KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) | Founders Brewing Company

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KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)
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Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.30%

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

Now labeled as "KBS."

ABV varies by batch.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-13-2004

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#32
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3,363
Ratings:
13,258
pDev:
8.48%
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Photo of Zorro
4.9/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 Oz Bottle sampled through the efforts of justcas and BIF across America.

This is a beer that I was curious about but didn't really try to get because it was in such a limited supply, maybe I should try to get a few other beers like that.

Thick syrupy pour reveals a jet-black beer with a shot lasting brown head.

Smell is Bourbon and sharp strong coffee. The overall aroma is sharp like fresh strong lightly roasted coffee. Every sniff brings more of that wonderful coffee and bourbon aroma with all the subtle scents you would associate with those smells. Bitter chicory, vanilla, caramel, wine, nuts, oak, and slight amount of black pepper are all in there. I could smell this 24/7 and never get tired of it; they should make a cologne that smells like this.

Taste is slightly sweet and full of smooth coffee and bourbon flavor. Quite strong and tasty vanilla flavor with a tasty chocolate and bourbon aftertaste. Smooth and never bitter, this is quite close to sex in a bottle.

Mouthfeel is good but not great.

There are few beers I would drive 500 miles to get and this one of them! Along with Three Floyds Dreadnaught and Pliny the Elder this is a beer that is worth going to extreme measures to get. When I think of Kentucky I think of Bourbon. When I think of Kentucky and breakfast I think of red-eye gravy. This beer does not disappoint on either count.

One of the top 10 beers on the planet, even better than Stone RIS.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, split with my wife. My pour is 10-11 oz. The beer departs the bottle an incredible jet black color. A quarter inch tan head forms and falls to a very thin ring over the top immediately. As far as I can see, the beer is still, with no carbonation bubbling from the bottom. Nose brings an explosion of fresh and sweet coffee, mocha, almost like an iced latte. There is a nice creamy vanilla undertone, reminding me a lot of coffee ice cream. Other than the vanilla, I'm not really getting a lot of the bourbon character in the nose. Flavor brings the same intense coffee flavors as before. Holding some beer in my mouth, and swishing it, exchanging air with my sinuses, I get a lot of oaky and vanilla character from the bourbon. The strong coffee start moves to a caramel and chocolate infused sweetness with a moderate bourbony vanilla finish. Aftertaste is very light moderate hop bitterness, with a very solid sweetness carrying through leaving a nice residual sweetness. Mouthfeel is thick, chewy, slightly syrupy and with just a kiss of carbonation, but nearly still. Very coating, with very good stay on the tongue. Excellent. There is no hint of the 10% ABV at all in the brew. The bourbon is present, but not dominating, blending with the flavor, not dictating. The Breakfast Stout really shines through this one, while marrying with the barrel aging. Founders wins again. I am glad to have a few more of this beauty.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.82/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After sampling this beer at various festivals, I'm glad to finally sit down to a bottle of it all to myself. Pours from the stubby brown bottle like an oil spill, thick and black as night, producing a half inch of dark tan creamy foam on top of the brew. Spotty sticky lacing is everywhere. Stellar. As my nose reaches the glass I'm assaulted by lush, rich fresh coffee alongside chunks of dark chocolate. Vanilla, caramel and woody tones peek through as well. The bourbon aroma is well integrated and adds a wonderful twist to the already awesome nose on this beer. Just smells so damn good.

First sip brings a wonderfully rich maltiness teeming with fresh brewed coffee and lushious chocolate. The flavor simply explodes when it hits the tongue. Notes of vanilla, caramel and a touch of nuttiness. Midway through each sip the bourbon flavors roll over the palate along with some underlying woody tones. A superb blend of flavors that come together to create one awesome coffee/chocolate/bourbon stout.

Mouthfeel is rich and chewy, but with a medium body and a certain smoothness. Goes down almost too easy with no evidence of the alcohol, except for the slight warming sensation in the belly. Simply an amazing beer that I would love to have on hand constantly if I could! A good evening sit and sip brew and another winner from Founders. Between this and the original Breakfast Stout....I'm in love.

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Photo of mikeys01
4.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Upon first cracking the bottle, I am greeted with a decadent aroma of dark roasted mocha coffee, nutty sweetness, and just enough hint of bourbon to make you almost drool.
Kentucky Breakfast glugs into my glass an utmost dark brown color, topped with a thick dark chocolate colored head, which quickly fades into a dirty mahogany rim and lacing. I can already tell this beer doesn’t make any pretenses.

