Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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4.53/5 rDev +0.2%
From notes on 12/18/11:
Bottled: 10/16/11; Poured in a pint glass.
A - Less than 1/2" of dark tan, creamy, frothy head; Not quite black, but close - opaque for sure; Very little lacing left behind
S - Rich, roasted coffee beans dominate the smell; Hints of dark chocolate and earthy notes also present
T - Much like the nose in that there's lots of roasted coffee bean goodness; Small amounts of bitterness, dark chocolate, and earthy qualities add to the coffee flavor, but hardly compete with it; Very subtle hint of alcohol that mostly goes unnoticed
M - Small amount of carbonation; Full bodied; Nice, smooth, and creamy texture with an almost chewy quality
O - This really is an exceptional beer and a pure joy to drink. I've never been one to drink coffee, but for whatever reason I enjoy coffee-forward beers, with this one being one of my favorites. There's no real downside to this beer, and I think it suits any time of the day, and any season of the year. The next chance I get, I wouldn't mind trying this in the morning and in a coffee mug to boot. What could be finer?
02-12-2012 14:51:08 | More by TechTriumph
4.58/5 rDev +1.3%
Pours thick jet black into dimpled mug. Cocoa brown colored quarter inch bubbly head that dissipates quickly. Smells of cocoa, dark chocolate, coffee and a malty oat presence. Mouthfeel and taste are a wonderful combination of coffee and good cocoa with hardly any notice of the 8.3% abv within' which is not to say that it's watery by any means. The mouth is very well balanced and full without being too much, but again not watery with a good clean spicy finish. This has become one of my favorite stouts, just wish they'd put it in a 6-pack like the porter and dirty bastard, 4 is never enough.
02-12-2012 14:29:13 | More by Blueribbon666
4.55/5 rDev +0.7%
Re-reviewing this 1.5 years later with a more refined palate. Bottled 10/22/2011, and opened for a head-to-head comparison with Terrapin Wake-n-Bake.
Pours a viscous, jet black in my pint glass. More accurately, it "glugged" out of the bottle with an almost Zhukov-like pour consistency. Plenty of tan head, good retention, strong lace.
Huge aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans mingles with bittersweet chocolate. Smells just like ordering a coffee "black" with a touch of malty sweetness lurking closely behind. By contrast, the Terrapin's coffee aroma was reminiscent of a "blonde" roast with plenty of caramel & bittersweet chocolate alongside.
Deep, roasted coffee & chocolate blend perfectly with malty sweetness and traces of caramel, leaving a bittersweet coffee aftertaste behind in my throat. Perfect amount of alcoholic warmth lingers alongside the bitterness. FBS' taste is smooth and refined, showcasing an impressively crafted flavor profile that few can duplicate. For an inexpensive, off-the-shelf stout, it doesn't get better than this.
Body is another area where Breakfast Stout truly shines: oatmeal does wonders for this beer's mouthfeel. Huge, creamy, and smooth with minimal interference from carbonation. WnB feels medium-bodied by comparison.
All in all, Founders Breakfast Stout remains a home-run in my book. The Terrapin is a worthy adversary, but falls short of being considered its peer. FBS is simply on another level of craftsmanship (brewmanship?) when push comes to shove. And at $12.50 for a 4-pack (in NYC -- gets as cheap as $8 in the midwest!), Breakfast Stout is unquestionably one of the best values in beer today. Cheers!
02-12-2012 02:26:52 | More by brystmar
4.65/5 rDev +2.9%
A: very dark brown to almost black with a thin tan head
S: one of the best qualities of this beer smells of coffee with some bitter chocolate and just a little bit of oats
T: THE BEST PART!!!! nice rousty coffee up front and lots of it balanced with bitter dark chocolate. the oats really smooth it all out
M: full body, not too thin and a taste that keeps on goin after every sip
O: possibly my favorite beer, its just so balanced and smooth. my mourning hang over remedy;)
02-11-2012 21:18:40 | More by RappAttack
4.8/5 rDev +6.2%
Have had this beer both in a bottle and on draft. First time having it was on draft, so I will be reviewing that.
A- Served in a tulip glass. Very rich and dark in color. Head was about 1/2 an inch of chestnut colored head. Although head did not last long, ended up with light ring around the glass. Head laced beautifully from start to finish all the way down the glass.
S- Very very upfront coffee smell, with hints of bittersweet chocolate. Reminded me a very good espresso. You could smell hints of oats and and an almost cream smell. Very pleasant.
T- Wow!! Anyone who's had this beer will agree that coffee and toffee hits you from the start. Mid-palate and the stout begins to sweeten up with again hints of bitter dark chocolate, oats, and cream. Finishes like a rich bold cup of coffee. Fantastic all around from start to finish. Rich, creamy, and very exciting to taste.
M- Full-bodied, rich, creamy, and lingers after its gone. Begging you to taste just a little more. Not over bearing like other stouts I've had, and very pleasing to the mouth
O- A world class stout, no other way to say it. All around this is one of my favorite beers, and if your a stout fan grab one please. Bottle was equally as good, please please drink out of a tulip glass to really enjoy this beer. I also recommend around a 55 degrees to really enjoy this beer. If its your first time a little colder wouldn't hurt. As you take sip after sip the beer will gradually warm and your taste buds will acclimate to bold flavors.
02-11-2012 20:35:44 | More by senbrewing
4.8/5 rDev +6.2%
Poured into a tulip glass dark brown almost black. Started with about 3/4 inch of dark foam that dissipated to a lighter ring. Nice lacing all the way to the bottom. Smell is coffee, roasty malt, caramel and maybe a little vanilla. Wonderful sweet malt, coffee and caramel taste. Not too sweet, just right. Medium/heavy mouthfeel with light carbonation. Overall an excellent beer. Very flavorful but not overpowering. Easy to drink for a bigger stout.
02-11-2012 00:33:17 | More by Kbogac
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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