shadey (1930) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 31, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black oily pour with a medium dark tan head. Head reduces down to a thin film that is creamy. Huge coffee aroma pummels you when you put your nose in the glass. Dark burnt coffee flavor. I’m having a hard time tasting anything other than bitter dark coffee. Body seems a little light for an imperial. I was surprised by the coffee aroma, but the flavor and palate are dissapointing.
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - AUG 30, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks Santa!! What a terrific stout with a lot going on with nothing overwhelming. The coffee and chocolate are there, but without beating you over the head. I’m not feeling verbose, but it looks great, smells great, tastes great!!
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours jet black with a thick, luscious brown head. Aroma of coffee and caramel, with a smoky/burnt quality. Full bodied, with some chalkiness. To be honest, I think this one gets caught in between being an over-the-top coffee stout (like Bell’s Java Stout) and a stout where the addition of coffee serves to accentuate the existing stout characteristics (like Dark Lord). This seems to be a nicely crafted stout, but every time the subtle nuances (chocolate, caramel, vanilla) try to push their way forward, your palate is hit with burnt coffee flavors. Finish lasts forever. Could benefit from less coffee or more sweetness to balance it out a bit. However, being a fan of coffee, I can’t help but like this beer. I finished off the bottle before I knew it, I could drink a lot of this. Thanks to TAR for the bottle!
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Pours a dark brown, with a tan head. Aroma is off coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malts. Taste is roasted, coffee, sweet malts and chocolate. A truely great stout
Kevin (2110) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 29, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beauty Clark. black with a thick tan head. dusty chocolate aroma. smells like chocolate milk mix. chewy flavor of, well, ummm, chocolate milk with some coffee in it. lingering coffee finish. wow, the coffee flavor is perfect. not overpowering at all. a delight on my tongue.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Thanks Walt! Nose-chocolate and coffee. Body-inky black with a ring of bubblers. Taste-bitter chocolate, coffee (of course!), lactic, kind of doughy and earthy. Tasty like a chocolate chip cookie. I wouldn’t drink this all the time, but it is a nice treat. Quite enjoyable.
IndianaRed (2640) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Poures a dark brown with a thin tan head. Very nice chocolatey, coffee-y aromas. Flavors are also de-lish. Terrific combination of coffee and chocolate. Wasn’t as rich and heavy on the palate as I like and expected a bit more from a top 50 but very tasty and I will be working on getting more.
pinkzambia (1542) - 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 (4275) - 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 (1866) - 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 don’t 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.