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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: 2,848
Hads: 11,060
Avg: 4.56
pDev: 17.54%
Wants: 4,385
Gots: 5,257 | FT: 413
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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: 2,848 | Hads: 11,060
Photo of Sean9689
4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nitro-tap @ Founders.
8oz pour into snifter.

A - A silky black with a fluffy head with a tight tan color. Super sticky, lots of lacing along the edge of the snifter. The head does not disipitate at all, it just hangs around.

S - Chocolate covered coffee beans, bourbon, caramel.

T - Milk chocolate, bourbon, slight bitterness, coffee beans. I would smack my lips together over and over after every taste, so good!

M - Smooth, creamy, soft, medium-full bodied but not overly so, just right. Very little fizzy carbonation, perfect.

D - So easy, so scary!

I didn't think KBS could get better but out of the nitro-tap, it is!

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle purchased as part of a case from Green's in Columbia by a friend of mine. Thanks again Dan! Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a jet black with no hints of any colors even when held up to the light. The head was extremely short lived but was a beautiful chocolate color when it was there. The ring of bubbles that does remain leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Vanilla, oak, bourbon, coffee, and dark roasted malts all join together to make a wonderful complex and inviting aroma.

T: I hate to do it a bit of an injustice by saying see the smell category and change aroma to taste, but it is perfect for this one. What an incredible tasty and complex brew. The vanilla and bourbon make it a real special treat to me.

M: It is a bit thinner than I would expect for the style. The oak also makes it a bit harsh in the mouth for me even though I like the flavor it gives it causes the mouthfeel to suffer a bit.

D: The ABV is well hidden, but you still naturally want to sip this one to savor it. With that said, it does drink easier than quite a few of its style competitors.

This is a great brew and worth all the accolades and posts it gets. Once again a big thanks to Dan for getting a case for myself and a friend to share. I have traded quite a bit of it away for some other gems to various local buddies. I am pretty sure I am going to keep the rest of it for myself.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.9/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter, the beer appears nearly black with a small brown head that disappears almost instantaneously.

The aroma is brimming with coffee and roasted malt character. Beneath the coffee titan lies some dark chocolate. The hops have absolutely no prayer of being noticed. As the beer warms bourbon notes become apparent.

The flavor is, well, a ton of coffee. To be honest, there's too much coffee in this beer for my taste. The notes of chocolate are understated. The roasted malt profile is very strong. Hop bitterness is present at a moderate level, but the hop flavor is overwhelmed by coffee and roastiness, which is to be expected. Bourbon is more noticeable once the beer warms, but it's still not prominent. The finish is bitter coffee and acrid.

The beer is robust, with low carbonation and a creamy, grainy mouthfeel.

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Photo of rpstevens
4.49/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to abbddull for sending a 4 pack of this to Portsmouth! Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

The beer is black with a thin mocha head that fades quickly. The lacing is oily and slow moving down the sides of the glass.

The smell is coffee, vanilla and a hot bourbon in that order. The coffee smell is very strong at the start of the nose, a roasty coffee.

The taste is more bourbon forward than the smell, but the coffee and vanilla are definitely still there and it strikes a nice balance.

The alcohol presence is a little too strong to drink more than one of these, but as a sipper this is definitely a very pleasant experience.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.94/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Finally getting to the KBS. Pours a very thick oily black with absolutely no head, no bubbles, no lace, nothing. This just looks like dirty motor oil in a glass. Nose is full of coffee, vanilla, bourbon, almonds, and bread.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Great viscous mouth that is easy to sip. I waited awhile after pouring to drink this. At first I was tasting huge coffee flavor that finished slightly boozy, but as it warmed and I continued to drink, I was getting more vanilla and a faint nutty finish. Drinkability is low for me as it took about an hour to finish this one, and I could never have another right away.

Very good beer, but I gotta be honest, I prefer the original Breakfast Stout. Ah well, to each his own...

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Photo of ffejherb
4.97/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Capone's on 5/23/09. Served in a snifter. Thanks to FooFaa for the round!

A - Black body with one-finger creamy mocha-colored head reminiscent of a milkshake, but reduced to a thin film and left some spotty lace around the glass.

S - Lovely, aromatic blend of sweet vanilla notes, bourbon and chocolate, the latter especially as the liquid warmed up. Woody and oaky notes add quite a bit of depth and complexity to the aroma. Wonderfully balanced nose overall.

