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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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 SeanFlanagan
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours like a slightly thinned black enamel with a nice two-finger, medium-brown head that fades fairly quickly, but leaves heavy lacing in its wake.

S - Sweet-smelling, with strong vanilla and chocolate, not unlike a malted black-and-white milkshake. No kidding. Undertones of tobacco and (obviously) bourbon. Possibly the best-smelling beer I've ever sniffed. Almost seems a sin to drink, but if I must...

T - Up-front malt, oak, and warm alcohol on first sip, not unlike what I imagine a coffee-flavored bourbon to taste. Second sip brings out more flavors. This is a complex brew. Lots of tastes now. Chocolate more pronounced, and oak moves to the finish. Lots of dark flavors and slight spice.

M - Smooth and chewy like a stout should be, but finishes quite dry. Has a little bite to it. Coats the palette and lingers, even a few minutes after finishing.

D - Due to the dry finish and complexity, it practically begs to be sipped over and over. I often drink stouts quite slowly, but not this. It's what I call "dangerous" - high alcohol that is incredibly drinkable. Possibly the most drinkable stout I've had.

Overall, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect, especially being such a fan of the "ordinary" Breakfast Stout. While I'm not entirely certain it lives up to hype, my score certainly tells a different story. I can honestly say that I think it's the best stout I've had. However, I think I still *prefer* to drink others.

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

A - Pours a thick black with a creamy, tan head. Quite a bit of lacing on the glass. Nice looking stout.

S - Smells very strongly of coffee. Chocolate tones are there too. A little vanilla in there too. The scent of bourbon comes in a bit later but its definitely there.

T - Tastes just like it smells: rich, roasty and complex. The coffee and chocolate flavors play off each other beautifully. Whiskey tones are there the whole way, although not overpowering. Its a nice complimentary player. Alcoholic, whiskey like finish.

M - So smooth and creamy. Low carbonation level is perfect. Absolutely amazing mouth feel.

D - This one lived up to the hype for me. Surprisingly drinkable for an 11% beer too.

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

Pours total black with a fair size brown head. Pretty good retention with a bit of sticky lacing down the glass. The nose is a coffee assault - the moment I popped the cap off the bottle, my nostrils were being assailed. Wonderful.

Taste has the strong coffee taste, with layers of bourbon, vanilla, toffee and a fair bit boozy - there was also a characteristic that reminded me of cough syrup or NyQuil, which distracted me a bit from time to time (note from the future: I don't experience this every time, so I'll just mark it down as my screwed up palate). Aside from that distraction, the taste is excellent. Extremely intense taste. Mouthfeel is absolutely phenomenal - silky smooth, space-gobbling full, and perfect carbonation. I don't think I've ever experienced a better mouthfeel.

Phenomenal stout. This thing is huge in every sense of the word.

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Photo of turamarth
4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split a 12oz poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: This Cure-all pours a syrupy thick opaque brown. Even cures away the light from the lamp next to me. About 3cm of copper creama colored head. Lingers for a second or two then recedes to a thin film on the surface of the oil. Specks of lacing on the walls of the glass; probably will disappear once drinking has begun.

Nose: First wiff this elixer smells like a top of the line Mocha from my fav coffee haunt. Soft milk chocolate hints laced around some bitter coffee and sweet milk. A sort of dusty coffee scent as well, like if you were to sniff a really, really thick cup of dark coffee brewed in a french press. Almost makes me think that when I taste it, it will leave a coating of sedimentary coffee grounds. A bit of toffey. And a hint of booze.

Taste: Again reminds me a lot of a very sweet mocha. The flavors here are very subtle and bold at the same time. There's a big coffee chocolate base to the flavors. But, there's also a milky softness to the palate. Vanilla is there, along with milk chocolate, and a nice espresso-in-a-latte bitterness. Some musky hops rest on the aftertaste. Booze is in the taste, some may think a little too much. This is super tasty.

Mouth: Founder's Magical Cure-all is thick and smooth. Milky almost in texture. Still has a nice carbonation that keeps it from getting too muddy on the mouth. Don't need no sugar to keep this medicine down.

