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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company

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8,626 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,626
Reviews: 2,514
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 3,325
Gots: 3,151 | FT: 232
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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:
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 bucklemyshoe
4.33/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 4-pk ($19.99) @ Harvard's. 12 oz bottle at 50 degrees into a snifter.

A: It pours a pitch black color with a finger of khaki head that fades quickly but laces very well.

S: There is quite a bit going on; dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, anise, blackcurrants, and cream.

T: It is a struggle between boozy, semi-hot bourbon and medium-roast coffee early with vanilla cream, hazelnut, and bitter dark fruits late.

M: The body is a bit thinner than I expected with a little heat and a sticky, syrupy finish.

D: This is very good but not quite what it is cracked up to be. On the plus side, the bourbon plays more of a supporting role instead of a dominating one.

bucklemyshoe, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of Baraka
4.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a solid black with a thin brown head. Nose is a wonderful combination of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and alcohol. Taste also focuses on the heavy coffee, bitter chocolate and vanilla with some boozy flavor. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Absolutely incredible beer.

Baraka, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of chilly460
4.88/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours black into my Chimay chalice, some mahogany at the edges of the glass. One finger of mocha colored head pops up as it settles, medium sized consistent bubbles. Nice lacing and retention.

S - Coffee dominates the nose, followed by a fair amount of bourbon . Some sweet roasted malt, definite vanilla and a deeper rich smell, maybe molasses. Getting some sweet chocolate at times as well.

T - Tastes follows the aroma. Bigtime coffee flavor, roasty right up to bitter but not overboard. Plenty of boozy bourbon laced with dark chocolate. Then there is a layer of vanilla and sweet caramel, and maybe some spiciness from the wood? I've had other big barrel aged beers like BCBS or just plain big beers like Overlord that may have more hard hitting flavor in one way or another, but KBS hits the perfect balance in my opinion. Coffee, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla...they all are there with plenty of punch, but not overpowering.

M - Outstanding, thick rich smooth full body beer. Not goopy, just perfect, it matches the best hangover curing diner chocolate milk I've had.

D - Again, outstanding. They take a big ABV beer, and balance flavors perfectly to make it as drinkable as you'll find.

I love FBS and was hoping KBS lived up to the hype, it does in my opinion.

chilly460, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of rrski198
4.78/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: heavy black with average brown colored head. Great thick messy lacing, all over the glass. Really nice. Perfect, no.

S: Dark, bitter chocolate and spent coffee grounds up front. Boozy bourbon smell comes through with the oak as it warms. There is a slight touch of vanilla sweetness that is an absolutely perfect compliment to the booze spice.

T: bitter chocolate again, with a heavy wave of bourbon that overtakes the palate. The bourbon flavor definately takes over and creates a fairly uncomplex beer, but I gave it a 5 due to the fact that this beer comes as close as it gets to nailing the style. I do taste coffee again after the heat subsides.

M: Heavy, oily, chewy. Coats the mouth and leaves a ton of spice from the hops and booze. My gums are quite numb after the first 4 sips. I love this thick, rich, meal in a glass body.

D: I am really digging this beer and it was worth the wait. Is this the best bourbon aged stout I have ever had? No, that would be left for Goose Island Bourbon County Vanilla Stout. The main difference is that this beer isn't as complex, but again, for a straight forward bourbon aged stout, this is an absolute gem and worth the $20/4 pack

rrski198, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of seeswo
4.22/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 2011 bottle. Pours black with a cocoa head that fades quick. Does look really good. The smell is fantastic, chocolate, cocoa, well-integrated, not boozy vanilla and bourbon. Just an amazing smell and one I went back for more than seconds on. Chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, booze, this is a really good tasting barrel aged imperial stout. The mouthfeel is medium with reasonable carbonation. Not as heavy as some imperial stouts, but in a good way I'd say. Drinkability is quite high for an 11% barrel aged beer. A very good beer that gets a slight bump from the 12 oz bottles.

seeswo, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of iLovehops23
4.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW! this beer pours a dark sexy black and leaves a mocha head about two fingers. whafts of sweet delicous malt and coffee/chocolate fill the air around me. I dont think ive ever been so excited to taste a beer like this before based on apprance and sent. yessss! this beer taste better than it looks and smells. Now I can justify all the hype that procedes this beer.KBS just moved in to my all time top five beers. Worth every penny and then some. good work Founders, can't wait to try Canadian version.

iLovehops23, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of zoso1967
4.43/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on nitro-tap at the 2011 KBS release with my good friend TCGoalie.

