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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)Founders 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): 12.40%

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

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Photo of mfunk9786
4.95/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another beer masterpiece courtesy of Founders, purchased at Capone's in Norristown, who had more KBS than I've ever seen in one place on hand. I'm reviewing the bottled version (I was able to score a four-pack for a whopping $30) but it was wonderful on tap, too (obviously).

A: Pours thick, thick, thick. It'd be a waste of quality beer to try this, but I'm pretty sure if you rubbed it in some old hinges, they'd stop squeaking. Pours with little to no head (though I have no complaints about that in this case, because the milk chocolate-colored lacing is beautiful and never ever goes away).

S: From the moment the cap is pried off the bottle, the smell of this beer fills the room. Upon further sniffing around my Unibroue tulip, I can quickly pick up bourbon, oak, and vanilla; with chocolate and coffee not far behind. The wonderful thing about the bourbon aroma is that it's buttery and sweet, and is lacking in any of the more aggressive characteristics of bourbon (there's no aggressive boozy smell to this beer).

T: Perfection. A smoky vanilla and oak flavor (with a ton of sweet sweet bourbon notes), followed by bittersweet chocolate, and finishing with bitter, ultra-high quality black coffee. Takes your tongue on an incredible ride from the beginning of a sip to the end.

M: Chewy. Feels thick in the mouth, but once swallowed, there's a nice carbonation tingling and oh-so-slight alcohol burn that reminds you that you can't just keep drinking this all night long. The fact that it's impossible to find this beer is also a good reminder of that in and of itself, though.

D: Even if you want to guzzle it down, this is a beer that you should cherish and savor over the course of an hour or two. I'm the kind of guy who buys an iced coffee and never takes his mouth off the straw until he's left with a stomachache and an empty cup three minutes later. So it's difficult not to just attack this beer, because it's just SO DAMN DELICIOUS. But resist. You'll be rewarded with every prolonged sip.

One of the best beers ever. I've been on a roll lately when it comes to stouts, and I don't want it to end. Along with Dieu du Ciel, Founders is making the absolute best stouts [and beers, period] in the world.

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Photo of thequeen711
4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

KBS 2010!!!! is finally in PA!!!
Nose of blended chocolates and bourbon, Pour is rich chocolate black, barely lacing at the top. The aging in the oak bourbon barrels just makes this specialty brew more flavourful. Medium-heavy mouthfeel, just slides down the back of my throat and warms my belly! This is in my top 3 Favourite beers, and I will faithfully seek this out whenever the opportunity arises!
Thanks to Mike Bell and the guys at Founders for creating such pleasure.

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Photo of biglite351
3.36/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - super dark with just a hint of brown around the edges.

S - not nearly as good as I was expecting. Mild bourbon with malts and caramel.

T - sweet with mild coffee and chocolate. Obvious bourbon but not overpowering.

M - decent coating with tingles moving around entire mouth and throat.

D - it is a bit too strong for more than one, but you do want that one...

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Erik for sending this as an EXTRA!!! I've been waiting to try this for quite some time.

A-pours a jet black viscous liquid with a thin bubbly dark mocha colored head.

S-the nose is big and delicious. roasted coffee, slightly burnt, dark chocolate and vanilla behind. notes of oak and bourbon towards the back and just a hint of meat.

T-great flavors! burnt coffee, notes of vanilla, decadent rich dark chocolate, very light notes of bourbon, more chocolate richness, finishes with just a touch of smoked meat but very light.

M-extremely smooth on the palate, creamy and rich. the body is quite full and the carbonation is good, the back falls off just a little.

D-this is extremely tasty! great flavors and fantastic job on the barrel aging. top notch beer!

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Photo of sugarman71
4.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I stumbled on this by losing a bet...and now I cannot get enough of this. I don't know what it is ... the bourbon taste? the smoothness of the entire pour? It is something spacial! Definitely one of my favorites and I would recommend this to anyone who wants a different tasting stout.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.95/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to Beerwolf77 for this extra

Part of an epic tasting, along with Sculpin, BCS, BCBCS, and more.

