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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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world-class

11,313 Ratings
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Ratings: 11,313
Reviews: 3,194
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 1,060
Gots: 2,381 | FT: 155
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with flaked oats, bitter and sweetened imported chocolates, Sumatra and Kona coffee.
60 IBU
Released on Sept. 1, 2010.

(Beer added by: marburg on 07-26-2003)
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dasenebler

Maine

4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-ouncer, bottled 8/5/09.

Pours opaque, with a modest mocha head. Lacing is decent, retention is average. Huge and earthy nose of coffee. I can smell the Sumatra.

Flavor is bitter, tangy and coffee-like. I like how this beer isn't sweet or timid. Roasty. Some chocolate comes through, but this brew really focuses on coffee and does it well. Oats could be more present and contribute more to the mouthfeel, which is a bit lacking for a stout on the bigger end of the spectrum.

This is a great coffee stout, and I respect it, but I don't see it as a top-25 beer, which is how it's rated (#22) on "Best of BA" as of this review. I'm not even sure it's top-50. Maybe I'm a curmudgeon. Who knows. Mikeller Beer Geek Breakfast is still the stuff for me when it comes to coffee stouts. This Founders brew is a great value though, especially when compared to Mikeller.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 08:07:39 | More by dasenebler
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avocadoz

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark, rich brown. Excellent smell of roasted coffee and chocolate. Very very little head, and not as smooth as I anticipated, but WOW what an great taste. The chocolate and coffee hits you up front and lingers on. Would pair well with a savory soup and crusty bread. Drinkability is amazing considering the ABV... could drink this all night!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 00:32:21 | More by avocadoz
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biglite351

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

High coffee flavor. Slightly bitter after taste. You must like coffee to enjoy thos need. I do lile coffee bit o would not drink this beer exclusively all evening. It is good as a switch out. I do say that you should try it but I would not get a case of this specific beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2010 00:02:06 | More by biglite351
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Lukafer

Michigan

4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with a slight, dark brown head.

S: Coffee with some chocolate, very nice.

T: Definitely some bitter chocolate and coffee, slightly oaky, but balanced with enough malt that it's very drinkable. Oh yeah, there's the alcohol burn I was waiting for. As it warms the flavors really stand out.

M: Thick but enough carbonation to make it very drinkable. Wow, it's perfect.

D: I really like coffee stouts, and this is one of the best. I could see drinking myself stupid with this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 22:49:49 | More by Lukafer
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hopsbreath

Oregon

4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The label shows a little kid in a bib eating a bowl of oatmeal. It also states it contains 60 IBU's and 8.3% alcohol by volume (ABV). Founders only offers this beer November through January and it is fairly difficult to find. This particular batch was bottled 11-6-2009 as evidenced by the born on date. After an aggressive pour, 3 fingers of espresso foam colored head formed which gradually receded to a thin top layer that never dissipated. The beer itself was jet black and completely opaque even to direct light. The lacing on this beer was wonderful. It built up at every level the beer was left after every gulp the whole way down the glass like growth rings on a tree. Fantastic aroma gave off the smell of stale coffee, grainy hops, and sweet roasted malts. Flavors ranged from bitter sweet chocolate, to strong brewed iced coffee, to the aggressive bitters of the 60 IBU's derived from the hops. Rather high for IBU's in a stout but it worked very well without a distinct floral hop essence. Extremely creamy and smooth texture is probably due to the oatmeal they used in the brewing process and gives the perfect not-to-thin not-to-thick mouth feel. For the ABV this is a scary easy to drink beer with a slightly sessionable feel to it. The only significant sign of the size of this beer is the slightly sticky feeling it leaves on your lips after a swig. This is the third founder's beer I have tried in just over a week and have to say this is a top notch brewery! The Breakfast Stout clearly stands out as an upper tier offering and I highly recommend it. Worth the search.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 20:41:24 | More by hopsbreath
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this at The Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a thick and tight looking one finger chocolate brown head with good retention. Black in color with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a thin wisp and a ring. A ring remains and leaves some good looking lacing down the sides. A fine looking Imperial Stout.

SMELL: Roasted malts and hints of dark chocolate, though the pure black coffee is more prominent. Notes of fudge and brownies as well. Bold enough and quite enticing.

TASTE: Roasted malts and a great balance between the pure bitter dark chocolate and black coffee; more balanced than the nose. Very roasted and burnt the whole way through, leading to a bitter chocolate and coffee finish. Bold and long lasting aftertaste is plenty roasted with lots of coffee and burnt cocoa flavors. One of the best out there.

PALATE: Full body with lower amounts of light carbonation. Very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with a little alcohol bite at the finish. The oatmeal has definitely given this a soft and creamy feel. Finish is slightly mouth-coating.

