Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by ABisonEgo:
4.23/5 rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
2011 bottle (side by side tasting with 2012 kbs)
Appearance - Everything an imperial stout should be: pitch black, 1 finger tan head (which dissipates very fast, and opaque. Some alcohol lacing, but not a lot.
Aroma - Chocolate and coffee up front. Pretty much dominates the beer. Roasted malts make their presence known, but dark chocolate and coffee take over. there is almost a slight vanilla aroma as well
Taste - coffee nips this one in the bud. starts off with the coffee flavor and quickly turns into dark chocolate; just like the aroma. roasted malts lend a hand in the overall balance of the beer, which has the slightest of hops present. No alcohol present at all
Mouthfeel - right on point. creamy as can be, little carbonation, heavy on he palate. really completes the beer. the oats call for a creamy imperial stout
Overall - solid imperial stout. for being a chocolate, coffee, oatmeal beer, this really brings all of those to the table. the oats with the creaminess, the coffee up front, and he dark chocolate that rounds out the beer. such a solid beer and cant be beat for a winter seasonal
Serving type: bottle
10-16-2012 02:40:21 | More by ABisonEgo
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3.64/5 rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
I LOVE stouts. I'm not, however, quite sure why this beer is rated so highly. I absolutely love other Founders offerings, but this one falls short... maybe it was just high expectations. The first bottle I had, I thought maybe was just bad luck - maybe it was served too cold, maybe it was too fresh or too old.... but the second bottle was cared for perfectly and tasted exactly the same. Don't get me wrong, this is a good beer, just not in my top 10... or 20... or maybe even 30.
A - Looks gorgeous. Perfect shade of brown/black. Just dark with a fluffy, creamy, tan-colored head (about a finger and a half or so).
S - Coffee and chocolate are obvious. Both bright and dark berries/cherries in the mix as well. Definitely smells like breakfast.
T - Huh? But it looked so beautiful and smelled so good. First thing I notice: the water. Water? I was expecting the beer to take over, but it tasted a little watered down. Chocolate and coffee were apparent. Espresso and earthy minerals as well - had that Guinness metallic taste to it. I'm told the metallic taste is a characteristic of bad water, but I am particularly sensitive to its taste. Dark, ripe berries are hidden a little, but there.
M - Feels light - almost like a session ale, but it finishes nice and creamy. Doesn't coat my mouth too much, but feels good.
O - I was a little let down by this beer. Not once, but twice. It IS certainly good - just not 100 rating good. I'll wait for KBS to obtain a Founders stout. Until then, I think I'd stick with a Speedway Stout over this, any day.
Serving type: bottle
04-17-2014 22:00:22 | More by Swongler
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 10,444 ratings.