A: Pours a syrupy, viscous-looking, black oil color with a small brown (almost purple) head. Truly a thing of beauty.

S: Ahhh...coffee, oak barrels are apparent in the nose giving a woody note, bourbon (but MUCH more balanced and manageable than BCS)- and not very hot at all, only a little chest warming. Vanilla, a hint of dark berries, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, lactose, oats, chocolate, maple syrup, and a roasted/slightly burnt malt character.

T: See above; nearly identical. The maple syrup is a little less pronounced in the flavor, but you can still get a slight whiff. Bourbon is essentially blended flawlessly into the rest of the profile. Lactose is present and gives a good cream flavor that really goes well with the chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla.

MF/D: Super (I emphasize super) viscous body- one of the biggest I've tasted. Alcohol is very well hidden, and the bourbon is not boozy at all, rather complementary. Low carbonation. This is the closest-to-a-5 beer I've reviewed.

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Photo of ejimhof
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- very black, maybe the darkest beer I've seen.

S- Huge coffee grounds and high alcohol smell.

T- coffee, chocolate, and whiskey barrel.

M- very smooth for an imperial beer could easily have more than one.

D- very enjoyable beer even though I don't drink coffee.

My label is different than the one pictured and says KBS instead of Kentucky Breakfast Stout.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A very generous extra, courtesy of ShogoKawada (a million thanks!). Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Portsmouth tulip.

Opaque, charcoal-tinged seal brown with a low camel head which has decent retention despite being diminutive. Thick clear bands of tears suspend the fine lacing like specimens under slides.

Rich fresh roast coffee, brown butter, light toasted malt, and faint cocoa nibs in the nose. Hints of vanillin and coconut suggest bourbon, but it is free of solventy aromas.

Like dipping milk chocolate into Buffalo-Trace-spiked fresh french-press coffee, this is quite a drinking experience. Bold flavors duke it out, but no single taste emerges victorious. Brown sugar, anise, and light oaky notes round out the profile. Strong yet mellow finish with a lingering smokiness from the charred barrels and a faintly bittersweet aftertaste.

Thick, creamy, chewy, and lush, but with just enough carbonation - everything the style should be.

The ABV sneaks up on you a bit, so I don't recommend more than one of these for breakfast - the char begins to wear on the palate by the end of the glass as well, so I think the standard Breakfast Stout wins out in the drinkability contest.

A very impressive stout, worth seeking out if you love bourbon and black coffee.

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Photo of LauraAlberts
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle of 2009 Vintage KBS poured into a large snifter.

Appearance: the ideal, motor oil, watery rim, chocolatey/tan head - nice lacing on glass.

Smell: Bourbon, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, hint of pecan, fresh cotton, tree bark, leather, hint of pinaud aftershave,

Taste: vanilla, milk chocolate - a chocolate flavor that melds with the buttery oak flavor to create a smooth flavor, the hops mold with the coffee flavor to dry out the mid-back end and the rest is smooth bourbon whisky, semi-sweet chocolate morsel, clove, honey, molasses, a hint of citrus/hop bitterness/sour acidity comparable to lemon. This beer screams hot toddy! Hot chocolate chip cookies.

Mouthfeel: silky, thick, smooth, dry, crisp, fills every corner of your mouth - robust,
chewy - bourbon cleans up the finish with a minty mouthfeel on the roof of my mouth.

Drinkability: a sipper, however, were it readily available in keg form, I'd probably drink it non stop - I could probably hit this beer like the glaze curtain at Krispy Kreme. Beautifully crafted. A great standard in the bourbon barrel aged imperial stout category.

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Photo of spoons
4.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Color is pitch black with a perfect coffee head that doesnt really stay around.

wow the smell is complex. Starts off with some vanilla and coffee notes. Lots of smokey oakiness in this beer. REminds me of Black Butte XXI. Some whisky and cognac smells. ohh and some more vanilla.

Tastes like a ton of smoke, like I am licking the inside of a fresh barrel. Bourbon is there too. Has a fresh oaky/coffee twang to it. Creamy mouthfeel, not super thick, just creamy. Some chocolate and reoasted malt flavors. This beer has a lot going on. To age or not to age that is the question. Good stuff, wish it were readily available.