The Kentucky Breakfast definitely takes the game to another level, with an extremely well rounded full body, and almost unbeatable smoothness for a big bad stout like this one. Tasting envelops you in a malty morass of dark roastiness, fine cocoa, rich coffee, and oaty goodness, with a subtle undercurrent of bourbon lingering here and there. Mouthfeel is just tremendous, this really is almost a meal, and oh so drinkable. Alcohol is nigh undetectable and the finish is pleasantly sweet, with bourbon and vanilla lingering. Wow, this beer is really something, thanks much to CRJMellor for this one!

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Photo of francisweizen
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Inky, murky black. It blocks all the light in the room, put it that way. This brew also features a dark espresso coloured head of foam thta lasts and leaves massive legs/sheets of lacing. Aromas are all roasted malts, espresso, green/acidic hops, bourbon and oak! Taste is more of the same. The espresso notes are fantastic on this beer and the bourbon and oak flavors are well meshed and meld this one together into a fantastic drink! One of the best stouts i've had in the past few months, a real knockout. Mouthfeel is thick, and chewy. Drinkability is almost perfect, the abv and intense flavors top this from being an all 5er in my book though. Still on of the top 10, or top 5 imperial stouts on the market today! What a great freakin' brewery!

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Photo of CortexBomb
4.85/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was thrilled to see this on the shelf at my local Hiller's...

KBS pours out much like its relative, standard Breakfast Stout...opaque black, a tan head, pretty good lacing...basic stout. Smell on this one is very similar to BS as well, chocolate, malts...definite bourbon notes present as well on this one though.

The taste is where the beer comes alive though...basically take coffee and malts, and then inject a healthy bourbon and vanilla aspect from the barrel aging, and then make the aftertaste linger even more solidly with an almost rausch like smoke character. This beer is as smooth as any stout I've ever had, and is certainly the best unique barrel aged stout product that I've ever had. Wonderful.

Mouthfeel...creamy, full...it coats your tastebuds...great stuff. The drinkability, impossible to beat, particularly for a beer this big. A lack of hops, a creamy mouthfeel...for 10% this is exceptionally smooth drinking. This is a beer that I literally buy anytime I see it, either on tap at Founders or on a store shelf.

The bottom line is that Kentucky Breakfast hits the ball absolutely out of the park in terms of both flavour and overall quality. Easily one of the best beers I've ever had. This is the grand cham-peen of Founders impressive beer lineup.

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Photo of jp32
4.9/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! A truly amazing stout here.

It pours a thick, syrupy, jet black color, with a tiny metallic golden burnt sienna colored head. This beer is just freakin' huge.

The nose is of bourbon whiskey, chocolate, molasses, and coffee grounds, and it has a smokey/burnt appeal as well.

It tastes magnificent. Its big on molasses, chocolate, and burnt toast. The bourbon flavor really comes through in the finish. I don't think I could be any more impressed.

The mouth feel is HUGE. Nothing minor or easy about it. This is an extreme beer for the ages. The drinkability is good. Obviously, this isnt one to chug, its a "sit back n sipp'er". I dont think I'd get tired of drinking these either. One hell of a beer.

This is definitely one of the most top-notch stouts I've ever tried, and probably one of the best 5 beers I've ever had.

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Photo of trumick
4.15/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours absolutely black with a thin tan head that dissapates quickly and leaves just a hint of lacing around the entire snifter.

Scent is of burnt coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla and sweet dark fruits. As it warms the bourbon aroma comes alive ever so slightly.

Taste is very complex starting with sweet dark roasted malt and a dark fruit. I get a bourbon/vanilla flavor thereafter with a smokey finish that sticks with me for quite sometime. There is the coffee there throughout also.

Mouthfeel is definately full bodied with just the right amount of carbination. It is velvety smooth almost creamy.

Drinkability is above average for this American Double Stout. Compared to their breakfast stout this is much better. I don't know if it's the additional aging or the actual bourbon flavor, but this is an outstanding beer.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.85/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Inky black in color. Low carbonation level. Huge espresso aroma. Very subtle notes of dark chocolate and anise. Big espresso flavor backed with a lingering bourbon flavor. Big, big roasted malt flavor that is well matched to the coffee/bourbon. Hops? Where? None needed here. Velvety smooth moutfeel. Has a nice oily slickness to it. Very, very drinkable beer. An amazing combination of characteristics that brings the entire package home. Basically all I can say on this one is...F'in A!!!

