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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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11,288 Ratings
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Ratings: 11,288
Reviews: 3,193
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,057
Gots: 2,370 | 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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khiasmus

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful black with tight tan head that settles to a single layer and leaves too little lacing.
Aroma is of rich coffee, a hint of cocoa, dark roasted grains, hint of smoke, soma faint molasses-like malt.
Flavor is much like the aroma, tons of coffee, a hint of chocolate, grain, like oatmeal-ish heavy grain notes, slightly bitter finish from the roasted grains and bitter chocolate.
Mouthfeel is smooth and rich, medium light carbonation, and a bitter, dry finish.
Amazingly drinkable. Almost as drinkable as Guinness. I would love to have this with many a breakfast.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 01:43:04 | More by khiasmus
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notafood

Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straight black with a tan head, typical stout, no visible carbonation. Poured into a tulip.

Predominately chocolate and coffee/espresso, sweet and malty, very inviting. Maybe a slight bit of smoke.

Really big on the coffee/chicory, bittersweet chocolate, creamy and malty.

Heavy, sticky, and coats the mouth like heavy cream.

Strong, slightly thick and heavy, not one I could drink back to back, but the flavor and aroma are amazing.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 00:19:51 | More by notafood
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cooncat

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving from 12 oz.(?) shorty bottle into my Stone IRS tulip crystal.

The pour is pure blackness .. opaque. Compared to the on tap version, the head is much smaller, but the lacing is good.

The nose on this, the bottled version, is no where close to the on tap version. Coffee is huge, but where is that delicious chocolate? It's missing! The nose is similar to many coffee stouts ... not bad, but one dimensional.

Taste of the bottled version is as disappointing as was the nose ... all coffee and no chocolate. The tap version was a balance between the two, but this is one dimensional; coffee only. It's as if instead of using chocolate malt (or extract) they substituted black patent malt. Which brings up the astringency. None in the tap version, but very noticeable in the bottled version. Mouthfeel has lost something as well. The tap version is smooth, full and creamy, like drinking a malted milkshake. The bottled version is medium full, but not creamy. Its more astringent, with inadequate carbonation. The alcohol never makes a showing, which is a good point.

Don't get me wrong, this is still a decent Imperial stout. I guess I am disappointed that the bottled version is nowhere near what the on tap version was like. At $16 for a four pack, its definitely on the pricey side. If it had tasted like the tap version, I would've paid $20 for a 4 pack. As it is, I think it should be priced closer to $10 a 4 pack. I confess to being a bit disappointed, but I'll still enjoy the rest of my bottles over the Winter. If you've never had the tap version, you will probably find this a very good Imperial Stout. If you've had the tap version, you may find the bottled version a bit disappointing; I did.

Na Zdravje!

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 22:30:09 | More by cooncat
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blakesell

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the tap into a Belgian Style tulip glass.

Appearance- Beer pours solid molasses black with a red hued ring of foam around the sides that doesn't die for over an hour and a half. Beer was poured too cold so I set it aside and waited. Lacing is THICK, and clings to the sides forever as well.

Smell- Rich coffee with cream and roasted malts. Dark fruits are quick to follow but not near as strong as the first upfront coffee and Irish cream smells. Black licorice and burnt malts. This beer smells amazing. The hops aren't overly strong on the nose and that's just fine with me.

Taste- Creamy, good god this is some amazing nectar. It is no surprise that I was unable to clone it perfectly. I did come close, but not as excellent as this perfected recipe. Coffee and rich creams. Almost a Kahlua style taste but so much better. Malty sweet roasted balancing acts with toffee, caramel, espresso, the great flavor just doesn't stop coming! Again with the dark and milk chocolates. Wonderful!

Mouthfeel- Creamy, thick, full-bodied, medium-high in carbonation, even two hours later, I can find no negatives in this beer.

Drinkability- This is a desert island beer, a winter wonderland beer, the taste for the people of Hoth, and quite possibly the best stout of all time. I need more.. More.. MORE!!

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2008 04:03:33 | More by blakesell
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7ways

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip

A- Extreme black, even when held up to the light. Not even a brown corona. Awesome dark caramel head that disappeared way too fast : (

N- Sweet cocoa, burnt/roasted malt, espresso. Quite bitter, even for a coffee beer.