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Photo of morebeergood
4.57/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found singles for sale in central MA a couple months back, and decided to drink one tonight. Poured into a DFH oversized snifter. The color of this beer is black as tar. I have not seen a beer recently that was this dark. Thick, caramel colored head forms at the very end of the pour. Nice lacing on the glass. Smell is intense. Lots of vanilla and aromatic coffee notes, with a hint of smokiness. The smell is boozy and sweet, but the flavor is dry and balanced. There is a definite bourbon flavor, but that is matched equally with a coffee liqueur counterpoint. An amazing amount of flavors that don't overwhelm each other, but all are in harmony. Mouthfeel was probably one of the "chewiest" beers I can recall. At first, it reminded me of syrup or pudding. But it mellowed out to be more stout like. I actually preferred this beer cold right out of the bottle. It seemed to lose some of the mouthfeel and flavor as it warmed up. Call that odd, but it seemed to be the opposite most times as true for me this time. Took a while to drink this beer, due to the viscosity, the abv and overall size of this beer. One serving was enough for me, but that one bottle was quite a journey. A great brew.

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Photo of scottyb88
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2/2010 and poured into Duvel glass

A- poured somewhat thick motor oil consistency, jet black and a 1/2 finger or so dark tan head, the head disappeared fairly quick, but when the glass is stirred around it reappears quickly and to full original size; some lacing along the glass

S-iced chocolate mocha coffee type smell; a little bit of oak and caramel nuttiness in the background; the bourbon aroma is present but very smooth and not at all harsh; as it warmed closer to room temperature a really nice roasted nut and stronger oak presence started to appear

T-all of the expected flavors are there: dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, roasted barley; there's a hint of vanilla bourbon extract that cuts the bitterness slightly with some sweetness; maybe dark chocolate covered cherry; as it warmed up there is a sense of when you take the last sip of a chocolate milk and all the syrup settles into that last sip

M-smooth, chewy, low carbonation, and perfectly hopped; the hops and alcohol get you right at the end; it lingers a dark chocolate dryness; as it warmed I noticed this cocoa powder type sugariness that clings to the side of your mouth, it may have been the hops coming through but it was nice nonetheless

D-for what its brewed with and the alcohol level, it is ridiculously easy to drink; so much flavor, but nothing is too over the top; the bourbon flavors are present yet tame and very smooth

Note: It lived up to the hype for me. It is much more enjoyable than the regular version of Goose Island Bourbon Stout for the fact that the bourbon flavors were not as astringent as GI

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.97/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 5/19/10

2010 Vintage

The color is dark cola syrup brown; no surprise it settles jet black. I didn't actively try to pour a large head; I didn't need to. Medium brown colored foam rose to a full two fingers with little effort on my part. Mostly comprised of tiny bubbles, it has receded to a layer of larger bubbles that initially rested on top. Swirling keeps the foam alive, but lacing doesn't seem fully inclined to hang around.

The aroma is impressive in its rustic approach. Everything about it seems antiquated; a few sniffs called to mind an old, dusty junk shop. I consider this a plus. I'm surprised the bourbon notes aren't more prominent; instead there is a distinct oak aroma accented by a swaths of vanilla. Beneath the timbres barrel-aging provide are notes of coffee beans, more-bitter-than-sweet dark chocolate & molasses. Maybe some licorice. A very mild yeasty bread dough wisp is noticeable; which adds to the mustiness. No perceivable alcohol in the nose; definitely doesn't smell like 11.8% abv.

Somewhat surprising & weird is the manner in which the taste progresses. With each sip the flavors up front seem disarmingly mellow with modest notes of smooth oak, semi-sweet chocolate, cocoa powder & hints of roasted coffee. Mid-swallow the coffee becomes more apparent; vanilla & molasses, as well. The finish is where KBS increases intensity. Bourbon is manifest almost exclusively at this point. Sweetness tapers off & roasted dryness develops to a degree nearing "burnt" status. It didn't hit me until the third to last sip, but there is actually a bit of hop kick to be had. Alcohol heat is appreciable on the finish, too.

