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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company

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

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7,096 Ratings

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Ratings: 7096
Reviews: 2412
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.86%

Brewed by:
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 Spidey13


4.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

KBS pours like thick, black motor oil with a dark brown head. The nose has lots of roasted coffee up front with some dark chocolate and bourbon notes.

The flavor has coffee also, with roasty chocolate notes. There is a hint of the alcohol but not as much as expected. There is a bit of bourbon flavor in there. I ate a piece of chocolate while drinking the beer, which really seemed to bring out the woody flavors in the beer. The mouthfeel is nice and thick with low carbonation.

Overall, this is a very complex beer and I can see why it's rated so high though if you're not a coffee fan (I'm not) then it may not totally be for you.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 10:56:58 | More by Spidey13
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Even pouring it straight down the center of the glass there's close to zero head and, as one would expect, no lacing either. Completely black, seems to be the "look" these sort of beers seek. The bourbon inspired vanilla, caramel evident from the first sniff, the nose also features espresso bean, prunes and black raisins, there's a slight suggestion of flowers but this may very well be more diverse bourbon-inspired scents. Full-bodied, here the trademark Founders smooth carbonation comes in to help you breathe in the face of its sheer density and mass. Avalanche of roasted coffee, bitter dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla bean and burnt grains, followed on by black licorice, orange glaze. There is a noticeable alcoholic burn but it only distracts in a minor fashion. The prune, plum, raisin fruit a touch buried here. As you'd expect, you'd need a hose to wash this out of your mouth, long finish not close to describing it. A testament to intensity and depth more than to complexity.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 23:26:33 | More by farrago
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

4.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours black with a small light tan head. Aroma of roasted nuts, chocolate peanut butter, coffee, and a touch of bourbon. Flavor is a touch more bourbony with more chocolate and lots of coffee. The bourbon is light but definitely present in the flavor. This is s good beer! Better than the original? Maybe...

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 00:24:12 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of callmescraps


4.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

About damned time. Shared with friends, reviewed from notes.

Appearance- Black, as expected. A half inch tan head. Caps very nicely. Not much legs.

Smell- Lots of coffee roast up front. Bourbon and vanilla. A little more subdued than expected.

Taste- Coffee roast. It's not overwhelming, and pretty nice. However, I'd like some more bourbon and vanilla notes. It's like coffee ice cream with a touch of hazelnut. Also some oak notes.

Mouthfeel- Nice body. Well rounded.

Drinkability- Good. I'd definitely like to have some more.

Was definitely glad to have this one. I've been looking forward to it. It was good, but not my favorite of this style. I wish it was BCS, frankly.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 23:03:50 | More by callmescraps
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4.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium Tulip

Appearance: Oily black pour. Slight brown head, which thinned out quickly. Leaving a little bit of chocolate lacing.

Aroma: Bourbon, Chocolate, sweet malt and a hint of caramel.

Taste: Bourbon & Vanilla up front. A little heat from the alcohol. Espresso & Dark chocolate come out with a bit of the oak in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty much exactly what I expected. A little syrupy, and probably not the thickest, but very fitting with the style & tastes.

Overall: Very nice but also very strong. It opens up quite nicely as it warms, making it a very very good sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 22:26:09 | More by cmannes
Photo of Rizalini


4.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recieved in a trade from ne0m00re and poured into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Thanks for finally letting me get a taste of this brew!

A - Pours black, with a dark brown minimal head.

S - Dark chololates, bourbon, even some espresso notes, and more bourbon.

T - Roasty and warming bourbon flavor imedatiately, wth an espresso aftertaste.

M - Medium heavy, but full mouthfeel, almost chewy but not syrupy. A little bit lighter than I prefer my stouts to be. Average carbonation.

