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Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
3,745
Ratings:
16,182
Avg:
4.47
pDev:
9.17%
 
 
Wants:
1,819
Gots:
6,014
For Trade:
241
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Photo of Sammy
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Masterful combination of coffee and chocolate in this stout, with the oatmeal making its appearance at well. Very smooth and not disapointing. Thanks vvclark for the bonus delivery after our regular trade! Baby picture on bottle is a flash of brilliant subtle humour. This could be a favorite regular beer of mine.
Had again 3.5 years later and bittrenss well subdued by choclate. Thick.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to SamuelJackson45 for sending me a few bottles of this one!

Pours a pitch black with a 1 inch dark beige head that fades to a nice small cap. Thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smells of robust coffee, dark chocolate, and some roasted oats. Taste starts with rich coffee followed by cocoa powder and the oats. Slight cocoa nib bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer is on the thicker side with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel even with a low level of carbonation. Overall, this is a very good stout and another winner from Founders.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark black with not light getting through. Light roast with some hip and chocolate notes. Vey smooth and moderately carbonated . Body is full to thick. The flavor is what sets this apart though. The roasts malt is obvious throughout with a smooth dark chocolate note which is present from middle to end. The after taste is a nice coffee note. One of he best stouts out there.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of nmann08
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage

Pours pitch dark black. Soft dark brown head, that leaves good racing on the glass.

Coffee is still very strong. Dark chocolate, still alot of booze on the nose, which leaves it with a sweet smell. Roasted malts are competing with the booze.

The chocolate is much more present in the taste than the coffee, which is opposite of the nose, but its not sweet chocolate, bitter dark chocolate.

The beer has thinned out with age. Not as thick as when fresh, but I think this is more drinkable in a warmer month with the thinner mouthfeel.

Overall, this is just as good with some age on it.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer a while ago and now I'm revisiting it. My original thoughts of it were that I wasn't overly impressed for some reason. Perhaps it was my mood. I just opened a bottle that could possibly had some age to it. The pour is a beautiful black as night color with a thick brown colored head. The lacing is very nice on this beer. The smell is roasted and super chocolatey! The coffee kind of blends in with the malts and chocolate. The taste is so nice, the flavors are just balanced so well. Chocolate, coffee, sweet dark roasted malts and oats. The mouthfeel is silky smooth with a really nice thickness with a subtle carbonation. Overall it's a fantastic beer, there really isn't much to bitch about with this one. Buy this beer!

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Photo of metter98
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured without a head but a thin ring of beige bubbles consistently lingered around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell is dominated by aromas of chocolate and coffee beans. There are also some hints of alcohol.
T: The taste is rather complex and has flavors of bitter coffee, milk chocolate and roasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very creamy and smooth on the palate. Not much carbonation is perceptible.
D: This beer is very easy to drink and is the perfect accompaniment to a weekend brunch. I will definitely stock up on this when I see it in the stores.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazing silky smooth stout with strong overtones of espresso. Brewed with impecable balance and elegant strength, Founders Breakfast Stout is an ale for the ages!

The beer's appearance of motor oil carries a creamy visual weight, complete opaqueness, and a lush volumptuous quality. A delicate creme of foam muddles about in a thin sheet that skirts the glass and shows more legging than lace which further reinforce the viscous overall demeanor

Espresso, heavy cream, cocoa, heavy toast and roast all help to define the nose. Background notes of scorched molasses, walnuts, and charred woods all play into the roasty aromas.

Espresso also dominated the flavor. Stout characteristics of deep caramel, toffee, vanilla, and rudementary malt all play on the mouth with a succulent and savory taste that doesn't introduce endless complexity, but rather puts the coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and cream flavors in bold display.

Viscous, nearly chewy textures have a mouth-coating, creamy, thick mouthfeel that proved unwaivering until very late in finish. Bitterness from hops, roasted grains, and coffee give a strong rebuttal from the malts and accompany a moderate astringent seemingly of spent coffee grounds.

Any fan of strong brewed coffees are sure to fall head over heels in love with this beer.

