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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): 11.80%

Availability: Spring

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

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

Now labeled as "KBS."

ABV varies by batch.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-13-2004

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an impenetrable onyx with a thin brown head that doesn't retain well, but this stuff is over 11% ABV so I didn't expect much head retention. The smell has a really nice mocha turtle brownie thing going on, with a bunch of cocoa, bourbon, coffee and caramel aromas meshing together very nicely. The flavor is also quite good, with a big cocoa presence upfront, followed by espresso, vanilla, bourbon, caramel and burnt bread. The mouthfeel is full and thick, but not sludgy. Carbonation is appropriately minimal, and drinkability is remarkable considering the style and ABV. An unforgettable stout, very complex and extremely delicious, lives up to the hype.

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Photo of mishuggah
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. From the 2010 bottling.

A: Pours a deep, dark brownish black with a 1/4" tan head that quickly dissipated. This is what any great stout should look like.

S: Sweet, roasted coffee hits my nose with a slight woody bourbon aroma rounding it out.

T: Big, bitter roasted coffee flavor dominates as it did with the smell. I thought it would be a bit sweeter from smell, though. The bourbon seems to be a little bit too far in the background for my liking.

M: The body is definitely a bit lighter than I expected. I am a bit let down in this area and would prefer something a bit heartier. That said, it's quite smooth.

D: Extremely drinkable! I could put a few of these down in a sitting. Too bad that they are not more readily available.

Overall, I was expecting a little bit more from this beer. For better or worse, I compared this to Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. While being much more drinkable, I have to say that Goose Island has the ultimate upper hand in this match.

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Photo of hz23hz23
3.1/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is my first review for Beeradvocate. I've been in the booze biz for about 7 years now. I am currently a wine consultant but, I have several years of beer tasting experience. I guess that I have tried well over 100 beers, not including macro brews. The hype in the beer world is no different than the hype in the wine world so, I have to rip on this fairly overrated beer:

A: pours a slightly oily black stew with no head.

S: smells like mesquite wood, fresh ground coffee and dark chocolate. No bourbon aromas to be found.

T: Bitter sweet espresso shot cold. Long finish. Hate to say it but, it tastes just like a can of Starbucks Double Shot Espresso with less sugar and no cream. Not as boozy as a Bourbon County Stout as I thought it would be. Where's the bourbon?

M: Not as cloying as I thought it would be. Palate is on the medium body side and dryer than I thought it would be which is good.

D: One in the morning or one at night. Good with smoked cheese.

Both beer and movies have their "fan boys" (you know, the kind that love eye candy movies like The Matrix and Star Wars and will give movies like that a high rating simply because they are supposed to like it), and this beer will be praised by biased drinkers and will try to tell you it is the best thing ever. I disagree, this is truly an overrated beer but, it's not bad. For the price, Yeti and Storm King are a much better value and you don't have to wait for them to be released.

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

I was cautious with this one because of the hype that surrounds the hard to find limited releases. After tasting it, there's no doubt in my mind that it deserves all the praise.

Typical appearance for a top notch stout. Black, thick, good cinnamon colored head.

Smell...mmm. Tons of coffee, molasses, and of course, bourbon. There's a nice touch of vanilla and charred oak. One thing that sets this apart from a lot of the other bourbon barrel aged stouts is the definitive presence of coffee. It almost surpasses the bourbon.

Hands down the best bourbon barrel aged beer I've had. There's a lot to be said about how smooth and mellow the bourbon is, while still being vivid. You get all the classic notes of vanilla and wood without any of the astringency that usually tags along. The coffee again is a major player and it's dark roast and fresh. The aftertaste is sweet and is somewhere between brown sugar and maple syrup.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. The alcohol is modest considering the abv and fact that it's aged in bourbon.

This is surprisingly smooth for being aged in bourbon barrels. I really enjoy barrel aged stouts, with it being a current trend, and this one does it the best. I have a hometown alliegance to GI BCS, but must say that this passed it on my list. The two things that separate this from the pack is the unique coffee angle and keeping the bourbon flavor without the burn.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.67/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 oz. bottle, the legendary Kentucky Breakfast Stout, I've been on its trail for 3+ years and I finally get to try it,

A: Pours a dark brown, light brown head, similar to the CBS.

