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RATINGS: 3166   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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Youíve got to love coffee to truly appreciate this phenomenal brew. Brewed with an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and sweetened imported chocolates, Sumatra and Kona coffee. Weíre actually not sure if this is some type of coffee cake or a beer. Either way you can drink this ale with a fork. Breakfast Stout has an intense fresh roasted coffee nose toped with a cinnamon colored frothy head that seems to never fade and makes you wish breakfast could last forever.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (3417) - Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2015
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/22/2014. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toasted oats, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee/chocolate, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toasted oats, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Good amount of roasted coffee and herbal hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toasted oats, dark bread, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee/chocolate, and earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible imperial coffee stout. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, coffee/chocolate, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. An insanely enjoyable and delicious offering as usual.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas (1167) - GREECE - JUL 13, 2015
355ml bottle. Black with beige brown head. Roasted malty aroma, chocolate and coffee, caramel, bready, light dark fruits. Sweet and biter like aroma. Medium to full oily body with soft carbonation

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeersweden (345) - SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2015
Pitch black with a one finger high, beigebrown head. A lot of lacing stays on the glass.
Small bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass to the head.

Nose: Coffee, espresso, dark chocolate, cacao powder, oak, raisin, ash, molasses, dark syrup and caramel malt.
Taste: Dark fruit, plum, dark chocolate, ash, brown sugar, tobacco, wood, roasted malt, espresso, dark brewed coffee - a lot of great coffee!
Body: Full body with light carbonation. Great bitterness. Dry ending. Complex body with a smooth, silky feeling.

ABV: 8.3% and itís so great hidden! This is like a cup of cold, colgrew coffee. So tasty!

This is a masterpiece! I would have this any morning for breakfast :)

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Worsenma (45) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUL 10, 2015
WOW is this great. Incredible coffee and chocolate taste. Very bitter, even for a stout. My new favorite stout of all time.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
youdictategood (415) - Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2015
Have had on tap and in bottles. No detailed notes - just realized I hadnít entered this one yet. Deserves its reputation.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dacrza (635) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2015
Date: June 27, 2015... Glassware: Classic Guinness pint... Occasion: a rainy--and cool--late June evening... Appearance: the standard dark black body that dares one to find daylight; brown, slushy head that settles quickly to a boggish texture; lacing forms in strong smears that hold steady.... Aroma: a welcoming brash punch of alcoholic spirits--bourbon, rum--with fresh hops pushing up earthy peat with strength...some cherry, cola, and dampened wood...the chocolate and coffee come late but round the experience nicely.... Palate: full-bodied and mega creamy; tickles the teeth with some happiness, only to crash the throat with a brick-like weight that doesnít disturb the taste buds; for a stout, a lively amount of carbonation; reasonable, warm, slightly alcoholic finish....Taste: the chocolate mellows the coffee bean enough to make the two a happy marriage, with slightly citric fruits peaking at the start, in and amongst the malty, earthy aspects...rewarding and warming--again, a fitting beer to be had at the start (or the end of) a day--versatile in its power...Overall: a formidable, forceful beer that challenges the taste buds and rewards the palate; Founders continues to produce upper tier beers; this one from the break pack box leftovers--quite a find at $13.99 a twelve pack at Hope Liquors!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dhatton (188) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2015
Pours where black is the color, where none is the number. Fittingly drank in a driving rain storm. Thin light brown head that subsides rapidly. Deep dark chocolate aroma with sweet, creamy caramel and roasted notes. Slightly bitter taste of dark cocoa nibs, roasted malts, and smooth blends of fresh espresso. Full bodied, chewy texture with a soft, velvety finish. Fulfilling stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
katrinaez (589) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2015
Founders didnít disappoint. Rich flavor, dark coloring chocolate and caramel. Tap and bottle

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alex_alkis (419) - SWEDEN - JUN 21, 2015
An extremely well balanced beer. Iím really impressed that itís "only" 8,3 ABV.

4.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Benjo87 (4) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 21, 2015 does not count
Poured from bottle. Pours jet black engine oil. Doesnít retain much of a head. Smell - the beer isnít that strong smelling. I am picking up coffee, and subtle hints of chocolate, but itís not very well prounounced. Taste - wow. The taste just completely shatters your noses impression. This is amazing. Nice silky mouthfeel, roasted coffee and chocolate. It is so smooth at 8.3%. With every sip I keep saying to myself how amazing this beer is. Its like you could pour it over a bowl of icecream. 10/10 on the taste. Probably the best balanced coffee beer you can find. Get it!!


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