One of the biggest reasons I was excited that Founders entered the Louisiana market a year and a half ago was that we’d see their Breakfast Stout here. Indeed, stout season is starting to begin now and this week we will see the return of Founders Breakfast Stout here in south Louisiana in both 4-packs and on draft. Founders says this about Breakfast Stout:
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.
Breakfast Stout weighs in at 8.3%, so it’s not a beer that can be pounded all day long. But it can certainly be enjoyed at any time of day, be it breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Founders was kind enough to send me a couple sample bottles of this year’s batch in early October, so I’ve been able to try this version a bit earlier than most.
Breakfast Stout pours a very dark brown to black color, with a smallish tan colored head. The aroma is certainly coffee forward, but there’s also a good bit of dark chocolate to it. The taste follows the nose, with the dark chocolate slightly more predominant than it seems in the aroma. There’s still plenty of coffee flavor to this beer, though. This is a wonderfully full bodied beer, thanks to the flaked oats, which contribute to the mouthfeel. The finish is big and bold, and while the IBUs are listed at 60, the hops really don’t take the spotlight here, rather they just counteract the sweetness of this malty stout.
The great thing about Founders Breakfast Stout is the wide variety of food it can be paired with. Whether you’re enjoying doughnuts, waffles or omelettes for breakfast, or a hearty burger or steak for dinner, this beer pairs equally well. It also ages very well, and I find that the coffee flavors hang around a bit longer than some coffee beers, so you can certainly grab some to enjoy well after it’s gone from the shelves.
Look for Founders Breakfast Stout to start hitting shelves this week.