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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:
3,743
Ratings:
16,171
Avg:
4.47
pDev:
9.17%
 
 
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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a fresh bottle, notched April. Beautiful label art. And.... enjoyed for breakfast!

The Breakfast Stout pours an opaque black body beneath a creamy tan of brownish-tan foam that holds exceptionally well and leaves beautiful walls of thin lace throughout most of the glass.

The nose is bright and exciting with notes of coffee/espresso, nuts, roasted barley, dark chocolate, and (amazingly) oatmeal. It's enough to make me want a cup of mocha java!

In the mouth, it's full bodied and superbly creamy with just a delicate tingle upfront due to its moderate carbonation.

The flavor is even richer and fuller than the nose leads you to believe, with mouthcoating flavors of delicate fruit (strawberries, maraschino cherry); sweetened mocha java; darker-roasted espresso; dark chocolate; fudge brownies; cereal notes (from the oatmeal?); and some grassy and leafy hops - all backed by a solid, underlying bitterness that ushers in its long-lingering, roasty and bitter finish (that's not too unlike a cup of dark black coffee!).

Its complexity lies within its richness, meaning that what you percieve changes from sip to sip as opposed to a beer that presents its characteristics in some kind of order repeatedly throughout the glass.

The alcohol is never noticeable; and it's hard to restrain the acidity in a beer that offers this much dark and roasty malt, but it's perfectly balanced and quite drinkable!

Not unlike the World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head, this pushes the envelope and deserves credit just for that... but it also delivers as well!!! Brilliant!!!

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Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dry, powerful black ale.

Nice dark pour in the glass with a sepia head. Lacing lasts well, decent carbonation in the mouth. Less sweet than other Imperial Stouts. Lots of dry roasted malt flavors. Cocoa seems to be the aroma. Tastes of coffee grounds and burnt sugar. Hops do not seem to be a powerful as the 60 IBU claimed on the label. Surprisingly, the aftertaste is not all that bitter.

I enjoyed several bottles of these in Chattanooga. A good dark, rich drink when you don't want overkill on either the sugar or the hops.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from jpm30, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted coffee, creamy chocolate, oats and dark malts.

T: The taste is exactly what you would expect, creamy, malty and full of flavors of black coffee, dark chocolate and toasted oats. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence that provides a nice balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet with a touch of coffee & chocolate bitterness.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice stout to relax with and drink a few.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark, oily black body with a full, mocha-colored head.

Smell: A pungent aroma overflowing with coffeebeans - some whole, some even ground for a drip machine. Attempting to peak through is some dry, dark bakers chocolate.

Taste: Semi-sweet chocolate maltiness soon yields to the more dominant coffee flavor which is much akin to a cold day-old cup of morning coffee. Some faint citrusy hops join the finish as it warms. Unfortunately, I find that the coffee character tramples unforgivingly over the other lesser flavors of chocolate, oatmeal, charred caramel and smoky cigars.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, with a sofy, velvety mouthfeel. Softly carbonated.

Drinkability: Ultimately, I prefer coffee stouts to allow the other softer undertones to shine through a bit more.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Liquid devil's food cake. This may be the first beer I've ever seen that has no highlights. The liquid crowds the edges of the glass so snugly, and with such menace, that light dare not attempt to get a foothold. Most impressive. The dark golden, milk chocolate crown is a beast. It squats with an equally forbidding countenance in the top quarter of the glass, daring any lovers of fizzy yellow beer to approach, much less take a sip.

The nose is huge and is redolent of crushed coffee beans and melted dark chocolate. And then some more coffee beans. And then some more. This has to be the most coffee-dominant nose in the known universe. At least in my known universe. I am not a coffee aficionado by any means, but I have to give the aroma the respect it deserves. If I loved coffee, this might be my Holy Grail of beer noses.

Incredible palate-busting flavor. Thankfully, bittersweet chocolate is equally as prominent as espresso. So much so that the beer tastes like dark chocolate fudge made with black coffee as the liquid ingredient. I knew that Founders wouldn't disappoint in the hop department. The citric hops play an integral role in turning Breakfast Stout from what could have been an (admittedly incredible) two-trick pony into a three-trick thoroughbred. They deepen the flavor profile even further and firmly place this beer into the pantheon of Great Beer.

Sweet and bitter vie for supremacy, with bitter winning in the end. The finish is more than long, it's downright obstinate. Seemingly interminable echoes of chocolate-coffee/coffee-chocolate reverberate long after the beer has met its glorious fate in my warming belly. The body/mouthfeel is big, yet doesn't make it all the way to viscous or chewy. Still though, it's incredibly smooth and creamy and is sheer joy in the mouth. 8.3% ABV? Surely they jest. There is no hint of ethanol to be had.

