Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 3,426
Hads: 14,491
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 1,655
Gots: 4,459 | FT: 224
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: marburg on 07-26-2003

Brewed with flaked oats, bitter and sweetened imported chocolates, Sumatra and Kona coffee.

60 IBU
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Photo of Matthew
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a viscous black with a very dark tan head. When I give the beer a swirl it coats my glass with a yellowish color that slides back into the rest of the beer slowly.
The aroma is very potent. The first thing I notice is an aroma that is best described as warm coffee grounds with cocoa powder mixed in. Very rich and dark with some lots of roasted malts and some milk chocolate as well.
Incredibley smooth and packed with flavor. The first thing I taste as I sip this beer is some bakers chocolate and lots of coffee. There is an earthy almost grassy type hop character that fades after its initial perception against the big coffee and chocolate flavors. The black coffee flavor that is very prominent fades to a smooth and slightly more sweet taste with a warming trail with a hint of alcohol. This is a hearty and really nice tasting beer.
The mouthfeel is nice full, silky and soft. The carbonation is low to medium and seems to me to lessen a bit as it warms.
The drinkability in this beer is outstanding. Its incredibly tasty, filled with lots of great coffee, chocolate, sweet flavors in addition to being incridebly smooth. The alcohol content is very hidden. Drinking this beer is like drinking a cold cup of black coffee sweetened with milk chocolate and a nice sweet low abv stout. A very nice beer from Founders. (1,348 characters)

Photo of beerphan
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle -> goblet
no date

Pours black with a small head that left quickly. Dotted sporadic lacing.

Nose: Rich chocolate milk and coffee grounds. A deep rich scent. Also, some dark fruit scents emerge with time.

Taste: Coffee and dark sweet chocolate, with full roastiness and a semi-dry oatey bitter finish that lingers and lingers. Alcohol is warming but never more than a sidenote with all the big flavors present, totally leaving any indication of the booze in the dust.

Mouth: Thick, sticky and creamy. Leaves the mouth feeling dry and roasted for some time.

Dangerously drinkable especially if you start in the morning as the name suggest! Drink them slowly so the flavors can escape.

note: # 100. (729 characters)

Photo of badbeer
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out completely black with a dark tan head that retains well and leaves excellent lacing. Smell is predominantly of coffee with some light chocolate aromas coming through as well. Taste is of coffee and chocolate as well. Starts out more roasty, then leads to a bit of chocolate in the middle and ends up with a roasty finish. Very smooth on the tongue, full bodied, but not cloying, carbonation is just a bit on the higher side. Drinkability is awesome, I love this beer and will be thoroughly enjoying the rest of them. (526 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours out of the bottle absolutely black and with the consistancy of old burnt motor oil from a junkyard engine. Wonderful whipped coffee mousse head that recedes to a brown film that resembles the crema (sp?), that lighter brown foam skim, on the top of a perfectly made espresso.

S: Huge nose of roasted coffee, toasted malt, and fresh-baked oatmeal raisin cookies.

T: Big and bold flavors flying all over the place! Roasted coffee, toasted malt, brown sugar, espresso, molassas, oatmeal, bitter chocolate, hops, and burnt stuff.

M: Thick and chewy. This stuff actually pours like Vitamin D chocolate milk so it's silky and creamy like liquid velvet. It completely coats the tongue allowing the finish to linger and develop.

D: Drinkability is off the scale. It's like drinking the best oatmeal stout and the finest espresso while eating a plate of homemade bitter chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin cookies. Alcohol? Shmalcohol. There are so many wonderfully complex flavors and aromas going on here you will totally forget that it's packing 8.3% abv (that's really not that high anymore, is it?). This deserves all of the accolades heaped upon it and then some. Extrordinary! (1,240 characters)

Photo of Tyrawlings
4.28/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pitch black. Huge fluffy cloud of dark tan head pours two fingers thick and lingers throughout the sample. Fine sticky lacing as well.

S: The smell of roasted coffee intermingled with dark chocolate dominates the nose. A slight smell of earth is followed by the smell of brown sugar oatmeal.

T: Fine roasted coffee beans followed by a bitter baker's chocolate taste. A slight hop tingle on the tongue is followed by caramel malts and the sweet taste of molasses and oats. Finish is clean.

M: Silky Smooth. Very thick and rich. Slight carbination.