KBS is densely full-bodied & certainly chewy. Despite the ample head, carbonation is very low - smooth, creamy & slow; bordering on lackadaisical. I covered all aspects of the finish above, so no need to rehash them here. Suffice to say the feel is pretty solid.

Overall, I'm not unimpressed. The only thing that seems odd is how the flavor profile changes so dramatically from the start of each sip to the finish - it comes across as two beers in one. KBS is the mullet of beer: kempt & presentable in front; unruly & rowdy in back. It doesn't matter how well it can blend refined & extreme; at the end of the day KBS is still "that guy."

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Photo of Dubber55
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage

Pours jet black with 1/2 finger mocha/tan/light brown head. Quickly dissipates and leaves a thin collar around. Leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

Aroma consists mostly of freshly ground coffee. Upon further inspection, I get some bourbon, vanilla, oak, mocha, and fusel alcohol. Possibly some soy sauce as well

The initial flavor that hits my palate is fresh ground coffee. In the midpalate, I get some roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, and bourbon. The finish is dry: chocolate, coffee, and some bourbon heat with a big roasted/char flavor. One of the things I like about this beer is that the bourbon barrel is kept in check. The bourbon definitely lets you know that it is there but, its not overpowering. The coffee is nicely integrated in this beer as well. I dont get that acrid aftertaste that many other coffee stouts have.

This is a chewy, viscous liquid. Its basically a meal in a glass. Low carbonation but entirely appropriate for a bourbon barrel stout.

Really drinkable stuff. All of the flavors are nicely integrated which makes for an enjoyable drinking experience. I could drink a couple of these in a night. Rightly deserving of its spot.

2011 vintage

Lots of bourbon, oak, vanilla, graham cracker, and chocolate with a little coffee. Really, a dessert in a glass. Very tasty

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Photo of udubdawg
4.94/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours black in the glass. Thick, menacing, chewy? I prefer to think of it as satiny and sensual...let's get to it!

The aroma is like few other. Caramelized sugars are there, but are well behind chocolate, which is well behind coffee. Barrel notes show themselves in random, fleeting fashion. I smell alcohol too, more about that later. wow.

Whereas the aroma is largely coffee to me the flavor is overwhelmingly chocolate. It is a glorious thing. Tiny bits of things like coconut and woody oak, molasses, roast bitterness. It is sweet without being cloying, heavily cocoa-d without being one-dimensional, and generally rich and satisfying.

One of the very, very few that has lived up to the advance billing for me. So creamy soft, so smooth and slick on the tongue, enough carb to interest my palate but otherwise get out of the way. I sip it slowly but savor each taste. Spectacular beer, and borderline personal Top 10.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a flute glass at Lord Hobo. KBS pours an absolute, all encompassing black. There's an impressive creamy milk chocolate cap, 2-3 fingers, that just refuses to go anywhere. Almost 10 minutes later I still have a solid 1.5-2 fingers of foam on top. There's a beyond ridiculous amount of gorgeous lacing left behind as I (all too quickly) empty my glass, especially for a beer of this size. The nose is great, a hearty mix of bourbon and coffee, heavier on the latter. I'm a little let down though because I don't find any vanilla or anything else in the nose, I was hoping for a little more complexity. That complexity I was looking for? Well, I found it even in my first few sips. There's an opening blast of coffee, supplemented by rick dark chocolate, before the beer transitions to a wonderful vanilla sweetness mid palate. The bourbon comes on strong (but not too strong) to close things out. KBS goes down absurdly smoothly, with a fine amount of carbonation. For a beer this big and flavorful, I found the body to be just a little bit thin (but this is a minor quibble in the grand scheme of things). While there's definitely a bourbon kick to this beer, there's no hint of any alcoholic heat, which for a barrel aged stout clocking in at over 11% ABV is absurd. I'm firmly convinced Founders sold their soul to the devil to be able to craft such an exquisite beer.

