Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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Breakfast StoutBreakfast 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: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So far, I haven't been much of a fan of (actual) coffee in beers. Usually pass them over. This one, however, is awesome - in the true sense of the word.

Pouring out into the glass, I first marveled at the dense-frothy and spider-webby stickiness and rich, dark shade of mocha brown head. Sticky mess all over - love it.

Superb and surprising rich, dark-roasty mocha aroma - almost cappuccino - with an underlying hi-grade bitter chocolate. Oh so inviting.

Immediate mouth impressions - fine Italian espresso with an initial creamy, rich body - not terribly bitter, though a medium-mellow, but pleasing, roasty bitterness does establish itself and lingers long after each sip.

The coffee is way out front, but balanced beautifully against a chocolaty-roasted-nutty background - almost, but not quite as sweet or flavored similarly to coffee cake. While dropping off clean, it does also give off some alcohol warmth but, thankfully, not the flavors/aromatics of it. If it does, it's been woven in well.

Just mildly mind-blowing. Love it.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with a thick tan head.

Smells of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt.

Taste is very similar to the smell. Coffee, roasted malt and chocolate. There is a slight bitterness that lingers as well. The chocolate and the coffee work amazingly together.

The is a decent amount of carbonation with a medium body thats a bit syrupy.

Great stout and a great way to end a meal. I suggest chocolate pie.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Great look to it when served in a tulip. Very dark black with a little less than a finger of head. Almost looked creamy.

S - Immediate smell of coffee, but definitely mixed with a balance of chocolate and a stronger espresso smell. Smelled very appetizing, even after eating a big dinner.

T - Maybe the best taste I've found in a beer. Perfect balance of chocolate and espresso, making it smell almost of an unsweetened chocolate coffee. Slight sweetness, I'd say a hint of mocha.

M - One of the smoothest beers I've ever had. Heavy and somewhat creamy, and perfect for this beer. Definitely compliments the smell and taste.

Overall, this is a first ballot HOF beer for me. Every aspect of this beer was near perfect, every sip was a mouthful of greatness. The lower and lower it got in the glass, the more and more I savored it. Will definitely have this beer again whenever I see it on tap, and will have to buy it soon in bottles. Founders is yet to disappoint me.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours seal brown with a decent amount of mocha foam. Aroma smells strongly of fresh roasted coffee and dark chocolate. The roasted malt dominates the flavor profile, lending a coffee flavor that is smooth and slightly bitter. The coffee actually tastes a bit blacker than I recall, which is a slight detraction. Dark chocolate is present as well, but it struggles some to assert itself. The mouthfeel is smooth and luxurious, reinforcing a rather decadent vibe overall. A malty stickiness lingers on the lips after each sip. My lone complaint here is that I wish there was a bit more balance between the coffee and the chocolate. As is, the coffee becomes a bit too astringent as the beer warms, but this is undoubtedly a fine brew regardless.

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Poured into a 14oz stolzle white wine glass

Black brown color, with tan head, minimal carbonation, little to no lacing, nose is upfront and spicy, with black coffee and jalapeno pepper at finish.
Flavor is not to thick,with ground coffee. Finish is not bitter but thin.

Overall; I feel the hype is understandable. The nose is pure and definitive. There are other coffee stouts out there that transfer well like this. Still one not to be missed.

Went great with peanut butter waffles and maple syrup for breakfast!

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Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 16,897 ratings