O - This is a very good bourbon stout, but lacking any other complexity besides a bourbon profile.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 20:23:35 | More by Rizalini
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4.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Ormsby's in the ATL.
Very nearly black with a quickly dissipating head, minuscule lacing. Wonderfully dark, dense and gentle, not blatantly upfront about any of its 11%. The wood, vanilla and coffee are all here, well-balanced and mutually coalesced. Yes, the appearance and mouthfeel may be somewhat lacking - both are, ultimately, perfectly reasonable, just spartan and slack - but the taste makes this a non-issue. It is well-rounded, extremely drinkable and elegantly indicative of its various components. An almost ideal Imperial Stout.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2011 02:04:12 | More by QuentinCall
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New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of mcgwire756. 2011 release which I believe is sometime in the Spring.

Pours a viscous-looking black body with a small, short-lived dark tan head that leaves some minimal spotty lacing. Agitation is unsuccessful to force any significant head.

Aromas of strong baker's chocolate, both dark and milk versions. As it warms you get some coffee and slight vanilla and nutty notes from the bourbon, but not a drop of alcohol or "hotness" what-so-ever.

The taste follows the nose with luxurious dark and milk chocolate flavors; some vanilla notes as it warms. The coffee flavors are quite prevalent throughout and really overwhelm the chocolate flavors that I enjoyed on the nose. Bourbon barrel flavors emerge more and more as it warms, vanilla, slight sour mash bourbon alcohol flavor. Definitely opens up as it warms.

Mouthfeel is crazy high/strong, however you are supposed to describe this category. Coffee bitterness lingers for days and coats the palate, bourbon flavors linger and add to the intense flavor profile.

Overall, what can I say, this is a great beer. The flavor profile is obviously great and second to few. The problem is how hard it is to get this beer now-a-days. Beer geeks are stalking this like it is the best beer on the planet, which I do not think it is, so unfortunately I will only be able to sample this via trade or trade extras going forward. I sample CBS a few nights ago for the first time and I can say I enjoyed it more because the sweetness helped to balance the coffee bitterness that I found to be slightly (slightly) too much for my tastes here. Is this great, yes, recommended, yes, a necessity to check off your list as a beer geek, yes, is it my favorite, not by a long shot, but to each his own.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 02:12:22 | More by claspada
Photo of chi16brew


4.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer is beautiful, it poors jet black with a creamy tan head which fades quickly.

S - Here is the first hint of how big this beer is. Lots of coffee, coffe, a little oak and in the back some alcohol.

T - The aroma was no lie, tons of coffee in this one. Cocoa present with a bit of oak on the back end. Hints of tar maybe.

M - Lighter than I would expect, medium carbonation.

O - Good stout, tons of coffee, maybe it was all the hype but I was expecting a little more. Still a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 23:52:20 | More by chi16brew
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New York

4.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Founders has proven to be one solid brewery! Take one awesome breakfast stout, throw it in Bourbon barrels and the result is amazing! The taste of coffee, with a bourbon finish is something that I don't think I would ever get tired of. I wish that this was more readily available, and that you could find it at any point in the year, and not on just one or two days depending on where it is being released.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 03:27:09 | More by BA_Berto
Photo of taez555


4.08/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pitch black with a mild gray and reddish/purple hued, motor oil thick body with a very small off-white head that died almost immediately.

Nose is an intense grainy rich milk chocolate with a boot leather type wooden bourbon barrel smell. Hints of espresso beans, vanilla beans, chalk, dark chocolate, very faint hints of smoke and mild alcohol. It's a very compact nose with subtle smells that shine through more as it warms.

Taste is very full bodied and almost syrupy thick. Strong woody alcohol rich bourbon flavors dominate and mix with a rich espresso and chocolate flavor. There's a graininess throughout as well as a strong burnt malt bitterness that's mixed with a dominate hop bitterness. Vanilla notes are mixed with a chocolate and bourbon, but since vanilla is such a key characteristic in these to begin with it's a bit overshadowed. Mild chalk touches and some strong charcoal notes.. There really isn't much in the way of hop flavor albeit a few brief citrus notes, but honestly it's hard to tell if it's hops or the dark malt and bourbon flavors you're mis-tasting.

A good beer, but still not my favorite from Founders. Could probably use some aging to mellow it a bit, but still, this beer is an experience that needs to be sipped slow.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2007 23:14:48 | More by taez555
Photo of Imstillthegman


4.08/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Motor oil. Plain and simple. Thick, black, almost gooey looking. There are a couple of dark tan bubbles forming an island in the middle of the black sea. Even though there really wasn't a head, there is still some rather nice lacing ringing the glass.

