Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company
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4.8/5 rDev +3.7%
Got this in a trade with xpimptastikx (great trader by the way).
Poured into a snifter.
A- Blackest of the black. No light can make it past this beer's gravitational pull. A small brown head arrives late and leaves early leaving only a wisp of itself on top and a little lacing.
S- Swirling the glass brings out the charred wood and vanilla that's hiding under the strong aroma of coffee. This is delicious. Founder's should put out candles scented with KBS.
T- There's even more going on here than there is in the nose. I'll do my best to figure it out... Chocolate and coffee are big. The bourbon is toward the finish, right before more coffee, but it isnt overpowering at all. In fact none of the flavors here overpower any of the others, rather they all compliment each other nicely.
Bitterness is akin to a cup of black coffee.
M- Thinner than I thought based on looks. Hardly any carbonation. This is just silky smooth, helped along by some milk sugaryness.
D- This is pretty rich, like a piece of fudge or some chocolate pie. Its very nice, a damn good sipper. Kick back and celebrate an awesome ale.
07-20-2009 04:35:22 | More by MbpBugeye
4.75/5 rDev +2.6%
Hot damn! Served on tap at the brewery. Like a dream come true.
A: The stout is black with a tan head. Dark and absorbing. Great to look at.
S: The nose is heavy with coffee. Bourbon and lactose follow with a pronounced sweetness. But the coffee? Oh how wonderful.
T: Each sip is a treat. Coffee and chocolate are dominating, follwed by a mild sweet bourbon flavor. Lactose lends a milky smoothness. There is just far too much going on to truly appreciate how awesome the ale is. I liked the maple ale but this one takes the cake.
M: I rated the bottle version of this perfect on all aspects. The mouthfeel really lives up to that original rating. I'd let it sit on my palate for hours.
D: Just friggin' awesome. Thank you, Founders, for making this.
07-20-2009 03:55:19 | More by akorsak
4.6/5 rDev -0.6%
A - Black color with a brown head and no lacing at all
S - Dry coffee malt nose with lots of Bourbon
T - Great dry malt up front then hints of the whiskey throughout just a great way to approach the two flavors not letting one dominate but mingle nicely the hints are powerful but not distracting.
M - Very creamy
D - Great.
07-19-2009 06:29:43 | More by beckje01
4.3/5 rDev -7.1%
Thanks Tedpeer for this one. First trade success.
Black beer, brown head. Good looking stout. Lace all over.
Bourbon and brown sugar up front. Some smoke and chocolate notes. Some burnt coffee. Molasses and superior malt aroma.
Drinking at room temp with no refrigeration. Hot bourbon at first. I can taste the alcohol and it has a burnt flavor. Its a bit intense if you ask me. Chocolate and coffee hints but so much bourbon. A real hearty beer...puts the hair on your chest. I can sense some hops fighting the sweetness of the chocolate to give it a bold balanced force. There's just way too much going on in this brew.
Mouthfeel is somewhat thinner than I expected. Very dry.
Drinkability? Eh, I think this is my last beer for the night.
07-18-2009 02:29:03 | More by Briarscratch
4.55/5 rDev -1.7%
Last beer in a trade with DoctorDog, I've been saving this one for a special occasion, that being my girlfriend's return from Peru. Stubby bottle w/ twist off 2/16/09.
A: Inky, pitch black, with a light crown of brown bubbles that surface with an aggressive pour, quickly receded to nothing. A few spots of bubbles towards the outer edges. 95% opacity and quite thick looking. Nice.
S: Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, smoke, charred wood, roasted coffee, and lots of those things, faint little alcohol hit, but the actual smell of bourbon overpowers the booze related with it. Smoke is really present in there as well. Definitely interesting.
T: Really strong on the whiskey/bourbon flavors, chocolate and coffee lie underneath those, definitely a beer for whiskey drinkers, I'm impressed with that. Has a lot more of the barrel characteristics than other barrel aged beers I've had. Fair amount of alcohol in the end that yields some bitterness. Hops are definitely present, and at 70 IBUS I'm not surprised, kind of hard to place them, but there is a definite hop quality coming through. Smoke is up there as well. Very nice beer.