D: A fine stout indeed. Well balanced and rock solid in every catagory. In spite of the high alcohol content I could drink this beer all night long! Well worth the wait! Enjoy! (781 characters)

Photo of orfeu
4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Many thanks for the opportunity to try this beer must go out to hoppymeal and czoch75. Served slightly chilled in a 17-ounce snifter, this coveted beer is a thick obsidian color with a modest but dense and creamy looking light brown head, which settles to a very thin surface pattern and persistent ring. Lovely mocha aromas waft upward from the glass, with the bitter dark-roasted coffee scents swirling deftly with an extremely decadent bitter chocolate syrup bouquet. This melds into an overall aroma that conjures images of wet wood chips that have been soaked in mocha-coffee-infused rum. In a word, outstanding nose. Slightly bitter coffee flavor with some cocoa and walnut-skin character. A bit boozy as well. Some woody aspects emerge in the flavor as well, which is unexpected as I know that this is not a barrel-aged beer. Not as chocolatey in the flavor as expected, either; rather, there is a suitably complex grain taste that dominates the latter half of each sip. Overall, this seems to be primarily designed as a showcase for a skillful use of coffee in a stout. A very silky mouthfeel on this one, but surprisingly light in body, at least for the style, anyway. Not really a problem as this lends an incredible easiness to the drinkability. While not quite the elixir that is Kentucky Breakfast Stout, this is without a doubt an amazing accomplishment in brewing. I'd wish for a bit more chocolate in the flavor, since the label gives priority to chocolate before coffee and oatmeal. Regardless, one of the finest stouts to ever cross my lips and one I will certainly continue to enjoy and seek out. (1,615 characters)

Photo of quasimoto
3.06/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Deep black, opaque. Faint ruby highlights are gleaming through. There is a nice big 2inch head on this thing and as I let it sit, it laces nicely.

S - Straight off the bat , it's old coffee grounds. Its not iced coffee, or a frappachino, but old coffee grains. There is a light mixture of some chocolate, in the middle but then turns to deep roasted grains.

T - The aromas transfer over to the taste and make it almost a balanced beer, but not quite. The deep coffee grain is turning to mud, and in turn taking the grains with it. The chocolate is no where to be found in true form but only a perceived notion of its previous existence is left behind. Out of all the reviews I have read, I cant believe no one has picked up the high rubbing alcohol flavor in the back of this beer. Either this needs to age, or this thing is a mess.

M - One of the good things about this beer is the mouth feel. It starts off smooth with the carbonation/bitterness, and then smooths out to a nice creamy mouth feel. The alcohol warms the as it sits, and then warms the throat.

D - I hope this thing needs to age. I really do. Maybe then it will be a true 93/Outstanding beer. But for a rather fresh beer. It's not even close. (1,229 characters)

Photo of WeisGuy
4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

a - pours pitch black and fresh motor oil thick, half-inch deep tan head with retention mostly around the edges, good lacing, exactly what I want to see in a stout

s - big coffee aroma, solid roasted malt presence as well as some dark chocolate notes, alcohol hints there too

t - sweet bitterness up front, big bold coffee flavor dominates, but not in a bad way, supported nicely by bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt, finish is slightly bitter and dry, alcohol is hidden nicely, while coffee is really the star here, it doesn't overwhelm the rest of the flavors at all, very complex

m - very full-bodied and creamy, just enough carbonation for a stout, I agree with previous reviewers that the oatmeal undoubtedly contributes to the amazing mouthfeel, dry finish

d - surprisingly drinkable for a big stout, the alcohol is not overpowering at all and the complex and interesting taste kept me sipping

Breakfast Stout lived up to all the hype for me. Wonderfully complex stout that's surprisingly drinkable. I'm glad I have 12 more bottles of this to enjoy! (1,065 characters)

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - this Founder's offering pours a dark brown/blackish with a thin but dark chocolate head, too dark to notice carbonation

S - smells dark, like superstrength chocolate, coffee, and oatmeal flavors all blended quite naturally, with a prominent roasted characteristic

T - rich oatmeal, very surprising, much more prominent than i would've guessed from the aroma, althought the great chocolate and coffee flavors are present and magnificent, the oatmeal takes a stand

M&D - smooth and velvety, very robust without being syrupy, a great beer an even better stout, it lived up to the hype, i can't wait to try the Kentucky version (636 characters)

Photo of shbobdb
3.76/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now, I've had this beer before. Granted, it was a long, long time ago, well before I became a BA, so I was less familiar with what a beer can be.

