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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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8,185 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,185
Reviews: 2,498
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 3,159
Gots: 2,937 | FT: 209
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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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4.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for sharing Sam!

Motor oil. Black. Thick. Substantial. Tan, hearty, head. Not much lacing, but more than forgivable at this ABV.

Gobsmacked by this beer's aroma--it's just so complete, without being overwhelming or too alcoholic. It's a divine cornucopia: bourbon, vanilla, wood, coffee, chocolate, earth/dirt, roasted malt.

The flavor is just as delightful: the bourbon, vanilla, and coffee make for an astounding threesome. No one flavor is particularly dominating, they're all accessible, yet the way they play off one another is truly exceptional.

What's so shocking about this beer is how well it disguises it's monstrous alcohol punch--because there isn't one! I began drinking this beer, got halfway through it, looked at the bottle, and was just floored that the label read "11.2% ALC. BY VOL." Though I hate the word, this is the perfect time to use it: unbelievable.

Thick and luscious mouthfeel.

One of the world's finest beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 02:29:43 | More by ehammond1
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Simply Amazing.

The smell is all over the place bourbon, coffee, chocolate basically smells like roasted goodness with bourbon. Pitch black with minimal head actually looks like dirty motor oil does. The taste is all over the place all the smells come through along with nice caramel and vanilla notes from the bourbon. There is also a bit of alcohol burn on this that can direct from the above but not enough to affect it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2011 02:23:07 | More by vw73182
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5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 Vintage.

Deep, deep brown in color. Beautiful, brown head. The bourbon barrel aging gives this beer a nice smooth feel in the mouth. Even with the high alcohol content you hardly notice the taste. All around great beer. One of my favorites. I'm saving one for next year. Excited to see how it tastes after it's had some time to mellow.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 18:18:29 | More by todisht
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4.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my new belgium glass. A thin head covers the brew made of a dark brown mocha color. It dissipates quickly to a thin ring around the edges. The body is an extremelty dark brown to black color, completely impenetrable by light.

The scent is a perfect combination of dark chocolate, coffee, and bourbon. They mix into a great concoction which drives you into the flavor quite will.

The flavor follows right from the nose, it starts off with a roasted malt coffee flavor in the beginning. That fades into a bittersweet chocolate taste which lingers on the tongue as the bourbon fades into the picture. It finishes with the barrell aged vanilla bourobn combination with stays with you for a while.

The mouthfell is everything I love out of a stout, its thick, silky smooth, and just all around delicious. The bourbon taste starts to come out even more as it heats up, amazing beer if you can get your hands on it it's a must have.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 00:00:59 | More by dwilson01
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4.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 and 2009 bottles sampled side by side. A fun little mini vertical, if you can even call a year to year comparison that.

Both had in an Over-Sized Wine glass.


A: Black cherry body with a peppering of brown bubbles. No real head with a violent pour. No let up in the opacity of the beer, but it really has a brown character to the body. It's really not such a deep black. (3.5)

S: Oak nuttiness with a shot of whiskey. Some really faint nutmeg spice with sweet alcohols giving a big profile of coffee liqueur. There's some unrelenting hot alcohol notes. No major burn, it's just a dominant note. (3.5)

T: Forward sweet bourbon and nutty oak fight like siblings for attention. It appears the bourbon is the eldest. The alcohol does eventually evaporate to reveal a tame woody note. Good but not great, at least not now. (4)

M: Really this is quite flat, a very watery mouth that definitely hasn't survived the test of time. Flat coffees with healthy doses of whiskey. This is hot water in the mouth. (3)

O: You can tell in the flavor that there are more than a few ingredients that are lost in time. The base beer isn't overwhelmingly hot, it's just that the veneer of this castle has long since eroded, and reveals a boozey skeleton. Complexity compromised, but not bad even considering that. (4)