Drink: This is a big, thick, coffeyey son of a bitch. Drink this quickly and yous a fool for a number of reasons. This deserves to be sipped and appreciated. And its pretty boozy...

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Photo of bsp77
4.52/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Pure black with thin cappuccino colored head and some spotty lacing.

Smell: Lots of layers here - chocolate, espresso beans, vanilla, oak, cherry, cocoa, char and molasses.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee, molasses and licorice upfront and then becomes more bourbon-like with vanilla, oak and cherry. Rich, complex and delectable.

Feel: Low carbonation, thick and chewy body, wonderfully smooth, extremely warming - almost burns down the throat.

Drinkability: Fantastic cross between an Imperial Stout, coffee ale, and Bourbon-aged beer. Never before have I finished a beer over 10% abv and immediately wanted a second. Too bad I have a kids to get to sleep and can't pass out before they do.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: One of the first pours from a 2009 barrel, on tap down at Sycamore's Founder's Beer Dinner

Appearance: Pitch black, and I mean BLACK, opaque beer, with a large creamy dark tan cap with good retention and some nice thick sticky lacing.

Smell: Massive aromas of coffee liqueur and dark chocolate; this is sweet, lightly boozy, rich, and wonderful

Taste: Wow, this has aged beautifully. There are notes of rich medium-roast coffee, dark chocolate, a mild bourbon character with some dark fruit as well...coffee is predominate here, but this has aged very nicely and everything is blended together into a nearly seamless whole. As it warms, the chocolate notes become a bit more pronounced, and the booze emerges a bit, along with some very light wood notes

Mouthfeel: Smooth and fairly rich/full

Drinkability: You know it's strong...but you keep drinking it...

Conclusion: I had high hopes for this, and they were well-met. One of the best coffee (and bourbon-barrel, for that matter) stouts I've had to this point. Well-done Founders. I don't know if it's sharper and more intense when it's fresh; I'll have to wait until the bottled 2010 comes out in two days; what I will tell you is that with a year of age on it this is great.

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Photo of sugarbrew
4.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage, poured from a 12oz into a nonic imperial pint glass.

A- Oily, impenetrable black pour with some understated lacing. A thin, creamy caramel head lingers densely around the edge of the glass.

S- Bitter chocolate, cracked, dark roast coffee and smoky hickory wood. A powerful and outstanding smell deserved of a brandy snifter.

T- Triumphant. Dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla bean and bourbon notes rise like an Italian aria. Deeply kilned and roasted malt are overwhelming, resonant and thunderous, with carefully balanced adjuncts lingering in the finish. I hate to jump on the bandwagon and proclaim this to be the finest imperial stout I've ever tasted, but I have no reason to lie to you.

M- Can the body get any fuller? This beer coats the tongue richly, like chocolate pudding. A splash of CO2 complements its charred-chocolate character, but a nitro tap would improve its consistency to the point of perfection.

D- So bold that I can't call it sessionable. This beer is a meal, one so satisfying that another plate would just be decadent. Drink this like a fine liquor, or digestif, perfect for after dinner. I wish Michael Jackson (the beer critic) could have lived to try this.

On this St. Patricks' day, I am proud to be from Michigan. This is stout ale. This is real American beer.

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Photo of bierenutz
4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured into a glass, a dense, 2+ finger width, light brown head appeared and remained for several minutes leaving a fairly uniform residue around the glass. The beer was very dark, virtually black with redish hues and so thick that direct sunlight could not penetrate through.

S-Potent malty-coffee-chocolatey aroma is immediately evident with hints of vanilla, oak and bourbon fighting for their place.

T-Despite the lack of aging, the bourbon is well masked until after the swallow and the heat then reveals itself. The coffee and chocolate flavors meld well together and there is a smooth silkiness throughout the tasting process.

M-Very thick and creamy and the liquor presents itself at the swallow with a slight bitterness and heat which should mellow with aging.

D-Excellent sipping beer. I started at cellar temperature and allowed it to come to room tempature as I sipped and enjoyed this one for over and hour. I can't wait to crack the next one!

