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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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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,102 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 7102
Reviews: 2412
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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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottle poured into a snifter, probably should have saved this for 100th review if I cared about such things, but not like I could wait to try this.

A: Pours an extremely viscous, thick, black liquid. Settles in a pretty much solid black, no light passing through this. Hard pour leaves a big bubbly dark tan head that quickly dissipates to a thin film with some splotchy areas of medium sized bubbles. Leaves behind layers of rings of lacing.
S: Geez, as soon as I open the bottle I'm nearly overpowered by the aroma and I love it. Similar to the breakfast stout's smell which reminded me of baskin robbins jamoca almond fudge ice cream. Milk chocolate, rich toasted malt, coffee ground, vanilla extract, all with a boozy undertone asserting the bourbon presence but by no means overpowering in that respect. Amazing blend of all of these flavors. I love just smelling this.
T: Starts off with a nice sweet malt/vanilla taste that in the body blends into the roasted coffee flavors and mild chocolate background. Before you realize it happening the bourbon taste has slowly bled into the beer and takes you to the very smooth finish, slightly oak and spicy. This is very boozy, bourbony tasting without being over the top or having any sort of alcohol burn (at least for me). It's really nice how subtle the transition from the malt, coffee taste to the bourbon is. Also a slight hop bitterness throughout providing a nice amount of balance.
M: Incredibly thick, creamy and smooth. Finish is pretty amazing for a such a strong, complex beer as it is clean and not very harsh. Despite having a strong bourbon/alcohol taste there is no alcohol burn in this.
D: Amazing. I could keep sipping on this for a long time. ICan easily feel the effects of the alcohol but it never gets in the way of enjoying the beer. Obviously something to take your time with and naturally not an everyday beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 01:16:47 | More by yourefragile
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Atron67

Wisconsin

4.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brand new 2008 edition, finally got to sit down with it tonight. poured into a snifter at just below room temp.

A- poured a dead black with a straight brown head. only a small amount of head built up, but quickly fell down with a trace of a lace on the glass.

S- rich chocolate and bourbon scents. very rich and roasted. even smells thick. big overload of maltiness.

T- big maltiness throughout. rich creamy chocolately flavor. bourbon flavor strong and all over the place. pretty awesome. alcohol is there, but not overpowering and pretty nice.

M- thick bodied full thin bubbled carbonation, sticky to the tongue

D- an awesome sipper

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 02:28:04 | More by Atron67
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YonderWanderer

Colorado

4.83/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Kentucky Breakfast Stout is yet another outstanding brew from Founders. Pouring almost pitch black with a light layer of dark brown foam, it's aroma is full of coffee, chocolate, with hints of vanilla and bourbon. The taste yields this array of flavor, with both the vanilla and bourbon having greater interplay with the dominating coffee and chocolate. Some roasted flavor is evident as well. The alcohol provides a bit of warmth, but in a very pleasant way. KBS is delicious, and very drinkable. Given the ABV, it's not likely something you'd session on, but it's a great way to start or end an evening.

Does it live up to the hype? Absolutely.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 13:38:07 | More by YonderWanderer
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goryshkewych

Ohio

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

Opaque with light tan thin head. Lots of coffee on the nose, with vanilla notes. A little caramel too. Viscous mouthfeel with a burnt (not unpleasant) coffee finish. Alcohol not evident. Great beer, but I don't think I'd want to drink more than one.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 05:37:25 | More by goryshkewych
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atrus138

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick, almost syrupy black. Completely opaque, with a dark brown head that doesn't last long at all. Minimal lacing. Smell is fantastically rich. Smells a lot like Kahlua. Coffee and vanilla are most noticeable up front with notes of oak and bourbon. Taste is huge, sweet, and rough all at the same time. All that was promised in the smell was there and then some. Very earthy. There was also a flavor that I couldn't put my finger on. The flavor kind of reminded me of the way a cave smells. Can't say I ever said that about a beer before! Mouthfeel is monstrously thick. I'll definitely pick up more of this when I find them and see what other flavors may have gone undetected, because I feel that there's more here than I originally noticed.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 19:32:07 | More by atrus138
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark dark brown-black with a thin tan-brown head that doesn't last long... not much in the way of lacing

