Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 2,753
Hads: 10,499
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 8.35%
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Michigan, United States

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

Availability: Spring

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

This stout is brewed with a hint of coffee and vanilla then aged in oak bourbon barrels for over a year.

Note, this is NOT simply barrel-aged Breakfast Stout. It is an entirely different beer.

Now labeled as "KBS."
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Photo of daledeee
4.92/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was lucky enough to get some of this while in Wisconsin. It sells out very quickly.

I poured this into a tulip glass and saw a very dark head that left a ring around the edge of the glass only.

The initial waft was possibly the strongest smelling beer I have ever had. That went away quickly. I think it was alcohol esters with bourbon. The final nose is charred wood, boiled down coffee and vanilla. However, a swirl of the contents continues to release intense aroma.

Taste is very complex with coffee, dark chocolate some malts, but not that roasted, vanilla and sweet. I did not notice much bourbon flavor. The aftertaste is slightly bitter yet sweet.

Very, very appealing. I see why everybody goes crazy for these. It is not hard to drink at all. The mouth feel and body was not as heavy as I thought it would be. This is a top stout, hard to beat. (862 characters)

Photo of Trystero
4.92/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 vintage bottle poured into a Hopleaf tulip and split with EinAyn. The occasion, my birthday. I've actually been lucky enough to enjoy this beer numerous times and stock it in my cellar; I hope that continues.

Appearance: Viscous, dark like the night, opaque. What more do I need to say. Perfect mokah minimual head with thicky gooey lacing.

Smell: Complex, robust, initial bouquet of bourbon subdued by vanilla with notes of toffee, roasted coffee and dark, deep, rich chocolate.

Taste: Bourbon burn, aged, destroyed vanilla, bitter dark roasted coffee and bittersweat chocolate. Chocolate and coffee reside on the finish followed by a resounding 11.2 alcohol burn. The feel of being alive. I maintain that this beer is better fresh rather than aged because the vanilla and coffee flavors are much stronger...here they seem diminished.

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous. Alcohol burn is there in the finish and welcomed. Robust in a way that only KBS can be.

Overall: If you can, buy it, if you can't trade for it. (1,020 characters)

Photo of divineaudio
4.92/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

had to try this on tap when we went to founders for $2 pint night.
8 oz pour into a snifter, 2010 batch.

a - pours black w/ some slight red highlights. a thick tan head forms quickly and retreats slowly to a ring around the glass with some spotty lacing.

s - oak, roasted malts and sweet, sweet booze.

t - fantastically complex! roasted and chocolate malts are obvious, with overtones of smoke, molasses and vanilla. perfectly balanced with a bittersweet hop finish.

m - smooth and creamy without being too heavy. enough carbonation to make the flavors really pop.

d - surprisingly drinkable for something so rich and strong. founders clearly put some love into this brew. got a bottle of this in the beer fridge that i'm gonna try to sit on for a while, this should age pretty well. (788 characters)

Photo of TheNightwatchman
4.92/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A legend. What else is there to say in that regard?

A - Dark. Almost black. Light brown head that quickly dissipates. Lacing is minimal in my glass at least. Exactly how I expect a bottle poured stout to look.

S - Delicious. Coffee is the first thing I smell, a slight hint of chocolate, and a noticeable whiskey smell. The whiskey smell definitely comes through more as the beer warms up. A slight hint of alcohol, which also intensifies as the beer warms.

T - Coffee is the first thing I get, follow by the bourbon. The bourbon is there, but it never really threatens to overpower the other flavors. I prefer a bourbon barrel aged beer to taste this way. I personally don't want the bourbon to overpower the other flavors. I get chocolate on the finish, along with a slight alcohol hit.

M - Sweet, sticky as it warms up. A bit oily. Nothing unpleasant to speak of. Carbonation is very subdued, and never threatens to be noticed.

O - Outstanding beer. Very complex. Coffee, chocolate, and bourbon are your primary flavors, as they're advertised to be. Truly an outstanding beer. I've had other barrel aged stouts, but few can match this level of balance between the various flavors. (1,193 characters)

Photo of hail_seitan
4.93/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

8 oz poured from tap in what appeared to be a juice glass

A - Rich black color with a minimal caramel head.

S - Toffee, dark chocolate, tobacco, espresso, and, of course, bourbon. However, none of these scents were overpowering and instead just invite you in for a taste.