But, it is worth noting that at the time I was really very used to German beers (especially Koelsches) so it is worth remembering that anything beyond weizens, Koelsches, and the occasional ueber-hoppy pilsners that almost-have-too-much-going-on-to-be drank like Grolsch and Warsteiner. Tja, it was a silly time.

But I remember really liking this beer. Really liking this beer a lot. For someone who thought that salvator was too alcoholic and tasted like malt liquor, that is saying a lot!

Because of that memory, this brew is a bit of a letdown. It is the 2005 (so most of us got it in early 2006, it is Dec. 29th, errr, just turned 30th 2005 . . . for those that follow year-to-year changes) and I've got to say that it definately has a strong smell and taste of old coffee. The kind that has been left at the office for far too long.

Too bad, because the chewy oats and bitter, bitter chocolate (the 29 IBUs come from the hops but make no mistake, this drinks like an 80 IBU beer because of the bitter chocolate. Lots of good roasted flavours, mixing with creamy, chewy, oaty goodness, and some solid chocolate tastes. The old coffee is just too much though. Upon further drinking, it isn't so much 'old coffee' so much as it is simply a cold, but very robust coffee. Perhaps a dark, acidic ethopian blend? It kinda reminds me of the really acidic coffee from Brueggers. I might warm up the next bottle to see how that goes.

Still a great brew, don't mean to nitpick here. Good stuff. (1,649 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to BA Kipling for this one. This brew pours an opaque black color. The head is one finger in height, and last longer than all other coffee beers I have had. Lacing is thin. The aroma is simply of coffee grounds which is adaquate, because they are wonderful coffee grounds. The taste is a bit more complex than the aroma. Coffee still dominates, but there is some cocoa powder, and a nice bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is very full bodied with strong carbonation. Overall, this is a great beer. (514 characters)

Photo of bashiba
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a heavy dark black with a dark deep tan head and some good lacing.

Smell is big and bold with lots of coffee, chocolate, and burnt cereal coming through.

A big blast of coffee and oatmeal hit the tongue first, quickly changing to a silky chocolate and burnt smoky malt with a nice bit of bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is full and chewing with a dry lingering finish and a good bit of warmth.

This is a great stout, I wish it was more readily available because I would drink a lot of it. (511 characters)

Photo of seebus
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours super dark with very little carbonation and a chocolate chip cookie-colored head

S - warm, dark chocolate

T - rich, dark chocolate--a wonderful palate of bittersweet tastes

M - creamy and full-bodied

D - very easy

this is fantastic. although certainly not a session beer, the alcohol is masked well. still, it's quite a full-tasting beer. in a word--delicious! (385 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (799 characters)

Photo of AndoBrew
4.07/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*I liked it and may or may not buy it again depending on how hard it is to get.. not worth to much trouble*

app: black. I cant see through it. nice bubble brown head um kay, it looks like a stout.. a coffee stout.. um kay.

smell: COFFEE! .. more coffee, some sweet malt, and coffee.

taste: coffee, not very very rich tasting like I was guessing it would be.. it is mostly coffee and some sweet malts to balance, a small amount of booze in there not much chocolate at all, I wanted richer and bigger.. oh well.

mf: fine.. nothing wrong

drinkable?: yes indeed. no abv slow down. not to bitter. good coffee. (619 characters)

Photo of jdoolin
2.61/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12oz bottle, poured into a snifter

Appearance: Dead black with a light brown head that didn't last

Aroma: Smells like... uhh... coffee. Maybe a *hint* of roasted malt, and mere traces of chocolate.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Very creamy, silky and smooth. Very nice chewy mouthfeel. But the taste was less than outstanding. It tasted like a dry stout mixed with a cup of day old black coffee. Strong coffee with very little roasted malt character. I didn't get chocolate at all unless I thought really hard about chocolate. I wouldn't have guessed it was in there had I not known beforehand. No hop presence, but that's not a big deal. The finish was dry. In fact, it was only sweet at the very first. The coffee bitterness was there throughout.

