This past weekend we had the debut of Founders Brewing Co.'s annual release of Kentucky Breakfast Stout. And most likely its disappearance from store shelves, perhaps within ten minutes. But experience has taught us that KBS will pop up on tap and in bottles at fine boozing establishments for some time to come.
I tasted my bottle, generously supplied by Founders, and posted to YouTube about it last weekend. Here's a bit more of my impressions, for those who don't want to sit through nearly 6 minutes of me on screen.
In the unlikely event you need to be told bout this brew, KBS is an Imperial Stout brewed with coffee and chocolate, and cave-aged in oak bourbon barrels for one year. It's another highly anticipated annual release along the lines of Bourbon County Stout, Dark Lord, Big Hugs, and so many more.
After shooting the video, I stoppered the bottle, and have come back to it a few days later. I figured it was strong enough to stave off oxidation for just a few days. The pour is deep brown, with a rim of brown foam. The smell has intensified its chocolate and coffee note since I cracked the bottle; and yes, the warming alcohol smell of brandy is also there.
The first impression on my mouth is the texture: thick and syrupy. Coffee and cocoa notes have subsided to leave a primary note of bourbon and dark malts. No roastiness, just a smooth drinking beer with a bite of alcohol that's hard to ignore.