OVERALL: This stuff is what people write home to their mothers about. Fantastic stuff and well worth the hype. By far the best coffee flavored stout I've had so far, and the flavors mesh excellently with the chocolate and oatmeal. Very enjoyable, though the bold flavors do start to get a little overwhelming after a glass or two. Non-the-less, this one is a real treat of the brewing industry and I hope it continues to find its way overseas.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 20:22:40 | More by Jeffo
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DrinkingAleToday

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours thick and black with a sparse coffee colored head that leavs some spotty laceing.

S: Coffee and more coffee, some bittersweet chocolate, roasted barley.

T: Loads of coffee and bitter cocoa, roasted malt slips in after the initial burst of coffee, Hop and chocolate bitterness really lingers on the tongue.

M: Nice full bodied stout, very smooth and creamy, understated carbination is spot on. Bitter coffee and chocolate and malt sweetness are nicely balanced.

D: A very good stout, you probably need to like coffee to really enjoy this beer. I found the bitter chocolate to be just a tad overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 23:30:02 | More by DrinkingAleToday
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teovaldi

Michigan

4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep deep brown, probably the darkest beer I've ever seen, with a deep brown/tan head that doesn't last very long but while its there it looks amazing.

The nose on this one is roasted COFFEE, COFFEE, and MORE COFFEE as well as rich dark chocolate.

The taste is a total in your face coffee outburst with dark chocolate in there finishing off with a slight bitterness.

The mouthfeel on this sucker while on tap is so velvety smooth its like chocolate milk. Hardly any carbonation noticed in this monster.

This is one beer that improves as it warms up so if served very cold make sure to let this sucker warm up. The first one was so good I had to have another and pissed off my girlfriend in the process having to make her wait another 1/2 hour to finish my "mini-beer" as she called it (10 oz snifter, lol).

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2010 17:25:01 | More by teovaldi
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brewerburgundy

California

4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, goblet, no freshness date to be found.
Edit: "Bottled 10/23/09" found on the bottle neck.

Like Ten Fidy, like dirty obsidian. At first no head formed but I poured straight down and got a lovely cappuccino head of about an inch. Looks to leave good rings of lace. We have no highlights.

My morning coffee! Better than my morning coffee because a 70 to 80 percent cacao dark chocolate square has been melted into it. Some background spicy hop behind the supple espresso, dark chocolate nose. Dark malts.

This is a taste and olfactory climax for those who love stout, coffee, and chocolate. The mimicry of a cup of coffee or mocha by this beer is astounding. The beginning and end of the sip do this, while the middle gives you chocolate milkshake, oreo, dark roasted malt, rain wetted earth, hop bitterness and earthy white pepper. I can find nothing lacking. The finish is like that of black coffee with only the addition of hop bitterness.

Here I could nitpick but the mouth is great. Unlike the Schlafly Coffee Stout from last night, it hasn't been fermented out too far. Worthy.

There is not a trace of the moderate (for an imperial stout these days) alcohol content. As it warms things only seem to tighten up, to become more consolidated, a cohesive whole. I think I could finish the four-pack tonight but I must cherish this.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 02:37:24 | More by brewerburgundy
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pdoran10

Minnesota

4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Happy to be reviewing this after enjoying many of these since drinking my first a few months ago.

Poured into a standard pint glass, nothing too different from other stouts here. I get a good amount of head and a standard dark brown black color. Still looks exciting. Smell is mainly of very good coffee. Taste follows the smell, and you get very tasty coffee right away. I get a perfect blend of a bit of hops, toasted malt and a hint of chocolate too. The most harmonious blend of tastes I've ever had in a stout. They blend perfectly. Mouthfeel is great. Not too thick or syrupy, but has substance. A solid dark beer. Drinkability is just right for an imperial stout. It's a big beer that I could drink all day.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 17:50:19 | More by pdoran10
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zoso493

North Carolina

4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a straight-sided pint glass.

Appearance: Man, this is a dark beer. Pours a deep, deep coffee color that seems to absorb all the light around it. A very slight, one-finger, tan head emerges, which leaves little to no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Beautiful scent of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. I couldn't do it justice with just a written description. Coffee is probably the prevailing scent, but it interplays so well with the dark chocolate and burnt malts. It also has another sweet quality to it, that might be toffee or some other sweet.

Taste: This is just a superb beer. I've never had a beer that showcased each of the flavors contained within it so separately. As you was it around in your mouth, you get hit by the coffee, then the cream, the dark chocolate and the long finish of roasted malt. In the end, the bittering malts prevail, but the sweet stuff has its say, as well. This is such a complex brew and the flavors are intertwined absolutely perfectly.

Mouthfeel: This one is on the thicker side of things with a reasonably amount of carbonation. It's not chewy by any means but the body is very adequate for the style.