Nitro KBS is served up an inky black with a nice tan head that has great retention. It pretty much looks like normal KBS but with a bit more of a whipped head.

The aroma is quite different and a bit muted. Luckily, it is muted in a good way. The alcoholic nature of the bourbon and the astringency of the roasty malts and coffee give way a bit to a nice toffee and chocolate sweetness with a bit of vanilla mixed in. It is a much friendlier nose that is not necessarily better or worse than normal, just pleasantly different.

The flavor is quite similar to normal draft KBS, but still seems a bit less intense. Coffee, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, toffee and molasses are all present, as is a decent hotness.

The mouthfeel is super smooth and velvety, making this stuff dangerously drinkable. The finish is sweet and slightly roasty as well as seemingly toned down just like the aroma and flavor.

I enjoy KBS no matter what form it is in and this glass is no different. If I had to choose between only having draft or nitro the rest of my life, I would probably take draft KBS. However, if I see nitro available I will surely go for it as delicious and hard to find treat.

zoso1967, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of ryantho00
4.83/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am excited to finally try this beer, cheers Mark for the 4pack!

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

It pours perfectly opaque black, with a creamy, frothy 2 finger that settles quickly. Good carbonation, nice creamy swirls and lacing.

I usually don't get much from smell, but man this smells awesome! Coffey, chocolate, some tobacco, vanilla and a spiciness that could be hops. Very deep and complex on the olfactory system.e

This beer is just phenomenal from the first taste. I get coffee chocolate and oatmeal with vanilla, some smokiness, marshmallow tastes, bourbon (slightly, very well balanced), more coffee, mocha, caramel, espresso, and some alcohol. Has a nice warming alcohol bitterness, some hops. Alcohol is masked well.

I get a fully chewy mouthfeel, and pure creaminess and smoothness. Very very delicious. Nice carbonation, did I mention very smooth?

This beer is just fantastic, I love regular breakfast stout, but this tops something that I didn't think could be topped, I literally could drink this for breakfast in Kentucky, or anywhere!!!!


ryantho00, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of superdedooperboy
4.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh bottle of 2011 vintage poured into a snifter glass. Served at approximately 50 degrees F.

Pours pitch black, perfectly opaque with zero light penetration. A small, fairly loose mocha head forms and fades equally quickly, leaving behind only a few scattered smatterings of ill-fated lace on the walls of the glass.

Aroma is quite nice, with overt notes of bourbon taking the forefront; notes of dark chocolate and medium-roasted coffee emerge underneath. The nose is really somewhat subdued for a bourbon barrel-aged beer, but the subtlety likely belies skill.

Mouthfeel is smooth and moderately carbonated; with a medium-heavy body, it is rather easy drinking and not as weighty as many beers in the style. Unlike the nose, sweet chocolate and bitter coffee come to the forefront of the palate, with vanilla and bourbon following in the middle; bitterness is high and drying, but seems to come more from the coffee than hops. Coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla seem to engulf the palate before finishing dry with a lingering bit of espresso and oaky vanilla, and a bit of boozy warmth on the way down.

Smooth and balanced, this is one heck of a barrel-aged beer. Bourbon can often be overpowering in beers of this type, but here it plays a supporting role, and does an excellent job in doing so. It's obvious why Founders has such a classic on their hands. Amazing fresh, this may have some cellaring potential, but it seems best enjoyed as it is.

superdedooperboy, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of tasteegood
4.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had the 2011 KBS on site during the release party; it was served in a large snifter.

A- Pitch black, but does not appear thick or oily as other bourbon barreled aged beers. No light passes through. Very thin brown lacing that does not retain at the sides of the glass for long. Nonetheless, it has beautiful thin layer of head that is swirled on top of the beer.

S-Chocolate and vanilla, mmm. This smell is not too powerful, very little to no hints of bourbon. This can be attributed to its rather cool serving temperature.

T-Fantastic. Chocolate, vanilla and coffee notes. Very little sweetness is detected, a lingering coffee and baker's chocolate taste lingers in your mouth.

M-Just enough carbonation, not too much not too little. Chocolate and coffee coats your tongue and leave you wanting more. Each sip/drinks coats your tongue just a little bit more but does not overpower the palate.