S: Coffee for sure, but a nice amount of dark chocolate comes as well. Complex and interesting.

T: Dark chocolate and mocha are heavy on this initially. The finish is beautiful with notes of caramel, sweet coffee, cream and brown sugar. Great flavour.

M: Just smooth and elegant, creamy, it's great.

D: Founders blows me away again. While not as full and robust as CBS, this is arguably more complex and shows the great benefit coffee can bring to a beer, I love it.

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Photo of lllarzzz
4.46/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours like used motor oil. This stout is incredibly thick... it even leaves solidifying residue on mouth of the glass as you drink it. Light cannot penetrate a glass of this at all.

S - Founders nailed it with this one. The bourbon aroma dominates, but coffee and cocoa take away the edge and leave a truly fantastic smell.

T - Wow. Each sip is like a great journey. The first tongue contact reveals a sweet, mildly fruity character. Then a wonderful bourbon flavor comes through... balanced and woody, not overpowering. After the bourbon fades, a chocolate flavor is revealed, with the tail becoming darker and slightly bitter. This is definitely of the best stouts I've ever had.

M - Wonderfully creamy and thick... it coats your tongue and mouth without any "grittiness".

D - Perhaps this is the weak point of this excellent beer. The taste is wonderful, complex and powerful, but it simply will not go away. The bourbon and chocolate resonate forever... simply robbing you of an insatiable desire for the next sip (but perhaps I'm being a bit critical considering the 11.2% ABV).

Overall: This is a really, really nice imperial stout. It has an incredible taste... but it's a bit extreme and not an "easy to drink". But considering the price, ABV, and limited availability, you're probably going to sip this slowly and infrequently... and that's how an intricate beer like this can be really enjoyed.

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Photo of fastsrt
4.72/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured 12 ounce bottle in snifter

A: black, thin head,

S: lots going here bourbon, wood,vanilla booze, coffee

T bourbon, coffee, wood, this one is good but still a bit rough around the edges I think it needs some time, still was a real treat. I will see how time affects this one, I think a few more months will do it justice.

M: thick and rich, real smooth, full body, the mouth feel does not get better than this.

D: well this review is on the last bottle of the four pack, so i drank the whole thing, luckily i have 2 four bangers left.

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

12oz bottle, 2010 vintage, poured into a pint glass.

Pours a pitch black with virtually no head. Lets no light through, this stuff is black like the Abyss. Seeing this darkness filling my glass made me happy.

Smells of coffee, caramel, and sugar.

The taste is fantastic. It's very smooth, and the alcohol is well hidden. Only a slight hint of booziness to the taste. Taste follows the smell, with the coffee, caramel, and sugar, as well as dark chocolate and vanilla. A bit of bitterness, but it is a very smooth and creamy brew overall.

Mouthfeel is heavy, thick, and creamy. Feels substantial. Perfect amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is good, perhaps too good. I could have a couple of a these, but given how strong they are, I'd rather appreciate a single bottle in a sitting.

Verdict: Amazing

This was my first KBS, and hopefully will not be my last.

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

Much thanks to sjccmd for this one.

2009 vintage poured into a tulip

A-Black as night. A moderate pour produced a thin mocha colored head that receded into a ring. Looks good.

S-A great roasted coffee scent hits me right off followed up by definitive chocolate notes, bourbon and some vanilla. Smells great.

T-A nice bourbon flavor hits first but doesn't overwhelm, followed up by sweet vanilla, roasted coffee, chocolate and a wonderful earthy/woody flavor. Well balanced, these flavors all represent and really intermingle nicely with each other. Simply put, this is exceptional.

M-Viscous, full bodied, coats the palate well, creamy with a carb level that is just right.

D-Its really drinkable for a big beer. Many of these would certainly be doable, if I don't end up falling off my chair ;)

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

Poured from a growler into a Balloon Goblet.

