Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)

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Reviews: 2,748
Hads: 10,484
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 4,159
Gots: 4,763 | FT: 385
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-13-2004

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."
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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks muchly to don for breaking up his horded supply for little old impoverished me.

this beer moves thin and settles dark with glowing yellow separated edges, like a pool of squid ink on a layer of olive oil. lacing is very serious.. a tilt of the glass leaves a perfect ring stuck to the glass. sticky sweet thickness proves its fluidity deceiving. fizzy top post-pour disappears quick and leaves a brew that looks like, well, breakfast (coffee).

...and it smells like coffee. like fresh-ground oily bean grits. nasal bitterness of the java is cut by a medium-grade candy vanilla bourbon character.. subtly and carefully imparted into the beer as not to overwhelm. applaudable restraint.

..until you taste it. stronger bourbon grasps on to a tiramisu coffee sweetness and a sugary black licorice note in the aftertaste. caramel exists too. very deep and complex. not too much of any flavor (maybe bourbon for some who don't dig it) and surprisingly well balanced for a huge barrel-aged stout.

drinkability and mouthfeel suffer a bit with a distinctly separate alcohol ingredient.. the abv is not smoothly integrated into the overall drinking experience. something here reminds me of an irish car bomb.

tasty. translates well into the bottle. a real winner from founders. age might help this one too... we'll see. (1,331 characters)

Photo of bruachan
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i am not sure of the last time i saw a head so dark. it lasted only a couple of minutes but was rich-looking while it lasted. the lacing looks like it might be pretty solid

chocolate-coffee aroma hits hard right up front. deep, dark, baker's chocolate, too. none of that milk garbage. toffee. there's a little hop in there, just to remind me that i'm sniffing at a beer and not baked goods (seriously, a blind sniff would yield thoughts of cake or ice cream)

thankfully not as sweet as my nose had warned my mouth that it would be. nevertheless, a mouthful of coffee and sweetchocolatey. hops have been used artfully, if to perform no other role than that of picture frame--keeping everything on one plane.

a 5.0 was not given for drinkability because i could only drink a couple. if "deliciousness" were a category this beer would receive a 5.0 in that. as for any other numbers that might surprise people: i could sniff this guy all day (and sip it) but it's really not all that refined. if i am to evaluate this with the same criteria as I am to evaluate a belgian, KBS just lacks delicacy (though i will say that the bourbon barrel element is subtle) (1,158 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into the tulip

A - Deep black base, dark cappuccino head, good lacing retention.

S - Chocolate, coffee, subdued bourbon, I suppose (might be more suggestive in the name than actual smell present).

T - Oh, yes. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee and vanilla. Silky chocolate finish.

M - Full body, would have liked more carbonation. Full coating and silky chocolate finish.

D - I like it. More hyped than I thought deserved. My stout isn't as good, but it comes close. Still, glad to try it. (493 characters)

Photo of BrokenStones
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Dark and Darker, 1/2" solid head, legs too. Rich This pours a black-ruby complexion with a thin lacing of foam on top. It has an aroma of toffee and espresso, with a bit of smoke. It’s tasty, with some smoked malt, lots of dark chocolate and dark roast coffee, sweet bourbon notes and a long, smoothly boozy finis (317 characters)

Photo of Domingo
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Beejay for this one.
Thick and black, just like the original. It's like pouring spent motor oil. Not much carbonation, but the beer does manage to keep a thin head layer throughout.
Bourbon's the first thing that jumps out in the smell, but it's not overpowering like some bourbon aged beers can be. It's there, but you also clearly get some roasted coffee and baker's chocolate, too.
The beer does a good job of keeping flavors cycling. At first you'll pick up the bourbon and vanilla from the wood, but then you'll get waves of black coffee, roasted grain, strong hot chocolate, and then everything comes full circle. The bourbon comes on a little strong in the front of your mouth, but you'll pick everything else up quickly. With some sips, it's barely there at all, which can be welcome to keep it from being too much.
Just like the normal breakfast stout, the texture on this is amazing. Silky smooth. The only beer that can do it any better than this is BORIS.
Goes down easy, but not quite as easy as the normal one. The bourbon brings a potency that makes this more of a sipper. The extra alcohol and whiskey flavors keep this in check a bit more.