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Photo of largadeer
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Black with a modest half-inch of dark brown foam. The head dissipates pretty quickly, leaving a cascade of lace.

Smell - A huge coffee aroma is immediately noticeable upon opening the bottle - and that's about all I got from it. My initial thought was that it was too one-dimensional, but it actually works just fine. I love the smell of coffee, and this beer captures that aroma better than any other I've tried. As it warms, rich dark chocolate begins to appear.

Taste - Extremely dry. I was expecting a sweeter stout, but once I got used to the dryness it really grew on me. Flavors of espresso, burnt toast and unsweetened chocolate are most prevalent, with a subtle smokiness in the finish. An aptly named beer - I could see this pairing beautifully with bacon, eggs and potatoes.

Mouthfeel - Chewy and full-bodied with a mild carbonation that doesn't get in the way of the richness of the flavor.

Notes - Pretty unique stuff - It'd be hard to mistake it for anything else - and very good. Glad I had the opportunity to try it. Thanks to hrking for the trade!

Update: This beer has been revisited dozens of times, and it grows on me every bottle. Incredible stuff.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Oak Cafe in Wyandotte, Michigan.

This beer pours a solid black, with no edges, and one finger of creamy beige head, which leaves a nice array of layered hanging lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of big bitter coffee, milk chocolate, and earthy hops. The taste is biittersweet chocolate, earthy, less bitterly smooth coffee, leafy, and more earthy hops. The carbonation is average, the body medium weight, and quite smooth, with a hint of creaminess. It finishes off-dry, with a Coffee Crisp finish, tinted by lurking edgy hops.

A lovely coffee-centric eye-opener of a stout, this practically calls for another. 9%? - really? Good god!

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Photo of brentk56
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a luscious obsidian with a rocky mocha head that leaves dots of lacing around the chalice

Smell: Rich dark coffee aroma with some roasted elements, too

Taste: Starts with a bittersweet chocolate and coffee burst of flavor; after the swallow, a bit of the lactose starts to peak through and the bitterness builds to a level of subtle intensity; the alcohol is well disguised

Mouthfeel: Thick and luscious with modest carbonation; creamy mouthfeel from the oatmeal

Drinkability: Right up there with Speedway Stout, this is a superbly flavored extraordinary beverage

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.54/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a nice dark foamy head with average retention. Coffee aroma is quite overpowering with some subtle roasted malt. Taste is totally overpowered by coffee and as much as I like some coffee characteristic in my stout I cannot drink coffee. Total lack of balance or complexity, just an overpowering of coffee. Definitely not one for me.

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Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap with a volcanic chocolate milk head, foamy as could be. Head retention was above average, and there were spindly webs of brown lacing left behind. It was jet black in the fluted tulip glass.

Roasted coffee in the aroma, not huge, but certainly of high quality.

Medium level acidity from the beans, some dark fruit like grape or plum in the initial aftertaste. Deeply roasted chocolate malt serves as the major component, with an unparalleled smoothness from the oats. More drinkable than most beer, and most coffee. This seems slightly more enjoyable on tap, but the novelty may be playing into that for me.

Feeling slightly caffeinated afterward, but I could be just just projecting that. Already had two cups today anyway.

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Photo of kojevergas
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oh boy. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle acquired at a beer store near my work and served into a New Belgium goblet in me gaff in Los Feliz, California. I had never seen this in the LA area until recently. 8.3% confirmed. Expectations are through the roof; I had Kentucky Breakfast Stout and loved it. I'm hoping this also lives up to the hype. Cost was $6.99 (people on the East Cost are probably cringing).

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm considerably over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

As I poured, no head was forming so I upped the vigor considerably.

A: Pours a beautiful rich dark tan colour head half a finger thick with excellent cream. Retention is abysmal (maybe 20 seconds). Colour is a solid nontransparent jet black. It looks as it should for the style, but I would like to see better retention. It's a minor gripe. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Appears undercarbonated.