FBS deserves its reputation and then some. My preferences run to the less java-intensive, but then it wouldn't be a breakfast stout, would it? This brewery continues to delight and amaze with quality beer after quality beer. Breakfast Stout is an outstanding achievement by any measure. Thanks to TikkiGodxxx for the bottle.

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

First had: bottle at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Poured thick, dark black with a slight tan head. Sediment visible. Smells of roasted coffee and chocolate. Rich coffee and dark chocolate on the tongue, smooth malts and little perception of the relatively high alcohol. Thick body, but very smooth and velvety, and highly drinkable.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got to try this after what seemed like a forever and a day wait. Poured a thick dark black, pretty much opague oil looking liquid with a small tan colored head on the top. Copious side lace was present. The aroma was thick, fll of coffee, rich dark coffee and a good amount of sugar. Nice back of some lighter hoppiness maybe and a touch of brandy like alcohol. Very robust smell. The taste was awesome, simply awesome. A super smooth blend of rich coffee and chocolate, mixed in with just enough hoppiness to get you to notice. This was defintly top notch. I really loved the way it was all blended together. Nothing really overpowering, but the whole mix was just soo smooth. Rich creamy full bodied feel, very thick. I could easily have one on any cold night, this was just a super nightcap. Defintly lived up to its hype, one of the best coffee stouts I have ever tasted and I would love to have it again. If you get a chance, I would seek this one out, this was outstanding.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at The Pony Bar in New York, NY

A: Pours jet black with a thing light tan head. The head reduces quickly to a thin layer of bubbles at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Smells of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. There is some bitterness in the aroma and a decent amount of complexity.

T: Roasted malts up front with slight amounts of sweetness, followed by hints of chocolate and coffee, and finishes with a coffee bitterness.

M: Medium to full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: Quite easy to drink and hides the presence of the alcohol. Good complexity but pales in comparison after just having KBS - and seems slightly out of balance with the sweet and bitter. Definitely a beer to get again.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap @ Bully's on Main in Columbia, Served chilled in a stemmed glass.

The color is black, it is opaque with thin tan cap w/ tiny beads. The lace clings in a spotty fashion. The aroma is full of coffee, very mild caramel with slight cocoa accents and a roasty overall nose. The feel is dry and roasty, but has a mild bitterness with slight fruitiness and silky feel that the oats give with medium body and gentle acidity.

The taste begins slightly nutty and sweet w/ mild caramel malt and launches into a roasty coffee flavor which is both earthy, spicy and slight bitter with mild burnt elements, but very mild char with the yeast giving an almost creamy and fruity tanginess which compliments the tannin from the dark grain well. The hop spice and roasted malt character is not too far to come off as harsh, just enough to let the beans contribute their delightful flavor with a very mild alcohol compliment in the semi-dry roasty finish. Overall a classic coffee stout, simple hones to goodness and you get the added benefit of a little cocoa for an all around mocha-like Imperial stout. I recommend this to anyone who likes stouts coffee or both!

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

Big thanks to stubone for sending me this beer in a recent trade.

A: I poured this into my Arrogant Bastard pint glass and was struck by the absolute black, viscous nature of this beer. It has a thin layer of mocha foam on top.

S: A huge wave of coffee aroma hit me right in the face, followed by bitter chocolate. A lot of roasted malt character comes through on subsequent sniffs, but I do not get much, if any oat.

T: Just like the aroma, the taste is absolutely full of coffee. The chocolate and roast malt come through in force in the middle of the palate, and then the coffee comes back and lingers on the finish. The finish, besides being full of coffee flavor, also gives an excellent bitterness, probably from the coffee and chocolate.

M: As I said in the appearance portion, this beer is very viscous. Despite the thickness, it is very smooth and goes down quite easily. The carbonation is low, but that's to be expected.

D: I was expecting this to be a really tough to take down. While it is filling, it is such a complex and delicious beer I just couldn't help but drink this and finish wanting more.

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

Cheers to joe1510 for this one!

Pours ebony with 2+ fingers of chunky mocha head. Superior lacing & head retention

S: Chocolate & coffee grounds

T: Coffee, dryness & baker's chcolate up front. Semi-sweet chocolate & a bit of vanilla as this warms, plus the bottom of the coffee pot. Finished dry with baker's chocolate, iron & Folgers, damn near pulled a 5.0

MF: Oily, rich with moderate carbonation, just got chewier as time went by

Drinks pretty easy, the ABV is very masked, the coffee taste would get to me after a few or just completely win me over, not sure. Not a huge fan of coffee beers, but this is pretty nice, make me think of iced coffee with some booze mixed in. Worth the hype

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Photo of smcolw
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown where no light passes through. Modest beige head that leaves a thin but continuous layer of lace throughout the glass.