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Photo of Wisconsinality
4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A- Pours a deep black with minimal light coming in around the edges. The head is pretty typical of this style of beer, barely a cap on it and settles on the edges. There is pretty good lacing left on the side of the glass.

S- Rich dark chocolate with a heavy dose of coffee. A good amount of toasted malt in there as well. The bourbon melds well with the other scents and doesn't take over. When it warms, the oak comes out as well.

T- Dark chocolate with a little bit of coffee and a nice brown sugar in there as well. The bourbon seems to add a smooth undertone to the beer. The alcohol becomes a little more present as the beer warms up. Very nice balance all around.

M- This is a full bodied beer that coats the mouth and provides some bitterness on the tongue and a little bit of a dry finish. You also get a little warming the back of the throat from the alcohol. It has a little more carbonation that some other beers of the style but the thicker mouthfeel makes up for it.

D- This beer is a sipper for sure but it is smooth and rich. I would have no problem having a consecutive glasses of this. I would have to say this is more balanced that the regular Breakfast Stout and not as bold of a coffee flavor. Should be interesting to see what a little bit of age does to this beer.

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

Served in a oversized wine glass. This beer was expensive man 21.99 for a 4 pack. Still lets see what we got.

A - Pours a gorgeous pitch black oily beer with a nice reddish hues. There is almost no head but a thin little fizzle that leaves a nice ring on the sides of the glass.

S - WOW!! I cant decide were to begin but here goes. First some strong roasted coffee hints are felt. This is followed by some nice rich bitter chocolate notes. Some nice woody notes with hints of vanilla spices and of course some bourbon and alcoholic esters.

T - Ok! I believe this beer is worth the hype. Begins with a nice roasted malt flavor with coffee and some nice caramel sweetness as well. Woody oak flavors a plenty that lead into the Bourbon notes which are very well balanced and not too overwhelming like other Bourbon aged stouts. Chocolate hints a plenty that are well balanced by some nice vanilla bean spices. The woody notes also carry a nice spice to it and there is definitely some alcoholic warmth as the beer goes down. Very delicious.

M & D - Nice oily and creamy mouthfeel with a full body. Nice CO2 balance. Great beer. Drinkability lowered because of ABV but I would definitely have more of this as time goes by.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.36/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours the way a big, bold stout ought to: deep pitch black (or is pitch "KBS-black"?) with a quarter-finger of burnt sienna head that dissipates into a flat cloud lingering on the surface. A slight bit of sudsily-ringed lacing is left behind. The nose has a seemingly unhealthy amount of wood in it, almost as much as a small forest. There's also some bourbon, maple syrup, molasses, dark roast coffee, and charcoal smoke, making this one of the darkest-smelling brews I have ever had. That said, the coffee, wood, and bourbon o'erwhelm the other notes a bit, leaving me an iota unfulfilled. The taste marks a second manifestation of the nose: heavy wood notes, bourbon, molasses, vanilla, smoke, nutmeg, dark roast coffee, toffee, and a hint of chunky peanut butter. This is a fair improvement on the nose, and leaves very little to be desired. The body is indeed pretty hefty, but not too much so. The low carbonation, thick chewiness, and spitefully smooth feel all lead to a high drinkability, though this brew is clearly not a gulper; rather a highly enjoyable deep-sipper. Definitely lives up to the hype!

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Photo of Jayli
4.68/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally got my hands on some KBS!!! And damn it was worth the wait!

A: This beer pours a rich deep, dark, opaque black. No real head sits on this one, but a brown film sits on top and stays throughout. Very spotty, minimal lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose is of rich roasted malts, coffee, milk chocolate and light hints of bourbon.

T: Taste starts with a touch of caramel sweetness, hints of vanilla and perhaps a touch of dark fruits. Rich prominant coffee flavoring mingled with milk chocolate comes in. Roasted and burnt malts then take over made bitter with some baker's chocolate. Bourbon then begins to creep in ridiculously smooth. Finish is light continued bourbon flavoring mingled back with more coffee notes.