Notes: This was quite a disappointment. I love Founder's and everything I've had from them, and I love oatmeal stouts, coffee stouts and chocolate stouts. But this was just not balanced. Way too much coffee. I won't be having this again. (1,004 characters)

Photo of tendermorsel
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow,

I don't have enough good things to say about this beer....

I was lucky enough to get this beer both in bottle and off the tap recently. On a side note. The bottle was much better than the tap. Seemed to get much more of the coffee notes. Seemed kind of odd to me but....

This beer poured with a gorgous dark black nature and a nice brownish head. Great aroma. Very strong coffee notes. Excellent taste. Creamy and sweet but great coffee taste. Extremely easy on the lips and I could drink this all day long.... In fact I did.

My only problem with this beer is that I can only get it once a year. I bought 3 four packs this year.... Next year I will get as much as I possibly can. (699 characters)

Photo of Avagadro
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Black with a chocolate ice cream colored head. Large foamy head forms to begin with and quickly dies down to a thin film that floats on top of the brew's surface. Lower head retention probably due to the high abv, or a glass that wasn't cleaned properly.

S: Wow! There is such a huge amount of aroma coming out of this brew. Coffee is definitely the star of the show, though hints of chocolate and crystal malts also make an appearance.

T:Simply amazing. One of the best stounts I've ever had the privilege to drink. Definite coffee and chocolate flavors are present, as well as chocolate, roasted malt, and crystal malt. This is fantastic.

M: It was a great idea to put oatmeal in this brew. I feel oatmeal gives beer on of the most amazing textures ever. Breakfast Stout has a huge body with a velvety finish. Perfectly carbonated. The beer seems to dance around on your tongue.

D: I will definitely be picking up some more of this. Tasty & enjoyable. Not a session beer, but a great on to start out the night (or morning =D ) (1,043 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Scott for letting me know this was available at Chuck's Fine Wines in Chagrin Falls. Let me say that this was not a cheap beer. I paid $4.29 total for one 12 oz. bottle! That's much more than I am used to paying for a single 12 oz. bottle of American beer. I'm not sure it was worth it. Poured into a snifter. This beer is a very dark brown, opaque color. The tan colored head on mine was about 1/4 of an inch thick upon pouring. After 5 minutes or so it settled to a nice film layer sitting on the surface of my beer with a nice tan ring lining the inside of my snifter. Nice lacing too! Strong aromas of roasted cofffee beans with a hint of malt and dark chocolate. Tastes like black coffee with some sugar in it. Hints of chocolate and oatmeal are also present here. The chocolate notes come out more as the beer warms up. This beer really starts to warm you after a few sips, especially as the beer warms up a bit. These flavors are rounded out by a subtle trace of hops. Has a crisp, smooth, and medium bodied mouthfeel. Very drinkable, especially as it warms up. I've never had a stout quite like this one before. A winner for sure, but the price is a bit of a turnoff. Because of this, it is not something I'd buy all the time. It was quite good, but I am not sure if it is as good as it is hyped up to be.

Eric (1,331 characters)

Photo of Blakaeris
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a slight tan head. Reminds me of motor oil.

Smell is very robust expresso like character. Smokey burnt malt and dark grain.

Taste is quite dry and coffee like. Smooth chocolate with an oatmeal sweetness takes some of the edge from the bitterness. Charred smokiness lingers in the clean and dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Creamy and smooth.

A very nice stout. More coffee than chocolate character. Flavor is hearty and smooth, while the alcohol is well hidden. A winner. (513 characters)

Photo of KevBrews
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours thick, black, opaque; low brown head; light does not pass through this beer.

S: Coffee, coffee, coffee, with heavy chocolate.

T: Did I mention coffee? Despite the heavy coffee, this beer is incredibly balanced. The coffee flavors play nicely with the dark chocolate flavors, making individual flavors hard to pin down. Was that coffee? Or was it the chocolate? Surprisingly not overly alcoholic, mostly just smooth. Some hops, but basically acting in a supporting role.

M: Thick, viscous, full.

D: I see what makes this beer popular. I've had a few coffee stouts (even brewed one), but what sets this one apart are the hints of dark chocolate hanging out at the fringes. They really round out the flavor nicely. On the other hand, you really have to be in the mood for coffee when you drink this beer (unlike some coffee stouts, this beer is more than just a hint of coffee!). I drank it late in the afternoon, and found the coffee taste to be a bit too much by the end. I'll have to try it in the morning sometime soon (perhaps Chistmas?).

