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RATINGS: 3166   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
milewide (1732) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2006 Coffee, and nothing but coffee! I enjoyed it, but it was too "unitaste" for me to buy again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aarossell (151) - Grandville, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2006 On tap at Founder’s. You have to have a different Founder’s beer before this one to really appreciate everything about it. Beautiful roasted coffee flavor, feels warm even when really cold. Smooth and creamy, similar refreshing creaminess to the oatmeal stout. Very good, but like I said, it’s hard to appreciate unless you are going to look for the beautiful nuances of flavor.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 20, 2006
Bottle (thanks Emily!). Pours a perfect pitch black color. Dark brown head sits atop. The aroms is a nice blend of oats, dark chocolate, coffee, and even some alcohol notes. The flavor starts off with a blast of oats and sweet malt, followed immediately by dark chocolate and coffee, and a fruity, yet bitter, finish that’s quite interesting.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2006
No doubt, mornings wouldn’t be so bad if they could be started off with something like this. In addition to the abundant coffee and chocolate, I picked up some tobacco in the aroma. There was also some fruity flavor. I know that there’s some oatmeal in here, but it doesn’t have that smooth/rounded characteristic (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (14468) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2006
Bottle. Black - brown head. Coffee - Coffee - Coffee - Aroma. Cold grounded coffee. Burned, roasted, chokolate, light hoppy. Dry finish. Taste is weaker than aroma.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2006
Bottled. Black as pitch with a small head. Malty and roasted with heavy notes of coffee. Hints of chocolate and liqourice. Slightly hoppy finish.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
henrikb (1260) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2006
Black body, dark brown edge, beautiful brown head, some laces; Big, deep and actually quite elegant nose: There is huge amounts of coffee, fruity red berried African and very ,very soft Latin American, behind it strong notes of cold powerful well made Italian espresso, it has a very small amount of milk chocolate and a big amount of dry high % Valrhona chocolate, dry oatmeal, lots of hard powerful English licorice as well, Balanced!; The body is full with a soft texture and a quit big amount of red berry fruity acidity, very, very little carbonation, a little bitter and a little salty, could be better balanced; It finishes long with a little salt, more bitterness and again quite a bit of fruity acidity (better balanced then in body) it has a quite soft texture that disappears a bit in the acidity, alcohol shows a bit, lots of aroma: English licorice is in charge, trailing bitter chocolate, warm Latin American coffee and unripe red berries - Great beer, thanks Walt!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - OCT 24, 2006
Aroma of ash, coffee, and chocolate. Appears an opaque black, with a small brown oil-slick on the surface. Flavor is sweet and chocolatey, with a deep roast coffee flavor that gives way to some ash notes in the finish. Palate is medium-light but with a smooth creamy feel. Overall, a very good brew. My thanks go to joeybgood.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2006
Thanks go out to Goldtwins for this bottle. (Thanks Larry). This was sent to me as an extra no less. The aroma on this beer is fantastic, but I suppose I should also state that I love coffee. The aroma is just one that I could sit and smell all night, there is no problem letting this beer get closer to room temp or drinkin temp because I can just smell it for as long as it takes for it to warm up a little bit. Huge coffee aromas, melded with chocolates, and maybe even a little hop bitterness in the aroma...but that could also be a sort of coffee bean bitterness. There is also a little bit of butterness, and then oats from the heavy dose of flaked oats in the brew. This truly is a breakfast beer. Now after a solid 10 minutes of smelling it and letting it warm up a little bit...the taste does NOT dissappoint. The mouthfeel is sooo smooth and thick. This is a damn fine beer! The commercial description suggest eating this coffee cake with a fork...and you could. The flavors are all perfect transfers from what I get in the aroma. Lots of coffee, cohoclates, bitter and even a little sweetness. Then a lot of dry flaked oats in the back of it. I could go on all night about this beer but for the sake of anybody that may read this I will stop. Overall a great beer!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NachlamSie (2973) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2008 Bottle, thanks, Iowaherkeye, for this treat! Pours very black with just hints of red underneath the small dark tan head. This stuff smells awesome. Notes of baked oats, chocolate, coffee, ashes, are in the nose. The body is semi-thick with low carbonation. The oats cut through in combination with a very earthy coffee presence. Soft, delicate chocolate is beneath the smokier notes and an almost porter-like ashtray finish rounds everything out. The alcohol is not at all detectable. This is an excellent stout which flaunts almost anything that I would look for in a dark ale of this sort.
[Thanksgiving Day]
Ah, this is even better than I remember, and that’s saying a lot. The pour is magnificent with a very tall, dense, creamy dark tan head. Just sniffing this beautiful beverage gets my salivary glands going. It’s so creamy in the mouth with a savory chocolate finish that follows up a huge amount of toasted oats and earthy coffee tones. I really wish I could have this on a regular basis.
[April 27, ’07]
Yeah, I love this beer. Perfect defined oaty, nutty flavor with delicious chocolate and an ashy finish. Nice and heavy and savory. This time I picked up some olives in the aroma along with things previously noted above. This is pushing the boundaries for the style.


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