M: A little thinner than I had expected, and that hurts this beer somewhat, I figured this one would be on the verge of chewy. Alcohol and oak aging make it ridiculously dry though, so that definitely brings it back around. Slight warmth, but wow this definitely dries out the mouth.
D: Fairly easy to drink, if you like bourbon, which I happen to. Yes it is indeed completely different than Founders Breakfast Stout, and IMO much better. This beer is a solid punch to the mouth of malt and bourbon, which adds up to everything that it is claimed to be, it just is a little thinner than I had hoped for. Would pair nicely with a cigar. Nice beer, and I hope to acquire some more somehow. Thanks Ben!
07-17-2009 02:28:45 | More by pokesbeerdude
4.6/5 rDev -0.6%
Appears pitch black in color not a spectrum of visible light passes through this glass. Head was thick after a vigorous pour but did not hold up very well, due to the barrel aging and high alcohol. Lace does patch rather well with sporadic chunky style lace patterns.
Aroma has a black patent malt that is unrelenting with massive whiskey barrel approaches going on. Vanilla, oak, charred wood, and dark chocolate with a milky softness going on, it's quite incredible the array of flavors this beer hits you with. Whiskey finesses it's way in there with loads of fusel alcohol snaring the nasal passages.
Flavor a wonderful collision of imperial breakfast aka chocolate, coffee, and oatmeal stout aged on whiskey barrels. I can't wait to taste the Canadian Breakfast Stout due to be on tap at Fathead's soon. Pure flavor with charred oak, milk chocolate, and bitter coffee roasts coming together I'm sure there's a ton of hops if the IBUs weigh in at 70, but it's hard to detect with everything going on here. Great stuff.
Mouthfeel is velvety smooth yet viscous in girth if that makes sense. It has the gravity but doesn't weight you down, a bit of alcohol burn does take your senses on but it's really well hidden at the end of the day.
Drinkability is fantastic one of those beers that you buy a four pack and sit on it every 4 months just to enjoy it. Great tasting Michigan brewed beer that has kicked this style up a notch and created many other folks' inspiration.
07-16-2009 16:23:03 | More by WVbeergeek
4.2/5 rDev -9.3%
A pretty vigorous pour produces about one finger of brown head that can be seen forming in the bottom of the beer. The body is completely opaque and is almost completely black, or at least the darkest of browns. The head has some decent retention and leaves some lacing on the side of my glass.
The smell is packed with a ton of coffee that is followed by the weaker odor of whiskey.
The biggest flavors in KBS are the same as in the aroma. A ton of coffee comes up front, tasting a lot like strong coffee beans. A hint of sweet chocolate and caramel malts are in the middle, but they surface only for a second before whiskey and oak take over. A spicy oak flavor and a big blast of whiskey are paired with a good alcohol warming in the finish.
The body is a probably on the light side of medium, and carbonation is a little higher than medium. I would like the feel to be a little fuller, but it's almost there.
Pretty drinkable beer, it really masks the high ABV well. A good one overall.
07-15-2009 20:22:06 | More by Hojaminbag
4.93/5 rDev +6.5%
Had this on the 4th of July - opened my celebrations that day with this exceptional American Imperial Stout - after all, it's America's birthday, so why hold back? Review from notes.
Served from a chilled 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.
A: A glorious pour, complete with fireworks going off in the yard behind me. Huge, viscious, oily and black - good god almighty this is a super thick stout and exactly how I prefer them. A thin, dark khaki head tries to form on the surface for a couple of second, but it is quickly sucked back down into the pitch-black depths of stout goodness. Strong, sticky lacing coats the sides of my glass with a motor oil-like film of brown "goo." "Wow!" is all I can muster.
S: "Like getting beaten over the head with a sack of fresh Colombian coffee and then getting a swirly in a bourbon barrel." Huge notes abound - Kentucky Bourbon, with its sumptuous, sweet aroma and slight sting to the nostrils; vanilla and charred, earthy wood from the oak barrels; fresh, dark coffee; chocolate-covered espresso beans. So many roasted notes - coffee, burnt toast, toasted oats. Oh my this is mouthwatering just taking in this stout's aroma.
