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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 2,807
Hads: 10,818
Avg: 4.56
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 4,282
Gots: 5,089 | FT: 414
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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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Reviews: 2,807 | Hads: 10,818
Photo of jtingue
4.92/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2012 Batch. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance. Cherry dark brown through the pour. Pitch Black in the glass. Some small patches of lacing stick to the side of the glass.

Smell. Surprising amount of coffee on the nose. A lot roastier and more chocolatey than regular breakfast stout. The bourbon adds some wonderful, light vanilla and some charred oak.

Taste. Starts out very chocolatey, with a hint of vanilla. Some slight bitterness punctuates a switch to toffee and bourbon and then fades into the background. Overtones of grain alcohol start and are present throughout. Coffee bitterness and flavor take over with surprising power for a beer which has been aged for "over a year". Some vanilla and toffee come back, with a buttery bourbon flavor in the background. The finish is sweet at first, and then quickly becomes dry with coffee bitterness and some alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel. Starts out thick and creamy, but the carbonation gives way to a prickly mouthfeel.

For me this one lives up to the hype and more. I see the similarities between this and original Breakfast stout, but this one just takes it to the next level. The bourbon is so subtle in its application, and only accompanies the other flavors already present. For me a perfect beer.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.92/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found on tap at Founders.

This beer pours a dark black with raisin highlights sneaking through the edges. The head is a creamy, dirty tan collar and a little bit of film. This revitalizes to a creamy cinnamon when swirled.

Smells of campfire roasted marshmallows, vanilla taffy all atop the roasted coffee and green sapling twigs of the Breakfast Stout. This is just amazing, delicious and decadent.

Tastes of green sappy wood oozing with vanilla beans that backs off to reveal an underbelly of espresso beans and bourbon. The finish is a powerful, but smooth well blended coffee.

Feels easy but dense with a tiny carbonation that froths it up ever so slightly.

A magnificent beer and a perfect after dinner sipper. To be paired with chocolate.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.92/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours black with a thin tan head into my Cigar City snifter.

Nose is strong bourbon upfront, vanilla, coffee and some chocolate.

Taste is amazing, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, oak and some nice alcohol warming. Very complex, very tasty, alcohol is prevalent, but were talking 11.2 here.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky, low carbonation.

This is one amazing beer, word class.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.92/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If you told me three months ago that I would review fifty different beers by June, I would have choked on my Busch Light. It’s crazy, but that’s just the way it happened. Anyway, I wanted to do something special for this one (even though, yes, I know that number fifty isn’t all that big of a milestone). And, thanks to 1Adam12, I’m now holding a bottle of Kentucky Breakfast Stout – one of the most beloved American beers ever. Thanks again Adam! You made my first trading experience easy, rewarding, and generally awesome. But enough about us – let’s get to the beer:

A: As soon as the first drops flowed into my tulip, all I could think of was “thick.” It poured very slowly, even more than a lot of beers of this style. In fact, it was so syrupy that my girlfriend asked me what I was drinking. “Is that really beer?” It’s funny, because this is what a lot of dark beers should look like, in my opinion: deep brownish-black, thick as hell, with a small but resilient head. I love the bold first impression.

S: A dark coffee aroma is striking at first, then it blends peacefully into sugary syrup notes. There’s chocolate, toffee, and a little bit of raspberry, even. The finish on the nose is, not surprisingly, bourbon. Oaky, spicy, smoky bourbon. Overall, a wonderful prelude.

T: Oh wow. This is unbelievable. A killer upfront bitterness throttles everything I know about dark, aged beer. It’s perfect for a hophead like me. The hops are solidly grounded in a combination of yeast so earthy that it gives the entire palate a rustic footing. Coffee and chocolate grow, as expected, from the dark expanse of the body, with some caramel in between. Great execution – very well balanced. The best part, though, is when the bourbon comes in. I really can’t think of any other word but “fantastic.” It’s deep, warming, peppery, and woody. It’s never artificial or out-of-place in the palate. The finish brings back that tart raspberry from the nose, coupling with the dryness of everything else to present a satisfying aftertaste that begs for more of the same. This is an experience that will be hard to match. Nothing short of incredible.

M: Rich, creamy, thick. This works very well with the palate. However, there is some fizzy carbonation (which seems to be a trademark of Founders) that makes the body just a hair light on occasion. Everything else, though, is golden.

O: Four words: This. Beer. Is. Epic. I’m glad that I waited for review number fifty to check this one out, because now I can really appreciate how exceedingly complex and satisfying it is. Without a doubt, this has been one of my favorite beer experiences ever. Next year I’m grabbing a case.

