While my taste buds have definitely taken me in more of a bitter route with IPAs, it used to be that porters and stouts are where I went most commonly. Iâ€™ve started mixing things up a bit – have to keep those tastebuds on their figurative toes – and recently picked up a loose bottle at the shop of the Founders Breakfast Stout.
Interestingly enough, as Iâ€™ve started exploring the darker beers again, Iâ€™m finding that many of them rely on one of my other favorite beverages – coffee – to impart some flavor into the overall profile. So, yes, if coffee is not your thing, then the Founders Breakfast Stout probably isnâ€™t either. For everyone else, though, itâ€™s a positive treat.
Drinking the Founders Breakfast Stout does feel like a treat. Right up front youâ€™re hit with a sweetness, followed quickly by a chocolatey flavor. This is reinforced by the dark chocolate/coffee color in the glass, with a caramel-colored head that doesnâ€™t look that far off (in hue) from the milk froth art you may see in a fancier coffee.
Along with the coffee and chocolate, the Founders Breakfast Stout also relies on flaked oats in the recipe, which further reinforces the â€œbreakfastâ€ part of the name. And sure, with a more robust mouth feel, itâ€™s maybe more porridge-like than your regular ale (but by no means in a gross smoothie sense). At an 8.3% ABV, though, this is not one youâ€™re going to want to try replacing breakfast with, nutritional concerns aside. This is a good one to have post-dinner, I think, almost like a dessert in and of itself. If you can have breakfast for dinner, why not have the Founders Breakfast Stout for dessert? foundersbrewing.com
- Deep rich color
- Caramel head
- Mild coffee nose
- Robust mouth feel
Details from Founders Brewing
- DOUBLE CHOCOLATE COFFEE OATMEAL STOUT
- ABV: 8.3%
- IBUs: 60
- RateBeer Rating: 100
- Availability: Year-Round
- The coffee loverâ€™s consummate beer. Brewed with an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and imported chocolates, and two types of coffee, this stout has an intense fresh-roasted java nose topped with a frothy, cinnamon-colored head that goes forever.