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RATINGS: 3335   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
You’ve 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. We’re 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMerritt (1940) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Black with a thin, medium-brown head that falls to a wisp. Rich cocoa powder and coffee aroma - not a lot of roast, but instead largely dominated by the cocoa. Flavor has the roast - nice charred malt flavors with rather subtle, earthy hops. Finish returns to cocoa with light grain and wheat notes and ends bitter. Mild-to-medium carbonation, a bit thin-bodied. A nice stout, but I’m honestly surprised by the hype - this is good but not world-class, and definitely not a Top 50 beer of the world.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyJ (5354) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Pours a dark black with nice creamy an head. This is actually really dry with lots of cocoa powder flavor. Creamy oats, roasted malt, cold coffee, dry bitter chocolate, and cocoa. Excellent! I expect nothing less from Founders.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stankenk (130) - Maplewood, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Pours a dark think black. The nose is strong in coffee and oatmeal. The taste is very similar but the taste brings out more oatmeal qualities and the finish has more coffee qualities.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2009
Sampled at 3rd Annual Richmond Industry Gathering. Big roast and coffee nose. Very dark almost black. Lots of dark roast and coffee flavor. Moderately sweet with nice lingering coffee and touch of bitterness in the finish with touch of warming. Really excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2009
On tap at Chumley’s. Appears oily black with nice thick tan head. The aroma is of great coffee, chocolate, and dark roasted malts. The flavor is similar to the aroma, coffee, sweet malts, and bitter chocolate all balancing out very nicely. The mouthfeel is wonderfully thick, creamy, and warming. Overall, this is very fine beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BelgianBeerGal (3722) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2009
Bottle via trade. Wow was this nice. Not an overpowering impy stout, surprisingly easy drinking. Pours oily black with an explosive, foamy brown head. Aroma and flavour were full of bitter coffee and roasted malt, semisweet chocolate and a hint of sigar and cinnamon spice. RIch, creamy mouthfeel. I am a big fan.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
travita (4805) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2009
Smell is fresh ground coffee, roasty, malts, oatmeal, chocolate. Very nice aromas. The look is black, really dark, with a camel hair colored head. The taste is roasty, coffee, chocolate, malts, and oatmeal. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kopher (593) - New York, USA - JAN 19, 2009
dark dark pour, thin and filmy brown head, decent lacing very roasty aroma, burnt coffee, some chocolate, and dark cherries very smooth mouthfeel (the oatmeal?) and fairly oily taste is more subdued, moslty roasted coffee and bitterness (from malt, not hops) very long bittersweet malty finish nice beer, though the bitterness from the coffee/malt is pretty intense

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
soccer290 (225) - Highland Park, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2009 12 oz bottle. Pours a coffee black color, very thick with a small tan head. Before I even leaned over to smell it, during the pour, I had this outburst of coffee smell engulfing my nose, which I love because I like coffee, but even this was a lot. You can tell just from the smell that you are dealing with a lot of coffee. The only downside is that coffee is the only thing you can get from it, not able to smell anything else. As it warms, more oat smells come out. The taste is of an extreme amount of coffee, kind of makes me think of what it would be like to chew on a coffee bean. There are very subtle hints of oatmeal, but it is over-powered by the coffee (which I personally enjoy). It is pretty smooth going down, as long as you can handle the coffee. Overall, an interesting take on Breakfast stout, but maybe they over-did it on the coffee part, as I was expecting more oatmeal too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2009
fresh roasted chocolaty coffee that will get me drunk. i like how this beer is a little overcarbonated for the style. somehow it works.

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