Its breakfast time! Well, almost. If you read the label with the creepy baby of Founders Breakfast Stout, you’ll find that in addition to chocolate, (which makes any meal better) this particular stout is brewed with coffee (of the Sumatra and Kona variety) and Oatmeal. Its like breakfast in a bottle!
I’ve read a lot of good things about this beer, and as a stout-lover I’ve been really wanting to try it for The Brew Club. You’ll be happy I did! I know I was!
First, look at that picture. That’s a good looking beer, don’t you think? The beer is very dark, probably black in color. The beer is so dark, even my halogen desk lamp’s light could not penetrate it! The foamy head is a complimentary milk chocolaty color.
Spending some time on what the Founders Breakfast Stout smells like beyond the obvious (and wonderful) chocolate and java, you have warm roasty malts and just a hint of alcohol which is impressive for a beer that’s 8.3% ABV.
The flavor is just unreal. Like the aroma, its a combination of bitter coffee, sweet chocolate, and rich malt. The flavors were individually identifiable if I concentrated on it, while at the same time were seemingly perfectly blended so that it was hard to tell where the coffee started and the chocolate ended and vice-versa. I really liked trying to figure out this beer, but then I realized there isn’t much to it. Its kind of simple, but very, very well done.
Again, for an 8.3% ABV beer, the Founders Breakfast Stout keeps the alcohol flavor well managed, it never steals the show from the coffee and chocolate, but you do get a little of that warm finish that reminds you to keep track of how many of these you consume!
The body was full as one might imagine for a stout, and I found the mouthfeel to be creamy and there was just the right amount of carbonation. The only problem I have with this beer is that I don’t have more of it!
Looking back on this little beer review, I have to say that I’ve had some pretty good beers lately- many getting 4-stars which is unusual for me. I’m really hesitant to give a beer 5 stars, but for the life of me I can’t think of any reason not to! Granted, I LOVE this style of beer. I like stouts; milk stouts, oatmeal stouts, what have you, but the way Founders was able to perfectly bring together some of my favorite flavors of coffee and chocolate has so far been unmatched.
So, there you have it. Founders Breakfast Stout gets the first 5-star beer rating (from me) since 2008! If you like stouts, do yourself a favor and try this one, you won’t be disappointed!
Have you tried Founders Breakfast Stout? What did you think of it?