This is simply one of the most enjoyable and best beer experiences I have ever had. I was with my older brother on a cool spring night in March on the outskirts of Cincinnati.

I won't even go into the specifics of each aspect of the beer, but I will say this is the only imperial stout that I have experienced three wonderfully distinct and vivid flavors in a row.

As soon as the extremely thick, black, syrupy consistency beer pours into the glass you are hit with an unforgettable aroma that is complemented by the perfect amount of carbonation for an imperial stout. The thick, amber-colored foamy head remains through the drink followed by a beautiful lacing.

When it hits your tongue, the drinker experiences a creamy chocolate taste that is infused with hints of vanilla. While in the mouth, a deep and rich coffee flavor erupts that is very powerful, yet very drinkable. The finish is a distinct flavor of aged oak and bourbon that is bitter and strong without being overwhelming. An incredibly soothing and warming experience. After being refrigerated overnight, we let the growler sit out for about a half hour or so drinking it at about 50 degrees.

Founders is known for making extreme beers and stouts and the Kentucky breakfast is no exception. Simply put, this beer will kick your ASS! I do not recommend this as a session beer. One is all you need to enjoy. After finishing the beer, I lit up a Makers Mark soaked Cigar that was an excellent cap to probably the best beer I have ever had.

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Photo of STLbeerwriter
4.9/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just when I was growing weary of bourbon-barrel-aged beers, this one crosses my palate and I am enamored again.

A: Dark and opaque with a layer of creamy tan head that leaves ample lacing.

S: Coffee and chocolate notes familiar to Breakfast Stout fans, then vanilla and woodsy bourbon but not too much alcohol.

T: First, more coffee and chocolate. Then, a layer of bourbon blanketed by roasty and creamy vanilla. A touch of bourbon peat on the finish, followed up by more chocolate and coffee.

M: Lovely.

D: A well-hidden 11.2 percent. It's hard to stop at one but an easy candidate for cellaring.

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

First of all this is the best imperial stout ever, that i tasted, but to excuse a few i know the same ingredients is not used. so i won't compare the stouts i had to this one, i digress, let me begin beer lovers.

the frothy head of chocolate milk, no light threw this one, not black but dark chocolate.
I poured this review in a Westmalle trappiest chalice. i wanted it to breath.

i smell the infusion of bourbon all the coffee and chocolate, i like a beer that is infused very well, and i think that the chocolate and coffee is what gives this stout balance from the aging in the barrels, for example, ive tasted hoppin frog boris , old yeti oak age beers and you taste the pronounced flavor of the whiskey etc.

the taste is creamy of sorts and that's what i like in stout to be thick.

And the drinkability is forever as long as your not driving and eat of course and take your time


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

Oh no joke this is a 5 for visual. this is almost as much fun to watch as cirque de soleil, and i would support a photograph being placed in the american art society. Pours a viscous black motor oil with a Chocolate Milk colored head that is so thick itself that it mounds up in the center and stays like a black mountain. this head stays forever but leaves a wake of lacing as it departs.

There is some bourbon in the aroma but not an insane amount like BCS, the coffee is supportive in whispers, but the chocolate really stands out here.

There is great big smooth vanilla and chocolate flavors twisting around, with those roasty and coffee flavors coming in more on the finish. the bourbon... well the bourbon is sneaking in from the backdoor and making its mark, but while alcohol hotness is very subtle for a 11.2% beer,it is faintly disernable and mostly gives background notes. Bella.

Smooth,Thick, oily, palette coating, heavy bodied. heavy hitter. Smooth. light carbination.

The smoothness and light carbination give this so much drinkability. the alcohol is the only concern at all. I don't see a point of getting tired of the flavors of this one. Jeez, just the visual from the initial pour alone makes me want to crack another.

Bella. this is a fantastic beer. i'm very satisfied i got as much as i did.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A: This beer pours pitch black, with a thin brown head that settles quickly. A thin film is left on the surface, and it produces legs more than lacing, almost like wine.

S: The nose of this brew is not as strong as I would expect. There is a lot of coffee, with subtle hints of vanilla, coconut, and toasted oak. Alcohol is also present on the nose.