T: What a hit. To be honest, everyone in my family was asking for a sip of this after catching a whiff of the nose - "I wonder what that tastes like?" "Go ahead and take a sip," I say, offering to share my only bottle with all who are curious. And each time the response was the same: "Oh wow! This is beer? This tastes too good to be a beer. Really? This is a beer? This tastes like something you should have with dessert!" I live in a family of bourbon enthusiasts... I should have known to brought another bottle!
Boy was this stout a treat to drink. The flavors began with a creamy wave of sweet vanilla and earthy oak notes. Next, the bourbon comes on, gently at first with sweet caramel and buttery overtones, but then it throttles up and delivers a soothing streak of warmth and boozy alcohol flavor. In the midst of this flurry of flavors charges in a deep, black, roasted coffee flavor along with some burnt toast and rolled oats that moderate any lingering vanilla sweetness from the start. But soon after comes a kiss of melted dark chocolate that balances out another layer of sweetness with just the right bitter edge. Throughout the body there is not much of a hop presence - really just a residual flash of bitterness before the finish, but most is masked by the huge coffee and roastiness that abounds. The finish is all bourbon, slightly medicinal and with a nice, tame burn to round out each sip.
M: Smooth slickness; oily and chewy; creamy goodness that coats on the way down. Drinks like a milkshake. In a word, fantastic.
D: High ABV but remarkably tamed for a barrel-aged beast. The bourbon is there, but it is pleasant and adds layers of complexity to this stout. Cost may be the only issue hampering drinkability... but does that really matter on a day like today? No.
This is amazing, as close to a perfect 5 as I think I have ever come to rating a beer. The only downside I can ever claim against KBS is its price point, but even then it is so good that I think I would turn a blind eye when it rings up for $24 for a 4 pack. In any case, I would definitely suggest you get your hands on a bottle or two. I can only imagine what cellaring would do - a true beergasm.
07-13-2009 04:33:57 | More by Buschyfor3
4.65/5 rDev +0.4%
Aged approximately one year. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a large wine glass.
A: Opaque dark brown. Little head, perhaps a side effect of aging.
S: Chocolate, coffee, and of course bourbon. Small hint of vanilla from the oak.
T: Like sipping on an espresso with dark chocolate. Finishes with a bitterness like a freshly brewed cup of black coffee.
MF: Thinner than appearances suggest, but a good medium body without the heaviness like many other big stouts. Well carbonated despite the lack of head.
D: Ultra smooth with no hint of alcohol. Amazing!
07-12-2009 07:34:36 | More by srroos
4.9/5 rDev +5.8%
KBS in a snifter, via tap. Dark dark brown/black. Creamy head. You can't see through this stuff. If I were swimming in it (yummy) I wouldn't be able to see my hand in front of my face. Smells like chocolate spiced cake that's been soaked in a fine expresso. Malty goodness.
KBS taste like heaven. Very rich coffee and spice. Malty throughout. Feels like warm velvet. Really rich velvet. Coats evenly and sticks nicely.
Good drinkabilty, but I don't see why you'd want to drink more that two in one sitting. Three at the most. Maybe four. Hahaha. Kentucky Breakfast Stout was so good, I felt guilty afterwards.
07-11-2009 19:11:21 | More by robotagogo
5/5 rDev +8%
Tried this after a year of aging in the cellar. I cracked this last night at Uber Tavern in Seattle to share with a friend and fellow beer lover.
I haven't reviewed in awhile, and honestly, I don't even think words can do this beer justice. This is not only a beer, but an experience. It is by far the greatest bourbon barrel aged impy stout ever crafted by man (that I've tried so far - can't imagine it getting much better than this though). Brewing is not only science, but an art form and with KBS, Founders has created the Mona Lisa of bourbon impy stouts. This stuff is ridiculously amazing. I'd seriously consider donating a limb for a case of this stuff!
Truly mind blowing. A beer I will not soon forget, and one that I will now be seeking out with ravenous desire.
07-10-2009 15:43:58 | More by julian
4.72/5 rDev +1.9%
One of the best Barrel-Aged Stouts I've ever had! The appearence is dark as dark can be with a beautiful creamy dark head. Smell very nice, Bourbon for sure! The taste is spot on. Exemplfies the style! Smoothe oily mouthfeel makes you yearn for the next sip!