Sm: Heavy rich coffee java notes. Heavy coffee bitterness. It really slaps you upside the head. I get minor chocolate, roast, and oatmeal notes - sure. But strong coffee is dominant. An aggressive strong aroma that goes for the jugular. Dark malts. It's very assertive and bold.

No hops are detectable. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

T: Heavy coffee, with some bitterness there at the finish. Chocolate malts and a bit of chocolate alongside dark malts comprises the foundation. I'm a bit surprised actually; it lacks a substantial body. Not a usual characteristic of beers in the style. Oats are there smoothening it through and through. No real cream. No yeast or alcohol comes through. The coffee notes are rich and biting. Hopping is minimal and floral but barely detectable (just as it should be). A light undertone of warm sherry throughout. I imagine this will improve as it warms. Some raisin, even some molasses sure. I don't get any herbal notes as some have reported. A touch viney. No real caramel. No nuts here. It isn't "that kind" of imperial stout. Very delicately balanced and built. They knew what they were doing when they put this treat together. As it warms, I get more true milk chocolate notes (not merely chocolate malt).

Mf: I'm a bit taken aback at the blatant undercarbonation. It's naturally smooth from the oats, nicely wet, and quite chewy. Suits the flavours quite well, and it really evokes a clean breakfast beer - because who really wants carbonation in the morning. I understand the intentionality behind the choice, but that said I still think I'd prefer it creamier, thicker, and even a bit coarser and dryer. I like it as is, though; I'm just identifying personal preference.

Dr: I can definitely see myself having this for breakfast. Boy that'd be good. Very drinkable; I imagine the caffeine zing from the coffee could keep you steadily drinking it for some time. It's not at all in the creamy heavy thick arena of imperial stouts. It's more a sharp coffee imperial stout, and in that it's quite a success. I'm not disappointed with it, but I will say that I remember enjoying KBS far more than this offering. Still, Founders seems to always deliver - at least based on the few beers I've had from them. At $6.99, I wouldn't get this again, but would at $3.99 or better. A must-try for fans of the style; great for the style. It doesn't quite join the ranks of something like Brunch Weasel or Speedway stout in terms of coffee-centric imperial stouts, but it flirts with that level; pretty impressive at this price point. Hides its ABV delightfully well. I'll definitely be having this again, ideally aged or on draught. An understated, elegant beer. Bravo, Founders.

I initially gave it a B+, but changed it up to an A- because as it warmed, it got noticeably better. Give her some time once you pull her out of the fridge. It's worth it.

A-

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Bottle from Duff27. Adding some brief notes; served into stemware.

A: Retention is better than the first review - a good 4 minutes. I think the glassware makes a big difference; I poured pretty lightly. Creamy, dark, appealing.

Sm: Strong black coffee. Evident bitterness. Very assertive. Evocative oatmeal too; oats are usually undetectable and contribute mainly to mouthfeel but they're evident here. I like that.

T: Heavy coffee with accompanying bitterness and roast. The coffee here is really genuine; it doesn't shy away from the raw coffee bean character.

Mf: Creamy, chewy, coarse. Perfect dryness.

Dr: A solid brew; lives up to its well earned reputation. Possibly the best value beer of its quality.

A-.

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10/09/13 (Fresh FBS):

A: Soft complexion. Even lacing coats glass.

Sm: Sinful coffee w/ roasty, creamy, and espresso notes. Rich and decadent.

No hops/yeast.

Could use more roast. Coffee gets a bit too bitter. Room for more complexity/subtlety.

Above avg depth of flavour. Avg flavour intensity/duration for style.

B+

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Photo of zeff80
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, thick, jet black color with a small, very foamy, brown head. It left beautiful thick, sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of coffee, expresso, and rich chocolate malt. It really smelled like a chocolaty coffee.

T - It tasted of chocolate, dark malts, caramel, and coffee. It had a sharp and bitter hop kick.

M - It was sharp and smooth. A medium bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a really delicious stout. It lives up to the hype. Truly a great beer.

