Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by imn2it:
4.3/5 rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I have a 1/2 barrel of this on tap in my home. Founders packaged my particular keg on Oct 11, 2010 and I took possession of it on Nov 19, 2010. This is the most expensive keg I've EVER had! After tax and 0 waste, this stout cost me $2.15 per pint. So no matter how good my review, chances are that I will never pay this much again for home beer.
Appears as a beautiful stout should. Pours marvelous at 15psi with 1" of foam on full speed pours through 1/8" lines, stainless couplers, shanks and Perlick faucets. I have never had a beer so well behaved.
The smell is coffee mainly. Wonderful, amazing coffee like I've never smelled before. I am not a coffee fan, but adore coffee beer. Very faint chocolate odor might exist and maybe subtle, dark fruit....prune? I really expected to smell much more.
The taste is amazing. From the tip of my tongue to the back, there's no t-bud left unsatisfied. But mainly, I'm still getting almost exclusively coffee. I think if this beer were allowed to age the chocolate would eventually emerge.
Mouthfeel is great. The beer is a treat and a novelty and I'll enjoy every last pint. It's amazing and I'm so grateful to have the luxury of enjoying an entire keg.
The drinkability for me is high. I could easily consume 6 or 7 pints of this (And not be worth a sh!t), but have an amazing time (I'm sure). To be honest, for 8.3% abv, this beer is far too drinkable. I wish I could give it a 6.
In conclusion, Thank God for Founders. Every beer they brew is fantastic and their normal Breakfast Stout is certainly no exception. But again, the price per pint is so excessive that I cannot in good faith justify buying this for home consumption. I will most likely turn to Heine Brother's Coffee Stout brewed by BBC in Louisville as an excellent alternative (87¢ per pint for mug club members)
Serving type: on-tap
12-03-2010 22:14:26 | More by imn2it
More User Reviews:
4.44/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: almost pitch black; minimal head, colour of milk chocolate
Aroma: sharp and strong dark roast coffee, touch of high % dark chocolate; burnt, kind of smoky aroma; clean and precise, seems not for the weak-hearted
Taste & Mouthfeel: bit of a slow build to this, quite mild at first, like a standard (but good) coffee, then drawing to an intense, cutting acidity of dark roasted coffee; it's deep and rich, without the tart bitterness, fairly remarkable considering heavily roast and likely significant amount of coffee used in the brew; pure cocoa flavour plays a bigger part over time; good carbonation, clean feel, and medium body
Overall: if the review seems short and not overly exciting, it's because this is a very focused and simple stout - and as a result absolutely great; everything reeks of precision and purity
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2014 14:08:42 | More by BGDrock
4.8/5 rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
This is very very close to a perfect beer. It pours very dark in a goblet. The aroma is enchanting, notes of chocolate, coffee, oats. The coffee and chocolate stood out to me most in taste, with each sip almost alternating the intensity of the two building block flavors. I enjoyed this one after a big dinner and it was the perfect dessert. As so many others have written, this truly tastes like a "breakfast" stout and seems to be almost made for the morning hours. It works great as a dessert too!
Serving type: bottle
03-15-2014 19:31:04 | More by tmbgnicu
3.56/5 rDev -21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
I really enjoy a good stout and was truly looking forward to trying this beer after reading all of the reviews and seeing the high ranking on BA. Finally had the opportunity to try it...
I'm not sure if the hype set my expectations too high or if I just had a weaker batch, but I found this stout to be quite plain. The rich, dark color and the head are great after pouring from bottle, as expected from a stout-but the rich, bold flavors I expect from a stout are just not there. There is a coffee, oatmeal flavor with very slight hints of chocolate, but none of these flavors are strong. The flavors are good and are balanced, just not much there.
Overall, this is probably a great introductory stout for those just starting with stouts or who don't usually like them as it is easy to drink.
Serving type: bottle
03-15-2014 12:02:52 | More by BeernerdJeff
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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