Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) | Founders Brewing Company

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)
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97.7%
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4.61 w/ 12,685 ratings
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

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."

ABV varies by batch.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-13-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#28
Reviews:
3,242
Ratings:
12,685
Liked:
12,393
Avg:
4.61/5
pDev:
8.46%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
4,501
Gots:
6,690
Trade:
525
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Photo of Lnedrive14
4.46/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 4-pack back at Bauer in April. This is my second (6 months after the first - interesting changes).

Not an attractive beer from the pour. Little to no head that dissipates quickly. Jet back but not motor oilish. The blackness doesnt stick to the side of the glass like grease.

Smell is very powerful. Immediately overwhelms the room with a bourbon stench, with a little bit of coffee and cocoa.

Taste is not as strong in the bourbon as the smell would have hinted. Strong roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee hit up front, but there is the faintest bourbon sensation in the aftertaste. A very pleasant experience through each sip, and you can really appreciate it on a few different levels.

I didn't like the way it felt. Maybe too thick? I'm not really sure.

Highly drinkable for 10%. Almost no alcohol to overwhelm.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.47/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky to get this beer... Joe at Julio's had a four-pack left in his cooler, and he had someone go get it for me at one of their beer fests. (Which are VERY good events, by the way, and well worth attending.)

This beer had a thin layer of head off the pour made of small foamy bubbles. It died quickly. I had expected a bit more, but perhaps I was a bit timid in pouring.

Aroma first hit me with very strong roasted malts. Then notes of coffee, dark bitter cocoa (not chocolate, but pure cocoa powder) and hints of vanilla and bourbon came through. As it warmed, the alcohol became more noticeable in the nose.

Taste again was initially very strong dark roasted malts. Then coffee flavors flowed in, with a slight fruitiness. Overtones of oak and bourbon wafted around, and the finish was a long one, full of roasted barley flavors.

Mouthfeel was smooth and silky... wonderful.

Drinkability was excellent. It went down easily, and I could have had another without a problem, although it would have knocked me on my ass. I can't wait to see what aging does to this one. The other three bottles are cellaring.

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Photo of tjthresh
4.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I think I had 2 or 3 glasses of this at The Glass Nickle over GTMW weekend. The problem is that my notes were written in Chineese. I managed to be able to trade for a bottle shortly thereafter. Pitch black with a rich lasting brown head. Good lace. Beautiful. The aroma is really blended well. You get all the coffee, bourbon, and oak and such. The aroma is great, but it does nothing for the onslaught of flavor that comes next. Lots of of cold steeped coffee aroma. The flavor is a wonderful blend of chocolate, coffee, soft bourbon, a drop of vanilla, and a good oaky dry finish. Chewy, lush, full body. Very easy drinking. Unbeleivable.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.82/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to beerbeing for this beer I think. It might have beenn pimpp, but I'm pretty sure It's beer being.

Anyways.

Pours a decent two finger head with nice lacing and amazing retention, very nice dark dark brown color.

Smell is wonderfully complex. Nice vanilla bean notes with mint and an oaky overtone. Chocolate and roasted malts with some cofee bean. I think I am picking up some nice licoricy notes and bourbon overtones. This beer absorbed some of the bourbon scent.

Taste is wonderfully complex. Oh man, I am lazy and this will take a long time to review! Upfront is a upfront sugar sweet swetness. This is followed by a tartness from the bourbon barrel again. A little mint and vanilla come out. This is followed by thick chocolate malts and coffee beans Roasted characteristics come out to balance. Hop bitterness is low and isn't all that distinctive. The alcohol hides itself well and this beer isn't boozy at all.

Nice creaminess and slight astringency from the alcohol. Very nice mouthfeel.

Wonderfully complex and a true breakfast stout. I find it nice in the cold weather. I don't drink in the morning because I never have a full day off of work at this point, but I wish I would have the oppurtunity to drink one of these in the morning. I want more please.