T: Coffee is present at first, with wonderful hints of chocolate, vanilla, coconut, dark fruits and oak. Hops don't show much here, as the bitterness comes most likely from the coffee. KBS isn't as sweet as other brews of this style. The finish is bitter, and the alcohol lends a nice warming touch.

M: This stuff has the consistency of used motor oil. Viscous, chewy, and very big. The finish is silky as ever and lasts for eons.

D: This beer, despite how big it is, is actually very easy to drink. It will be interesting to see what this tastes like after some cellar time. There isn't a bad beer yet that I have had from Founders, and this one is truly the crown jewel. Hands down, the best Michigan beer out there.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
4.52/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 12oz bottle served chilled into a brooklyn snifter..

a-pitch black....tiny espresso colored head...did not last long at all..some espresso colored cheesecake swirl on top..a tight collar around the edges...

s-big bittersweet chocolate notes up front..the bourbon steps up before the oak and vanilla fade in...lots of coffee in the background and enough roast and graininess to make this a beer

t-lots of bitter coffee up front...the vanilla and oak make lots of head way before the bourbon rushes in...the hop sting is there enough to let you know its supporting this one...the bitter coffee follows suit and then some sweet chocolate...finishes on a bourbony oaky bitter dry note..

m-as thick as thick gets i least in my experience...the lack of carbonation or very little presence of depending on how you look at it are perfect...the chewiness and oily mouthfeel are spot on...perfect imo

d-dangerous..the abv is so hidden except at the very end its scary....the taste and overall package make you want more the price tag makes this one special

overall again it lives up to the hype...i think this years is a better package than last..a little more refined kind of like backwoods bastard this year vs last...i dont know how founders will top this next notch

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

A = Crazy dark black. About as black and opaque a beer as I've ever seen. One-centimeter, brown head forms slowly and lingers.

S = I am very pleasantly surprised to catch bourbon straight-away with the initial smell. Much more so than the 2009 version, which lacked in both bourbon and coffee charachteristics. Fabulous, beautiful array of bourbon, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits and roasted malt.

T = A lot like the smell. Bourbon, tons of malt (especially Special B), coffee, roast all work in unison to create a fantastic tasting experience.

M = Really thick and luscious, coating the entire surface of the tongue and palate -- just as I like my imperial stouts to be. Smooth and warm light carbonation that works at bringing out all complex aspects of the beer.

D = The easiest drinking 11.2--percent I've ever had. Just fantastic and delicious, and deadly drinkable. This is a young beer at this point, and I can't even imagine how it well it might age out. Seek and destroy this one.

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Photo of hardy008
4.82/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours as dark a black as any beer I have seen. Has a nice dark tan head about one finger high, with decent retention. I could smell the Bourbon as soon as I opened the bottle, what a great smell it is. In addition to Bourbon, coffee, chocolate, oak, and vanilla is also present in the smell. This should be real good.

The taste is fantastic. Bourbon, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, oak, and some roasted malt all blend together perfectly. There is a little alcohol heat, but much less than I thought there would be. With some age, this should be even more incredible, if that is possible.

Feels medium to full bodied with low carbonation, which is proper for this beer. Very smooth and creamy. Very drinkable. I am glad I was able to pick up several more bottles of this.

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Photo of TCHopCraver
4.27/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm hmmm, I've been a-waitin fer this one fer awhile. Poured this rascal after just a short time in the fridge.

A: Pours nearly black as a country night, with just a touch of brown in the body into an oversized wine glass. The head is a 1/2 finger, perrrtty mocha-brown that fades quickly, I reckon. The lacing is a wacky, sticky mixture of dots and clumpy, curvy snakes.

S: A hefty helpin' of dark, roasted coffee is the biggest aroma in my sniffer, but that is wonderfully balanced by some sweeter smells, them bein' dark chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. The bourbon-oak smells are present, but relatively far back in the bouquet.

