Thirsty Thursday: stout tasting

Hubby turned 40 a little while ago. So to celebrate after the kiddos went to bed, he decided to do a stout tasting with some of the beers he has stashed in the beer cellar basement.

The three stouts that hubby chose to drink were Kentucky Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company, Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout 2011 by Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, and Old Rasputin Russian imperial stout by North Coast Brewing Company.

Going into this, I was not a fan of the KBS. When I had tasted it in the past, I found it too strong for my taste but the ‘Old Raspy’ was a frequent favorite of mine.

Here are my notes from the evening:

KBS – 11.2% abv – changing my tune on this one. Strong and bourbony but oh so flavorful. Didn’t get the hype at first but compared to the others you can really tell just how much flavor this has.

Leinenkugel – 9.5% but aged – good. More woody with maybe a honey aftertaste? Feels warm even though it came straight from the fridge. Hint of coffee but could we just be drunk by now?

Old raspy – 9% – fabulous stand alone beer. When put up against the KBS, I was surprised that it wasn’t my initial favorite of the bunch. As we continued drinking, I came back around to Old Raspy as my leading favorite.

I am a big fan of beer. As I’ve probably said before, I’ve rarely met a beer that I didn’t like. So for me, a round of stouts was a no brainer. They were all very good and drinkable. I think the KBs and Old Raspy were my favorites with the Leinenkugel coming in last but only because it was less remarkable, not because it was bad. The difference between the KBS and Old Raspy, in my opinion, is that the KBS is a sipping beer, the Old Raspy is a drinking beer. It’s a total back porch, thirsty Thursday drinker!

So what do you think? Have you ever had any of these stouts? Which one is your favorite?

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Thirsty Thursday: stout tasting

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