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Photo of oakbluff
4.4/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed on 7/24/07- bday beer and complements of xav33. Pours out like motor oil. More head than expected-colour of milk chocolate. Nose- bakers chocolate and dark roasted coffee beans. Taste- that is some heavy shit! bourbon, chocolate explosion, vanilla, and so on... Viscous yet creamy mouthfeel and hops have a good bite at the end. Not boozy, not not a beer to be messed with . This bottle took a couple of hours to contemplate as it should.

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Photo of DIM
4.55/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: Pitch black with no hilights and a smllish dark tan head.

s: There isn't one dominant aroma, just lots of subtle ones. The coffee smell of Breakfast Stout is still here but it's muted by some vanilla, booze, and oak. The latter is perhaps a bit too noticeable.

t: This beer is schizo, it seems as if every sip is different. There are lots of flavors that assert themselves to various degrees as it warms and breathes. The coffee is, of course, present along with an oaky taste that comes on a bit too strong at some points. Vanilla, booze, and some mild chocolate can also be detected.

m: Thick, hearty, syrupy, and perfect.

d: Big thanks to hoppymeal for the chance to try this one. This is a fantastic beer for sure, but I prefer Breakfast Stout.

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Photo of rye726
4.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

'07 vintage poured into a snifter at 45F.

Pitch black color, can't detect any shades of brown here. Oh I love a beer with a nice espresso colored head. It subsides quickly, but settles to a nice cover and creates a quality lace.

The nose is of coffee, oats, chocolate, bourbon and oak. There is also sweet roasty malts, vanilla and molasses.

The taste is stong of coffee, vanilla, oats and chocolate with a light whiskey and oak character. The finish contains a faint lavender floral hop taste that is quite delicious. Fantastic.

Full body and medium carbonation creates a beautifull mouthfeel. This brew passes over the tounge like silk.

Very well balanced and oh so drinkable. It is an oatmeal infused coffe/beer delight. Could drink this for breakfast any day. Good stuff and highly recommended.

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Photo of number1bum
4.25/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Many many thanks to BeerTruth for hooking me up with this one. He's not a bad dude for being such a little girl about hefes. Also review #200 for me.

Pours absolutely jet black, no light through this one, with about two fingers of super creamy dark khaki head. Recedes to a pretty thin lace but leaves quite a bit of stick on the sides.

Bourbon is the first thing to hit the nose and is a dominant aroma. It's very pungent, and it mixes with chocolate, roasted malt and espresso beans. Quite complex and pleasing.

Taste is very creamy and full of complex flavors. Bourbon and oak are dominant flavors again, especially up front, but then the complexity of the malt really comes through, with chocolate, caramel, molasses, coffee and roasted flavors. Bourbon flavor is pervasive; it's there from first taste right through the finish. As the bourbon flavor wears away I'm left with a nice roasted malt flavor that lingers longest. There's enough hop bitterness to complement the roasted malts for a nice finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is super creamy, very chewy, and very full-bodied. It's also dangerously drinkable for a beer of its size, although the bourbon would start to get to me after 2 at most.

This is a pretty awesome brew. I like the aroma and flavor characteristics that the bourbon barrels impart in this beer, but they're maybe a weee bit much. This would be all 5's if the bourbon were a bit subtler rather than so dominant. But I'm completely nitpicking. This is a treat for sure.

