Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by doppelmeup:
4/5 rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The first comment I have about this beer is to make sure you let it warm before drinking. The drinking experience improves dramatically as this beer warms. If I were to close my eyes when smelling this beer, I would swear I was smelling a fresh brewed cup of coffee. Bittersweet cocoa and fresh ground coffee beans prevail. It is black as night, with a cinnamon (yes, the label is very accurate) colored head that is slow to build and leaves bits of lace dotting the sides of the tulip glass all the way down. As I drink this, I am reminded of dark chocolated covered espresso bean candies. Bitter cocoa followed by a bitter coffee flavor. A slight hint of alcohol is also present. Mouthfeel is fairly thick, with a definite warming all the way down. The flavor clings to my mouth, not wanting to really disappear even after several minutes. Overall, I had quite high expectations for this beer. I can't say it has let me down, but I am also not sure that it is the best big stout I have had. But if you are an Imperial Stout lover, don't miss it.
Serving type: bottle
10-27-2008 22:16:51 | More by doppelmeup
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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 10,441 ratings.