T: This seems to be a reverse of dominance of flavor as opposed to the smell. The oak, bourbon, and acidic coffee tastes are more of the dominant flavor, overbalancing the chocolate and vanilla tastes a bit. This is a really a complex sipper. The more I get acquainted with it, either I'm just getting used to the bitter heat, or the sweet flavors pop a bit more, because it's getting more and more balanced with time. It's really a three movement piece, with the acidic, bourbon-oak the allegro first movement, the sweet chocolate/vanilla/caramel the adagio second movement, and the puckering finish the swashbuckling third movement. Bottom line, I think all of these flavors will meld more with age. I'm happy that I have sufficient supply to try them at different stages of life.

M: This pretty much has every color of the rainbow. It is creamy, yet puckering, full, yet light and airy at times. I think I would rate it higher if the puckering bitterness wasn't the overriding impression to the palate.

D: Out of curiosity to figure this beer out, I could definitely have another. However, the high a.b.v. and the bitterness in its current form lend me to say the drinkability is only good. I think I'll be updating this review in the future when the beer has had plenty of time to do its bottle-aging dance.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a motor oil black that's nice and syrupy and thick. There's a small deep brown head that's super nce and small then fades.

Taste is really deep, sweet dry, slightly dry and a cloying but it's really nice and easy drinking. Great beer and much better than the regular version

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Photo of jokelahoma
4.82/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an intense deep black, with just a skiff of head which lasts fairly well.

Aroma is chock full o' goodness, with coffee, vanilla, bourbon and oak coming to the fore. There's a whiff of booziness too, which isn't surprising given the 11.2% abv. Smells absolutely fantastic.

Taste is incredible. My first taste impression is oak. That's followed quickly by bourbon and vanilla flavors, with some dark fruits worked in. That's followed by a moderate blast of cocoa, which ultimately fades into a strong coffee taste. All these meld in the aftertaste, creating a wonderfully complex flavor that partly dances on your taste buds, and partly pounds on them with a sledgehammer. Only after that starts to recede do you notice the booze. There's a lingering heat here, even more noticable if you breathe in through your mouth, like a wine taster. The beer is bitter, but not hoppy. All this works together to create a sublime taste experience. I'd consider my life to be poorer had I not tasted this.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, as makes sense with the oatmeal. Substantial, matching the substantial flavors. It wouldn't do to have it any different.

The price tag slowed me down here, but my curiosity won in the end. Am I ever glad it did. One of the rare beers which actually exceeds the hype surrounding it. Truly world class.

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

2010 Vintage

A - Pours a solid black, with a tiny tannish mocha head that recedes rather quickly - true to style. Settles to a beautiful microfilm on top. This one is shaping up nicely.

S - Just like a cup of joe! Strong and robust coffee notes, with some more subtle chocolate and roasty hues as well. Amazingly complex.

T - This is everything I want in a coffee stout in particular, and a stout in general: strong coffee (w/cream, not black), dark AND milk chocolate mixed up together, bit of molasses and some hints of licorice - but just barely. Nice vanilla and oak character, never over-bearing as often happens. Light on the hop profile, yet it is evident. Fiercely complex.

M - Very creamy, carbonation goes a long way to lighten this one up.

D - Among the best stouts I've ever had, and the flavor profile is definitive. Glad I got as much as I did!

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Photo of Chico1985
4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a (overpriced) single earlier this week at Table & Vine. Luckily, my awesome girlfriend picked me up a 4-pack out in Worcester today, so I feel fine about drinking this now. Pours a truly evil shade of black, nice creamy 1-finger tan head. Looks good the whole time and leaves some nice lacing. Smell is incredible, smells like rich vanilla bourbon, throw some great chocolate and oak/caramel and you've got the smell of this beer. If I blindly smelled this I would probably think it's some chocolate mix drink. I only pick up a very slight coffee scents. Taste seems to be chocolate right off the bat, followed by strong tastes of bitter roasted coffee, then finishes with a vanilla/strong bourbon taste. I truthfully pick up a bit more bourbon in the nose than in the taste. It is an extreme taste at times though, sitting on the tongue long after a sip and burning the nostrils slightly. The alcohol is definitely a bit much but it has a great warming affect. Mouthfeel is definitely more creamy than thick, coats the mouth nicely. Definitely hot on the mouth and throat especially with booze though. Drinkability I gotta pin at a 3.5 because of that too. Overall another excellent beer from Founders, but the alcohol is too hot and the flavors don't jump out enough. I don't think it really lives up to the hype, fresh anyways. As of right now I prefer the regular Breakfast Stout, but I'm going to save the rest for at least a year and re-review/put notes here...