T - Amazing flavor that combines vanilla, bourbon, woody/oaky notes, sweet and bitter chocolate and earthy hops. Alcohol is virtually buried underneath all of the wonderful flavors of this complex stout.

M - Creamy and luscious mouthfeel with a slick, oily texture providing a bit of chewiness. Softly carbonated. Finishes with moderate bitterness and a subtle alcohol warmth on the palate.

D - Amazingly drinkable for 10% ABV! This is simply an awe-inspiring beer that needs to be sampled on tap. Definitely one of the most flavorful stouts I've had the pleasure of drinking. This is an amazing beer to say the least!

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Photo of KI9A
4.37/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Jet black, some head.

S: Bourbony malt. Coffee, chocolate.

T: Follows nose, add vanilla to the mix. Nothing overpowers the rest. Great balance of boozy bourbon, bitter chocolate, and sweel vanilla malts.

M: Heavy body, but not "gooey". Wraps your mouth up in goodness.

D: High ABV limits the D on this, but, a fine sipper.

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Photo of DarbyOGill
4.67/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours just like regular Breakfast Stout, jet black with one finger of brown head.

S: A nose of coffee, alcohol, soy sauce, and roasted malts.

T: Wow, it is like Breakfast Stout on steroids. Starts with a strong, bitter flavor of coffee followed by a nice chocolate taste. Almost like a mocha coffee. After the strong coffee and chocolate it gets boozy but nicely accompanied by roasted malt. I also get a tinge of oak which balanced out the alcohol flavor very nice. Very nice alcohol and oaky aftertaste. I didn't get the soy saucy taste I usually get with most stouts, which was a little surprising since I picked some up from the smell.

O: This is the finest stout I have ever had and if I ever see it on the shelves again I will surely pick up some more.

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

Acquired in trade with Kirok1999. Poured from the Iconic stubby screwtop bottle into a pint glass.

A - Motor oil inky black with a bare tint of chocolate brown. Almost no head, but leaves faint legs like a wine or whiskey.

S - Lots of rich roasted coffee and chocolate, with a shade of sweet vanilla and bourbon. Heady, aromatic, and lovely.

T - Bitter burnt coffee and chocolate flood the palate, backed up by the heady, floral vanilla and the slightly sweet, slightly boozy bourbon. Finishes with faint hop/coffee bitterness, but otherwise clean.

M - Heavy and smooth, almost oily, with mild carbonation adding a bit of levity to the viscous, chewy mouthfeel. Elegance, thy name is KBS.

D - Definitely a sipper due to its ABV and weight, but the booze is well hidden and actually adds to the experience via the bourbon flavor. Excellent for casual sipping and surprisingly not too hefty in the gut.

overall - A definite winner. It's sharp, bitter chocolate and coffee contrast oh so well with the sweet, heady, smooth vanilla and bourbon. The notes are simple, but so well executed. A joy to drink.

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Photo of treyrab
4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to warriorsoul for this beauty!

Poured into a pint glass....

A: Poured thick black with low carbonation. Very little head, but the head is the darkest I have seen!

S: The smell is phenomenal! Tons of dark roasted coffee blended with warm vanilla and bourbon. The smell is huge, you can smell this from a mile away!

T: The taste is similar to the smell, but the bourbon takes control. The bourbon hits you first, followed by a hint of vanilla, then some coffee. But this is not bitter nor does it really have a bite to it. Pretty light on the palate.

Overall, a very good beer that I would recommend. It was a little thin for me and lacked on the roast, but the bourbon was fantastic!

Second time having this beer it was much, much better. Pitch black sludge with a dark mocha head. Incredibly scent of dark coffee, sweet bourbon and coffee with a deep, robust flavor of the aforementioned. Fantastic.

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Photo of AVDeuph
4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ironically us folk in Michigan have a harder time getting this beer, once it's out, than do most of the other states that Founders distributes to. Therefore...

Thanks to LauraAlberts for this bottle, acquired via trade.

A: Very dark and completely opaque, a one-finger mocha head that dissipated in a few minutes.

S: A thick malty and coffee aroma that welcomes the bourbon aspects very easily and naturally. Clearly balanced.

T: Tastes like espresso, black malts, maybe some dark sugar, and bourbon of course. The bourbon is completely contained within the other flavors, this is a very nice balance akin to the aroma.

M: Low but dainty carbonation; it is just enough to keep the beer from being cloying or too slick. Very coating, definitely a sipper.

