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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 Bung
4.83/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Murky black brown pour, light does not penetrate, brown around the edges. Very limited brown head, a ring sticks around and a swirl leaves a minibubble lace around the glass.
Aroma is abundant with roasted malts, espresso, vanilla, woody tones, caramel and molasses. All this does nothing but increase as it warms.
Mouthfeel is near creamy, surprisingly a bit lively for the dissapation of the head.
Taste is everything in the nose intermingling. Great barrel and vanilla one second, dark chocolate, molasses and espresso the next. Finishes with just a hint of coffee, and molasses. There are no negatives in bitterness/sourness or anything overdone in this. As long as you are ready for what you should expect from this, there is absolutely no dissapointment.
This is the best double stout I have had sans aging flat out. There is no need to cellar this to get what you are expecting. I have several to age, but I'm guessing this will be one that does not change much from age. The Alesmith stouts are the only others I've had that can equal this without age.

Bung, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of oldhippie247
4.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours thick and opaque with a creamy tan head that virtually coats the glass. Some head lingers, though it does thin out rather quickly.

Ahhh, one of the best noses I've experienced. Simultaneous waves of vanilla, coffee, sweet chocolate, and oaky goodness. I can't think of anything that could improve the aromas carried by the KBS.

Drinks velvety smooth with a thick, rich mouthfeel that coats the mouth. The sweetness of the vanilla and chocolate are balanced wonderfully by the bitterness of the coffee and roasted grains, as well as by the warmth imparted by the bourbon barrel. Finish is medium-to-long, making this a great beer for sipping. Alcohol strength (which is 11.2% on the bottle, but listed as 10% above), comes throughh a little in the end, but for me it's balanced enough.

After waiting many months for this beauty to arrive in NC, I was not disappointed. Awesome. Founders continues to impress me with their beers, this being the best yet.

oldhippie247, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of alyankus
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm forgoing the usual format to simply say that this is exquisite. If there is such a thing as "perfect" this is it. What else could I possibly add to the legions who think of this as one of the greatest achievements in beerdom? Simply amazing.

alyankus, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of homebrew311
4.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2009 KBS, 11.2% ABV, 70 IBU's

A: Thick, viscous on the pour. Consistency of motor oil. Pitch black, opaque with a slight dark tan head which dissipates quickly.

S: The aromas on the forefront are bourbon and oak which lends nice vanilla notes. That is followed by an onslaught of gourmet bold coffee and dark chocolate. This one makes my mouth water... always a good sign. I could literally get lost in the aroma ... the best aroma I have ever experienced in a beer

T: Wow, talk about balance for such a big beer. The bourbon and coffee play off of each other flawlessly with undertones of vanilla, dark chocolate, and oak. As the glass warms, different flavors are accented. First it was the bourbon, then the coffee, then the chocolate. All of it comes together with a presence of alcohol at the end, but at 11.2%, this is to be expected. I am thankful I got my hands on a few of these.

M: A very thick body that is silky smooth.

D: Simply delicious. 'Nuff said.

homebrew311, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of possumfollower2
4.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampling with some friends, Eric and Nicole for St. Pat's!
Nose is roasted caramel very much like a good cup of joe, as expected. Head is relaxed, maybe its the glass?
First flavors are chocolate-y, candied. Lighter than expected. Good Lord, is it good. Complex maltiness, kind of like a fine wine, many threads of flavor which melt together easily. Notes of mellow vanilla. Makes me want experiment with old bourbon...someday. Finishes easy-easy. Slides down the palate like mercury and then keeps on giving. Really too excited to give real due to this fine, fine beer. Founders knocks it out again! Thanks!

possumfollower2, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of Buebie
4.43/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtasy of mcallister. I havnt had a beer in 7 days, I cant think of a better way to get back into drinkin then with this.

