Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by doktorhops:
4.6/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-01-2014 08:48:48 | More by doktorhops
More User Reviews:
4.48/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Served at 40 degrees
Pours pitch black, allowing no light to pass through. A light brown head quickly dissolves to a thin ring. No noticeable carbonation. Decent lacing and light legging.
Rich, bitter chocolate and cocoa nibs up front backed by thick notes of roasted coffee. Hints of molasses. Not a lot to speak of beyond that, but it is very pleasing.
Bitter chocolate hits you first with a subtle smoke character. Gobs of roasted malt and coffee ride out each sip. Light notes of molasses and vanilla. Roasted coffee aftertaste. Alcohol is well masked - I'd never guess this one at 8%.
This is a full-bodied beer that will fill you up. Again, no noticeable carbonation. Smooth exit with a nice aftertaste.
This is a fantastic beer for the cold winter days we have ahead. Easy to drink, but best enjoyed slowly. Highly recommend.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2014 15:32:41 | More by alphagnome
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,306 ratings.