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

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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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 NCBeernut
4.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oily and pitch black like you would expect from a big stout like this, but could have a little better head retention, probably at the expense of the bourbon. .

This is going to be delicious. Plenty of bold chocolaty coffee with obvious hints of mellow bourbon that gives off a little vanilla with it. A slight edge of alcohol.

The special additions and ingredients really shine. Layers of chocolate and dark roasted coffee with a little cream and infused with subtle but noticeable bourbon. I really really like how the bourbon isn't overpowering like it is in GI BCS. Hints of vanilla hide within the bourbon flavors, but want to be noticed. No hop bitterness. Even the coffee doesn't add much bitterness. Fairly sweet all the way through. Nice warming sensation from the alcohol. Rich, velvety and creamy. My only complaint, not enough roasted malt flavors. A sipper, but with the alcohol pretty well covered, a possibly dangerous one. Typical of founders, they essentially nail what they are going for here.

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Photo of ottovon
3.58/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

got this in a trade with stoutfiend27. thanks!

A: Pours a jet black, with a brown head that fell quickly.

S: huge coffee smell, with a hint out bourbon and vanilla.

T: dominating taste is coffee. there is some roastyness. bourbon and vanilla is in the background. as it warms the bourbon, vanilla, and some chocolate come through more. and you can taste some alcohol.

M: medium with low carbonation. warming of alcohol.

D: it is a good beer, but could probably only drink 1 or 2 in a sitting, and not because of the abv.

bottled on: 02.16.09
drank on: 04.24.09

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Photo of cdViking
4.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed in bottle on 4/24. Thanks Tuthill for the trade.

The pour is absolutely amazing, wonderfully dark with a minimal head brown head that slowly rises. Smells very strongly of oak and coffee, and a little bit of dark chocolate. Taste is not quite exceptional but great nonetheless, reflecting the smell with a subtlety of bourbon that adds complexity. Its silky smooth and tastes almost frothy, but the carbonation in my bottle was almost nonexistent. Its a wonderfully tasty beer (moreso than the wonderfully boozy BCS), but I couldn't fathom having more than one of these in a session.

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Photo of aglose45
4.52/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into snifter glass at Tally Ho, Bethlehem Pa.

A: Pitch black/ licorice colored, dark ivory/ khaki colored head, which was very minimal and did not last long.

S: Notes of bourbon, chocolate, followed by a sweet malty/ alcohol flavor. There is a hint of bitterness in there as well.

T: STRONG bourbon flavor up front - delicious. this is followed by chocolate and roasted malts, maybe a bit of caramel. There is a subtle bitterness to it, which fits in perfectly for this brew.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth considering the immense bourbon note and high alcohol content. Great carbonation (somewhat light) for the style.

D: I could drink this beer all night. It goes down great; the flavor leaves you wanting more.

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

A- Solid jet black, small layer of brown colored head.

S- Some smokey bourbon, big on dark roasted coffee malts. Strong spicy boozy scent.

T- Just the right amount of bourbon blended in. Perfect. The spice and hints from the bourbon highlight a nice underlying heavy black stout. So complex, even some hop bitterness is present at the end.

M- Frothy mouthfeel and very thickly bodied. So smooth. Not dry or sticky. Sweet hints of bourbon are left on the palate. It's perfect.

D- If you can handle the bourbon and like stouts this is for you. So smooth and well balanced and maintains a great complexity.

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Photo of charlesw
3.29/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Check this, homes... There's a reason this is an A+ and boris is only an A (really lower, but grade inflation and all). It's awfully pretty. Pours deep and dark. No head? What? Oh. Wait. Ha. You just had to wait for the bubbles to rise up. There they are! A decent-sized head of tiny dark bubbles. Would be better if they lasted longer.

Smells like Quick. Really - nothing but chocolate milk. Well, and a little smoke...

Tastes like Quick with a little smoke. OK, not quite so sweet. But pretty close. Ah, OK, it's bitter, too.

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Photo of theghost3
4.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Appearance is pitch black with just an outer light brown ring for a head. Moderate lacing.