Poured from a 12oz brown stuby bottle into my Surly tulip. A billowing head slowly dovelops into a fluffy very dark brown 2 finger head. The texture pours like oil, very thickly from the bottle. Forming thin streaks of dark brown lace. Black in color with no light penetration.

Aroma is robust, with lots of dark malty chocolate, coffee, vanilla, very nice amount of boozy bourban aroma with toasted woody notes. Some sweetness at the knose, ahhh the oaky bourban aromas are intoxicating.

Wow, first sip brings a smile and respect to the brewer for making such an awsome taste possible. Upfront carbonation zing is present but only behind a thick creamy curtain. This is up there with some of the creamier RIS's I've had, for mouthfeel.

The taste is a very dark bakers chocolate, with bittering bite through the swallow. Things get warm here, but not solvent like, it mimicks the bourban warmth more so. Its earthy with toastyness and lots of oak. Chocolate fading at the swallow and coffee coming in as well as a balancing smoothness and more laid back flavors, not as overwhelming at the swallow. All of that boozy warmth and huge bitter chocolate woodyness falls away. Lingering with light chocolate, wood and vanilla.

Very interesting brew. Havnt had anything in comparison to this in a long time.

Buebie, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of beerman207
4.9/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first time trying KBS and I wasn't disappointed in the least. All in all a phenomenol beer.

Appearance - looks like motor oil - beautiful creamy brown bubbles with little lacing on the glass. While the beer sits the lacing produces some swirling in the glass which is quite beautiful. When I finished pouring this into the glass, it left about 2 fingers worth of tan head

Smell: The bourbon is strong in this brew. Hint of coffee coming through.

Mouthfeel - very creamy mouthfeel

Taste - bitterness was stronger than expected in the finish. That may be why this is listed at 70 IBU vs. the usual 25 IBU. When I bought this from my local beer place, the cashier told me it tastes like chocolate pudding. I taste vanilla, coffee, and a hint of chocolate. Another taste coming through from time to time is the bourbon. The bourbon is definately contributing to the bitterness. This is probably the most complex flavor in a beer I have ever experienced. Fantastic.

Drinkability - the alcohol is definately present in this beer. Then again, it's 11.2% alcohol so it better be present! Even with the high alcohol content of this brew, I believe the drinkability of the beer is quite high. I could definately have 2-3 of these in a sitting.

At $6.00 a beer, I was a little nervous of being let down. Luckily, this beer is as exceptional as everyone on here speaks of. It is amazing.

beerman207, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of Beerisheaven
4.83/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In honor of this year's release, I cracked open my last two bottles from last year. A small tear fell as these last two were poured.

Very interesting. Two bottles purchased in the same half case from last year that I was lucky enough to get and two bottles stored in the exact same cellar conditions. One of the bottles had a much sharper bourbon smell while the other one had a less pronounced bourbon smell that seems to have flattened out somewhat over the last year.

A - Beautiful pour into my large snifter glass. A small tan head rises up to greet you after your pour.

S - The one bottle had a very pronounced bourbon smell in addition to some oak, vanilla, and slight coffee smell. The other bottle had a slightly more pronounced coffee and oak smell but not so much of the bourbon.

T - This is probably my favorite beer that I have ever had. Unlike the Breakfast Stout which hammers you with charred coffee, the Kentucky is an intoxicating combination of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and coffee. To me, this is nearly perfection in a glass.

M - Great. You can certainly get a nice warming sensation while this bear rests on your tongue. You want to keep it there, it is that good.

D - You have to be careful with this one. You want more, but you know better.

All in all, just about the perfect beer from my perspective. Hard to imagine that this one can get better. Seek it out and enjoy it. It IS that good. Can't wait to try this year's.

Beerisheaven, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of DrewOSU
4.47/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on nitro tap at Founders brew pub on KBS day.

A: Pours dark brown to black with a ½ inch super creamy frothy gray head. Looks exactly like Guinness in this form. Huge foamy lacing, draping across the glass.