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Photo of Floydster
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with citrusjim, thanks for giving me a chance to try one of the best beers I have ever had

Poured into my new Chimay goblet with a black color, almost as oil-like as Dark Lord but in my opinion better overall, slightly lighter appearance, and 1/4 inch tan head that did not settle for quite some time, left chunky dark lacing, this is another one of those beers that looks as if it is staining your glass because it so dark and sludgy

Smell was predominantly coffee and potent chocolate aromas, could also smell hints of bourbon and boozy hard alcohol flavors, smell was powerful but amazing at the same time

This was the best imperial stout I have ever had, perfect in all aspects, taste was so good that is probably not describable, consisted of vanilla, caramel, lots of sweet and dry coffee, different kinds of cocoa, whiskey, some dark fruits, molasses, a creamy espresso flavor towards the end, as this warmed it got more delicious every sip, blew away another beer I have had like it in the past, this could easily be regarded as one of the world's very best, makes a perfect dessert beer, could probably drink this when I woke up because of its sweetness and balanced hop and malt character, this one is chewy and sludgy and I would not want it any other way, one of the tastiest things I have ever put in my mouth

Thickest body you can imagine with practically no carbonation to disrupt it, great mouthfeel and a taste that lasted for several minutes at a time

Could drink this all night even though it is calorically equivalent to eating a loaf of bread most likely, even though alcohol percentage is high and it is heavy, it goes down real easy and always keeps you coming back for morw

Founders Breakfast Stout will probably be a disappointment to me now that I have tried this first, this belongs in the top five on BA, flawless beer that has so much going on, would pay twenty bucks a four pack if this was available anywhere near me, so far this is Founders best brew, I cannot recommend this one enough, great barrel aged beer that is not too hard to find, need more asap, KBS sets the standard as far as stouts go, maybe even beer in general, congratulations to Founders for brewing this masterpeice

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Photo of Overlord
4.2/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous black with small bubbles. The carbonation and head have been all over the place with multiple bottles. Some have a livelier mouthfeel, others have the mouthfeel of a cup of coffee. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel.

The smell is heavily bourbon laden with some coffee and chocolate poking through. The flavor is more balanced, but still predominantely bourbon centered. There's also some cocoa, vanilla, and even a touch of fruit in there.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black and somewhat viscous with a brown head that fades to a thin ring. The overallfeel in the mouth is that it is a smooth beer that is a little lighter than the pour would suggest. The smell is nicely integrated aromas of bourbon, cocoa, vanilla, coffee, and wood. The most noticeable trait of the aroma is how beautifully integrated everything is. The taste possesses that similar seamless integration of flavors, with an herbal bitterness up front and long bourbon and coffee flavors on the midpalate and finish followed by some more bitterness and a final hit of cocoa and vanilla. Quite a bit more finesse and a spot less power than I expected, but still magnificent. Mouthfeel is smooth, lighter than expected given the abv, and amazingly smooth and with flavors that transition easily from one to another. Very enjoyable and absolutely drinkable- no trace of heat at all.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.88/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well at long last here it is. The fabled and much adorned Kentucky Breakfast Stout. I was finally able to get my hands on this one, and did not waste anytime in getting my review up here. This was one mean beer, I have to say. This one hurt me, mostly because I did not know it was. Poured a very deep dark black, thick like a shake and a full two finger head of caramel brown foam at the top. Nice gradual settle down left behind some very nice side glass lace. The smell was wonderful, full of sweet caramel and lactose sugar with a rich coffee and chocolate undertone, simply to die for as for as RIS’s go. The taste was so complex and diverse, I did not know what I was trying, this one was nuts to say the least. Full on assault of sweet caramel and chocolate from the very start, as this mellowed some very nice coffee tones. Very full, rich, and robust profile. This was one not to take lightly. The feel was like a dessert shake. Such a warming feeling, with really no hint of alcohol at all. Overall I would have to say this definitely lived up to its hype. It was a fantastic offering and easily one of the best RIS I have ever had. It fully deserves its reputation and its rating on here. A truly top notch beer that everyone should have to try at least once, definitely and whole hearted recommendation from the BA.

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Photo of letsgopens
4.77/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I've now had this one from the bottle and on tap. Surprisingly they were not only different, but could be mistaken for a completely different beers. Both were outstanding in there own ways. For now I'll focus on the on-tap version.

Sampled repeatedly on-tap from the brewpub at Founders, this American double imperial pours a deep, unforgiving black with a mocha tan head that recedes to some spotty lace.

