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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
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7,098 Ratings
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Ratings: 7098
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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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

4.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

KBS! A legend of a beer, a hipe slayer.
Finally got to try this at the blue dog's wealth of riches. Even if it was only 5 oz.
What struck me most was how balanced this beer is in the aroma and flavor.
The appearance was deep black in color with a thick ringlet of mocha foam around the edges.
Due in part from the high ABV's most likely.
The aroma was simply fantastic with many different smells that played off each other.
Plenty of roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolates, creamy vanilla, oak, and bourbon. The aroma was complex, sutle and worked well together.
The taste was equally fantastic, more so actually. Bold and sutle, sweet and bitter with great deapth of flavor. Roasted malts, creamed coffee, milk chocolate, vanilla cream, oak peat and bourbon and the list goes on.
There is a sweetness that reigns in all the flavors, mellowing them out nicely.
At the end is a refined bourbon taste that warms and coats the tongue and mouth.
On the palate it drinks like a medium thick weight. It flows over the palate with the greatest of ease. Sticky sweetness lingers into a semi bitter and dry aftertaste.
It's interesting how the nose suggest a more robust dry and bitter taste say like a black coffee but it drinks smooth and creamy like coffee and cream. Perfectly aged.

WOW. A beautifully well rounded beer that easy drinking with great depth in flavor and aromas. WOW!

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2013 12:36:29 | More by micromaniac129
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AndyP612

Illinois

4.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(2013) Bottle poured into Darkness tulip.

A- Thick murdered out black with no light let through with a fingers worth of khaki brown head. I was kind of expecting a little thicker head otherwise looks very inviting.

S- Chocolate and coffee dominant nose with hints of vanilla and bourbon booze prize towards the end. Very inviting proven by the fact that I'm salivating before the first sip.

T- Wow. Follows the nose very, very closely. Big Chocolate and coffee punch to start with the dryness and the alcohol(not overpowering) from the Ol' Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. A lingering taste of bourbon stays with you between sips along with rich chocolate. Burps taste like whiskey. Delicious. So many layers.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Not too thick but so rich and luscious. Velvety while milky.

O- Worth it. KBS definitely opens up as the temperature levels off. Upon first sip, I was seeing many similarities between this and Founders Breakfast Stout, however, as the layers become more apparent, the differences become less subtle. I want more. Is it 2014 yet?

Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 22:58:13 | More by AndyP612
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Neorebel

New Jersey

4.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally had the opportunity to experience this over at Newberry's Yard Of Ale in East Stroudsburg PA! We had a few 8 oz pours. Right off the bat I will confidently state that this was one of the most satisfying high end beers ever to grace my taste buds. It's obsidian appearance is opaque, and topped with a nice layering of foam that resembles chocolate mousse. It's about .5 to 1 inch tall. There's copious amounts of lacing adorning the glass also.

The aroma is luxurious, with top shelf whiskey notes, Toblerone, and light vanilla cream. It's quite vibrant! Upon tasting, the word 'exquisite' immediately came to mind. Lavazza espresso, gourmet dark chocolate, new oak, caramel, subtlety floral hops, and Haagen-Dazs ice cream...the multitude of perceived ingredients are all blended quite smoothly. The velvety liquid is dangerously drinkable with its moderately light body. It's almost too hard to believe the alcohol level is 11%.

It bears repeating that its degree of balance is astounding. Each sip is like a soft journey through it's flavorful layers. Going forward I will take whatever steps are necessary to have this beer each year, however inconvenient. Find it and enjoy as much as possible!

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2013 15:53:49 | More by Neorebel
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

4.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: 2010 edition, poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter, very dark red brown with a short dark tan head that dissipates leaving some lacing, clear

S: coffee, chocolate, espresso, oak, mocha, whiskey, vanilla, caramel, in short perfection

T: huge coffee flavor up front, dark roasted, whiskey, oak, fades into bitter dark chocolate, wonderful toasty malt profile, bitter hops appear towards the end

M: silky oil, very smooth mouthfeel, low carbonation, alcohol invisible

O: Another big thanks to Jeffrey. This is an absolutely amazing imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 22:41:59 | More by M_C_Hampton
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BradtheGreat7

Ohio

4.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This particular review was taken on my birthday May 2nd, 2013. 2013 KBS release. I've also had 2010, 2011, and 2012.

12 oz shorty bottle Founders style. The KBS logo and label are downright classy and simple but beautiful. The color scheme makes my day and really what other colors are more suited for something called Kentucky Breakfast Stout? I poured this into an authentic KBS glass(yes a KBS goblet!) it was a gift from my dad on the very same day I popped the 2013 open. This is a very special review for me. About time I put it on BA.