S: Rich roasted coffee, a blast of bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, caramel and general roasted malt scents.. very bold and complex

T: Sweet vanilla tip before the rich coffee taste dominates with its chocolate and caramel tones... bourbon finishes off the flavor profile... you know that characteristic oak-spice burn with jack? ... yeah this beer has a bit of that at the end and its lovely...

M: Smooth, full bodied, velvety, slight burn at the end

D: Delicious. The smoothness really helps this monster go down... the only thing holding this baby back is the flavor complexity... its got a tad too much going on to keep drinking many of these... but thats not a bad thing at all!

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2008 14:01:48 | More by callmemickey
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Azurelimits

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the first pour it was dark and had strong aromatics of coffee.

The fist sip reminded me of eating pancakes and drinking a large mug of coffee.

It was served to me in a snifter and had a nice tan head to it, I liked the complexity to the beer the different flavors that start to come out as it changed temperature. This is a beer I enjoyed but I am not sure I would want to enjoy more than one of at a time.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 13:28:14 | More by Azurelimits
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lightindarkness

Florida

4.65/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a mocha head that recedes to tan film and some spotty lace.

Nose is an immediate dose of coffee and chocolate, deepened by dark spicy wood, smoke, and a very nice bourbon-liquor aroma.

The best approximation I can make in taste is like taking a bite of the richest, darkest, most decadent chocolate cake I've ever had. Plenty of coffee is rounded by rich luscious malt, along with smooth chocolate and burnt wood. Some bourbon and a very subtle bitterness come out at the finish with nice soft vanilla and oak flavors.

Feel is smooth, with nice texture and soft carbonation.

Taste is great, very satisfying. High abv makes it unwise to consume a lot, but with every sip I want just a little more.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 19:02:51 | More by lightindarkness
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle of the 2008 year vintage into my crystal snifter.

A - A dark chocolate brown with only a small mocha colored head that initially formed before fading away to sit slowly on the top with only a light bit of the head that sticks around on the sides throughout the beer and leaves only minimal lacing.

S - Smells initally was a very strong roasted coffee that really seemed to be the main scent that at first hit me. There are also hints of vanilla, toffee and caramel that waft up and add some sweetness to the brew. There is also a bit of bourbon spiciness that seems to be slightly there amongst the bigger roasted scents and gives you that hint of whiskey that you are expecting to taste. Super, super fragrant also as I can smell it from a ways away.

T - initially, there is a light vanilla taste that seems to dominate this brew before fading into a roasted, toasted coffee taste. There is also a bit of a bittersweet chocolate as well. However this taste does not really dominate as much as it does in the nose. The bourbon really comes through in the end as there is a nice spicy, oaky alcoholic bite that just comes in and says he this is what a year does for yah. Oh i like how the spicy, almost cinnamon notes, stick around in the after taste; it is also nice to have the sweetness in there at the beginning as it makes this one nicely balanced. As this gets warmer, the cinnamon, oaky spiciness comes out even more and becomes more like a nice bourbon. On the whole, it is a very balanced beer and it not the least bit overpowering but instead this beer's balance is what really shines through.

MF- There is really no carbonation at all and have to say that this is one super smooth brew. It is nice and creamy and just rolls over the tongue and comes in to bring the taste to you. The body feels just right and the after feeling in the mouth is a light astringent and alcoholic feeling that leaves you mouth feeling a bit tingly at the end.