07-09-2009 21:29:48 | More by twelvinlucifer
4.38/5 rDev -5.4%
2008 poured into a snifter
A- Looks extremely thick with very little head. Nice lacing.
S- Smells strongly of coffee and bourbon, but definitely more of a coffee smell. Perhaps a very small hint of vanilla.
T- A lot of chocolate, some bourbon and a strong coffee taste. Very smooth with a warming alcohol feel. Not bitter at all.
M- Incredibly thick and smooth. Not much carbonation to speak of.
D- Easy to drink, especially for what it is. The alcohol is there but in just the right way.
A wonderful beer, I am glad I got to try a 2008.
07-09-2009 21:24:06 | More by shrxxm216
4.88/5 rDev +5.4%
2009 version poured into a snifter.
A- Jet black with about two fingers of creamy dark brown head. Excellent lacing and head retention throughout the entire session.
S- Aromas of coffee and chocolate rush into my nose followed by strong notes of bourbon. This beer would smell exactly like coffee if it weren't for the bourbon.
T- Definite notes of bourbon, chocolate and coffee. The alcohol warms the chest nicely, however, it never seems to overpower the beer.
M- Velvety smooth and extremely viscous. One of the thickest beers I've drank. Moderate amounts of carbonation.
D- This beer makes me want to keep drinking more and more but it is definitely a sipper and the high ABV (and price) would make it hard to have more than one in a night.
06-29-2009 20:51:21 | More by kbeals
4.55/5 rDev -1.7%
On tap at The Bavarian Lodge - Lisle, IL
Pours black with a milk-chocolate colored head that has good retention and leaves a decent lacing. Aromas are full - strong bourbon, coffee, chocolate, alcohol, and roasted malts. Mouth-feel is medium bodied, but creamy and smooth. Tastes are of rich dark chocolate, espresso, bourbon, vanilla, and roasted malts that come across as sweet rather than bitter. Alcohol is present but not overbearing. Definitely a sipper, but it's so good I can't resist the next sip. Finishes somewhat sweet but is dry; also has hints of spiciness like black pepper, which helps keep its balance.
Had this back to back with Canadian Breakfast Stout. Actually preferred CBS, although both are excellent world class offerings.
06-27-2009 18:53:05 | More by barnzy78
2.55/5 rDev -44.9%
Poured from from a 12 oz bottle into a globe glass.
A- Very black and thick
S- Good combo of coffee and bourbon
T- Starts out as a combo of coffee and bourbon but quickly is overpowered by simply a bourbon flavor
M- Thick, like whole milk or cough syrup
D- one and done, maybe it's just me, but it ended up as drinking as a lightly fermented bourbon.
06-26-2009 02:17:52 | More by Fartknocker
4.72/5 rDev +1.9%
Pours dark and viscous. Nice foam and lacing though it was reduced a bit from aging. The beer was soo dark and thick that it stained the empty glass once consumed.
Aroma is bourbon up front with milk and bitter chocolate in the background. Notes of vanilla and oak peek in and out. I can't keep my nose out! Easily one of the best smelling beers I've ever had.
Taste is full on coffee, chocolate and bourbon. Very nicely complimenting each other and harmonious.
Mouthfeel is round and rich with an almost milkshake smoothness. Slight acrid coffee astringency but it's welcome with all the sweetness.
All around a world class beer that deserves it's spot in the top tier.
Edit: This was an 08 bottle cellared by Derek hoppymeal. Thanks for this whale of an extra. By far one of my new favorites.
06-24-2009 20:50:13 | More by gonzo46and2
4.3/5 rDev -7.1%
12oz bottle poured into a glass.
Appearance: Pitch black. Little head comes about. Very fine tan lacing.
Aroma: Coffee and whiskey aromas dominate, rounded out by slight sweetness.
Taste: Strong black coffee that lasts through to the bitter finish. Slight brown-sugar sweetness. Hints of vanilla as well. The whiskey character comes forward as the beer warms. The finish seems to get smokier as it warms as well. Overall a very high-character, complex brew.
Mouthfeel: Very thick, chewy almost. Motor-oil like. Very viscous.
