Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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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
Ranking:
#94
Reviews:
3,921
Ratings:
17,055
pDev:
9.09%
Bros Score:
4.75
 
 
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Photo of mikeys01
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of trbeer, thanks!!! Let me start out by saying this is one of the best Michigan beers I’ve had the privilege to enjoy, and I am a huge supporter of most MI breweries, albeit more from afar these days. The breakfast stout pours out a deep dark black molasses color, festooned with a thick and creamy dark brown head that looks like it could balance a dime. Aroma is heady and sweet, cocoa and coffee poking out amidst perfectly roasted malt.

Taste is very bold at first, with a surprising punch of hop bitterness at first, this seems to soften as the beer warms a bit. Quickly you are rolled along in a wave of rich, roasty, malty nirvana punctuated with a noticeable but pleasing nibble of alcoholic heat. Body is very full, without being thick. Super creamy and bold, but smooth as volcanic glass. Finish leaves you with the mouthwatering taste of dark chocolate and feeling like you just pounded a show of sweet espresso, and jonesing for more. A couple of these will get you through more than just breakfast…..what a beer. I’d love to try the bourbon barrel version of this dark beauty.

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Photo of bditty187
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Stunning because of the absolute blackness of the liquid. I held my glass up to a light and it was a true abyss. It was a black hole. It was Palpatine’s heart. In other words, no light could penetrate it. I’ve seen some dark beers before but this might be the most amazing. The head was brown in color; at the apex the foam was almost two-fingers in height. Head retention was very good; it slowly faded to a thin cap that didn’t expose the liquid until a third of the liquid was sipped away. The subsequent lacing was spotty and unorganized. Overall, this beer looks great; the liquid is worth the price of admission alone. This is beer porn.

The nose is a dead-on match for an iced-mocha espresso. The first thing that popped into my mind as I took my first sniff was how much it reminds me of Thunderhead’s award winning Black Sheep Espresso Stout. I wish I could do a side-by-side sniff test. There would be no losers! I smell amble roasted coffee notes, dark chocolate, a hint of sweetness and a roasted/acidic finish. This beer is stunning. My mouth is watering. Complex. Deep. Oh, so inviting.

My mind smelled iced-espresso so the first sip really staggered me… it was warm! The alcohol was upfront but not raw or unpleasant. The second sip was a wonderful mixture of espresso, coffee grinds, semi-sweet dark chocolate with a dash of chocolate sauce, the finish was similar to Achouffe coffee liquor. Yum. There is great flavor depth here; I don’t see how this beer could taste any better. It is well balanced yet aggressive with just enough alcohol restraint and the hops are so secondary they are pointless to mention aside from the key fact they are keeping this beer from being too sweet. Bitterness from hops, probably a little… bitterness from the roast, probably a little more. This is well-crafted. Tremendous! Flawless. This is the best beer I’ve tasted… of this sort.

Full body, low but natural carbonation, the mouthfeel was perfect and this sets this beer apart from any coffee stout I’ve had, be it from Bell’s or Thunderhead. This is a sledgehammer. Fantastic. Bring on the NY cheesecake.

To ask if this beer is drinkable is insulting, have you not read my review? This is a damn great beer; I’d drink this daily if I could. I’d drink this for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or nightcap. This was an unexpected treat, thank you CRJMellor.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. This beer pours out a thick dark brown, nearly black, with a large dark brown head. The aroma is expresso chips, toffee, and chocolate. The flavor is more like coffee than any beer I've ever had. Sweet and bitter at the same time. Lots of big chocolate and coffee flavors. The mouthfeel is full and very smooth, from the oatmeal, I guess. For a minute, I contempleted whether this beer is too much. If I wanted coffee, I'd drink coffee, right? Eventually I decided no, this is not too much. It's simply a great beer. I applaud Founders for making so many interesting, extreme beers.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This pours a deep black color with a small tan head that sits nicely atop the brew. The nose is really really nice. Almost like fresh ground coffee with a nice slightly creamy chocolate in the background. I really like the nose. The flavor is very nice as well. Good coffee tones that move into chocolate on the finish. I really do like it. The feel is a bit less than I had hoped. I expected thicker than thick, but it is just on the light side of thick with a carbonation that is a little too much. I could easily sit and drink this beer all damn day. One of my favorite brews.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I made an hour or so detour on a road trip to be able to pick this one and their Imperial stout up. I think it was worth it, if that says anything.

Pours out a dark black into my snifter with a very thin brown head that disappeared quickly. A bit more of a head would have been nice, but that's my only real quarrel with this beer.