S: The nitro dulls the smell a little. The smell now is now reminiscent of a chocolate stout, instead of a huge bourbon barrel monster. Dull chocolate, coffee, no noticeable alcohol or hop presence.

M/T: Much lighter then regular KBS, making it a super creamy, medium body. The carbonation much more present then KBS in the bottle or on tap. Second wave is all alcohol, this is a pretty hot beer, followed by roasted malts.

D: With a high APV, couldn't session this one, but the nitro makes it feels much lighter and more manageable then the KBS out of the bottle. I like this version of KBS. A nice twist that might be better than the original? This version does make it more drinkable. KBS is such a huge beer that even though it lost a little with the nitro frothiness, it still is a monster.

DrewOSU, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of taylorhamrick
4.85/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was going to hold off reviewing this until I'd had a few of them, but I can't.

It pours out pitch black, with a thin head. It fades a bit, leaving swirls of bubbles and leaves little bits of lace all the way down. Looks about like what I'd expect, but a bigger head would've really made me fall in love. The smell, it can't get any better. First you get wood, just wonderful wood, mixed in with a brilliant bourbon smell, a bit of alcohol. Then there's the coffee, roasted a bit burnt, but very nice. Then you really smell vanilla and chocolate, BIG vanilla sometimes, and really beautiful dark chocolate others. I mean, there's nothing else I could ask for, and the best part, the very best part, is every time I put my face up to the glass, there's something new, and something great. The taste is wonderful, just like the smell. It's totally different from the average stout, but everything is there. First you get a very woody, earth coffee taste, like bourbon mixed with fresh brewed coffee. Then comes the vanilla, and its very nice as it sweetens, and is almost creamy like good vanilla ice cream, and finishes like a very smooth dark chocolate bar, and just a bit of an alcohol after burn. But the alcohol mostly warms. The mouthfeel is just perfect, smooth and creamy, with infinite complexity. I was just fascinated at every sip, and couldn't put it down. I wouldn't put it down under any circumstances, and is possible the greatest drinker at 10% I've ever had. Really incredible. Really, really incredible. You must find it and taste it. This is exactly what everyone should shoot for if making a bourbon barrel aged stout.

taylorhamrick, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of HeyItsChili
4.47/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours black with a thin brown head.

S - Burnt coffee, fresh vanilla, cocoa, oak.

T - Overwhelming black coffee flavor mellowing into chocolate, big pop from the vanilla, all wrapped up in a bourbony, oaky blanket. Warm Kahlua-like alcohol burn in the finish. You can taste every percent of the ABV here, and it's expertly handled. Great flavor.

M - Just thinner than medium bodied with a syrupy viscosity to it, and a little crispness from the carbonation.

HeyItsChili, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of Soonami
4.78/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had this at South Philly Tap Room as part of their Founder's Tasting this weekend. At SPTR they had this and 13 other Founder's beers on tap, I'm glad I got some before they ran out (as they definitely would've even with the 1 per customer limit)

The stout poured an opaque oily black, with a tinge of sandy foam. This is what in a imperial stout should look like.

The smell was fantastic! There was initial nose of roasted coffee, followed by some sweet chocolate, malt, and vanilla. It smelled like brewing coffee at a bakery with hot pastries coming out of the oven

The taste was just as good. I hate imperial stouts that are just sweet, the KBS had creamy malt flavor with the balance of bitterness from the coffee and chocolate and sweetness from the grain. You could taste all the ingredients individually and they blended very well together. Even my friends, who tend to like lighter ales, were impressed.

The mouth feel was full and luxurious with the beer coating my entire mouth and transfering all of its goodness to my whole palate

I rated this beer only as a 4 for drinkability, because with any beer with 10% ABV, this is just not possibly sessionable. And after more than one you couldn't really taste or appreciate anything else from the KBS tastebud assault

Soonami, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of John_M
4.78/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the South Philly taproom for Philly Beer Week. Just fabulous stuff.

