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RATINGS: 2878   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
madsberg (10117) - Søborg, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2005
Bottled: Pitch black coloured. Has a dark dense brown headd. Oh my god. The aroma of this beer is out of this world. It start long before the glass is anywhere near the nose. Incredible. Coffee, chocolate, malt, roast and some sweetness. Like sniffing espresso. Flavour unfortunately dosn’t live up to the aroma, but still its good. Sweetness, roast, coffee and hops is present. Ends on a grassy, espresso note, that take over the palate for minutes. This is a totally espressoshock. I love it. Thanks to my Secret Santa BBB63 for this gem. I’m addicted. I need more!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (5013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 13, 2005
Yummy. Black, with a big brown head. Big espresso bean aroma. Nicely viscous palate. Some spicy, savory notes throughout, but a strong coffee flavor dominates. Hints of cocoa at the end. Remarkably smooth and ehjoyable, Hides its 8.3% alcohol really well. Thanks to Springslicker for sharing this one!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (8783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2008 Re-rate (bottle)... This beer rocks!... Wow! What a difference drinking this beer at the proper temperature makes. Some sweetness appeared and a ton of the burnt and bitter notes were zapped. Much better this time around. Drank it out of a coffee cup because I was totally NOT taking this second bottle seriously. I still prefer Speedway and Peche Mortel, but this is a world class beer! Score moves up from 3.4 to 4.0 --------&# Intial Rating: (Bottle)... Pitch black ale with a small, fizzy, light brown head. The aroma delivers huge coffee with lesser notes of cocoa powder, chocolate covered cherries, burnt caramel and vanilla. Tastes like dark coffee grounds, unsweetened chocolate and campfire ash. Full-bodied and astringent with fizzy carbonation. Lengthy, way bitter, bone-dry finish. The alcohol is well-hidden behind all the burnt, bitter notes. Well made. I can see why so many people like it, but it’s a bit too scorched for me. I’ll stick to Alesmith and Dieu Du Ciel for my coffee stouts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2005
Poured a black with small brown head. Coffee and roasted chocolate malt aroma. Creamy mouthfeel. Nice roasted coffee and chocolate flavor. Excellent stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rajendra82 (946) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2005 There are beer trades and then there are gifts from God. The box from BeerAdvocate CRJMellor that included this Founders Breakfast Stout surely will rank among the divine gifts category. The beer came in a 12 oz. brown bottle with an artful label. Pouring this beer turned my pint glass into a black hole through which no light could escape. Even holding the glass an inch from a 100 watt bulb revealed nothing about the interior. The head was dark brown and thick, and left gobs of clumpy brown lace all round the walls of the glass. The aroma was laden with coffee, chocolate, and raisins. The dry and roasty taste was that of burnt oats, coffee, and chocolate. The mouthfeel was thick and chewy, and aftertaste a bit warm. Like eating a coffee cake (without too much sugar), this meal in a glass satisfied nearly all senses, and left me in a state of fulfillment, and in grateful appreciation of the art of brewing. What a fine brew. This proves that a good breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2007 (Bottle) Pours a black body with a small tan head. Aroma of strong roasted coffee (smells just like a rich brew cup of joe). Strong coffee flavor with some chocolate to balance it out. Bitter, dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerlist (23) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 11, 2005
Huge coffee aroma with a bit of sweetness. Coal black color, minimal brown head. Flavor explodes with coffee and bittersweet chocolate with some roasted malt becoming more apparent as it warms. The flavors really work well together. Outstanding coffee stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2005
Pretty smooth stuff. Had it at Jeff’s B-day bash ’05. Chocolate and coffee all over.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2005 Glad I didn’t rate after my first test of this brew, because it probably would have been rated a 2.5 or so... but upon my second visit, that I was NOT looking foward to I found this brew to not only be enjoyable, but phenomenal. Dont know what happened in between the 2 bottles (both from same 4 pack, tested at same temp, only difference was the drinking glass) but it went from ok to great. A new favorite. So much flavor hidden in this gem. Wonderful coffee tones, with nice thick chocolate, big time malt roaming around in there. Flavors and aroma that would knock the socks off most brews, this is a special one!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
karst (1) - Rolla, Missouri, USA - FEB 9, 2005 does not count
Since trying Schlafly’s coffe stout I have been in love with this sub style. I was told by Joe @ Corral liquers in Granite City, Ill. that Bells was surpassed by it. Ladies and Gents this surpasses them all a nice blend of flavors that at first seem harsh for the palate. By the third sip your hooked as the combination of 25 IBU’s of hops, sweet high viscosity mouthfeel, perfect carbonation, undying aromas (I tasted from a sniffer) bond with your senses. I will still drink Schlaflys but this I will savor and crave for my next one

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