pinkzambia (1461) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Scrumcilicious! I felt like I was at my local greasy spoon having coffee and breakfast. The aromas were outstanding and the balance between the chocolate flavors (tootsie rolls) and the slight bitterness was well done. It did taste more like double coffee than double chocolate which is fine with me. Yum yum.
drfabulous (3937) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this in 90 degree heat. Why? Still, rich flavors of coffee and chocolate. Very smooth. Up there with other Michigan stouts.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - AUG 10, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2009 Finally getting around to rerating this guy. 2009 batch. Pour is opaque pitch danse black with a small brown head. Intense fresh coffee, plenty of oats, and top chocolate all through this wonderful beer. I donít know what my problem was when I first entered my rating of this dude back in the day, but Founders Breakfast Stout is top notch.
On tap at the brewery.
Light on aroma. Some roast and chocolate. Oil black, opeaque, with brown head. Lots of chocolate and coffee flavor. Roasty as hell.Silky smooth and full bodied. It did not live up to my expectations, but it is still a damn fine beer. I would like to rerate some day.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2006 Thanks go to Lou18 for this beer. Huge aroma of strong espresso and expensive dark bakerís chocalate. DAMN this smells good. Deep black with a mocha colored pinky thick head. An enormous blast of coffee and choclate syrup are followed by a creamy smooth transition into a strong and firm hop bitterness. This is phenemonal.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lots of thing going on in the nose, roastyness, chocolate, coffee and sweet liquor. Jet black body, medium tan head. Flavor of coffee, chocolate and some nice roast. This is truely breakfast in a botlle, id love to drink this with my breakfast.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2006 From bottle for this rating, although sampled from the tap at Blind Pig, Champaign, IL, three weeks ago. (Little difference between the two, to my surprise.) This is one of my five favorite beers, and for $2.50 a bottle, one canít go wrong. The combination of oats, coffee, molasses, and chocolate makes for a sensous experience. The viscosity of BS must be among the highest. Ah Founders, youíve done so well here.
Rerate with a one-year aged bottle. Scores have to come down here a bit, given I found it ages rather pourly. Turns into something like Peche Mortel, and if you see my rating of that, youíll understand my meaning. Mostly flat and old coffee although still a great mouthfeel. Will lower the flavor by 1 point, the aroma by 1, and the overall by 2.
Crockett (1007) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big and brown to black with a big tan head. Aroma of mostly coffee. Flavour of mostly coffee. Okay.. it has some other qualities. Aroma has a little yeast and some mild hops. Lots of roast and something like oatmeal. Bittersweet chocolate. Scraping at some citric and berries. Everything is burried under all the coffee. One thig to be said that the beer is very even and smooth in nature. Luckily I really like coffee. Pretty one dimensional for a beer of this magnitude or worthy of a spot in the top fifty.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - AUG 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from Ughsmash. Great aroma! Where to start? Oh, how about with the French roast coffee aroma. Semi-sweet chocolate, licorice, cooked vegetables and bit of a metallic nose. The last two knocked it down a notch. They seemed out of place. I mean, who really wants metallic vegetables for breakfast? Obviously, thereís a load of coffee and chocolate in the flavor, probably more coffee, but thatís pretty much all. Itís good, just simple. The finish is roasty and dry with a slight alcohol tingle. Thanks again Ughsmash!
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black w/ creamy brown foam. Intense, roasty aroma predominately of coffee but w/ notes of chocolate, licorice, & cola as well. Thick, creamy feel. Flavour is roasty & coffee-ish w/ an underlying sweetness & a moderate hop bitterness.
DrnkMcDermott (2793) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2009 Bottled. Rating #600! And Iím rating this "live," which means Iím probably swayed by all the great numbers here. But thereís a wonderful oatmeal and coffee smell when I pour it out, into a pitch black body with a short, but dense foam thatís brown as the foam on an espresso. First taste impression is very coffee-bitter. Hell, I never take my coffee this bitter. Almost wonder if I should put in a little cream, or even some Kahlua. Nah, stick it out, Drink, olí boy. Chocolatey like those tiny squares of 75% cocoa chocolate at Starbucks. Alcohol may not be apparent, but I can sure tell itís there. Leaves my lips pretty sticky. Picking up a cherry cordial suggestion toward the end. Oh, and thereís plenty of good beery bitterness to go along. Itís kind of a little brother to a DFH WWStout. I could have followed the example of some other raters and had this over breakfast, but Iím much more eloquent this time of night and besides, I had a Smithwickís for breakfast at Midway airport last weekend that I still must (p)rate about.