D-Superb!!! For its high abv, it is easy to get into trouble with this stout. I had more than I should of since it was so easy drinking. If you can get this on draft do so immediately and plan to get a taxi because you will want more than one (or two or three) CHEERS!

tasteegood, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of davesway10
4.83/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I must say, after waiting nearly two years to try this beer I am not disappointed. Well worth the wait. The coffee and chocolate mix beautifully with this brew. The bourbon while muted is very present and pleasant. I have a case to last me till next years release, I hope it makes it.

davesway10, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of orangesol
4.22/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A - Pours jet black with a nice one finger tall khaki head, dissipating down to a thin film, leaving

S - Smells of coffee grounds, warm bourbon, light chocolate sweetness, dark roasted malts, and some dulled heat. A bit of dry oak and rubbing alcohol comes thru as it comes to room temp. Not too bad.

T - Starts off with some dark roasted coffee giving way slowly to a mix of dulled chocolaty sweetness and some dry wood tannins. Finish is a mix of dark roast and muted bourbon heat. About a year in the bottle now and it seems to have dulled the coffee and bourbon heat a bit but that is to be expected. I like the direction it is headed in. Can't wait to try this one again in a year.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Big, full, feel with a mix of coffee grounds and dulled bourbon heat in the finish.

D - Pretty good. Even with the high ABV. it is still very drinkable. The dark flavors can wear on you over the course of multiple servings but it is worth it. I look forward to this release every year and while I like this beer out of the bottle, I love it on-tap. Can't wait to sit down with a draft and see how it shapes up.

orangesol, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of brendanbeer
4.35/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

oh man, seeing that A+ average is daunting to start a review! i hope my tastes can manage such high standards! (only kidding)

im usually not crazy about reviewing the beers that i drink, i enjoy them much more when i simply take my time, and pay attention as i please. but after sipping this for over an hour (a couple bottles) i feel compelled to write something about it.

its 2009 vintage

a. super dark, barely a dark red tinge around the edge of the glass when held up to light. a rich dark brown head is agitated with the pour and raises between one and two fingers width. settles gently with a thin line of lace and maintains a partial head through the entire session. in general, it looks very very appealing as a stout, the heaviness though is slightly unappealing, in terms of the weight of the head and its inability to persist. it gets sucked into the dark depths of the brew. ominous.

s. smell is overall bourbony, but very intricately composed of sweet chocolatey and malty fringes. its not alcohol im smelling, its bourbon barrels. the chocolate vibe is more of an atmosphere surrounding the more pungent bourbon aroma.

t. i like the use of the bitterness here, it attacks bitterly at first. the bitterness opens the door so to speak for the bourbon to introduce itself midpalate. the end is very gentle, simple, fulfilling chocolate. lingering aftertaste is coffee grounds and faint reminiscence of the alcohol and barrel and toasted baked goods. really nice.

m. very smooth at first, silky. then the carbonation pops up and settles dry, but not too dry, but it leaves a heavy coating of KBS in its wake.

d. very very very very lots of "very"'s drinkable. its just overall so enjoyable and pleasant that there's no trouble at all taking down a couple bottles, as im doing. there's nothing difficult about it, its pleasant (instead of pungent, strong, intense...), and to me, that's the main appeal.

brendanbeer, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of betsona
4.35/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at KBS release party 2011. Served in a snifter.

A- Pitch black. Came to me with a thin tan head. Dissipates into a minute lacing forming a tight ring around the edge of the snifter. Did not notice any lacing on the glass.

S- Blown away by the strong bourbon overtones. Picked up some roasted malt goodness, but my nose was held hostage by the wonderful delicious bourbon smell. Quite amazing, but a little less bourbon would make it perfect.

T- Good stuff. Heavy bourbon flavor matches well with coffee and chocolate notes. I can now understand why my co-workers enjoy a little bourbon in their Monday coffee. Plenty of alcohol. Hops are present; overpowered in a correct way by a good mixture of bourbon meets chocolate coffee.

M- Thick full body with some carbonation. Nice lingering bitterness with a tad of sweetness.

D- I stayed at KBS for five drinks over a couple of hours and had two. Probably would have had more, but the abv convinced me to hold off. It is also rich and wasn't sure if my stomach could handle any more. Would gladly drink one every month.

betsona, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of bjorumj
4.9/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had the 09' the 10' and now the 11' vintage. This 11' has been Aged 1 year in Oak Bourbon barrels. This is the best I have had so far.

A: Pours pitch black with hardly any head. What little head that is there is very lacy dark brown.

N: Bourbon, coffee, dark chocolate. I wish it had a stronger nose to it.