A: A fluffy creamy brown bubble film covers the top of a creamed coffee body. The resemblance of coffees is memorable, and sets the tone for the rest of the experience. Appears very alive and enhanced by its time in the wood. (4)

S: Creamy spiced marshmallow with cinnamon, coco, and most certainly vanilla. All of this is engulged by a warming bed of spiked iced coffees. A mousse with inclusions of nutty ganaches reign supreme for a yummy nose. (4.5)

T: Huge cinnamon marshmallow smore character to this one. The graham crackers do appear, but are stale compared to the milk chocolates and roast marshmallow notes. Chocolate chip shortbread cookies are my favorite note in this mess of American campfire desserts. (4.5)

M: Fluffly mouth without a strong presence of bubbles. The mouth is soft and mellow, and it remains so throughout. The body is medium-full, with the flavor making it feel like it could really use that truly full backbone. (4)

O: A buttery treat that stands out as a trendsetter for the genre of bourbon barrel-aged stouts. A classic due to the mix of lively spices and flavors. The ingredients really do mingle in here; and transforms the beverage into a personal all-american bakery. I'd say this is very good, and makes me want to try a fresh bottle. The ingredients seemed much more apparent in the newer than older bottle. Though I wouldn't give up on the 09' entirely, as my bottle certainly had a rather weak feel. (4.5)

Final score considers both offerings.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 23:35:30 | More by Cavery
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4.38/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (2009) into a snifter. Pours deep black with shimmering brown when held to the light. The small head is dark leather brown and dissipates quickly into a small ringlet. The aroma is honestly comprised of mostly a big dose of fresh roasted coffee. Underneath this is a small helping of nice bourbon and oak characteristics including a lot of vanilla and a touch of wood. The sweet aroma of whiskey touches through but not much. A drink taken in while inhaling starts quite sweet and flows into wood and vanilla mixed with a touch of citrus. The mid is all added coffee and this is definitely what lingers with undertones of very dark chocolate. As it warms the chocolate comes out more and more. There is a nice carbonation that mingles perfectly with the silky mouthfeel. This is honestly good but I was expecting more bourbon stout and less breakfast stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 15:02:32 | More by drowland
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New York

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

A: Dark and viscous topped with a fizzy tan head. Classic "glug glug" sound effects. Immediate sensory appeal.

S: Boozey, sweet burnt sugar, char, vanilla, chestnut.

T: Quick one-two; roasty malts and charred wood followed --BAM-- by hot alcohol bourbon goodness. Cola, caramel, sarsaparilla, vanilla flow out from some mouth swishing. Mouth drying oak tannins linger till residual malt sugars come into view as juicy fruit flavors.

M: Tongue floater. Small soft bubbles. Smooth, soft, silken, spectacular texture.

Notes: Drank in sam adams pint glass on a hot an humid summer night. Cautious use of oak and serious grain bill most appreciated. 2011 release.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 07:19:34 | More by BeerLover729
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4.43/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appears black with small medium bodied brown head.

It smells of strong freshly roasted, roasted malts, subtle vanilla, coconut and mild bourbon.

It tastes strongly of bourbon but it is very smooth. I get a subtle note of vanilla and coconut. It is not "oaky" like many bourbon barreled stouts. I get a nice somewhat bitter coffee finish to the beer. the beer has plenty of flavors mingling together yet it is very smooth and easy to drink. I expected the beer to be more intense then it is. regardless it tastes very good.

the beer has a thin mouth-feel it also is low in carbonation. this is a bit of a lighter beer then i though it was going to be.

Overall a great beer. it is clean and it has a great collective flavor. however it did not blow my mind. regardless I would love to have this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 04:20:38 | More by chumba526
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5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type: Draft into a small snifter.