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Photo of mcallister
4.9/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my second review of this monster. I've let this one decant for 1 hour before trying. The nose is now going to a more pronounced fresh ground coffe, cappacino, with a choclate oat vanilla linger. The nose on this brew is really something else, hard to keep my face out of the glass.

I hate to give a beer a perfect score but I just did. My first review of this brew it scored pretty high but wasn't perfect. After decanting for an hour this beer has opened up tremendously.

The mouth feel is like velvet gliding across the palate. The same gargantuan fresh coffee taste dominates the coffee, vanilla, and choclatey oat. The bourbon taste somewhat subdued adds a real genuine complexity helping the finish linger for over 40 seconds.

Luckily I have 5 more bottles of this gem I will be cellaring for the next year or two. Can't wait to reivew it again in about 6 months.

If you can find this beer snag it up; well worth the $17.99 price tag for the four pack. If you're looking for it I may trade a bottle to a fellow BA'er for something I can't get around here. All I can do say share the wealth and hope someone does the same.

Cheers

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Photo of unclederby
4.63/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

So i just paid $4.99 for this 12 oz. bottle. But hey, i priced it myself, and that's probably pretty cheap. Dissapointed by the regular B-fast Stout - i hope this is worth it...

Opaque ebony, this thing poured out with just a whisp of a tan head, and that didn't stay around long. Smells of chocolate, french roast, dark malts and bourbon... taste is the same, and pretty well balanced really: not too sweet and just a touch of bitterness. Alcohol is apparent but not harsh in the least. All of the ingredients are very well integrated and represented here, and this is a nice, rich stout that goes down smoothly.

Thick, creamy and resinous; the mouthfeel is superb.

I'm finding this highly drinkable, and only it's richness and pricetag would keep me from putting down more than two of these in a sitting.

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Photo of guinness9880
4.82/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-This beer pours like pure engine oil absolutely no head to speak (I'm giddy already) thick as molassas.

S-The smell of bourbon, chocolate, coffee and wood chips is amazingly complex.

T-This hits the palate with the a sweet smokey bourbon splash and rounds out with dark bitter chocolate,cocoa and espresso. The balance between the alcohol of the bourbon and the sweetness of the chocolate and coffee is perfect.

The ability of founders to bring out such a wonderful oaked bourbon flavor without having the alcohol overpower the rich sweetness of the chocolate etc is remarkable. Founders has set the standard for barrel aged stouts. Period.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was brought back from MI by my roommate. Hell of a haul, and this is probably the crown jewel.

The beer pours with no head, but once the beer stops pouring a thin little tan head rises and falls in the same amount of time. Still looks good. Very dark and completely opaque. Lacing is very minimal.

The smell is awesome. Vanilla bean, bourbon, wood, cocoa, bold black coffee, hops, and ethanol. Awesome stuff.

The taste is just as exceptional. Not too sweet, not too bitter or roasty, not too boozy, not too coffee flavored. Just a perfect balance.

The body is thick and chewey. Also very creamy with the lack of carbonation. Very good. Very drinkable despite the bold flavors and high alcohol. Even though I got a hell of a good buzz off of one, I want another. But alas I must refrain.

I love it, and I'm so glad that my roommate timed his trip to MI when he did.

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Photo of granger10
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I think this actually did live up to my expectations. Pours a jet black color with a nice initial cappucino like head. Small traces of lacing and the head dwindles to a skim layer atop the liquid.

Aroma is quite roasty with bitter chocolate notes and woody underlyings. It doesn't come out and grab you like some other beers but it is quite intense. Maybe my nose is a little stuffed. Only hints of the bourbon and vanilla come out during the smell.

Taste begins with a rich dark chocolate flavor wrapped in some fine roasted espresso. Reminiscent of chocolate covered espresso beans. The coffee is not quite as strong as in the Breakfast Stout but the chocolate/coffe interplay might be better, if that was possible. A milk chocolate creaminess comes forth after the dark chocolate dissolves. Slight traces of oak and vanilla lie underneath the whole way. Them along with the bourbon come out quite strongly in the finish cutting out the espresso sensations. Its all much more flavorful than burning though. The finish has almost a candybar (the good ones, not the cheap crap) flavor with the slightest warming effect going down my tummy. Quite amazing.

Somehow this beer, with all the intense flavors and rich complexities, was quite smooth. The flavors had this connection which created a great interplay all around. The moderate carbonation worked beautifully and the body was nice and thick. This might not have been the most complex beer in the world but I think it was just right and stayed concentrated on the flavors in wanted.

