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RATINGS: 2899   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Finally, I get a small taste of this beer after many foiled attempts. There a restrained woody roastiness balancing an explosion of dark, bitter coffee butted up against a full, deep shaft of tangy, rich cocoa. All floating on a body so thick and slick and buoyant you swear you could float a lead canoe on it. Really, really tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
core (19) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2006
12 oz bottle. Pours almost black with a syrupy brown head. Lots of coffee flavor, a little bitter like coffee grounds. Rich mouthfeel - I like it. Its about time I tried this one being that I live in Grand Rapids.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hollywoodt (239) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Dark, dark brown. The aroma is fantastic... strong coffee. The flavor is also great coffee tones. This is a good brew. Get in my belly!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beaver (1285) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2006
12 oz bottle. Pours a thick opaque dark brown with a thin dark brown head that quickly dissipates to a collar.

The aroma is tons of bitter roasted (almost burnt) coffee with a touch of sweet creaminess.

The flavor is slightly sweet cream, some oak and a bitter (slightly acidic) coffee that pervades it throughout. It has a very crisp finish. The sweetness and the coffee are well balanced. The alcohol is well hidden but it sneaks up on you. The mouthfeel is medium to full and creamy.

Wow, this is nicely done! Iím just getting into coffee, so this is a treat.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2006
Black and muddy. Light layer of film on top. Aroma of chocolate covered espresso beans and not much else. Creamy mouthfeel and full bodied. Flavor is dominantly coffe. Strong bitter finish. You really gotta like black coffee to love this one. Thanks to demitriustown for the sample.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2006 Sort of like the Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, one aroma and flavor dominate this beer. As you might guess from the description, that word is coffee. And by coffee, I donít mean a single tall half-caf no-foam hazelnut mocha. I mean straight coffee. I agree wholeheartedly that "youíve got to love coffee to truly appreciate this ... brew." I, unfortunately, do not love coffee, and did not truly appreciate it. I can see how if you did love coffee, this beer would be wonderful; however, it didnít do it for me.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blankboy (6030) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2006 Bottle shared with and courtesy of HogTownHarry. Oh, the anticipation! Iíve heard so many good things about this beer, I hope it lives up to my expectations. It pours like motor oil with a small diminishing light-brown head. The aroma, to quote GregClow: COFFEE, COFFEE, COFFEE, COFFEE etc. It smells pretty frigginí awesome. I think I will just smell it for a while and Iíll return later. Iím back, time to taste this sucker: Oh yeah, thatís good stuff baby! Flavour of coffee of course, along with some chocolate and a mild bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel and medium bodied. Well itís safe to say I was not dissapointed in the least, this is an excellent Sweet Stout. "COFFEE, COFFEE, COFFEE!"

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HogTownHarry (6064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2006 Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, bottle from my friend Dave B. I have been waiting for this day for a long, long time now. Poured thick opaque black with a large, lasting, pillowy-foamy dark brown head - gorgeous. Aroma is thick roast dark coffee - a double helping - with burnt roast nuts, bakerís chocolate, extra-bitter hops, yeast, and a hint of cream - beautifully bitter nose. Taste - a near-perfect blend of bitter but not too bitter coffees, chocolates and hops with some tart berry fruit hints - I WOULD have this for breakfast! This has a thick, creamy, almosty whipped mouthfeel, lovely restrained long bitter finish. This would probably kill those idiots who insist Guinness is the be-all and end-all of stouts. Weenies.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
stoutchap (416) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2006
Intense! This is breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Or at least dessert - skip the chocolate cake and bring on this stout. Pours dark brown with ruby highlights, but hits the glass and fills it with a brown-black that light does not penetrate. Brown fluffly head. Alcohol and coffee nose. Starts coffee, with a lon middle, and intense chocolate finish. Malts and tar (in a good way) along the way. Thick, rich mouth feel. Wonderful stuff! But a little too intense for regular consumption - save it for a special occassion or to knock the socks off a lager-head.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thegreenrooster (3195) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 17, 2006
Pour is a shiny black with a small tan head. Aroma is deffinatly coffee. Reminds me when you first open a can of coffee and that wonderful smell hits you. Flavor is espresso with a milky sweetness. After the swallow notes of chocolate and vanilla are left on the tounge. Good coffee brew without the coffee bitterness. Another tasty brew from Founders.


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