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Photo of oline73
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours black with a little red coming through when the light hits the edges. There is a half finger of beautiful dark tan head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Very roasty and full of wonderful coffee. There is a nuttiness and a mild hop bitterness.

Taste: Quite bitter up front from the roast and coffee. Intense, but not unpleasant. Not particularly sweet, but there is a good amount of balance. There is a pleasant hop bitterness that shows up in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is very smooth and on the thick side of medium. Smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Just fantastic. This was bottled two weeks ago, and is so well made. I will definitely have another in the future.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark and thick with a large, dark head and plenty of lacing.

S: Coffee and chocolate, and a bit of alcohol.

T: Bittered chocolate and coffee flavors. Some mild sweetness and oatmeal notes underneath. Some hops make an appearance as well.

M: Very thick and chewy.

D: Everything gets better as it warms up--make sure to savor this one over an extended sitting.

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Photo of nickfl
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of orange-tan head on top of an opaque black body with just the slightest hint of ruby highlights showing through at the bottom of the glass. The thick, chunky foam settles slowly and leaves thick, sticky lace.

S - Nutty caramel, toffee, and bittersweet chocolate. Notes of plum and coffee in the background.

T - Lots of caramel and toffee up front with thick, sweet oatmeal. Bittersweet chocolate in the middle with the medium caramel notes carrying on in the background. Finishes sweet and cola like with lots of woody, espresso like coffee notes and plenty of chocolate with a good dose of malt bitterness to balance. There is a hint of pine hop flavor in the aftertaste that is quickly covered over by chocolate and coffee with some light char notes.

M - Thick, silky body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Breakfast stout is a really accurate description of this beer. The coffee essence is strong but not overwhelming and the chocolate oatmeal and thick malt might as well be a chocolate breakfast cereal, or better yet, oatmeal with a splash of Bailey's in it. The sweet characteristics border on overwhelming the palate, but there is definite malt bitterness to hold it off, and the hop presence in the finish (which is so subtle that it could easily be missed) is a nice contrast. Overall, this is a very nice beer, though it lacks a certain depth and vividness that prevents it from reaching the level of the very best Imperial stouts that I have had.

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Photo of oberon
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black with a big moch colored head that was big and fluffy leaving globs of lace behind,oh man the aromas malted milk and milk chocolate.Oh man the creamy mouthfeel is sublime and the textured flavors of milk chocolate and malted milk go hand and hand with the texture of this beer.The alcohol content does not come into play at all with this beer making it easy to drink for the alc% content.Damn fine beer Iam bringing alot more down south with me.

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Photo of jlindros
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now THIS is a beer, a man's beer. It's what you grab in the morning that will get you through the day. It's the Wheaties for beer drinkers, already mixed with your coffee. That aside, is it just me, or does the weird lookin kid on the label give anyone else the creeps? He looks like a 45 year old baby spooning crack into his mouth... anyways, here's my review, hope you enjoy it.

Note, just popping the cap unlocked this huge aroma of coffee and chocolate making me salivate like one of Pavlov's dogs.

A: Pours with a luscious rich chocolate covered head that fades pretty quickly. Its super dark colored that barely lets any light through, and the few photons making it through have been so distorted they're forever stained with darkness and probably traveled through time somehow. It doesn't pour super thick, but is much thicker than most beers.

N: OOooohhh yeahhhh!!! It's like super coffee espresso mating with chocolate and popping out babies of light alcohol. The roasted malt on the nose is so rich I can feel it charring my nasal cavity. A huge dark chalky chocolate aroma dances as it mingles with the roasted malts and coffee. A light alcohol finds its way through the crazy malts, coffee, and chocolate, to tingle your nose a bit. I think I detect a slight oat as well, feeding back into that breakfast theme. If only I could pour buttloads of chocolate, coffee, alcohol, and essence of pour roastedness into my oatmeal in the morning.

T: A heavy stouty flavors starts the taste, but it quickly changes to roasted malts. Those things dominate the taste big time. Some bitter dark chocolate and earthy charred taste start to come through as well followed by some alcohol. Then some more oats, yes it is for breakfast. A slight sweet chocolate milk runs down the back of your mouth and is mostly masked by the crazy strong flavors up front. I get some coffee on the taste, but nothing like what I expected from the plethora that poured out on the nose.

