Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Founders Breakfast Stout - Gus #9

Wednesday's brew is one that has garnered a praise and a following from people all over the country.  It's a seasonal beer that people load up on cases of to have whenever they want.  And some for trades too I'm betting.  It is a big imperial stout (all smiles from me.)  A double chocolate, coffee, oatmeal stout to be precise.  Every bit of that sounds amazing.  Will it hold up to the hype and does it deserve the following it has?  Let's see.

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Information from the Founders website:
"The coffee lover's consumate beer.  Brewed with an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and imported chocolates, and Sumatra and Kona coffee, this stout has an intense fresh-roasted java nose topped with a frothy, cinnamon-colored head that goes forever.

ABV:  8.3%
IBUs:  60
Availability:  Sep-Feb

I poured this brew into a snifter glass.

Appearance:  Pours motor oil black.  It actually seems to be just as viscous as used motor oil.  It has a sold two finger head of mocha colored head.  Very tight bubbles.  Thick lacing all around the glass and visible alcohol legs in there as well.  Pretty decent head retention.  Over time it gave way to a ring with a few bubbles.  No light getting through at all.  Looks like a cup of coffee.  Pretty dark in color with some brown hues instead of just being jet black.  That may be from the bubbles in the head.  Very nice looking stout.

Aroma:   Dark coffee aromas spilling over the glass.  Hints of toasted malts with milk chocolate undertones.  A dark chocolate aroma is present in there as well.  Slight bit of a hop spice/bitterness in there.  Not a trace of alcohol in there to me.  They hide the 8.3% ABV very well.  Slight cinnamon hints in there.  Overall just big, big coffee notes.  Just like smelling early morning coffee.  And you ground that coffee yourself and brewed it in a french press.  That's how good it smells.

Taste:  Instantly noticed the creamy, smooth mouthfeel.  Oatmeal really helped out in this brew.  Immediate coffee flavors, big dark roasted coffees.  Then hints of the dark chocolate come in.  Super roasty and nice.  Finish is so much coffee and dark chocolate.  Hints of sweetness from the malts.  I feel as if I've just had my morning coffee.  Black with one sugar.  Again no alcohol taste.  Very easy to drink but could also be enjoyed as a sipper.  

Verdict:  Such a hyped beer but it deserves all that hype.  Everything in this beer works together flawlessly.  The coffee notes really stand out and make it deserving of it's "Breakfast Stout" name.  For pairings I'm going to go with a half stack of pancakes or a golden waffle with breakfast sausage links.  You could drink this as a breakfast beer but I love to have breakfast at dinner time or "brinner."  It would also be a great substitute for after dinner coffee.  Definitely an A+ from me.  One of the best I've had in my favorite style of brews.  

Let me know if you have had this one from Founders.  It is limited in availability as far as distribution.  If you have let me know what you think.  I'm pretty confident that all stout lovers will like this one.  Thanks for reading!