M: Medium to full bodied, low carbonation, rich and creamy with a chewy finish.

D: This beer is ridiculously and dangerously smooth. Well balanced, quite complex, flavors play off one another, and great representation of the style!

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.45/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Fair bourbon imperial stout with a charred coffee range.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Light cream and dark brown label, highlighting name of the brew with a small tongue-in-cheek paragraph about what it does not ail, alongside a presiding intro about its acclaimed status. Notes IBUs (70), and Alc. by Vol. (11.2%). Served into a snifter.

A - Black pour with brown edges, nice 1/3" bubbly brown head, poor retention and lacing with a fair surface memory ring.

S - Prominent coffee nose, burnt coffee that is, riding roasted malts with a mellowing whiff from a boozy bourbon touch on its back.

T- Charred coffee, malty notes with an acidic follow up that is finished with a nice bourbon pull. Uff, this reminds me of my problems with mainstream coffee in the States. Luckily the bourbon and boozy feel does some to rescue the brew from the coffee pits of their Breakfast Stout, although it is close. The acidic coffee note seems to be woven and not helped but enhanced by part of the hop bill. Faint vanilla-oaky notes riding the finishing coat of bourbon as they try to come to the rescue and add some make up to the pig that I have been kissing now for a while. As it warms up completely even a sweet sugary touch emerges. I wonder if some aging will help this a bit as hops subdue in a nice meld, and somehow coffee integrates with some benevolence.

M - Medium-full body with tingly carbonation held around a warm boozy finish with an overall creamy smoothness that unfortunately is hurt by the coffee profile. Otherwise its mouthfeel would be its most redeeming feature.

O - This is not bad but reminds me of "carajillos" i.e. mixing black coffee with whisky, cognac or a similar liquor, which is fine for those who like it that way. I typically enjoy the coffee on its own and the liquor sitting right next to it. Plenty of coffee and bourbon aged stouts offer a rich range, which feels like its own enticing brew and not a mix. For me this is not the case...

Notes: Unfortunately this is not for me. It is close to the shortcomings of their Breakfast Stout with an awful coffee offering, which kills the quality of the brew. I´m constantly surprised that this is so popular, but it could be a wrong turn in my palate... It´s like bad quality coffee trying to hide under an aggressive roast. I have chewed coffee grains on several occasions and one can notice the difference in quality, typically a bitter range is prominent but good ones have a nice range and a quality to them that low quality ones often translate as crash and astringent bitterness. This one feels like bad grains... And typically coffee stouts can get away with mediocre beans and average malt roasts if they do it well, let alone using quality stuff that really kicks them up a notch, but this? I really wonder what they are doing and if it is actually quality why it comes out in this manner. I know that very acidic coffees do not agree very well with me so that could be it.

Different brews but pricing, hype and quality considered I´d take Goose Island Bourbon Stout ahead of this any day, or even some underrated brews like say Schlafly Reserve Bourbon Imperial Stout... Sorry KBS, it's me not you.

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Photo of OSUBeerStudent
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ah, my pretty. I love this beer despite the limited number of bottles I've consumed (around 5-6?).

A - Exactly what it should be. Darker than dark body, teeny tiny mocha head that disappears except for a few lingerers throughout.

S - bourbony chocolatey coffeey goodness. Unlike, say, Black Ops, the bourbon in the nose doesn't waft up the booze. Perfectly balanced between the coffee and bourbon (larger notes), vanilla, oak, roasty malt; that's enough of the description while it's sitting here in front of me.

T - heavenly. A bit of sweetness up front with more of the chocolate, which blends smoothly into coffee and vanilla, oak, a little tiny bit of sweet booze. Then it segues into the bitter coffee and oak, with lingering bourbon notes that keep lingering after swallowing. The coffee is present throughout but blended enough that it doesn't overpower - same goes for the bourbon. The blending with aging (after one of last year's) isn't necessary, but it makes it unimaginably smooth. The blend from sweet chocolate to bitter coffee, all the time underlined with the woody vanilla of the bourbon, is sublime. The best-tasting imperial stout I've ever had, taking the title from Sexual Chocolate, Dark Lord, etc.

