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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company

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8,570 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,570
Reviews: 2,510
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 3,303
Gots: 3,129 | FT: 226
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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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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2010 bottle poured into a chalice... fridge temp and warming before I indulge! First ever tasting of KBS.

A- Very mischievous and non-absorbent of light. Vintage has next to no head.

S- Strong alcohol, bourbon, smoke, wood, and bitter chocolate. Complex and rounded. Nearly medicinal alcoholic scent.

T- Slight bourbon and heavy roasted oak. Rich chocolate malts and dark roasting. Vanilla and sweet dark coffee are also present. A tad less sweet and we would have had a perfect 5.

M- Perfect in terms for an RIS. Had an appropriate lower level of carbonation that many RIS cannot compete against. Rich and thick on the palate. Very warming.

D- This one is a sipper, as to be expected for a world class RIS. The alcohol is not present in the taste as much as the scent, due largely in part to the fact that the flavors are so rich and well balanced.

I cannot wait for the 2011 release!

TheSupremeAJ, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of mjsheehan08
4.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting to try this a really long time. Got it in my first trade from trapper2408. Did a side by side comparison with a FBS. 

Pours a dark, dark black pour with absolutely no light shining through. Head is not as thick as the regular FBS and it disappears rather quickly, leaving behind a rim of lace on the top of the glass.  Lacing looks consistent, but again, not as impressive as the non barrel aged version. The FBS head is also a lighter shade of mocha. 

Initial stench is an overpowering whiff of bourbon, which leads into smells of vanilla and wood. I'm picking up some string coffee smells as well. Not as heavy on the chocolate as in the FBS, which is one of my favorite components of the FBS. 

Initial flavor is again dominated by the bourbon, but it mellows into the palate very smoothly, more so then any other barrel aged stout I have ever had. The bourbon leads into vanilla, which leads into the coffee, which flows into the chocolate. There are some more bourbon overtone in the aftertaste, which also mix with a strong alcohol presence and some mild wood notes. 

Drinking them both side by side has been a pretty cool experience for me. While I respect the bold flavors of the KBS, I am enjoying the drinkability of the FBS a little bit more. As far as bourbon barrel beers go, KBS is by far the smoothest and most impressive that I have ever had, and I am excited to sample the one other one I have in my cellar in a fee years. I am really glad that I got to try it, but I am not devastated that I don't get to drink it all the time. 


Okay so this was my initial reaction to the beer. I was drinking the KBS outta the fridge, and the FBS outta my cellar. I let it warn for about 20 minutes, but now that it is warmer, so much more flavors are coming out. There is some smoke present, and the warmth has brought out a really terrific roasted coffee and chocolate flavors that weren't as present was it was a little colder. The alcohol is a little more present, but that brings out some more of the strong bourbon barrel notes. Overall, a wonderful beer and I def recant my statement that FBS is better. 

mjsheehan08, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of uno99
4.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big upps to a great detroit BA "detroiter" for this one.

2010 Bottle served at 55 Degrees.

A: Poured reasonably firm into my Lucifer goblet. Looks pretty much like what you would expect, except that it looks so heavy during the pour -- like used motor oil! Not much in the way of head, but leaves some spotty lacing. Body is pitch black even when held up to a back light.

S: Chocolate is very present. Bourbon is there but much more second fiddle than I expected. Coffee of course plays a major part in the scent orchestra as well. Alcohol is present, but does not sing too loudly

T: I figured i'd like this beer a lot, but this is just.... WOW. This destroys any Bourbon barrel beer I've had by a large margin. It's just so balancedt, smooth, yet complex at the same time. Bourbon does not take over the whole flavor profile like the others, but works in tandem with the other flavors to create a masterpiece.

M: This hits my palate somewhere between thick and very thick. Its got a nice long dry aftertaste, much less sweet feeling than i expected.