Smell is a wall of roasted espress in your nose. Seriously, it smells like putting your nose over a pot of coffee. There's some burnt and roasted malts in there as well, but the coffee dominates.

Hits the tongue with a thick and full mouthfeel that is full of, among other things, espresso, dark baking chocolate, and roasted malt. It's certainly a huge flavor, and it comes in waves, with the espresso dominating on the front end, but the chocolate really pulling through in the finish and lingering for quite some time.

Wow, this is ridiculously drinkable for a stout of its ABV. I only have four, and I immediately wanted to drink a second one. Quite good, and worth seeking out. I don't know if it displaces Storm King for me, but it definitely belongs in the same sentence.

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Photo of malty
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a stubby 12 oz. bottle - no freshness date (But I do know it was there Apr. '05 batch).

Black as night (no highlights at all) with a gorgeous fluffy, multi-sized bubble khaki head that stood tall and shrank to a consistent 1/2 inch. Great lacing.

Scent is heavenly: Whole roasted coffee beans mixed with malted milk balls and dark bitter powdered chocolate. There's even a hint of raspberry preserves, and yes, golden brown toast.

Beautiful balance of high grade fresh coffee, hearty dark roasted malts and a fair amount of fruit zest (from the hops of course). Not at all burnt tasting (as many BA reviews noted), just very roasty and (again) beautifully balanced. 8.3% ABV is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is spectacular. Creamy, fluffy and a bit oily. Carbonation is perfect, giving this heavy bodied beer more texture and 'life'.

Drinkability is very high. Not at all cloying.

Overall a splendid stout from a local brewery that's been producing some fine offerings over the past couple years. I'm a coffee fan, but more of a 'foo-foo' coffee guy - never drink it black. This stout will please the die-hard java heads and the over-priced latte lovers (like myself). I was surprised at how creamy and silky smooth this stout was, almost like a cream stout with just the right amount of bite. I can almost picture myself grabbing one of these on a crisp morning onlooking Lake Michigan..."The best part of waking up..."

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Photo of beerinator
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black gold, texas tea... Minus the gold part. This beer pours thick and black. It leaves a nice dark tan head with divine lacing on the side of the glass.

Aroma: Roasted Burnt Coffee. You can almost smell the texture of the ground beans. There is a bit of sweetness in the beginning, but almost everything in the smell comes from the coffee.

Taste: The beer rolls across the tongue, picking up bitterness as it heads back. The finish isn't too dry, but it is definately roasty and bitter. Burnt roast lingers in the mouth as you contemplate the next sip. The mouthfeel is solid, if a little oily.

Notes: Don't drink this if you hate coffee. I'm not a coffee fan, but this because of the roasty bitterness this one wins for me. The aroma and flavor both make me think of coffee grounds. And I can almost visualize them in the beer, because the images conjured from the smell is so powerful. Good big stout. Very drinkable.

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Photo of fingolfin72
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My esteemed brother-in-law, trbeer, came down to North Carolina with my sister for a visit. This beer is one of many bottles that he brought for me.
Thick pour, almost viscous. No head to speak of (I don't pour from any great heights). The nose is fabulous- smoke, bitter chocolate, dark-roasted coffee, buckwheat honey and even hints of soy sauce. The palate mirrors the nose. It's huge, but balanced. No flavors overwhelm the others, and there's a bit of a nice bitter coffee note in there that lends structure. It's no session beer, that's for sure.

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Photo of maxpower
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick dark black with a nice creamy dark brown head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass. Fresh ground coffee and chocolate aromas, bitter coffee and chocolate flavors, full bodied with a thick, smooth and creamy mouthfeel, almost like a chocolate shake. Nice lasting chocolate aftertaste, this is one awesome stout.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.97/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" dark brown head over the opaque dark dark brown/black brew. Lacing is minimal to average, but acceptable for the style, and the head fades to half height and holds steady. Aroma is filled with coffee and chocolate malts, and some dark fruit essence hides in there as well. Even smells hearty. Taste starts with sweet chocolate grains, hearty oats in the middle, and fades to a somewhat bitter, dry coffee close. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, apr for the course for a heavily oated brew, and drinkability is excellent as well. High alcohol? I see no evidence, probably will feel it later. Worth the hype.

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Photo of SupaCelt
4.05/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My breakfast was pert near black Thick like crude. A ruby hue characterizes the small one centimeter sized head. This head retreats to assemble a thin ring of the same ruby-cocoa colour before vanishing for good. Mild carbonation struggles to travel through the thickness. No lace. Just beer. I imagine Cheerios floating in it.