The aroma is intense. Some fruity, wine-like tannin qualities are present along with chocolate throughout. A bit of toastiness and some sweet black strap molasses.

A lot more mellow than the bottled version. Much less of the bourbon and smoke aspects, and a lot more decadent and sweet. Very sweet in fact with a lot of dark fruit. Sweet milk chocolate syrup and molasses; caramel, toffee, dark fruit, and a very nice warmth from the booze. Extremely sweet but so much that it takes away from the fabulous, deep complexities of this gem. Certainly something to sip and savor. A treat that I probably won't get another chance to experience for quite some time.

The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. A velvet coating on the tongue with a juicy finish. Low carbonation. Absolutely exquisite. An intense and pleasurable beer experience. Easily worth the drive to Michigan.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.97/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of cokes
3.38/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Generally ink black, but with translucent burnt magenta edges. A cocoa powder head rises momentarily, then falls back to a narrow rimming.
For a beer of this pedigree and production, the nose is weak. Sure, it has fudge, burnt coconut, vanilla nougat, and espresso, and watery bourbon. But they're turned waaaay down so as not to piss off the neighbors.
Taste wise, it's a chocolaty fudge bomb, with a trace of vanilla, a dollop of molasses, a brief espresso flourish, and a lesser bourbon-barrel (aka: oak, hazelnut, and further vanilla) finish. It's thoroughly tasty, but honestly, a Snickers bar more complexity....and would taste about the same if one was to dunk a bar in bourbon and cover it in coffee grounds.
The body is flaccid and actually sparse. If you're looking for a thick and beefy and coating barreled-imperial/double stout, you're in the wrong place. And this is what screws the whole thing up. There is no body, no mouthfeel, no depth, no weight, no linger, no life. This is plebeian, not imperial.
It's drinkable because the flavorings are pleasant, the booze is non-apparent, and I enjoy Bourbon. It's nearest point of reference is Bailey's and coffee, but those fans will still hate it because it seems dilute.
Considering the style, the source, the hype, and everything else, this is so fucking overblown it's sick. It actually one of the poorer Bourbon-barrel-aged Stouts I've come across.
Fresh or aged- and I've had both, and I love Founders, especially their Breakfast and Imperial Stouts, and I love Bourbon- this simply not very good under any parameters, and incredibly (and succinctly):
O...V...E...R...R...A...T...E...D.

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Photo of umustdrink
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Received today from JohnGalt1 as an extra(!)
My BA 1 year birthday beer

A - Absolutely jet black used motor oil color, yielding nothing else no matter how close I held it to the light. Dark brown head, one of the darkest I've seen, fades to a patchy eighth inch. Lots of little lacing bubbles. Would have liked a bigger head but still I've never seen a blacker beer.

S - Intense chocolatey roasted malt, creamy, sweet and slightly bitter. Grainy earthy malts like oatmeal or wheat. Very creamy.

T - Starts with a chocolatey creamy taste. Light malts, not extremely toasty but smooth and grainy. Very mild bitterness, nothing like a normal stout. A brief hit of sugary chocolatey sweetness, not much else before the finish: a grainy chocolate pudding flavor with a little bit of toastiness.

M - Creamy, not very thick, and almost no carbonation, a little disappointing for me but it is what it is.

D - Overall very smooth, creamy, chocolatey, rich, luxurious etc. but honestly not enough beer-like characteristics for me to fully enjoy this. Maybe I prefer regular breakfast stout. I'd gladly drink this again though.

Very glad I got a chance to try it though. Thanks Toby.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A big thank you to Jay23 for the trade. I've had these few bottles of KBS for some time and finally decided to open one of them. 2007 bottle.

Very attractive dark color with a short mocha head. Little amount of foam is left after the pour. It pours like a big stout should.

