Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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4.25/5 rDev -6%
Masterful combination of coffee and chocolate in this stout, with the oatmeal making its appearance at well. Very smooth and not disapointing. Thanks vvclark for the bonus delivery after our regular trade! Baby picture on bottle is a flash of brilliant subtle humour. This could be a favorite regular beer of mine.
Had again 3.5 years later and bittrenss well subdued by choclate. Thick.
07-24-2005 03:27:43 | More by Sammy
4.45/5 rDev -1.5%
Thanks to SamuelJackson45 for sending me a few bottles of this one!
Pours a pitch black with a 1 inch dark beige head that fades to a nice small cap. Thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smells of robust coffee, dark chocolate, and some roasted oats. Taste starts with rich coffee followed by cocoa powder and the oats. Slight cocoa nib bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer is on the thicker side with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel even with a low level of carbonation. Overall, this is a very good stout and another winner from Founders.
05-13-2011 01:22:43 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.4/5 rDev -2.7%
A: Very dark and thick with a large, dark head and plenty of lacing.
S: Coffee and chocolate, and a bit of alcohol.
T: Bittered chocolate and coffee flavors. Some mild sweetness and oatmeal notes underneath. Some hops make an appearance as well.
M: Very thick and chewy.
D: Everything gets better as it warms up--make sure to savor this one over an extended sitting.
04-23-2009 14:55:25 | More by Thorpe429
District of Columbia
4.45/5 rDev -1.5%
Pours pitch dark black. Soft dark brown head, that leaves good racing on the glass.
Coffee is still very strong. Dark chocolate, still alot of booze on the nose, which leaves it with a sweet smell. Roasted malts are competing with the booze.
The chocolate is much more present in the taste than the coffee, which is opposite of the nose, but its not sweet chocolate, bitter dark chocolate.
The beer has thinned out with age. Not as thick as when fresh, but I think this is more drinkable in a warmer month with the thinner mouthfeel.
Overall, this is just as good with some age on it.
06-09-2013 23:15:12 | More by nmann08
4.5/5 rDev -0.4%
A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured without a head but a thin ring of beige bubbles consistently lingered around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell is dominated by aromas of chocolate and coffee beans. There are also some hints of alcohol.
T: The taste is rather complex and has flavors of bitter coffee, milk chocolate and roasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very creamy and smooth on the palate. Not much carbonation is perceptible.
D: This beer is very easy to drink and is the perfect accompaniment to a weekend brunch. I will definitely stock up on this when I see it in the stores.
09-26-2010 13:14:02 | More by metter98
4.63/5 rDev +2.4%
Liquid devil's food cake. This may be the first beer I've ever seen that has no highlights. The liquid crowds the edges of the glass so snugly, and with such menace, that light dare not attempt to get a foothold. Most impressive. The dark golden, milk chocolate crown is a beast. It squats with an equally forbidding countenance in the top quarter of the glass, daring any lovers of fizzy yellow beer to approach, much less take a sip.
The nose is huge and is redolent of crushed coffee beans and melted dark chocolate. And then some more coffee beans. And then some more. This has to be the most coffee-dominant nose in the known universe. At least in my known universe. I am not a coffee aficionado by any means, but I have to give the aroma the respect it deserves. If I loved coffee, this might be my Holy Grail of beer noses.
Incredible palate-busting flavor. Thankfully, bittersweet chocolate is equally as prominent as espresso. So much so that the beer tastes like dark chocolate fudge made with black coffee as the liquid ingredient. I knew that Founders wouldn't disappoint in the hop department. The citric hops play an integral role in turning Breakfast Stout from what could have been an (admittedly incredible) two-trick pony into a three-trick thoroughbred. They deepen the flavor profile even further and firmly place this beer into the pantheon of Great Beer.
Sweet and bitter vie for supremacy, with bitter winning in the end. The finish is more than long, it's downright obstinate. Seemingly interminable echoes of chocolate-coffee/coffee-chocolate reverberate long after the beer has met its glorious fate in my warming belly. The body/mouthfeel is big, yet doesn't make it all the way to viscous or chewy. Still though, it's incredibly smooth and creamy and is sheer joy in the mouth. 8.3% ABV? Surely they jest. There is no hint of ethanol to be had.
FBS deserves its reputation and then some. My preferences run to the less java-intensive, but then it wouldn't be a breakfast stout, would it? This brewery continues to delight and amaze with quality beer after quality beer. Breakfast Stout is an outstanding achievement by any measure. Thanks to TikkiGodxxx for the bottle.
05-23-2005 14:52:22 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.88/5 rDev +8%
Appearance: Pours a luscious obsidian with a rocky mocha head that leaves dots of lacing around the chalice
Smell: Rich dark coffee aroma with some roasted elements, too
Taste: Starts with a bittersweet chocolate and coffee burst of flavor; after the swallow, a bit of the lactose starts to peak through and the bitterness builds to a level of subtle intensity; the alcohol is well disguised
Mouthfeel: Thick and luscious with modest carbonation; creamy mouthfeel from the oatmeal
Drinkability: Right up there with Speedway Stout, this is a superbly flavored extraordinary beverage
10-02-2006 00:07:12 | More by brentk56
4.72/5 rDev +4.4%
Finally got to try this after what seemed like a forever and a day wait. Poured a thick dark black, pretty much opague oil looking liquid with a small tan colored head on the top. Copious side lace was present. The aroma was thick, fll of coffee, rich dark coffee and a good amount of sugar. Nice back of some lighter hoppiness maybe and a touch of brandy like alcohol. Very robust smell. The taste was awesome, simply awesome. A super smooth blend of rich coffee and chocolate, mixed in with just enough hoppiness to get you to notice. This was defintly top notch. I really loved the way it was all blended together. Nothing really overpowering, but the whole mix was just soo smooth. Rich creamy full bodied feel, very thick. I could easily have one on any cold night, this was just a super nightcap. Defintly lived up to its hype, one of the best coffee stouts I have ever tasted and I would love to have it again. If you get a chance, I would seek this one out, this was outstanding.