I’m so glad that Founders has such high standards. This is the kind of beer that gets me excited to go to the bottle shop. This is kind of beer that puts a smile on my face when I think of my future experiences. And this is the kind of beer that makes me proud to be a part of the craft community.

Here’s to fifty more like KBS!

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Photo of tykees88
4.92/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Dark black tan. A little sighting of a head but it dissipates rather quickly. Some lacing which I would call the color of bourbon.

S- Wow, love at first sniff. The bourbon aroma is there before you put it up to your nose. It's strong but while accompanied with the rest of the aromas along with it, it's tough to put it to your lips because the smell is so magnificent.

T- Ahhh. It's fantastic. Chocolate, toffee, malts, coffee but not alot of it. Of course the bourbon. It's just great. A true tastebud delight

M- Chewy and thick, but it's meant to be that way.

D- It's a sipper and there is no contesting that. A nightcap alternative that many people would be hard pressed to beat. I think you could turn a bourbon drinker into a KBS follower pretty easily.

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Photo of biggied
4.92/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Dark dark doo doo brown. small head and just enough of a lacing to tell you it's carbonated.

S- Amazing. I couldn't wait to drink this beer, once I smelt it. coffee, vanilla, raisins, and bourbon lingering in the background

T- There is a roasted coffee, vanilla, I want to say slight maple, the aftertaste lingers for quite some time, occasionally revealing hints of chocolate, port and quinine. Very complex, yet very well integrated. A classic bourbon stout.

M- Coats your throat. The aftertaste sticks around for a while and morphs as it goes. I'm waiting minutes between sips.

D- This beer is delicious and goes down surprisingly well for this style. I also like that it is not terribly sweet for this style. It IS on the sweet side, but not as cloying as some.

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Photo of bmonty412
4.92/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shared this with a friend last night. Poured into snifter type glass to maximize nose.

A- poured slightly warmed, really nice black as night with a minimal size coffee colored head

S- Wow!! Amazing!! One of the best smelling stouts I've ever had..roasty, chocolate, sweet oaky vanilla...coffee!

T- Double Amazing...chocolate, coffee, vanilla, bourbon notes, slightly bitter finish, alcohol warms nicely after swallowing...wonderful!

M- heavier stout that feels great with lighter carbonation.

This is probably one of the best stouts i've ever had..a great sipper!! Only problem with this beer is it's availability, but well worth the price tag!!!

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Photo of geryeb624
4.92/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into my DFH signature glass. Received in a trade from idrinkgas. Thanks man!

A- Pitch black with thin wisps of tan head. Considering its such a small head, it has decent retention and lacing, leaving a rim of foam around the top of the beer.

S- Wow, incredibly complex aromas. Coffee, chocolate, bitter roasted malts, boozy bourbon notes, some creamy vanilla. Very nice.

T- Again, wow. Starts boozy with recognizable bourbon flavors with some oakiness and vanilla. Finishes with some bitter coffee and chocolate notes and a warming alcohol.

M- Rich and creamy without being too syrupy. Would've liked a tad more carbonation, but this is near spot on.

D- Well, considering this tastes almost as much of whiskey as it does of beer, and has the ABV to prove it, you'd think it would be low. Well, it isn't. This stuff is phenomenal, and although it is a sipper, I can sip this pretty quickly.

One of the most hyped beers I've had the opportunity to try, and this doesn't disappoint. Nearly perfect on every level.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.92/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Deep deep black with a quick fading head. No visible carbonation on the top or sides of glass, nice lacing.

S - Milk shake and roasted grain alcohol. Lots of dark aromas but has a lingering sweetness at the end.

T - Roasted malt, lactose sugar, chocolate malt, hershey bar. Sweeter than I expected but it is still straight cash money.

M/D - Quite a heavy body with, again, a sweet aftertaste. Zero alcohol flavor, even though weighing in at 11.20%. Tons of full flavors that fill the palate and way too easy to drink. A milkshake for the BeerAdvocate.

Best Founders beer IMO and has found a permanent spot on my WANTS list.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.92/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fresh. 2011.

A: Pours black and silky with a thin brown head that dissipates quickly. Decent lacing and light carbonation.

N: Bourbon, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla and oak.

T: Starts with bourbon, oak, dark roast coffee and bitter dark chocolate. This is followed by vanilla, molasses, toffee, subtle dark fruit and some booze. Finishes bitter with some floral hops.

M: Medium bodied, silky, creamy, smooth and dry.

O: Still an exceptional beer fresh but I definitely prefer to put some age on it.


