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KBS by Founders Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout
11.20 % ABV

What we've got here is an imperial stout brewed with a massive amount of coffee and chocolates, then cave-aged in oak bourbon barrels for an entire year to make sure wonderful bourbon undertones come through in the finish. Makes your taste buds squeal with delight. 

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Review by everetends on 06/21/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 12 18 4 9 2010
Old Review
12 oz bottle that became mine through the amazing package sent to me by rhinos00. I have heard great things and I am very excited. Poured this every so slowly into my Terrapin Snifter.

A: Pours an ever so slow and thick, extra viscous deep black oil like liquid. Seriously, this looks thick and bit intimidating. The body is a pretty nice glossy black color. No light has a chance to get through this baby. Solid as a rock. About a quarter finger of dark brown head slowly bubbled up but didn't have much staying power. It fizzles out to a thin ring, but it still throws up some nice spotty lace. Swirled on the glass, the body leaves a very noticeable light yellow film on the glass. This beer has something going on.

S: I wish I could fully describe how beautiful this beer smells. I could smell it right when I popped the cap and its impressive. I want to make love to this beer now. Getting a very distinct coffee aroma that is nothing short of the aroma you get when you open up a bag of fresh, high quality, roasted coffee beans. Its rather impressive. Behind that is a really nice combo of some dark, slightly bitter chocolate and some rich vanilla aromas. The friggin oak is oh so nice on the back end. I mean, its damn near perfect and what I always want when I hear oak. Slight bourbon aroma finishes this baby off. Just fantastic and I don't know if it gets any better than this.

T: I wish this was as good as the aroma, but the flavor is damned close. Chocolate starts things off here. Getting some really rich and dark chocolate that is walking hand in hand with that amazing coffee presence. That coffee is so distinct and fine. Incredible really. Then comes that vanilla, not as rich as the nose but its lovely. Oak and that bourbon flavor are very light but still very much in the ball game. Finish is a really nice oatmeal heartiness and tastiness. Damn!!!!

M: The hits just keep on coming for sure. Full bodied brew. This is pretty much the poster child of a full bodied brew. Low carbonation lets this beer remain chewy and thick, which is very nice and appropriate. ABV is actually pretty light considering the size of this beer. With Bourbon in the title, I expect a bit more alcohol but screw it. Aftertaste is some chocolate and oatmeal. Nice.

D: This is a big beer but it is nicely drinkable. You proably don't want to drink too many because of its size and the fact that it is a bit sweet at times. Still, its a pretty damned smooth beer that has amazing qualities. The aroma is amazing, and the flavor is not far behind at all. My only gripe is that I can't get more of this at the store. Founders, bring this beer to a store near me. You buried it in the back of the net with this one and I am glad I chose this beer to celebrate tonight. Awesome beer that surpasses the hype.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 05-14-2009 05:37:08

Served In: Snifter

Review by k3n on 12/26/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 9 18 5 9 2008
2008 vintage.

Thick, viscous black. A vigorous pour gives me an inch of dense head, which quickly retreats down to a thin sheet with patchy spots. Minimal lacing. No light intrudes the body, and the color stays evenly black all the way to the edges.

Nose is roasted coffee and booze. Bitter chocolate in the background.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light. The flavors are intense but the feel of the beer is relatively light. Flavors follow the aromas, roasted coffee beans, bitter chocolate, roasted malts, and some alcohol heat. Finish is moderately long.

Halfway down the glass, I'm continuing to be impressed by the mouthfeel of this beer. There's a definite heft and creaminess to it, but it doesn't get over-bearing. Also, unlike other barrel-aged stouts I've had, the bourbon aspect is quite mellow, and doesn't crowd out the rest of the beer. A+ for drinkability.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Oxymoron on 12/26/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 17 5 9 2009
Good morning. Pours out a very dark to black color with limited brown hues around the corners. A darker tan head color with a mix of tiny bubbles and some bigger ones. Good retention through the whole tasting.