This was also quite drinkable. The alcohol was noticeable but did not detract at all from my enjoyment. Much more of a flavor element than a burning one. 3 bottles were consumed over the course of the night with relative ease. I restrained myself from finishing off my 4 pack. I must go get more.

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Photo of Sephiroth
4.88/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just released in IN today. I bought as much as I could. Pours pitch black with a nice initial head, and a solid wall of lacing. Smells of dark roasted coffee and vanilla bean, slight bourbon, alcohol is apparent.

Holy fu#kin shit! This lives up to all the hype, and is worth every penny I paid for it. Coffee and deeply roasted malt, with vanilla and bourbon, oak in the finish. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, foamy too. This is what they serve for breakfast in heaven.

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Photo of Skidz
4.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out deep, light-absorbing brownish-black and sits dead black in the glass with a good sized deep brown head, fading to a faint skim with tiny lacings forming around the glass.

Smells industriously roasted with scads of charred coffee and deep dark chocolate. Dry wooden tones resonate throughout with tinges of bourbon. Alcohol plumes out like it were an Irish coffee.

Flavor is deafeningly roasty, major clots of dark cocoa flakes and the blackest roast of coffee imaginable. Bourbon takes the lead and dishes out burnt caramel and strong wooden tones matched with bits of smokiness. Finishes mild-moderately bitter with clear and distinct charred malt flavors and the ever-present notes of bourbon.

Get past the romantic allures of the aroma and flavor and you'll find yourself in a near-wonderland of thick and smooth motions of this wet and soppy alternative to motor oil. Fine and mild carbonation, big bold body.

A barrel aged improvement of an already outstanding beer. If you thought red wine drinkers have it bad off after a good session with wine stained teeth and tounges, you will have your own problems when you look in the mirror and have a nice black coating over your lips and tongue Can't get rid of the flavor coming from this beer with a front-end loader.

Caution: it may actually take two to tango.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, Riley's, $4.99

This one obviously comes with a tremendous amount of hype and once again Riley's comes through

appearance: generic bourbon bottle label, pours thick and syrupy into a snifter, has that motor oil characteristic to it...rich and dark chocolately brown, bordering on night black. only a small chocolate head that dissipates rather quickly

smell: rich and bold, dark roast comes out in a powerful way! huge roasted malt, charred wood, rich dark chocolate, delicate bourbon aromas, earthy hop presence...pretty damn solid all around

taste: jesus, what a stout! It's thick, it's rich, it's explosive, it's bourbon aged. This is a full flavour stout, no doubt about it. Heavy roastiness felt immediately, rich dark roast beans, defined woodyness definitely felt...bourbon flavours are delicate (not overpowering like some) and very complimentary to the other flavours. the end result is a sweet, alcohol infused kick. sweet and smooth dark chocolate...delicious!

mouthfeel: thick, syrupy, full bodied, smooth, roasted, abv well hidden, bourbon touch on the tongue, slight bitterness

drinkability: so good, so easy

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.87/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours from the bottle like old motor oil; black, high viscosity, low carbonation. Small head of brown foam was only present for a minute before fading away. Strong aromas of roasted dark chocolate, malts, coffee, whisky. Great. Taste is full bodied and powerful; flavors of coffee, malt, unsweetened dark chocolate, a touch of hops, warming alcohol notes likely from the bourbon ageing. Nice. Mouthfeel was thick and dense; liquid flavor-brick as I like to call it. The finish was warm, and the alcohol had the ever-so-light bite. Not wonderful drinkability, but darn good. Another winner from Founders, even if I do prefer the original Breakfast stout. Recommended nonetheless.

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Photo of Px2GrafX
4.82/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep dark black with a 1 inch dark tan head in a snifter glass. poured vigourously to get 1 inch. head drops to a ring quickly, (typical of founders stouts) but it still laces well, and you just don't need it to keep the aroma lingering 'til the end. aroma is very pungent from the snifter with huge roasted malt, wood, coffee, chocolate and alcohol. oh, and yes, strong bourbon aromas. wonderful nose. something different dominates with each sniff. first sip goes through a wide array of flavors. burnt malt with earthy hops, coffee and chocolate. sweet tails off to a strong woody oak and bourbon flavored warming alcohol. this is the only way i can enjoy the flavor of bourbon. :) quite nice. dark chocolate tickles the sides of your tongue while a sweet vanilla lingers on the tip. back of the sip is woody like the lingering effects of having a toothpick in your mouth all night. aftertaste is bitter roasted coffee and a cashew-like bourbon alcohol. delish. mouthfeel is a nice medium-heavy body with light carbonation and a tongue tingling alcohol effect. rolls super smoothly and swallows just as smoothly. drinkability is quite good considering the abv. bourbon by itself makes me wrinkle my nose, but there's no stopping me here. easy drinking, but stop and savor this one. overall, this is a very delicious ADS. i've had several founders breakfast stouts, and maybe i had a bad batch, because this is soooo much better. i can taste resemblences, but this is in a league of it's own. it renews my faith in founders' stouts.