T: Bourbon, espresso, 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. This is the most drinkable 11.2% beer on the planet

Serving type: Tap at Founders

bjorumj, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of wchollif
4.63/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first KBS, 2011 release

Beautiful black pour with a espresso-esque colored 1 finger of head.

Smell is super coffee, not getting much oak and almost no bourbon.

Flavor is dominated by coffee. The oak and vanilla come through in the middle/end. I'm still not getting very much bourbon if any, had to re-read the bottle to make sure it wasn't just 'oak' aged.

Mouthfeel is much lighter than I expected. Having trouble scoring it b/c I think it should be thicker, but it works and makes the drinkability great. The drinkability is outstanding, I wanted more and more. By far the most drinkable stout I've had.

wchollif, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of SummitVA
4.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle from 2010 Release

A - Jet black poor. Very little head and moderate carbonation.

S - Vanilla, bourbon, a bit of oak, coffee, wet coffee grounds, a bit of heat and that wonderful charred-barrel character that is so unique to Founders.

T - Smooth vanilla and roast, along with oak and char--all flavors of the nose are immediately present. Bourbon obviously present, although it does not overpower. Heat is especially pronounced in the finish, melding well with the vanilla and coffee. Getting more chocolate up front as the pour warms. Complexity is amazing. All flavors meld together perfectly.

M - Fantastic mouthfeel; one of the best imperial stouts out there in this respect. On the heavy side of medium, perhaps, but still drinks so smooth.

D - For an 11.2% beer, this beer goes down far too easy.

Overall - I am not a huge fan of this beer fresh, as I always find the coffee overpowering. However, with a year on it, this is just unearthly.

SummitVA, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of tr0n
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had the Kentucky Breakfast Stout on tap at Lord Hobo before Extreme Beer Fest.

KBS was brought to the table completely black in a tulip glass with a thin coffee-colored head. The smell at first was very lightly coffee at first, but as the beer warmed the stronger coffee and subtle vanilla flavors became more apparent.

Coffee is the dominant flavor but is very balanced against the background vanilla and oak. It felt very full but not particularly heavy. This KBS was easy to drink, and benefited from slow warming as I drank. If you are hesitant about coffee in your beer, beware, but if you appreciate the flavors, jump right in.

tr0n, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of websherpa
3.78/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pitch black no opacity, beautiful chocolate brown colored head, 1/2 finger thick. No significant lacing. The head is really what makes this beer look so good.

Smell: Way too much of the bourbon up front. Besides that, plenty of vanilla.

Taste: Bourbon all day. It's not bad, I just wish it left room for the other flavors. Besides that I get vanilla primarily again from the barrels and "supporting" chocolate flavors. This beer also has a very significant alcohol presence. All in all, it's a pretty simple beer that rests most of it's flavor on the barrel aging. I wish there was more to the beer and less of the barrel to be honest. As per usual though, the bourbon barrels come through in the finish with a beautiful long and smoky finish that makes you think this beer is worth it after all.

Mouthfeel: The alcohol makes this too spice but otherwise a well built beer.

Drinkability: This isn't a bad beer by any stretch. Given the choice though I would reach for Ten Fidy over this every time. The beer just doesn't balance it's flavors well, it's too boozy and it's best attribute is the finish, rather than it's taste on the palate.

websherpa, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of Someguy1989
4.93/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at lord hobo for the week of extreme beer fest.

A- Motor oil black with a light brown head that quickly receded. Not the darkest beer ever but pretty damn close.

S- A big whiff of honey, vanilla, oak and bit of the stout flavors. I would say bourbon here, but there was absolutely no alcohol kick that I've come to expect with most bourbon (and bourbon stouts)

T- Chocolate and Coffee more on the coffee side of things, I get the breakfast aspects here. Some incredible roasted notes This then turns to bourbon flavors: honey, vanilla, and a big big amount of oak. The thing is though, all the flavors make sense and blend well. Most of the time I don't like bourbon beers because it doesn't feel like the flavors meld well. Here the flavors meld and then some. Delicious.

M/D-Thick silky mouth feel with a big body, not a ton of carbonation. Drinkability is where this beer shines. Halfway through my first glass, I stared in awe at how smooth the beer was. I could drink this all night, for 11.2, that's unheard of, especially for a bourbon beer.

Holy hell this is good, words can't do it justice. This coming from someone who isn't big on bourbon beers. I recommend doing horrible horrible things to get your hands on some. Drink one now and save some for your wedding/birth of your first child/other life milestones.