M - just right. The carbonation is there in moderation throughout, with a great thickness. This isn't motor oil or Guinness, it's where it should be in between. It would be perfect if the carb was just a tad lighter.

D - amazing. If not for my brain, I could easily down one of these quickly and be really happy. Or I could sip on several over the course of a night. For a bourbony imperial stout over 11%, it just doesn't get any better.

And, in my opinion, it just doesn't get any better among imperial stouts. My favorite.

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Photo of pmoore311
4.88/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle on 3/15/10 into a RIS glass @ 50 degrees.

Appearance: They say a picture is worth a 1000 words, well pouring this beer into a glass is worth twice that. Exactly how an impy stout should look, beautiful cappuccino head that sits on top of a black hole.

Smell: Great notes of coffee, charred malt, milk chocolate and bourbon. Coffee dominates the nose, but is very pleasant and not overpowering.

Taste: The coffee is very dominant and I think will settle down with some time on it to allow some of the other spectacular flavors to come through. However what amazes me about this beer is just how great of a job Founders does with aging this beer. The bourbon provides a spectacular finish, that is really unequalled in any bourbon aged stout I have had. It really just lets you know it is there with a soft oaky, vanilla finish. KBS whispers bourbon in your ear as opposed to shouting "HEY THIS IS BOURBON BARREL AGED!" right in your face compared to some of the other BBA stouts out there.

Mouthfeel: Its like drinking velvet...absolutely perfect.

Drinkability: Easiest to drink impy stout out there that if it wasn't printed on the bottle you would say I was lying if I told you it was over 11% abv. I could easily enjoy multiples of this in one sitting.

I think this is Founders best offering, just a brilliant BBA impy stout.

An interesting comparison will be comparing the upcoming GI Coffee BCS vs. the KBS.

This beer certainly deserves all the praise it receives.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 batch. Phenomenal. Less boozy than last years, even when fresh. Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow, wow, wow. Near perfection.

Enjoying my second bottle of the Feb 18, 2010 batch on January 2, 2011. Served cellar temp in a New Belgium globe/snifter.

Damn. Damn, damn, damn is this good. Gotta give a little bump to the score particularly due to the incredible aroma. I could sniff on this all night. Wow. Appearance also gets a bump and I'm enjoying the reduced booziness from the fresh bottle. One of the best beers I've ever had. A special blend of all the coffee-infused Imperial Stout goodness with the warmth and complexity of a fine Bourbon. Fantastic. Incredible. On and on and on and on, adjective upon adjective upon adjective...NOMNOMNOMNOMNOM


12oz bottled Feb 18, 2010. Served cool room temperature into a Duvel tulip.

Pours black, quite thick with a one finger brown head that reduces to a small foamy ring and cap, leaves some spots of lacing.

Aroma is heavy on the wood, nice amount of bourbon, vanilla, strong coffee, some chocolate, a little charred.

Flavor brings in a very good dose of dark chocolate and coffee bitterness, vanilla, bourbon, fair amount of alcohol, especially early in the glass.

Mouthfeel is full, but not overly so, feels like there is oatmeal here, does get a tad sticky, low carbonation.

Overall, for a coffee stout, any coffee influence is generally overshadowed by the charred oak and bourbon. Still excellent impression overall, for my first ever KBS. Never thought I'd see this on store shelves in Georgia, and it's quite a treat. Every single Founders beer I've had has blown me away. This one had the most hype, but lives up to it in every way. Cheers!

Appearance 3.5, Smell 4.5, Taste 4.5, Mouthfeel 4.0, Drinkability 4.5, Score 4.25

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.65/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Thanks Joe for splitting the bottle. 2009 edition. Pours into my tulip glass completely black with the slightest bit of red on the top edge. A nice dark brown head forms as mostly lace until a swirl livens it up.

The aroma is strong and boozy, with a slight alcoholic burn. Chocolate and vanilla comes through very clearly. A bit of cinnamon rounds out a boozy, dessert like nose. Bourbon is thankfully in the background.

