Founders Brewing Company's Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS) is an oatmeal coffee stout with Sumatra and Kona beans. Jeremy Kosmicki, head brewer, gave us his guidance on the recipe by sharing the ingredients and approximate proportions to make your own that's pretty damn close to the real thing.
The high ABV gives you the jolt of a morning coffee buzz, but with an extra punch. Swirling this dark, molasses-colored beer, with its deep, burnt caramel head, you'll be tempted to take another sip. All the while, rusty lace clings to the glass as it grows ever emptier.
Far too rich and powerful to remind you of any other oatmeal stout, KBS is hoppier than expected, biting back at you. The chocolate arrives late, masked by waves of coffee bitterness. But, the more you drink, the sweeter it tastes.
So, can you have Kentucky Breakfast Stout for breakfast? Well, that's up to you. It might be acceptable on a holiday, but today isn't a holiday and you're still refusing to kick off the covers.
At least you can always make up your own holiday, can't you? Enjoy!