Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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4.6/5 rDev +1.8%
This is a big one: Founders Breakfast Stout. I've been told about it, heard rumours, news reports on CCN/BBC and Chinese whispers about the greatness of this beer, so much so that I was shocked to see it sitting quietly on a shelf in The Archive next door cellars... I had to have it and review it immediately, and here faithful reader(s) we are *sniff*.
Poured from a 355ml bottle into the sacred Chimay chalice, sorry the simple nonic pint was too lowly to behold this brew.
A: Black as Satan's publicist (hey Satan is an equal opportunity lord of terror) this brew presents with a Texas tea coloured body (that's oil son!) and no head, just a ring of tan lace around the edge, mmm.
S: Cant really smell anything apart from that Kona coffee bean, this literally has the aroma of a cold press coffee, delicious but one-dimensional (sorry Founders). I even agitated the hell out of it with anecdotes about my day, but nothing/nada/zip - just Kona cold press coffee.
T: Holy shit this beer rocks. The taste is like the richest coffee flavour my tongue has ever accounted. There are notes of roast chicory, dark chocolate and earthy/herbal hops impart a bitter finish. Damn this is tasty. Something about it keeps me sipping on it, it's difficult to put down. There is some smokiness in there as well. Maybe a hint of prune... I can't stop sipping!
M: First thought that springs to mind is "Man my tongue is totally coated in sticky coffee goodness". Heavy bodied and smooth, Marvin Gaye smooth. The viscosity is one of the most remarkable parts of this brew - it's soooo chewy and sticky, like a coffee Stout flavoured honey.
D: Wait I'm not done praising this beer yet; it gets better as it gets warmer, more flavours come out of the wood works - hints of brandy with some rich toffee too. That is truly a sign of a great beer: it gets better as it gets warmer. Which is why the English drink their beers at room temperature. I think I've found it - the best Stout ever. Period.
Food match: They call it a breakfast Stout but I think it is more a dessert Stout, our an after-dinner cigar Stout. Or even a screw-eating-just-main-line-it-into-my-arm-with-an-IV Stout, and if that's a mouth-full so is this brew.
05-01-2014 08:48:48 | More by doktorhops
4.59/5 rDev +1.5%
A- Pitch black with light brown head. Good head retention and nice lacing. This is a good looking beer.
S- Coffee aroma is strong upfront. Chocolate are there in the background, with brown sugar or molasses faintly there. Smells great!
T- Follows the nose. Very strong coffee notes at first and chocolate follows. Nice and roasty taste, although I find it to lean more towards the bitter side i feel as if it use a bit more sweetness. Overall it's fantastic.
M- Light carbonation with decent amount of body. Almost perfect here.
O- This beer is phenominal. Id say if the body was a bit more heavy and just somewhat sweeter this would be perfect. The strong coffee taste is amazing with the chocolate playing as a supporting role. I find this an almost impeccable beer. I highly recommend.
04-04-2014 05:08:31 | More by OMills
United Kingdom (Scotland)
4.71/5 rDev +4.2%
355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£4):
Black with a thin, light brown lacing that covers the surface & holds until I start drinking.
Strong with oatmeal & chocolate, some coffee & some milky notes plus a little sweetness. Good roasted notes & bitterness feature, offset with some sugar. Despite the strength the alcohol is masked by the chocolate & dark malts.
Strong chocolate, subtly sweet with light bitterness & strong coffee, some oatmeal too. There is some espresso like flavours & lots of cocoa with roasted malts & darker fruits, sugar & vanilla. Complex & great tasting.
Full bodied & smooth, the alcohol content is almost completely hidden with only the slightly warming feel giving an indication as to the strength of this one. Strong sweetness with the occasional bit of bitterness; frighteningly easy to drink too.
An exceptional beer from Founders, definitely the best I've tried from them and up there with the best I've tried from any brewery for that matter. Excellent stuff from the start & one I'll be picking up the next time I spot it anywhere.
08-06-2014 15:46:15 | More by flyingpig
4.6/5 rDev +1.8%
330mL bottle,best before date of 8/2014. I was tempted to save this one for when I did feel like a beer for breakfast, but its the only beer in the house, and too cold to go out and get another.