Aged 1 year. Vintage 2010.

A: Pours pitch black with hardly any head. What little head that is there is very lacy. Almost no carbonation.

N: Bourbon, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla and caramel.

T: Bourbon, espresso, coffee grounds, dark chocolate, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla and oak.

M: Creamy, silky and warming.

D: Extremely smooth, delicious and balanced! Goes down a little too easy. Yes, it lives up to the hype.

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Photo of avalon07
4.92/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a totally thick texture. There was a small amount of tan-colored, lasting head and good lacing.

S: A big aroma of malt, coffee and alcohol.

T: Tasted of coffee, vanilla, malt and bourbon. Very complex with a big taste.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth, yet slightly slick finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is definitely a drinkable beer. One of the best imperial stouts out there.

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Photo of gskitt
4.92/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was simply an experience. Had on tap at spring beer fest. Poured a viceral inky black with a small coffee colored head that was gone in seconds. Scent was overwhelming. Huge vanilla and bourbon notes, flooded my nose. Taste was a remarkable balanced blend of vanilla, bourbon, char, and some butter baking chocolate. Bourbon was the dominant element. Mouthfeel was smooth, creamy, not too thick. Not much to critique here, world class.

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Photo of JasonHaviland
4.92/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Utterly fantastic. Worth the chase. Great notes of chocolate, oatmeal and brown sugar. Bourbon barrel aging adds great complexity. Strong through the mid-palate and smooth on the finish. Tasted at a tap takeover in Boston in a tulip glass. If you are able to find it on-tap, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.92/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance- Pours about a finger's worth of head which doesn't retain well but who really cares- this is KBS. The head is a dark beige/mocha color while the body is an opaque, dark chocolate black. No lacing at all.

Nose- Absolutely appetizing. Everything that the aroma of a great imperial stout should have. Dark rich chocolate explodes with notes of coconut and cherries coming soon after. Caramel, toffee, vanilla, and chocolate. It's pretty much a like a lineup of the usual suspects of scents in great imperial stouts. Lots of chocolate fudge brownie such that this one note tends to drown out the others. Also suggest truffles and macaroons.

Taste- Replete with the notes of the aroma only to a larger degree. The coffee really stands out much more and gives a great contrast to the whole chocolate fudge brownie while blending in with it at the same time. Large notes of cherries and a good amount of heat but this heat works very well. Knowing that this is released in April makes it that more impressive. This six month old bottle still has tons of presence and complexity and thankfully, the heat is still there. The coffee is dominant and at times, that bothers me in stouts but this is so well rounded that I'm really enjoying it. It doesn't have a sour linger and doesn't succumb to being too sweet- it's simply really good coffee. Slight licorice on the tip of my tongue. The deepness of the fudge is remarkable as well- the two main aspects of this beer really constructively contrast one another. The heat starts to fade, making this a truly dangerous beer. Plus this is so well balanced and blended, it's difficult to make out individual notes but I can guarantee you that every note of the aroma is present in the flavor profile to some degree. I think this is easily going to land in my top ten and mostly likely, my top five. Slight leather and tobacco notes. But this is really about the coffee. The more I drink it (and as it warms up) notes of bourbon and oak start to appear, giving an already complex beer an increased richness. I can only wonder what Canadian Breakfast Stout tastes like. The bourbon aspects tend to linger in the back of my throat.

Mouthfeel- Thick and heavy bodied. Lots of syrup to the point that it's almost ropy. Good amount of carbonation but this doesn't get in the way at all.

Drinkability- In a way, the incredible richness and complexity inclines you to sip. This is not to say that it is not incredibly drinkable (because it is), it is to say that this beer is so intriguing it gives you pause. It reminds me a lot of BCBS but with coffee. Which makes me think if I can't get any BCBCS because of the increased distribution, I am definitely swearing off Goose Island. I don't care that you're in bed with InBev, but I do care if I can't get your good stuff. This is easily worth 6 bucks a bottle. I wouldn't think twice about buying this at 20 bucks for a 750.

Overall- Amazing. Outstanding. Should you try this? You know you should try this. You don't need my recommendation

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.92/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown with a thin tan head, but still leaves ample lacing on the glass.

Strong, inviting aromas of malt and bourbon along with dark, pruny fruit.

The bourbon taste comes through strongly, but that is on a foundation of dark chocolate ice cream and dark, aged fruit that creates a wonderfully unique taste impression. Really tasting like a chocolate boozy dessert, like a bourbon chocolate ball. Finishes with a bitter hoppy dryness, along with a lingering bourbon note.

