Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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4.38/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Founders Breakfast Stout (Original Review 12 Sept. 2012)
Poured into a large brandy snifter at cellar temp.
A: Dark brown to black. A very faint ring of cola-colored light peeks through at the edge, but then plunges into a deep darkness. A thin head of an orange-tinged kahki color struggles to appear when the glass is swirled. It fights to stay present, floats a little, but then dissipates quickly. It seems light and not oily in the glass. Looks medium bodied and not to dissimilar to Coca-Cola. Tight but inconsistent lacing, below average retention.
S: Roasty and acidic milk chocolate. If you swirl it and bring the head back, the head has a more pleasant, creamy chocolate aroma. I’m getting a little graininess from the oatmeal. White sugar peeks through along with a little bit of alcohol and some dry roast bitterness. The coffee is faint for me, but I will disclaim that statement by saying I am a MASSIVE coffee nerd – it might be more prevalent to someone who drinks less coffee than I do! This brew had an almost artificial nose at first, but that seemed to go away as I played around with it.
T: A round, creamy but slightly light flavor of milk chocolate gives way to a dry, dark chocolate finish. This brew doesn’t display much on the attack - it does not attack my taste buds when it hits - but the mid plate and finish display some complex and tasty notes of bitter, pleasant, and roasty dark chocolate. There is definitely some flavor of luke warm coffee on the back end as well. If I aerate a sip as soon as it touches my tongue, I get a sugared, lightly creamed coffee flavor… but I really have to work for it. No alcohol really gets through in the taste which surprises me because I could detect in the nose.
M: The oatmeal gives this brew a delightful “roundness” in the mouth without being too syrupy, oily, or heavy. Medium viscosity and medium bodied in my opinion. Remarkably drinkable.
O: Very solid stout. Not my favorite oatmeal stout (that honor still belongs to that amazing hybrid B.O.R.I.S.), but an absolute delight to sip on… this is almost the definition of a sipper. I enjoyed tasting and observing how this brew evolved over the course of my review. I think this is a great beer geek beer as well as a delicious way to introduce others to the delights of craft beer. Very elegantly crafted and superbly well made. Subtle, intricate, and most importantly, delicious. This beer actually reminded me of some of the better crafted wines I have had – not one aspect of this beer stands out over another, instead each aspect plays well with the next to create a perfectly crafted beer.
UPDATE: (21 Sept. 2012)
Had this beer again today, this time on tap in a standard pint glass from a large format (keg) at the Founders Breakfast Stout release event at Kellehers Irish Pub in Peoria. Tasted coffee like crazy! Served at a slightly colder temp than I reviewed it the first time. Tonight, it has a great balance; not overly thick as some oatmeal stouts, with an awesome, roasty coffee finish. Large format serving was definitely better than the bottle serving I reviewed earlier this month. If you have the chance to try this one on tap, DO IT! Still didn't even get a hint of this brew's 8.3% ABV. Tonight's taste reaffirmed my initial impression: "Remarkably drinkable."
Serving type: bottle
09-12-2012 02:11:50 | More by BWHD
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4.63/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
On principle, I am hesitant to rate a beer as perfect. This is the tastiest stout I have ever had. Is it the best? I am not sure, and the only reason I'm not sure is that there are still other beers out there in the world. It pours heavy, no head and minimal lacing, into a tulip glass (next time I'll use a snifter). It tastes sweet, and bitter, and chocolatey - I sense coffee, but on my palate the chocolate is more present - and heavy. Like I really could have it for breakfast. And by God the next time I don't have to work and my kid is already at daycare, I will have one for breakfast, and by then maybe I'll decide it truly is the best stout ever.
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2014 00:41:42 | More by schris
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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