Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by dciBA:
4.78/5 rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Thanks to Khazadum for this awesome extra.
Bottled 8/27/10. Thanks for the dating Founders
Pours jet black into a Brooklyn snifter with about a finger of caramel colored head that fades quickly. A small amount of lacing as it goes down.
Smell is of equal parts coffee and chocolate. Coffee smell comes through in the form of roasted coffee beans. Milk chocolate with a slightly bitter edge form the other half of the nose.
No surprises on the palate. Coffee and Chocolate. It's not the flavors in this brew that are surprising, it's the way they are perfectly balanced and so easily palatable while still being quite strong. Milk chocolate on the front of the tongue transitions perfectly into bitter coffee and roasted beans on the back. Some residual hop bitterness on the sides.
Body isn't the thickest of the style but is more than adequate. Flavor coats your palate nicely after each sip. Flavors of chocolate and coffee seem to linger forever allowing you to really enjoy this one for a while. Absolutely no hint of the higher %ABV makes this very drinkable. All around a very well executed coffee/chocolate stout.
Serving type: bottle
02-27-2011 16:45:58 | More by dciBA
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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 10,440 ratings.