T- Burnt coffee, burnt sugar, moderate alcohol. Semi-sweet chocolate. Kind of acerbic. I can't knock the sensation that it tastes a little overcooked.

M- Nicely effervescent at first, almost liquid velvet near the end. Lighter body for a stout, but quite nice.

D -Bitter alcohol is fairly apparent near the end, almost metallic, but not overpowering. I was just surprised by it. Definitely couldn't drink a lot, but this would make a fine gameday breakfast. Also, very well balanced hop/malt character. But I don't understand the mass appeal. If it was available in my area I would buy it again, but it's not worth another trade.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 01:38:24 | More by 7ways
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inhoc00

Illinois

5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Walked into Armaneti's on Lincoln to see if there was anything new...and what did I see? Cases of Founders Breakfest Stout staring at me. Must try.

Bottle poured into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A - Thick creamy darkness. As dark as the Dark Lord.

S - Coffee, chicory and maybe my mind is playing games but a bit like cooking bacon. Yumm..

T - Really delicious. I'm not a stout guy but this is really good. Now the chocalate comes but very muted by the coffee.

M - Creamy almost like from a nitro tap. Very low carbonation - excellent.

D - Wow. Granted this is not really an Imperial Stout but the alc still comes in at 8.3. Amazinly easy and pleasurable to drink.

Must say I'm really impressed with this. Had Dark Lord and for the money this is better. Founders makes incredible beer - would love to try the Kentucky Bourbon version.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 01:13:46 | More by inhoc00
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hrking

Indiana

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

I like this one better of the 2 Founders breakfast stouts. Oatmeal and coffee present taste and a coffee nose. Drinkable is very smooth and creamy but drink this one COLD warming it up does not improve this one it is best to drink it cold. Worth seeking out for sure!

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 11:59:08 | More by hrking
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edskirk3

Pennsylvania

4.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From notes recorded 9/29/08. I had the whole 4-pack of 12 oz bottles over the course of the evening, served in a Brandy glass:

Pours like motor oil and is the most opaque shade of black. Little to no head to speak of. What's there is dark mocha in color but doesn't last long.

The aroma is so pleasant it should be illegal. Fresh ground coffee and the chocolatiest chocolates. This is the very definition of olfactory hedonism.

Let me get right to the point here: DELICIOUS. Roasted malt and lots of it. Expensive coffee and chocolate (milk and bitter). Very sweet but kept in check by pleasant bitterness. Molasses. Warming. Chewy. Smooth like velvet.

Amazingly drinkable for a beer this big. I had to force myself to slow down at times and let the beer warm up a bit to let the flavors and aromas blossom further. Then it's even more enjoyable.

This beer was hard to find and I want more!

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 00:12:50 | More by edskirk3
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waltonc

Colorado

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

Year old bottle purchased at a liquor store in Ann Arbor way back when.

Appearance: Tar black with gobs of tan foam. I had 2 inches of foam at first, but it died down pretty quick.

Smell: Unused coffee grounds, roasted malt-mania. Etc.

Taste: Unused coffee grounds, roasted malt-mania, chocolate. Excellent.

mouthfeel: Creamy, viscous, significant carbonation Maybe a little too much carbonation for my taste, but I can't complain too much.

Drinkability: For a thick-ass stout, this is highly quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 04:11:57 | More by waltonc
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SirSketch

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got this one in at the local liquor store. Picked up the last two, but I hope they get more.

A - One of the darkest beer I've seen for sure. Small ring of brown head.

S - Perfect. Freshly ground coffee grains, rich dark chocolate, some herbal hops underneath. Enormous and oh-so good.

T - Pure tastes of chocolate and coffee. Oatmeal and brown sugar come through. Slightly bitter that balances amazingly.

M/D - Very full bodied and feels awesome when held in your mouth. Really good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 01:29:44 | More by SirSketch
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corey0212

Connecticut

4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to sholland119 for setting me up with a 4-pack...I've been wanting to try this for a long time!!