Smell is strong of roasted coffee, oak, and dark chocolate malts. It also kind of reminds me of a bold cabernet. The taste is strong of the roasted coffee & oak. There's also faint whiskey & dark fruits. The aftertaste is dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is acidic & oily. There's an alcohol warmth that's just like bourbon.

This is a drinkable beer. Very complex. Watch out for the ABV as the most recent batch is 11.2 percent.

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Photo of bound4er
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. A firm pour produced about 1/4" of a light brown head that settled quickly to a well covering skim. Dark as night stuff - light does not penetrate through this beer. Lacing is average - lots of small dots and thin lines.

S. Chocolate, coffee and barrel influences such as vanilla, mocha, etc. Very nice but I was expecting a bit more. Some alcohol pokes through as it warms.

T. Initial wave of vanilla and chocolate flavors with a mild and unobtrusive hit of booze. There is a very nice back end hop bitterness to this beer and a long, flavorful finish that hangs around for a few minutes.

M. Full bodied and palate coating but not overly thick or syrupy.

D. Nice sipper - as others have noted, surprisingly drinkable given its ABV but one is enough for me.

This is a well crafted beer. I like it much more than FBS but I am unsure if this beer warrants all the hype, especially given its high tariff. I give Central Waters Peruvian Morning the nod over KBS.

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Photo of bhalter8
4.69/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After being such a big fan of the regular breakfast stout I was excited to see what the barrel aging did for it. Aggressive pour into my goblet yields almost zero head, amazing really. A swirl of the glass offers little lacing, as well. The color is oil black. The smell is pure alcohol, the aging really took over the sweet malt and coffee aroma in the original version. This is not to say that aroma completely left the beer, its still there, and makes for greater complexity in the smell. The barrel aging comes through in the taste as well, big bourbon heat upfront followed by the blend of coffee and dark chocolate undertones. A nice hop bitterness even finds a place in the amazingly complex taste. I have to say KBS may have the best consistency for an imperial stout ever, just the right thickness, and silky smooth to boot. This thing is definitely a heater, as easy as it goes down, it later reminds you that you are indeed sipping on a barrel aged stout by leaving heat in your throat and mouth behind.
I have a few bottles, so I am glad I will get to revisit this beer, as it was completely unimpressive looking, but such an amazing, great flavor.

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

Put on the spot to order a beer quickly, a quick gander at the cooler revealed a beer I'd never had before with a label that read KBS. OK, I'll have that. DOH!!! Once delivered to me I realized that it was Kentucky Breakfast Stout from Founder's. I'd had it before, but the label was different. So, OK, I was having brunch and coffee and bourbon and stout seemed appropriate, and this is a beer that can stand up to (actually dominate over) a spicy mushroom enchilada. What I was not prepared for was the price... $12!!! Damn, if only I'd known.

Anyway, I'm sure there are a million reviews for this out there, so I'll keep it simple. I prefer the Breakfast Stout. I think that the Bourbon just adds a bit too much to the mix, and it clearly increases the perception of alcohol, whether there's more there or not. It also cuts down on the really nice coffee flavor that the standard Breakfast Stout has, and I think, the malt flavors as well.

What's nice about the Breakfast Stout is that it's really complex, but that's kind of lost in the KBS because the Bourbon characteristic cuts through a lot of it (at least at the end of the glass).

So although this is not a beer I'd throw out of bed (you know what I mean), it's just not quite as good as the beer that spawned it.

Oh, and I kind of have to ding it for points on the appearance as the head drops immediately, and it leaves little lacing.


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Photo of MPLS
4.37/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After reading the somewhat amusing label (at least they tried) I gave this guy a slow pour.

A: Dark swampy brown black, with a thin veil of moss brown goodness. Lacing was nominal, but still somewhat evident. Low carbonation.

S: Big chocolate notes, bourbon, coffee bitterness, nose hair twitching alcohol.

