A beer that describes itself as a double-coffee oatmeal stout would not be first on my list of ‘must try’ brews. It sounds pretty horrible, to be honest: the beer equivalent of the horrid coffee Pinotages that have emerged from South Africa in recent years. But I am an open-minded sort of guy, willing to give all sorts of beers a try, especially when they are recommended by a trusted source, as this one was.
It’s made by Founders Brewing from Grand Rapids, Michigan, one of the USA’s most awarded craft breweries. It is bewed with an blaked oats, chocolate, and coffee, and it has 60 IBUs (which is quite a lot of bitterness, but with the alcohol and flavour, it handles this well). With wine, I can’t stand the thought of adding flavourings. With beer, I’m open to the idea.
Founders Brewing Breakfast Stout
Dark coloured, with amazing flavours of coffee, chocolate and sice. Dense, bold and rich with real intensity. A remarkable beer that just seems to work. 9/10