Pours a thick, slightly sludgy black color, very faint brownish highlights when held to light, one-finger mocha color head rises very slowly, and fades into a very thin collar of foam around the beer, a few splotches of lace on the glass. Coffee smell just explodes out the glass, dark roasty espresso notes, dark chocolate, and a spicy hint of dark fruit. Tastes like an extremely bitter dark chocolate bar was melted into an extremely strong cup of coffee. Burnt coffee around the edges, oh-so-slightly warming alcohol, and a killer coffee aftertaste....delicious. Rich, and creamy as hell. Yeah, this one tasty effing brew!! Wow!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 01:07:08 | More by corey0212
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julian

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Generous extra provided by bergands, thanks dude! Also this is my 100th review :)

A: Completely black in color, highly viscous, with barely any head formation. This is like pouring motor oil. There was a slight few brown bubbles that formed on the surface but disappeared pretty much immediately.

S: Aroma is dominated by that of fresh roasted coffee, with a slight presence of chocolate. No alcohol on the nose at all.

T: Obviously dominant on the roasted coffee flavors, but as it's swirled around the mouth the dark chocolate flavors come out to play. Flavor also consists of bitter oats, vanilla and molasses. The balance between the malted barley and hops is incredible. There's a light alcoholic warmth to this, but it's ever so subtle. The ABV is completely masked in the taste. I don't even like coffee that much, but this is quite delicious. I'm impressed with how the flavors are "layered" in that it's not all up front, they are released over time from when you take the first sip until you swallow the last. This definitely changes as the beer warms to room temp (as suggested by Todd Alstrom on his review). Highly recommended.

M: Mouthfeel is excellent. Medium carbonation lends for a smooth drinking brew that finishes of with a mellow, creamy feel.

D: Almost completely masked ABV, great taste and easy drinking. This is definitely something I could get used to...too bad it's so hard to get a hold of.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 00:35:28 | More by julian
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kzoobrew

Michigan

4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The final bottle of the eight I picked up, sad to see it go.

It takes a heavy handed pour to produce much of a head. When poured rather aggressively a nice three finder head turned up. Cappucino/cinnamon color. Slowly will settle with a lot of clingy lacing. Body is black, the only light which shows through comes around the edge leaving nice ruby/brown tones.

Even while still on the colder side there is big aroma. The coffee jumps right out. Deep roasted malt and chocolate smells are very noticeable up front as well. The brew opens up even more as it is enjoyed.

Once again the coffee is right up front in the taste much like the nose. Dark roasted coffee flavors mesh well with the dark chocolate and slightly charred malt. Bitterness seems to come across as combination on nice hop and bitter chocolate bite. Oatmeal can be picked up providing another layer and nice texture to the brew.

Definitely a full bodied brew. Very big but incredible smooth. The ridiculously big flavors hide much of the alcohol.

This is most definitely a sipper. Great brew to start out chilled and enjoy as it warms. You wil want to enjoy this one as long as possible.

Founder's has really put me in a tough place here. Given a choice between this and KBS? I think the only reasonable answer would be one of each.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 22:17:02 | More by kzoobrew
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hrockefeller

Indiana

4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally I get to try this beer! I even thought I had missed out on it again this year, but a trip to a small store in a town where the typical college student buys swill made me a very happy man. Needless to say I wish I could afford a case...alas, I purchased the 4-pack.

Removed from the fridge and poured into a snifter after 1/2 hour to warm, this beer started out with a 1-finger brown head that dissipated somewhat quickly to minimal lacing on the sides of the glass. The liquid is murky black with almost no evidence of light penetration.

A deep smell reveals primarily roasted coffee beans, semi-sweet chocolate, a touch of vanilla, and not even a hint of the 8.3% ABV.

First sip nearly overwhelms the taste buds with roasty, chocolatey goodness. No alcohol harshness makes this a dangerous sipper. Mouthfeel is slightly thin for the style, but as smooth as any stout I've ever had (likely due to the oatmeal). Highly drinkable.

I can't wait to share some of this amazing beverage with my brother, who is just beginning his foray into the world of good beer. If/when I find this again, I will be stocking up for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 19:08:36 | More by hrockefeller
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bonbini26

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Tap Room

Appearance- This beer pours with some viscosity. Impressive. It's as black as eternity. A nice looking creamy brown head sits on top and recedes to a good sized collar in a minute. The lacing is sparse.
Smell- The nose is nice. Coffee is the biggest component. Then roasted and burnt malts. Then wood and vanilla.
Mouthfeel- The carbonation is light and the beer feels somewhat creamy in the mouth. Body is medium could be a little heavier
Taste- The coffee tones come through in a big way on the palate as well. There's a nice bitterness attributed to coffee and roasted malts. It lingers nicely.

