Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Founders Breakfast Stout review

Founders Breakfast StoutIf ever there was a beer that would be suitable for breakfast, this may be it. I had the opportunity to sample a few local beers while traveling in Michigan in late April and when I spied a Founders Breakfast Stout at a store I had to pick some up. This beer is billed as a double chocolate coffee oatmeal stout. Seeing how it was the next best thing to getting it's close cousin "KBS" and the fact that I just love coffee stouts, I was eager to try one of these as Colorado doesn't get distributions from Founders.

Founders Breakfast Stout is self described as: "The coffee lover's consummate beer. Brewed with an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and imported chocolates, and Sumatra and Kona coffee, this stout has an intense fresh-roasted java nose topped with a frothy, cinnamon-colored head that goes forever". The brewery is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan - not too far from where I grew up.

This is a seasonal beer in Michigan sold in 4-packs and is normally available September through early January each year. Luckily, I found a 4-pack at a local store in late April. The vital stats on this beer are: 8.3% ABV + 60 IBUs. This bottle seemed to be calling to me and after a long day I couldn't wait to sit down and slow sample a bottle.

Appearance: Founders Breakfast Stout poured about as dark as you could get. It appeared thick and hefty with a nice big light brown head that stuck around for quite a while. I couldn't see through this beer at all.

Aroma: Oh heaven! This was about the best smelling beer I've come across this year. It had a huge rich nose of coffee and chocolate mixed in with a nice roasty malt aroma. I could have just sat there and smelled this beer for hours if I had to. Coffee lovers would definitely appreciate the java in this beer. It wouldn't take anyone more than a couple seconds to know this was a dark, rich coffee stout. Simply wonderful.

Taste: If the smell wasn't enough to satisfy, the taste was certainly amazing. This was a full bodied, thick oatmeal stout. The taste immediately gave me a lot of roasted malt, chocolate and of course a good helping of coffee. This beer was noticeably strong from the alcohol, but it was well balanced with just enough sweet malts and bitter components. The beer was creamy, thick and worthy of slow sipping. I did not want to rush this beer. It certainly tasted good just out of the bottle cold, but I cupped my hands around the glass to warm it up a bit and then the full flavors really came out well.

Overall: It only took me 1 sip to fall in love with this beer. I've seen a couple of local Colorado beers come close to this, but this beer seems unmatched in it's quality. Its definitely worth seeking out if you happen to find one of these. I know people back here in Colorado would absolutely love this beer. Perhaps I can convince Oskar Blues to add coffee to their Ten Fidy and can it. The closest this beer gets to Colorado for distribution is Missouri.

I was well impressed with this beer. I'd give it 5 out of 5 stars for sure. It had all of the rich flavors I look for in a coffee and chocolate stout and is well worth the price for a 4-pack. I look forward to returning to Michigan and getting more of this.

Disclosure: I paid full retail price for this beer at a local Michigan liquor store.

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