T - At first, very similar to the smell. Upfront, I pick up the espresso and dark chocolate notes. However, neither is too strong. Next comes a touch of the bourbon, along with oaky vanilla, figs, and caramel. The finish again brings out bourbon flavors with a hint of warm grain alcohol as it goes down.

M - This was perhaps my favorite part of the beer. The oatmeal imparts a glutinous and almost chewy mouthfeel to the beer. The body is full, but not overtly syrupy. Fantastic.

O - I was astonished by the complexity and balance of this brew. None if the flavors dominated and instead they worked together in harmony to create a splendid beer. Even my fiancée, who usually does not like barrel-aged beers, thought it was great. (1,008 characters)

Photo of themind
4.93/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The good : I finally got a few bottles of KBS. This beer is very good! it pours like motor oil and has an excellent aroma. Rich and thick this stout is World Class for sure. The bourbon gets stronger as you drink the 12 ounce bottle and it's very creamy with a very good mouth feel.

The Bad: It was very hard to come by and for $11.00 a bottle in NJ it's over priced!!! It is not the kind of beer you drink all night, its a ounce in a while treat.

Bottom Line: If you see it...buy it! World Class! (499 characters)

Photo of El_Farto_Magico
4.93/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This legendary stout is solid. The difference from the non barrel aged counterpart is subtle, which doesn't take the taste overboard like some other barrel aged attempts. (170 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.93/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Warm, tawny, port brown. No head. Looks like liquor.

S: Bittersweet chocolate, rustic blackstrap molasses. Premium coffee, oak grain, angels envy. A vanilla bean or two.

M: Full body and soft carb leads to a creamy feel that takes the edge off the alcohol warmth which is present along with roast astringency.

T: Dark chocolate coated orange dusted with espresso. Sweet bourbon mash. The age of the btl has broken down the darker fruits into the ubiquitous port and tannins; the acidity counters the sweetness. Light oak and smoke, cherry cordial. Hints of clove and nutmeg spice. (596 characters)

Photo of King_KongDCO93
4.93/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2013 bottle long awaited and finally get a chance to try today 4/4/13. 11.2% ABV and 70 IBUs poured into a grand snifter

A: Dark motor oil color can't see through the glass and has almost no head (little brown head stuck to glass). can't see any carbonation.

S: Has lots of Bourbon and Coffee aroma

T: The finest balance of Coffee, Bourbon/oak, and Coffee. It is slightly bitter and spicy and the bourbon barrel aging works extremely well. Very creamy and also hints of vanilla!!!

M: Slightly boozy (in a good way) the alcohol is well hidden. Nice warmness. Large body

O: Well worth the hype!!! A+ (603 characters)

Photo of Schmitfaced414
4.93/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Took a little effort to get a hold of 10 bottles of the '15, but it was well worth it. Going to enjoy drinking and sharing this beer throughout the rest of this year. (166 characters)

Photo of bmxer87
4.94/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first KBS. and Wow
A - Dark with minimal head. Oily texture look.
S - Coffee, with a hint of chocolate, sharp bourbon with a underlying punch in the face alcohol smell.
T - Coffee with a bourbon taste. Nice hint of sweetness of chocolate
M - Super smooth and satisfying. Went down very easy
O - Though you can smell alcohol the taste of it was absent. It went down super smooth and would love to have another one. Definitely one of my top favorite depending on the season and time. Hit the spot just right (510 characters)

Photo of rwf08
4.94/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours thick like used motor oil into my tulip glass. No lacing, no head. A thin mocha ring hugs the glass. If you could contain a black hole in a glass this it what it would look like.

It is not just black, it pulls light from the room. Once I poured the beer it got darker and I had to turn on a few lamps to get to my desk.

S: Chocolate syrup, coffee, vanilla, and some faint oak. I do not get the usual dark fruit or molasses in this. This beer seems more decadent and almost evil.

Did the snake offer Eve fruit...or was it KBS?

T: Yep...goin' to hell. This is too good. Chocolate and coffee are strong with some warming bourbon on the finish. Vanilla is there to along with the oak. The alcohol is not strong, assertive, or even a player in this. There is just a slight warmth on the finish that it provides.

Makes you want more.

M: Silky, smooth, light carbonation. Almost like a beer-shake. I cannot express the smooth feel of this beer and its full body in mere words. I have never had a beer this full and satisfying.

Chocolate Milk Steak might be a good comparison.

D: Amazing at this high of an ABV. But I don't care about this review anymore. I have someone special waiting on me to finish this. We need our alone time. (1,245 characters)

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.94/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into snifter.