Drinkability: There is absolutely no trace of alcohol in this beer. All you get from this is the wonderful flavoring. The huge flavor doesn't prevent this from being a drinkable beer, either. This is a really nice drinking beer.

Overall, this is an outstanding beer. For me, the two most important facets of a brew are the complexity and boldness of flavor - and how smoothly these are combined. With that criteria in mind, this is an almost flawless beer. There are so many different things going on in the smell and taste that each assert themselves boldly and clearly. When you couple that with a beer that also extremely smooth and drinkable, you have a really exceptional brew. This is a pleasure to drink and easily ranks among one of the better beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 06:02:52 | More by zoso493
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goldbot

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Bottled on 9/18/2009.

Pours black and opaque with thin brown head tht quickly dissipates to almost nothing. Slight lacing on the glass.

Smells somewhat sweet - mostly dark chocolate and some coffee. A bit if hop presence as well and the alcohol is barely detectable at the end.

There is a nice bitter hop presence up front, quickly backed by strong dark chocolate. The finish is smooth, with more chocolate and coffee. The alcohol is very slightly detectable at the end, and the beer leaves a somewhat bitter chocolate aftertaste.

Feel is creamy with a medium to full body and good carbonation. Overall great complexity in taste and aroma, but a touch too bitter and hoppy in my opinion. Still pretty drinkable, I think it could stand to mellow out a bit.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 00:29:05 | More by goldbot
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wnh

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque deep brown topped by a foamy tan head.

Aromas of earthy dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, underlying sweet caramel, and a solid dose of dry leafy hops. Hoppier than the bottle, if I recall the bottle correctly.

On the palate it's more of the same, with the addition of a malted milkball note. Seems to be drier than the bottled version, but a bit softer all around. Flavors are well integrated, and just plain tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2010 18:55:43 | More by wnh
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leakyfaucet12

Wisconsin

4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I absolutely love this beer. Founders has done very well with this one being that I have not yet had the honor to try a KBS or a Canadian breakfast. This is one of my go-to beers that i always seem to have in my cellar. Believe you me this is a beer that is relatively easy to get and yet if it was as rare as some of the other beers on here it might be higher rated than it already is. Do yourself a favor if you hace not tried this and go get one.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 17:41:03 | More by leakyfaucet12
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Strawbs

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The pour reveals an inky black liquid. Very little aroma. This beer is THICK. You could almost stand up a spoon in it. Flavor is excellent- malt, chocolate & coffee flavors are all there. It's so thick & filling though, I can't see drinking more than one at a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 16:35:15 | More by Strawbs
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DooMMonkey

Virginia

4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a dark, thick brown with a small mocha colored head.

S- Has a cocoa coffee smell to it with a hint of hops with a strong tinge of roasted malts, a little sweeter smelling than many stouts.

T- Not very strong, yet at the same time it is. The taste is pretty much a convergence of the smell with a nice roast chocolate coffee smoothness and bitterness with an aftertaste of those roasted malts right after it goes down.

M- Its a really smooth drinkable beer with a feeling reminiscent of a warm glass of coffee leaving the palate and it doesn't bite really hard so that one would have to force it down.

D- Just take my word for it, you could probably drink this beer all night if you wanted without a problem especially if you were in a stout mood.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 06:35:32 | More by DooMMonkey
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Infamous7100

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pretty unremarkable when poured into my snifter. No head whatsoever. Pours a dark black. Opaque.
S: Tons of chocolate and coffee. The booze is heavily masked. Malts are balanced nicely with some faint hop smell.
T: Hit with a lot of coffee and dark chocolate right off the bat. The malts are sweet, but it does give way to a bitterness due to the hops and dark chocolate. It is tasty.
M: Medium carbonation and not quite as thick as I thought it would be. The bitter taste at the end doesn't hang around long. It's not a crisp finish, so the tastiness stays with you. Well done here.
D: At over 8%, this is one I think you could have a couple of despite it's ABV. It's got a great flavor and it doesn't get old. Job well done here.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 02:31:04 | More by Infamous7100
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elgiacomo

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, bottled Dec 2009. Pours a very dark brown/black with a one-finger brown head. Holds a light cap with a little bit of spotty lacing.

Aroma is gourmet coffee beans, chocolate and dark roasted malts.

Flavor is very chocolaty, big time coffee, especially in the finish, along with a touch of acidity.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy thanks to the oats, a little thin compared to the competition, with low to medium carbonation.