Long over due review from notes during Philly Beer Week. I had this on draft at Capone's in Norristown, and lots of it. This poured a beautiful jet black with an espresso-like crema at the top that was a few millimeters thick. Heavy nose of coffee, bourbon, and chocolate. So smooth, you'd never have a clue it was over 11%, even with the noticeable bourbon-like burn that went along with each swallow. I bought 4 bottles from the bottle shop, and still have 3 left. Can't wait to get a case, regardless of expense.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2011 21:04:40 | More by Retail1LO
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- Pitch black, 1 finger brown head. Very little lacing that resides quickly down the sides of the glass.

S- Maple syrup, coffee, bourbon, a little oak.

T- Coffee and bourbon right away. Sweet maple syrup and vanilla near the end, with bitter dark chocolate at the finish.

M- Full bodied. Slick and oily texture, and the bitterness leaves you with a dry tingly aftertaste.

O- Very good beer. Had this in the spring and for some reason it didn't impress me, but glad I was proven wrong. The barrel aging gives it so much more complexity then the original breakfast stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 02:58:53 | More by kawilliams81
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4.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders KBS, Imperial Stout, 11.2% abv

A: Deep oily hues, with very very faint brown at the thinnest edges of the glass. The viscosity on this beer is ridiculously thick and it coats the glass like chocolate robitussin. It pours with a big foamy collar and huge khaki bubbles.

S: Wow. Deep chocolate scents with hints of boozy bourbon notes, cocoa and vanilla bean. The wood is faint and I would appreciate a Pappy Van Winkle version of this but, now we are splitting hairs of what is already an amazing beer.

T: Again, just outrageously good. Being from the west coast it is difficult to admit absolute defeat but the tag team of this masterpiece with Rare BCBS must make me raise the white flag on imperial stouts. It has such a deep taste to it with a ton of complexity to it. This is chocolate robitussin with a heavy yoohoo coating and hot alcoholic balance on the front. The sweet lingers a bit and the smoky and coffee notes go to work and dry out the back sections of your mouth, which would piss you off if you didn't see the interplay of how well it works together. It’s a simple dynamic of, drink, coating, swallow, want more, drink more. Again, this is very drinkable and may crack out of the imperial stout cloistering for warmer climate drinking. Some things are just delicious enough on their own to defy pigeonholing.

M: this is exxon mobil in a glass, perfect for sipping because a little bit goes a long way, you put the glass down for a few moments and joy representatives are still within your gumline cleaning seals and waiting for the smoke and coffee notes to clear. Drink it in the morning and taste it all day. Overall a fantastic stout and the only contender to really put an even challenge up against the abyss and perhaps even defeating it, wish I had more test data to contrast. A couple bottles of this simply is not enough.

D: this is its roughest area as it is so aggressive so filling so hectoring in approach you have a hard time welcoming it for long periods, it kicks your mouth all over the room like a spaghetti western brawl and when the 12oz is done you are cast through swinging double doors and brush the coffee notes off of your chest, but you do want more. You want to slide this KBS across an old tymie piano simply because the fight itself is so enjoyable.

Narrative: Claire Murkmuggins didn’t mind the delta. Shoot, half her family couldn’t tell you the way rightside out of the delta. In fact, she kinda liked its murkiness, the way the cool silt ran through her toes when she was fishing for crawdads. The deep black nights where the bayou water looked like shimmering oil, ignited by the moonlight. I mean sure, she liked all that just fine, but what she really aspired to do, I mean, someday of course, Claire wanted to take over the family Chocolate Milk dairy. She grew tired of harvesting coffee beans all day with all the youngins, she had that dark capitalism spirit and she wanted in on that chocolate empire. Sometimes at night she’d sneak into the old cocoa refined and push her slender arm deep into the 70% dark chocolate and feel a secret power in its stickiness. She was refined but poised, in control, but sprightly. One day, she too would revolutionize the stodgy old chocolate milk world.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 06:14:28 | More by SubpoenaDeuces
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North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle poured into a Captian Lawrence tasting glass.

A: Dark, dark brown almost black with a tan one finger head that fades to a thin cap. Light lacing on the glass through out.

