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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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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,105 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 7105
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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ZombiesAteMyDog

Indiana

4.95/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Two-year-old bottle... It could be three-years-old; it's from before they started putting dates on the bottles.

A - Ain't no light coming through this one; it's a black hole. It pours very dark and with a little head that does not last long. There is a small ring left behind.

S - This smells so damn good. I'm not even going to bother describing it. It's perfect for a stout lover, and you need to seek it out.

T - I thought the alcohol would have tamed a bit more than it has, but I'm not complaining because the flavors have gotten better with age.

M - It's not as thick as I remember it to be. It still coats well, and I'm not calling it thin... This is a barrel-chested man of a stout, but it's not as thick as I remembered it to be.

O - I was looking forward to trying this with some age on it, and it has held up very well. One of my favorite beers of all time, and it probably always will be. I'm mad that I drank it too quickly.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 23:53:23 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
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ncketchum

Wisconsin

4.95/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2012 vintage in a Duvel tulip, cellar temperature

A - pours jet black, no carbonation of note, dark chocolate head, about 2 fingers, fades slowly to leave a bit of lacing

S - chocolate, coffee up front, with an undertone of the bourbon which doesn't over power

T - just like the nose, with coffee and chocolate up front, but the bourbon is more prominent

M - thick, almost syrupy, minimal carbonation, the bourbon definitely lingers for some time

O - This is definitely one of my favorites for imperial stouts. The bourbon has a strong presence, which I like. Not too sweet, very well balanced, one of the best beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 01:55:06 | More by ncketchum
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Samichlaus82

Germany

4.95/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pitch black color. Aroma is full of dark scents including chocolate, coffee, vanilla, a hint of bourbon, dried fruits, and quality alcohol. Flavor is just like the nose. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, dried fruits, bourbon, and quality alcohol. Hop bitterness is present and in balance with the rest of the beer from beginning to end. Very smooth, very drinkable, delicious. I am going to drink this one slowly and enjoy it!

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 09:29:40 | More by Samichlaus82
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kylelenk

Michigan

4.95/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off, spectacular beer. Cannot wait until next year when the production is higher and the beer should be more available. I live here in GR and it sells out in the market usually before 2PM on the release day and the taproom has it for roughly a week.

I've had fresh and aged at 6 and 12 months. Definitely ages extremely well and it's an almost have to leave it in the cellar for a few months beer.

A: Similar to Breakfast Stout, the head dissipates quickly and leaves a little ring around the edge that produces nice lacing as the beer is consumed.

S: Bourbon, bourbon, bourbon, cocoa/coffee, and barley.

M: Heavy, thick, and a stomach full. The beer will leave you filled up for sure. Only complaint is how difficult it feels to drink two of these. IMO, should only be enjoyed one at a time or with a break/cleansing of the pallet in between. Heavy beer and completely capable of paralyzing your tastebuds.

T: Where can I start. Fresh, it's got a huge bourbon blast at the start. If you like the bourbon portion of BA beers, then enjoy this fresh. Bourbon is complimented nice with the traditional cocoa and coffee flavors so familiar in traditional Breakfast Stout. Aging it will produce probably the best flavor I've experienced in a beer. There are so many things to compare it to. At six months, I've used the words milkshake, chocolate milk, Jamocha Shake from Arby's, etc. It's such a wonderfully balanced ale at that point even though the bourbon has dissipated slightly and still packs the whopping ABV punch.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 19:08:38 | More by kylelenk
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Dirtinabottle

New York

4.95/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Oily and Charred.
S- Was hoping to pick up a bit more coffee upfront. This bottle was aged a year.
T- Nutty, Chocolate, and slight burbon. Low booze. I have no other comparison for the depth of flavor.
M- Smooth. Viscous.
Overall- The finest stout I have had. Looking forward to trying this years batch fresh.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 20:35:19 | More by Dirtinabottle
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.95/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2013 Vintage. Poured from a bottle into mug, the beer is jet black, and pours heavy, with no head and only the slightest dark brown ring of film around the surface. It literally poured like motor oil, and it looks delicious. Aromas of wood and earth, with a backbone of rich chocolate and touches of smoke, highlighted by booze. Flavors are robust, with a smoky, woody forward flavor followed quickly by dark, bitter baker's chocolate and rich, full, roasted coffee. Wow, this one is layered, and it is unbelievably smooth. Smoke and roast fills the senses, as well as the palate, throughout each drink. Creamy vanilla highlights, with a warming sensation from the heightened ABV. This is tremendous. Smooth, full, and creamy in mouth, with an almost velvet feel. Roast and coffee on the aftertaste, with hints of booze. Dry, roasted finish, with a smoked and woody linger. This is a fantastic brew, and I can only imagine it would age very, very well.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 02:50:19 | More by GarthDanielson
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4.95/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle served in a snifter glass.

