Founder’s Brewing – Kentucky Breakfast Stout 2015 Review

KBS 2015All You Need to Know

Brewery: Founders Brewing Co.
Style: Imperial Stout (Bourbon-Aged)
ABV: 11.2%
Cost: $6.50 (10oz)
Glassware: Snifter
Temp: 55°F
Availability: March/April
Purchased@: Bulls Head Pub
Previous Review: KBS 2014 Review

Quick Take: For those that love KBS unconditionally and without a care of my opinion, I’ll sum up the 2015 edition thusly. The newest take has upped the Russian Imperial (tobacco, anise, bitter cocoa) and coffee elements, but at the cost of the barrel qualities that make BB beers great. Everyone that already loves KBS will still find plenty to love, but I’m still waiting to be blown away by this highly sought after treat.

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Founder’s Brewing – Blushing Monk Review

Blushing MonkAll You Need to Know

Brewery: Founders Brewing Co.
Style: (Imperial?) Fruit Beer
ABV: 9.2%
Cost: $6.75 (10oz)
Glassware: Snifter, Pint
Temp: 50°F
Availability: Limited
Purchased@: Bulls Head Pub

Quick Take: This is a solid fruit beer that keeps the sweet from becoming overwhelming, a testament to Founder’s skilled brewers. I can’t say it is a big departure from Rubaeus, a beer I appreciate more than desire, but Blushing Monk improves on the best qualities of its little sister. I enjoyed the 10oz pour I had and don’t regret the bottle I bought, but there are better Founder’s offering.

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Founders Brewing – Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS) 2014 – Review

CBS (2)All You Need to Know

Brewery: Founders Brewing
Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 10.6%
Cost: $5 (5oz)
Glassware: Snifter (I got a tulip)
Temp: 55 – 60°F
Availability: Every few years (maybe)
Purchased@: Iron Abbey

Quick Take: If you are expecting KBS with maple syrup, don’t. This is a boozy hot beer with a singular purpose of hitting the tongue with earthy sweet, syrupy malt and sugar. Although too decadent and young for me to really enjoy, I think some age would do wonders for it, it’s a beer rarely seen and one you should have if you get the chance. Just be sure to keep your expectations in check and you’ll probably find an enjoyable, but not mythically fantastic, beer that belongs next to the slew of other great Founders classics.

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