S: Roasty sweet malt, chocolate, and bourbon.

T: Light roast coffee, with a sweet chocolate, bourbon and vanilla come through as the beer warms, finishes with a lighr bitter char.

M: Great slick, oily, thick, chewey, mouthfeel with good carbonation.

O: A great beer that I have been happy to try on many occasions and one that I would never turn down

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 00:14:39 | More by caSSino
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4.03/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a sweet chocolate/vanilla aroma. This beer pours a deep black with a small amount of head. It has a nice amount of lacing around the glass. I can definitly taste the chocolate and vanilla in this beer with a slight amount of bourbon at the end. This beer has a nice amount of thickness to it, but not too thick. Overall this is a very enjoyable beer. It would even be better with a good cigar.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 02:45:38 | More by Labonix
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4.3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip
Vintage: 2011

A- Pure black, no light coming through at all. Very nice carbonation for a stout. Tops off with just over a finger of mocha colored head. Head is a medium density, that sticks around for quite a long time. Although after about 15 min the carbonation subsides substantially.

S- Upfront there's bourbon, old coffee grounds, and a good dose of oak that seems to weave through the other aromas. Behind this there is an undertone of very bitter chocolate, something almost metallic, and a slight alcohol burn

T- Just like the nose, taste is full of coffee grounds, bourbon, that seems to increase was it warms, oak, and a vanilla that I didnt get in the nose. Although I may have misidentified the odd slightly metallic smell, and could have been the vanilla, mixing with the bourbon. Bitter chocolate finishes as it passes the back of the tongue.

M- Suprisinly light and well carbonated for such a big stout. This cuts the thickness and stickiness of the sugars, from clinging on the tongue. Very nice

O- Very good, glad the bourbon is an accent to the beer versus a completely dominating attribute. Also glad for just a hint of vanilla, I'm always scared when vanilla is used as a descriptive flavoring, as it is usually used in excess. Over all a solid A

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 03:00:34 | More by Kayn169
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New York

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

Bottled on 02/11 – originally had during Thanksgiving, but now reviewed with a proper sized pour!

Poured into a Corsendonk tulip.

Black body with very little carbonation. Very thin, mocha-colored head that reduces into a cap and leaves mini bits of speckled lacing. Smell is full of dark-roasted coffee and dark, bittersweet chocolate pieces. Great barrel-aged qualities, with the oak, vanilla and bourbon– all leaving aromatic identities. The bourbon presents a thin amount of heat towards the end.

Taste is actually filled with coffee-like roastiness, but also massive amounts of oaky tannins, vanilla and caramel. Great amount of bittersweet chocolate on the end, which leaves a subtle astringency in the finish. The bourbon leaves a thin burn at the end too, but not as hot as I originally remembered. Complexity arises further as you let warm. Very, very comparable to Parabola in taste with its flavor qualities.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied– not as big and thick as other bbl-aged ones. Just about silky with little to no carbonation in feel. Amazing tasting beer, even for how fresh it might be (~5mo old). Not as great as CBS, but definitely has the clout. Drink one now or age further – you won't be disappointed.

#3 of 9.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 20:43:08 | More by infi
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Pours black with a small (half finger at best) light brown head that disappears instantaneously.

The aroma met me half way: strong coffee, chocolate, and smoky wood.

I couldn’t wait for the first taste. It did not disappoint. The coffee/espresso, roasted malt, and chocolate dominate however they are not alone. The bourbon and alcohol flavors are present along with more subtle vanilla and dark fruit flavors.

Full bodied which leaves a fairly strong coffee taste in the mouth. I have not been able to drink beer for a week due to a surgery and I’m glad I made this one my first.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 18:20:59 | More by ajsdad06
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3.98/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slight *PST* released when opened... Small carbonation. A 1/2 finger head build when aggressively poured. Kind of disappointing head... Head is tan, brew is black. Brew swirls nice vanilla-chocolate. When swirled, head builds to a mild level.