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Photo of jj21
4.97/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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

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Photo of ypsifly
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Undated 12oz twist top stubby with a really cool "snake oil" looking label. Purchased at Bello Vino in Ann Arbor and poured into a snifter.

Black with a finger of cocoa that slowly falls and leaves fat rings of lace.

The nose is mostly coffee with a little bit of bourbon, roasted nuts, oak, and chocolate. Very nice.

The mouth is as full as it gets without needing a knife and fork, yet it does not stick or get oily in any way. This is one of if not the thickest beers I've ever had, yet its so damn smooth. The perfect mouth.

The taste has a lot of what the nose promises. Tons of malt with roasted coffee splashed with chocolate syrup and a sweet warming bourbon flavor that brings the barrel it was aged in. My tongue also picks up enough bitterness from the hops to add another layer of complexity. Chocolate powder and malt in the finish that stays on the tongue a long time but never wearing out their welcome.

Solid drinkability until that 10% gets on top of you.

The price for a four pack is a bit steep, but if you can get a single for under $5, go for it.

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Photo of BigDaddyWil
4.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My vote for most anticipated beer of the year. After having a sample at the MIchigan Winter Beer Fest, I just couldn't wait to get my hands on it. First time bottled and a limited number of cases, less than 250. I sure hope Founder's will produce more in the future, so everyone has the opportunity to try this beer. And at $18.00 a four pack, make it more affordable. Enough griping, on to the review.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter glass.
Kick ass label, no freshness or batch date.


Inky black in color, with a half inch dark tan head. Fades quickly leaving some spotty lacing, and a oily like residue clinging to the glass. Beautiful aromas of coffee, chocolate, bourbon, wood, and vanilla. Every whiff just seems to get better. The taste mimics the smell, very complex, but oh so yummy. The boubon seems to tame some of chocolate and coffee flavors. Perfectly balanced and not heavy at all. Creamy smooth, and just a suttle hint of 10% abv. Very easy too drink, maybe two or three in one sitting. Worth the wait!!! If you like the Breakfast Stout, your gonna love this!!! Fantastic job!!!! Already looking foward to next years batch!!! Consider yourself lucky, if you can find it.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tasted this at the michigan brewers guild winter beer fest.
from my notes i wa served a jet black sample with a nice brown head
the aroma was rich with coffee, vanillia, and malt
the flavor had a great vanillia, good coffee undertone, malt, with a wounderful chocolate in the finish.
the mouthfeel is very full.
beer is very drinkable.

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Photo of tbone69
4.77/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Founder's Kentucky Breakfast Stout is an excellent mix of coffee, beer, and bourbon. The initial aroma is reminiscent of the regular Founder's Breakfast Stout, but there is something more to this beer. It pours into the glass in a thick, viscous motion, yet it lacks the overwhelming syrup-like quality that many strong stouts possess. At first taste there are strong hints of coffee which is then complimented by a smooth bourbon aftertaste. This is certainly one of the better coffee stouts that I have sampled, well worth the price per bottle. Founder's has produced yet another exceptional brew.

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Photo of sopor
4.72/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep crude oil black with golden tan edges supports a small mocha head. A very small slick of film spans the interior of the dark brown ring of foam. Smells of whiskey and chocolate with hints of coffee. Flavor start sweet, almost cloyingly so, of molasses with brandy soaked chocolate covered cherries. Falvors of oak and bourbon accompany the malty chocolatey goodness and compliment it very well! Roast malt and coffee comes on after the bourbon leaving an aftertaste of bitter coffee. Awesomely complex. Body is full and oilly, but not too heavy and thick to have a large impact on drinkability. Carbonation is delicate, and almost "green". Wow, good uber-stout. If you like the bourbon-barell aging fad, GET SOME! Very very tasty, so I could drink the hell out of it, right up until that 10% abv knocked me on my ass. Strong both in flavor and alcohol, so it can't score pefectly on drinkability.

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KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 13,258 ratings