Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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4.64/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Coffee stouts have always been my favorite style, and Founders Breakfast Stout is quite frankly on another level than all the others I've had. I will note that you really have to let this beer warm up - if you drink it straight out of the fridge you won't get the full experience.
A - Dark brown with tan lacing, minimal head.
S - A delicious mix of coffee and dark chocolate. The coffee is definitely assertive and stands out as the dominant player, but the chocolate complements it perfectly. The two most common issues I have with coffee beers is either not enough coffee or not enough other components to back up the coffee. Not the case here.
T - Once again, like espresso beans dipped in dark chocolate. Truly phenomenal. You get that in-your-face coffee flavor, but it's backed up by rich dark chocolate and a hint of caramel. There's a nice bitterness (likely from the coffee and chocolate, it's not quite the same as hop bitterness) that works perfectly with the flavors of the beer. No alcohol heat.
F - Medium to full, very nice silkiness. Coats the tongue nicely.
O - Truly a world-class example of a coffee stout. It has an addictive quality that makes it almost impossible to put down once you start drinking it. I've had dreams about drinking this beer - It's that good.
What really makes this stand out above other quality coffee stouts is that the base beer is great even without the coffee - when aged at least a year the coffee fades out and the chocolate takes center stage, leaving an imperial chocolate stout that is still a phenomenal beer.
Serving type: bottle
12-13-2012 07:28:28 | More by emyers
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