Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by asabreed:
4.53/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith 12 oz. nonic.
Appearance: As black and opaque as it could be, with a head and retention that won't quit: a dark mocha-color with even darker bubbles in the mix, and big sheets of lacing on the glass. There's not a lot of dissipation here in the least, and it's one of the best-looking versions of an Imperial Stout I've ever seen.
Smell: The first thing that hits the nose is chocolate, and a lot of it, a good amalgam of bitter and sweet chocolate, and a lot of chocolate malt type aromas too, even to the point of what you'd find in, well, a chocolate malt at a good, privately owned ice cream shop. Then the coffee creeps in as it warms, from the black acrid aroma of coffee just into a mug from the pot, to the aroma of a coffee with three creams and three sugars: the balance here is always pretty astounding. And as it warms you can get some of the grain and oats mixing with everything, and whatever hops that are here aren't really in the aroma. Some tar and char comes through when it warms also. With each drop of temperature new combinations start to form.
Taste: What's wild about this beer is the layers that keep changing as the temperature changes. Initially the chocolate and coffee combination works wonders, with a lot of nice char and acridity mixing together with the heavy sense of chocolate, and it becomes less sweet (not that it's all that sweet to begin with, but it's there and present) as it warms. On the back-end there's some nice char and berry and dark fruit flavors that come through also. And the finish is char, acrid coffee, and lingering bitter chocolate, with some flutter of sweetness around for good measure.
Mouthfeel: Beautifully thick all around, with a sense of both creaminess and a velvet-like softness to round everything out. It's certainly a heavy-bodied beer, but there's enough carbonation to get the creaminess out of it so it becomes coating instead of cloying.
Drinkability: I'm thinking of keeping one around for a year or two to see if the char and roasted back-end quality dissipates to a sweeter brew, but I'm not sure I can wait that long, to be honest. I paid $11.99 for the 4-pack, and thankfully, this was the last one. Had there been more, I would've bought them, I mean. And if there had been none, I wouldn't have been too thrilled. So it worked out. This is my first chance finally reviewing it in the bottle, since I haven't found it in a long time and finally recently stumbled upon it, and it seems like nothing has changed. An intense, balanced, beautifully crafted Imperial Stout from one of my favorite breweries. It'll always be a staple for me if I can ever find it enough to make it one.
Serving type: bottle
01-12-2012 23:45:05 | More by asabreed
More User Reviews:
4.9/5 rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Maybe I am bias towards my Michigan Brews but Founder Oatmeal Stout is great Sweet Stout. With flavors of coffee, chocolate, and lightly roasted characters tickle the taste buds, it is easy to get a full stomach on a pint (or two). As dark as they come, this beer has nothing to see through it! My appearance review rating was not all that well because I felt my bartender just overflowed the pint glass and I was not happy about the wasted beer :(
All said though, this is a great sweet stout for those who are looking for a big filling beer!
Cheers to Founders!
Serving type: nitro-tap
07-29-2014 02:22:46 | More by kenny400m
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,335 ratings.