A - Dark motor oil with a half finger of quickly disappearing chocolate/mocha head.

S - Super strong aroma of chocolate, coffee, and bourbon.

T - Lots of chocolate up front, blending into a good taste of coffee. There's a hint of bourbon on the back end. Sweet vanilla and roasted malts are throughout. The more this warms, the more bourbon flavor I get.

M - Decently thick, not a lot of viscosity. The carbonation is inconspicuous. I would have liked for this to be thicker and chewier.

O - Well my expectations were certainly met. This is a fantastic beer, and well worth the wait. The coffee, chocolate, and bourbon blended seamlessly and deliciously. (693 characters)

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.94/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter. Even from the pour, can smell the bourbon/vanilla. This is gonna be good.

Pours an obsidian black, no light gets through at all, no color hints around the edges of the glass. This is dark. No real head to speak of, a very thin wisp during the pour, but it doesn't last.

Aromas of, firstly, dark chocolate, almost like a milk shake, tons of vanilla, oak, and dark roasted coffee. And alcohol. No hops at all.

First sip is of milk chocolate, dark roasted coffee, vanilla, oak tannins, and a slight alcohol burn. No carbonic bite. No hop flavors to speak of. Finish is surprisingly short for such a big beer, with a bit of roast, chocolate, and vanilla lingering for a short visit.

Mouthfeel is medium, mouth-coating like a milk shake.

Highly drinkable, decadent, enticing. But don't try more than one at a sitting. (840 characters)

Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.94/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle purchased 7/2011 from a very reliable and knowledgeable restaurant that has craft brews on draft and bottled for take out. No date code on bottle, but I believe it to be 2010’s production.
Well stored at 55 degrees or less.

Poured into a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Pours a rather thin head which quickly reduces to thin film, easily activated with a swirl of the glass, a live ale.
Jet Black, totally opaque color, with a tan colored head.

The smell first hits you with an aroma of exceptionally rich roasted malt, and then follows with chocolate, hints of caramel, yeast, some balanced oak, and the faintest hint of anise. As the ale warms the very rich chocolate malt and vanilla oak take over and dominate. Complex. World Class.

Crisp, creamy, unbelievable rich entry on the palate of roasted malt, dark unsweetened chocolate, and caramel, vanilla oak. Massive mouth feel, unctuous, a dream come true.
The rich malt and chocolate flavors, plus the vanilla oak, take turns at being the dominate flavor, with caramel and a slight bitterness kicking in now and then. Quite complex.
Exceptionally delicious! World Class!

Very long finish of rich caramel and chocolate malt. Coats the mouth and lasts forever.
Very, very enjoyable.

Well what to say. This ale has legendary status. That being said I did my best to be objective in my review. Not that it accomplished much because this is truly one of the top five stouts I have drunk.
The richness of this ale leaves one searching for words to truly describe it. There is an indescribable (for me) complexity to it. The wood ageing is near perfection, never overpowering the other wonderful qualities of this ale.
World Class and truly deserving of the accolades it has received. (1,743 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.94/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (952 characters)

Photo of Buschyfor3
4.94/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on the 4th of July - opened my celebrations that day with this exceptional American Imperial Stout - after all, it's America's birthday, so why hold back? Review from notes.

Served from a chilled 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: A glorious pour, complete with fireworks going off in the yard behind me. Huge, viscious, oily and black - good god almighty this is a viscous looking stout and exactly how I prefer them. A thin, dark khaki head tries to form on the surface for a couple of second, but it is quickly sucked back down into the pitch-black depths of stout goodness. Strong, sticky lacing coats the sides of my glass with a motor oil-like film of brown "goo." "Wow!" is all I can muster.

S: "Like getting beaten over the head with a sack of fresh Colombian coffee and then getting a swirly in a bourbon barrel." Huge notes abound - Kentucky Bourbon, with its sumptuous, sweet aroma and slight sting to the nostrils; vanilla and charred, earthy wood from the oak barrels; fresh, dark coffee; chocolate-covered espresso beans. So many roasted notes - coffee, burnt toast, toasted oats. Oh my this is mouthwatering just taking in this stout's aroma.

T: What a hit. To be honest, everyone in my family was asking for a sip of this after catching a whiff of the nose - "I wonder what that tastes like?" "Go ahead and take a sip," I say, offering to share my only bottle with all who are curious. And each time the response was the same: "Oh wow! This is beer? This tastes too good to be a beer. Really? This is a beer? This tastes like something you should have with dessert!" I live in a family of bourbon enthusiasts... I should have known to brought another bottle!

