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Beer #20 – January 20, 2010: Founders Breakfast Stout

January 20, 2010

Beer: Founders Breakfast Stout

Brewery: Founders Brewing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Style: Imperial Stout

Serving Type: Bottle

Price: $11.99 / 6-pack

Availability: Winter Seasonal

Glassware: Mug

Strength: 8.3% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: Rich, but very smooth, with the relatively high alcohol well-masked

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Pours thick right out of the bottle like motor oil, nearly pitch black with a frothy cocoa-colored head.

Aroma: Sweet roasted coffee, hint of dark chocolate

Mouthfeel: Thick, syrupy, creamy and lightly carbonated

Taste: There is an initial caramel and brown sugar sweetness that is followed by a rich roasted coffee middle with flavors of Dutch-process cocoa powder and a hint of cinnamon.  It finishes with a slightly charred bitterness and a mineral-like effervescence.  Somewhere between a mug of mocha and a pint of stout… a combination that works for me!

Pairing: Breakfast, what else?!?  Really, anything that goes well with coffee could really work with this beer.

Trivia: The description from the Founders website:

The coffee lovers consummate beer. Brewed with an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and imported chocolates, Sumatra and Kona coffee, this stout has an intense fresh roasted java nose topped with a cinnamon colored frothy head that goes forever.

I’d say that’s pretty accurate.  The flaked oats add a creaminess and thickness not found in other beers I’ve tried brewed with coffee.  Two brewed beverages that taste great together!

If you like Founders Breakfast Stout, you might want to try… Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout and Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Jarhett permalink
    January 22, 2010 10:48 am

    It almost sounds like you’d need a glass of milk just to wash this one down with!

    I like the sound of Oat and Coffee in the same beer, I’ve never tried them together before.

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