Someguy1989, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of radioscooter
3.45/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Late to the party on this one but happy to be here. And hey - the bros. haven't done a review yet either!

Poured into my new little "Dry Dock" taster glass I got in my first ever BIF trade.

Thought I did an aggressive pour but got zero head. Pitch black. When I swirl it, I get a mollasses syrupy coating on the glass and a teensy bit of cafe brown foam that dissipates very quickly.

Smells bourbony, coffee-ish. Maybe too much coffee for me. We'll see. Not getting much, if any vanilla or oak.

Too cold. Aaaand way too much coffee grounds taste for me. Guess that's why it's a breakfast stout. I get it now. Not going to drainpour but not lovin' it. Maybe it will sweeten as it warms up.

Nope. Sorry, not my style but I can see why some folks love it.

radioscooter, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of Preismj
4.9/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cracked open a 2010 in anticipation of the 2011 release coming up...

a: pours solid black...no transparency at all. Look like oil in a glass, though not ask heavy. Nice cappuccino color head about half an inch...stays around just long enough to get your mouth watering.

s: like I am inhaling chocolate. Each breath gets a new scent. First pull got heat from the bourbon...the next a strong whiff of cocoa. Caramel and wood definitely in the mix as well. I remember smelling more coffee when I had the 2010 back in March/April 2010. In 2011, the smell is surely chocolate.

t: oh my! I remember getting more of the heat from the bourbon in the aftertaste, though here it shines up front. It isn't as intrusive as I recall though. Lots of chocolate, vanilla and bourbon with hints of wood (oak? gotta be oak). I'm telling you, there used to be more coffee in this, but with age that chocolate is aggressive.

m: light carbonation, smooth...slick on the tongue. Slides right down, though it is hard to make yourself swallow as my taste-buds don't want to say goodbye just yet.

d: it's a sipper, that is for sure. while you wouldn't want to drink a bunch of these, that is only because it is a rich beer...to be honest with you, you'll only need a few with the high ABV. However, one is VERY drinkable...past that is just not needed.

Preismj, Mar 10, 2011
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4.83/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thin mud of head

I can't think of a stout that smells better, extra roasted coffee chocolate, molasses and of course tons of bourbon

Taste: Lots of coffee chocolate and bourbon obviously, notes of vanilla, nuts, oak and alcohol, lots of flavors develop as it warms, pretty much greatness in glass finishes with somewhat astringent coffee and oak notes

Mouthfeel: thick oily coating, not the heaviest though, medium low carbonation seems right

Drinkability: Sip worthy, but I want to drink it like a milkshake because its so chocolatey

Imsothirsty, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of wedge
4.38/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 (I think...)

Totally black under a thin, bubbly brown head. Rich dark chocolate and sweetened, oily coffee bean aromas. Light char, a smooth oaky vanilla note, and a whiff of bourbon. Heavy sweet cocoa flavor. Fudgy coffee and bourbon, vanilla bean, sugary espresso. Heavy and silky smooth. Very rich, but damn tasty.

wedge, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
4.33/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into 25oz snifter. Bottled on 2/15/2010. Huge thanks to the BA who traded me this a year ago. Consumed 3/2/2011.

A: Pours a deep dark brown with a thin dark brown head that quickly bubbled away into a faint collar that left a few wisps of lacing down the glass.
S: I can only describe the smell in adjectives: bourbony, choclatey, spicy and woody. The barrel-like quality to the scent is outstanding. There is kind of a spicy oak texture to the nose with maybe a hint of vanilla.
T: Rich flavors of roasted coffee mixed with sweet malts, a hint of vanilla, and spicy woody bourbon. Chocolate comes through in the finish, and the aftertaste is creamy and warm with just a touch of caramel as well. Everything is so well integrated that, while the flavors are all very bold, no single aspect overshadows another.
M: Light frothy carbonation creates a medium body with a lighter than expected mouthfeel. This beer could be thicker, but it is a minor nuisance. Alcohol is warm but never hot or uncomfortable.
D: One of the best bourbon stouts I've tried. I was very impressed at how well the flavors worked together. Another great beer from a great brewery!

EDIT: Bottled 2/8/2010, consumed 3/12/2012.
Two year old bottle is incredible smooth - almost too smooth. All of the warming bourbon heat has vanished from the brew, and the boldness as seemed to have mellowed. An amazing beer, but I think I prefer it with a little bit more heat actually.

scottfrie, Mar 02, 2011
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 8,626 ratings.