The nose is complex with malt. Noticeable chocolate and roasted malts. Some interesting low notes of premium coffee and a woody almost vanilla touch to it. Lighter notes of some fruity esters and solvent alcohol are there but not too off balance.

The taste is fantastic with a strong malt presence that is smooth with the oat silkiness. Chocolate notes are still noticeable but blend with roasted and coffee flavors. There should be an astringent quality but its hidden so well. I really enjoy how malts blend well with the silky touches from the oats. Some lighter grassy and earthy finishes leaves a off balance flavor.

The body is the star of this beer. A smooth silky finish and really makes this beer cloying to drink. A full body for sure but very deceptive in the ease of drinking. A great beer for sure.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 11/03/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 2 11 18 5 9 0
12oz. Bottle
$19.99 4-Pack
Binny's Orland

Kentucky Breakfast Stout pours black as night. Visocus body that gurgles into my snifter. A chocolate half finger head formed on the pour that faded to a ring. The ring leaves ringed lacing after each drink. Very handsome beer.

Big notes of coffee and vanilla. This beer absolutely makes my mouth water. Mild bourbon and oak. The coffee smells freshly brewed and hot. This very easily could be the best smelling beer I've ever had the opportunity to smell.

The flavor is as good as the smell. One of the best beers I've ever tasted. Starts off with freshly brewed coffee and cream. Mild vanilla up front. Mid palate the coffee gets stronger and is accompanied by hazelnut, a splash of bourbon, and even a little hop spiciness. Excellent!

Mouthfeel is perfect. Thick and creamy body. Sluggish carbonation lets the beer work through my mouth velvety smooth.

There is no doubt about this beer beeing a sipper but it's one that I could sip from the moment I rolled out of bed until I fell back asleep.

This is one special brew. I wasn't sure if this would live up to all the talk or not. It lives up to and surpasses the talk. One of the best beers I've expierenced in my drinking days. Exceptional!

Price: $19.99 Served In: Snifter

Review by wagenvolks on 08/26/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 12 18 5 9 2009
According to the label, KBS "is good for everything a stout ought to be good for". So I guess if I ever run low on motor oil, this beer just might do the trick. After all, it pours like the stuff--viscous, oily, black. A dark brown head creeps slowly from the depths beneath and eventually settles to a scant ring of foam. A few speckles of lacing cling to the glass. An earthy, musty aroma eminates from the hops amidst a black sea of baker's chocolate, dark roasted coffee beans, and vanilla-rich bourbon. The alcohol is hardly noticeable...quite a feat considering the monster ABV on this thing. Sharp, woody tannins and spice round out the astounding aroma.

Designer dark chocolate bars and booze-soaked bourbon-barrel planks fight for the tastebuds, with the alcohol eventually winning the rights to the back of the tongue and throat. The finish is sticky with a warming booze and bitter with earthy hops, but neither in a harsh way. Few beers completely coat the lips, tongue, and roof of the mouth like KBS. This. stuff. is. THICK. Thankfully, there's enough carbonation to keep this behemoth afloat, as the mouthfeel is equal parts velvety smooth and spiced with booze. Founders manages to both set trends in the American craft brewing industry and simultaneously raise the bar, and as such, KBS deserves its place among the top of the the category that is "Extreme Brewing".

Served In: Tulip

Review by tavernjef on 03/06/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
98 3 11 20 5 10 2008
Black breakfast in a glass. Melted butter thin topping of firm dark cocoa brown foam. Scraggly, icicle-like lacing along with some smeared spotty stuff.

Coffee's on! Wonderfully well rounded aroma of fresh roasted coffee with a vanilla mocha twist and a slight tender pull of chocolate chip waffles.