The smell is a whallop of coffee and alcohol. Repeated sniffings find the alcohol to have diffused out of the scent leaving just the coffee to flourish. This old stout smells fresh ground from Columbia. Burnt toast crust pops into my mind ( in keeping with the breakfast theme of course ) as another layer of aroma. Smells hearty and stout.

The taste had a heavy chocolate influence with coffee being the lesser pronounced flavor at the outset of the taste test. The chocolate flavor eased into the background to leave just a subtle sweetness behind the coffee as breakfast wore on. One lump, not two. A perfect end is found in a softly expressed creamy finish which rounds out the delights of this alcoholic coffee. If you like black coffee and thick beer, this is the trick. A more than suitable early morning eye opener to prime the pump for an all day excursion, or just to compliment a fine meal or wind down after a long day.

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Photo of ScottS
4.69/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours like motor oil with very little head that quickly disappears. The aroma is a whole lot of coffee with bits of chocolate. The initial taste is coffee and dark chocolate. After a minute or so the aftertaste turns into nice hoppy stout taste. The coffee and dark chocolate provide a nice bitterness to balance the malty sweetness. A very well balanced, interesting, complex beer. As I sip on this more, there is a slight lacing left on the glass. The carbonation is just right.

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Photo of cokes
4.52/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ink black with a squat, stern yellowed brown head.
Deeply chocolated nose, backed with pangs of acrid roast beans, vanilla, pine, and liquor denched berries. Inhale deeper and there are cinnamon-sprinked cedar boards, bourbon, and liquorice.
Enters with a molten sludge of chocolates. Milk, bittersweet, and fudge. From this very pool, a java notion arises, bringing a persuasive roastedness and, in tow, some caramel nougat suggestions that fan outward into vanilla extract and molasses. Booze seeps in, full of bourbon and vodka, as it conjoins a raspberry and cherry fruitness. This is verily liquidized raspberry truffles. A oat-induced sense of flake is noticed, but is pushed aside by the richness of everything else. Pinecone bitterness dots the close, with a mouth still coated in malt and adjunct sludge, as well as a flickering flame of vodka and cranberry.
Lavish and broad in the mouth, and nearly suffocating at times in its richness. It maintains a general fat feeling, but also a gluttonous (though slow) drinkability.
Each of the additives is explicit, clearly defined, and right at the fore. Despite this, and because of it, it retains a sense of cohesion and purpose, even if it borders on grandiose.
This might be too strong and rich for breakfast, but seems rather appropriate at the opposite end of the day.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an inky black. The head is very dark tan. The head never really fades. It just kind of sits there. It leaves laces that also dont want to go away. They coat the glass very thickly. It smells very strongly of chocolate. Also, there is a strong aroma of coffee. This stout is good. It tastes like coffee with chocolate mixed in. I also taste rosted malts. This beer is very rich. It is also quite thick. The flavor is very aggressive. It leaves my mouth tasting like I just sucked on a coffee bean. This beer is carbonated just right. This beer is very god, but I dont think I could drink it all night long. It is so very rich and filling that I would probably feel bloated after a few. Also, it is just a little high in alcohol, so some people might not be able to consume too many for that reason. If I ever see this beer in California, I will definately buy it. Thanks go out to karst for sending it to me.

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Photo of shapudding
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been staring at this bottle for how long?? I has been forever since I got this one in trade and I have been trying to decide if I should wait for an occasion or share it, or bring it for a tasting... screw it!
Man do I feel bad now!
Deep, dark and chocolate brown that you cannot see anything through at all... thick, dark mocha head with some nice large bubbles in the mass that look like they were dipped in chocolate syrup! Freaking beautiful sight... The head finally reduced down to large bubbles on the one side, a thick creamy ring, and a nice dusting across it all.
OMFG. Finally got the glass towards me. Intense chocolate and espresso... dark caramels...
Looking at it you almost expect it to be thick and heavy, but the body is more towards medium, maybe a step up? Creamy and bitey, almost "fluffy" feeling if you can understand what I am thinking.... a nice doughy, chewy feeling, very cool. Hoppy bites and dark espresso blackness. Godiva dark chocolate liquor in a glass of strong, cold, black coffee. Chocolate covered expresso beans. Nice dark roasted malt flavors, bit of merlot coming through. This is just so good and rich feeling with wonderful flavors/texture. Very enjoyable sipper, would like to have this one back in front of me again!

