Founders Brewing Company was their Centennial IPA (review #31) more than 15 months ago. I wasn't very impressed by that beer. There is a sizable selection of Founders beer on the local racks, and I almost hate to admit it, (because it seems so superficial), however by and large its their labels and graphics that turn me off (along with that sub-par IPA). The design aesthetic they've chosen just looks so cliche and generic, like a knockoff of a knockoff of a Norma Rockwell print. But back to the matter at hand....
Today I'm checking out a bottle of their Breakfast Stout Double Chocolate Coffee Oatmeal Stout. Yeah, when you include the fine print the name of this beer is a mouthful. The beer itself is a mouthful too...a thick, black 8.3% imperial with the kind of creamy, coating, comforting mouth-feel you'd expect from any decent oatmeal or milk stout.
The beer pours pitch black with a stubborn head of coffee colored foam.
The coffee lover’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.
As you might expect, coffee dominates the aroma, along with perhaps a hint of cinnamon, chocolate and alcohol.
Look for big coffee flavors. The bitterness is advertised at 60IBU's, but dark roast malts and bakers chocolate are the main culprits rather than the hops. Oats and lactose smooth things out, but the coffee lingers after you swallow.