D: Well, just because you could drink two or three doesn't mean you will. This beer is meant to be enjoyed slowly and, in my opinion, occasionally. You wouldn't want to spoil the majesty by just throwing a few back.

A fantastic beer by Founders. I'm definitely saving a few for aging.

Edit: I've recently had this beer both on tap and on nitro-tap. Tap is the way to go, nitro-tap is least preferable actually. The alcohol really came out in a bad way for whatever reason on the nitro tap

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Photo of mjl21
4.57/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade...thanks Josh! 12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. No bottling info is given. Comes in at 11.2% and 70 IBUs. The artwork is different than the one pictured here on BA.

A-Black in color and looks thick coming out of the bottle. There really is no head at all and it leaves a miniscule sandy ring. Lots of nice lace streaks are left.

S-When it is first poured, it has a stronger coffee aroma than the FBS. There is some roast malt and dark chocolate. As it warms the bourbon barrel characteristics really come out. Get lots of oak, vanilla, and bourbon. I will say that it is not the strongest bourbon smelling beer that I have tried.

T-Lots of oak and bourbon flavors hit first. Lots of sweet vanilla immediately follows. The coffee flavors come out in the back of the mouth and in the aftertaste. Once this has sat in the glass for about 15 minutes they all come together for a great tasting beer.

M-Thick bodied with a nice carbonation level. The bourbon is definitely detectable going down and leaves a warming feel in the belly.

D-Due to the high abv and the fact that it is not hidden means this is best left as a nightcap.

This is really a great beer that is deserving of all of its praise. The only way this could get better would be to have even more bourbon hitting the nose.

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Photo of mugglesandhops
3.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Been wanting to try this for a long time finally got a chance to drink it. Thanks to Davey for sharing this one. Poured 2008 bottle into snifter. Pours a Opaque black with a dark thin head that faded pretty fast. good lacing on the side of the glass. Smells like the breakfast stout but with some vanilla and bourbon in there, more bourbon than anything I think. Taste was pretty hot, I was surprised how hot this still was after a year of settling down. Still a very very tasty beer. Oily and creamy mouthfeel. I wouldn't be able to drink more than one of these in a sitting, in fact I'm glad a shared a 12 oz. with someone.

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Photo of UA8
4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours an opaque engine oil black with a thick brown head that looks like it was nitro poured (but it wasn't).

S- Fresh espresso, bourbon, dark chocolate, and dark roasted malts.

T-Leads with sweet dark roasted malts and cocoa. Mipalate is of heavily roasted coffee. Finishes with delicious smooth and warming bourbon flavors.

M- Pretty darn viscous could be a bit thicker for how I like my Imperial stouts though. Medium low carbonation.

D- Man this stuff has so much more bourbon flavor, which is good in my opinion, when its fresh. I could happily have 2-3 of these.

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Photo of tai4ji2x
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

notes from early april 2009. comparing the aged '08 recipe with the modified '09 version (both in 12oz twist-cap bottles)...

lacing a bit less.

bourbon aroma has mellowed out quite a bit. trace vanilla. dried cherries?

flavor is similar to before, with less bourbon, but also seems to be thinning out...

feel might be a tad thinner.

head is much more stable

bourbon aroma more upfront, woody, with coffee and roast.

bourbon and wood more apparent again, but almost no vanilla. trace of chocolate?

everything else is the same.

still a nice beer, though overrated slightly. no change in scores needed, imho.


no dating to be found, but vendor is reliable and says it's from earlier in 2008. poured into snifter.

opaque brown, almost black. brownish tan head that very slowly fades to thin layer. decent web of lace all down the glass.

immediate woody bourbon aroma upon opening. espresso-like coffee upon pouring. these dominate the nose. couldn't pick out much else.

flavor is roasted coffee, almost espresso, with some malt and alcohol sweetness peeking through, then hint of wood aging and whiskey, but then the coffee/charred malt/hop bitterness comes in again and carries into the finish, which also gives another hint of bourbon. grassy+coffee aftertase.

tad thinner than expected, but initially smooth before some acidic astringent character comes in later for texture. accompanied by a gentle carbonation.

very good, but not sure if it lives up to the hype.

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Photo of jwhawkins81
4.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - Coffee and Bourbon

Appearance - No carbonation with a thin collar of a head that left a decent amount of lacing. Dark brown color.

Taste - Tastes a lot like it smells, coffee and bourbon. Is this a beer? Because I have never tasted anything like this before. A ton of flavor from coffee and bourbon and smooth roasted stout notes carrying everything across the palate.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly thin but still nice.