The smell is of burnt cowboy coffee, woody bourbon, and some dark fruit. Slight hint of wet cardboard...uh oh. It's very slight, though, and way in the background.

The flavor is of the same strong coffee and bourbon in the aroma. Fairly strong bitterness. The bourbon flavor is there, behind the coffee, but it does not have the alcohol quality to go along with it (nice). No taste of the hint of oxidation I was smelling, thank goodness.

Mouthfeel is full and heavy. Very slick and oily. Aftertaste is a little bit bitter and the alcohol hits me in the back of my throat after swallowing. Warms the belly nicely on a cold night. I can't seem to remember who sent this one to me, but thanks!

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 01:58:18 | More by Imstillthegman
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4.08/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Updated review (now reflects KBS 2010)...

Appearance: Thick, black, and unusual (if not totally unique). KBS is viscous, opaque, and very low on carbonation. An aggressive pours yields only a half-finger of khaki head, which dwindles to a filmy cap throughout drinking. The body of the beer, though, looks heavy and thick enough to warrant high marks. This is a STOUT.

Smell: Coffee is predominant, followed by dark chocolate, burnt toast, and bourbon. I was told to expect a blast of bourbon and vanilla, but I don't find it here. In my view, this smells more like a "coffee stout" than a "bourbon-barrel stout." As a big bourbon fan, I hope I'm wrong...

Taste: Aw, man, I'm not wrong. Coffee and dark chocolate are foremost in this beer's flavor profile, with a hint of bourbon tagging along for the ride. I pick up a good amount of wet oak, but bourbon and vanilla are afterthoughts relative to that dominant coffee. Still, I don't hate coffee or chocolate, so the beer tastes good to me -- it's just not the bourbon bomb I was hoping for.

Mouthfeel: Not as thick and viscous as the mouthfeel would lead you to believe, but still pretty heavy in the mouth. Low on carbonation (which is fine for the style) and fairly sticky. I like it.

Drinkability: The coffee and dark chocolate flavors may not hide the alcohol entirely, but this year's (2010) edition of KBS does a fine job of distracting the drinker from the relatively high ABV. This is a strong beer, and you'll feel its effects after even a single 12-ounce bottle. It's good stuff, but you've got to exercise caution while drinking it.

I certainly wouldn't discourage anyone from trying KBS, but it's not the bourbon-aceous miracle I'd been led to expect. Give it a try, but don't expect a ton of bourbon character -- for that, look to Goose Island Bourbon County Stout or Founders Nemesis 2009.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 07:08:11 | More by UGADawgGuy
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4.08/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Wilwfu

Appearance: Jet black w/minimal dark brown head.

Smell: Roasty, vanilla, bourbon

Taste: Sweet, bourbon, vanilla, oakiness. Somewhat thick mouthfeel, but not chewy. The bourbon burn kind of hits half way through and leaves a little burn on the way down but not so much as to overpower flavor or make undrinkable. Bourbon also thins the body quite a bit. More so than CBS or FBS.

Overall: exceptional very delicious imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 22:05:11 | More by bret27
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4.08/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled on 02/16/09, poured into pint glass from 12floz bottle

A - bottle pours a pretty thick pitch black liquid, that only forms about a single mm of head after a forced pour. the body is pitch black. head is so incredibly minimal that is is quite a let-down on the visual aspect. what little head there is has a medium-dark brown colour to it.

S - the top note is espresso. smells quite a lot like chocolate covered espresso beans, which is the chocolate aspect mixing into the predominant coffee part. the mid note is dark roasted malts, while the rest of the aroma way down below it all is this slight whiskey flavour, a bit spicy and boozy, but for the most part the nose is completely dominated by this chocolate covered espresso bean aroma. would have liked to see more of the kentucky aspect, and have a much bigger whiskey presence.

