Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company
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Ratings: 11,598 | Reviews: 3,210 | Display Reviews Only:
4.24/5 rDev -6.2%
Bottled on 12/08/2011. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Pours a thick, deep black with a nice finger or so of creamy brown foam sitting on top. The head eventually recedes leaving a nice tan cap and some wispy lacing on the glass.
The nose is huge. Massive coffee and nice dark chocolate notes lead the way are are complimented by some light, but still potent, roasted aromas. As the beer warms there is a bit of sweetness that comes through but it's very subtle. This nose is excellent.
The taste follows along with the nose. Huge coffee and bitter, dark chocolate are the dominant flavors and play well with the nice roasty notes in the background. None of the sweetness that was in the nose makes it through here. It big coffee, big chocolate, some good roast and a nice dose of bitterness.
A big body and low carbonation give the beer a huge, thick, heavy mouthfeel without ever feeling too thick or viscous. It's silky smooth and hides the 8.3% ABV extremely well.
This beer is outstanding. It has big, bold flavors and aromas that compliment each other extremely well. For me it's best when fresh and coffee forward. As the coffee fades the beer loses some of it's edge, in my opinion.
01-16-2012 14:54:03 | More by ms11781
4.22/5 rDev -6.6%
Split a bottle with my dad, surprisingly he enjoyed this beer.
Appearance: A thin pour compared to Founders Imperial Stout. Black body with a khaki colored head that lingers. Nice lacing.
Smell: Loads of roasted coffee, bitter chocolate and some toffee.
Taste: Roasted coffee up front followed by some of that bittersweet chocolate. A bit of earthiness probably from the oat flakes.
Mouthfeel: Founders has the recipe for great mouthfeels in all of their stouts. Rich and creamy that leaves a velvety coating.
Overall: Another damn fine beer from Founders. Nuff' said.
01-15-2012 23:05:07 | More by tvanr
4.5/5 rDev -0.4%
A: Pours a pitch black with a bout 1/2 finger of puffy dark khaki head into my surly mug. Because, well, it is a breakfast stout. The is very little lacing as it drinks.
S: The nose is big coffee, big chocolate, some roasted malt notes, and a bit of earthiness. If you are into coffee beers, this has the nose you're looking for.
T: The taste follows the nose almost spot on. Huge blasts of coffee, huge blasts of chocolate, some really great roasted and qualities, some burnt toast, and some slight earthiness.
M: Full bodied beer. The carbonation is high for a stout, but this beer is silky and smooth. All of the flavors envelop the palate nicely and linger of just the right amount of time. Drinkability is high for this brew.
O: A fantastic offering from Founders. It's basically the industry standard for coffee stouts. It's damn delicious.
01-15-2012 14:11:07 | More by trxxpaxxs
4.28/5 rDev -5.3%
Pours out pitch black with a thick head. First smells are of coffee and creamy chocolate.dark roasted malt is very present. Taste is slight bitter with coffee overtones and a dark roasted malt. Hops come out in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is on the heavy side. Pretty good brew.
01-15-2012 02:28:22 | More by PorterLover83
4.91/5 rDev +8.6%
A- pitch black
S- roast coffee
T- just like it smells with a hint of booziness. YUM!
MF- full,thick . almost oily delish
O- definite a "go to" beverage. since it is seasonal, I always stock my cellar for the lean months
01-14-2012 23:09:06 | More by wmickdds32
4.72/5 rDev +4.4%
Poured from a growler into as pint glass
Jet black with a creamy tan head leaving lots of lacing
Lots of coffee,chocolate in the aroma
The first sip was amazing.Very creamy brew that coated my mouth.Got a wonderful coffee flavor on the back end.It got better as it warmed,really is a nice brew
01-14-2012 21:42:35 | More by david370
4.55/5 rDev +0.7%
A nearly pitch black beer with a light tan head. Looked very thick.
Big coffee aroma. Wow. Dark chocolate with coffee. Roasted malts come through but they are overpowered by the coffee. A slight sweetness and prehaps the hops. I am not sure if I am going to like this but it smells great.
Unfortunatly coffee smells great too but tastes bad.
Oh wow. How do I describe this?
Wonderfully complex. The coffee and chocolate dominate the taste and when it sits in your mouth after a few seconds the coffee bitterness rolls in but never becomes too overpowering (this coming from a person who never drinks coffee). It is also quite sweet because of the chocolate. And I do get the oats, I recently had Samuel Smith's oatmeal Stout and I get that same distinct taste from the grain. Slight dark fruits, vanilla and roast. The hops are there, they give a minimal, faint citric, herbal taste on the background. A very balanced beer. The alcohol is hidden.
Quite a thick mouthfeel with rather low carbonation.
Remarkably easy to drink and very good. Worth the price.
01-14-2012 19:51:56 | More by IPA35
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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