A - this stuff pours like liquid mud. Black as the darkest corner of a moonless night, black. It's black and its as thick as oil. A proper big stout. A dark brown head is pretty sturdy on the pour leaving a lighter brown to tan stick throughout the goblet. This slow moving liquid is a sight to behold. Beauty at its best.

S - all the sweet notes a fine bourbon would have to offer. Vanillas, caramels, and soft chocolate are a real treat for the nose. I drink plenty of the best bourbon made right here in Kentucky to know what these notes do to a man. The oak aromas are dead on with a real woodsy character and a small hint of roasted coffee bean remind you its indeed a Breakfast Stout style.

T - more bourbon flavors up front with black coffee and chocolate in the background. A real roasted oakiness to it. The vanilla, and caramel sweetness paired with roasted malt make for one hell of an experience. It's just layer after layer of bourbon barrel goodies.. The finish has a tingle of alcohol spice that ends in a bittersweet delight. This may be the most perfect beer ever to reach a bourbon barrel.

M - massive and thick. The texture and thickness is unbelievable really. Top marks to layers upon layers of thick liquid that coats the entire palate. Smooth and rich.. Delicious! Oh so delicious. Oh so perfect!

O - KBS is a consistent highlight in a man's yearly beer calendar. It's as good as the first bottle I ever had the pleasure to experience. What Founders has produced is the ultimate perfection of the American/Double Stout style. I will look forward to this year in and year out. As a Kentuckian I know the best bourbon and I know good ales aged in these barrels and KBS is an absolute out of this world brew. It has everything and lacks nothing. Ill buy this every single time I get the chance and never think twice about it. It is the platform to what a barrel aged stout should be.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 22:59:18 | More by BradtheGreat7
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scm3

Florida

4.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

6oz draft in a small snifter.

A: Dark, dark brown with a caramel colored head

S: Chocolaty, Coffee, Caramel-vanilla

T: Very sweet with a delicious Bourbon taste that was not overly boozy

M: Thick and smooth, like a cream dream.

O: A very delicious beer! The hype is a little crazy, but if the beer consumers allow for it you can't really blame breweries for capitalizing. I went to two tastings around Grand Rapids and both co-founders of Founders were at each with a beer in hand to chat with people. Pretty awesome.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2014 21:46:54 | More by scm3
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TheosTheories

Florida

4.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On draft at world of beer

A- pitch black, small head that doesn't last

S- coffee, vanilla, perfect about of boubon!

T- I'm getting that bourbon up from but it isn't over the top, it's balanced amazingly with the roasted coffee, and dark chocolate, a nice vanilla is also coming through.

M- mouth feel is perfect, on the lighter side of full, sticky and coats the mouth nice.

O- overall a perfect barrel aged stout. It is exactly what I'm looking for in one. Nice bourbon but isn't over the top like I feel like goose islands bourbon county is.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2014 23:17:01 | More by TheosTheories
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murrayswine

Arizona

5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I just got comped this from my distributor.
HOOOLLLYYY SHHHIIITTT!!!
I know thats annoying and cliche, but damn, this is the best damn beer I've had that I can remember.
On the pour it's all motor oil, with a limp head that dies early. I figure Whiskey doesnt have a head when you pour it, so this wont have much either.
The smell is huge: coffee, whiskey, dark chocalate, english toffee, and sweet molassis. I'm sure I'm missing something but it's just too big.
The taste is strong as hell at first. Like a meaner Breakfast stout, but it mellows and molds to a subtle and complex beer (is beer the right word?). It's got a lot of a whiskey/cognac taste in it, but that serves to temper and smooth out the coffee roast. Without becoming repetitive and long winded...this beer is f-in amazing.
BUY IT AT ALL COSTS!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2006 20:53:33 | More by murrayswine
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kaimcm

California

5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

on tap at the publick house

my first experience with the Kentucky breakfast and i dare say it was nothing short of perfect. everywhere I though the regular breakfast stout lacked, or fell shy of perfect, this beer improved on. huge aromas of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, hints of bourbon, cinammon, pastries. huge flavors of the same. incredible chew in the mouth, huge full body, coating. extrememly balanced, no booze to be found anywhere. unbelievably drinkable for such a huge and high alcohol beer. i put down 4 with total ease and sheer joy. this is truly an amazing brew. i hesitate to even try and describe it. thats it, im done. excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2006 15:23:34 | More by kaimcm
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MDekker

Michigan

5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

And now, a beer review update:

I first reviewed this beer almost three years ago, when I was an unexperienced BA. Since then, it has grown on me and become my favorite beer in the whole world, and worthy of all fives. Here's my updated review:

A: Pours out like 10W30, with hardly any head, but what is there is light brown - none of this tan colored head - it was the color of brown sugar.

