phiconners (149) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 23, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Armsby Abbey in Worcester. Dark and creamy with a medium tan head. Excellent, rich flavor, some coffee comes through. Top notch.
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black with a minimal brown head. Rich chocolate and roasted coffee are predominate on the nose. Nice roasted flavor at the beginning. Transitions into coffee and finishes pure bittersweet chocolate. The finish goes on and on like a wonderful gift from the beer gods. Beautiful beer.
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
As Carl on the ATHF would say, ’’This is a Classic!!’’ Anyway. This is one of my favorites; if it’s on tap, I’m drinkin’ it until it’s gone. Pours a dark, dark black with about a centimeter of intimidating creamy tan head. Flavor is a complexity of dark chocolate, french press coffee, Kona coffee, and vanilla with the dryness of oatmeal. Velvety and full mouthfeel. Kudos if you can drink more than two and still function!
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 22, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks cpferris for the trade. Thick viscosity, pure opaque black with a thin, fine, dark tan head. Nice roasted grain characteristics that aren’t over the top with coffee, soft spicy hops, and a slight lactic quality. The aroma suggests some malty sweetness but comes across dry overall. Not too much coffee or chocolate in the flavor--this is a good thing as it lets the elemental flavors of the roasted grain take center stage. The coffee and chocolate are supporting roles here, along with a finely balanced hop character. There is some acohol sweetness here that contributes a good bit to the flavor as well. The body is smooth with a nice oatmeal-influenced mouthfeel. I don’t know if there’s lactose in this beer or not--it certainly would fit in with the ’breakfast’ theme--and I’m a little disappointed that that characteristic is absent here. The alcohol flows through into a long, warm finish. This is a beer of great power and great finesse. It posesses enormous flavor and strength but is thoroughly drinkable as well.
jampics (2) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2008 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Delicious treat - pours dark black and smells like coffee and chocolate. Flavor takes it deep into coffee backed with some bitter roast at the end. A great beer!
grandridge (224) - Port Clinton, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What a well balanced stout. Pours black and aroma of coffee fills the air. Aroma is coffee with some roasted notes and chocolate. Flavor is nicely burnt malts with a coffee undertone that is not overdone. very nice.
southamptonsam (116) - New York, USA - OCT 20, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Delicious. Looks great, smells great tastes great. Beautiful balance, not too sweet. Could drink this every day.
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 20, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours like oil with a frothy brownish-red head. Tons of coffee in the aroma, some nuttiness, deep dark chocolate notes, tons of roast and burnt malts- amazing nose. Flavor contains tons of coffee and chocolate, perfectly melded together with some oatiness and vanilla for a dessert-like quality. Some nice burnt bitterness and oily coffee notes at the finish. The slightest bit dry and fairly heavy in the palate. A bit sticky. Glorious beer.
grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2009 Bottle from Jessup Plaza. pitch black pour with a sort of reddish head. Aroma was lots of coffee and chocolate. Taste is rich coffee, chocolate and some very mild hop flavors. Wow, this one is a slow drinker, very enjoyable.
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - OCT 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2008 Mmmmmm, I finally get to try my first Founder’s product, and it’s their highest beer! This stuff is so good, it is very sweet, but has a black-coffee taste that is pure esspresso--like when you make coffee thick enough to have a deep black head, this is this beer. The body is very thin though, and the immediate flavor miasma that is founders breakfast stout dissipates VERY quickly on the tongue, which surprised me for one of the most highly revered beers of all time. Usually dark beers in the 100 percentiles are thick and chewy and black enough to make you bite your lips after only six ounces of drinking them, but this one’s thinner body and lack of astringency add an incredible drinkability, which I’m not sure that I like. Only because I’m going into this thinking--ok, -it better be heavier’n HELL! But it isn’t; it’s extremely balanced, oily, and flavorful, but the absurd ’’’’bigness’’’’ and ’’’’worldliness’’’’ is lacking in this one. I would still buy it everyday of my life it it was priced regularly.