M: Pretty thick, but still slightly watery, enough so that you can actually drink it instead of having to chew it. The alcohol tingles the mouth all over. Pretty light on the carbonation.

F: Finishes semi dry surprisingly, but still has some sweet undertones. The earthy charred roasted chocolate stout bitterness flavor <taking a breath> really stick around for a bit as the liquid coats the mouth. I can almost taste the black flavor and darkness that come from it. It's like the flavor of "black". I also get a slight oat taste long after its over.

Final thoughts: A very big heavy stout. Pretty thick on taste and mouth, but not so much you can't drink it. It has a nice alcohol taste, but not overbearing. Toooons of roasted malts, chocolate malts, dark roasted tasty goodness, oats, hay... wait not that, and the essence of pure darkness. A great drinking beer, and it gets much better with age as I have experienced before. I'll probably save most of the case I got, but drink one from time to time to help me through the cold winter coming.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours completely black with a thin tan head and little lace. Nose is delightfully intricate blend of freshly roasted coffee and dark chocolate malt. Taste is also interwoven with grainy chocolate, malts, coffee, and slightly earthy notes. Mouthfeel is rich, slightly sweet and bitter, full and thick. Overall, so good this is a must. Keep em coming. Very well done.

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Photo of mothman
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Boulevard Smokestack Glass

Pours a 1/2 finger thick/full mocha colored tan head. Doesn't last very long. Some very little lace manages to stick thinly to the glass. Color is a pure dark brown, basically black.
4-4.5

Aroma: Coffee, cocoa, chocolate. A big malt taste. Some type of nuts. Main smell is the coffee. Slight booze. I am loving the smell.

Taste: Coffee and coffee beans. Chocolate and cocoa. Some nuts. Taste is just like the smell. Big malt flavor, slight booze, earthy hops are a little present. A very great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy. Full bodied. Seems like a good amount of carbonation. Somewhat boozy. Leaves a a pretty dry, coffee taste of an aftertaste.

Overall, this is a very tasty beer. Very drinkable stout. Went fast from the start to the end, making me want more. I could easily drink another.

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Photo of superspak
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/22/2014. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toasted oats, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee/chocolate, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toasted oats, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Good amount of roasted coffee and herbal hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toasted oats, dark bread, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee/chocolate, and earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible imperial coffee stout. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, coffee/chocolate, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. An insanely enjoyable and delicious offering as usual.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer (Charlotte, NC) on 1/17/09. Served in a balloon style cervoise.

Pours a dense pitch black with a 1/2 finger of smooth and creamy burnt mocha colored head. Retention is quite awesome, with a most excellent flareup that leaves just a huge cascade of lacing and brown oils behind. I'm just loving the way this looks in the glass. Fantastic! The aroma is just lush with roasted coffee and espresso notes. Sweet supportive notes of chocolate and lactose balance out the nose. Some floral hops and light heat pull up the rear.

The taste starts with a nice roasted coffee bitterness that just blasts the palette. A thick tasting mix of chocolate and caramel sweeten things up some underneath. Finishes, well, bitter, bitter, and more bitter. I love the nice dry lingering bitterness this puts on the palette. Good stuff. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a big creamy feel that just loads the mouth with flavor and substance.

No matter how this is served, this is a certificable classic coffee beer. I never pass up a chance to try this on draft. Great stuff!

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Photo of chinchill
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- nearly opaque. Brownish black.

Superb example of Imperial Coffee stout. Excellent balance of tastes with clear presence of coffee, malt and hops, and with both sweet and bitter components. Highly complex and dynamic flavors. Subtle chocolate flavor. Exceptionally smooth both while drinking and in finish.

S - Aroma is much lighter and softer than expected for such a highly flavorful brew. Primary aroma: Malty roasted coffee

Excellent, nearly the best stout I've ever had but bested by Founders CBS

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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