I honestly prefer the original just because it's so drinkable, and is almost perfect as is. This is still an absolutely killer beer, but I lean in the direction of the normal BS.

EDIT: A second bottle was even better. Granted I gave this one a pretty stellar score, but my second bottle was on par with the normal Breakfast Stout. The bourbon had mellowed slightly and the flavors had layered more. I'm thinking that holding on to one of these for a long time might be REALLY amazing. (1,654 characters)

Photo of Elendinn
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
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... (2,115 characters)

Photo of ph2001
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in pint glass

pours thick. black in color with a thin layer of head the color of chocolate ice cream. it smells like bourbon and coffee grounds.

it is a very smooth medium body, not nearly as thick as it looks. lots of strong flavors in there. there is a rawness to the coffee flavor that makes it seem more like grounds than beans, not really a bad thing though. theres chocolate and molasses in there too. the more it warms up the bigger the bourbon flavors get huge. the alcohol is slightly warming in the chest but still pretty mellow. very drinkable. (570 characters)

Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Motor oil black, almost no head, very thin tan coating disappears leaving almost no ring. Perfectly opaque. Full nose with rich smell of roast coffee, espresso, burnt toast and vanilla.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth with substantial body. Bitter taste with astringent bourbon impressions very pronounced, bakers chocolate and burnt coffee, chocolate almond biscotti, some nuttiness. Very complex stout with a huge taste, velvet feel although just a touch too astringent... I could live with a steady supply of these! (514 characters)

Photo of joefuzz
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage poured into snifter

Pours jet black with a small tan head that fades away to a nice circle around the glass

Smells of french vanilla coffee with a shot of bourbon in it

Tastes of roasted malt and coffee upfront then mellows out to a very nice smooth toffe candy like sweetness, the bourbon is not to overly present

Mouthfeel seems a little light and carbonation is slightly higher then I would prefer but still very nice

Overall great beer but I don't know if it was worth all the trouble to get my hands on one. (531 characters)

Photo of McDiddyPop
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of Kryptic. Bottled 2/16/09. Poured into a Cigar City snifter.

KBS pours pitch black. Not a bit of light shines through this one- and I was really looking for it, too. A small dark brown head doesn't stick around long, leaving spotty lacing. As I swirl it in the glass I can see brown, boozy legs slowly sliding down the sides.

Smell is all bourbon and vanilla up front. As it warms I get lots of caramel and chocolate, and finally after searching long and hard I finally picked out a bit of the coffee. I now understand that this isnt FBS from a bourbon barrel- I am dealing with a completely different animal.

Taste starts off tremendously sweet with chocolate and vanilla, finished off with a slight bitter roasted flavor from the coffee. The coffee really helps to balance this one out, but it is certainly not at the forefront. The bourbon heat gives it a nice kick on the finish. I dig this one a lot.

Nice smooth mouthfeel. Minimal carbonation makes this one slick and oily, and the bourbon warmth coats my palate with each sip. It could use a bit more carbonation, but nonetheless it was still a joy to sip on for an hour or so. The drinkability is out of this world for the ABV, but with another year on it I think the bourbon heat will have mellowed out and this one would be just about pitch perfect. (1,336 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage with the old label and 10%ABV. I'm pretty sure I picked this up at Jessup Beverage Center. Taken out of the DBF and allowed to warm up for about 45 minutes. Poured from a 12 ounce stubby bottle into my Duvel tulip glass. I poured about 3/4 of the bottle, swirled up the yum-yums from the bottom of the bottle, and vigorously poured the remaining few ounces into the snifter. Appears a deep, dark, opaque blackish brown color with a solid two fingers of creamy dark ecru head. The head fades in about two minutes down to a 1/4 inch layer leaving a nice lace on the glass. Smells of bourbon soaked cocoa powder, vanilla beans, molasses, a touch of roasted coffee, and oak/wood. Tastes of bitter baking chocolate squares, smooth bourbon, black coffee, cocoa powder, vanilla, caramelized malts, a bit more bourbon, dark chocolate, and mocha. I'll admit, I was expecting this to be truly full bodied. It didn't seem it to me. It was still rich and satisfying, but just didn't seem as thick as I was hoping for. Medium in carbonation. Alcohol is completely hidden at this point. I prefer "regular" Breakfast Stout once or twice a month. I'll save the KBS for a "every few months" treat to enjoy, sip and savor over the course of an hour or so. (1,250 characters)

Photo of GarrettMD
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black with a thin layer of dark tan head. Fades very quickly leaving no lacing.