KBS is very thick, so the first thing I thought of was chocolate syrup. Some burnt sugar, bourbon, vanilla, and ice cream round out a thick, boozy tasting beer. The carbonation is really low, accentuating the creamy mouthfeel of this huge beer. It's not something I would like to have very often, and a half bottle was more than enough. I remember having this fresh last year and was not impressed. This needs a year at least for my tastes, as I'm not a huge bourbon fan.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed this on tap at Romans pub.

Served in a tulip glass the beer is pitch black with a thick dark tan head that sits at two fingers for at least ten minutes with out moving. The lace is unreal. It clings to the glass throughout the entire drinking experiance. Every sip or swirl leaves a thick coating around the edge of the glass.

The aroma is much more chocolate and roast malt then I had expected. It has a light bourbon feel to it but it's just super smooth and mild.

The flavor is absolutely perfect. One third chocolate one third coffee and one third bourbon. It simple doesn't get any better then this. I simply don't think any one aspect wins out in the battle. It's as if they all decided on a tie. I don't kn ow how founders got all three to play so well with eachother.

Full thick and chewy rich body. Super smooth with hardly any carbonation.

Overall maybe the easiest drinking barrel aged beer I've ever tasted. I would have no problem polishing off afew pints of this. As long as I have a ride home.

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Photo of birchstick
4.03/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours black with a camel-brown colored 1/2 finger head

S - charred, sweet oak, dark chocolates, hot bourbon, vanilla, and a lot of coffee - there is a ton going on here. I wish the nose was a tad bit stronger though.

T - the taste follows the nose perfectly. Starts of with some chocolatey coffee. Sandwiched in the middle is a bunch of bourbon, with some vanilla and molasses. KBS Finishes with a sweet milk chocolate. The bourbon is very hot when this is fresh - it reminds me of the time I dumped some makers mark in a stout...it is very stouty and bourbony. Lots of vanilla and spicy bourbon on the exhale. This is complex and well-crafted, but it falls short of what I like in my favorite barrel aged beers...too much bourbon and bot enough supporting malts.

M - medium bodied with some low carbonation - silky smooth as it goes down

D - Breakfast stout taken to a whole new level. The base is still there, however the oaky bourbon really lets this go to a new level. Awesome beer, however the 12% abv limits this one. I guess I was expecting something more here. This didn't wow me like I hoped it would.

I am glad I was able to get my hands on this. Between this and Nemesis coming out a couple of weeks ago, Founders is really rolling them out right now. I feel fortunate to have been able to pick up a couple of bottles of each. I must say that I thought this was a fantastic brew, however when it comes to bourbon barrel stouts BCS is still my favorite.

6 mo. update. There is a lot of molasses on the nose. The coffee has faded a little, as well as the bourbon. The vanilla really pops. All of the flavors have started to fade together to form a more unified beer.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Jet black with no light passing through. Brown fizzy head that appears at the end of the pour, which quickly dissolves almost completely.
Smell is heavy on coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. The bourbon comes in nicely, not being overpowering. Some oak in there as well. Nice, complex aroma; I'm sure there's much more I'm not picking up.
Taste is some bitter coffee up front, with vanilla and rich, dark chocolate following. The oak and bourbon come in near the finish. Again, the bourbon is fairly subdued, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Alcohol is well-hidden.
Mouthfeel is velvety and smooth, yet there is a hint of carbonation that makes it just right. Nice warmth from the alcohol.
Very, very drinkable. Excellent, well-balanced taste that isn't too rich or too heavy on the bourbon. And again, the alcohol is expertly concealed.