D - have to say was really surprised by how drinkable this one really was. The alchy was not at all overpowering and didn't even think of this one as being too much of a sipper either. The smooth body makes it easy to get drink a lot of and the taste are pretty balanced so that you don't feel tired of it or want a change. Pretty happy I could get ahold of some of this and think it would even be better after given a little more age to it though it is already pretty mellow. For a big bourbon stout, it is so drinkable that even my girlfriend found it easy to drink and that is hard to believe since she hates alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 05:55:14 | More by jeonseh
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trumpetego

Pennsylvania

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

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice stout - had to try the 2008. I don't know if it is one of the top 10 beers in the world, but it is a very good stout.

Drank it out of a goblet @ 55 degrees

Nice dark brown pour. Very little head and only minor lacing. Very strong coffee aroma and flavor. Good thing I love black coffee. Sweet dark chocolate came through as well. The alcohol on the 2008 seemed to not be as strong as 2007.

It finished nicely and made you want more. I wish it was in a larger bottle! But even with that in mind, it is such a big beer, that most people would limit at 2.

I have always liked Founder's beer, and this is a special beer.

I am saving the other 7 I have until next year and beyond.

Peace

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 23:23:42 | More by Pointman
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dnichols

Washington

4.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this brew in a great trade with iconoklaztor. I poured a 2007 vintage 12 ounce capped bottle into a chalice.

A: A down the middle pour resulted deep dark black body with a brick reddish tinted brown and a half finger head. The head rapidly went away and there was modest lacking that did not linger.

S: It had a dominant black coffee and sweet bourbon aroma. A clearly detectable odor of alcohol was present.

T: It presented a bitter chocolate front then there was the bite of straight espresso, tobacco, and earthy and smoky wood. There was a slight flavor of whiskey.

M: This is a full bodied brew with a semi-sweet front, bitter sharp coffee back adn a clean, almost chalky, finish. The brew inished clean and warming with only a minor bitter aftertaste.

D: The full body, large ABV, and powerful flavors make this a one or two beer for me. But it is a great, well condition and balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 20:34:23 | More by dnichols
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NolanGTI

Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A stunner. Pitch black, little head. Huge nose of chocolate and roasted malts, vanilla at the edges.

Tastes smooth and rich with a hint of sweet chocolate at the front that strengthens on finish. Light carbonation makes this beer a great sipper and easy to actually drink in the morning. Have with some chocolate chip pancakes and get your Sunday started off right.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 15:57:42 | More by NolanGTI
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.78/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a viscous-looking black body with a small, short-lived tan head.

Smell: Heavy aroma hits with strong notes of roasted malt, dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla beans, fine pipe tobacco, charred wood, and a smooth, well-aged bourbon.

Taste: Ah, the hearty, robust taste of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and strong vanilla-flavored coffee hit you immediately. A ripple of dark caramel follows. Distinct, yet subtle bourbon flavor with tastes of wood and dark brown sugar. Hint of dark fruit. Just a perfect amount of subdued sugary sweetness. Dash of coarse ground black pepper. Perhaps some mild hops along the way upon warming. Sweetish bourbon, roasty taste on the slightly warming finish. A lingering woody bourbon aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Mild carbonation. Pleasingly smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Remarkably drinkable for being such a powerhouse of a beer. This beer is SO GOOD that it can be hard not to just go on and on about how awesome it is.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 21:59:57 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Mudpuppet

Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a very dark brown with a light lacy head.

S- Really nice nose on this. Coffee grinds very strongly. Also notes of a nice cigar.

T- Coffee grinds are really strong in this. There are definite notes of bourbon. This is a really nice stout. I was expecting a lot of oak and bourbon notes. It is really balanced though.

M- The carbonation is a bit high but good for this beer. It really sticks around in your mouth for a while

D- Bring em on! I really like this beer. I am going to track down a few more bottle for sure. Don't have too many though or you will be falling down.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 03:58:22 | More by Mudpuppet
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triplecoil

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served up in a snifter.

Poured super dark with some red and amber highlights with not much of a head and no lace to speak of. Nose is cigar smoke and faintly alcohol. Taste is coffee, bitter chocolate, smoke, toffee, whisky, and vanilla. Mouthfeel is smooth and dry with just a few sharp bubbles.