S - Smelled coffee from a few feet away after the pour. Upon closer inspection, that's almost all there is to the aroma. Fresh ground coffee beans. Some hints of chocolate, but really not much. No alcohol aroma at all.

T - Tastes like God's vagina. But seriously, bourbon, wow. I could have sworn someone spilled a shot of bourbon in my beer. Coffee is still pretty dominant in the flavor, along with chocolate.

M - Fairly thin for a stout of this ABV. Mouthfeel is slightly watery, but it fits very well with the amazingly present bourbon taste. Finish is slightly wet and sweet with a lingering aftertaste of sweet bourbon with a hint of coffee.

D - Absolutely amazing. Can't taste the alcohol at all. As far as a bourobn beer goes, this is absolutely amazing. The balance between coffee and bourbon is great, but balancing in other stout-like qualities it's lacking. I feel I have to under-rate some of these qualities just based on what an Imperial Stout should be, but as far as a bourbon stout, this is one of, if not, the best.

This was a 2 year aged bottle. (1,162 characters)

Photo of zminor
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally sitting down to review this. Got my first bottle in a trade several months ago (thanks duffman!) and immediately fell in love. Thats the short review. Longer version below.

Appearance is gorgeous, but certainly nothing too groundbreaking for a stout. Dark, thick, with a wonderful light colored espresso head that sticks around for a while. Excellent lacing and retention.

Smell is a nice blend of bourbon, coffee, vanilla, and milk chocolate. There isn't one element that really smacks you in the face, but the subtlety sends my heart aflutter.

Taste begins with a hint of chocolate, followed by vanilla and coffee with a beautiful wave of bourbon underneath it all. The bourbon doesn't make it too hot as happens with other stouts, but rather elevates the flavors to another level. Spectacular.

This is a creamy, rich beer that is way too easy to drink. 12 oz is the perfect size for a beer like this. If I had to pick one stout to drink for the rest of my days, I think this would be it. (1,004 characters)

Photo of adkirkish
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Toasted / Roasted malts are dominant, No hop aromas, no esthers. Bourbon is especially present which combines with coffee and slight chocolate aromatics.

A: Pours black and couldn't see through even when held to light. (Maybe I need a beer flashlight?) The head was thin and off-white and quickly dissipated.

F: As in the aroma, toasted and roasted malts are present, but the balance of this beer leans toward the coffee and bourbon. The only hops that I could possibly perceive would be in the finish which are coupled with an oak bitterness/tang.

M: To me this beer was surprisingly light in body, and I was expecting more chew. There is a slight warmth from the bourbon but not overpowering. I couldn't perceive any creamy feeling. There was a slight astringency from the oak/bourbon/hops in the finish but is appropriate to style.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. The coffee and bourbon play really well together. The only suggestions for improvement I could give are in the way of mouthfeel. This beer was lacking in body to me, but the aromatics and taste more than make up for the slight shortfall. This beer will definitely hold up to age. Excellent beer. (1,169 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rec'd in a trade with imperialking. Thank you so much for the opportunity to try this BA top ten selection!

Appearance: Dark brown with a deep mocha 2 finger foam head. Little head retention but some lacing.

Smell: Fairly complex yet I can tell all of these wonderful notes will come together superbly with time. A touch of alcohol, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, etc.

Taste: Vanilla up front, giving way to coffee then chocolate, finished with a touch of hops and alcohol. Not boozy or really hot but a touch warm I'd say.

Mouthfeel: thinner than I expected....medium to med-full bodied.

