Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout Plus Bonus Rare Beer Rant

Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout

Tonight I’m reviewing Founders Kentucky Breakfast stout. In doing so, I cross another item off of my “New Beers Resolutions“.

But before I get to the review, I have a bone to pick. Rare beers. They suck. Why? Because they are rare. Now before you get all worked-up, let me explain. I understand why breweries make limited releases. I contend that the biggest reason is to generate hype, which from the business perspective is good marketing. From a beer-drinkers perspective, it’s obnoxious.

Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout

We are in the season of rare beers, be it Kate the Great, Dark Lord, or this KBS I have in my hand. I previously have had zero interest in any of these beers. I don’t support the over-hyping of ANY beer. I fell in love with bourbon barrel aged stouts this winter, so I gave in and got some KBS.

To get my KBS, I had to special-order the beer through my liquor store. None of the KBS ever made it to my liquor store’s shelves, as their entire allotment went to people who pre-ordered. Yup…only the beer geeks got it. Frankly, that makes me feel douchy…and please don’t argue the douche factor…I said I feel like a douche, not that it was generally douchy.

Please, at least send along enough beer so that a few cases land on store shelves. It’s the least these breweries can do. Why bother distribute if the greater public doesn’t even have a shot?

Anyhow, that’s the end of my rant. I’m sure I’ll draw some heat for airing my thoughts, but Lord knows that has never stopped me before. On to the beer!!!

Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout

The KBS smells exactly as I would expect – sweet and oaky. It’s got a perfect head that pours heavy and slowly fizzles to a light layer covering the beer.

Lots of bourbon flavors come through in the taste. Since recently getting into whiskey, I can appreciate these flavors much more. The beer is quite sweet. I let it warm up for 20 minutes before drinking and I fully expect this contributed to the sweetness.

The 11.2% ABV is not completely hidden and I’m getting a boozy warmth.

Founder’s Breakfast Stout is still a top-10 beer for me. KBS doesn’t match up in my mind. The bourbon sweetness is far too overpowering and you lose a lot of what the stout brings to the table (e.g. there should be chocolate flavors in there, but I’m having trouble picking them out).

Is it a good beer? Yes.
Is it a great beer? Many people think so.
Is it a unique beer? Absolutely.
Will I buy it again? Nope!

Another downside to uber-hyped beers – they rarely meet my expectations.


Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout

Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.