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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.40%

Availability: Spring

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

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

Now labeled as "KBS."

ABV varies by batch.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-13-2004

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Photo of 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 think..at 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 year..top 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 ..it 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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Photo of THORN
4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass. Served 50-55 F.
A: Opaque. Tan brown with thick frothy head. Leaves behind a thick sticky lace.
S: Coffee, chocolate, and woody.
T: Malts are very dark and toasted. Coffee is sharp and very chocolaty. Strong amounts of spice. Finishes with a biItter hoppy linger.
M: Sticky and syrupy, Very warming, and alcohol is strong.
D: Big beer. Top to bottom filled with flavor and alcohol. Smells as complex as it tastes and has a great mouthfeel.

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Photo of southernmagnus
3.96/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I imagine the degree of difficulty in creating something like this is pretty high. For that I really respect this beer.

However, one of the reasons I love beer is that is a unique experience. The taste and the buzz are unavailable elsewhere.

Flavor and experience-wise, this beer could be easily surpassed by pouring a 12-year-old bourbon into a French press Coffee.

That option is cheaper and better. The tastes of my favorite quads, tripels and IPAs, however, cannot be imitated so easily.

Sorry to go against the grain, but this is merely a B+.

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Photo of CMW
4.87/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - The appearance is very similar to the standard Breakfast Stout. Pours the color of motor oil with a half inch tan head that fades quicker than expected. Some nice soapy lacing remains.

S - This aroma is tremendous. Chocolate milk mixed with coffee and sugar. A deeper inhale produces the oak.

T - Huge amount of roasted malt upfront quickly mixes with some chocolate sweetness. This tastes much sweeter than I expected and almost like there is a shot of Hershey's in here. You get a little of the bourbon in the finish but this is not boozy at all. Top class.

M - This has almost a velvet feel on the tongue. Soft and smooth.

D - I could drink these all night. There would be no way to guess this is 11% if you couldn't see it printed on the bottle.

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Photo of brewdoc75
4.62/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The critically acclaimed KBS. Was quite excited to see my local liquor store had a few four packs on the shelf. Lots of hype surrounding this, so here goes.

Poured into a Duvel Tulip.

A: Jet black with brownish hues. As I pour it, it doesn't have a ton of carbonation. This shows in the head, as there really isn't a whole lot. The 1/2 inch head I do get, dies quickly. Other than this, it looks like a nice black stout with an brownish head.

S: Now we're getting better. Chocolate and roastiness is there first. Definitely some coffee in here. This is followed up by vanilla and chocolately sweetness. The barrel notes round out the end with some woodiness and burnt coconut. Slight bourbon notes as well. Smells like a fine desert rather than a beer, but that is ok with me.

T: So flavorful and complex, where do I start? First I notice the stout components with roasty malts. This is followed up by strong coffee flavors. Not overpowering but a nice, faintly earthy roast. This is followed by a nice strong chocolate flavor. Not too dark, not to light, not too overpowering, but there. The chocolate blends with the pleasant malty sweetness. In the end a ton of stuff going on. Woody barrel flavors, a touch of vanilla, some burnt coconut and there's the bourbon. All of these are subtle but the bourbon seems to last a bit. Not overpowering but definitely there. The hops lend a necessary bitterness, but it ends there. Maybe some pine, but with all of the other flavors going on, the hops don't need to add much flavor.

M: Medium bodied. A bit on the lighter end for a bigger stout. The carbonation is a little lower than I'd normally like. Otherwise velvety and smooth.

D: This is an exceptional beer. Definitely lives up to its name. I'm glad I picked up a 4-pack because this will age well. Will be nice to compare it in years to come to the newer batches. I still think the Goose Island BCS is still my favorite for the Bourbon stouts. This comes in a close second however.

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

Poured a room-temperature bottle of the 2010 release Kentucky Bourbon Stout into a rinsed-out sippy cup.

..just kidding, it's in a large wine glass.

Pours black as night. Minimal dark brown head, that sorta sticks around the edges of the glass. Swirl the glass and the beer oozes down the sides. Neat.

Smell is strong with black coffee, charred oak, burnt toffee... and something else I can't quite place. Smells totally awesome.

Taste is chocolate, coffee, bourbon, and charred.. something (maybe more toffee). Lots of coffee and bourbon in the aftertaste. Crap, this is some good stuff.

Mouthfeel is super thick, almost the consistency of heavy cream. The bit of carbonation that's in the beer seems to load up on your tongue and make the beer seem really thick.

Drinkability is as high as an %11.2 abv beer could be. Can't taste much alcohol. Really, the most surprising thing about this beer is how balanced all the flavors are, and how nothing is all that overpowering.

Lives up to the hype. Fantastic. I only managed one 4-pack.. I had planned on putting at least a couple down for a year, but I really don't know how I'll manage that.

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

had to try this on tap when we went to founders for $2 pint night.
8 oz pour into a snifter, 2010 batch.

a - pours black w/ some slight red highlights. a thick tan head forms quickly and retreats slowly to a ring around the glass with some spotty lacing.

s - oak, roasted malts and sweet, sweet booze.

t - fantastically complex! roasted and chocolate malts are obvious, with overtones of smoke, molasses and vanilla. perfectly balanced with a bittersweet hop finish.

m - smooth and creamy without being too heavy. enough carbonation to make the flavors really pop.

d - surprisingly drinkable for something so rich and strong. founders clearly put some love into this brew. got a bottle of this in the beer fridge that i'm gonna try to sit on for a while, this should age pretty well.

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Photo of Drone53
4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a nice motor oil black. Literally looks like that stuff thats been sitting in the oil pan. Pours with a small head which quickly dissolves, however a nice lace is left throughout.

Smell - Initial smell is definitely a nice bourbon and boozy smell, definitely smell the alcohol in this brew. This initial smell is followed by nice strong coffee and chocolate aroma. Strangely enough I definitely smelt some vanilla as well.

Taste - Bourbon is definitely present in the taste, followed by chocolate and coffee. The bourbon feel definitely continues throughout. This reminds me of those cold "tailgate mornings" where you add a little nip to your coffee for extra warmth.

Mouthfeel - Nice mouthfeel. The booze makes it a little drying, but the malt presence is very nice for such a strong beer.

Drinkability - Definitely a good beer to split with a friend. I had the entire 11.2oz bottle to myself over the course of probably 75 minutes, and I would suggest splitting it with friend due to the strong alcohol content.

Overall, this is an excellent beer, and deserves to be ranked as highly as it does. This beer would truly be great sitting by a fire on a cold evening.

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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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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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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from Founders Brewing Company
4.56 out of 5 based on 11,929 ratings.
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