*More notes - 3/17/11 - 1 year old bottle*

Alcohol is toned down for sure from the fresh bottle, but still a little hot for my tastes. The chocolate and coffee are really intense, and balance out the bourbon nicely, tastes linger on the tongue long afterwords as it writhes from the madness. Smooth oily mouthfeel, low carbonation, feels a bit thin to me though. Very roasty and strong. Too hot for me to consider it one of the best stouts I've had, but undeniably excellent flavors here. Overall I did prefer the aged bottle to the fresh one.

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Photo of gatornation
4.17/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into poperings goblet poured a black oil color with a small head i thought it was flat but alas here comes the bubbles and black cherry ring it has lots of sticky lacing on side of glass but a minimal head..the smell is vanilla bean and chocolate with smooth coffee mixed with bourbon and oak ..the taste is a smooth very smooth with roasted coffee/chocolate taste that hit the taste buds with vanilla bean /malt mixed with bourbon and hops in the background then i taste some fig and some caramel /raisins this is a nicely balanced and smooth stout..founders put alot of work into this especially with the aging process i bought a 4-pak and will drink 1 more then i will cellar the other 2 for a year if i can..what strikes me most about this stout again is how smooth it is and oh so drinkable

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

12 oz. bottle
1/2 into snifter @ 55 F
then 1/2 @ 50 F

A - Poured slowly: oily black with almost no head. Very dark with 0 - minimal visibility around the edges. 2nd 1/2 glass poured more vigorously to reveal an 1/8th inch tan/brown head that dissipates into light lacing.

S - Predominantly coffee with hints of oak, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, prunes and/or figs. Very nice!

T - Mildly boozy with coffee up front that develops into roasted coffee then chocolate/vanilla/oak flavors. Balanced by enough bitterness and sweetness to age very well (this is a newly released bottle) and as importantly, taste great now. Finishes with a dry roasted coffee flavor.

M - Thick and slightly oily/syrupy, but with carbonation that lifts into delicate small bubbles at the end.

D - This is dangerously delicious, but much better sipped, slurped, rolled, and savored.

... 20 min later... just swilled the KBS bottle with 1/2 a guinness stout and poured into the same snifter... added 1/2 oz Irish Whiskey 1/2 oz Irish Creme for a "car bomb." The tiny amount of KBS made it the best one I've ever had... try it!

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Photo of jjanega08
3.84/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= pours a pitch black color that at first I was worried that it was gonna be flat. After about a second in the glass a nice brown bubble skin rises out of the glass. The bubbles are few but do form an entire skin on the top of the beer for a little bit and then falls to a thin ring on the glass. No lacing to be seen.

S= Nice complexity here. There is a lot of coffee in it but the coffee is mixed in with a ton of other flavors. Nice oak and vanilla complements. Loads of dark chocolate as well. There is a real nice roastyness to the malts as well. Really a ton of nose to this one.

T= The beer starts again with a lot of coffee flavor. Then the oaky wood comes through with a smaller amount of vanilla. A little less vanilla than I usually get from Founders beers. There is a pretty decent amount of heat coming from the alcohol in it. The chocolate is deep and dark in this one too. The finish highlights the chocolate and heat in it.

M= Low carbonation making this a little more coating than the average stout. A little too much heat in the back making it burn a little.

D= Let this one warm up a bit for sure. This beer is good but I just don't see it living up to the hype that it recieves. Good impy stout but not quite the most amazing thing ever. Great beer but I'm gonna put some age on it and see how it does.

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
4.56 out of 5 based on 12,159 ratings.
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