A - pours thick, black with a thin creamy brown head and thin lacing
S - burnt chocolate, toasted malt and oats
T - Biggg intense kick of burnt coffee, pure dark chocolate and roasted malt. Faint bitterness at end. The coffee taste is very strong, so much that I could actually enjoy this beer over breakfast
M - Oily texture, heavy body, low carbonation, alcohol taste is nowhere to be seen
O - This really is a unique beer, the coffee taste is very strong, muted alcohol taste. Im going to have a second bottle over some bacon and eggs tomorrow morning
06-08-2014 07:57:27 | More by chogm54
4.55/5 rDev +0.7%
Pours a pitch black with a big moch colored head that was big and fluffy leaving globs of lace behind,oh man the aromas malted milk and milk chocolate.Oh man the creamy mouthfeel is sublime and the textured flavors of milk chocolate and malted milk go hand and hand with the texture of this beer.The alcohol content does not come into play at all with this beer making it easy to drink for the alc% content.Damn fine beer Iam bringing alot more down south with me.
05-20-2005 22:47:14 | More by oberon
4.51/5 rDev -0.2%
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Goes PERFECTLY with my omelet for dinner!
Appearance: Pours VERY dark with a caramel colored head that dies down relatively quickly. Little carbonation within the beer is visible.
Smell: COFFEE. CHOCOLATE. YESPLEASENOW.
Taste: Yeah, this tastes as it smells. Amazing. For a relatively-accessible beer, this is nearly as good as it gets for its genre. This tastes fairly similar to the Peruvian Morning that I've reviewed in the past. Maybe the Peruvian Morning was a hair smoother, but this definitely is amazing as well.
Mouthfeel: A little sticky. Definitely coffee dominated aftertaste.
Overall: What took me so long to buy this?!?
05-13-2014 01:29:09 | More by don1481
4.93/5 rDev +9.1%
My favorite non barrel aged stout. The taste of coffee and chocolate remind you that the beer is truly a breakfast beer. I have not had a bottle yet that disappointed. Its dark pour coats your glass with a light head that slides down the glass with every sip of perfection. Worth all the hype.
03-12-2013 03:57:34 | More by BrbnBarlAgdBil
4.5/5 rDev -0.4%
Appearance Hahahaha! The pudgy Quaker Oats baby on the label just had me laughing my a** off. Sorry for the irrelevant remark, but that is some funny s**t!
Anyway, the beer pours a dark, murky brown thats almost black in color. The head is heavily-tanned and leaves some nice lacing.
Smell The nose is very, very bitter and laden with spent coffee grounds along with bakers chocolate and maybe a pinch of brown sugar. Man, is this a good smell. Its not roasted malts but more like pure used coffee.
Taste This tastes as good as it smells. It is very dry and bitter and, again, like a mouth full of coffee grounds but without the granular texture. There is a bit of milky cream in the taste that I missed at the nose. It truly is a stout for breakfast and, seriously, would taste well over cereal.
It also reminds me of a chocolate martini, if youve ever had one of those. This really is quality all the way. Its not malty at all and is in a class all by itself.
Mouthfeel This is on the large side of medium-bodied, but still medium-bodied, with a nice creaminess in between the cheeks. I really enjoyed the fact that it didnt finish with a sugar rush like some examples of the breakfast stout style.
Drinkability This is not one to guzzle or session but more to sip on like I do with my morning coffee. Its one of the better stouts that Ive had.
Comments Big thanks to one of my favorite trading partners, garthwaite, for sending this one my way.
06-22-2005 01:37:59 | More by RoyalT
4.78/5 rDev +5.8%
Just a wonderful beer in every way. Its chocolate and coffee flavors are virtually unsurpassed. Thick as a milkshake and black as obsidian, this one looks the part as well as it tastes it. Perfectly balanced oatmeal and brown sugar sweetness with chocolate bitterness, creamy smoothness with oaky acidity, a velvety chewy front with a dry sherry finish. This is one top notch beer and well worth the hefty price it commands.
02-02-2006 22:33:44 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.38/5 rDev -3.1%
FBS pours a deep black color with dark, dark brown shining around the edges with very little light able to shine through it. The head is creamy and a nice shade of tan. Low carbonation in the beer required a more direct pour to get a nice, thick head. The smell is absolutely incredible and complex, filled with so many amazing things: coffee, espresso, cocoa beans, mocha, toasted oats, malts, grains - it's absolutely wonderful. The taste is even better. Upon the first sip, the thing that hits you right away is the mocha and chocolate flavors. Sometime around the middle, the coffee beans really start to pull through, along with the toasted grains and malts. The ending finishes with an incredible oatmeal flavor.