Boy was this stout a treat to drink. The flavors began with a creamy wave of sweet vanilla and earthy oak notes. Next, the bourbon comes on, gently at first with sweet caramel and buttery overtones, but then it throttles up and delivers a soothing streak of warmth and boozy alcohol flavor. In the midst of this flurry of flavors charges in a deep, black, roasted coffee flavor along with some burnt toast and rolled oats that moderate any lingering vanilla sweetness from the start. But soon after comes a kiss of melted dark chocolate that balances out another layer of sweetness with just the right bitter edge. Throughout the body there is not much of a hop presence - really just a residual flash of bitterness before the finish, but most is masked by the huge coffee and roastiness that abounds. The finish is all bourbon, slightly medicinal and with a nice, tame burn to round out each sip.

M: Smooth slickness; slightly chewy, creamy goodness that coats on the way down.

D: High ABV but remarkably tamed for a barrel-aged beast. The bourbon is there, but it is pleasant and adds layers of complexity to this stout. Cost may be the only issue hampering drinkability... but does that really matter on a day like today? No.

This is as close to a "5" as I think I have ever come to rating a beer, and as it stands, is not only the best stout I've ever had, but the best beer I've ever had. The only downside, if there is one, is its hefty price point and rather spotty availability. Still, this stout is so good that if I were to come across a 4pk at my local bottle shop, I think I would turn a blind eye when it rings up north of $24. In any event, I would definitely suggest you seek out a bottle or two. I can only imagine that cellaring would elevate this beer into the rarefied air of "sublime." What an exemplary, barrel-aged treat Founders has given us. (3,579 characters)

Photo of SoCold
4.94/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well it's official. KBS is the greatest beer of all time, ALL TIME. It's like breakfast stout and dragons milk had freaky circus sex. Nine months later had a kid. Then that kid spent a year in a cave learning how to be a ninja and that ninja kicked the s**t out of my taste buds. (279 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.94/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew pours a used motor oil black color. The head is small, about one centimeter in height, and tan in color. Lacing is thin at best. The aroma is outstanding; one of the best I have ever smelled. Coffee, chocolate, toffee, bourbon. Nothing is dominant over then other aroma, instead everything works in harmony with each everything else. The taste is like the aroma, but a bit more intense. The mouthfeel is full bodied with good carbonation. Overall, this is one of (if not) the best bourbon aged beers I have ever had. I really like the way the bourbon has been added to the stout rather than taking the stout over entirely. (632 characters)

Photo of MikeyRx
4.94/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours black and syrup-like with minimal tan head that recedes quickly.

S- Coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, tobacco and dark fruits. Excellent!

T- Starts sweet with chocolate, raisin and vanilla notes; then bitters with flavors of oak, bourbon, and coffee. Coffee and oak flavors hang with you.

M- Heavy, viscous and smooth with almost no carbonation. Leaves you with a syrup/oily feel that really compliments the aftertaste.

I've waited many days to drink my bottle of KBS and it lived up to the hype! Outstanding imperial stout from one of my favorite breweries. You can count on me in line on KBS Day next year! (640 characters)

Photo of haazer
4.94/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review #100!!

This was the star of the show last night at the Craft Ale House Founders event. This was supposedly the 2010 version, served in a 10oz glass.

A- The beer is a opaque, pitch black brew. A small amount of coffee bean colored head sits atop for a few minutes and settles to the surface. Some dark red highlights shine through around the edges of the glass. A tiny bit of lacing hangs around as I make this dissapear slowly.

S- A phenomenal blend of bourbon and vanilla esters to start the nose out. Rubs the walls of the nostrils but makes no burn. Taking deep breaths brings in oak wood cut down in a damp forest. The barrel used gives off a lot of earthy aspects to this scent. Buried deep behind these great aromas is a freshly brewed pot of coffee.

T- Four main flavors I get out of this are coffee, chocolate, wood, vanilla and bourbon. In that order although the coffee comes back in the aftertaste. The coffee is felt on the first sip, which leads way into subtle hints of chocolate syrup. The chocolate submits to the oak about mid palatte. The oak taste is very smooth, not harsh at all. The vanilla and bourbon are blended together well to produce a sweet alcohol flavor. The bourbon flavor has just a tiny amount of heat and is not overkill as I thought it was in this beers cousin from the backwoods. Coffee makes a comeback in the aftertaste letting you know this does have breakfast in its name for a reason. This is just phenomal.

