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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tasting Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout ( KBS )

The Kentucky Breakfast Stout or KBS for short from Founders Brewing Company is one of those beers that people tend to line up for each year. Is it worth it? Well, it may depend on who you ask but here is my look at this beer that some place on a pedestal.

I will say the beer did offer a nice appearance as it poured a near jet black color and was capped with a nice tan or beige colored head that showed some great foaminess as it easily met a nice two finger one from the pour. The head would later dissipate at a slower rate than many barrel aged stouts leaving a well laced glass behind to show that it had been there.

The notes of aroma climbed out of the glass with moderate ease, although there was a need for some effort to really get a good sniff out of the glass. When doing so, the sweetness of the malts and the chocolate notes dominated for sure. But what I also liked is that I could sense the creaminess of the beer when doing so, and even at 11.8% ABV the booziness was well hidden.

As for the taste, it doesn’t get much smoother for a beer of a style like this. Its aforementioned creaminess that I sensed was there in the taste and to me it just reminded me of milkshake as it laid on my tongue before being drawn down my throat. The break from the finish from the initial was one of a refreshing quality, and any alcohol burn was very subtle at the most. Full in body, this beer for me delivered a nice pleasurable experience and taste wise was worth trying. Was it worth $7.99 for a twelve ounce bottle, well, I’m not sure about that. But it was one of the tastier stouts that I have had leading me to a 4.5 out of 5 Untappd rating. Check out my video here to see my other thoughts.

Brewer Notes:

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.


"It's up to us to really diversify, we can't just be limited to stouts... we have to push that envelope. You put the right beer in the right barrel and you're going to create some pretty interesting flavors..." - Jeremy Kosmicki, Brewmaster

ABV: 11.8%

Availability: April

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