The alcohol is hidden nicely behind the bold coffee tones. Pretty tasty beverage esp if you like coffee

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2008 18:51:23 | More by bonbini26
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can't believe I haven't reviewed this one yet. Here goes - Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my Breakfast Stout shaker glass. Appears an opaque dark brown color with about two fingers of caramel colored head that fades rather quickly. Smells of dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Mocha! Taste is of both dark and milk chocolate, dark roasted coffee and a touch of hops. There's a pleasant bitterness followed by a warming alcohol burn on the throat. Full bodied, thick, rich and chewy with medium carbonation. A really great beer, but a little too rich to have more than a few of these in a session.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 14:26:23 | More by ClockworkOrange
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tedsox31

Illinois

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The color is a dark, rich brown with a tan head. There is beautiful thick lacing along the side of the glass.

The smell is of dark roasted coffee beans, chocolate, malts, a hint of caramel. I thought that the beer smelled more like chocolate as it warmed.

Taste is strongly of fresh roasted coffee. There is also a delicious chocolate flavor mixed in. The coffee flavor lingers even after I swallow. Perhaps a hint of grain. As it warms the chocolate comes through more than the coffee.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, and a bit of carbonation although not much. The rich taste of this beer completely hides the higher abv.

A very drinkable beer. A well-crafted stout that is well worth its $13.99 price for a 4-pack. Plus this beer makes you patient and forces you to think a bit more, as the flavor subtleties shift around as it warms. Yum!

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 19:25:19 | More by tedsox31
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

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

Poured this one into a 20oz nonic glass,sure wish my good BA buddy Sudsdog was here to enjoy with me. Thanks to the WVbeergeek for the hookup. I'll try to save you some! Did i mention this was from my home tap system? Now on with the review.Poured with a thick dense dark tan head with mocha swirls to it.Opaque, blackness,kinda like Texas tea. The head dissapated a bit on the quick side already leaving sticky webs of lace and clinging and sticking to the glass,the rest of the way down.

Intense roasty nose,freshly ground coffee love that aroma,lots of dark bittersweet chocolate,very earthy and woody with spicyness to the wood,vanillia and oatmeal,dusty chocolate and coffee and more coffee. Now i know why it's called Breakfast.

Intensely roasty right from the start as the nose would indicate. Taste again and again, a clean break before mid taste comes through pouding the palate with strong coffee and chocolate notes with oatmeal tastes and some astrigentness throughout. A clean very sharp bitterness balances out the malty rush nicely with a lot of woodiness and touches of smoke,lingering tastes of chocolate and coffee bean leaving the juices flowing.

Suprizingly drinkable with a more amazing light mouthfeel and creamyness. Has a good chewyness towards the finish. The alcohol is well hidden. Not an all-nighter by any means several of this would be in order though. Damn this beer is good. Come get some!

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2008 02:20:25 | More by jcdiflorio
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jwinship83

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- black body with a coffee colored half finger sized head that somewhat sticks to the sides of the glass.

S- fudge, coffee, oats...very rich smelling and unlike other beers of this style.

T- tons coffee upfront with lots of hops in the finish. not as much chocolate as i could smell, but still a very complex and interesting beer. strong coffee aftertaste as well

M- full bodied and thick. pretty smooth

D- i could see myself finishing the 4 pack by myself in record time. a little pricey (14.99), but worth it. check this one out, it lives up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 01:06:35 | More by jwinship83
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Chinon01

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Beautiful deep chocolate color with a milky looking espresso khaki colored head. Looks wonderful.

Smell - Nose is bitter chocolate and coffee acids.

Taste - Abundant dark roasted coffee and some coffee fruit. Inky and hoppy with coffee bitterness intermingling in the finish. Bold, long and complex but not extremely so. Maybe I'm looking for liquorice and tar that I enjoy in other impy stouts.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Super long finish. Mouthfeel is good while drinkability is limited by coffee acids.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2008 23:50:39 | More by Chinon01
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SykDoc

Wisconsin

4.95/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poors like a fine motor oil with a very dark, opaque appearance. A tan head that does not last particularly long.
Aroma of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Very pleasant.
Taste is a great balance of chocolate malt and dark roasted coffee. The oatmeal taste is subtle, much the way the hops are. The coffee is definitely first, with more subtle flavors to follow.
There is a full body, but on the lighter side of this, which is probably one of the few things I thought could be better.
Overall, this is a great beer. It offers a great taste and hides the alcohol content really well. I could enjoy this by the fire on a cold evening, or pretty much any day.