06-21-2009 03:27:09 | More by tim9887
3.9/5 rDev -15.8%
poured from bottle into tulip there is virtually no head. just a 1/8 inch tan foam ring. this thing is DARK you will not see though this one. even with 100,000 candle power i doubt you could make a dent. it does however have some sticky, cloppy lacing.
smells like a dark coffee, dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, caramel, and dark friut maybe plum. there is one aroma in there that is so familiar but i cant place it. it reminds me of my childhood.
chocolate and coffee immediately hit you followed by a sweet caramel/coffee aftertaste. there is however a brisk/dry alcohol taste with a bit of fruit and dryness in the finish. very dry finish actually.
slick alcohol fueled mouthfeel with a nice film left in the mouth. flavor first then the booze, but the flavor lingers while the alcohol moves on. medium to thick feel, leaning toward thick.
this is definately a dessert or nightcap for me personally, it is very sweet for the style and a bit to heavy on the java.
06-20-2009 22:45:30 | More by moosiz
2.75/5 rDev -40.6%
Founders KBS is a specialty stout, not an american double / imperial, IMO. I love the normal Breakfast Stout which is in the same class as this, but this one is just ok, and really does not taste much like a beer.
Appearance - Outstanding appearance. Jet black with a amber head (very small one with a quick pour) Sticky looking lacing left behind. Think, Breakfast stout without the head.
Smell - Bourbon? Ok, I know that is the type of barrel it was aged in but wow this first bottle is overpowering me. I am sensitive to liquor smells so that is all I am getting out of this one other than maybe a slight woodsy smell some coffee in the back.
Taste - Bourbon, and damned if it is not strong on the bourbon. Maybe this is a bad bottle? I mean it has a hint of the Breakfast stout behind it, but it pales in comparison to the taste of the liquor. I am going to have a second one on another day before I make this my final verdict*, but I am not fond of the taste in the least. It almost tastes like they added bourbon instead of just letting it soak up the flavors naturally from the wood. *Second bottle as strong as the first. They definitely added bourbon here. I think this would be much better if they had not added and just let it natural soak it from the wood.
Mouthfeel - Makes up some ground here! The mouthfeel is good. Slight bite, but it coats well. Smooth going down, and the alcohol kicks in giving it a nice warming feeling from the gut all the way up.
Drinkability - I am not sure you would drink more than one of these in a session unless you just really like the taste of bourbon, or just wanted to get drunk quick. But really if your looking to just get drunk there are a lot of other cheaper beers that will do it for you. I would not go out of my way to get this one again, but it is good for what it is I guess.
In conclusion, it looks nice, but smells like liquor and tastes like liquor.
06-19-2009 15:00:14 | More by Shaon94
4.83/5 rDev +4.3%
I bought a four pack of this beer several months ago, out of the one case that was shipped to my entire area in SC, they have been sitting in my closet for three months, and today, what the hell? Sharing this one actually with my mom, who is a big fan of burbon-infused brews.
On the pour, there now is a snifter of 20-50 motor oil in front of me. The beer has a perfect amount of light lacing that adds to the beauty of this monster. I couldn't see through this with a spotlight if I had one.I wish every cup of espresso looked this delicious.
Smells like burnt burbony oakiness, vanilla, coffee,bitter cocoa, massive malty goodness, iced coffee, a perfect touch of sweetness keeps the alcohol and burbon in a perfect check. This is exactly what I was hoping for. Hops are buried in the malty sweet goodness. It smells so good its almost hard to drink because then it will be gone. To quote Beerfest " I want to stick my dick in it"
O..my..god This is fantastic as anticipated. Kahlua like sweetness, followed by a wave of burbony infused chocolate coffee thick goodness. Vanilla, smoky malts, caramelized brown sugar.I get burbon at the start and finish of each sip in differing levels of spiciness and intensity. The sip is perfect, not spicy and burbony overtones, rather restrained and utilized.
The finish is thick and spicy, like a well aged burbon. The best burbon-infused brew to have ever passed my lips thusfar is being consumed at an alarmingly fast rate, that is the only sad thing about this great experience. A smoked gouda cheese would work beautifully with this. A madagascar vanilla infused dessert, a burbon sauced venison served rare would marry great into the spicy character of this brew...or a great brunch brew with smoked cheese omelets..or as it serves now A Kentucky Breakfast indeed alone in all its delcious goodness.