D: Obviously not a session ale, but I'm gonna give it high marks here for an incredibly easy to drink %11 beer. In a blind taste test I would probably guess this to be around %6-7

This beer lives up to the hype!

uno99, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of surlytheduff
4.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2/15/10 bottling, so just a few days past one year old - drank from Unibroue tulip. The beer poured typical stout-y black, with two fingers of rootbeer foam colored head that clung tightly to the sides of the glass. It's like, how much more black could this be? And the answer is none. None more black.

Bourbon smell dominated the nose. Behind that was a rich, chocolety malty smell along with oak and vanilla. There was some coffee, but it was pretty subtle. The taste closely matched the smell. Bourbon up front, followed by a rich roasted chocolate vanilla blast of goodness. The finish was slightly bitter. The alcohol, while noticeably present, was very well integrated into the overall flavor of the beer.

It was very rich, coating and creamy. Carbonation was close to spot on to my liking - not too much, not too little. This was a very superb and drinkable beer.

surlytheduff, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of justintcoons
4.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fresh. 2011.

A: Pours black and silky with a thin brown head that dissipates quickly. Decent lacing and light carbonation.

N: Bourbon, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla and oak.

T: Starts with bourbon, oak, dark roast coffee and bitter dark chocolate. This is followed by vanilla, molasses, toffee, subtle dark fruit and some booze. Finishes bitter with some floral hops.

M: Medium bodied, silky, creamy, smooth and dry.

O: Still an exceptional beer fresh but I definitely prefer to put some age on it.


Aged 1 year. Vintage 2010.

A: Pours pitch black with hardly any head. What little head that is there is very lacy. Almost no carbonation.

N: Bourbon, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla and caramel.

T: Bourbon, espresso, coffee grounds, dark chocolate, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla and oak.

M: Creamy, silky and warming.

D: Extremely smooth, delicious and balanced! Goes down a little too easy. Yes, it lives up to the hype.

justintcoons, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of BigTomZ
4.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review based on 2010 vintage.

A: Pours a nice rich black with only a thin head and the slightest lacing.

S: Smells of bourbon, coffee, a little chocolate, and more bourbon.

T: The taste follows the nose. Bourbon, coffee, chocolate, and more bourbon. There is also some vanilla and wood character to be found. Definitely, but I doubt such a bourbon foward beer could be done much better than this.

M: Feels smooth and soft. Not really thick, but definitely not too thin.

D: This is so drinkable because of how good the taste is. I could easily polish off a pack in a day, but I know the ABV would catch up. I also wouldn't want to drink up my supply.

I have had these ranging from fresh to 2 years old. While the beer evolved its character over time, every bottle was excellent.

BigTomZ, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of codsmith
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Very nice and dark color with a very small tan head

Smell - I've tasted 2007-2010 (4 versions so far) and they all have a very nice chocolate and bourbon aroma that vary by year.

Taste - Its a wonderful taste from beginning to end that starts with a nice chocolate and vanilla flavor and ends with a great bourbon and wood flavor

Mouthfeel - Nice and hearty stout that is full of flavor with a very smooth taste from beginning to end

Drinkability - By far my most favorite beer, but very hard to get. Stock up if/when you can!!!

codsmith, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of alpineclimber
4.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hooliganlife for this one. A stubby bottle poured into my Delirium snifter. A small tan head forms on a black brew, recedes and leaves lots of lacing.

Smell is of strong dark coffee, alcohol and a slight hint of vanilla. This was poured at cellar temperature 55*F, I expected a little more for the nose.

The taste is pretty amazing. The first few sips reveal something like a cafe mocha with vanilla, pretty sweet but amazing. More sips bring a strong coffee taste and a lingering taste of vanilla. The bourbon barrel is there but is not very prominent. The taste finishes with a bitter astringent coffee taste.

A good medium mouthfeel. I was kind of hoping for something a bit thicker. The mouthfeel is acceptable, not perfect.