Drinkability: Good considering its 10% abv and medium to med-heavy body.

This is a fantastic brew but as a friend told me, I suspect it will only get better with 1-2 years on it. (786 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into HF glass. This review is a combination of four bottles split between three of us, two of the bottles were '12 KBS and two were '13 KBS. Beer was consumed on 4/19 right after CBS and review is written from notes. I've had this beer a few times in the past but this is my first time reviewing it.

A- Pours a dark black, light mocha head that leaves some spotty lacing, decent carbonation, and overall great appearance.

S- Coffee, light chocolate, extremely nicely balanced bourbon that isn't too abrasive, some slight oak. Fairly aromatic, especially in the '13 where the coffee hasn't faded as much.

T- Coffee, lightly bitter dark chocolate, extremely nicely balanced bourbon. Finishes with more coffee some chocolate and a slight vanilla oak. Coffee and chocolate lingers as an aftertaste. Overall the beer is very nicely balanced and at 70 IBUs the bitterness definitely stands out a little bit for a stout especially in the '12 where the coffee has faded a bit. Overall extremely nicely balanced with some great flavors coming out.

M- Smooth, extremely drinkable for an imperial stout, decent carbonation for a barrel-aged stout.

O- KBS is easily one of my favorite barrel-aged stouts, the only slight complaint that I have about it is that it is a little bit on the bitter side for a stout. Other then that though this beer is very good and the barrel-aging on it is almost a perfected art. I wouldn't highly suggest aging it as the coffee fades letting the bitterness from the chocolate come out. The '13 was definitely better then the '12 which had a little over a year on it, I can say what further aging would do. If you haven't had this before it's definitely worth seeking out, I just wish it was as readily available as the regular Breakfast Stout instead of a once a year release. (1,820 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

At Westover Beer Haus.

A - Slightly viscous, black opaque, very little head, not much carbonation.

S - Coffee, some bourbon.

T - Coffee, the bourbon is not overwhelming. A slight bite of alcohol in the finish.

M - Smooth

O - I was actually not expecting to like this beer as much as I did. The barrel aging does not contribute a heavy bourbon flavor to the beer (if I wanted bourbon I would order bourbon). FBS is still the top double imperial stout for me, but I can now understand all the hype and rush to buy this beer. (527 characters)

Photo of TysonNavarre
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good beer overall. Was handed to me by the beer buyer at my usual craft store. The way he talked about KBS you would think its the second coming. At $8.99 per bottle, it sure as heck should be.

The KBS did not disappoint. As good as it was, the price bothered me a bit for one reason: This beer tastes almost exactly like Dragon's Milk from New Holland. There are some differences, mainly the coffee and chocolate tones, but other than that its got that same boozy taste which I love.

Anyway, did I like this beer? YES. Would I buy it again? NO. I would rather have a good Dragon's Milk at half the price than wait and/or beg for a single bottle of this when its made once a year. Good it is, but that good, it ain't. (719 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle from tburk - thanks again for the trade!

Appearance:
Jet black with a thin dark brown head. There is not much carbonation either. Super rich and chocolaty, which is just my kind of stout!

Smell:
Whoa strong cayenne peppers, what a strange sensation (yes I know there isn't any pepper in this beer). The pepper becomes a heavy oak once the beer warms.
There are also generous notes of bourbon and a surprisingly subtle coffee/chocolate. The bourbon/booze nose isn't nearly as strong as a bourbon county.

Taste:
Super bold flavors, this is definitely a stout that pushes boundaries. The beer is quite bitter and roasty with a slightly sweet aftertaste. I quite honestly can't taste the booze; a year must have done a number on softening the alcohol bite. Quite a superb beer, very rich and filling.

Mouthfeel:
Full bodied and syrupy thickness. This beer coats the tongue and is definitely not a chugging beer. There is almost no carbonation, it's just smooth and velvety.