Body is moderately thick, with a little prickly carbonation.

This is an awesome, although quite boozy beer. Good for a nightcap, but more than that will cause trouble. It is an exemplar for a craft brewed stout. Every swallow is a delight.

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Photo of FourKicks
4.92/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours jet black into my Bruery snifter with no light penetration to be found. Two fingers of caramel head and a abundant amount of lacing.

After a several whiffs there is a good amount of bourbon and vanilla. Milk chocolate and coffee are also obviously present. Also picking up hints brown sugar and caramel.

Wonderful bourbon flavor, bold and smooth. Vanilla and milk chocolate follow with coffee tagging along. Fantastic roasted malts are there the whole way through.

Mouth feel is heavenly, thick and creamy. Slight alcohol at the finish. This is the way a bigger bourbon stout should feel.

Amazing beer overall. The bourbon flavor is outstanding and the balance of all flavors is second to none. It is a big, bold beer that I could drink all night.

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Photo of raverjames
4.92/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have rated this higher than most beers, as it is an exceptional brew that doesn't dissapoint. I have had three bottles so far to enjoy, and have a 4th sitting with my vintage beers.
Served in a Brandy Snifter
A: I don't know really what to say about the appearance. I would have given it a 5 in this category, but there isnt much to see. It pours thick and black, with a head that looks like frothing coffee. The carbonation is pretty hard to see due to the thickness.
S: Coffee and a bit of malt. There is a hint of chocolate as well. And when I say coffee, I mean fresh roasted coffee beans. It is a wonderful aroma.
T: Heaven in a bottle. Tastes of coffee, malt, roasted hops, chocolate, maybe even a little smokey. Has a hint of oak and bourbon as well. It is very sweet for being so dark and thick. I will never get tired of that flavor.
M: Thick. It isnt too bad if you are used to Porters or Stouts. I dont think a Pilsner lover would enjoy as much.
D: Excellent drinkability. As soon as I finish one, I wanted another. It is high in alcohol, but you cant really tell. The thickness may be the only thing that could hurt drinkability, but I dont mind that.

This was purchased for $6 a bottle at Binny's in Glen Ellynn, IL (best store in the world). I would have missed it completely if one of the guys I speak with there all the time hadn't pointed it out. The label didnt stick out to me at first. This is one of my favorite beers, and it is hard to get. Binny's is completely out. I hope this isnt the last time I get to enjoy this fine beer.

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Photo of raveskdr
4.92/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from 2011. Poured into my Bruery tulip.

A - Midnight black on a starless night in the wilderness. And a great mocha head.

S - Tons of coffee with some chocolate and bourbon on the back end. One of the best smelling stouts out there, no doubt about it.

T - Great coffee flavor, even though it is a year old. Tons of smooth bourbon vanilla character. No alcohol burn after it being this far out. So fantastic.

< - Super smooth and velvety. Fresh, it does have an alcohol burn. But with time, this really mellows out.

O - Easily one of my favorite beers out there. I could drink this all the time. Definitely worthy of its huge score. And then, there is CBS, which is just slightly better.

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Photo of honestdave
4.92/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured 12oz. bottle 2010 version into a snifter.

A: Color is dark chocolate with slight creamy chocolate head. Recedes quickly but small creamy ring remains as I allow it to warm in the glass.

S: The smell is incredible! Chocolate, coffee, and bourbon come through big time. The aroma of this beer is at least half the enjoyment, maybe more. I swirl it in the snifter as it warms and enjoy the unbelievable aroma.

T: Intense dark chocolate along with the coffee and bourbon flavors give this beer a truly unique taste. You can tell the high alcohol is there; but does not take from the flavor of this sipper.

M: Thick mouth feel with slight carbonation. Alcohol is warming and wonderful.

D: This is an awesome stout and one that I will be able to enjoy again and again. I will age a few and will love to taste again after a year or so.

Summary: Founders does an awesome stout and the KBS is one that you have to try to believe!

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Photo of mavbrew
4.92/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a deep dark brown color with a slow forming, finger thick dark tan head that slowly dissipates and leaves nice lacing down the side of the snifter.

S: Lots of rich scents coming through. Coffee beans upfront with an aggressive blast of bourbon bursting right through the coffee and taking over the nose. Slight hints of vanilla bean and chocolate are picked up as well, but the bourbon is the main scent.

T: The taste is much like the smell, only better. The upfront taste is a bit of chocolate and the coffee beans, very delicious upfront taste. This is followed by the powerful bourbon flavor that hangs around the palate. The finish is dry with some vanilla and chocolate and of course, a nice bourbon flavor.