A: Pours a deep opaque oily black color forming a small but creamy beige head with medium retention that leaves some spotty and molasses lacings in the glass

S: The smell is just perfect. Sweet and molasses. Delicious roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, bourbon and oak. The smell of oak is absolutely delicious. I've gave 5, but I would give it 10 if I could! :p

T: Sweet and roasted upfront. Strong notes of roasted malts, candy sugar, caramel, bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate and coffee. Strong and delicious roast bitterness in the end. Alcohol is well hidden

M: Heavy, dense, creamy and molasses body. Medium to low carbonation. Complex sweet and roasted aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. Masterpiece

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 18:55:23 | More by eduardolinhalis
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Apatschinn

Iowa

4.96/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

App. - Very dark with little to no head at all. Whatever came up quickly dissipated. Intermittent bubbles broke the surface. Beautifully brown in color if held up to a light, but only around the edges, this beer is incredibly opaque.

Smell - The bourbon was the first thing to hit my nose. This was quickly followed by rich coffee and chocolate hints. Not overpowering but very strong.

Taste - As expected, the bourbon hits strong but does not last very long. The coffee and chocolate cascade right in afterwards. Strong, but again not overpowering. Very well balanced.

Mouth. - Velvety and smooth.

Over. - Fantastic beer. Definitely lives up to the hype. If you can get your hands on it do so and be impressed!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 01:44:13 | More by Apatschinn
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WhiteHillsStore

Connecticut

4.96/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

An astounding beer. Although incredibly hard to find (Researched and went to four stores before I found one that would reserve and sell to me.) it was well worth the wait. The pour is as thick and black as motor oil with a toffee colored head. The smell was divine with notes of caramel and coffee. The taste had more bourbon than I was expecting but the sweetness from the barrels combined with the dark chocolate and coffee flavors was heavenly. An absolute triumph of beer. If you are committed enough to find and acquire a bottle, buy it without a second thought.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 16:33:22 | More by WhiteHillsStore
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s8bored

Michigan

4.96/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The 2014 KBS release was as delicious as last year and the previous.

Enjoyed on tap with good friends. Appearance was dark and chocolatey with passable light filtering through its heavy depths.

Nose was coffee and dark molasses. Great nose filling stoutiness.

Taste was chocolate and coffee. Dark toast. And booze! Nice warming going sensation going down.

Slight carbonation. Just the right amount of viscosity.

Overall, one of the best barrel aged stouts around. A enigma for some and a legend to others.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2014 18:40:49 | More by s8bored
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jj21

Wisconsin

4.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hate to give a beer all 5's so I'll nit-pick.

Everything about this beer is dark. Pours syrupy black with dark tan head. Head doesn't last too long but aroma is strong enough to hold. Smells very close to regular Breakfast Stout. Side by side I don't think I could tell the two apart. Taste is also similar, but as it lingers in your mouth and warms, the Bourbon flavor comes out. Not overpowering at all but very smooth. Exceptional beer. Worth the hefty pricetag in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2006 19:37:42 | More by jj21
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

4.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up one of the last singles at Riley's here in Madison. Glad I decided to stop in.

Pour is absolutely black-hole, petroleum, midnight black with a finger and a half of dark cappuccino, rocky head and thick lacing all the way down. Nose is an aromatic explosion of oak, vanilla, bourbon, caramel and coffee. Taste lives up to the smell with a hearty Kentucky-style bourbon kick flanked by hearty notes of oaky vanilla, rich caramel, and a few shots of espresso. Mouthfeel is gooey, chewy and somehow still smooth and creamy. Breakfast Stout's bigger, badder, unbridled brother from down South. Hell of a beer, wish it wasn't so rare/expensive, but a delicious treat nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2006 02:08:08 | More by Golden2wenty1
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Sycodrummer

Massachusetts

4.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First sampled this at the EBF and had reserved myself that barring a trip to Michigan, would probably not see this again soon. To my surprise, had from TPH on 5/23/06.