Dark chocolate and oatmeal are the predominant smells. This is not as harsh as some Stouts, there's seems to be less black patent malt.

The flavor is something special: it is more "dark" than the smell would lead you to believe. Here, the black patent malt shows up in spades. The burnt flavors last throughout the taste long after the swallow. This is not a chewy beer; I'd describe it as rather thin for the style, but the carbonation is low, so it doesn't seem "off" to me. It's a dry stout with a lot of ground coffee and bitter chocolate flavor.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at Durty Nellie's.

Got a tip from a friend this was on-tap nearby. Yay. It pours a solid black topped by a finger of nice tan foam. The nose comprises chocolate (both dark and milk), coffee, roasted malts, and molasses. The taste follows this pre-beaten path, though the molasses is diminished, the chocolate seems entirely dark, and the coffee lends a nice bit o' bitterness with its roastedness. The body is a rather hefty medium, with a light carbonation and a chewy feel. Overall, a very tasty brew; not necessarily as awesome as the barrel-aged varieties, but more than strong enough as it is.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to korguy123 for this one! Review from notes (12/5)

A: Pours a very dark black with a smallish tan head that sticks around for a second and is then gone. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: Get lots of coffee on this one, also some dark chocolate and a little bit of brown sugar/molasses. The coffee aroma certainly dominates though.

T: Lots of roasted flavor here, and espresso coffee comes through a good bit. The coffee transitions of a chocolate/malt finish

M/D: Full bodied, but very smooth. Not bitter at all. Overall a really great beer.

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Photo of orangesol
4.21/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on nitro-tap at The Fridge on their opening day.

A - Pours dark as night black with a nice creamy one and a half finger tall khaki colored head leaving thick rings of lace down the glass. The cascade effect caused by the nitro-pour was a thing of beauty.

S - Smells of rich espresso, bakers chocolate, and vanilla. Good balance of dark roast to sweetness. While all the flavors are there I think the nitro dulled them down a bit.

T - Starts off with a huge espresso kick that never really fades away. Hints of sweet bakers chocolate, vanilla, and the dark roasted malts help to keep the coffee in check as much as they can but that is next to impossible with this beer. The finish is a mix of dark roast and light sweetness, lingering on the pallet for some time. Like the nose, I believe the nitro may have dulled the flavors a tiny bit.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. The rich, creamy, feel was nearly perfect for this beer. It got a tiny bit watery at the very end tho.

O - Still one of my all time favorite stouts. The nitro pour, while offering amazing looks and feels, does hurt the smell and taste a tiny bit. I will never turn down a pour of BS but I may stick with regular tap from now on.

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Photo of billab914
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured black with a diminishing tan head. Moderate lacing on the glass. Aroma is heavy on coffee and chocolate. Taste is also strong with coffee and chocolate with a lot of bitterness. Flavor has a nice long duration, which is nice. Nice creamy mouthfeel and not much if any alcohol present for being over 8%. This was one of my first Founders beers since VA got their distribution this year. I've purchased 4 packs of this a few times now and have always enjoyed them.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle last night. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark black color with one and a half fingers of tan head and light carbonation evident. Looks amazing.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, cocoa, vanilla, and chocolate.

t - Tastes of coffee, roasted malts, both bitter and sweet chocolate, and vanilla.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Rich and very smooth; very easy to drink considering it's over 8% ABV.

d - I think this may be my favorite stout that is widely available and I'm able to buy straight off the shelf. Coffee is the front runner in the smell and taste, but it is very well balanced in both. I enjoy how the taste has both sweet chocolate and bitter chocolate/coffee balanced very well. Have had it many times and love the fact that when it comes out it's available on the shelves for months. Will definitely buy more and would recommend to anyone who likes stouts.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Black color with mocha head. Aroma is full of chocolate and coffee, like a sweet coffee drink. Taste follows but more balanced, not really sweet but still chocolate and coffee forward. Really heavy and smooth body with soft carbonation. No alcohol whatsoever, extremely drinkable, smooth and tasty.

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

A: Opaque black, the void. Big beige sticky head that rests atop the blackness, fading slowly and leaving sandy-hued lacing.

S: Enticing coffee, roasted malt. Delicious coffee. Coffee. Mmmm. Do you like coffee? I like coffee.