The beer pours the expected black brown color, with good head retention, but with outstanding stickly lacing. On the nose, this is the first inkling that one is in for something special. There is huge aroma of coffee, coffee grounds, touch of licorise and chocolate. As good as this beer is on the nose, on the palate it is simply other worldly. This beer has a huge mouthfeel/presence, with an incredible blast of rich, decadent coffee, chocolate and coffee grounds. What makes the KBS so incredible is not just the coffee flavor, but the feeling that the coffee flavor is extra special as well. The coffee flavor isn't just folgers or hills brothers, oh no. The coffee flavor in this bad boy is from the finest french roast, and is just so thick, rich and viscuous. Mouthfeel is long, rich, smooth and just so luxurious. This beer is just fabulous. Drinkability is just amazing. In the draft version there is a slight booziness, but if anything it enhances the coffee flavor and just adds to the richness. You can tell the alcohol is up there a bit, but it detracts not one wit from this beer's drinkability. One of the finest beers on the planet... what a treat to finally have it on tap. $9 a six ounce pour at the South Philly Taproom, and worth every penny of it.

It just doesn't get much better then this.

John_M, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of dukedevil0
4.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

on tap at the 09 release but they are out of bottles!

A: pours dark black with light khaki head

S: smells bourbon boozy, chocolate, vanilla, coffee

T: just like the smell but less boozy in the flavor

M: perfectly creamy for this style

D: dangerouly drinkable, alcohol is masked well in the flavor and it tastes really good

Worthy of lots of praise and up there on my favorites, but I don't quite think it lives up to the hype. Top 20 yes, top 5 I would debate

dukedevil0, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of macktbone
4.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a surpise offering from ThirdLap for absolutely no occasion at all. From the bottle and split into Low Ball type glasses to get a true example of the product.

A-Obsidion reflectivness with medium brown edge hanging onto the glass. Minimal head but nice to look at.

S-Quad Espresso. This one was a 5 for me, my first in relation to smell. This was tough for me to put into words but; Dirt, nuts, with a little mint. Roasted malt. [crazy time] Granite and stones after a rain. You know that granite that turns one color when it gets wet then goes back when it dries...? This is what I'm talking about.

T-Old coffee, tea and small after heat of bourbon.

Second Smell- cherries and bitter sweet chocolate.

Second taste- anise aftertaste

M-very limited carbonation and average stout creaminess.

D-not a feasable daily stout, but great on a Sunday morning or for no appearant reason at all.

Aging the bottle since first review and decided to crack it for Father's day 2010.
Much smoother after the year has passed, the vanilla on the nose is much stronger and the bourbon heat has become much sweeter. I think I would raise the rating on this if you could get ahold of an older, well aged bottle!

macktbone, Mar 10, 2009
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4.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I sampled this beer at the 4th annual Michigan Brewer's Guild Beer Festival in Comstock Park at the Fifth/Thirsd Ballpark. This lovely beer was served to me in na a 6 ounce clear plastic cup. It was blackish and retained a head of hickory-colored large bubbles. It was thick and delicious with low carbonation and had motor oil-like qualities... In a good way. It was rich like a heavy burnt oatmeal milkshake. It was semi-sweet like a Hershey's Special Dark chocolate bar but also had bitterness and slightly smokey heavy overtones. It was God Damn delicious. I wish I had more than 6 ounces. Sort of viscous and fatiguing to drink in any kind of quantity.

berserker256, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of br3wmeister
4.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Silky thick dark brown head that has very strong retention. Great lacing as the head holds all they way to the bottom of the glass. The beer is dark as night, letting no light through.

S- Lots of bitter roasted aromas. Dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Also some good sweetness in there but it is hard to pic out specific aromas over the roasted goodness, maybe molasses. Hint of dark fruit as well cherries and plum.

T- Huge roasted flavors. Lots of coffee and dark chocolate. Some nice sweet notes as well cherries, molasses, brown sugar and roasted nuts. A lot of good spicy notes as well, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Almost no detectable alcohol.