If I had access to this beer, I would have some on hand when I felt like a great coffee stout.

alpineclimber, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of AJacob81
4.38/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage, tapped at Hackney's Printer's Row in Chicago. 10 oz. pour in a snifter. From notes.

A - Deep brown/black, mocha colored head, present as a ring, leaves a minimal amount of patchy lacing behind.

S - Coffee, dark chocolate up front, with strong supporting notes of vanilla and bourbon-infused oak. The bourbon notes are very subdued compared to BCBS and its variants. The bouquet is prominent and inviting.

T - Follows the nose almost precisely. Tastes more like Founders Breakfast Stout than I expected, but the oaky, slightly smoky bourbon notes add another dimension. A hint of smooth buttery caramel is added to the mix, presumably also from the barrel-aging, as I detect something similar in Rare BCBS and some of the finer bourbons I've sampled. This is very tasty.

M and D - Mouthfeel is silky, medium-to-thick in body, and the finish is a bit dry. Definitely a sipper, and although the boozy flavor remains in the background throughout, the alcohol burn becomes more prominent towards the end.

All in all, the hype here is definitely justified, and I hope to try the bottled version soon for comparison.

AJacob81, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of Boitnott
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Founders KBS (2010) was poured from the bottle into a DFH snifter. The initial pour led to virtually no head, which I blame on the age (year old). A very small head does appear and a small lacing exists as well. The color is basically black with a few brown notes, and no light permeates from it.

The smell has a strong scent of coffee and cocoa nibs, which blend to a mocha sent similar a well made coffee shop mocha. There is also a roasted malt presence, which adds a burnt smell, which does not over power the coffee and chocolate. The smell is also very strong begs you to take a sip; enticing you to drink this miraculous creation. The nose mimics the smell very well, which show how much smell plays a role here. It is very sweet from the chocolate and a slight coffee smell comes out as well. The Kentucky bourbon really hits you in the finish and mixes with the coffee and a faint taste of bitter hops. I would like the hop presence to be more apparent but this is probably due to the age.

The beer feels excellent on the palate, but has no head presence. The very full body makes this a meal in a bottle, but a highly enjoyable one at that. Despite the full body, I could probably drink many of these, and would probably pass out very quickly at 11.2%. The alcohol really comes out from the bourbon, but does not take away from the overall flavor. This defines the style of Bourbon Barrel Stout. All beers of this genre should aspire to be at this level. Worth the hype for any doubters out there.

Boitnott, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of rings
4.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

At a hefty 11.2 percent ABV and 70 IBU, one expects big flavors, but the layering and complexity of this brew is world class--and probably benefitted from being a few months old. It pours deep and black, with a thin brown, milk-chocolate head that clings to the glass like one of those little rubber wall stickers you had as a kid. The nose is soft, silky, and washes over the tongue and onto the roof of the palate in waves of creamy chocolate and roasted malt. There's an herbal spiciness with hints of sweet vanilla, earthy tannins, and a lingering dry, malty finish that beckons the next sip. Opening up as it warms, the full mouth feel and alcohol is in perfect balance with the generous hoppy dryness that cleans up the sweetness, without overwhelming it.

This is one where we can all agree, the KBS and isn't just for breakfast any more.

rings, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of ssuggs01
4.08/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a dark tan head. Lacing throughout. I smell vanilla and oak right off the bat and then some bourbon to follow. Not much roastiness. The bourbon and oak are very present in the smell of this beer. I taste a lot of roasted malt and a little vanilla and oak. The alchohol is a bit intense so i would like to see how this mellows with age. Mouthefeel is extremly creamy. I love it.reminds me off a rootbeer float but with bourbon.

ssuggs01, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of Elendinn
4.35/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An '09 vintage, poured into my Sierra Nevada tulip glass. Thanks to hellomisterp!

Pours a beautiful black like every stout should -- a tranquil, globular void in my glass, which seems to devour light -- with a modicum of rich, chocolatey, coffee-like head and a surprising amount of lacing. The aesthetics have got me excited and I'm anxious to see how this smells.

