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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: 2,784
Hads: 10,676
Avg: 4.56
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 4,225
Gots: 4,967 | FT: 403
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
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 adams82
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours black, opaque, with a 2 finger tan head. Smells of dark roasted coffee, bourbon, chocolate and tastes very much the same.

The flavour is intense. Coffee and chocolate dominate, then a kick of bourbon, a little alcohol, vanilla, hazelnut, more bourbon, coffee and chocolate. Heavily roasted flavors dominate this beer with the mellow chocolate and bourbon offering balance while the vanilla and hazelnut round everything out. Very complex, very tasty, very delicious and very, very worthy of a perfect 5.

Easy drinking for such an intense and flavorful beer and this really begs to be made available all year long. The bourbon character is present, but not dominating like most oaked or bourbon beers I have had. It complements the other flavors and helps round everything out, making this quite possibly, the best beer I have ever had in my entire life.

There is no hype surrounding this beer... It has earned it's legendary status.

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

Appears black with a very thin dark tan head.

Aroma is fresh roasted coffee, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, caramel burnt/roasted malt. You know just from the initial smell this is going to awesome.

Initial taste is a quick hint of vanilla followed immediately by a coffee/chocolate taste then a kick bourbon. Then the tastes seem to reverse in the finish followed by a lingering bourbon roasted malt flavor. Wonderful.

The feel in the mouth is heavy and rich. Very rich.

This thing is highly drinkable. I probably couldn't do more than 2 in a night, but I could enjoy those 2 over a couple of hours and be treated to pure heaven in a glass.

Way to go Founders. Thanks!

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Photo of SaucyA
4.48/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at cellar temperature. 50th review.

A - Two finger, brown head into a Kuhnhenn tulip. Dark as night. Beautiful. Lacing alll the way down.

S - So complex. Chocolate. Coffee. Vanilla. Alcohol. Bourbon. Toffee. The Coffee Beanery. Freshly roasted. More bourbon on the back end.

T - Bliss. Perfectly balanced. I was afraid it wouldn't live up to the hype but it really has. Tastes exactly as it smells but slightly more intense on all flavors. Different nuances with every sip. Bourbon finish is constant and wonderful. Alcohol warms the tummy but doesn't burn my mouth. The warmer it gets the more you taste the actual barrel.

M - Creamy, thick, viscous. Carbonated coffee.

D - ABV is the only limiter. I will cherish my stash. A sipper, but a genuinely decadent treat.

Michigan beer is wonderful... it's hard to get a grade like this out of me.

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Photo of eberkman
4.18/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a completely opaque sludgy black into a big wine glass -- almost oozes from the bottle. Nothing comes through, even when held directly up against the light. Soft, frothy mocha-colored head rises up about a finger and gradually diminishes but keeping its presence on the surface, never totally going away. Memorializes itself well with lacing.

Aromas of strong, bitter, dark-roasted coffee with some hints of molten chocolate cake. A deep inhalation reveals some serious spirits going on there too -- you really sense the bourbon at that stage.

The taste is dominated by vanilla and toffee up front, giving way to dark, 70-percent cacao Belgian chocolate and coffee, coffee and coffee. Some hints of dark ripe fruits -- cherries, prunes, berries -- and a massive bourbon jolt giving way to a bitter re-emergence of the dark-roast coffee in the finish. This is the definition of an absolutely huge beer.

Sticky, thick and oozy on the tongue and in the mouth. Definitely some there there.

This is an enjoyable sipper but the intensity, richness and, well, booziness, would obviously limit this to one beer savored slowly. More than that is too much of a good thing.

As a Michigan native, I'm biased toward our beers. And few beers could live up to the hype that this one engenders. But this one certainly comes close -- it is damn good. And miles ahead of the regular Founder's Breakfast Stout.

I had possession of 2 of these (thanks ghscash for picking up a four pack and sporting me a couple). I held out for a week before drinking the first. I'm looking forward to seeing what the other one tastes like a couple years from now.

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

Appearance - Impenetrable black with a thin coffee-colored head.

Smell - Intense coffee and bourbon stings the nostrils. Java-chocolate brownie. Not much complexity here, but that's not a bad thing.

Taste - Coffee, double chocolate brownie, burnt bread and a hint of vanilla. Very dry. Boozy bourbon clings to the roof of the mouth while a sharp, drying bitterness consumes the palate in the finish. This is pretty hot, boozy stuff - the alcohol doesn't hide itself much.

Mouthfeel - Dry and medium-to-full in body, certainly not the fullest imperial stout I've tried, but very rich in flavor.

