“Older Belgian saison glasses tend to be made in a tumbler or jar shape, perhaps evoking the style’s humble farmhouse origins. But those glasses, handsome as they can be, don’t show off the beer’s great aromatics.”
We made a saison glass, everybody! It’s really pretty.
Brewery : Founders Beer : Kentucky Breakfast Stout / KBS Style : Imperial Stout Variance : Brewed With Massive Amounts of Chocolate and Coffee and Aged in Bourbon Barrels for a Year
9.5 / 10
Holy shit this is amazing. I’ve been waiting to try this forever and I am so pleased to know that a Kentucky breakfast doesn’t just consist of fried chicken and incest (sorry KY but stop fucking your siblings…). I like that they rebranded this simply as KBS because there clearly aren’t enough abbreviations in the world so I’m glad you guys follow us here at CB on tumblr and IG and show love for NJ and NY LMAO. This beer starts with a great coffee bitterness that quickly switches into a bourbony goodness of booziness before ending with a sweet chocolate finish. This really is a damn near perfect stout because you taste all of it’s components one by one and it’s not a mishmash of flavor. I’m happy to confirm that this is another “hype” beer that lives up to it and in my opinion exceeds what my expectations were. If Kentucky wasn’t so fucked up and backwoods I’d consider moving there only if I was able to drink this every morning for breakfast (sorry for dogging you so bad KY) but since we know that’s not possible, I’ll happily stay in my own state. Highest recommendations to all the stout lovers and dabblers in the dark arts and besides the 11.2% ABV boozy taste, this is a great beer for newbies who want to get into some heavier shit. Enjoy!!
Southern Tier 2XONE - Before discussing the beer, first a few words on the packaging. I hadn’t heard anything about this before it caught my eye at Wegman’s. Despite it beating you over the head with it’s SMaSH philosophy I couldn’t find a single place on the packaging that actually listed the single malt and hop used. I was in a rush so I didn’t bother smartphoning it. I researched it when I got home and once I saw Mosaic was the hop I added to my list to pickup.
I love the simplicity. Very interesting having this in close succession to Victory’s Hop Ranch which was a single malt plus Mosaic and Azacca hops. The tropical hop flavors come through very well. Not sure I pick up anything too unusual from the “special” pale malt, but staying out of the way in a beer like this certainly isn’t a bad thing.
It’ll be interesting to see what combinations they come up with for future releases of this. Southern Tier is a brand I basically grew out of, but this could be a fun beer to keep checking in on.