S: Wonderful! Tons of dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, bourbon, hints of vanilla, maple syrup, and bread. I could catch whiffs of it a foot from the glass - it saturated my nose.

T: It tasted superb, as well: the alcohol was perfectly present, along with the java and dark chocolate flavors, and even a hint of maple syrup. If I had to drink a beer for breakfast, this would be a good choice. There was a lingering dark roasted bourbon flavor.

M: Rich and creamy, with an appropriate measure of carbonation to complement the alcoholic bite to it.

D: No, you couldn't keep pounding these, but it's a lovely, awesome beer to drink. I love drinking it, and I'm so happy to live in the city in which it's brewed.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2006 01:43:12 | More by MDekker
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IntriqKen

California

5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Many, MANY thanks to AlohaC for making my tasting of this beer possible.
Hmmm...where to begin.
Pours a deep used motor oil black with a creamy tan head that melts to thick glass-sticking lacing.
Aroma is unbelievable chocolate, espresso coffee and cream, followed with vanilla and a hint of the bourbon barrel aging with definate oak scents.
Mouthfeel is oh so buttery smooth and creamy with just a tingle of hops/carbonation.
Taste is also unbelievable. Coffee...lots of vanilla....light boubon....chocolate...almost a cream chocolate...more vanilla. WOW.
This could be the inside of a cream sees candy...or better a Beligium chocolate..a handmade Belgium chocolate.
Aftertaste is again sudden vanilla...chocolate, bourbon vanilla.
This is more than a desert...more than a meal....more like a sin.
I know that all 5's are not often supposed to happen and I have only given them to one other beer. 5's mean you cannot improve anymore.
For this beer, I do not think there could be anything better.
Thanks again, AlohaC

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2006 00:08:58 | More by IntriqKen
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nortmand

Virginia

5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my review from the sample I savored at the MBGSBF.

Pours deep, dark brown with a dark brown head.

Nose is dominated by roast, with a bit of bourbon thrown in for good measure. Coffee notes is well.

Very complex flavor. Chocolate, maple, bourbon, coffee, roast merge into a bludgeoning mass of flavor. Really, very nice.

Huge body, smooth and very nice. Not a summer beer, but I'll never turn down the opportunity.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2006 20:22:29 | More by nortmand
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Total darkness - a pitch black body with nary a highlight, topped by a three-finger light tan head, excellent lacing. Head drops very quickly. Great label, too. Surprised it got approved.

Big aroma of bourbon/vanilla/oak, with deep roast coffee and chocolate undercurrents.

Taste starts with coffee, adds a dark Hershey kiss, a healthy dollop of vanilla, some oak, and a dash of earthy hops at the finish. Bit of late belly warming as it slides down the throat.

Smooth, silky mouthfeel coats everything in the mouth. For such a big beer, wonderous drinkability.

Might not want to start my day with this, but its a damn fine way to end it.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2006 03:52:46 | More by RonfromJersey
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orfeu

New Mexico

5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle received in trade last summer from nflmvp (big ups, Steve!). Poured into a 17-ounce snifter. Ridiculously black -- pitch, tar, etc. -- with a dark mocha foam cap that fizzles to a dedicated ring and a thin swirled mass in the center of the glass. Simply amazing aroma complex: striking scent of earthy wet hardwood, with unsweetened Mexican chocolate, vanilla, and coffee aromas rounding out the scent. And the taste is just unbelievable. Every sip is a mouthful of sweet dark chocolates filled with incredibly smooth whiskey and white pepper. The 10% alcohol by volume is unmistakably noticeable, but the way in which it has been so deftly melded with the rest of the flavors is beyond belief. There are also dark fruit flavors: dried Bing cherries, prune nectar, currants. The silkiness of the mouthfeel is otherworldly -- no alcoholic slickness, just pure zero-resistance smoothness. An earthy finish gives way to an aftertaste of all the above-mentioned flavors that aboslutely demands repetition of the entire experience.

God. Damn.

I had been sitting on this bottle for a few months now and only opened this one tonight because I recently received another one in trade (maximum respect to hoppymeal for that one!). I am so terribly glad that I did. This most certainly must be one of the most beautiful beers available in the world today. Nothing short of peerless.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2006 23:44:37 | More by orfeu
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GbVDave

Illinois

5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz glasss into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours with the viscosity of old nasty motor oil. Pitch black. A vigorous pour reveals a bubbly and creamy, dark mocha colored, two finger head.

