It’s a new year and I have a feeling this year the state to watch for new and interesting craft beers is going to be Michigan. One of my favorite breweries from Michigan is Founders Brewing. They continue to produce amazing beers and almost never disappoint. So the first beer of the month for 2011 is Founders Brewing, Kentucky Breakfast Stout. This beer doesn’t come out till the Spring but I have a few from last years release in the cellar and hopefully many of you out there do too because right now it’s tasting excellent. This stout is brewed with a hint of coffee and vanilla and then aged in oak bourbon barrels for over a year. When you pour it out it’s black as night with a small, thin, tan head. The aroma of bourbon, chocolate and vanilla drift from the glass and make the mouth water. Compared to the taste, the aroma is lighter which is nice cause it doesn’t knock you over. Sticky and thick, it hits your lips with the great rich taste of coffee and chocolate. It’s a complex tasting beer that isn’t over powered by the bourbon, the alcohol comes out in the finish but is still pretty smooth. If you’re a bourbon lover you might want a bit more burn but for me its perfect, makes for an easy sipping 11% ABV beer.
If you have one or two in the cellar and are looking for something to warm you up on those cold midwest winter night this beer is perfect for that. If you don’t have any bottles now, stay on the look out so that hopefully you are able to find some when it’s released in a few months.