Presented from the tap in a big oversized wine glass with about a half pour. The beer was a jet black color with slight ruby near the edges. A thin sliver of tan head sat atop the beer and quickly faded. No signs of carbonation (as expected) and served at a significantly warmer temp. than most beer (as expected).

The nose was full of bourbon aromas and semi-sweet roasted malt. The alcohol came with traces of whiskey in it and chocolate undertone pervaded the nose.

The innitial taste is a slight searing of alcohol mixed with chocolate and roasted malt. Subtle bitterness to each sip and the bourbon flavor is quite pronounced. Robust to the finish with a hearty alcoholic presence throughout the sample.

Medium-heavy body with almost no carbonation. A sipping beer all the way.

KBS is extremely drinkable and perfect to sip and savor from a snifer as one would a fine whiskey. I found the bourbon flavors pronounced, but still not quite as much as they were at the EFB. Although "only" about 9% ABV the beer drinks and smells greater than that. Very enjoyable and one I hope to have again even if it means a trip to Mich.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2006 13:47:17 | More by Sycodrummer
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froggyfrog

Pennsylvania

4.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A highly anticipated beer for me for sure. A huge thanks to hoppymeal for slipping me this bottle.

12 ounce brown bottle. Beer served in a clean glass snifter.

Liquid lamp black with a feeble sea foam head that etches an unyielding line of hardened foam on the glass. A very black beer, impenetrable to light.

Aroma is sweet Hershey's chocolate syrup and Jack Daniel's. A mouthwatering combination to sat the least. Also comprising the nose is brewed black coffee some toffee, vanilla and dark bittersweet chocolate. Wow!

The flavor: An expertly done smoky liquid bourbon oak and black coffee mix. Toasted oak and grain with a mild vanilla finish.

[Some have complained of the level of bourbon evident in this brew, calling it overpowering, but I dig it just the way it stands. The whiskey barrel brings depth and a strong flavor to this beer and that suits me just fine. I'm not a liquor drinker myself (to much alcohol burn getting in the way of my flavors), but I love the taste of good whiskey, etc. in my beer. That being said: this is not a hot alcohol beer or one overpowered by bourbon flavors. I call it just right. 5.0]

MF: Silky and smooth. Drinks like an oatmeal stout liquor if there was such a monster. Really, it floats across the tongue like so much hand whipped cream.

Drinkability: For all its strength and complexity this beer could be guzzled very easily.

The Verdict: An awesome beer, worthy of the hype. Derek: You're the man, I owe you one.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2006 04:33:21 | More by froggyfrog
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rsyberg01

California

4.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

S - 12 oz. bottle. Again, Andy is the man.

A - Black with a brownish red breaking through at the very edge. Tan chocolate head, looks great.

S - Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, oak, bourbon with a slight alcohol burn on the tail of the whiff. What the hell is going on inside my glass, wow.

T - Chocolate, coffee, espresso, oak, vanilla, slight bourbon again with some alcohol warmth to it. I cant even express how I feel right now.

M - Viscous, but not too, perfect.

D - I wish I had an everlasting glass of this nectar of the gods.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2006 00:32:30 | More by rsyberg01
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WeisGuy

New York

4.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2007 vintage

a - pour deep black, thick as motor oil, smallish khaki head with retention around the edges, good amount of lacing, especially for the modest head

s - big coffee aroma, nice uncurrents of vanilla, oak, bourbon, dark chocolate, and burnt malt, alcohol is evident, great smelling stout

t - sweet bourbon flavor up front, body is of dark roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, burnt malt, finish has a nice coffee bitterness along with pronounced notes of oak and vanilla that evolve into subtle sweetness, just enough alcohol hints to know it's there, brilliantly complex!

m - full-bodied, very creamy, coats mouth well, mild carbonation, finish is somewhat dry, but there's enough sweetness as well to keep palate in good shape, very nice warming effect

d - for a really big stout, extremely drinkable, if I wouldn't end up on the ground, I could drink this all night, doesn't wear out the palate too much, but at the same time the taste is extremely complex and aggressive