T: Much like the smell, biggest element is authoritarian chocolate. The coffee and bourbon are noticable, the coffee more subdued than the bourbon. They mix well to create a very tasty beer. 11% alcohol is hidden well. I must say that maybe if I would have tried this before other bourbon barreled beers I'd like it more.

M: Quite full bodied, coats the tongue quite well.

D: Enjoyable. A real treat to drink. High ABVs would keep my lightweight ass away from downing more than 3 in a sitting, but a very good sipping brew. I guess I am still blown away by Goose Islands BCS.

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Photo of becktone
4.78/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From notes 3-29-09

Here's to 500 reviews! I think I'm going to retire my trusty Guinness pint glass which has proved usefull in about 4/5 of these was my first and only glass for quite a long time. Prost!

Eye: Black and opaque...color doesn't get better than this! Is it clear? Who knows? Its too damn dark to tell, awesome! Head is steady at 1/2 finger and is very creamy, almost looks as if it came from a nitrous tap. Color of head is a light muddy brown. Really this is everything that you could expect. I think it would look marvelous next to a steak and some over-easy eggs at about 10:30-11:00 in the morning. It'd definitely look much better than that glass of OJ next to the plate. Lacing is very beautiful, rings and sheets....don't get much better...

Nose: Lots of coffee aromas here, like coffee beans, expressos, and cappuccinos all combined. But the strongest aroma is the coffee bean aroma, smells like you've got you're nose in a pot of Folgers or something....yet its much better quality than that. Under that roasted qualities come out but diminished by the strength of the coffee. Oak is under all that. Hints at bouron and alcohol warmth associated with bourbon, yet still hidden for the most part under the dominant coffee. I'd really like some more vanilla and oak tones that should be associated with bourbon barrel aging...Goose Island BCS has it right. Perhaps some age on this guy would improve its balance of aroma.

Tongue: Alcohol is evident, yet it doesn't get in the way, infact the flavor of the beer overtakes it! Oak is noticeable, but does not yet seem to meld all that well with the far I'm beginning to think that this one would be much better with some age on it. There is also a warmth to the flavor...yes from alcohol but the flavor of it is more of that associate with spirits-bourbon-than with high abv beer. Bourbon flavors tend to come through more closer to the finish, some oak, tiny hints at vanilla, but moreso a raw bourbon flavor like its been mixed with this beer as opposed to infused with it (BCS). Its different than BCS, more of a raw and less pronounced, yet at the same time more pronounced bourbon flavor. BCS has bourbon hints, oak and vanilla-that obviously come from the bourbon-as an overall flavor. This beer has a more pronounced "shot of bourbon" flavor. Its almost like during part of this beer you've added bourbon or taken part of a shot. It comes in right before the finish. Just before the finish bourbon flavor is perceived and the finish is a mix of beer and bourbon finish, a little warm and well...very good...hard to describe. Oakiness is there too, a woodiness. Both beers are good, but I think I'll have to say that this one is crafted better, the bourbon is more a part of the beer, it doesn't stick out. Rather its an integral part of this beer, it doesn't stick out but needs a bit searching for. All in all, this is the best bourbon barrel beer I've had to date, its blended the best and all the flavors work together the best.

Feel and Drinkability: Thick and heavy on the palate. Awesome. Slight warming at the swallow, but not all that much. Low carbonation. Overall the feel of chocolate syrup in melted chocolate ice cream slightly warming being spooned into the mouth...thick. Hahahha! Seriously kinda like that. I feel that this is an easily drinkable beer, so coffee infused that it can become dangerous. It is much easier to drink than BCS. Whereas BCS is a sipper, this one is a much easier beer to drink, not as hot. Its still a sipper, yet it doesn't feel me like I've just taken a shot of bourbon....where if I did-after drinking some beer-I'd need a few minutes to gather myself...(thats how BCS feels sometimes). This beer feels and drinks much better. Altogether awesome, expensive, yet awesome! Would that it were a bit cheaper though.

edit: and with this beer I retire this glass...

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

Pours a deep dark black into a snifter with a small brown that quickly fades. No light getting through this one.