The wonderful thing about this beer is that the flavor profile changes so much as it warms up. The coffee beans turn more and more into espresso, the mocha flavor heads from sweet to bittersweet, and the oatmeal becomes more prominent. At 8.3% ABV, the alcohol is masked pretty well, but provides a nice, warming feeling that meshes well with everything else. The body is is pretty big, although maybe a bit thinner than I'd like for being a 8.3% ABV, coffee-centric brew.
Seriously, this is a TOP NOTCH brew. A wonderful compilation of incredible flavors that is constantly changing. I recommend drinking this beer over the course of 40-50 minutes to let it really warm up and develop right in front of your palette. Absolutely wonderful.
09-25-2012 16:29:43 | More by tectactoe
4.33/5 rDev -4.2%
The pour is dark dark brown with a small tanned head that leaves some lacings.
The smell is a really tight mix of coffee beans, sweet dark chocolate, roasted malts and subtle hop aromas.
The taste follows suit. It's somewhat sweet in the mouth with intense notes of coffee beans, freshly brewed coffee, sweet chocolate, bitter chocolate and roasted malts. It gets slightly tannic in the middle. Hints of hops. The finish is rather dry and has a nice coffee bitterness to it, and faiding notes of roasted malts and chocolate.
Smooth on palate with well balanced carbonation. A bit too dry in the finish though.
All in all, an impressive coffee beer. Not overly complex, but the flavors are integrated in a really impressive way.
01-14-2010 15:12:54 | More by ricke
4.6/5 rDev +1.8%
12oz stubby screw-top brown bottle, cryptic notch indicating an October bottling date.
Pitch black body - even when held up directly to a light. Not quite 1/2" thick head, almost black, certainly one of the darkest heads I've ever seen. I'd dare say there's even some purple highlights to it. Retention is poor - after a couple minutes there's nothing left but a paper-thin sheet of bubbles. But surprisingly, this leaves gorgeous solid sheets of lacing all over the place. One of the strongest-smelling beers I can remember - easily noticable across the room. Assloads of chocolate, make that dark chocolate, none of that wussy milk chocolate here. Dark roasted malt, and a bit of coffee in there as well but it's not as prominent as I remember.
Starts innocently enough, with a light sweetness and soft chocolate notes. But soon enough, it gets big and bad. Intense coffee bitterness in the finish. Moderately-high hoppiness, of the earthy/herbal type shows up in the finish as well, and meshes with the coffee quite nicely. Malts are super thick - only a few sips and already my lips are sticky sweet. It's really an amazing beer - starts with all that malt and chocolate sweetness, and then seamlessly transitions to a big coffee/hop bitterness. A bit of that oatmeal smoothness as well, which really brings everything together and keeps this from going "too far" into the extreme beer world. But make no mistake, this is a big beer that is certainly extreme. Alcohol imperceptable. Mouthfeel is superb. Finely carbonated but overall light in that department. Velvety smooth. Dangerously drinkable.
05-23-2011 23:05:52 | More by ExtraStout
4.68/5 rDev +3.5%
Reviewed from notes on 5/19/10. Served in a snifter at just above room temperature.
A: This brew pours black with a slight brown tinge. Its beige-brown head begins at 1/2 a finger and disappears almost immediately, leaving a whispy cloud look with one big bubbly patch floating on the body. The lacing is attractive and reminds me of stylistic A.W. Tillinghast bunkers.
S: I detect a heavy dose of oatmeal at first smell. A deeper intake reveals massive coffee and dark chocolate notes. I also smell brown sugar, toffee, and a hint of dark fruits. This would serve well as breakfast and dessert. Heavenly.
T: A flavor bonanza has erupted in my mouth. Astrigent, bitter coffee hits the sides of my tongue, which is then cascaded upon by a delicious semi-sweet chocolate and oat wave. Bittering hops kick in at the end and are supported all the while by the lovely coffee flavor. I've had this on tap at Founders and in bottles - on tap has been better balanced, while the bitterness of the beer just barely overbalances the sweetness in bottle form.
M: There is a great play between the bitterness of coffee and hops on the sides of my palate and the full sweetness and chewiness that disperses over the entirety of my mouth. It is rich and acidic at the same time.
D: Breakfast Stout is immensely drinkable. I have had this many a time and I will continue to enjoy its flavorful complexities through the years of my life. Of the Founders Breakfast Stouts, I like CBS slightly more than this beer, with KBS bringing up the rear by a nose in a three horse photo finish.
06-13-2010 23:57:21 | More by TCHopCraver
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,565 ratings.