Drinkability - Surprisingly drinkable for an 11.2% ABV beer. I sipped this one for over an hour. Alcohol becomes more apparent as it warms to room temperature but still quite enjoyable.

Notes - A sipping beer anyone should be happy to enjoy. At this price thank goodness it is only around once a year. Better than the regular FBS.

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Photo of avalon07
4.92/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a totally thick texture. There was a small amount of tan-colored, lasting head and good lacing.

S: A big aroma of malt, coffee and alcohol.

T: Tasted of coffee, vanilla, malt and bourbon. Very complex with a big taste.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth, yet slightly slick finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is definitely a drinkable beer. One of the best imperial stouts out there.

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

Pours black with thin brown head. Wetter than typical for imperial stouts.

Nose is vanilla, alcohol, roasted malt, wood, coffee.

Taste is sweet vanilla cream soda, a roasted chocolate malt blast,
bourbon, finishes with a hint of wood and warming alcohol.

Creamy, with an alcoholic aftertaste and warm bourbon burn.

You could have more than one but you probably don't have more than a few.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.62/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to this bad boy after having it sit in my fridge for a while - props to my friends up in Totowa. College and finals week will take the life out of anyone but now that that's over, I had a chance to open 'er up this afternoon and go through her. This may be the most hyped up beer that I've ever had, as it was nearly impossible to find here in Jersey. It wasn't 5's all across the board for me, but I'm glad I was able to try this out. It's not bad by any means!

Like "motor oil" pours? This is a good example of it and brings new meaning to the term "Irish Breakfast". Do you like vanilla, caramel, dark chocolate, and roasted coffee? This beer has all of those with a strong bourbon undertone. The alcohol packs a wallop here but you'll enjoy this so much that the bottle will be empty by the time you realize that this is a stout and not something to have at 8 in the morning. I can't say that this is like anything I've ever had before because quite frankly, there's nothing out there like this. Most stouts are too strong, too bitter, or too harsh to go down this easily. It's a bit more than a sipping beer but by no means is this something to chug down on. Like any good bourbon, this has to be savored!

Yes, it's strong but if you don't like that, there are plenty of other brews out there to try. Normally, I get repeated tastings of a beer to see if my first instinct was right but since this was in such short supply, I only got one bottle. No matter, while the aroma and pour were a bit understated, most everything about this was excellent. So good in fact, that this would fit in before, during, and after dinner. Kudos to founders for upping the ante on the versatility of beer and for brewing this; every brewery should have an offering on this level in their portfolio!

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Photo of Steamhead
4.73/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After an aggressive pour, a dizzying aromatic displays unfurls from the glass that calls to mind one of life's great pleasures: standing in a bakery in the morning when the air is filled with freshly brewed coffee and hot pastries are coming out of the oven. The minimal head looks like a dollop of dark chocolate mousse while the body shimmers with the blackness of a Betty Page costume. The first taste is as shockingly rich as you can imagine. Vanilla beans dance on the tip of the tongue. Exquisite chocolate coats the palate followed by an intense impression of coffee and finishing with the smoky char imparted by the sweet bourbon barrel full of brown sugar and wood tannin. Just picture Ghiradelli fudge brownies by a campfire followed by a sip of your favorite single barrel bourbon. '09 seemed slightly hotter this year, but I am sure with time it will settle in to its world-class self. KBS is a fitting tribute to the Bluegrass!

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Photo of everetends
4.52/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle that became mine through the amazing package sent to me by rhinos00. I have heard great things and I am very excited. Poured this every so slowly into my Terrapin Snifter.

A: Pours an ever so slow and thick, extra viscous deep black oil like liquid. Seriously, this looks thick and bit intimidating. The body is a pretty nice glossy black color. No light has a chance to get through this baby. Solid as a rock. About a quarter finger of dark brown head slowly bubbled up but didn't have much staying power. It fizzles out to a thin ring, but it still throws up some nice spotty lace. Swirled on the glass, the body leaves a very noticeable light yellow film on the glass. This beer has something going on.

S: I wish I could fully describe how beautiful this beer smells. I could smell it right when I popped the cap and its impressive. I want to make love to this beer now. Getting a very distinct coffee aroma that is nothing short of the aroma you get when you open up a bag of fresh, high quality, roasted coffee beans. Its rather impressive. Behind that is a really nice combo of some dark, slightly bitter chocolate and some rich vanilla aromas. The friggin oak is oh so nice on the back end. I mean, its damn near perfect and what I always want when I hear oak. Slight bourbon aroma finishes this baby off. Just fantastic and I don't know if it gets any better than this.