Nose is chocolate, coffee, smoke, bourbon, oak/wood and alcohol. Some caramel and even a bit of nuttiness (peanuts?).

Mouthfeel is full bodied, thick and velvety, low carbonation. Slick and viscous. Very smooth with some dryness in the finish.

I was expecting this to be over the top, based on my general feeling toward Founders, but to my surprise the taste is so amazingly well balanced. Sweet vanilla up front, chocolate and coffee bitterness in the middle and fading out with a quick blast of hoppy bitterness as it coats the back of the throat. Some alcohol dryness and bite, but kept in check.

This is sublimely drinkable for what it is. 11.2% ABV just gets lost in the beauty of everything else and you find the glass draining all-too-quickly.

Overall this one lives up to the hype. A really nicely balanced stout with that extra kick of the bourbon barrel really complimenting and enhancing the flavor in all the right ways.

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Photo of jminsc76
4.36/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this courtesy of a wonderful gentleman who brought it when he moved out to California from Illinois. He also brought Three Floyds' Dark Lord Imperial Stout, so we started with that, and then after experiencing complete beer jubilation, moved on to this (and experienced a second wave of jubilation). As I was slightly intoxicated from the Dark Lord I cannot comment too much on the look. All I remember is it pours a dark, oily body with slight head, but nothing too extravagant. It's aged two years, so a lot of the carbonation has subsided.

Strong aromas of rye, sawdust, and even oats. Momentarily felt like I was hanging out in a either honky-tonk bar or Irish Pub, you know, the kind with all the sawdust on the floor. Intriguing aromas, but I was not expecting sawdust.

The taste is similar to the smell: sawdust, oak, and oats, but also strong roasted coffee flavors. Keep in mind that my palate may have been a wee bit blunted as I was still reeling from the rich coffee/chocolate/molasses/whatever-else-is-present aromas and flavors of Dark Lord, so any of the molasses or chocolate that other reviewers are alluding to may have been knocked the *bleep* out of me. Perhaps I should have saved this for another night but what can I say? I was inspired from having two top-rated beers in my presence.

The woody, oak-y, and coffee aromas and flavors are the standouts here, and according to the gentleman who brought this to me, it's among the last of its kind. Too bad, I want more.

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Photo of PirateUlf73
4.67/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Bottle claims an ABV of 11.2%.

A: Jet black with a very thin chocolate-brown head.

S: Soft notes of oak and bourbon mingled with dark chocolate and coffee. Almost like a cold Irish coffee.

T: Taste is dominated by woody bourbon, coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. The three work flawlessly in harmony with one another, creating an almost singular flavor that's hard to pinpoint. Fairly strong roasted malt character. Comes off sweeter than the bottle's claim of 70 IBU's, but I'm not complaining. Alcohol is masked pretty well and serves to warm the throat and belly.

M: Big, oily and slick with a lower level of carbonation. Goes down very smooth for its ABV. Aftertastes are of coffee and bourbon.

D: A sipper to be certain, and opens up beautifully as it warms.

I fancy myself a cynic and a skeptic when it comes to beers as hyped and talked-about as this one, but it won me over in the end. A quite delicious brew that melds its flavors beautifully. Sip and savor. While I shall refrain from gushing endlessly about its merits, this is a beer that won't disappoint, provided you like some coffee flavor in your brew.

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Photo of MacDomer
4.32/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I recently (~two weeks ago) had a bottle of 1 yr old '08 KBS and a fresh '09 KBS. Shout out to Andrew the manager at Binny's on North Ave. in Elmwood Park for hooking me up with the aged bottle! I'm having another bottle of the fresh '09 tonight and will attempt to review both...

Overall, I prefer the aged KBS to the fresh, at least this year - bourbon flavor was more forward in the '08, coffee a bit more muted, and flavors were better blended and overall richer. Both of these served in my Duvel tulip at about 58F.

Both pour thick and black in color with minimal head but a nice dark cap. There's dark chocolate aroma in both, a bit of nutiness, but the big difference was that the bourbon and vanilla was a lot bigger in the '08 and the coffee a lot bigger in the '09. The coffee in the '09 is a bit too much, actually, and I'm even a coffee drinker. I may wait another 3-6 months before revisiting this one in order to let the coffee ease a bit.

