BBB63 (6042) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 8, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle received from Brad: (I like coffee, I like stouts, I like chocolate...so you know where this is going.) Deep and complete blackness with an initial huge creamy tan head and very good lace, settles to a small but lasting ring. The aroma is huge with a over-the-top espresso character, big ole mocha, caramelized and burnt malts, floral hops, prune, walnut, and dusty yeast esters. The taste start with a large dose of bittersweet chocolate and subdued oat/grain qualities before...you find yourself running head first into a Kona Plantation! You want coffee, you got it! This is close to an iced coffee drink. The finish does display a touch of bitters and some nutty quality. The feel is lively and refreshing for something so big, could still stand a bit more oatmeal feel. I could drink this all the time. Right up there with my all-time favorite coffee stout, it may be the best of itís genre. YUMMY, get ya some.
DocLock (7861) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
BBB63 is one of the best traders of all time. This is only the 3rd beer Iíve had from his trade with me, and I already wish I had an extra day off from work so I could drink them all tonight. A GIGANTIC thank you to BBB63 for this one. Pours RAVEN BLACK (it shines) with a two finger tan head. Take a picture because you wonít see a better looking beer anywhere. Huge aroma of malt chocolate, tons of coffee, and even jalapeno peppers. Marvelous intense aroma. Tastes very malty, with tons of chocoff, some fruit, nut hints, and that finishing burst of jalapeno oil which twitches the tongue. The palate is super firm, very well balanced, and amazingly complex. As it warmed, more chocolate and even raspberries came out with the coffee receding a bit. The jalapeno sensation remained throughout, and it was a welcome innovation. If this beer was Greg Louganis, its head would not have hit the diving board and bled AIDS into the Olympic pool. No deductions here, even from the Russian judge. Ladies and gentlemen, we have PERFECTION! Hands down, the best stout I have ever had along with the Central Waters BBS. Iíve had great Impy Stouts (and I consider this one an Impy, as such), but in the stout category, this one is tops with the CWBBS. Iíd drink this for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack if I could get my hands on more of it. As Pittsburgh Pengiuns announcer Mike Lange might say after a Mario Lemieux goal, "Buy Sam a Founders Breakfast Stout and get his dog one too."
Maddog (392) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Most stouts that claim expresso or java etc. or dark chocolate fall short, but Breakfast delivers. An extremely intense, black, chewy brew with a dark brown head. A major presence of expresso and dark chocolate create a well rounded, dry, very flavorful stout. Had it at the brewery, just beautiful.
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yes, Iíll have an espresso. Oh no I mean the Breakfast Stout. Pours black with strong coffee nose. Not much hop presence here. Flavor is oily, coffeeish, bittersweet, chocolateyand roasted malt. This is an outstanding beer. One of the best in its class. A reason to love breakfast again.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a huge thick oily mass with a dark tan, almost espresso crema head. The aroma just keeps the coffee analogy going; huge coffee, chocolate aroma. Simply stunning aroma. The flavor is equally huge, tons and tons of fresh coffee compliments the chococlate. Bitterness is pronounced and very nice combined with the coffee and chocolate flavors. The palate is thick and full with a moderately dry bitter finsih. An exceptional stout. Possible one of the best coffee/chocolate stouts I have ever had. Lots of times the coffee flavor can be off-putting but the way this one is put together it is incredibly enjoyable.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - NOV 22, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Man, this is really really good. This is the best coffee-type stout iíve ever had. Apperance is just perfect. Aroma is steeped coffee grounds, chocolate, and burnt bitterness. Flavor is rich, complex and coffee galore but still beerish. The palate is creamy and perfectly alcoholic.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - NOV 22, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
strong espresso aroma, black with a reddish brown head, awesome full body with dominating dry espresso flavors, richer than scrooge mcduck with hints of currants, absolute decadence, didnít lose too much from the tap version to the bottled version either
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - NOV 21, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Deep black color after a very thick pour. Scant brownish head. Big aroma coming off of this one. Coffee, chocolate and oatmeal can all be pulled out. Medium to full bodied. Coffee is all throughout the taste. Chocolate gives a sharp bitterness, oatmeal tones that down a little. Next mission, get a four pack of this delight.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - NOV 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
God damn. This was good. Super dark pour and a dark brown head with red tint. Huge nose full of coffee and chocolate. The flavors are of coffee (duh), chocolate (duh again), and roasted malts. Bitter, dry finish with lots of coffee flavors. Not as smooth as Rocky River Brewing Co.ís Black Magic coffee stout, but better than Bellís Java Stout. Highly recommended.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Outstanding! Nice aroma of coffee, chocolate, and caramel. Dark mohagany color, thin tan head. Rich, intense flavor of chocolate, coffee, caramel, malt, light fruitiness, and faint hops in the finish, with a lingering roasty bitter end. All of the flavors blend wonderfully, with none standing out being dominant. Extremely full bodied, smooth and creamy. One of the best stouts Iíve had, without a doubt. I need to stock up for the winter!