JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from trade with OhioDad. Thanks Scott. Pours a thick black color with a small brown head. Aroma of dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is very dry and bitter like strong day old coffee. Some malty undertones but the coffee dominants completely. A very different stout. The Founders Imperial Stout is a far better beer IMHO.
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 24, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Very dark in color, especially darker than most stouts in the pour. Dark tanned head. Very much like the commercial description says. I get oats, coffee, and gourmet chocolates. I pickup more of the chocolates in the taste than the coffee, although it to is noticable. I love chocolate, and the darker the better, and it is the best player in this brew. The alcohol content is just right, not overpowering like in most stouts. I think those high alcohol contents are uncalled for most of the time and this beer didnt try covering up the flavor with it. An amazing beer, even better than expected. Well worth the $15 for a four pack.
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2007 Bottle: Thanks matt. This thing pours black, deep dark black. The head is a nice brown, darkest head I think I have seen in a beer, but it doesnt seem to stick around long. Smell is magnificent!! As the description says, you have to truly appreciate coffee to appreciate this brew. Good thing I love coffee! The smell is exactly that, coffee bean, and lots of it. I smell like I just took a whiff directly out of a coffee bag, such as Folgers or any other coffee brand. This would smell great eminating in the house in the morning. Taste is very enjoyable as well. It started off a bit weak, but the aftertaste was great again. More coffee and some chocolate in there as well. Yet, the beer is so much easier to drink than a coffee (even a coffee lover must admit it can be hard to drink sometimes) The coffee and chocolate taste blended together almost take like one of those frappucino drinks from starbucks. Wow, I wish I could get more of this beer. I love it!
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Founder’s Breakfast Stout
12 oz bottle
Hard pour in an English pint
Recent brewing, breakfasted 12/06
Poured black with a large mocha frothy mostly lasting head with good lacing.
Smelt of strong coffee cream and sugar, with light burnt grain notes.
Taste was upfront strong bitter coffee with moderate cream and sugar, and dark molasses sweetness followed by more strong bitter coffee and moderate sweet creaminess and sugar with bitter roasted grain on a long coffee finish. Palate was medium to full bodied, soft and creamy, softly carbonated, and strongly astringent in the way coffee is.
Overall, it feels like that first cup of morning coffee. Killer stuff. Best coffee stout I’ve ever had.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of coffee and chocolate--but mostly roasted coffee. Deep black pour with a nice dark brown head. The palate is the fullest and creamiest I’ve had to date--incredibly smooth and creamy. Tons of coffee with hints of chocolate. Very full flavor--definitley not one to trifle with. Take your time sipping this one.
GG (2019) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 15, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I really like one dimensional beers. There. I said it. I love complex beers just the same. But if a beer is one dimensional it better be friggin’ awesome. Alas, this beer was one dimensional and that one dimension was used coffee grounds. Coffee in the nose, coffee in the flavor...coffee coffee coffee. I would have liked another bottle to age for a bit, perhaps the coffee will mellow out over time but at the time of tasting it was way overboard. Still, it wasn’t a disaster and is still better than some out there. Give me Speedway any day.
dylnfrk (3) - USA - DEC 14, 2006 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Oh yeah, Missed this offering last year. Two years of waiting over. The guy at store said they could only get one case. And he had already pulled two four packs for him and a coworker. Not much in the way of head. Color is so richly dark not a drop of light gets through. Smells like fresh coffee beans. Tastes of dark chocolate with a finish just like an iced black coffee. Doesn’t leave any lacing and “head” is totally gone. Very light on carbonation. The bitter black coffee taste replaces the hops in a perfect way. It’s like a hop heavy chocolate imperial stout. Speaking of imperial the alcohol taste is very slight. Now go find some and enjoy!