Black breakfast in a glass. Much like the origianl BK stout but with a hearty warming of deep dark earthy roasted stuff. Vanilla, coffee, roast, earth, slight charred edging along some thick Belgian waffles, touch of buttercream, chocolate drizzled, and oh so lovingly warm. Something to wake up for indeed. Like a huge waffle breakfast when your eyes are bigger then your stomach and the coffee is just right and the syrup fills every square just right. The finish is the capper as it rounds around with a chocolatey warming and a perk of roast and fluff lingering. Puffy chocolate remains on the cheeks and floats like hand whipped cream.

Total breakfast feel. Fulfilling & without much effort to do so. Warming, smooth, delicate, sensationable, oozing the form of easy going syrup with enough thickness to soak into the pores of the waffle and drench the buds in flavor as the thickness settles and warms the belly, much like a good breakfast should.

I would love to have this stuff for breakfast every day. Although a few of these first thing at the crack of dawn and I may be napping through lunchtime. Is there a lunch stout? Anyways, this is unbelievably drinkable. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a yummy snack; you name the time and I'd drink this f*ckin' stuff no prob. Holy yummifingly delish man!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Phish on 12/28/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 11 19 5 9 2008
Pours a very dark brown in color. There's a very nice quarter inch of frothy, brown head reverse cascading on the pour. Looks the way a stout should. Smell is slight coffee and a good trace of bourbon. Taste is a wonderful balance between the roastiness of the coffee and the sweet velvet bourbon notes. Fairly thick and both bitter and smooth at the same time in the mouth. Hard to describe, but an absolutely wonderful beer. A true standout of the style.

Served In: Tulip

Review by JJ on 11/22/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
100 3 12 20 5 10 2008
Everything about this beer is dark. Pours syrupy black with dark tan head. Head doesn't last too long but aroma is strong enough to hold. Smells very close to regular Breakfast Stout. Side by side I don't think I could tell the two apart. Taste is also similar, but as it lingers in your mouth and warms, the Bourbon flavor comes out. Not overpowering at all but very smooth. Exceptional beer. Worth the hefty pricetag in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-22-2006 19:37:42

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by odeed on 09/12/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
100 3 12 20 5 10 2008
(first off many thanks ti sliffy for the hookup.)i have been waiting to try this brew for ages now,i guess today is the day!this b.a. stout poured a thick motor oil black with a nice,but small dark brown the head sat it left nice dark webbing on the glass.i then held the snifter up to my nose and could not believe what i recieved.the first wave of aroma was,you guessed it,coffee!the second wave was a lovely blend of bourbon and oak,not overpowering,but just right.the third was a mix of dark and milk chcoolate.then the fourth was a blend of oatmeal,roasted malts,and black liquorice.ok now after smelling it for ten minutes,ill take the fisrt sip.WOW!the numerous levels of taste hit my palate so fast it was hard to even catch them all.after a few more sips i picked up on what my brain was telling me was absolute bliss,and what made it that,chocolate covered raspberries,bourbon,oak,vanilla,milk chocolate,alcohol,black liquorice,and roasted malts all smacked me across the face every time i took a this beer prefect?i would say YES!its right up at the top with speedway stout to me and my only complaint that i have is that i only have another bottle.
SECOND BOTTLE ON 6-6-06 BY WAY OF NEWCASTLE01.would i still give this a perfect rating?HELL YEAH!i still cant get over how good this beer is.and i still have one more bottle.

Served In: Snifter

Review by tjthresh on 07/28/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 10 20 5 9 2008
I think I had 2 or 3 glasses of this at The Glass Nickle over GTMW weekend. The problem is that my notes were written in Chineese. I sent out an SOS and Ughsmash saved my ass.

Pitch black with a rich lasting brown head. Good lace. Beautiful. The aroma is really blended well. You get all the coffee, bourbon, and oak and such. The aroma is great, but it does nothing for the onslaught of flavor that comes next. Lots of of cold steeped coffee aroma. The flavor is a wonderful blend of chocolate, coffee, soft bourbon, a drop of vanilla, and a good oaky dry finish. Chewy, lush, full body. Very easy drinking. Unbeleivable. Jason, you are a life saver.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 04/22/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2008
2008 edition.