T: I wish this was as good as the aroma, but the flavor is damned close. Chocolate starts things off here. Getting some really rich and dark chocolate that is walking hand in hand with that amazing coffee presence. That coffee is so distinct and fine. Incredible really. Then comes that vanilla, not as rich as the nose but its lovely. Oak and that bourbon flavor are very light but still very much in the ball game. Finish is a really nice oatmeal heartiness and tastiness. Damn!!!!

M: The hits just keep on coming for sure. Full bodied brew. This is pretty much the poster child of a full bodied brew. Low carbonation lets this beer remain chewy and thick, which is very nice and appropriate. ABV is actually pretty light considering the size of this beer. With Bourbon in the title, I expect a bit more alcohol but screw it. Aftertaste is some chocolate and oatmeal. Nice.

D: This is a big beer but it is nicely drinkable. You proably don't want to drink too many because of its size and the fact that it is a bit sweet at times. Still, its a pretty damned smooth beer that has amazing qualities. The aroma is amazing, and the flavor is not far behind at all. My only gripe is that I can't get more of this at the store. Founders, bring this beer to a store near me. You buried it in the back of the net with this one and I am glad I chose this beer to celebrate tonight. Awesome beer that surpasses the hype.

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Photo of SpruceFish
4.62/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle pored into a tulip

A- pitch black dark brown head with a little bit of lacing around the glass

S- wow bitter coffee more then i have ever seen chocolate explosion and some boozy bourbon

T- same as the smell intense coffee real bitter dark chocolate bourbon is there but not so apparent needs a little vanilla in my opinion but still really delicious

M- super smooth no real booze at all perfect carbonation

D- great i wouldnt really have more then one of these but it goes down great

overall this beer is one the the best i have had really clean finish im really happy i got my hands on a few of these cant wait to see how these age

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Photo of BZero007
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour on this particular brew amazed me. Motor oil black poured in to my glass with only a hint of brown showing where the beer was thin while being poured. To see a beer this dark was great. The head was a little hard to form but not bad and came out a very brown foamy head. that disapeard after a couple of mins. The flavor of this Double Stout was complex and not for me. The flavor of dark chocolated and roasted coffe were up front and strong. These two flavors blended and balanced extremely well, so well that I swore there was a new flavor every sip. Behind the major flavors I could swear to have a new taste with each sip. The mouth feel was perfect. The brew was smooth and nothing in the beer killed my taste buds. The drinkability for me has to be about average, as I owuld probably think twice on a secound and pass on a third. The flavors are very intense coffee and I just personally slowly enjoy these brews. This beer will always have a place in my fridge and tummy.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.77/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

dense black color with a minimal tan head and lacing. love the bottle label. dark dried fruit, chocolate, coffee, vanilla in the nose with just a hint of whisky. fortunately this does not smell boozy despite the barrel aging, no small feat given that and the abv. taste is lots of the above with big sweet dark malts mingling with not-overdone roastiness and just enough bitterness. again just a touch of the whisky character. big and lush mouthfeel and veeery smooth. looong complex finish is semi-sweet but manages not to be cloying. light creamy carbonation is perfect for this style. this was some amazing shit, what i liked the best was that it was not overly whiskyish or boozy. this was like having a decadent chocalatey dessert that managed not to be overly sweet. get you some.

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Photo of jgap
4.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

09 bottle:
Hours black into a tulip pint glass with a slightly thin, brown head. Great retention that fades to a patchy lace once halfway through. Smell is strong oak, vanilla, and slightly bitter dark chocolate (this was a surprise to me). Taste it extremely complex particularly for a stout. It begins with a slight hoppyness that is joined quickly by the bourbon. This lingers until the sweet vanilla shows up and a surprise appearance of chocolate. This all fades to a very nice coffee flavor that almost completely hides the alcohol. What is amazing to me (even more so than the complexity) is the crisp, clean after taste. I feel like most stouts that end on a coffee note have a lingering aftertaste. Not KBS- it's very clean and that makes it waaaay too drinkable! Lastly, the 'thicker side of medium' mouthfeel and carbonation level are matched perfectly to the taste. I love thick brews but the rich, creamy texture is what makes this brew exceptional to me- I love it!

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,848 ratings.