M- I've seen complaints about the mouthfeel on here, not for me. Full, thick, and chewy which is how I'd like my stouts to be. Alchohol really has no drying effect. Super smooth and palatte enveloping. Tiny sips of this find their way all across your tastebuds.

O- I try not to give such high ratings but this beer exceeded my expectations. I was a little worried at first that this would be good but fall short, and did not do so in any way. This is very drinkable, and I'm ever so grateful to have tried this due to its limited availability in PA. I can't imagine it being much better fresh as people say but I'll gladly be a test subject any time for that. (2,123 characters)

Photo of joshstevens87
4.94/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-pour a solid black with a quarter inch of dirty tan head
S-sweet bourbon and huge notes of coffee with a little choclate and some vanilla and a little bit of alcohol burn
T-an amazingly complex tase with notes of coffee, bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate with a faint hint of aromatic hops this beer is superbly balanced and delicious and tastes no where no its 11%abv
M-this beer is remarkably smooth with a full body and little to no carbonation with only a bit of alcohol presence
D-amazing i cannot say enough good things about this beer it definately lives up to its hype (576 characters)

Photo of Navalartichoke
4.94/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Walnut, very thick looking. Medium head that becomes a nice looking lace ring

Aroma: Alcohol and vanilla at first, as it warms up, more of the coffee smell predominates. At the end I noted a hint of the bourbon.

Flavor. First sips had a strong vanilla taste, then the coffee became stronger. A hint of hop bitterness as I swallowed, but balanced. The finish was very pleasant, with a nice alcohol warmness.. Later as it warmed up the Bourbon- coffee tastes appeared. I only tasted a hint of the chocolate that the label said was there but that's probably me. Very smooth overall. I did not sense a lot of toast or roast notes, and definitely no tobacco notes, that some stouts give out.

Overall. An Excellent Stout, one I want to savor after dinner. It's smoothness makes it a great night cap. (811 characters)

Photo of sacrelicio
4.94/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This might be the best stout I have ever tasted. The beer pours black, with a short lived mocha head that leaves a little lacing. The smell is vanilla, bourbon, coffee, chocolate and cream. The taste is similar to the nose, but with the wood from the barrels shining through.The mouthfeel is full and rich, with just enough carbonation to give it lift. Overall, a stellar example of a bourbon barrel aged stout. (411 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.94/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at Capone's during the Philly Beer Week promotion.
Served chilled in 5.5oz snifters - I had 3.

A - An onyx shade with a thin cap of medium brown like crema on espresso. The clarity is opaque and the head retention is decent w/ spattering of lace taking hold to the small snifter.

S - At once the full nose has fruity deep plum and aromas of bourbon with vanilla and cocoa odors following closely . the notes of wood follow the dark malt, but no strong roasted aroma, simply a coffee, vanilla, bourbon and chocolate blend that smells slightly of alcohol

M - The feel has the oaky tannin of a bourbon barrel yet smooth coffee oil and cocoa astringency are all downplayed by the full foundation of sturdy stout. The chewiness is moderate as is the carbonation and the dry finish still carries a slight note of alcohol from the bourbon barrel with some hops and spiced notes of cocoa, coffee and vanilla

T - The taste....whoah, the taste! That took me back for a second to fresh KBS I tried after Dark Lord day 2 years ago - a full on chewy chocolate malt and vanilla flavor which submits gradually to a hop like pine spice and coffee note which leads to the element that gives the beer its name -bourbon and oak. The mild yet sweet bourbon is drenched in vanilla creaminess and cocoa flavors which have sweet and roasted edges and tinges of nuttiness from the wood complete the flavor. Like a fudge truffle with its rich full cocoa notes and the bourbon taste is the icing on the proverbial cake with intense pine hoppiness creating a contrast that makes fresh KBS the best stout I have had probably with exception of Canadian breakfast stout. The hop finish is delicious and provides a mild bitter dry finish

D - I consider the KBS experience the top of the pack, the pinnacle if you will, I had three of these and as strong as it is it still seems balanced and not at all like an 11% stout. The barrel is used deftly as an ingredient and adds to the delicious tastes of the stout, coffee and vanilla without intrusion, the flavors are all melded together expertly and I think the draft is ever so slightly more drinkable than the bottle. (2,159 characters)

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,753 ratings.