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Photo of Magpie14
4.88/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the '09 on tap at the brew pub

A: a glowing and hazed reddish brown hue permeates with traces of faint mocha swirls sitting on top. A large gathering of shiny bubbles sits hard right in my snifter. A very small amount of lacing exists (considering the ABV), speckled and fading. The body just looks righteous and fit for the name, as noted by the mild bourbon colors resting at the edges when I sip. By far one of the better looking stouts. As far as presentation is concerned all the right elements are here

S: the nose is monstrous. Rich coffee, hearty malts, chocolate, and globs of molasses with some vanilla infused bourbon. The smells listed may seem ordinary for some stouts and whiskey based brews of this sort but the '09 KBS is fairly extraordinary in the nose. Even so, things are starting to smell a little moon-shiny as my journey continues

T: luscious cocoa, heavily roasted and darkened malts, pulverized hazelnut coffee beans, some cured vanilla beans, and a thin slice of fudge cake. I might be a little overzealous about this brew but it really is just that darn good! No if's and or buts! It is a great melding of bitter and sweet while being both smooth and rough. Eventually, after numerous small sips, I find that the bitterness plays between coffee and a burnt sucrose character. Even more amazing is the lack of alcohol on the palate. It drinks so flipping smooth with really no ABV intensity at all. The way this beer moves is top notch

M: the mouthfeel is quite sumptuous and close to velvet on the tongue. It also holds a relatively mild feeling while being so smooth. Just great, absolutely great!

D: 5 stars. I might venture to say that the bourbon is rather subdued (the extra year of age no doubt) but this is not a problem for me. All the right ingredients in this one. Now I have to have the regular release of KBS and I have the feeling I won't be disappointed.

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4.02/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle, 2010 release.

Thick, viscous onyx, with a tight, dark tan head.

Aroma is awesome. Very bourbon-like up front, with hints of vanilla, and then dark roasted coffee and alcohol. Fat note of chocolate fudge as well.

Flavor is woody and oaky, with a pretty substantial coffee presence, much like the standard Breakfast Stout. Finishes extremely warming and full of roasted bitterness. Kind of sweet overall. The bourbon character is more subdued than I expected, but very nice, with those savory, buttery, and maple-like notes reminiscent of a fine bourbon. Mouthfeel is super thick and rich, though quite drying on the back-end. Very smooth for the alcohol content; however, still only realistically drinkable for the style.

This stout is chock full of flavor, but in the end I find it a bit raw and rough. A big beer that just might be too big. Given this stuff's reputation on BA, it seems that many of us love being slapped and/or punched in the face with flavor. Umm... not me. I like big beers, but this one's unbalanced. Sorry!

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

12 oz. Bottle of 2010 KBS:

A: Dark black with only small amount of head; the beer looks just like breakfast stout.

S: Smells of coffee and bourbon with faint hints of oatmeal. The oak gives the beer a very earthy feel as well.

T: Bourbon, coffee, and chocolate on the palate, the oak bitterness and oatmeal are more present on the finish. The taste is good, better than Breakfast Stout but not as good as CBS.

M/D: Not overly drinkable, mouthfeel is smooth but it is a bit harsh on the finish. Still a very good beer that lives up to its reputation.

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4.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First-time KBS drinker, as I live in Atlanta. I'm so happy Founders is available here now.

A- As dark a brown as I can find. Very minimal head. A little bit of a ring around the glass leftover after several slow sips.

S- Coffee, chocolate, bourbon.

T- It's an overwhelming cocoa roast, but I get the hints of oak, roasted coffee, and a hint of the bourbon barrel aging.

M- Smooth and coats the palate nicely.

D- An absolutely wonderful beer. I like it better than Depth Charge, and that's saying a lot. This is what I expected Depth Charge to be. It's a perfect mix of all ingredients. The warmer it gets, the more I taste the bourbon.

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4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first breakfast stout with breakfast before attending my cousins state hockey championships.

A- Slick black like some dirty oil. A nice deep brown head with good retention and foam rings hanging around my better beer glass.

S- Nuts, chocolate and bourbon blended together.

T- Vanilla, coffee, chocolate, touches of oak, touches of bourbon all blended together. Just fantastic! A bit of heat, but in no way is this a negative, in fact it reminds me even more of the bourbon since it smooths out the finish so well.

M- Velvety smooth, with a nice coating to the mouth that leaves all those wonderful blends of flavor breathing on the palate.

D- For a beer at 11.2% abv this is a very smooth beer that I could drink very easily for a while.

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
4.56 out of 5 based on 11,997 ratings.
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