S: Incredible aromas of coffee, bourbon, vanilla, and dark chocolate.

T: See everything above and add to that molassas, cherry, oak, brown sugar, and hops. The finish is an an exercise in flavor balance. One second it's all coffee, then it's all bourbon, then it's bitter dark chocolate, then it's tart cherries, then...

M: Silky smooth and completely satisfying! Creamy and full and thick and rich. Amazing.

D: Drinkability if off the charts. Sure it's packing 10% but with the myriad of things going on in this beer, you soon forget all about the abv and just sip and savor this unbelievable treat. Imagine taking everything that's noteworthy about Breakfast Stout and Founders Imperial Stout, tweak the recipe slightly, and adding the extreme goodness of bourbon barrel ageing. This is what you end up with...perfection!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 00:53:29 | More by GbVDave
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SkinnyElvis

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Capone's in Norristown. Pours a deep black with a little foam. Huge smell of coffee and chocolate. Taste is amazing: chocolate and coffee dominate with a hint of the bourbon aging plus vanilla. Mouthfeel is extremely smooth. I can't taste the ABV of 10% at all. This is truly an exceptional beer. My first beer rated as "5's" across the board. I am glad that I have a few more sitting in the stash.

Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2007 01:00:28 | More by SkinnyElvis
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Brewfan

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Recieved in a DLD trade w/ Sman (insert #'s here).

Poured into my oversized DFH snifter.

Jet black body. "How much more black can it get? Really, the answer is none. None more black". -Spinal Tap
Like I said, very dark body. Dark tannish/brown head. 1finger. Decent retention. Heavy whisps of lace left in the glass once the head subsided.
Huge malty coffee and bittersweet chocolate nose. Semi smokey bourbon with whisps of marinated figs and peat. More alcohol comes through as the beer progresses.
Sooo smooth on the tongue. Oh my god. This is one smooth beer. I'm gonna be all over the place with this one between mouthfeel, taste and drinkability, because I think all 3 play into each other.
Chocolate and coffee instantly assault my palate. But it's a good assault. Bourbon and vanilla oakiness come through almost as fast. This is gorgeous. I find myself wanting drink this beer faster than almost any beer I've ever had. I have to force myself to slow down at every sip. Sips turn into swigs which turn into gulps. And this is definitely not a gulping beer. Although it goes down like one. This is too drinkable for a 10% beer. The bourbon is well present, but so well balance that you don't recognize an alcoholic "burn". It's just not there. I almost want to chew this beer there's so much flavor. I feel like I'm rambling, but it's hard to put into words everything I'm tasting.
This is one hell of a beer. I'm gonna leave it at that. Thanks to Founders for this offering. My first perfect 5 beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2007 02:21:30 | More by Brewfan
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RoBotGod

Colorado

5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Every possible thing I want out of a beer is in this one. Every part of this was good even right down to the package. Its also just getting better with age. The pour looks great. Very dark black with that dark tan coffee head. The smell has breakfast all over it. Coffee and chocolate and sweet vanilla jump out. A lot of sweet bourbon notes up front and then finishes with a dry coffee taste that it leaves in your mouth. Alcohol was not very notable to me. This was my first 5 of 5 after 60 beers reviewed. A kick ass beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2007 04:04:20 | More by RoBotGod
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I will start by acknowledging that I might be a touch biased with this review. After buying one of these and hiding it away for a couple months before my big going away party (joining a beerless nation for the Peace Corps), my dad threw it down, not even thinking. After racing all over the state to find another one, I finally had it, with a couple hours to spare. So basically, there was no way I was going to dislike this one. And I didn't. Pours a perfect pitch black color, with two fingers of tan head on top that slowly dissolves down to a delicious looking film. Aroma is crazy strong coffee, alcohol, spiciness, and some breadiness. Tons of roasted malt. Excellent aromas. Flavor is fantastic. Alcohol spice works in perfectly with the roasted malt on the back of the tongue. Definite but subtle bourbon flavors. Nice sweet dried fruit and brown sugar on the tip of the tongue. A nice hint of chocolate as well. As it warms, a nice zap of winey liquor at the end. Truly an incredible flavor. Body is creamy and full, with perfect carbonation. Can't say enough about this one. The best beer I've ever tasted, bar-none, and a great farewell to beer drinking, at least for a little while.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2007 02:18:38 | More by soupyman10
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sinistrsam