As I was pouring this beer into the glass I could smell vanilla, very strong aromas of vanilla, dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and more chocolate and more coffee and more vanilla! Bourbon and wood aromas are well hidden in the back. Smells like liquid malted milkball candies. Some dry cocoa towards the middle of the bouquet.

Taste is very similar to the aroma. Coffee and chocolate upfront with the roasted malt flavors and a cocoa and slight hint of sweet bourbon in the finish. Some molasses as well. This could make an excellent rib glaze, but I'm not going to try that!. As it warms up a bit I also get some dark fruits and slightly fruity alcohol flavors.

Mouthfeel is of course incredibly silky and thick. A big stout but easy to drink. To be honest I think I prefer the Breakfast Stout just slightly, that one is just a tad more sweet and has more chocolate flavor than the KBS, but both are incredible beers. Hmm, actually I'm not really sure about that last statement and will have to do a side by side comparison with both beers.

****
4/6/08

Thanks to drewbeerme for this vintage bottle. This bottle is marked 1/06.

Pours jet black with about a half inch of tan foam. A nice ring sustains for the entire time. 4-4.5

As I'm pouring I get a blast of bourbon and then followed by chocolate and vanilla. There are some coffee aromas that are still battling for dominance in this richly malted beer. As the beer settles the mocha becomes more dominant and sends the bourbon to the second layer. After a little more time the coffee aroma seems a little too astringent and reminiscent of old coffee grounds. There are still some rich, strong, Belgian chocolate aromas as well as roasted malts and some malted milk. The beer seems to have mellowed in these two years but it's still holding up pretty well; there's more chocolate and less coffee compared to a fresh bottle. Hints of vanilla peek through the chocolate as it warms up more. While the aroma is more subtle than when fresh it is still very appetizing and dessert-like. 4.5

First sip is intense with chocolate, roasted barley, toast, bourbon, and finishes with vanilla, wood, cocoa and some alcohol heat. Notes of coffee and mocha but it seems that the coffee profile is the one aspect of this beer that has faded the most. The taste continues to be mostly bitter-sweet chocolate, heavily roasted malts, and molasses. 4

Mouth-feel is quite good still. I just detect a slight watery feel as it passes down, but the smoothness is still there. Finish is not as strong either. Well carbonated. 4

Drink- 4

While it ages pretty well, at least for 2 years, I think I prefer this one fresh.

***
Update: 4/21

Thanks to hoppymeal for this great extra:

2008 edition.

Pours an intense black with a dense inch of mocha colored foam. 4.5

Rich aromas of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and toast. There's some milk chocolate and a combination of dark and milk chocolate along with vanilla. Chocolate malts, toasted bread and wood notes in the background. Surprisingly well blended for a young bottling of such a big beer. Coffee begins to come through as it warms up as well as cocoa. A brief whiff of alcohol in the finish. Alcohol has a stronger presence once the beer warms up. 4.5

A rush of chocolate, wood, vanilla, and chocolate covered cherries with a slightly warming sensation on the throat from the alcohol. Bitter chocolate with roasted malts in the finish and aftertaste. I'm getting some faint flavors of anise in the aftertaste as well as grain. A little more alcohol as it warms up. 4

A bit thinner than I remember but quite good. 4

Drink: It could be that I'm getting tired of barrel aged stouts but nevertheless, a pint of this beer goes down quite fast considering its abv. 4

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Photo of younger35
4.92/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received in a trade with tpd975. He went above and beyond on this trade and I can’t thank him enough. I was planning on saving this brew for a while longer, maybe review 150 or 200, but I decided while sitting at home by myself, watching football, that today was the day. With Founders “cryptic” dating method I’ve deduced that this beer was brewed in March (of what year is beyond me). Drank from my generic no label snifter while watching LSU (#1) vs. Kentucky (#17).