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

2009 Version: new bottle design, new glass, my Sam Adams broke earlier this fall unfortunately but replaced by the New Belgium snifter. Now that I've had a number of more massively hyped beers. I am going to keep my original rating intact because it was one of the most amazing beer experiences in my young career. Appearance suffers slightly to my jaded eyes, the head is just as dark as I remember but doesn't last as long, spread out over more surface area. Lacing not as sticky. Aroma is again incredibly good as I remember, maybe even a bit more heavy on the bourbon side that seems to mask some of the past woodiness I remember and the vanilla. Taste is phenomenal again a bit hot but still amazing, lots of bourbony heat, vanilla, oak and cocoa with the smoothest mouthfeel this side of anything. Just about lives up to the hype I remember. I would go and seek more of this stuff out because damn it's good, but I think I've had better. Abyss comes to mind, Ten Fidy holds up pretty well and one of my faves of all time GIBCS, some great shit all around.

2009 rating A: 4 S: 4.5 T: 4.5 MF: 4.5 D: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into one of those new Sam Adams glasses.

A: Pours about the deepest and thickest blacks I've ever seen in a beer, the head is darker than at least 3/4 of all the beers I've ever tried, with a thick milk chocolate colored one inch creamy head that lasts surprisingly long and leaves a decent amount of lacing considering how much alcohol is in this beer.

S: Fresh, just about the freshest ground coffee aroma I've ever come across in a beer, like walking into a tiny corner coffee shop, but along with this comes an incredibly strong dark chocolate aroma backed by a subled bourbon and vanillia that is nearly masked by the first two aromas, but is still able to be dected, for as powerful as the coffee and chocolate flavors are in this beer there is a subtle balance going on between all of these aromas the prevents this from becoming too cloyingly sweet.

T/MF: Super thick and creamy mouthfeel but also stongly bittering as well, this bitterness seems to offset the smoothness and provides an excelent counterpoint to this inital smoothness. The taste is worth the hype I think, the first thing I notice is the woodiness of the beer, slightly smoked flavor with strong coffee and chocolate undertones which give way, as the beer warms a bit in the mouth to the more boozy aspect of this beer when vanilla and bourbon highlights begin to become more of a focal point. This beer just melts in your mouth but there is just enough carbonation to lift every flavor exactly where it needs to be. The oaky wood flavors coupled with a slightly smoky chocolate and coffee all work wonderfully together with the vanilla and bourbon. The beer says it is 10% ABV but it hides it so well that you can only really detect a subtle heat the only works to keep the beer from becoming too sweet. Everything is where it should be nothing is out of place, wonderfully crafted, worth the hype and then some.

D: This beer is damn fine to drink, not a session or easy to drink but why would anyone want to pound this beer anyway. The super long finish almost makes you want to stop drinking and enjoy the lingering flavors but one sniff and you are right back there, begging for more, I am so glad I have more than one of these.

2008 Rating A: 5 S: 5 T: 5 MF: 5 D: 5

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

Appearance: It pours a very dark brown color (bordering on jet black). Head is a very nice looking chocolaty tan color and about a finger and half deep. Retention was good though lacing was very light.

Smell: Initially it has prominent oak and smoked aromas. Rich chocolate and roasted malt scents emerge. A twist of vanilla and coffee add more depth. Very complex aroma. Light bourbon and alcohol aromas are present though the bourbon aroma is not as strong as I expected. Very faint dark fruit and hops round it out.

Taste: Chocolate and roasted malts are indeed rich and flavorful. Very nice smoked flavor. Oak taste is strong. Bourbon flavor is light and not overly pronounced in taste. Coffee and vanilla flavors are excellent and really bring this beer to life. Very light plum flavor blends well and complements the other flavors well. Hops emerge on the tail and give it a dry, slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's thick and a bit chewy. Definitely one to savor. Carbonation is excellent. At 10%, it's strong, but still very drinkable. Though probably not advisable, I finding myself wanting more and more. Overall, this truly is a world class beer. No question the best I've had to date. Strongly recommended.

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Photo of clickpush
3.69/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in a trade. Have to say that it didn't quite live up to the hype. Poured from a 12oz bottle to a pint glass, the beer was thick and blacker than night, looking more like a reduction than a beer. A small mocha colored head appeared briefly and then faded to nothing. Not a good start. The nose was full of oak and bourbon notes, vanilla, fruit, nuts... but no roast malt. The flavor was similar to the aroma, all vanilla and whiskey, cloyingly sweet (caramel), very little roast malt character. I understand why people like this beer - it's extreme, over the top - but I want to taste the roasted malt, the coffee, the burnt toast. This one was too sweet for me to enjoy drinking, and the bourbon flavors dominated/overpowered the beer.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.87/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of Atron67
4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
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

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Photo of YonderWanderer
4.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of goryshkewych
4.37/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of atrus138
4.27/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.47/5  rDev -2%
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!

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Photo of Azurelimits
4.29/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of lightindarkness
4.62/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.69/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of trumpetego
4.71/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of Pointman
4.12/5  rDev -9.6%
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.


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Photo of dnichols
4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of NolanGTI
4.78/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.77/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of Mudpuppet
4.67/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of triplecoil
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.92/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,784 ratings.