Coffee dominates the nose, followed by a fair amount of bourbon (though it's definitely taking the backseat), with hints of roasty malt, molasses, chocolate, and wood. It's not particularly sweet, as the coffee, unrelentingly, seems to overshadow every other facet of the beer. That being said, it's a very pleasant aroma and well-deserving of the name.

Tastes like it smells -- a prevalent coffee flavor, roasty and bitter, heavily laden with boozy bourbon; hints of dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, spice, and wood round out the backend. Finishes dry, with coffee and bourbon flavors lingering long after ingestion. Not as sweet as The Abyss, or even Bourbon County Brand Stout, but it's exceptional in its own right. The bourbon, as before, plays a decidedly secondary role, which is a little disappointing, but it's still deep, complex, and damn good.

It's full-bodied in the mouth, with light, passive carbonation, making for a very smooth, though slightly viscous, experience.

Living in Oregon, I've grown intimately acquainted with The Abyss. KBS is an entirely different beast -- not even remotely as sweet, with emphasized flavors of coffee, bourbon, and wood. It's also a bit more boozy. Nevertheless, it's a welcome change; the roasted coffee flavors are blended exceptionally well with the sweeter elements and the delicious, almost subversive flavors of bourbon. Drinkability suffers a bit because of the bitterness and booziness, but it's not supposed to be guzzled, it's supposed to be sipped and savored. The Abyss still takes first place in my book, but this beer puts up an honorable fight. I'd buy it frequently if it were readily available, as it fills a niche that other stouts don't. If only I could drink this at work...

Elendinn, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of thetomG
3.9/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical dark brown color with a thin layer of tan head that dissipates to a ring leaving just a bit of spotty lacing around the glass.

Aroma is very boozy - its tricky to even pull the bourbon aspects out as it seems like almost pure booze.

Taste is more complex - some woody flavors carry through along with a bit more of a bourbon bite and your more standard stout flavors.

Mouthfeel is great - smooth as silk and very drinkable considering the overall intensity of the beer.

May not be for everyone, but it is definitely worth trying.

thetomG, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of JackieTH
4.95/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Bryant Lake Bowl.

Appearance: Simply put, this is an opulant pour, from the tap it's obsidian with runnels of maghogany foam churning in the glass forming a cap of rich brown head. Striking, exceptional, and inviting.

Smell: Heady waves of midnight dark chocolate, roasted coffee, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits and roasted malt roll forth in a tidal wave of flavor.

Taste: Dark chocolates, roasted malt and espresso perfectly balanced with hop lend a bitterness that just pricks the tongue before laying on what has to be one of the most grandiose displays of what a brewmaster can accomplish with a bourbon barrel aging process. Big & warming with notes of vanilla, dark cherry, chocolate. Toffee sweetness. Altogether perfectly balanced bitterness and bourbon elements make for a looong, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Luxiourous texture and very coating. Carbonation supports the body and it's just about perfect.

Drinkability: Delicious from start to finish. I really don't care if it's 11-12% ABV. Bring it on.

Notes: As I understood it, the bar owner aged this vessel of KBS for an additional year before tapping it a couple days ago. I could be wrong.

JackieTH, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of goatxpower
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Aquired in a "bottle auction". 2009 vintage

A- dark dark brown. No head to speak of. Just enough of a lacing to tell you it's carbonated.

S- Amazing. I couldn't wait to drink this beer, once I smelt it. coffee, vanilla, raisins, and bourbon lingering in the background

T- The taste follows the smell pretty closely. There is a roasted coffee, vanilla, I want to say slight maple, and an aftertaste that reminds me of a White Russian. The aftertaste lingers for quite some time, occasionally revealing hints of chocolate, port and quinine. Very complex, yet very well integrated. A classic bourbon stout. Worth moving to Michigan for.

M- utterly coats your throat. The aftertaste sticks around for a while and morphs as it goes. I'm waiting minutes between sips.