M: Full bodied with little carbonation. As expected the feel is bourbon and coffee beans.

D: This is truly a world class beer. Breakfast Stout is good enough but this kicks it into another gear. The flavor is outstanding, well balanced and very smooth. This is not just your typical "beer on steroids," it's perfectly done, what a beer! Great job once again Founders.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.92/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2009 KBS, 11.2% ABV, 70 IBU's

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

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

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

M: A very thick body that is silky smooth.

D: Simply delicious. 'Nuff said.

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Photo of patmcd
4.92/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first review on this site since moving over from RB, and it's for one of the finest brews I've had the pleasure of ever having.

I've been eagerly awaiting KBS' arrival ever since I found out that Founders was coming to NJ, and I surely wasn't disappointed. But just finding this beer alone, was an experience in itself. I traversed for dozens of miles across the state, asked around, begged and I fortunately finally found a retailer where I could purchase an entire 4-pack.

I poured an '09 bottle delicately into a snifter and it yielded a classic, yet subtlety striking, 'midnight mud'-brown typical of a fine Imperial Stout with a razor-thin burnt sienna head, that quickly subsidized.

The aroma was strong, yet complex. I noticed the coffee right away and then the chocolate. Next, mild bourbon danced in the background, followed by just the smallest hint of vanilla.

I knew I was in for a treat, as soon as it touched my lips. I would say the coffee and bourbon are the most distinct and crisp flavors which I noticed right away. The chocolate in the mid-pallete definitely harmonizes those two strikingly different flavors. The aftertaste definitely had the slight oak burn with a bit of smoke, which is soothed over by a gentle, but enjoyable vanilla. Overall, extremely complex and each flavor complimented the other.

In my mouth it felt a bit heavy, but was incredibly silky and not and smooth as it whirled around my palette, but completely lacking an oily characteristic. I savored every second of drinking it, and I did not want it to end, which is remarkable for a beer at this ABV.

Overall, an American-made masterpiece, and I can't wait to see how this ages.

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Photo of levon15
4.92/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler I scored, 2012 vintage, thanks Cicero's; shared it with a large tasting group.

It's black, it leaves a slight dark coating on the glass as you swirl it, the head was minimal and it disapated quickly to a light ring in the glass, legs abound as you swirl or tip the glass.

The smell is of boozy bourbon, light notes of chocolate and vanilla hit me while the oaky bourbon stays in the spotlight.

The taste is what you want in a breakfast stout, I get coffee, chocolates, and the bourbon. This growler is more boozy than past KBS I have had.

In my mouth it's silky and filling. It covers my mouth with warmth the way I could see it coat the glass. The carbonation is right and the finish is perfect for this style.

Nothing I can say can give this beer the respect it deserves. You know you should have some in your cellar. Once you've had it youknow what to expect from an aged breakfast stout, KBS sets the bar.

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Photo of philly224
4.92/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Very dark back, no light comes through at all with a thin brown head.

Smell: This has to be one of the best parts about this beer. Strong bourbon scent with a hint of coffee/chocolate.

Taste: The first thing you taste when you take a sip is a hint of espresso and coffee. Finish has a strong bourbon flavor.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth for this high of an ABV, I was not expecting it to be this smooth.

Overall: Very complex and smooth beer, the abv is pretty high but its surprisingly easy to drink. Great to sip on for a while after a meal.

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Photo of gford217
4.92/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What better way to top off Derby Day 2008 than with a KBS. 12oz bottle courtesy of knight84 poured into a snifter. Big thanks Dave!

A: Pours oil slick black with a dense one-finger brown head that dissipates almost immediately leaving very good lacing.

S: Roasted coffee dominates the nose with a definite bourbon aroma that is underpinned by a faint malt aroma with a vanilla and dark fruit sweetness (very faint). One of the best noses on any beer I've had, near perfect for me.

T: Wow, the taste is massive! It starts with a huge roasted/burnt coffee flavor with a heavy dose of chocolately malts, bourbon and wood. Then there is all kind of other things bouncing around the taste buds - caramel, dark fruits, vanilla - tough to identify all of it. Bitterness of the coffee taste lingers for...days.

M: Medium body yet very creamy and smooth mouthfeel.

D: Despite the massive nature of this brew, I found it tough to put down. This is, without a doubt, one of the most unique beers I have tasted and I hope to get my hands on some more of it.

EDIT: I've had this numerous times in the last year or so and I had to up my review a bit. This is one of the best handful of beers in the world. Absolutely phenomenal.

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,807 ratings.