S - Smooth! Very nice milk chocolate. Lots of deep wood scents, vanilla. A very light scent indeed, not over powering, or even close to... Slight brun.

T - Great smooth and balanced flavor. Nothing is overwhelming about this brew. Lots of over-whelming coffee flavors... Great milk chocolate flavor, just like Hershey's. Lots of deep vanilla radiating from this brew.

M - Very chewy. Awesome (super light) carbonation. Mild burn from the heat, time could do this brew wonders. A little bit more bitter than I typically enjoy.

O - Time would do this brew *wonders*... I can't wait to try my other in a few years... The coffee flavor need to mellow significantly. Right now, I'm significantly underwhelmed by this brew. Thanks for sharing djeucalyptus!

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 02:20:24 | More by chugalug06
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4.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally, the elusive KBS. Thanks to McNuts for sending me this particular bottle and aaronwhit for hooking me up with some more! This one was bottled on 02/25/11 at 2:43pm. Enjoyed on 07/14/11.

A - Poured into a Stone goblet. Absolutely pitch black, can't see any red around the edges at all. A very small tan head forms and recedes quickly. Leaves no lacing, has really good alcohol legs. Good looking high alcohol stout.

S - Lots of bourbon still present at this beer's young age. Behind the oaky vanilla of the bourbon is some light espresso and some dark chocolate. I know there's no lactose sugar in here but it smells as if there is.

T - What an excellent beer. Big milk chocolate and bourbon oak up front. Then comes a bitter dark chocolate and espresso onslaught balanced by the vanilla from the barrel. A lingering chocolatey sweetness and some vanilla is offset by a pretty hefty alcohol burn. There's so much going on here, the vanilla, chocolate, and coffee work together so well.

M - Mouthfeel is perfect for an imperial stout. Very thick and creamy with just a hint of carbonation.

O - Overall, this is one of my favorite beers to date. Lots of alcohol burn at the moment but it works well. One of the most complex beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 21:00:58 | More by Janderson91
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4.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle from Kappy's in medford.

Pours black with little head that is coffee colored

Smells strongly of coffee and chocolate notes, with a hint of the oak barrels in the background

Tastes just like it smells but the flavors are blended so smoothly. I've tried other bourbon stouts and this one takes the cake. The coffee and chocolate are mixed beautifully. It starts sweet and finishes slightly bitter with hints of bourbon.

The mouth is velvety smooth and full bodied. While the carbonation is week it doesn't take away from the well balanced thickness

Overall the beer is fantastic. By far the best bourbon stout I've tried and so happy I got my hands on a bottle. I'm going back on Friday to see if I can get another.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 02:41:34 | More by Tree43088
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4.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Kappys in Medford for hooking me up with this bottle.

Pours jet black with a creamy copper head.

Hints of oak and vanilla with a slight toasty bourbon smell. Stong coffee tones

The taste is amazing, coffee upfront with some sweet bourbon and vanilla. Also some strong chocolate and roastiness.

The mouthfeel is good but I feel it was a little under carbonated. Very thick and creamy with a little warming from the alcohol.

Overall an absolutely incredible beer. So glad I got to try it!

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 13:47:20 | More by iflah45
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4.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Black, hard pour with little head that dissipated quickly.

S Coffee, vanilla, bourbon and some chocolate. Coffee is the most pronounced and then the bourbon.

T Lot's going on here. Roasted Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon. Almost tastes like there's maple in it, but I don't think it's an ingredient.

M Thick but smooth.

O This is a great great beer. The more it warmed up, the more I enjoyed it. It's crazy good.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 03:07:25 | More by mikul93
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4.83/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a syrupy black with a small tanned head. Dark and deep like a good BA stout should be.

S: Espresso, bourbon, spice, and chocolate-- everything dark and rich.