M- Super thick and very silky mouth feel, much like drinking chocolate milk only way more spice and texture. Very good mouth feel.

Overall- This may be the best stout I have had to date. It is extremely complex with an amazing mouth feel and drinkability that should not be able to be attained by an Imperial Stout. Find this beer, Drink this beer.

br3wmeister, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of bifrostguard
4.7/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

HUGE thanks to largadeer for bringing this as an unsuspected, but enormously appreciated offering on our first night of great beer and heavy metal havoc. I am blown away by your generosity! If this is the beginning, then my liver is fearful of the end...

A - Pours an ominous black, occluding the sorcery and dark magic that is undoubtedly present within this opaque shroud. A dark tan head guards the perimeter with an intimidating presence paralyzing all those that gaze upon it with a terrible fear.

S - Characterized by rage and hate, it burns down the lining of the nasal passage showing no mercy. A blitzkrieg of bourbon, vanilla, coffee, ash and smolten ruins left on the side of a mountain are formidable.

T - The taste buds shake with the palate decimating rhythm of warriors marching into battle. Bourban, vanilla and coffee have stormed through all lines of defense and taken the keep. Heat, ash and smoke are all that remain of this raped and pillaged land.

M - Thick with a heaviness akin to bench pressing a blue whale. Carbonation keeps it lively giving the demoralized a false sense of hope.

D - The gods have surely cursed this upon me. Thor's hammer has smashed my taste buds and Odin's ravens have ingrained themselves into my skull with the ruins of this delicious beverage. It will surely be what the victors drink in celebration...to cool their sore throats and please the Asagods.

Cheers brother, this stuff is effing great!

bifrostguard, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of BeerStine
4.85/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 batch. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours opaque - like motor oil. An aggressive pour produces a brown, sticky, fluffy head whose lacing sticks to the glass like foamy caramel. Smells of rich, dark, roasted coffee and chocolate with the perfect lingering smell of alcohol. Taste is just like the smell: coffee and chocolate with the amazing bourbon flavor coming though. Perfect balancing hops help finish the flavor. Mouthfeel is medium/light with little carbonation. Drinkablity is outstanding. By the look, smell and ABV of this beer you would think it would be difficult to drink more than one, but I could drink a four pack of this, no problem.

Founders took an amazing beer and barrel aged it. I'm a whore for barrel ageing - especially if the barrels once housed whiskey.

I have very fond memories of this beer. Several years ago, during my early experiences with craft beer, I had this beer at Founders' old location, on Monroe Street, by the Grand River. I have a very selective memory, in which my brain has the tendency to discard information lacking future use. Clearly, my memory of drinking this beer for the first time has been stored for euphoric purposes.

I can unequivocally credit this beer (with the help of one of my friends) as the catalyst that truly started my craft beer experience. Call me biased, but I love this beer. World class. Enough said.

BeerStine, Feb 18, 2009
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3.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one I've wanted since day one, thanks to vwcraig for finally putting an end to my hunt. 3/08 written on the bottle.

Looks good, dark black and thick. Thin tan head with nice lacing.

Smells..uhoh, smells like a while lot of bourbon. Shades of black magick here and that scares me. Swirling the glass releases some of the other scents, making this less one dimensional.

thankfully the taste us not nearly as overly hot and one dimensional as I had feared. Vanilla, smoke, choclatw, coffee.

Pretty full bodied and medium carbonated.

This is good but I still prefer OPS and Homewood Reserve when it comes to barrel aged beers. Very complex but even after a year of laying down a tad too hot.

sonicdescent, Feb 18, 2009
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4.05/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to weirdbeer for bringing this to the Kate the Great tapping!. Glad I have a few more coming in another trade!

