Thursday, December 2, 2010

Founders Breakfast Stout

Brewer: Founders Brewing Company
Style: American Imperial Stout
ABV: 8.5%
Country: USA, Michigan

I'll kick things off on this blog by reviewing Founder's Breakfast Stout. I've had this before and thoroughly enjoyed it and wanted a nice excuse to drink it again.

I picked this up as a four pack from the fine gents at the Ashburn Wine Shop.

The bottle lists this as a double chocolate coffee oatmeal stout. With those kind of modifiers, 60 IBU, and a 8.5% alcohol content, you know this bottle packs a wallop.

The brew poured bubbles out of the bottle with a thick viscosity leaving a thin caramel head. It was as dark as oil with no light shining through the glass. Swirling around the glass, it left a thick, sticky trail of bubbles.

I fell in love with the aroma immediately. A sturdy coffee fragrance was complemented with a rich, dark chocolate scent. Images of Starbucks and milkshakes danced through my mind. I could inhale this all day without getting tired of it.

The first sip was thick and creamy. The body on this is wonderfully heavy. A strong flavor of the toasted malts shined through with wonderful flavors of creamy-roasted chocolate, dark coffee, and hints of earthy oak. A slight taste of alcohol leaked through and hinted at the amount concealed within.

The feel going down was warming and pleasing. The hints of bitter coffee lingered for awhile after drinking this. This is so good I had a hard time savoring this and I gulped it down quicker than I ought to have. This was certainly one of the best stouts I've ever had and I'll need a good excuse to buy more of this sooner than later. Forget about breakfast, this is so darn thick and creamy I would have it as a post workout meal.

Overall I'd give this a 5/5 stars. Update: We're switching to a grading system so I'll give this a good 'ol A+

This is an excellent beer that I could drink any time of the day. If you find this do yourself a favor and pick up a couple of packs.

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1 comment:

  1. I couldn't find this at the Total Wine last night. I was a sad panda :(