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Photo of Riccymon
4.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This bottle courtesy of the generous RBlaszak. Pours from the bottle a deep, dark black with a quarter inch of dense brown head. The aroma off the glass isn't all that strong, but it's enough to give off a good whiff of oaky goodness. The wet, fresh-cut wood note comes through most clearly, followed by some vanilla and bourbon flavors.

The taste brings in added dimensions of high-quality chocolate and weak coffee. The bourbon characteristics come through even more than in the nose, and the oak flavor integrates very nicely with the rich, chocolate malt. Mouthfeel is definitely on the full side, and something in KBS leaves the mouth tingling after each sip.

As much as I didn't want this bottle to end, I couldn't help but drink it on the fast side for an 11% barrel-aged stout. This was one of the best beers I've had in months, and it definitely lived up to the hype!

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Photo of beertunes
4.05/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BigBlueBeerGuy and GoGriz for sending me KBS in recent trades. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured pure black with just a very thin cap of deep tan head that no retention or lacing.

The first aromas were coffee and maple syrup. On second approach a bit of the roasted malt was present. On the tongue, the coffee dominated, with some bourbon showing up behind the maple notes.

The body was solid, as expected, but a bit too thin for this style. As I am not a coffee drinker, I found the coffee to be a bit more noticeable than I like, but not as strong as some other brews I've had.

Overall, a very good and solid brew that I enjoyed a lot. Did I enjoy it $6 a bottles worth? I'm not sure. With Old Rasputin and Old Stock Ale, both from North Coast, available for $9 a 4-pack, KBS wouldn't be a regular purchase for me, but I'd have a couple a year. Certainly a worthy beer.

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Photo of Phelps
4.54/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up one of these bottles during Dark Lord Day 2010. It's now one month later...I've held off long enough.

With the first glance I realize that patience is overrated. KBS pours a thick, inky black with absolutely zero light penetration. A densely packed head akin to the color and consistency of brown sugar caps this beast, receding slowly and leaving entire walls of lacing in its wake.

The aroma is like walking down the coffee aisle at the supermarket. Notes of sweet vanilla, caramel and irish cream mingle with bitter dark roast coffee, rye, dark chocolate and macadamia nuts. The bourbon is just strong enough, perfectly balanced with the myriad of other carousing flavors. This may be the best nose I've ever experience on a stout. Incredible.

The taste is the nose incarnate. Heavy on the nuttiness and vanilla, with some extra notes of irish cream. A bourbon heat singes the throat on the way down, though notes of oak and cocoa nibs distract from the pain. Finishes sweet, with only a very slight bitterness. This is a man's beer. I feel like I should go chop some wood.

On the palate, this thing is silky smooth, with a medium body and some pretty high carbonation -- it just rolls over the tongue. My only protestation: the alcohol could be hidden just a bit more effectively.

I was only able to grab one of these during the extravaganza in Chicago, and it's killing me that I'll likely have to wait another year for more. I want this in my tummy at all times. I've found my unicorn.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.77/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Received in a BIF from SpeedwayJim, thanks Jim!Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a dark brown with 2-3 inches of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of coffee, bourbon, roasted malts, and vanilla. Hints of coffee.

t - Tastes of coffee, vanilla and bourbon. It tasted sweeter than I was expecting, but I enjoyed it a lot. A great combination here as everything is quite balanced. Also some roasted malts and maybe a little chocolate.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, very smooth and creamy. Perfect.

d - I loved KBS. I'm a huge fan of bourbon stouts and this might be the best one I've ever had. I thought the coffee, vanilla, and bourbon in the taste was perfected balanced and that the mouthfeel was perfect for a stout. It's a touch hot, but I still really enjoyed it. Would love to get more of this one.

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Photo of mgbickel
4.62/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at founders, reviewed from notes.

Poured into an 8oz. snifter. Served with a single finger khaki colored head that stuck around for a while before a slow dissipation. No trails of fluff present. The body is black and black. No light can penetrate this...

The nose has lots of coffee up front. The backbone consists of roasted malts and a slight, smoky aroma.

Flavors follow the nose. You can pick up accents of oak and earthy undertones (peat). Lots of bourbon characteristics. Buttery.

