Hailing from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Founder’s Brewing Company has grown into one of the nation’s top craft breweries, with annual barrel output approaching the 1 million mark. Don’t be fooled though, founders (see what I did there?) Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers brew for quality, not quantity. A prime example is their Breakfast Stout! Available each fall/winter season, this Imperial Stout is brewed with coffee beans, chocolate & oatmeal. The result is one of our favorite cold weather pours.
ABV: 8.3/ IBUs: 60
Pour: Very dark brown, almost black. Think heavy weight motor oil!
Head: Dark tan/toffee, almost brown.
Nose: Bitter dark chocolate, coffee beans, nougat candy bar.
Palate: Bosco chocolate syrup right off the bat! Think that sip of syrup from the bottom of a poorly stirred chocolate milk when you were a kid (or an adult). A hint of sweetness emerges on the mid-palate. This is where you really taste the oatmeal notes.
Finish: Bitter chocolate, black coffee.
Overall: Wow. This one is a big time winner, once again! One or two of these make a cold night a whole lot better. ABV is noticeable, but not offensive by any means. Definitely grab a four pack.
Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.5 Out Of 5 Pints