Stouts In The Summer – Founders Breakfast Stout Review
Who says you can’t drink stouts in the summer? It seems like the general consensus on stouts is that they’re primarily a cold or colder weather beer. Not much tastes better on a cold winter night than a nice Imperial Stout, that is a non-debatable fact. But I do think it’s a style that can be enjoyed all year round.
In Buffalo, we get about 2 month’s of summer. Sometimes it’s tough to even call it summer, because by the time it starts hitting steady 80’s, it’s already starting to cool off again. This summer especially, the nights have been on the cooler side. So as I sat around over the 4th of July weekend playing “fridge clean out,” I came across one of the better stouts out there, Founders Breakfast Stout. We were sitting outside with our dogs and it was starting to cool off a bit, and I said screw it, I’m going to grab a cigar and crack that Breakfast Stout and give it a go. Good call on my part.
I’m sure I’ve had stouts in the summer before, but this was the first time I’ve really thought about how refreshing and enjoyable it was. Switching it up from nothing but IPA’s and Wheat Beers for the last few month’s is exactly what I needed. Kind of like recharging the beer batteries. Not to mention stouts are WAY better when they’re a little on the warmer side.
This beer in my opinion is one of best examples of an Imperial/Double Stout on the market. It’s the first one that comes to mind when I think “Imperial Stout.” It pours a very dark black, almost oily-looking color, and very thick. It has a decent level of carbonation leaving a head that is light brown in color. The beer left a great lacing on the glass after every sip. The initial smell is an overwhelming (in a good way) slap to the face consisting of chocolate, espresso/coffee, a little vanilla bean, and an abundance of roasted malts. The taste is loaded with coffee and chocolate, roast from the dark malts, some vanilla, and a nice bitter to round things out. Another thing I noticed about the Breakfast Stout is how creamy this beer is from the use of flaked oats in the mash. Great addition to a big Imperial Stout such as this one.
Most stouts are slow sippers, especially this one. It’s the exact reason I decided to drink this beer on a summer night. Slow down the pace of life, grab that hand rolled cigar, throw on your favorite album, pour yourself a nice Founder’s Breakfast Stout, and slowly sip that delicious beer as time just rolls on by.