The mouth feel is medium-thick, creamy yet slick. Very little carbonation.

This is a fantastic beer! Well worth all the hype. I need to find a bottle to compare, but hard to imagine it getting much better!

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Photo of devilben02
4.54/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a modest espresso-brown, foamy head. The aroma explodes with a big coffee and chocolate presence, with lesser notes of sweet bourbon and a hint of vanilla. The flavor is much more bourbon-forward, with chocolate, an earthy hop character, and caramel coming out in the finish. The coffee is much less pronounced in the flavor than in the aroma, but maybe it just seems that way because it is overwhelmed by the dominant bourbon character. Regarding the texture, KBS is mouth-filling and creamy, but it is smooth enough that it doesn't come off as thick and chewy. It's easy-drinking, especially for 11% alcohol, but with the cacophony of complex flavors, palate fatigue becomes somewhat of an issue.

Overall, drinking KBS is as pleasurable and comforting as sitting in front of a dying fire in a wood-paneled library of a mountain cabin after a fresh snowfall as you drink fine whiskey and slowly drift off to sleep.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.52/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours black with a brown head that clings to the glass.

Smells of strong bourbon with some chocolate and a hint of coffee.

Tastes fo bourbon and creamed coffee with a little chocolate finish. This is a really smooth beer with no hint of alcohol apart from the bourbon flavor.

Nice and smooth in the mouth with a creamy feel.

This is wickedly drinkable. Nice depth of flavors and incredibly easy drinking.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.46/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into a 16 oz snifter...

And in giving it a rather vigorous pour for the last 6 ozs or so, I manage to create a 2 finger head that settles to a murky and ominous cloud that hovers above a dark and stormy sea of Kentucky goodness.
This thing is dark. I mean- driving down a country road with no headlights in a rain storm dark. I'm holding this up to the brightest light in my house, and I'm unable to see through it even at the edges. Upon swirling though, you do notice a deep mahogany/amber color that glints and shimmers with flashes of stunning beauty. The head is a light caramel color and seemingly composed of very tight and fine little bubbles. The lacing is spotty, but it seems to be the norm for these big bourbon barrel stouts.

The smell is huge on chocolate and coffee, with notes of vanilla and oak. The bourbon is hiding amongst them, but isn't really jumping out at me. All of those smells translate to the tongue and create an intensely flavorful experience that isn't for the weak of heart. The bitter coffee and unsweetened cocoa notes hit first with an underlying sweetness that I can only attribute to the malts working together with the added vanilla. As this has warmed up, the bourbon has really moved into a much more noticeable position in terms of the smell and taste. It is much more pronounced, and quite delicious. The oaky vanilla notes have gained some ground too. Upon my first few sips with this, all I could think was how well balanced this was... How strong must the other flavors have been to hide the bourbon and boozy bite? Why can't I taste the slightest hint of alcohol yet?

It seems that as the beer warms, the coffee and chocolate notes fade and the barrel aging kicks it into high gear. Wow. There's a nice alcohol bite hitting me now that is smooth and warming. I say this completely secure in my status as a heterosexual male that is nearing 30 years old-- This beer is utterly fabulous.

The mouthfeel is fantastic. The body isn't nearly as thick or full as you'd expect. It is actually light and creamy smooth. The carbonation level is about perfect for being a barrel aged brew. Certainly no complaints here. The beer does clock in at over 11%, so one of these is plenty. As a matter of fact, it has taken me 31 minutes to... (last sip)... finish this beer. Fantastic.

What an enjoyable half hour.

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Photo of firkinhophead
4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours jet-black with a decent head of mocha foam. pretty good stickage for 11+%
aroma of mocha, java, toffee, and vanilla. damn, that is nice. like a caramel machiatto.
tastes of rich, chocolately ovaltine. on steroids. seriously the most chocolate beer i've had. solid dark coffee flavor in there, too, but mostly a caramel and chocolate like a rolo candy. some milk sugar that is like sweet cream. vanilla, hint of bourbon, but subtle. a bit of warm burn. bourbon comes on strong as it warms.
couldnt be thicker in the mouth. sticky and lipsmacking.

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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