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of clvand0...thanks Chris!
Pours a foreboding black. Initial head is near ruby in color, but when it finally settles, a light brown head emerges. The head is dense and easily 2 fingers, lacing is impressive, as is overall retention.
Smell is amazing, even if a bit mild. Chocolate, rolled oats, coffee are in the forefront. Roasty malts are backed by just a hit (a whiff, a smidgen) of hop aromas. The smell just screams: "c'mon wuss...Sure it's 7am in the morning, but you don't need to go to work today, all you need to do is drink me." Although I'm paraphrasing.
Well okay then, I suppose I will succumb to temptation and have a sip. Holy crap! Rich, dark, chocolate. Smooth, rolled oats. Bitter espresso coffee. A bit of hop bitterness is buried in the background. The dominant character is the espresso though, although the chocolate is a close second. The word decadent comes to mind. The flavors mingle and create such a nice experience, it's almost like the best coffee you've EVER had. Screw Juan Valdez, I say drink this.
This beer is an experience, and a great one. I can't really find a single problem here. Drinkabilty suffers slightly because it's not an every day sort of thing, at least I couldn't drink this every day. Even if you break this down to its components, it's still great. As an oatmeal stout, it's good. As a double chocolate stout it's excellent. And as a coffee stout, it's amazing. Wow.

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Photo of Billolick
4.67/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wish I coud have brought more of this nectar of the gods back from Michigan! Only one 12 ouncer made it with me. Pours Black , expresso head, tiny bubble left in a film, respectable lacing. Nose is coffee, chocolate, heavanly. Super smooth, light and fluffy mouthfeel. Great gobs of flavors and more flavors, complexity baby. Tastes like a chocolate soaked expresso marshmellow. So flavorful, yet very light and silky on the palate. Fine stuff, stout lovers heaven. Go get some of this stuff.

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Photo of silenius
4.07/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to say that I was surprised to see a child eating what appears to be oatmeal on the label of this brew. Some lawsuit happy dumbass might be tempted to sue Founders because it could appear to be a children's drink (if a person was really stupid). Cute label. I like it.

Pours a dark dark ebony with a dark brown short-lived head. Minor lacing on the glass looks like some sort of alien language.

Smells of slightly oxidized espresso/strong coffee and dark chocolate. Hints of an acidic coffee smell in there as well.

Tastes is the same as the nose. A strong coffee (slightly oxidized) and dark chocolate flavor lead with a nice coffee bean bitterness on the end.

Mouthfeel is slightly too prickly for my tastes. Would like to see this creamier like Expedition. Maybe ageing will help?

Drinkability is high - especially with thick cut bacon and sunny-side up eggs fried in bacon grease! YUMMY!

Excellent beer to go with a greasy breakfast.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.87/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well...it's 11am on Saturday morning..what better time to try the Breakfast Stout I just got from Archer Liquors. Pours from the stubby brown bottle a deep, slightly thick syrupy black with a dark tan head that slows rises from the black hole upwards. Looks like a glass of black coffee after someone has gone out of their way to make it extra strong. First sniff is like opening a can of fresh ground coffee and inhaling deeply...damn do I love that...combined with chunks of rich dark chocolate. Roasted oats and burnt molasses round it out. Yum...screw my morning cup of coffee...give me this instead!

First sip is an explosion of rich coffee flavor along with a massive dose of chocolatey goodness. Roasted and burnt oatmeal gives a slightly nutty flavor as well. Hints of molasses and toffee come in and out. Everything works so well together here and each sip leaves me salivating for more. WOW.

Big, syrupy rich full mouthfeel that coats the mouth and is perfect for a big, tasty stout in my mind. Just enough carbonation. This is an incredibly tasty stout and ranks up there as my favorite so far. How I wish I had a case in my cellar. Highly recommended and well deserving of the hype. I look forward to more Founders brews in the future and hope they keep putting out stuff like this.

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Photo of chilidog
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow!! Breakfast in a bottle. In fact, I made it a point to try these ( as a four pk., one at a time.) in the morning as a breakfast beer. The beer pours a black as black can get with a small for a stout head. It dose cascade quickly, so its a short show and she's ready to go. Lace is alittle thin and wispy.
The aroma is of expresso like coffee bean and oatmeal. The taste carries the oatmeal in the taste as well as the coffee, bakers chocolate and alcohol.
The beer is very drinkable, thick, and chewy but not intrusive. The mouthfeel is smooth, sweet but with a burnt dryness left behind.
Overall breakfast in a bottle? You Bet!!

