Founders Brewing Company Kentucky Breakfast Stout is a highly rated and sought after beer for good reason. It’s delicious. It’s not the rarest beer around, Founders distributes in about 15 states, but only in the Midwest and East Coast. One of the first things I liked about it is the fact that it comes in 12oz bottles. When drinking a beer like KBS, 11.2% ABV and 70 IBU, I’d much rather have to open two 12oz bottles than throw out or recap a 22oz bottle. And the price wasn’t bad, I got this beer in trade and he told me it cost $5 a bottle (which would be about the equivalent of an $10.50 22oz bomber). I think Founders sells KBS in four-packs, but from what I hear many stores break them up to sell individually because of the demand.
Founders makes a Breakfast Stout, but according to a note on Beer Advocate KBS is not just Breakfast Stout aged in bourbon barrels, they say it is an entirely different beer. Here’s what Founders has to say about KBS on their website:
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.
Needless to say I was pretty excited to try my first KBS (first beer from Founders all together) after hearing so much about it.
KBS is dark, I’d say as black as a beer can be and it looks thick and viscous pouring out of the bottle. If I hadn’t held the bottle about a foot above the glass I’m sure there would have been no head at all on this beer. As it was there was a fluffy mocha colored head that died down to almost nothing.
There wasn’t much bourbon in the smell which surprised me. It smelled sweet and roasty, a lot of vanilla and some oak and no chocolate either. The first sip brought oak and vanilla just as the smell led me to believe it would. There was a lot of roasted flavors, not necessarily coffee flavors but it reminded me of coffee. There was some caramel or even burnt sugar flavors and the finish and aftertaste were bitter. I wouldn’t have guessed this beer is 70 IBU, but I’m sure the hops mellowed out quite a bit due to aging. It was apparent this is a strong beer, but the alcohol wasn’t over the top. This beer is definitely one to sip on and spend some time with. I think it took me over an hour to finish the 12oz’s. The consistency was nice and creamy, although not nearly as thick as the pour indicated.
Overall this is a great beer for a great price. Unfortunately it’s not available at all out West. If you’re into beer trading or travel to the Midwest/East Coast I’d say search this one out.