Brewery: Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, Michigan
Beer: Breakfast Stout
Serving: 12 oz bottle
Information: 8.3% ABV, 60 IBUs
Style: American Imperial Stout
Availability: Seasonal Release: Oct – Dec
Cellaring: Not recommended for extended aging.
Inky black in color, Breakfast Stout pours like day old bottom-of-the-pot coffee; quiet but thick and viscous, the only difference is the beer’s tall, loose mocha head and all the lace it leaves caked to the snifter!
Gritty French-pressed coffee awakens the senses while dark chocolate-covered raisins melt in warm brown sugar-sprinkled oatmeal with vanilla bean ice cream. Smells like breakfast in a glass!
Black, heavily roasted coffee strikes bitterness at the heart of the milk chocolate under body while morsels of molasses coated oats, sticky raisins, and notes of burnt brown sugar trail through the background.
Bitter, black coffee thins out Breakfast Stout’s otherwise viscous body, adding a gritty feel and dryness to the finish but the oats counteract and give the medium-full body a lush smoothness that leaves a lasting impression on the palate.
Breakfast Stout awakens the senses with a burst of French-pressed coffee backed by chocolate-covered raisins and warm oatmeal but the beer’s viscosity isn’t quite as rich as it might smell. The coffee addition works to thin things out with some dry bitterness leaving the beer a bit more drinkable as opposed to a throat-coating, sweet stout, at any rate, minus the bacon and eggs, this is breakfast in a glass.
Score: 94 / 100 - Exceptional