Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
this is almost too much. pours like crude oil, sludgy and dense, no light penetrating. one inch mocha head suickly subsides. the smell is entirely overwhelming, ive got coffee beans coming in one side, milk chocolate in another, and fresh cut tobacco, english toffee, bran muffin, and burnt sugar all darting in and out of my nose in such an erratic manner than i cant possibly comprehend this. the flavor isnt quite so in your face, but its everything turned up to 11. the coffee is the most pronounced, hence breakfast stout, but the others are all there. the alcohol isnt tasted but its felt for sure. the feel of this beer is more than full bodied and its a slow drink. one taste lasts several minutes, and it changes as it warms. i like it, but im not in love with it, mostly for the reasons that i cant understand it all the way, like too many conversations happening at once. that said though, its an outstanding glass of beer that i hope to come by again.
Serving type: on-tap
08-27-2012 20:02:35 | More by StonedTrippin
4.45/5 rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12oz bottle with Bottled 08/01/12 on the neck. Pours a viscous black color with a half inch of medium brown head. Fair amount of lacing. Huge coffee and espresso aroma. A bit of booze and dark chocolate. The taste is a big coffee taste of course. Almost tastes like chocolate covered espresso beans. Very drinkable considering the ABV and the coffee flavor. Mouthfeel is heavy and chewy. Overall this is one of, if not the best, Imperial Stout I've had in my beer drinking career thus far.
Serving type: bottle
08-27-2012 03:24:42 | More by PicoPapa
4.54/5 rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
8-1-12 bottle poured into snifter.
A: Pitch black, midnight dark, absolutely no light getting through. Nice two finger, creamy brown head, light spotty lacing, some alcohol legs observed. Excellent looking imperial stout.
S: Loads and loads of freshly brewed, dark roasted coffee grounds and espresso beans, light bittersweet dark chocolate/mocha/jahva, heavily roasted barley.
T: Super rich coffee beans, fresh brewed espresso flavors. Very roasty, malted milk, dark chocolate are there, but the strong coffee is predominant. Theres also a light caramel sweetness that comes through as it warms. Would pair perfect with danish, a breakfast spread, or streudel in the a.m.
M: Lower end of full bodied, its super creamy and slick from the addition of the oats. It is however slightly thinner than I was expecting. I think had the body been a little fuller, this beer would be nealry perfect. Carbonation is soft and light. Drinkability is surprisingly good for a relatively big beer like this as it goes down very smooth. Alcohol is very well hidden, just a slight warmth on the throat as the beer warms but nothing major.
O: Absolutely fantastic, just an incredibly rich, complex and flavorful imperial stout. Warms the soul up and would be perfect for a cold winter night or more fitting, a morning. Sip this over time, as flavors come through as it warms. If you like rich roasty coffee, you will love this beer. Paired this with a homemade chocolate chip cookie and it was amazing.
Serving type: bottle
08-26-2012 03:36:55 | More by Dools9
4.63/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
The beer pours like a browned overcast midnight with a very thin tanned head on top that can leave lovely walls of sticky lacing down the side. In the middle of the skim of head there is a maelstrom of steady bubbles pounding to the surface in order to replenish the slight head, but other than that, nothing of the insides of this beer can be discerned. This beer is dark. The beer has a wonderfully heavy dark roasted coffee smell with hints of dark chocolate and some slight smooth oatmeal rounding out the edges of the smell. The beer’s taste follows suit with the smell, delivering a terrific wallop of dark roast coffee and slight dark chocolate and smooth oatmeal. The middle brings forward the chocolate more, reminiscent of a dark chocolate candy bar. The after taste is a lovely linger of black coffee and a slight sweet bite of chocolate. The mouthfeel begins with very faint pinpricks of carbonation which immediately dissipate to leave the beer velvety smooth and thickly chewy on the tongue, it leaves the mouth fat with drizzling saliva that wants more, and the roasty dry reverberations that you get after drinking coffee. Overall, this is a tremendous representation of the imperial stout, and a phenomenal drink to have for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert. It masks its alcohol wonderfully, only leaving a hint of it in the warming that it gives the stomach. This beer could practically serve as a meal in and of itself. This is worthy of a drink.
Serving type: bottle
08-23-2012 02:48:34 | More by Maxwell
4.38/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Can't make out the bottle on date but it is from 2011
Poured into tulip glass
This is one of my favorite beers ever but curious to see how it has held up over the year
Appearance: It is your typical stout black color but with absolutely no light penetration on this one. It did have a half finger tan color head that disappeared quickly to leave what looks like a glass of flat cola.
Smell: Coffee, coffee and more coffee! Love the coffee smell on this one. Actually don't pick up too much else except for some bitter chocolate and malty notes.
Taste: Well the year has not faded the coffee at all. I get a strong coffee taste with the chocolate too. Vanilla notes and a roasted nut quality come through. This beer NEVER disappoints me!
Mouthfeel: Silky comes to mind first. It just glides down with each sip and is so very easy to drink. Not viscous but not thin either. Seems perfect IMO.
Overall: Like I said this beer is never a let down. I picked up some extras last year and glad I did because I love this beer. It has held up phenomenally well and I think I have 4 more bottles to sit on to see how this ages.
Serving type: bottle
08-23-2012 02:10:10 | More by sleuthdog
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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