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RATINGS: 1851   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.29   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
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A bit of backwoods pleasure without the banjo. This strong stout is brewed with a hint of coffee and vanilla then aged in oak bourbon barrels. Our process ensures that strong bourbon undertones come through in the finish in every batch we brew. We recommend decanting at room temperature and best enjoyed in a brandy snifter.


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4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2009
(12oz bottle aged 1 year) Wow. Pours blacker than the darkest motor oil, with a thin brown head. Aroma smells like freshly ground coffee beans, bourbon and vanilla. Flavor has notes of coffee, chocolate, malts, bourbon, chalk and burnt wood. This beer is one of the most unique imperials that I have had. By that I mean: aroma, flavors, extremely smooth/creamy palate. Couldnt even detect the 10% alc. OUTSTANDING !!


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alengrin (2464) - BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2014
For the 100th American beer I put on this site, it being Christmas anyway and the weather forecast spelling icy days and nights to come, I decided to treat myself to something special. This is Founders Breakfast Stout, a delightful stout I tasted some years ago, in a special luxury edition, i.e. matured on bourbon barrels in a cave for one year. Very curious to taste this, considering its impressive score on this website. I serve it at near room temperature in an old-fashioned snifter glass used for brandy in the old days. Pours an initially totally opaque ink black, yet warm chestnut brown on the edges, with thick consistency, under a moussy, very dense (consisting of minuscule bubbles almost invisible to the naked eye) and deep creamy brown head leaving firm lacing on the edge of the glass and remaining closed for a long time in spite of the high ABV; after a while, it does break open, but leaves a thin greyish veil over most of the beer’s surface. The aroma is rich, dense and beguiling in every way: the deep, dark chocolate sauce you’ll find on your dame blanche in any good restaurant, Belgian chocolates, high quality coffee beans or espresso, vanilla beans all over the place, bourbon, cognac, candied dates, cherries and oranges, roasted peanuts, mandarine liqueur, liquorice, oaky tannins, crème au beurre, overripe papaja, cinnamon, cloves, cured meat and leather. I’m in beer heaven. The taste is just as intense and impressive as the aroma: a densely packed ’bonbon’ of candied fruit flavours, sweet cherries, refined coffee, the finest fondant chocolate and an ever so subtle sourish hint just to take the pressure off a bit only constitute the first sip. Then, a profound maltiness unfolds, intensely chocolatey, nutty, deep and full, with a thick, viscous, fat mouthfeel; coffee and vanilla hints are dancing graciously on top of this. A tinge of alcohol appears in the back, pointed and refined, as in a good liqueur or cognac; it brings a truly enchanting warmth and makes the head light in instants. Citrus and peppery hop notes are here for balance - and balance is what this brew achieves to utter perfection. Woodiness, indeed some bourbon, a mouth-filling roasted coffee bitterness, black pepper-like yet gentle hop bitterness and most of all, an absolutely delicious chocolate sweetness remain after you’ve swallowed, warming the throat and leaving you flabbergastered. This kind of beers inspire me, this is why I became a beer fanatic. This is not beer, this is liquid gastronomy taken to the highest level, one could write pages of poetry about a beverage this perfect. A rare treat - and that is exactly how it should be. The best stout I ever tasted, at least to this point. Deep respect for the guys at Founders who crafted this!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
justkoehn (16) - Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2014
Thick lacing but little head. Bourbon aroma. Strong alcohol with chocolate taste but aftertaste is cut with warm flavors of chocolate and coffee. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Warped_Silver (86) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 10, 2014
First off, bottle is 8mos old. Pours motor oil black with brown/tan head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, and stale coffee. I've had this on tap and coffee aroma was amazing! This bottle is old and shows in the coffee aroma. Taste is bourbon up front with coffee, vanilla, licorice and chocolate. Sweet but not cloying. Mouthfeel is amazing! Thick, silky, and smooth. Overall one of my favorites. Much better fresh but better than most on a bad day. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nisse666 (4504) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2014
Draught at BAJT cons 2014-12-08 Göteborg - Boy neen waiting for this one for ever ;) AR: folral vanilla, bourbon barrels, dark bitter chocolate, home brewed coffee with a dash of milk AP: pitch black, stoughty breay F: chocolate milk bar, coffee con latche, wee bubbly soft carbonation, medium + bitterness. caramel fudgy, hot chocolate warming feeling, finishes long lasting flavours of milk choclate infused with bourbon vanilla - Great Brew!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mallons72 (171) - livonia, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2014
Almost the perfect beer. Balance, oak, aroma, bourbon........all just a shade below goose bcbs.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
ireland8325 (1) - - NOV 29, 2014 does not count
Found this beer this summer at Wold of beer in. Key west brought 3 home with me to share with friends good brew.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Erikh04 (133) - - NOV 28, 2014
I actually waited in line for this beer just to get 2 12 oz bottles. I love bourbon barrel stouts and I am a big fan of breakfast stout. This one is amazing. Very smooth. Just enough bourbon taste. Wish I could get more. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rouhlas (339) - GREECE - NOV 26, 2014
355ml bottle at home. Black color with nice creamy frothy brown head. Aroma is roasted malty, lot of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, light dark fruit notes, wood - bourbon whiskey alcoholic. Taste is sweet and bitter, roasted again, more chocolate than the aroma, sweet and milk chocolate, dark bitter chocolate, vanilla, coffee, wood, bourbon. Medium to full silky creamy body with soft carbonation and bitter chocolate alcoholic finish. One bottle is not enough!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
glfuller (2) - Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2014 does not count
Wonderful beer but was a little light on body. Deep dark with creamy tan head out of the bottle. All the notes are there. Coffee chocolate roast grains bourbon and deep oak notes

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aleigator (283) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - NOV 13, 2014
Bottles from Greg, thank you very much! Pours an oily, almost complete black color, with nearly no head. The nose is defined by creamy chocolate aromas, with loads of bitter ground coffee, accompanied by a wooden bourbon note, very well integrated into the body of the beer. Begins with toffeish malts and a pungent bourbon bite , followed by a gentle wooden note and a supportive coffee infusion, accompanied by smooth, creamy milk chocolate. Vanilla provides a delicate peak to the foundation of the beer, which gets perfectly along with the sweeter, toffeish part of the brew, while also calming the alcohol burn. The coffee falls off soon, as we paired the ’14 version next to the ’12, developing in a very pleasant way above the sweeter notes, followed by a hint of Bourbon. The older version, while missing the coffee, blends the different flavor directions more carefully, adding many layers, which are related to each other to the taste, also the Bourbon is more recognizable. Finishes with wooden, sweeter malts, still extremely smooth on the palate, while the recent version adds a slick, well integrated coffee bitterness, among a sharp boozy echo.


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