Tasting: December 30, 2010
Style: Oatmeal Stout
Founders Breakfast Stout
While the label on this beer seems to be innocuous, apparently some states have laws that ban depiction or reference in any manner to minors. Even Founders’ home state Michigan had such a law and Founders subsequently created an “alternative” label depicting an empty chair, an empty oatmeal bowl and a note that read, “left the crib”. Lawmakers in Michigan acquiesced and after a four-month hiatus, the familiar toddler returned. In New Hampshire, lawmakers had enough of a majority to overrule a governor’s veto. The baby is loved.
You should not pick up oatmeal as a flavor in most beers. Brewers use oatmeal for its lipids (or fats) and their primary contribution is a creamy mouthfeel. Coffee and, chocolate, on the other hand, should be contributors. Let’s crack open this bottle of Founders Breakfast Stout to find out.
I like a big stout and this one is just that. Served this slightly chilled in a half-pint pub glass. The pour is dark brown with a milk chocolate colored head that lingers nicely. The nose is definitely as advertised with heaps of chocolate and roasted coffee. Flavor follows the nose and this stout has a creamy mouthfeel. Sip by sip, the coffee flavor begins to overpower the chocolate until it’s nearly non-existent. You almost forget you’re drinking a beer and drift to sipping on coffee.
I like it…and give it 91 points.