This is a fantastic brew. Though the nose is a little too much on the burnt plastic side, the rich, complex, and lingering flavor is outstanding. Definitely one of the elite American stouts.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 03:46:16 | More by triplecoil
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

4.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

07 bottle
Thanks to markgugs for the trade.

Pours a completely pitch impenetrable black. Little tiny tan head, despite a very vigorous high pour. Smell is mostly coffee and bitter chocolate malts. Bourbon shows up more here than in the taste. Taste is coffee, burnt coffee and rich roasted malts. Some bourbon pokes through with tiny vanilla. There is a slightly creamy pinch in the early middle of the taste. bitterness is light through the middle and picks up towards the end but is relatively subtle the entire way through. Coffee defenitely dominates on the aftertaste, but the early finish has sort of a roasty hop bite. Coffee stays on the tongue for quite some time on the aftertaste. mouthfeel is thinner than I would have expected, but quite good. This adds a bit to the drinkability which is quite good. The ABV is GONE!! Nowhere to be found! The are many similarities between this and the FBS, especially the domination of the coffee flavors, but this one is noticeably different. This beer lacks the sometimes unpleasant akward sweetness found in a lot of impy stouts. The thinness is an assisst to this which I find quite pleasant. A very fine stout, and one I will surely trade for again.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 02:54:15 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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hellcatsjg

Virginia

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

Thanks to JJ21 for the trade!

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

Pours pitch black, sludgy, chunky with rust colored head that lingers & faint sticky lacing on the glass.

Smells of bourbon obviously, along with expresso, leather, tobacco, plum, and wet wood. Delightful.

Tastes like burnt expresso & a shot of bourbon. Very warm, but not hot. Blind, I would think someone gave me chilled expresso with a shot of whiskey. I think that's a good thing.

Feels warm, smooth, & boozy. You can feel the 10% for sure.

Very drinkable for the style & ABV. Probably a good thing I don't have easy access to this.

I enjoyed this much more than the Breakfast Stout. I could have 2+ of these easy, & I can't say that about FBS. More complex and not as chocolatey. This is going to be a staple on my wants list for awhile. If you enjoy imperial stouts or barrel beers, especially stouts, you owe it to yourself to find this one. Get some if you can.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 01:57:24 | More by bbothen
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Imstillthegman

Delaware

4.08/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Motor oil. Plain and simple. Thick, black, almost gooey looking. There are a couple of dark tan bubbles forming an island in the middle of the black sea. Even though there really wasn't a head, there is still some rather nice lacing ringing the glass.

The smell is of burnt cowboy coffee, woody bourbon, and some dark fruit. Slight hint of wet cardboard...uh oh. It's very slight, though, and way in the background.

The flavor is of the same strong coffee and bourbon in the aroma. Fairly strong bitterness. The bourbon flavor is there, behind the coffee, but it does not have the alcohol quality to go along with it (nice). No taste of the hint of oxidation I was smelling, thank goodness.

Mouthfeel is full and heavy. Very slick and oily. Aftertaste is a little bit bitter and the alcohol hits me in the back of my throat after swallowing. Warms the belly nicely on a cold night. I can't seem to remember who sent this one to me, but thanks!

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 01:58:18 | More by Imstillthegman
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bgramer

Washington

3.15/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A big thanks out to "WhoKnew" for throwing in a bonus bottle for me!

It poured a dark black with a minimal wispy tan-colored head that quickly disappeared. Remnants of the head sticks to glass and leaves a trace as I drink it down.

As I swirl it about the carbonation rises and surprises me with more flavor hinting at coffee, chocolate fudge, something burnt/roasted, maybe some vanilla(?) until I finish it off. The flavor continues into the aftertaste which turns into a subtle hint of bourbon that's just the perfect balance.