This is a solid beer, well-balanced and interesting. All that being said, I'm not sure it makes my top 10 or top 20 list. Happy to have tried it (happier still to have three other bottles to try), and I'll look for it next year, but I think once a year is enough for me. I wonder if it isn't that scarcity (the beer is issued only once a year, right after Thanksgiving), as well as the novelty of the concept, rather than the taste itself, that make it so popular. (1,529 characters)

Photo of xav33
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Founder's Breakfast Stout
12 oz bottle
Hard pour in an English pint
Recent brewing, breakfasted 12/06

Poured black with a large mocha frothy mostly lasting head with good lacing.

Smelt of strong coffee cream and sugar, with light burnt grain notes.

Taste was upfront strong bitter coffee with moderate cream and sugar, and dark molasses sweetness followed by more strong bitter coffee and moderate sweet creaminess and sugar with bitter roasted grain on a long coffee finish. Palate was medium to full bodied, soft and creamy, softly carbonated, and strongly astringent in the way coffee is.

Overall, it feels like that first cup of morning coffee. Killer stuff. Best coffee stout I've ever had. (710 characters)

Photo of scott
3.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Damn, if I didn't wait all year for this monster.
V.06
Ink in a 12oz. snifter. Thin, chocolate head.
Kona! Stout! This could have some other definition, but it decided not to.
Big, robust coffee zing with a tart, bittered finish.
Chewy, and very pleasant creaminess.
Tremendous offering from an awesome brewery.
Nicely done! (333 characters)

Photo of eberkman
4.14/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a thick, oozy jet black into a snifter. Great coloring. But no head formed whatsoever -- perhaps I served it too cold? Or was it a bad bottle that had been sitting around too long? Anyway, that was a disappointment. But the aroma was pleasing -- just like fresh-ground dark-roasted coffee. That was exactly the taste too -- like a glass of black iced coffee but with an alcoholic warming to it. In terms of mouthfeel, it was full-bodied and thick, but lacked carbonation. Again -- maybe a bad bottle? But it was still tasty -- mainly because I love coffee in general.

I'd like to try it again, because while objectively tasty, the full experience was sort of a letdown, beginning with the lack of a head. I'm disappointed because as a native Michigander, I was hoping to give top marks to a product from such a reputable Michigan brewer. It wasn't displeasing by any means -- it was enjoyable -- but not what I anticipated. Basically a glass of cold coffee that gives you an alcoholic buzz instead of a caffeine buzz. Not a bad thing at all, but not necessarily worth the hype.

All that said, I would happily drink this with brunch on a lazy Sunday or holiday in place of a Bloody Mary or Mimosa. And I'd more than happily have this with dessert or late in the evening when I want coffee but don't want to stay awake afterward. (1,340 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Liquor World, Somerville, MA

Poured a super deep, pitch black - thick like motor oil and completely translucent. A small tuft of caramel colored fizz coated the beer before quickly fading to a thick ring of lace.

The aroma of this beer was absolutely amazing. The first thing that jumped out at me was the ever so pleasant coffee aroma. Unlike most stouts that have a roasted, espresso-like coffee smell, this was more akin to freshly ground coffee beans (similar to the smell of a gourmet coffee shop). Notes of dark chocolate were also apparent, along with some vanilla and bourbon-like characteristics. Also, there was a hint of noticeable sweetness from the malts.

The taste was deep and rich like the nose, yet somewhat more bitter and biting. A mix of sharpness (possibly the alcohol) and sweet malts up front before the rich espresso, dark chocolate and heavily roasted malts appeared. Some oakiness was also noticeable. The dark malts appeared even stronger on the back of the palate. A touch of hops was also perceivable. Surprisingly, the roasted bitterness tapered off greatly in the aftertaste, where a bit of residual caramel-like sweetness appeared. Alcohol was nearly undetectable initially but became a bit more apparent as the beer warmed.

Mouthfeel was ridiculously thick, viscous, syrupy and quite creamy.

Drinkability was quite good for such a heavy and alcohol-rich beer. The pleasant aromas, flavors and mouthfeel made for a terrific sipping experience. (1,524 characters)

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,426 ratings.