D- This beer is delicious and goes down surprisingly well for this style. That said, how many 11% ABV stouts do you want to drink in a sitting? This beer would be great with fruit or chocolate deserts. I also like that it is not terribly sweet for this style. It IS on the sweet side, but not as cloying as some.

goatxpower, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of corcoranjc
3.98/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl!

Appearance - pitch black, very little tan head or lace. little carbonation.

Smell - woah. sweet coffee, roasted malt, and boozy bourbon. very inviting.

Taste - toffee, bourbon, coffee, nice warming booze on the first sip. alcohol and bourbon presence progressively more prevalent as the beer warms. Very nice.

Feel - not nearly as thick and heavy as I expected from the appearance. very smooth, but very low carbonation.

Drink - higher than expected for such a big, flavorful beer...but the high ABV makes this one a sipper.

Overall - I'm really glad I tried this beer. It is definitely unique and extremely well crafted. I don't think I will be searching it out in the future as the bourbon is not entirely to my taste.

corcoranjc, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of readbaron
4.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark, black with nary any head. Forcing the issue causes a few bubbles to reveal themselves - tan colored, but they quickly disappear.

Smell is divine. Molasses, bourbon, coffee, malt - well blended and exquisite. As it warms the coffee gets a little more prominent, along with an occasional burnt, bitter smell.

Taste is good - a lot like how it smells, except more bitter. There's a nice blending of bourbon, sweetness, coffee and malt - but a lot of burnt flavor as well. That's my only complaint - a bit too bitter for me. The overall complexity is very nice, however. As it warms alcohol and caramel notes start to show up.

Mouthfeel is good. Thick and creamy, but a bit undercarbonated and not quite as viscous as would be ideal.

Very drinkable.

readbaron, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this through a trade with johnbjaeger. Thanks John. Let me see if I need you to send me more...

Put it in one of my favorite glasses a Charles Quint chalice.

It poured black but what did you expect it's a stout. Not much head on this one. The little head that did appear went away quickly.

I smell coffee, I smell barrel, I smell little bits of vanilla. I think I'm gonna just taste it...

Wow, this a sweet, sweet stout. Yes, I can taste the barrel, I can taste some vanilla and chocolate. It's a complex big beer but could also be dessert. Little bitter and boozy on the finish.

It's a nice creamy stout. Lots of flavor that lingers in the mouth after the swallow.

Loving it. Glad I got to try this classic and it was a good score on my first trade. Thanks for hooking me up John. Will cherish the 2nd bottle for some other special ocassion. Like being particularly awesome ;). Highly recomended.

doopiedoopiedoo, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of kevinv
4.78/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Received as an extra in a trade with D13Logan - thanks a lot!

Pretty much jet black, even when held up to a light. Little to no head with just a thin layer of foam on the top. Not much carbonation. A nice lacing is left on the glass as you drink it.

Strong bourbon and vanilla. Not much of a coffee smell, but it's there. Fairly strong alcohol presence.

Tastes like it smells, strong bourbon and vanilla. The coffee taste is much stronger than the smell and I'm also tasting chocolate. Good presence of alcohol that leaves a nice burn on your lips. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Great beer for the colder nights - it's definitely warming me up. The amount of bourbon taste in this beer is perfect, not too overpowering at all. Stronger presence of caramel as it warms.

Definitely a sipper at a little over 11% abv. The many flavors do a good job at masking the alcohol though. This beer is just so damn tasty it would be easy to drink a few.

Truly a standout. Not much else to say, but as it says on the bottle, this beer "is good for everything a stout ought to be good for."

kevinv, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of johnbjaeger
4.78/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally decided I had to review this, perhaps my favorite of beers. I generally crack one of these open once a month or so as a treat for being particularly awesome.

It's basically like my pint of Ben and Jerry's. Rich, creamy and delicious, it is one of the best things I've ever put in my mouth.