This bad boy pours an absolutely beautiful jet black motor oil with a thin dark brown head that exhibits intermittent shades of burgundy and purplish tints. Nice lacing on my glass and a fair amount of crabonation bubbles as well. The scent is overwhelming with the bourbon but upon swirling the complexities come out. Although this scent reminds me of my Ol' Grandad/Jack Daniels days, I can also detect deep wood, vanilla, coffee and a hint of black pepper. This is truly spicy but also has a mix of syrup and caramel on the initial sip. This turns to mild bitter chocolate and a serious big ass bourbon blast for the finish! mouthfeel is thick, heavy and smooth though not quite creamy. There is no way in hell I would crack a second one of these consecutively, but I do look forward to a time when I can share this with my bourbon afficianado friends!

jstilwell, Feb 16, 2009
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4.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A big shout out to two great traders - Estarrio and paco1029384756
For both providing this in trade. I wanted to have a back up bottle. This is my first one..
Thanks to both of you guys...

Pours with a very think dark tan head that vanishes very quickly. Beer is totally black.. a touch shiny. Around the edges it's deep dark brown.

Aroma is of Vanilla, oak... Bourbon like that's for sure. Slightly sweet smelling.

Well, it is about as good as everyone says.. Founders has clearly perfected the Bourbon Barrel Age routine. This and Backwoods Bastard are both awesome. Starts bright and immediately the smooth vanilla hits. Then a moment of roasted goodness. Some sweetness and then back to vanilla. At this point you taste the bourbon notes, wood and then some alcohol. The alcohol notes work perfectly and are not over powering.. After you swallow the flavors continue. Layers of nice sweetness and vanilla all tagged with some dark roasted malts.. Never too sweet, never far from the bourbon flavor.

Silky smooth very slightly carbonated and two clicks shy of creamy.

Insanely drinkable. I'll be interested to see the drinkability scores after I post this review. Really drinks like candy and seems far from a 10% ABV. A 4 pack of this could cause trouble.

I am so happy to have the opportunity to try this beer. I am hoping that Founders allows some to make it's way to MA in '09... Also glad to have another bottle.

Reagan1984, Feb 01, 2009
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4.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This one comes from an anonymous, generous BA in the Sponsor a BA LIF.

From the bottle into my Surly pint glass, this one is black with ruby highlights and very little head. Aroma is intense coffee with bourbon, raisin, and faint fusel notes. Powerful smoke and coffee in flavor, in addition to musty, spicy hops. Chocolate and toffee notes appear in the aroma as the beer warms. No real vanilla, this is more of a charred oak, with ash, cola and espresso beans in the flavor. Appropriately thick mouthfeel, but the slightly hot finish hurts drinkability. The oak and coffee might drop out, but it'd be interesting to see how this one ages.

trill, Jan 26, 2009
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4.43/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BrewerB for this!

Pours black with a brown head that becomes a wisp. A bit of lacing sticks.

The smell is of chocolate, coffee, roasty with bourbon.

The taste is of chocolate, coffee, bourbon - wow - this is tasty! (I think I might like the actual coffee and chocolate used in the other Breakfast Stout a bit more, but I'm far from complaining). It has a great bourbon character to it, while allowing the dark complexities and roast to come through. Doesn't get too sweet, as there is roast and a dryness in the finish.

Silky smooth, it has just the right touch of carbonation to keep it full but not too thick or syrupy.

Awesome! Overhyped? Nope. Very well-done - a great sipper!

jwc215, Jan 24, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks cooperrip for the brew.

a: deep black body with a 1/2 inch light brown bubbly head; light lace

s: roasted coffee; light acid and abv; compost; earth; raisins and prunes; vanilla; dark chocolate

t: roasted espresso coffee grounds; light thick wheat biscuit; acidic/abv; dark chocolate; vanilla; raisins

m: smooth with kind of a not unpleasant grainy feel; maybe a little aggressive for me

d: a good american double that is amazingly sweet and complex for a stout with such high abv

hoegaardenhero, Jan 22, 2009
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 8,570 ratings.