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Beer Review: Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout

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The Badgers are playing a team from Michigan so you should drink a beer from Michigan.

Grand Rapid, Michigan; A genuinely ‘grand’ spot for beers Josh Noel/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Central Michigan appears to be a, how do I put this nicely, not very good football team. Thankfully, Michigan, the state, produces some very good beer and a lot of it is available in Wisconsin liquor stores!

Founders Brewing Co. of Grand Rapids, Mich. is one of the best and most popular breweries in Michigan. You have no doubt had one of their beers, whether it’s their All Day IPA or their Porter or their Breakfast Stout, because their beer is tasty and can be found a lot of places. They have almost nine million check-ins on Untappd after all.

However, their most coveted beer (at one time) is the Kentucky Breakfast Stout. KBS, as it is known on beer trading forums, used to be one of the most sought after beers in America. Since Founders has upped their production it is no longer as scarce, but it is still as good.

I was reading through the comments there and people were asking to get on a list in order to buy it. A few weeks ago I walked into a Trig’s in Stevens Point and they had a whole display set up of it. It was glorious.

Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout

Let’s hear what the brewery has to say about this monster:

What we’ve got here is an Imperial Stout brewed with a massive amount of coffee & 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.

I have actually been to the caves where they age this beer and they are cool, both literally and figuratively.

A lot of the the beer nerds have moved on from the BIG BOURBON BARREL AGED STOUTS that used to dominate every “must have” list, but KBS has, for the most part, managed to stay in the consciousness of the beer world without ever becoming played out. Flavors of chocolate, vanilla, coffee and oak pervade this beer and make it a wonderful sipper on a cool fall afternoon before a football game.

And if you can find a four-pack of CBS to go with it so you can compare the two...well, just tell me where to meet you and I’ll be there.