When we reviewed their Dirty Bastard Ale a few months back, several of you professed your love for another one of Founders offerings: their seasonally-available Breakfast Stout. Well, it’s now out in stores and we finally had a chance to try it. Hoo boy, you really weren’t kidding about this beer!
Beer Details: Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan. (Double Chocolate Coffee Oatmeal Stout, 8.3% ABV, 60 IBUs)
Appearance: The beer is deep dark brown and completely opaque. It pours like syrup and boasts a thin but persistent film of cinnamon-colored foam.
Aroma: Rich, freshly roasted coffee bean with a slight mineral edge and some dark chocolate undertones.
Taste: Thick, rich, and satisfying. Think of the best cup of coffee you’ve ever had and multiply it by two. This is definitely a beer for coffee lovers.
Smooth caramel espresso and dark chocolate vie for attention, with the fruity chocolate notes coming through more as the beer warms. There’s some subtle brown bread and cooked oatmeal maltiness holding up the middle - they’re not super upfront flavors, but the beer would definitely lose depth without them. The coffee lingers in the finish as a pleasing bittersweet earthiness.
It’s slick and syrupy, but stays just this side of becoming too cloying. The alcohol is well-hidden, so watch out! Then again, this beer is so rich that we can’t imagine chugging it very quickly. It’s definitely a slow-sipper.
Food Pairings: This beer feels almost like a meal unto itself! We’d love putting it with dessert - a bowl of creamy ice cream or a late-summer s’more would be decadent.
What do you think of this beer?
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