Wow, this beer lived up to all the hype for me. Luckily, I have a case, so I'll be able to see how it develops with some age. It'll be hard to improve on this though. I don't think there's any doubt the Founders is the king of stouts.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 02:41:44 | More by WeisGuy
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a snifter, the KBS pours dark brown/black with a very small brown head which went away pretty fast. Lacing is good. It smells like coffee, oak, bourbon, vanilla and dark/bitter chocolate. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but there's also some roasted malt, licorice and molasses too. Mouthfeel is medium/full, and it's creamy, smooth and oily. The low carbonation makes the drinkability of this beer excellent. The alcohol is well hidden, I can't notice it at all so it's easy for me to start taking bigger gulps of the beer instead of little sips. I think this is an excellent beer, it's one of if not the best beer I've ever had. It definitely lives up to the hype, if you ever get the chance to try KBS, you should!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2007 23:19:48 | More by bluejacket74
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malcontent

Illinois

4.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Little to no head although it's a style that doesn't demand it. Lacing is present and the tan bubbles betray only the slightest light shining through the edges of an otherwise ominous black body.

The beauty of this bourbon-barrel bon-bon is that the nose isn't dominated by said spirit. Vanilla, charcoal, chocolate and of course, coffee all waft tantalizingly upward to greet me. I haven't waxed poetic in a review for a while but I haven't had reason to for a while either. This is a great start.

I can't even comment on taste yet because the first thing that strikes me is that this is flat-out the smoothest 10% ABV brew I've ever had. Creamy coffee laced with the gorgeous vanilla notes from the wood. Honey and smoke disappear as quickly as they arrived but aren't gone from my memory. All the flavors come back to the central theme of coffee and finish with a nutty toffee flavor. This is a superlative beer whose flavors work in congress with one another as well as I've ever experienced.

Mouthfeel is luxuriously creamy without ever hinting at syrupy. I don't care that it's a 10%er because I can't taste it and, so far, I can't feel it. This is deadly drinkable and might be my favorite beer to date.

A long overdue thanks to the departed AKSmokedPorter/Lhasa/MC Gordon.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2007 14:53:38 | More by malcontent
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tpd975

Florida

4.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! A great big thank you to Sudsdog for this one!

A: Coal black with the thinnest of espresso head. So dark I don't know if there are any bubbles in there or not. There is no lacing to speak of.

S: I am already in love with this one. Smoked coffee with a hint of vanilla. I sat and sniffed it so long I had to actually tell myself, enough drink the damn thing already.

T: Oh my god and baby Jesus, this is it! WOW! This baby is quite possibly the best tasting beverage to ever pass my lips and cross my tongue. A perfect match of coffee. bourbon, cocoa, and vanilla. Starbucks wishes they had something that tastes like this.

M: This baby is blended so perfectly. It is medium to full bodied and slides down my throat sooo smoothly.

D: Oh yeah it’s drinkable. I put this baby down so fast I was begging for another, but alas the cupboard is bare. Sudsdog send another please I am begging you.

Overall: As I stated this is quite possibly the greatest beverage to ever pass my lips. If I were to die today I would die a very happy man. This brew is perfect in every single way. I held off on giving it a five in the event that there is something better out there. If there is, please bring it forth because this one is going to be hard to beat. Once again Founder's has impressed! No matter the price get your hands on this one, and while your at it pick up all you can afford because this one it what it is all about.

As it says on the bottle: Is good for everything a stout ought to be good for.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2007 17:24:37 | More by tpd975
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

4.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First off i want to thank my good buddy Sudsdog for just sending me this beer because i need to try it. Man, i love being a BA.
PS. Send more !

Poured the 12oz. stubby brown bottle into a Mad Elf tulip glass (Good Choice) Looked like dirty motor oil you know Texas crude,black oil I felt like a millionare. Opaque could also be used here. Got A 2'' mocha head from a hard pour had decent retention left a thick creamy layer that just would not die.Some beautiful lace curtians decorating the glass on the way down. Just a smigen shy of a 5 on the head

The aroma one word "Heavenly" complex to say the least. A strong charred wood smell,bakers chocolate the chocolate aroma reminded me of the ride through the Hershey factory.Very roasty,cappachino,sweet sents of chocolate throughtout. Very earthy,woody a toasty/toffee with a candied carmell and a hint of some vanallia creamer added.