A very, very nice coffee stout, gets a slight bump due to being the best bargain in the category. There are a few that are better, but cost twice as much or more. Founders Breakfast Stout is one I'll keep coming back to.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 03:46:19 | More by elgiacomo
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punkrkr27

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as can be with very little brown head. Aroma of rich dark roasted coffee beans with a hint of dark chocolate. Flavor profile is pretty much the same with a bit of a roasty hop bite at the end. Good full body. If I didn't know any better I'd say this was a glass full of espresso.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 21:47:05 | More by punkrkr27
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jjhbrfdds

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Bent River Brew Pub in the Quad Cities a treat for me to find this stout on tap.In a pint glass it is black as coal with a little brownish copper head.Coffee and cocoa hit ya hard and keep coming,the coffee in this one is strong but pleasant,a little alcohol finish makes this a near perfect stout,The balance is chemist like,one of the most well balanced stouts,easy drinker unless you get tired of coffee and cocoa ya almost could add cream

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2010 16:04:39 | More by jjhbrfdds
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DanOLeary

Washington

4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: First up in the aroma is a gritty cold-press coffee nose with a background of sweet chocolate. Dark roasted malt presence is subtle, but helps to round out the predominately roasted coffee notes.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black with a rich almond brown head. A very well retained head with good lacing sticking to the edge of the glass.

Flavor: Burnt coffee and dark chocolate flavors hit your tongue immediately with a creamy sweet backdrop. This follows with a peppery presence as well through the middle that is almost burning. This spice backs up the coffee and chocolate sweetness well. Finish is of bitter dark chocolate and is probably the only area where an earthy hop bitterness is present.

Mouthfeel: Full body with low carbonation. While the beer has a drying and bitter quality,  the coffee and chocolate have such an intensity that the flavors attach themselves to your palate with an oily consistency.

Overall: A stouty-stout with rich body and a flavor profile that is very focused on coffee and deep 80% dark chocolate. The aroma isn't as rich as I expected from this beer and is surprisingly similar to Surly's Coffee Bender. I suspect they use the same process to add the coffee.

An excellent stout worthy of casual enjoyment or to occupy space in your cellar.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 05:38:21 | More by DanOLeary
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tjd112

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation - Poured into Flying Fish pint glass

Appearance - Pitch black, dark tan head with little retention, minimal lacing

Smell/Taste - Chocolate and coffee abounds here, I detect a bit of milkiness, little booziness for an 8% alcohol brew

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, not as dry a finish as one would expect from a stout

Drinkability - Sessionable

Overall - A good beer

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 02:54:57 | More by tjd112
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Mavajo

Georgia

4.95/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown with a moderate brown head - hangs on for a bit before fading. No/minimal lacing. It's nice looking, but without better retention or lacing, it's short of exceptional.

The aroma and taste are phenomenal. Rich coffee notes with generous helpings of chocolate and cocoa - good malty sweetness. This is a truly delicious beer. Although I didn't pick up on it in the nose, there is an appearance of hops in the taste.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth and creamy. The carbonation is appropriate and takes a backseat. Alcohol is very well hidden - barely a hint of booziness. I generally rank stouts a bit lower on drinkability, but this thing is just so tasty and enjoyable.

Exceptional beer. Truly world class.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 23:59:54 | More by Mavajo
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tzieser

Arizona

4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a Raftman tulip.

a: pours a pitch black color with undertones of brown. looks like a glass of molasses, with a modest tan head. a very good looking stout, indeed.

s: strong aroma. dark chocolate, roasted malts, strong ground coffee aroma and a subtle hint of oatmeal make up the most of an incredible nose.

t: flavor is similar to the aroma. huge roasted (slightly burnt) malt character, roasted coffee grounds. flavors of dark chocolate and coca powder. nice oatmeal character and a decent backbone of hops round out a truly phenomenal imperial stout.

m&d: mouthfeel is velvety smooth and a tad chewy at the same time. thick as hell, but still very silky. great stuff. drinkability is great.

this beer should be on everyone's "must try" list.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 19:24:56 | More by tzieser
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 10/14/09.

Served cool in a chalice.

Breakfast stout has a very dark brown color with good clarity evident during the pour. The creamy fine head is short lived but some lace is left behind.

Aroma has a lot of roast to it - roasted malts, dark roasted coffee, even roasted nuts. There's some bitter chocolate in the nose as well but it's in the background. Hops are evident, moreso than in most versions of this style, but they still take a back seat to the dark malts and coffee.

Flavor is simply excellent. For someone who loves coffee, beer, and especially coffee stouts, this ranks up there with the best, which for me means espresso oak aged yeti. The coffee flavor is certainly not hidden in the beer. It comes on strong right from the start and lingers through the finish. There is a lot of great bitterness. It seems to be mostly from the malts but it's fairly hoppy too, for a stout. The chocolate is not as dominant considering it claims to be a double chocolate stout.

Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, full bodied, low carbonation. The flaked oats are certainly a factor here and really make the beer just that much better.

I knew this was going to be good but it's truly excellent. One of the best ever.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 18:08:02 | More by GilGarp
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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