Maryland

5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let me preface this by saying I've never given a 5 before in my life, and a always skeptical about so-called "perfcet" or "unbelievable" beers. That havign been said, I now, humbly admit that I understand and agree with the comments posted before; this is one of the best beers I have ever tasted.
Poured a dark almost ruby-brown with a huge tan head which had excellent retention. The aroma was wonderful and complex; dark and sweet roasted malts, chocolate and hints of wood and charcoal. Vanilla and toffee round out the smell as well as a beautiful, creamy taste that is as perfectly balanced as you can get. I agree with bort about the butterscotch; something I wouldn't have picked up on but a good call. The molasses-type taste isnt overpowering and neither is the bourbon; it is smooth and sweet and just the right ammount of bitter.
The feel is full-bodied and goes through several iterations of feel, from sweet to bitter and creamy. I loved this beer and despite the 10%abv, I could drink these until I ran out. As I said, I admit that this lives up to it's hype, and then some.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2007 22:41:35 | More by sinistrsam
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twokansamm

Ohio

5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appears black with a very thin dark tan head.

Aroma is fresh roasted coffee, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, caramel burnt/roasted malt. You know just from the initial smell this is going to awesome.

Initial taste is a quick hint of vanilla followed immediately by a coffee/chocolate taste then a kick bourbon. Then the tastes seem to reverse in the finish followed by a lingering bourbon roasted malt flavor. Wonderful.

The feel in the mouth is heavy and rich. Very rich.

This thing is highly drinkable. I probably couldn't do more than 2 in a night, but I could enjoy those 2 over a couple of hours and be treated to pure heaven in a glass.

Way to go Founders. Thanks!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 01:53:03 | More by twokansamm
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adams82

Michigan

5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours black, opaque, with a 2 finger tan head. Smells of dark roasted coffee, bourbon, chocolate and tastes very much the same.

The flavour is intense. Coffee and chocolate dominate, then a kick of bourbon, a little alcohol, vanilla, hazelnut, more bourbon, coffee and chocolate. Heavily roasted flavors dominate this beer with the mellow chocolate and bourbon offering balance while the vanilla and hazelnut round everything out. Very complex, very tasty, very delicious and very, very worthy of a perfect 5.

Easy drinking for such an intense and flavorful beer and this really begs to be made available all year long. The bourbon character is present, but not dominating like most oaked or bourbon beers I have had. It complements the other flavors and helps round everything out, making this quite possibly, the best beer I have ever had in my entire life.

There is no hype surrounding this beer... It has earned it's legendary status.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 03:03:21 | More by adams82
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Tilley4

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have to start by giving a big Thanks! to antzman for holding this 4 pack for me. You're awesome!

On a whim, I decided to crack the first of these open tonight and share with the wifey. It oozes out of the bottle deep space black with a very small caramel head. This looks very deep and dark and foreboding...

The heavenly aroma of coffee and chocolate rush my sense of smell as I inhale deeply. I've smelled great stouts before but this one is special...different somehow. Touches of bourbon intermingle with the chocolate and coffee giving this the best aroma of any beer ever..

I can't really expound on the hundreds of descriptions given to this legendary brew and I won't even try. It's fantastic...simply fantastic. Loads of coffee, chocolate, bourbon, and even hints of vanilla assault the tastebuds as this one goes down and the wife and I instantly know we are in rare company.

I was expecting this to be good but not this good. I've heard the hype about this one for a while and couldn't believe that it could be that good. I was wrong. This is, without a doubt, the best Imperial Stout that I've ever had. Not because it's harder to get, not because of the hype. It just tastes, smells, looks, and feels better than the rest. The remaining 3 will be shared by the wife and I and maybe a few close friends as I don't expect to ever have my hands on this brew again. Thanks again, antzman, for making this happen..

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 05:55:49 | More by Tilley4
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J0EL

Michigan

5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW...I bought 8 bottles of this beer before I even tasted it and I'm glad I did! Pours great, smells great (bourbon, vanilla, coffee, caramel), tastes great. I like to take a little swig of this beer and let it just sit in my mouth for a minute or two before I swallow. It's like an orgy of flavor all over my tongue!

Can't wait to taste it on tap at the brewery

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 22:56:04 | More by J0EL
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HopHobo

Michigan

5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-pours a deep brown/black with a 3 fingers head.

S-Smells of chocolate, vanilla and coffee...a very deep complex smell, many layers here.

T-Wowzer, this beer is amazing probably the best stout I've had to this point in my life. Taste is like the smell very complex, strong coffee and vanilla flavor with hints of bourban and chocolate. The alcohol is well hidden in the beer.

M-Has a nice mouthfeel very thick and creamy...this is how a stout should be.

D-So I've had this beer before on tap and in bottle I love this beer so much I would like to freeze it into ice cubes and skate on it. I could drink it all day/night long. Probably not a good hot weather beer...but here in the cold North its perfect!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 15:18:56 | More by HopHobo
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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