T - the taste is like a mirror refleciton of the nose: majority is this distinctive choco-espresso bean flavour, while the malts are in the middle with some slight whiskey taste. the initial taste is the choco-espresso and some slightly sweet malts; bitterness is definite at 70 ibu but there is no real identifiable hoppy bitterness, nothing vegetal; slight alcohol warmth and minimal whiskey taste along with it. the finish has more of a dry alcohol taste than a whiskey burn. the espresso bean flavour also stays with us for the entire finish; slightly more bitter at the far end of the finish than the rest of the process. the aftertaste is like i've had a handful of dark chocolate covered espresso beans. I am throughly unimpressed with the beer; though it is very smooth and tastes pretty good, the redundancy of the taste and distinct lack of whiskey is much to much to ignore.

MF&D - the one real redeeming factor for this brew is that it is very very drinkable despite the high abv. one hardly (sadly) taste the alcohol or whiskey barreling process. aside from that, the body of the beer is too thin for the style. american doubles are supposed to be thicker than an ris, but this is barely cutting it for that. it has a heavy body, but one at the far light side of heavys. not something for which I would dish out the money again, much prefer the regular breakfast stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 04:45:07 | More by erz316
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North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2011 19:53:48 | More by ssuggs01
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4.08/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 04:42:34 | More by superdedooperboy
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4.08/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to brees6221 for this one. My first KBS...

2010 bottle poured into a Ballast Point Brewery pint glass...

A - Pours black with a one finger brown head on a fairly passive pour. Good amount head retention, and lacing to be had here...

S - Coffee, chocolate, and lots of dark roasted malts. No Bourbon to be had through in the scent...

T - Chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malts, and a hint of vanilla. Finishes on a roasty bitter note with some coffee lingering. Coffee is definitely the main focus here. Bourbon is lacking big time. Was hoping for more heat in the finish...

M - Nice and thick with a moderate amount of carbonation...

O - Wondering if maybe age had an averse affect on this one because I don't see what all the hype is about. Way to much roasty/coffee notes, and next to no Bourbon in the taste made this just an above average drink for me. Would like to try a fresh one, but not something I am going to go out of my way to obtain...


Had a chance to try a fairly fresh one these thanks to a very generous extra in a recent trade. Thanks Joey!

Coffee is still dominate here, especially as it warms, but the bourbon is much more pronounced. Enjoyed this alot more fresh, and adjusted my ratings to reflect so. Still don't think this lives up to the hype. While it is a solid brew, it is nothing above and beyond. To each their own though.


Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 00:53:35 | More by comfortablynumb1
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4.08/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 2011 release bottle, lightly chilled to around 55°F, poured into a tulip glass. Thanks to mtunnell for providing a '11 and a '10 bottle to me in our trade!

Beer pours pitch black with a half a finger of brown milk chocolate colored small bubble head with a vigorous pour. Head dissipates quickly, leaving some light lacing. Swirling shows a bit of alcohol feet sticking to the glass edge. Some carbonation is visible at the edge of the glass when swirling the beer lightly.

The bourbon was very apparent as soon I popped the cap on the bottle. Bourbon overshadows the rest of the flavor notes on the nose, bit of charred oak, burnt sugar, milk chocolate, dark roasted malt, and fruity coffee. A bit too much bourbon on the nose though, but it somewhat makes sense since this is a fresh bottle. As the beer sits, the aroma is weaker than I would have expected from a beer like this.

Very strong bourbon on the tongue, vanilla, caramel, oak, dark fruits, prunes mainly. The stout is somewhat backseat to the barrel treatment, but there's milk chocolate, roasted malt a hint of coffee, some floral hop bitterness. Lots of alcohol warmth in the mouth and the throat. Finish is mostly clean, maybe some bourbon vanilla and oak notes.