This is very balanced and extremely smooth. The mouthfeel is very full-bodied yet light and made for an easy drinkability but it's bursting potency commands your respect hence the sippability.

This is a world-class stout, deserving of it's rank on BA.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 23:37:41 | More by bgramer
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RidiculedDisplay

California

4.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to RoyMunson for this.

Poured into an Oversized Wine Glass.

Appearance: Pours with a barely-there tan froth. Lacing is impressive - spotty and long-lasting, wtih some arms and calligraphic patterns. Body is an opaque impenetrable dark brown-black.

Smell: Whoo, this is a formidable stout. A smokey hotness dominates the aroma that is part alcohol, part chipotle peppers. General spiciness. Black pepper. "Dustiness." Old boot leather. Bourbon barrel wood. Slight cream. Slight brown sugar. Slight molasses. Dark and bittersweet chocolates. Turkish coffee. Undeniably complex, but not subtle.

Taste: Bourbon. Smoke. Deep espresso and turkish coffee - more coffee flavor than the nose hinted to, but reveals itself in a wonderfully nuanced and pleasant way. Mmm. The aftertaste is pure roasted coffee beans. Dark chocolate, very little sweetness. Slight vanilla. Wonderful flavors that have some of the most pronounced lastingness of any I've had in a stout. It smacks your mouth around a bit, but rewards it with a lasting, roasty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Spicy, but coating, and full.

Drinkability: A sipper.

A fantastic stout. The roastiness and barrel wood flavors are absolutely excellent. Extremely balanced while not being overly subtle. Great.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 20:03:38 | More by RidiculedDisplay
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Lupe

New York

4.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to metallitone1 for this one

Pours black as night and looks thick - not a tinge of light passing through. Creamy coffee colored head is dense, and settles down to a thin film - leaving behind traces of lace.

Wonderful aroma of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and fudge brownies. Mild charred oak and bright breakfast blend-style coffee round things out. Aroma is strong yet soft. Absolutely mouthwatering.

Flavor delivers what the aroma tells you - rich sweetness with chocolate, caramel, light coffee, and smooth bourbon. Notes of vanilla and charred oak. Finishes with alcohol warmth and lingering dry oak. Incredibly well balanced - no one flavor overwhelms, and the bourbon is super smooth and held in check.

Full bodied, super smooth, a bit chewy, and not heavy or syrupy as you would expect. Too easy to drink - should be a sipper but hard to put down, as it begs for another gulp. Desert, night-cap, or with breakfast, I'd make many excuses for having one. Truly a special beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 20:25:01 | More by Lupe
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emerge077

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Some days, when it's only 7º outside, you need a stout of this fortitude, there's just no substitute.

Black oily pour into an Arcadia glass. Mocha tinged foam sticks around for a minute, then retreats to the edges. Served around 50-55º, don't drink this straight from the fridge, it will mute some of the smell and taste.

Special aroma of dense fudgy chocolate, and woody vanilla traces from the barrel. A little bit of ashy char is there too, though not over the top. Flavors deliver on what the nose hints at, rich chocolate, minor coffee undertone, vanilla, oak, and trace heat from the 10%. Over time it really develops and builds, a long finish connects between each flavor-packed sip. Some light bitterness that is identical to unsweetened chocolate is there, and lingers in the finish.

Incredibly smooth (oats?), not heavy or syrupy, yet it's a sipper. Perfect to sit and contemplate without weighing you down. There's a reason it's ranked so high...it's a very balanced imperial stout, possibly the most balanced i've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 01:18:43 | More by emerge077
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dave1822

Michigan

4.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This beer is incredible. I had this beer out a bottle and poured it into a normal pint glass. The color and head were exceptional. A rich dark brown head that was the perfect size. The smell was like a cup of freshly brewed coffee with a slight campfire edge.

This beer is a huge beer and may take some getting used to for some but is one of the best beers I've ever drank.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 23:42:06 | More by dave1822
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 7,102 ratings.