10-29-2007 02:24:19 | More by mikesgroove
4.45/5 rDev -1.5%
This is an amazing silky smooth stout with strong overtones of espresso. Brewed with impecable balance and elegant strength, Founders Breakfast Stout is an ale for the ages!
The beer's appearance of motor oil carries a creamy visual weight, complete opaqueness, and a lush volumptuous quality. A delicate creme of foam muddles about in a thin sheet that skirts the glass and shows more legging than lace which further reinforce the viscous overall demeanor
Espresso, heavy cream, cocoa, heavy toast and roast all help to define the nose. Background notes of scorched molasses, walnuts, and charred woods all play into the roasty aromas.
Espresso also dominated the flavor. Stout characteristics of deep caramel, toffee, vanilla, and rudementary malt all play on the mouth with a succulent and savory taste that doesn't introduce endless complexity, but rather puts the coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and cream flavors in bold display.
Viscous, nearly chewy textures have a mouth-coating, creamy, thick mouthfeel that proved unwaivering until very late in finish. Bitterness from hops, roasted grains, and coffee give a strong rebuttal from the malts and accompany a moderate astringent seemingly of spent coffee grounds.
Any fan of strong brewed coffees are sure to fall head over heels in love with this beer.
02-08-2006 01:45:09 | More by BEERchitect
2.53/5 rDev -44%
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a nice dark foamy head with average retention. Coffee aroma is quite overpowering with some subtle roasted malt. Taste is totally overpowered by coffee and as much as I like some coffee characteristic in my stout I cannot drink coffee. Total lack of balance or complexity, just an overpowering of coffee. Definitely not one for me.
03-20-2006 20:43:40 | More by Phyl21ca
4.47/5 rDev -1.1%
Big thanks to stubone for sending me this beer in a recent trade.
A: I poured this into my Arrogant Bastard pint glass and was struck by the absolute black, viscous nature of this beer. It has a thin layer of mocha foam on top.
S: A huge wave of coffee aroma hit me right in the face, followed by bitter chocolate. A lot of roasted malt character comes through on subsequent sniffs, but I do not get much, if any oat.
T: Just like the aroma, the taste is absolutely full of coffee. The chocolate and roast malt come through in force in the middle of the palate, and then the coffee comes back and lingers on the finish. The finish, besides being full of coffee flavor, also gives an excellent bitterness, probably from the coffee and chocolate.
M: As I said in the appearance portion, this beer is very viscous. Despite the thickness, it is very smooth and goes down quite easily. The carbonation is low, but that's to be expected.
D: I was expecting this to be a really tough to take down. While it is filling, it is such a complex and delicious beer I just couldn't help but drink this and finish wanting more.
09-22-2009 04:56:05 | More by womencantsail
3.83/5 rDev -15.3%
Appearance: Pours a dark, oily black body with a full, mocha-colored head.
Smell: A pungent aroma overflowing with coffeebeans - some whole, some even ground for a drip machine. Attempting to peak through is some dry, dark bakers chocolate.
Taste: Semi-sweet chocolate maltiness soon yields to the more dominant coffee flavor which is much akin to a cold day-old cup of morning coffee. Some faint citrusy hops join the finish as it warms. Unfortunately, I find that the coffee character tramples unforgivingly over the other lesser flavors of chocolate, oatmeal, charred caramel and smoky cigars.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, with a sofy, velvety mouthfeel. Softly carbonated.
Drinkability: Ultimately, I prefer coffee stouts to allow the other softer undertones to shine through a bit more.
12-27-2006 22:11:44 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.68/5 rDev +3.5%
Dark black with not light getting through. Light roast with some hip and chocolate notes. Vey smooth and moderately carbonated . Body is full to thick. The flavor is what sets this apart though. The roasts malt is obvious throughout with a smooth dark chocolate note which is present from middle to end. The after taste is a nice coffee note. One of he best stouts out there.
11-25-2011 20:52:57 | More by kylehay2004
4.5/5 rDev -0.4%
Had this beer a while ago and now I'm revisiting it. My original thoughts of it were that I wasn't overly impressed for some reason. Perhaps it was my mood. I just opened a bottle that could possibly had some age to it. The pour is a beautiful black as night color with a thick brown colored head. The lacing is very nice on this beer. The smell is roasted and super chocolatey! The coffee kind of blends in with the malts and chocolate. The taste is so nice, the flavors are just balanced so well. Chocolate, coffee, sweet dark roasted malts and oats. The mouthfeel is silky smooth with a really nice thickness with a subtle carbonation. Overall it's a fantastic beer, there really isn't much to bitch about with this one. Buy this beer!
08-25-2011 22:29:04 | More by Knapp85
4.55/5 rDev +0.7%
Pours a pitch black with a big moch colored head that was big and fluffy leaving globs of lace behind,oh man the aromas malted milk and milk chocolate.Oh man the creamy mouthfeel is sublime and the textured flavors of milk chocolate and malted milk go hand and hand with the texture of this beer.The alcohol content does not come into play at all with this beer making it easy to drink for the alc% content.Damn fine beer Iam bringing alot more down south with me.
05-20-2005 22:47:14 | More by oberon
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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