Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout
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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Availability: Sep - Dec

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

60 IBU

Added by marburg on 07-26-2003

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Breakfast has been burnt! This stout has a complexion of char and an ink-black coloured body. If you squint hard enough you can see little white flakes of bubbles fluttering up to the top where they contribute to a thick frothing of foam. At rest, this head has a light cappuccino stain but swirling awakens an intimidatingly deep, rustic brown colour and nearly doubles it in size.

The aroma does indeed bring one to the breakfast table; the smell, unmistakably, is coffee. Freshly ground beans served pipping hot. And they are complimented by a dab of chocolate truffle, a hint of rye bread, and what must be a boatload of roasted (nearly burnt) malts. It's both breakfast and dessert. It jolts your head back, flaring up the nostrils, while at the same time eases the neck and narrows the eyelids.

The flavours are simple but they are abundant; in order: coffee, roasted malts, coffee, roasted malts. Oh, and then coffee. Sure, I could be more creative - it doesn't take much imagination to equate this with all kinds of rich, decadent, tasty desserts (crème brûlée or dark chocolate truffles) - but I think "Double Chocolate Coffee Oatmeal Stout" is a flavour in and of itself.

You'd might think somewhere between the 8.3% alcohol, the boatload of coffee beans and the heavily roasted malts, that something along the way might become a tad obnoxious, a tad astringent, or, let's face it, a tad too much ... but no. No, no and not at all. This beer defines the term "creamy smooth" and let's on but a hint of its actual strength.

So far as I'm concerned the two authorities on stouts in America - and the world, for that matter - are pretty much 50 miles in a straight line apart, in Kalamazoo (Bells) and Grand Rapids, Michigan (Founders). This brewery was certainly not the first to add coffee to their Imperial Stout. Regardless, it was - and is still - one of the best to do so.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle to a snifter.

A: Poured black with a finger of tan head, dissipated quickly.

S: Rich dark chocolate and coffee, roasted malts, oatmeal.

T: Big dark chocolate, coffee, tobacco and oatmeal on the end. Bitter finish.

M: Medium to full bodied. Somewhat thick. Not a lot of carbonation. A little creamy. Easily drinkable beer.

Overall a great beer. Lots of dark chocolate and coffee. Blended and balanced well. What I like about this stout is that it leaves you wanting more. There are a lot of great tasting stouts out there, but this beer's drinkability is exceptional.

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97% out of 100 with 16,578 ratings
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