First, it looks like beer strained through coffee grounds, head and liquid. Second, it smells like unicorn poop, with just enough of a booze nose to remind you that you are drinking real. Thirdly, it tastes like god's melted ice cream cone, coats the tongue and goes down smoothly. Vanilla, caramel and coffee hit you up front and the bourbon finishes you off. Each sip is superior to the last as this bad boy warms up to room temperature. The only reason I can't drink a six-pack of these is because it is so decadent that my heart may stop. Find some. Drink some. Love some.

If I had to pick one beer to drink for the rest of my life, it might just be KBS.

johnbjaeger, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of Drazzamatazz
4.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into DFH Signature glass.

A: This is what a stout should look like, nice dark black with a full mocha cap.

S: Lots here, I'll try to do it in order. Coffee and chocolate, vanillan, toffee, chocolate again, and lastly bourbon followed by roasted malts.

T: This comes in waves as well, and its everything you smell, only opposite. First hit is the bourbon presence moving on all the way to the coffee finish.

M: Just where I'd want a barrel aged stout, full and creamy without being too oily. Bourbon bite lends its warmth throughout the entire palette.

D: This is a great sipper for a snowed in day, should be the sign of a good night to follow. This is one that is better as it warms slightly, but I find if you wait to long it ends up a little thin and disappointing. Its no real worry though, these go down fairly quickly even sipping.

Drazzamatazz, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of movingtrain
4.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 once bottle sampled from a small snifter.
Bottled on date: 2.17.09. Almost two years old.

Pours a dark, mostly black with very little head on top. Carbonation is there, but not too strong.

Caramel and chocolate in the nose...almost a tootsie roll smell. There are hints of vanilla, molasses, smoke, oak, and a slight hint of curry--not an intense flavor, but just around the edges in the flavor, balancing the dark roasty aroma.

The flavor is on the sweet side, boasting notes of chocolate, cherry, vanilla, tart fruit, spice, coffee, caramel, honey, and plums. This is a rich, rich beer...

The flavor here is quite complex, deep, and rich. A remarkable stout that stands outside the box of other barrel aged stout. It is smooth, drinkable, and has an overall palette-pleasing element. A standout in the world of imperial stouts.

movingtrain, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle (2007) into a tulip glass. Pours thick viscous black with a nice creamy tan head. Aroma has a ton of coffee, espresso, vanilla, very pungent. Lots of roasted choc malt and some alcohol. Also getting some molasses, burnt marshmallows and licorice. Flavor starts very sweet with the molasses, lots of oak, and bourbon, very nice woody character behind all of the sweet toasty malts. Big alcohol kick in the finish that trails for some time through the swallow. Full bodied and rich. Very nice beer overall.
Re-review from 2011 batch: Love this beer fresh, beautiful lacing throughout, definitely a nice sipper once brew approaches just slightly above room temperature!

CuriousMonk, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of zhanson88
4.3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled-on date of 2/8/10.

Appearance: KBS pours almost pitch black with about a finger of dark khaki head. Retention is pretty decent considering the ABV, and lacing is pretty good as well.

Smell: Roasted malts and bourbon are the two biggest components on the nose for me. I also get quite a bit of coffee, and very light hints of chocolate and vanilla. Pretty complex.

Taste: Roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate up front, followed by a good deal of bourbon heat and a bit of vanilla. Finish is definitely bourbon/alcohol with a bit of coffee. The bourbon heat is just about perfect. One year old seems to be a good age for this beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Mouthfeel is probably going to be my biggest knock on this beer. It's slightly under full bodied, which is fine, but carbonation is quite low and the resulting feel is pretty slick. It seems to accentuate the bourbon/alcohol component in this beer more than the base flavors. If the malts/chocolate/coffee clung to the palate a bit better my score on this beer would be even higher. That being said, this is still an excellent beer. A good one to sip on and savor.

zhanson88, Jan 30, 2011
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 8,570 ratings.