Both bottles were big a chewy up front and quite tasty. Lots of roast malt and chocoloate flavors. Same comments about the bourbon and coffee in the flavor department as I already said about the nose.

Mouthfeel on both is quite nice, with the '09 being a bit thinner than the '08. Still big and thick though. Carbonation is good.

Drinkability is good for the style, I could have another no problem.

Overall, a great beer. I just tend to prefer a bit less coffee and a bit more bourbon, so hopefully laying these down for a little while will help with that.

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Photo of eljefe21
4.67/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black motor oil with a thin tan head and lacing.

S: Heady dark chocolate and slight bourbon smell.

T: A wave of dark chocolate and a slight coffee taste up front that fades to a slight, sweet bourbon and strong alcohol taste.

M: Thick and chewy up front, flowing smoothly over the tongue. Leaves a beautiful warming tingle in the mouth after it's gone.

D: A wonderfully balanced beer of strong and complex flavors. The dark chocolate and warming bourbon flavors plus the high alcohol content make this a perfect beer to enjoy in front of a fire in the winter.

Served: in a tulip glass.

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Photo of ndekke39
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Trying my favorite beer on tap at the Founder's brewpub. Served in an 8 oz. snifter. Board says 10% ABV. Appearance is oily black with a thin tan head. Smells of the barrel and charred wood, coffee, chocolate, maple syrup, and alcohol. Tastes are dominated by chocolate and coffee bitterness. Very smooth mouthfeel, almost a little syrupy. Very drinkable, but keep it slow because of the high ABV. An exceptional beer!

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

Finally trying some of this wonderful brew. Can't wait I love regular the FBS so I'm sure this is going to be amazing.
Pours from the bottle very thick and viscous into my awaiting goblet. Dark as night with a small brown head that quickly fades away leaving no lacing on the glass.
The nose is mostly coffee getting some nice bourbon vanilla aromas in there as well.
The taste is totally different though, the first thing I'm getting is smooth oak, vanilla, and bourbon flavors followed by the bitterness of the coffee. This stuff is superbly balanced nothing really overpowering just tons of awesome flavors all perfectly blended. Mouthfeel is spot on very smooth and creamy and it goes down nice easy. Amazing stuff, wish I could have gotten some more of this stuff.

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Photo of bheilman
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Excellent beer! Very reminiscent of what I expect out of a stout. It has the bitterness that I initially learned to love drinking Guiness. Of course, I do believe this beer is much better than Guiness, but I as my introduction to the style, I always compare stouts to Guiness. The taste was very complex with that sense of bourbon barrel aging. Not as sweet as most imperial stouts I've had and it makes this beer much more tasty and more drinkable. Maybe the coffee helps calm the sweetness. Overall, this is a beer I will seek out again, probably the best imperial stout I have ever had.

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

Split a bottle with my roommate tonight. His first time and I think he hated it. Doesn't like stouts though.

A- Poured into a pint glass. Quater inch head that slowly went away after a short while leading to a nice lacing around the sides of the glass. Pours pitch black very much like motor oil.
S- Smells of burnt coffee and bourbon undertones. Also, a strong soy sauce smell which kind of makes my mouth water for some reason.
T- Hints of bourbon and oak. Big stout taste which the roasted malts come through and the coffee taste with this one. Little chocolate taste that lingers after it goes down.
M- Heavy! Coats the tounge nicely in a bourbon coffee overload. Little bit more chewy than most stouts I had.
D- This is a beer that I can enjoy when I'm looking for something different than what I have been drinking.

All in all Founder's never ceases to amaze me with their beers. My roommate on the other hand never ceases to amaze me with his chugging skills when he doesn't like a beer.

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

I still cannot believe I got to try this beer. A good buddy (and fellow BA member) spotted a few bottles at The Foodery (Center City location) and was good enough to pick one up for me. He is truly a god amongst men.