T: A very impressive and beautifully crafted brew. Rich coffee with hints of bitter chocolate. Roasted malt and have I mentioned coffee? Why did it take me so long to try this?

M: Crisp carbonation with a buttery smooth feel. Top-notch.

D: This is so easy to drink, it's quite dangerous. In fact, I need to slow down. This is THE breakfast stout.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a dark fully opaque brand of oatmeal stout, unlike anything I've ever seen before. Pretty incredible full mocha tan head envelopes the dark astringently filled dark body that simply eats all light. No ruby highlights here to note just a full jet black zone of color spectrum absorption, that is a thing of beauty my friends. Head dwindles slowly with even bands of evenly dispersed lacing. Aromatics full of deep grains meaning oats and other cereal supplements that are simply remarkable when it comes to beer components. Dark roasted chocolate malt out does all other spectrums when that is all my senses are receiving, quite easily the most amazing beer aromatics I've come across since day one in the beer hunting I've embarked since age nineteen. Flavors come off full of deep dark coffee notes without any cream or sugar straight up just the way us "old timers" like it. If we were playing a gracious round of kegs and eggs I would be winning with this dark baker's chocolate dryness and roasted coffee goodness this beer has to offer what can I say, "I'm licking my bowl". Yes I know that doesn't sound to manly but when in the moment there's no power higher here on earth. Pure coffee grounds are repeated for me in a beet formula, did I mention I feel this position alone is bliss. Mouthfeel is one of the fullest in the land, with malt outweighing most comprehension of body this beer is fuller than it's custardized midwestern friend that can't be mistaken. Drinkability is great and will repeat in all it's fullness, I have a bottle aging here in the fridge that I won't forget too soon, wonderful stuff not overrated in the least.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours pitch black with a dark tan head. Nose is coffee, molasses. Flavor is oustanding. Unbelievably thick and complex. Loads of coffee. Good amount of molasses. Massive malts. It's like a meal in a bottle. Feel is smooth on liquid and with a minimal carbonation. This is a damn good beer. Simply amazing and much better than I recall it being on-tap.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Very dark body with an ample khaki head. A little light passes through the edges, so it's not as dark as the Imperial Stout. The head lasts forever; impressive for a stout.

Smell - Coffee, but not intense coffee, which is nice. While the coffee is dominant, I get a nice chocolate aroma and a distinctly different roasted malt. I didn't give this beer enough credit the first time I had it.

Taste - Coffee in the front, of course, followed by chocolate primarily. It has a strong coffee bitterness throughout, but finishes pretty clean.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly light bodied for the ABV. 8.3% isn't that high, I suppose, but still it drinks nicely. High carbonation in this bottle. So high that it almost feels dry in the finish.

Overall - I may not be the best judge of coffee stouts. I really like stout flavors to come through. This one does a better job that most coffee stouts, but still, I like the stout more than the coffee. Nonetheless, it's a beer I would never turn down.

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Photo of stakem
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a finger of darkly tanned head that laces all over the glassware. Nose is a wonderful blend of burnt grain smelling of chocolate and coffee with a bite of alcohol in the tail end. Taste is equally enjoyable with the burnt grain and hop bitterness right upfront that blends through the thick body with tastes of bitter chocolate and coffee. It finishes both bitter and very warming but has a strange way of also seeming to be sweet like a smoky dark molasses. Lingering taste of chocolate and sweet grain. Feel of this beer is very smooth and enjoyable with a mild amount of carb. Very drinkable for over 8%

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid black with a stingy tan head that laces all the way down. Aroma is roasted coffee on top with some bittersweet chocolate, faint dried fruit, and a bit of ash in the background. Taste is more of the same coffee and chocolate. Bitter coffee in the finish. Mouthfeel is silky creamy smooth. Full bodied brew, medium to low carbonation. Awesome brew, in fact one of favorite, especially fresh. I'd drink this one even if it wasn't breakfast time :) Don't tell anyone, but I prefer this to the KBS

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Photo of jwc215
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours shiny, pitch black with a thin, lasting brown head that leaves lines of lacing going down the glass.

The smell is of chocolate and coffee - great selections of each - with some mollasses. There's an underlying earthiness and vague fruitiness.

The taste is of rich, roasted coffee, rich chocolate - bittersweet. Light roast and bitterness balance sweetness. A touch of milk seems to come through as it progresses. Rich and complex with a slight acidic touch.

It has a rich, creamy full-body that is silky smooth.

Rich and complex, yet so drinkable - dangerously so - esp. for abv. Nice way to start or end the day (or both!) Great selection of coffees and chocolates that come out and work with each other well!

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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