Appearance- Pours black as oil with the same consistency. Not a lot of head formed but I gave it a very gentle pour. Almost no cap but a fairly decent collar and it leaves a hell of a lot of dirty brown lacing.
Smell- Wow, as advertised. Big on the vanilla right from the start. Lot’s of roasted coffee and cream with gentle whiffs of “Kentucky”. The bourbon is a lot more mellow than I would have guessed but definitely for the better. Light notes of raw cocoa and bitter bakers chocolate round out the nose. This beer actually smells just like a vanilla Starbucks.
Taste- I’m not sure how to even begin. This is simply the most delicious brew I’ve ever tasted. I was lucky enough to have a Surly Bender last night and was blown away by how good it was. This is 10x better (I know, different styles but when something’s good, it’s good). Big roasted chocolate and caramel malts give a gentle sweetness to start that slowly gives way to the gentle “Kentucky” Bourbon. The whiskey is more than present but very subtle. Oaked vanilla and dark cherries are present along with the coffee. The espresso and vanilla are very nice but not as dominate as the nose implied. Finishes bitter with a lightly fruity aftertaste and the slightest flavor of alcohol. Considering the 10% ABV, it’s amazing how little you can taste.
Mouthfeel- Thick and velvety with a very full, creamy feel. Carbonation is very light and absolutely perfect.
Drinkability- Simply a wonderful beer. So easy to drink and silky smooth. The only thing I’d like to see slightly different would be a bit more of the bourbon. I thought the Abyss had a bit more of a whisky flavor but this is definitely a tastier brew. Do whatever you can to find this beer. It’ll be more than worth it. Thanks again to tpd975 for the opportunity to savor this delight!

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Photo of WesWes
4.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a warm black and chocolate malt scent along with a beautiful bourban whiskey aroma. It's got a coffee-like aroma that really draws you in. The taste is perfect. This is the best tasting stout I've ever had. It has a very complex palate of flavors ranging from sweet and creamy to earthy and coffee like. The bourban barrel aging really mellows it out and greatly enhances the taste. The mouthfeel is perfect as well. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. I enjoyed this on tap at the brewery. It was the last stop on my roadtrip and was definately worth it. I wish we could get this in NY. This is the best stout I've tried. It's about as close to a perfect beer that you're going to find.

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Photo of sinistrsam
5/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of bort11
4.97/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of soupyman10
5/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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4.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good morning. Pours out a very dark to black color with limited brown hues around the corners. A darker tan head color with a mix of tiny bubbles and some bigger ones. Good retention through the whole tasting.

The nose is complex with malt. Noticeable chocolate and roasted malts. Some interesting low notes of premium coffee and a woody almost vanilla touch to it. Lighter notes of some fruity esters and solvent alcohol are there but not too off balance.

The taste is fantastic with a strong malt presence that is smooth with the oat silkiness. Chocolate notes are still noticeable but blend with roasted and coffee flavors. There should be an astringent quality but its hidden so well. I really enjoy how malts blend well with the silky touches from the oats. Some lighter grassy and earthy finishes leaves a off balance flavor.

The body is the star of this beer. A smooth silky finish and really makes this beer cloying to drink. A full body for sure but very deceptive in the ease of drinking. A great beer for sure.

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3.8/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to swedejay53 for the bottle.
Looks like used motor oil in the glass. No head & minimum lacing.
Smells like chocolate and burbon and vanilla.
Lot's of super rich chocolate in the flavor. Coffee flavors linger in the background. Also you can taste the burbon but it's not as prominate as I would have thought. Huge malty beer with a ton of sweet flavors.
Syrupy thick beer. Coats the mouth and throat as it goes down.
Good beer. I prefer the regular Founders Breakfast Stout but I wouldn't turn this one down. In fact it's time I start searching for another.

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4.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic stout to say the least. The smell was amazing and would certainly be something I would love to smell in the mornings. The taste is complex in a superb way. Its like the best chocolate cereal but instead of milk we soak it with the finest coffee with a little sugar on top. Its like Hersey, Star bucks, and Jack Daniels sexing it up and the creation is FKBS.

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97.7% out of 100 with 12,685 ratings
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