After leaving it the basement for a couple weeks (in hopes of saving it for a special occasion), I noticed that this bad boy is actually a raging 11.2%, which made me even more excited to try it.

I poured this mythic ale into a brandy snifter, letting it sit for a few minutes before I dove in. It was colored the deepest black I'd ever seen with a creamy brown head and sizzling carbonation. The aroma was quite wonderful, bringing to mind everything from vanilla to after dinner liqueur to heavy cream. From first scent, its profound ABV is evident.

Flavor hits you like a ton of bricks, opening with roasted coffee bean and ending with vanilla and irish cream. I've never had a stout that is so well balanced and as it warms, a transcendent coffee flavor finishes with authority.

The beer coats the tongue with each sip with the sting of whiskey as it sinks. It's an absolutely terrific beer, but let's not kid ourselves. With its potency and big flavor, one or two is definitely enough.

A great beer for a special occasion and potentially the best stout I've ever had.

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Photo of patmcd
4.92/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first review on this site since moving over from RB, and it's for one of the finest brews I've had the pleasure of ever having.

I've been eagerly awaiting KBS' arrival ever since I found out that Founders was coming to NJ, and I surely wasn't disappointed. But just finding this beer alone, was an experience in itself. I traversed for dozens of miles across the state, asked around, begged and I fortunately finally found a retailer where I could purchase an entire 4-pack.

I poured an '09 bottle delicately into a snifter and it yielded a classic, yet subtlety striking, 'midnight mud'-brown typical of a fine Imperial Stout with a razor-thin burnt sienna head, that quickly subsidized.

The aroma was strong, yet complex. I noticed the coffee right away and then the chocolate. Next, mild bourbon danced in the background, followed by just the smallest hint of vanilla.

I knew I was in for a treat, as soon as it touched my lips. I would say the coffee and bourbon are the most distinct and crisp flavors which I noticed right away. The chocolate in the mid-pallete definitely harmonizes those two strikingly different flavors. The aftertaste definitely had the slight oak burn with a bit of smoke, which is soothed over by a gentle, but enjoyable vanilla. Overall, extremely complex and each flavor complimented the other.

In my mouth it felt a bit heavy, but was incredibly silky and not and smooth as it whirled around my palette, but completely lacking an oily characteristic. I savored every second of drinking it, and I did not want it to end, which is remarkable for a beer at this ABV.

Overall, an American-made masterpiece, and I can't wait to see how this ages.

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Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
4.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

After coming up empty handed in my search for this brew, I was delighted that Greg at the Trion had secured a few for his frequent customers to try. Poured an intimidating dark red, almost black with a milky chocolate head that retained forever. Aroma was bourbon, coffee, chocolate and roast malts and it was good. Same with the taste, this is a monster of a beer. Dense and chewy, with all those stout flavors amped up to an incredible level. As it warmed the tastes continued to change with coffee, bourbon, and the malts being front and center at different times during the experience. It was a little sweet and I can't imagine having more then one of these. Honestly, to me, I like the Founders Breakfast Stout a little better, just because I find it more drinkable. If I had to have just one more sip of a Founders Stout, this would be the one, but if I was to have one to go back to over and over again, the breakfast stout would take the day.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.44/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

quite a strange pour. viscus at hell. no head. even when poured aggressively. a small layer that gives the brown tint off the opaque stout color. smell is fantastic. no alcohol really. chocolate, coffee grounds, tobacco, vanilla, coconut sweetness, caramel, earth, woodiness. as for the taste. the bourbon comes forward. not boozy really. quite simple as bourbon can be, some acidity, some vanilla. not a cheap linger afterward. light woodiness, light smokiness, well rounded and dense in appearance but not as dense as expected. quite smooth. finish of some sort of mocha cappuccino assortment but exceptionally sweeter. not as punchy as the goose island. less forward, less dessert like...

as a comparison to another favorite american double. if you haven't had the Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) get off your ass. its a great beer without the bourbon. excellent example of the style without any funny business. yet there is nothing that makes a beer better than a caring sense of storage.

thank you HIGHPA

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
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