Overall:
This is a delicious stout, it did not disappoint. I can understand why people look hard for this beer and I'm happy to share it! Next on my list is the coveted CBS, which will come eventually to complete the "founders stout series." (1,230 characters)

Photo of rwdkosak
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This spent some time on the shelf before I cracked it open pouring motor oil darkness with a forced sheen of dark head barely covering the surface.
Nose was full of dark chocolate and coffee, maybe the slightest bit of vanilla and raisin in the background.
Taste was just the same with to me much more dark chocolate than coffee, full but not distracting alcohol from middle to end and certainly nice warming effect throughout the finish. Coffee is there as is some vanilla, raisin. Very smooth mouthfeel and the bourbon aging comes through nicely without taking away any of the other notes. Drinkability will always be low at >10% ABV but truly I could have had another if it weren't so bloody hard to find. I rarely give a 5 for taste but this is an exemplar for the style. (779 characters)

Photo of hrking
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this both on draft at the Founder's Brew Pub at the release party and picked up my alloted 2 cases while there. If you are a big bourbon stout fan this one's for you. This is a totally different beer than the regular breakfast stout from Founder's ( one of my favorite craft brewer's). Bourbon is very present both in the nose and taste with a heavy coffee taste mixed in as well. Just go ahead and throw a shot of bourbon in a cup of day old cold coffee and you get the picture! I personally like the regular Breakfast Stout from Founder's better but that's my personal taste. Try them both and make up your own mind ..Thy are both worth seeking out! (655 characters)

Photo of drink1121
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Black with a dark tan head. Lacing throughout.

S- vanilla and oak hit me right away and then some bourbon follows it. Not much roastiness on this one which I think it could use. It seems like the bourbon and oak overtake the beer itself but I like it

T- I get more of that roasty malt in the taste but less vanilla and oak and more alcohol almost rubbing alcohol flavor lie it smells. Time can bring this down

M-Crazy creaminess. I love it. All that needs to be said

D- This has a good bit of heat still and needs calm down a bit but I still love it (556 characters)

Photo of Jared14
4.34/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hype may have done this one in a bit for me. This is a very well done brew, but I found it to be a little too boozy to the point of overpowering all but a little coffee. I'm aging a bottle so hopefully it'll settle a bit and will review again then. (248 characters)

Photo of Jjski
4.34/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Retraction of last year's harsh criticism of KBS. 2015 version is brash, bold, and coffee heavy with a pleasing hint of bourbon. Not a barrel heavy beer, but coffee, dark roasted malt and cocoa notes abound. Viscosity has improved.

I must have gotten a bad lot last year. This is my 4th yearly sampling, and this one is back on track. I prefer bourbon heavier, but this is my own personal shortcoming... Not the beers problem. Well done Founders. As a big fan of your standard and limited releases, this beer deserves praise at this price point.

I have been lucky, diligent, and cunning enough to score at least 12 each year. These ones are worth keeping ( if I could prevent my gorgeous, brilliant, and youthful wife away from them)

Suggestions to try in this category: Big Bad Baptist is a winner, and economical. Java Bourbon Eclipse is great, and NOT economical (874 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.34/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hrking for the chance to try this top ranked brew. Hard to believe Founders uses screw tops for this beer. 2008 release.

Pours a jet black color, even with an aggressive pour there was very little head, what head there was disappeared fairly fast leaving no lacing. The color is perfect for a stout, but the lack of head is quite disappointing.

Wow, all coffee, seriously can't make out much more than an intense coffee aroma with only a slight bourbon scent, makes me almost wonder if I'm smelling a beer at all. Seems a bit one-sided of an aroma and not particularly complex, what's lacking in complexity though is made up by shear strength of what there is.

*As it warms up though, the bourbon aspect becomes more prominent and the coffee aroma takes the backseat, depending on what you prefer, drink it cold for coffee, warm for bourbon.

Taste has an intense coffee presence with the bourbon aspect being more subtle, nice low carbonation level that works quite well, very thick and sticky in the mouth, bitterness in the aftertaste as well as some alcohol notes, but while drinking the alcohol is virtually masked.

*Like the smell department, the taste becomes more affected by the bourbon aging, the alcohol in the beer also is more noticeable as a result of the bourbon taking hold.

*Revised for changes in temperature (1,341 characters)

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,748 ratings.