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Photo of rajendra82
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There are beer trades and then there are gifts from God. The box from BeerAdvocate CRJMellor that included this Founders Breakfast Stout surely will rank among the divine gifts category. The beer came in a 12 oz. brown bottle with an artful label. Pouring this beer turned my pint glass into a black hole through which no light could escape. Even holding the glass an inch from a 100 watt bulb revealed nothing about the interior. The head was dark brown and thick, and left gobs of clumpy brown lace all round the walls of the glass. The aroma was laden with coffee, chocolate, and raisins. The dry and roasty taste was that of burnt oats, coffee, and chocolate. The mouthfeel was thick and chewy, and aftertaste a bit warm. Like eating a coffee cake (without too much sugar), this meal in a glass satisfied nearly all senses, and left me in a state of fulfillment, and in grateful appreciation of the art of brewing. What a fine brew. This proves that a good breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

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Photo of karst
4.95/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

For the coffee lover, this may be the best beer on the planet. Darkest possible brown head, carbon black body. Room full of aromas - freshly roasted coffee beans, imported chocolates and raspberries. Great stout - coffee perfectly balanced by a residual sweetness that smooths out the rough edges and oiliness common to coffee stouts. Swirl the glass and watch the viscosity that you saw but did not believe on pouring from bottle. The flavor continuosly expresses all of the aroma notes along with dark fruit and cream with a freshly milled coffee bean that drys the finish. Truely phenomenal. Come to Papa baby!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Edit on 10-29-07:

I upped my ratings of appearance, mouthfeel and drinkability. This beer looks great. The head is a dark brown and thick and creamy and long lasting. The mouthfeel is very silky. And the drinkability is really off the charts. It was just like gone before I knew it, and very tasty.

This beer pours with some viscosity. Impressive. It's as black as eternity. Damn black. A nice looking creamy brown head sits on top and recedes to a good sized collar in a minute. The lacing is sparse. The nose is nice. Coffee is the biggest component. Then roasted and burnt malts. Then wood and vanilla. The carbonation is light and the beer feels somewhat creamy in the mouth. Body is medium to medium-full. The coffee tones come through in a big way on the palate as well. There's a nice bitterness attributed to coffee and roasted malts. It lingers nicely. A little burnt character is unveiled and some tobacco juice as well. The alcohol is hidden nicely behind the bold coffee tones. Pretty tasty beverage.

Thanks for the for the Baby Bottle cokes.

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Photo of mntlover
4.73/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black midnight black no highlights in this baby. Has a nice chocolate head that doesn't last but leaves a good coating of sheet lace.
Aroma is lots of coffee mixed with coco one hell of a moca grande some oats or bread like aroma's underneath the coffee.
Taste if big on coffee flavors but the chocolate helps smooth some of the coffee's bitterness with sweetness. Some lingering liquid smoke flavors mix with a herbal earthy hops. This is what everyone should be having for breakfast. Wow is all I can say, since this is listed as a coffee beer I am going with a 5 if it was just a Impy Stout prbably be a 4.5 but can't imagine a coffee beer getting any better then this.
Mouthfeel is big, full the oats adding to the fullness and adding a touch to the flavor also.
Drinkability is great move over Wheaties this is the breakfast of champions at my house. Many thanks to CRJMellor for this tastey treat.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.08/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque almost completely black color with only a wispy brown head. When roused it forms a frothy deep brown head. The aroma is like smelly a cold sharply acidic burnt cup of espresso, and burnt barley malt husks. The aroma is quite husky, with grassy notes as well as notes of roasted barley. There is actually some nice notes of chocolate and aromatic coffee under all of this burnt huskiness, though I wish that it showed through a bit more.

Wow, the taste is thick on viscous, I should have guessed at the viscosity of this brew seeing as it has oatmeal in it. It is certainly breakfast in a bottle, it is thick and chewy almost approaching syrupy, though it does not compare to the Dark Lords thickness. The taste is full of roasted burnt notes, at first the burnt grain husks, that are in the nose, are evident in the taste as well. Thankfully this soon dies down, and the burnt acrid bitterness of this beer smoothes out a bit. Certainly there are notes of concentrated express roast, roasted barley, and burnt toast, but also underneath are notes of creamy, dark, semi-sweet chocolate, and hints of licorish. As noted, this beer hides the alcohol quite well.

As this beer warms up it becomes much more smooth (though that might just be my palate becoming acclimated to the roasted notes), more creamy almost like a melted dark chocolate milkshake. Interestingly enough the nose retains the sharply acidic roasted grain husk dominance. This is certainly tasty, but I am a little turned off by acrid notes. Thankfully I have another bottle of this to try, because one is certainly not enough.

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Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 17,055 ratings