Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by nhindian:
4.5/5 rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
12oz bottle poured into a large snifter.
A - This was another one of those beers that pours a thick, syrupy, black and just erases all sense of light. I poured it into the glass and all I could see were the thick bubbles; no light at all to be seen. Builds a fairly nice, creamy head that seems to last a very long time. As it fades it leaves a wispy trail and some moderate lacing.
S - It has a very overwhelming bouquet of coffee. Like, I just put a pot of coffee on. Beneath that is bitter chocolate and a hint of oatmeal. As an avid coffee drinker, this smell is amazing. If you could combine coffee and beer any better than this, I'd honestly be pretty surprised. It just has a reminiscence of cold coffee without the extreme bitterness.
T - Although it poured kind of thick, I didn't feel much heaviness when I was drinking it. It certainly is a dark beer, but feels nice in the mouth with a touch of carbonation. Upon swallowing you get a huge rush of the coffee flavor and a bit of bitter alcohol flavor. The malt bill goes a long way in supplying a bittersweet chocolate quality that meshes perfectly with the coffee. It's certainly tasty, but I could see people who don't really enjoy coffee having a hard time with this one as that's the predominant, punch-you-in-the-face flavor. Very tasty however!
M - Moderately heavy with incredibly creamy mouthfeel. Bitter finish laced heavily with chocolate and coffee. Low carbonation.
D - High. Easily one of the best coffee stouts I've had and the oats in this make the feel heavenly. Great flavor and smell, the perfect package.
Serving type: bottle
02-17-2011 01:09:38 | More by nhindian
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4.48/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
12oz into a snifter, bottled 11/09/13
Pours pitch black with a finger of mocha colored foam. Good retention and lacing, no carbonation coming up from the sides of the glass
Smells of dark roasted coffee, dark chocolates, some vanilla, dark fruits, toffee, and finishes with some alcohol. Everything comes together pretty well
Taste is with the nose pretty well, strong upfront coffee and dark chocolate along with figs, cherry, and other dark fruits. Vanilla and toffee on the finish, ending with a splash of alcohol
Feel is moderately bitter with a heavy body. Finishes pretty dry, alcohol concealed well but enjoyably present
Overall glad I got to try this. Three more sitting in the cellar
Serving type: bottle
04-21-2014 00:40:50 | More by lordofstarside
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
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