Founders Breakfast stout is one of my favorites to date, and it's big brother KBS has just completed a meteoric rise to #1.
I am going to hide the bottles I am aging, or they won't last very long!
06-18-2009 17:13:40 | More by czfreeman
4.83/5 rDev +4.3%
Big big thanks to zminor for this one.
Pours a deep brown, motor oil color with almost non-existent light brown head forming a ring around the glass. Spotty wet lace and a milky way of bubbles on the surface of the beer. Massive and delicious looking.
Smell is delightfully complex; vanilla and chocolate syrup go well with black coffee and a hint of bourbon booziness. This smells a bit like an FBS with milk and sugar. A nice loose-dirt earthiness is present as well.
Taste is vanilla and dark chocolate with black coffee or acidic espresso and a hot finish.
This is creamy and full bodied with a hot and surprisingly clean finish. Fantastic.
D: I cannot believe this is 11%. The alcohol is well hidden and the beer isn't overly sweet. A nice dry finish makes this thing dangerously drinkable.
I loved this beer far more than I expected to, and disagree with the sentiments that this is overly bourbony. As zminor said: "This is the beer Bourbon County Stout WANTS to be"
06-18-2009 01:48:33 | More by photomike
3.9/5 rDev -15.8%
Split with kchophead, poured from a 12 oz bottle into two pint glasses in equal portions.
Appearance: Pitch Black with a thin brown head. It left a nice lacing. Very nice looking beer.
The smell was bourbon, and more bourbon followed by some vanilla and roasted notes.
Taste followed nose closely. I know this is supposed to have coffee and chocolate but I just didn't get a lot of it. I'm sure it was there, but they were faint whispers compared to the bourbon's shouting. Vanilla was also prominent.
Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Light carbonation, but just right for a stout. The alchohol burns going down, but in a good way.
Drinkability certainly takes a hit due to the alchohol. I'll agree with the comments here that say this was like drinking liquor as much as beer in some ways due to the heavy bourbon flavors and the strong alchohol presence.
This was my first BA top 10 beer and I figured it was as good a beer as any to do my first BA review. It was really good, and very unique, but it made me really want to try the regular breakfast stout as the bourbon presence in this beer was so strong that I can barely fathom what it would be like if it were missing.
06-16-2009 13:42:19 | More by timellison
2.08/5 rDev -55.1%
I had really high hopes for this beer. I love the Founders Imperial Stout and the Breakfast Stout, so I was really excited to try the KBS. The KBS poured a rich black color. To me the smell was a little overpowering. This seemed more of a sipping beer and not a gulper. The alcohol taste was too overpowering to enjoy and it nearly masked the hints of coffee and chocolate.
06-16-2009 01:10:40 | More by BuddhaEK
4.88/5 rDev +5.4%
Had this on tap at the brewpub a few weeks ago for the first time. Then was very surprised to find a single at my local store... had to pick it up in spite of the high price tag. At the brewpub it made a HUGE impression on me, and I thought might be my favorite beer of all time, so I had to make sure it was legit.
A - pours heavy black (into Duvel tulip) with very little to no head. Small carbonation ring around the outside which leaves some decent lacing on the glass.
S - This smells like heaven. Chocolate, bourbon, coffee, roasty malts, deliciousness, vanilla, and did I mention bourbon?
T - The taste is just as good as the smell. Coffee and chocolate up front, bourbon vanilla, then a touch of bitterness on the finish. This is a very high quality beverage. Some slight booziness as it goes down. Definitely warming my insides, but nothing too crazy. Very well hidden 11.2%.
M - Founders has their stuff together when making stouts, similar mouthfeel to their regular BS, and imperial. Maybe a little silkier, but very similar. Super smooth.
D - Definitely one of the more drinkable big stouts around. I could easily put away 2 or 3 of these if they weren't so rare and expensive. I'm going to be sad when I reach the bottom of the glass...
Overall this is an awesome beer, and if you find it somewhere, DO NOT pass it up. Pay the high price tag, it is worth it.
06-16-2009 00:16:57 | More by khumbard
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 8,370 ratings.