I did have this another time and had it to compare against many of the best stouts there are. I believe my ranking might be a little lower at round 2 but wow, it is still a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 04:46:24 | More by SykDoc
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Buebie

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no freshness date, into a tall snifter.
Color is black, no light penetration at all. Nice foamy brown head, sits there for a good while. Leaving a ring of retention.
Drapy thick lace with big un-popped bubbles.

Smell is bakers chocolate, coffee, mild sweet cream aroma, smoked oak.

First sip brings in the uber big dark chocolate grain bill. Followed by wisps of smooth carbonation, thick creamy textures. Through the swallow comes a woosh of coffee flavor, followed by a dry bite....mild hops with a good bitter mocha linger.
No alcahol warming at the nose or on the pallette.

I shoulda had this one for breakfast. But after a long day at work and several weeks of starring this one down in the fridge. This one was a must for me to drink now.
I recommend this delicious breakfast at any time of the day.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 01:10:16 | More by Buebie
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treyrab

California

4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to warriorsoul for this one! Poured into my pint glass at 55F.

A: Pours a beautiful black-as-night color with a small half inch mocha brown head; The head quickly dissipates to nothing, not even a disc of foam. FBS laces pretty good as well as I drink it.

S: Smells like my normal dark roast from Starbucks in the morning - of course with alcohol added. Strong coffee scent with some caramel added also.

T: Strong coffee flavors, but not much else to it. After the coffee hits you, it kind of leaves you wanting more flavors, but they just never come. I think at 25 IBU this could have used some more hops, but the coffee bitterness is there.

Overall, a pretty good brew, and is basically KBS without the bourbon. Try it if you can.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 23:34:54 | More by treyrab
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brantadid

New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured black with just a few brownish highlights passing through. A huge tanish head formed. Excellent head retention that left tons of lacing behind.

Smell is off rich, heavily roasted (not burnt) coffee and bitter chocolate. Slight hoppiness.

Wow. Layers and layers of flavor in this beer. Big and malty. Tons of wonderful coffee notes. The coffee flavors aren't bitter. The bitterness is left up to the chocolate flavors that present in the mid to far palate. Bittering hops present in the far palate.

Mouthfeel is heavy, coating, full, and rich. Wow. The flavor hangs in your mouth for a very long time.

Since the bitterness does not come from the coffee, and the bitterness that exists is well balanced by the malty, sweetness, this is one extremely drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 04:07:57 | More by brantadid
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kels

Virginia

4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4-pack at Jungle Jim's near Cincy, OH after watching my brother drink the only bottle he brought with him when visiting. I knew he was a big fan, so thought I should get some while I could.

Appearance: Dark-chocolate brown - nearly black - with a short, chocolate-milk frothy head that held just long enough to take a big whiff. Lacing hangs around very lightly, but definitely present all the way up the glass as I continue to drink.

Smell: Strong at first while the head hung around, but faded to nearly nothing once it was gone. Rich, creamy chocolate-milk smell with notes of caramelly, toasty coffee.

Taste: The bitterness of the coffee beans in this brew is the most pronounced taste of all. It's a little much for me, kind of like chewing on a coffee bean accidentally. As I continue to drink it the dark, bitter chocolate starts to show up a little bit. It's slightly sweet and dry with a little bit of smokiness to the roasted malts - not pronounced like in a smoked stout or porter - just a little hint. Very pronounced roasted flavor and some caramel. Strong alcohol aftertaste. Slows me down a bit, but that's probably a good thing.

Mouthfeel: Fairly clear mouthfeel, and slightly notable sediment throughout. Very light carbonation keeps it from tasting too flat or watery. Goes down very smoothly despite the aforementioned bitterness. It's very much what I expected for the style.

Drinkability: Whew, definitely couldn't do more than one at a time, especially at 8.3%

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 03:48:28 | More by kels
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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