T: Pretty much the same as the nose. Your classic bourbon barrel aged stout flavors, all exceptionally deep and rich. The most amazing thing about this beer is that while it deals with such dark flavors and has a classically thick mouthfeel, it's amazingly sessionable. This is the only BA stout I've ever encountered that I could imagine knocking back four or 5 glasses of. Everything is so incredibly well blended together, you can't get more blend and balance than this.

M: Really balanced mouthfeel, thick but thin enough and smooth. Unlike some BA stouts it doesn't make you feel like you're drinking delicious mud. Again, I don't think you can get more balance than this.

O: KBS is worthy of its worship, I think that can't be denied. If you're talking about classic flavors of bourbon spiciness, chocolate, coffee, and a little roast, I don't think you can put those flavors together any better than it's done in KBS or deliver them in a better mouthfeel. I will say though that if you're looking for not just a perfectly executed version of a classic bourbon barrel aged stout and instead are looking to be surprised with new and bold flavors, that KBS might disappoint you. Besides the balance, blend, and excellent execution, I'd argue there's little here that's very original or new to an experienced stout drinker. Anyway, my hat goes off to founders for this one. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 19:23:51 | More by Klym
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4.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks kdiggidy!

Pours like motor oil. We smell a little bit of acidity, a lot of bourbon, and some milk chocolate, sadly only the slightest suggestion of coffee and only after I taste it. It's hot, too much bourbon and oak for my palate. Walows disagrees that it's excessive, but he concedes those flavors are dominant, particularly oak tannins...

As the beer warms the chocolate comes out more, as does the coffee, but its a bit of a struggle as the heat also becomes more expressive. It rounds out nicely... but it's still kind of aggressive. Enigmatic!

11.2% jesus christ, it's pretty restrained considering the ABV, but Walows thinks it needs some time (he says eight months) and I'm considering not even drinking my 2nd bottle, since someone else will love it much more than I do... I MUCH prefer FBS. It's just better! (to me)

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 05:49:43 | More by lisomiso
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4.35/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got 4 pack in a trade from hotpipes29 and thanks much to him. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. From the cellar, I chilled it for about 20 minutes. Sadly no born on date though I know its this year's batch. The legendary KBS...will she live up to the hype?

A - Pours a motor oil black with a small, sticky copper head. Minimal lacing.

S - Prevalent scents of bourbon and vanilla. Hints of expresso find their way in. Incredibly balanced aromas.

T - There are so many layers to this beer, each so definable. It starts with a bitter chocolate and vanilla flavor. Coffee/ expresso flavors follow which are perhaps the most profound characteristics of this beer. It finishes with a slightly hot bourbon note and a lingering coffee taste. Chocolate and hot alcohol strengthens as the beer warms. Founders has found a near perfect balance between these three tiers.

M - Full bodied and incredibly smooth. Semi dry finish.

O - Outstanding barrel aged stout, perhaps the best of its kind. It's certainly a sipper and one to enjoy over the course of an hour, perhaps more. However, with that said, the booze might be slightly too hot at times, especially as it warms. Luckily, I have the good fortune of possessing a four pack. I'm looking forward to testing this one in stages. See you again in a few months KBS...

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 02:28:42 | More by micmillon18
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4.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 KBS poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Posted from notes taken on May 16, 2011.

A: Deep deep black, khaki head that did not stick around. It seems to suck in the light from the room.

S: Wonderful. The coffee is much more pronounced than I remember. Some chocolate and bourbon but the coffee steals the show.

T: Very deep. Each sip produces a different quality to the beer. Coffee, chocolate, and bourbon all blended wonderfully together. Not too hot on the finish, but it's still a sipper.

M: Sticks in the mouth, but I would still call it medium. I could live with it being even a little thicker.

O: A wonderful beer. I have to restrain myself from flying through a 4 pack. The only thing I could request more of from this stout is a little more bourbon.

Serving type: bottle

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