Pours an intense black with a dense inch of mocha colored foam.

Rich aromas of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and toast. There’s some milk chocolate and a combination of dark and milk chocolate along with vanilla. Chocolate malts, toasted bread and wood notes in the background. Surprisingly well blended for a young bottling of such a big beer. A brief whiff of alcohol in the finish. Alcohol has a stronger presence once the beer warms up.

A rush of chocolate, wood, vanilla, and chocolate covered cherries with a slightly warming sensation on the throat from the alcohol. Bitter chocolate with roasted malts in the finish and aftertaste. I’m getting some faint flavors of anise in the aftertaste as well as grain. A little more alcohol as it warms up.

A bit thinner than I remember but quite good.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Erdinger2003 on 04/20/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 12 14 3 7 2008¤t=KBS08.jpg

My only bottle of 2008: Pours a nice little head and is black as night. Smell is smooth vanilla with some bourbon and some chocolaty background notes. The taste is roasty with a smooth bourbon flavor and a little aftertaste of vanilla and chocolate. Mouthfeel is thick and highly carbonated. Overall I enjoyed the smell more than last years, but the flavors are mostly bourbon and the breakfast stouty flavors are light and covered by bourbon and burnt flavors.

Served In: Tulip

Review by seaoflament on 04/07/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 18 4 8 2006
Thanks to drewbeerme for this vintage bottle. This bottle is marked 1/06.

Pours jet black with about a half inch of tan foam. A nice ring sustains for the entire time.

As I’m pouring I get a blast of bourbon and then followed by chocolate and vanilla. There are some coffee aromas that are still battling for dominance in this richly malted beer. As the beer settles the mocha becomes more dominant and sends the bourbon to the second layer. After a little more time the coffee aroma seems a little too astringent and reminiscent of old coffee grounds. There are still some rich, strong, Belgian chocolate aromas as well as roasted malts and some malted milk. The beer seems to have mellowed in these two years but it’s still holding up pretty well; there’s more chocolate and less coffee compared to a fresh bottle. Hints of vanilla peek through the chocolate as it warms up more. While the aroma is more subtle than when fresh it is still very appetizing and dessert-like.

First sip is intense with chocolate, roasted barley, toast, bourbon, and finishes with vanilla, wood, cocoa and some alcohol heat. Notes of coffee and mocha but it seems that the coffee profile is the one aspect of this beer that has faded the most. The taste continues to be mostly bitter-sweet chocolate, heavily roasted malts, and molasses.

Mouth-feel is quite good still. I just detect a slight watery feel as it passes down, but the smoothness is still there. Finish is not as strong either. Well carbonated.

While it ages pretty well, at least for 2 years, I think I prefer this one fresh.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 0
A - Pours a pitch black body, not letting any light through. Color is a little brown at the edges. Small head on the pour turns into just a ring around the glass. Nice lacing.

S - Big bourbon, vanilla and oak. Robust roasted dark malts. Day old coffee.

T - Molasses sweetness starts it off. Works into expresso bean with a coffee bitterness. The time in the whiskey barrels shows itself with some bourbon, vanilla and a slight oaky taste. Coffee-like bitterness stays around until the aftertaste.

M - Medium to full bodied. Carbonation is pretty smooth, but ever so slightly biting.

D - I liked this beer a lot more than I expected to, considering I don't usually like coffee flavored beers. It might have been a good idea to acquire more of this beer.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 11/21/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 11 19 4 10 2006
Pours about as black i as I have ever seen. Forms into a small very dark tan head that fades pretty quick. Taste is just about perfect. Nice coffee blended into just a bit of bourbon. A little less than I thought it would be actually. A top notch, extremely drinkable brew.

Served In: Bottle

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