Cliff (399) - Avon Lake, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh bottle, poured pitch black with a delightful brown head. Hello coffee. This stuff has aromas of fresh coffee, chocolate and brown sugar. Great coffee flavor, right in your face. Awesome! Great mouthfeel that covers your entire palate. Got MUCH better as it warmed in my snifter. Great finish. Glad I was able to grab a couple 4 packs before it sold out.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Aroma: Intense dark roasted, slightly bitter, coffee aroma. Dark baker’s chocolate, tobacco smoke. A slight milky creaminess in the nose. I could keep my nose in there forever. Appearance: Oily black pour. No highlights. Dark tan head was thick and creamy, but dissipated fairly quickly. Good lacing. Flavor: Alot of the flavors from the nose return in the flavor. Dark coffee, cocoa, tobacco, a little milky sweetness. Bitterness tastes more of roasted grains and cold coffee than hops. Palate: Full bodied and creamy. Moderate carbonation. Slight astringency on sides of mouth. Some alcohol warmth in back of the mouth. Overall: Great beer that I wish was available year round. So much coffee! Gives Speedway Stout a run for its money.
shigadeyo (2959) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2009
2006 Vintage on 12/12/2006: Founders Breakfast Stout pours black like used motor oil, only smoother. Large, deep brown, dense, creamy head. Lots of dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate in the aroma. The flavor is roasted malt, black coffee (maybe with a touch of cream), and bittersweet chocolate. Long dark mocha-like finish. Very smooth, creamy, and velvety on the palate. The alcohol is undetectable and the sweetness is mild. Full bodied, coats the mouth nicely - smooth and VERY creamy! As it warms, the aroma is more forward and is a nice blend of chocolate oatmeal (the coffee is more subdued). The flavor also more closely mimics the flavor with more chocolate and oatmeal coming through and some of the alcohol starts to come out in the finish. There is also a dry coffee bitterness in the finsh. This is another great brew from Founders, but not nearly as good as the "Kentucky" barrel-aged version! Either way, I think I’ll have another of these for breakfast on Saturday! 12. fl. oz bottle (8.3% ABV). Rating: 9/4/8/4/18=4.3
2006 Vintage on 11/15/2008: Founders Breakfast Stout pours near black color with a large, whipped, foamy mocha-colored head. It has good ring-like lacing marking each drink. The aroma has a smooth combination of coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, creamy oatmeal. The flavor has a strong chocolate presence - semi-sweet in the front followed by a dark, bitter chocolate. There is a good level of bitterness and a coffee finish. This beer is strong overall, less sweet less now; more alcohol starting to come through and is really starting to dry out. The body is medium to medium-full with ample carbonation, maybe too much for the style (sitting too long?). Overall this beer is really starting to slide; the rest of this vintage should probably should be drunk soon, it’s getting very carbonated, loosing depth and complexity; probably best when fresh. 12 fl. oz. bottle (8.3% ABV). Rating: 8/4/7/3/16=3.8
2006 Vintage on 10/23/2009: Founder’s Breakfast Stout (Double Chocolate Coffee Oatmeal Stout)... Aroma: Rich Belgian chocolate, soft coffee notes, freshly made oatmeal. Appearance: Erruption of brown foam (cap nearly blows of with just a little twist); black color; waves of fine carbonation bubbles. Flavor: Excellent blend of chocolate and coffee = MOCHA; tinge of alcohol around the edge; roasty and creamy oatmeal; bittersweet chocolate in the finish; lingering coffee bitterness. Palate: Medium to medium-full; extremely smooth and creamy; milky texture. Overall: Still pretty good; depth of complexity waning; large build up of carbonation; probably best just to drink this beer fresh or within 6 months to 1 year of release...12 fl. oz. bottle (8.3% ABV). Rating: 7/3/6/4/15=3.5
2007 Vintage on 10/23/2009: Founder’s Breakfast Stout (Double Chocolate Coffee Oatmeal Stout)... Aroma: Chocolate, hints of green hops and alcohol, weak coffee and oats. Appearance: Also extremely carbonated (but not quite as much as the 2006 bottle); a growing half a glass of dense, dull brown foam; the beer is black and opaque. Flavor: Sharp chocolate; moderate bitterness; some espresso roast; not overly exciting. Palate: Texture is mostly good, but too much carbonation; medium-bodied. Overall: Not as good as the 2006 bottle; this confirms my suspicions: this beer is best enjoyed fresh.12 fl. oz. bottle (8.3% ABV) from alexsdad06. Thanks Brad! Rating: 6/4/6/4/14=3.4