Medium body with some good small bubble carbonation to move the flavors along. Definitely a slow sipper with the alcohol making this burn a bit. At this point, this really is a bourbon lover's type of beer, but I would like more of the beer to come through. Curious if I should open the '10 bottle soon and see how it compares.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 02:18:21 | More by nataku00
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4.08/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A beer that has tastes of black coffee, M'n'Ms, smoke, oak, bourbon, booze, raw meat, chocolate, grass, tobacco, fabric, dark fruits, cacti, hops and blood. Interesting beer. Smooth but whatever. Had this beer four years ago. Still like it. Still want more.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 02:26:52 | More by Jazzcrop
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4.08/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of myspoonistoobig. Thanks Michael. Pour a black that is cola brown at the edges when held up to the light. A small light tan head disappears pretty quickly and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma chocolate, coffee, some roast, bourbon, and some light char. The coffee is still pretty strong. The initial taste is sweet chocolate, followed by coffee, some light oak, bourbon, and a little bit of char. The finish has a decent bitterness to it and leaves some lingering coffee flavors. Medium body. Relatively low carbonation. This is a very good beer, but there are several barrel aged imperial stouts that I enjoy more.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 21:54:02 | More by jethrodium
Photo of Holland


4.08/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: thick like motor oil, black, brown head that gives a hint of its decent carbonation.

S: lot of oak, some bourbon, but it doesn't have the sweet smell of excellence of BCBS or Parabola.

T: taste is good, but there is something missing from making it a top beer.

M: Excellent feeling of thickness and medium carbonation makes this beautiful, especially with the slight bitterness.

O: I prefer a bourbon barrel aged stout with heavier notes of vanilla and caramel. This was more bitter than expected and kind of disappointing (especially after waiting out for 13 hours for 12 bottles of it). $5/bottle....

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 02:26:19 | More by Holland
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4.08/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

first of all big props to craft ale house limerick pa for having this, not publicizing it, ok its available for sit in only, so ill sit in. nice mellow quiet thursday after work. no fuss, no hysteria, no line, especially no line, no sold out in 10 minutes, just the way it should be, yes ive said it before. call me hypehater1.

and now that we're on that subject, im glad i tried it, but this beer is very good, 12th best in the world? not. another overhyped beer from the most overrated brewery on this planet, and not one ill need to seek out again.

pours black, complementary head, pretty beer. smells just ok, coffee, hints of bourbon and vanilla, refined. and thats what it tastes like, along with a dark fruity presence i like. mouthfeel could be better, thicker, but this is strong and satisfying.

my recommedation would be make it thicker, more available, and in 4 paks everywhere and i would get one every year. but i wont have one again until that happens.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 12:14:11 | More by B33R501
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4.08/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured black with large brown head into a large snifter. There was good head retention and sticky lacing.

I mostly get wet coffee grounds on the nose along with some malt. There is a somewhat sweet coffee flavor up front. I get a little bit of cocoa and bourbon barrel after that. The mouth feel is medium.

About halfway through I'm getting more of a balance of the bourbon barrel flavor with the coffee. I started this at cellar temp of about 55F but I think it's a little better as it warms up from there.

I don't know if it is worth the $7 for a 12 oz bottle. Goose Island BCBS is much more intense. Central Waters BS has much more of the bourbon barrel notes. Overall, this is a very good imperial coffee stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 00:26:51 | More by jdkitchi
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4.06/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 Bottle tried pretty much as fresh as can be after purchasing it at a store. Pours motor oil like with no head. Smells of heavy chocolate, vanilla, licorice, wood, bourbon and boozy. Taste is like chocolate sauce and light bourbon booze. Very good, but a bit hot. The palate on this one is thinner than I would have expected, and this is usually the impression I get from the BA coffee stouts. Not sure if it's due tot he acidity, but something about the coffee-barrel combination makes things seems thing to me. Lingering bourbon vanilla on the palate and warmth in the throat. Actually like the standard breakfast stout better. Gotta find some again.

Tried a 2011 bottle on Dec 20, 2012. Same impression as before, like the regular FBS better, but this one is a nice warming yumminess. Only complaint is there’s no more coffee flavor. Just sort of bourbony, and slightly metallic but nothing serious.

2013 bottle pretty fresh on 5/3/13. This one seems thicker than before with a little more vanilla. Bourbon is still a little harsh and there are others of the stule I prefer. Still a neat beer though.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 14:39:59 | More by BMMillsy
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 7,096 ratings.