Intense roastyness/bitter chocolate with strong charred/burnt wood tastes. Has a flash of alcohol in the mid taste with a note of vanallia. Great balance with a sharp,crisp,dry/puckering feel get right to the point. Very earthy feel with overtones of burbon throughout. The taste is simply out of this world.

The mouthfeel is extremely light and creamy, "nitro-like" with some some slight cloying this beer just seems to melt away in your mouth.
The most drinkable 10% stout you will find went down so smooth and easy really wishing I had more. Don't know what else to say other than: "wish i had more" A must try beer in my book !

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2007 02:55:41 | More by jcdiflorio
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dogman

Illinois

4.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh My Dear Lord!!!

I had heard abit about the Founders Breakfast Stout from a friend but, hadn't ever had it. When i found out that my favorite beer bar had got a couple cases of the KBS i was really intrested.

I payed 11 bucks for the bottle & was worth every bit. The bourbon isn't overpowering like some other oak aged stouts. The coffee and bourbon blend really well.

I was blown away by this beer. One of the best if not my favorite stout i've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2007 01:53:17 | More by dogman
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bort11

Missouri

4.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to unclejedi for this one!!

12 oz stubby bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Dark creamy brown head that leaves a thin foamy lace on the glass. Color is a dark, dark brown, almost pure black. It only registers as slightly brown when held to the light.
Smell is a fantastic blend of dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee, brown sugar, molasses, and even some butter-scotch. The bourbon comes off more as a wood smoke aroma. Taste is equal to the smell and then some. More of the bourbon is present, but it isn't very boozy like some bourbon aged beers. Still deliciously sweet.
Mouthfeel is full bodied and chewy. In fact, I would be all about a caramel candy flavored like this. This is an absolutely fan-freaking-tastic beer. It should be on everyones want list.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2007 02:40:57 | More by bort11
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

4.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The anticipation of trying this beer almost gives me chills. I've been waiting for this grail beer. I've sampled it but this whole bottle is mine.

A short but beautiful rich chocolate brown head creeps to barely half an inch. Body is thick as used motor oil and pours almost syrupy slow. The nose is like griding a fresh batch of high end coffee. Soft but distinct backround notes of coco and bourbon notes also exist. As you take first sip you are amazed by the smoothness of this beer. Coffee is nicely roasted and almost creamy. Bourbon feel is noticeable both on the start and finish of the palate. Very dark chocolate notes are softly presented throughout the palate. Drinks nicely as it warms to room tempature. Mouthfeel is like eating a rich truffle, it just makes you want more. Although the alchol is very well hidden it does warm the belly nicely. Drinkability would only be limited by it's availability. A lovely beer worth the hype.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2007 21:48:36 | More by SPLITGRIN
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Lupe

New York

4.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to metallitone1 for this one

Pours black as night and looks thick - not a tinge of light passing through. Creamy coffee colored head is dense, and settles down to a thin film - leaving behind traces of lace.

Wonderful aroma of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and fudge brownies. Mild charred oak and bright breakfast blend-style coffee round things out. Aroma is strong yet soft. Absolutely mouthwatering.

Flavor delivers what the aroma tells you - rich sweetness with chocolate, caramel, light coffee, and smooth bourbon. Notes of vanilla and charred oak. Finishes with alcohol warmth and lingering dry oak. Incredibly well balanced - no one flavor overwhelms, and the bourbon is super smooth and held in check.

Full bodied, super smooth, a bit chewy, and not heavy or syrupy as you would expect. Too easy to drink - should be a sipper but hard to put down, as it begs for another gulp. Desert, night-cap, or with breakfast, I'd make many excuses for having one. Truly a special beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 20:25:01 | More by Lupe
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a thick solid black with a thin off white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is heavy on the coffee as would be expected. I also get some chocolate, tobacco, ash, and dried fruits. Complex aroma really, but heavy coffee. Taste hits with roast then chocolate, and then comes the coffee on the attack. Finish with some vanilla, and some bourbon that is oh so subtle. Awesome complexity!! Creamy full bodied mouthfeel. Excellant brew, I wish it was more available! Another well done brew from founders.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 00:30:59 | More by johnnnniee
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 7,105 ratings.