong on the alcohol), the flavors are smooth, going down like a fine bourbon should. Vanilla, spice, and a bit of coffee bean. That is all, but that's not to say there isn't complexity. Everything here is so finely layered, while also pulling together to effectively create a delicious imperial stout that demands to be sipped on for dessert! Big body and low carbonation. I look forward to trying this again after a year or two. Age will do this beer some good.

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Photo of bbeane
4.32/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into an oversized wine glass. No head. Looks like oil when you pour it. Black in color... no light can be seen through it when held up to one

S- Strong bourbon smell with some coffee overtones and maybe a slight hint of vanilla

T- Can taste the bourbon the whole way through. Where it lacks the vanilla in smell, it makes up in taste. Can definately taste the vanilla mixed in with with the heavy bourbon and mild coffee overtones

M- Pretty smooth tasting... no carbonation. Definately leaves a bourbon flavor in your mouth as well as throat after the swallow

D- Very tasty... I would drink more. Could definately see the alcohol catching up with you


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Photo of projectflam86
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at a special tasting.

A- Pours a deep black color with a thin mocha head that leaves some mild lacing.

S- Huge aroma of roasted malt and bourbon. Vanilla bean and oak scents blast through and can be smelled even across the room!

T- Big rush of bourbon initially which mellows into a combination of vanilla, oak, and bittersweet chocolate flavors. Roasted malt and coffee in the finish. The bourbon and alcohol are both apparent but not bothersome.

M- Big and full bodied. Low carbonation with a lingering roasted/vanilla bourbon aftertaste.

D- Overall a huge brew with a nice bourbon flavor that wasn't over done.

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Photo of zminor
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally sitting down to review this. Got my first bottle in a trade several months ago (thanks duffman!) and immediately fell in love. Thats the short review. Longer version below.

Appearance is gorgeous, but certainly nothing too groundbreaking for a stout. Dark, thick, with a wonderful light colored espresso head that sticks around for a while. Excellent lacing and retention.

Smell is a nice blend of bourbon, coffee, vanilla, and milk chocolate. There isn't one element that really smacks you in the face, but the subtlety sends my heart aflutter.

Taste begins with a hint of chocolate, followed by vanilla and coffee with a beautiful wave of bourbon underneath it all. The bourbon doesn't make it too hot as happens with other stouts, but rather elevates the flavors to another level. Spectacular.

This is a creamy, rich beer that is way too easy to drink. 12 oz is the perfect size for a beer like this. If I had to pick one stout to drink for the rest of my days, I think this would be it.

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Photo of drgonzo3705
4.32/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep black beautiful looking beer with little head that dwindles to a tiny ring around the edge. Not much lacing going on.

S: Big coffee nose with a nice oaky undertone and a splash of bourbon.

T: Nice bitter chocolate and coffee up front. Some oak and bourbon rides smoothly underneath.
M: Full bodied and just chewy enough. Good carbonation. Leaves a nice stout coating in your mouth.

D: Not too bad at all definitely a sipper but so worth having.

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Photo of adamette
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle that I got as a $21.99 four pack from Warehouse Beverage on Mayfield Road in Cleveland. It was not on display. I chatted up the guy working the desk and asked him if there was any "Beer Advocate" beers that he had. He showed me these and I was sold. This is certainly the "KBS" vintage version. Poured into my Murphy's Irish Red pint glass.

A Actually medium to dark brown 1.0 cm head over an ink black body that looks awesome. The head dissipated within a minute or two, though.

S You know, the most prominent smell is a cereal like grain along with the dark malt. I think that it is from the Bourbon aging process. Really interesting, inviting.

T ohhhh wwwowww! What a taste explosion! The first sensation I get is a really great, mature Stout with deep, dark malt and chocolate notes. Then comes a wave of bourbon like alcohol that rushes in and then ebbs out and leaves me with a great aftertaste of a finely crafted stout. I have no doubt why this is no highly rated now that I have tasted it. Incredible.

M Thick, syrupy, with a bite of alcohol and yet smooth at the beginning and during the long finish but the middle is like a thunderclap of alcohol. One of the "biggest" beers that I have ever had mouthfeel wise. For the style, that is a plus in my book.

D You know, I thought it wasn't that good (it is such a huuuge beer) but I found myself reaching for it over and over until it was gone. I am upgrading my rating!

Notes: What a great experience. I am glad that I spoke with the guy at Warehouse Beverage to score this one.

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,850 ratings.