Saturday, October 17, 2009

Stout Magic

The Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing has arrived. This seasonal offering is again welcome with open arms as the winter season in New England seems to be looking to an early manifestation.

I first tried it two winters ago when seeking a bold and different brew from my usual hop-bomb pallette. The announcement on the label that it is a "double chocolate coffee oatmeal stout" had my spirits lifted before sipping, but it was the left-field manoeuvre of picturing a baby (!!) on the label that enticed me to purchase. This little guy is happily sampling from a Founders container. Not that I promote children associated with alcohol, but the odd choice of marketing tact on a pseudo-old school label was intriguing and we can assume it is merely to show us a human appreciating delicious taste.

With a dominant coffee aroma, thick and dark on color (like all good stouts) and a sweetness that accompanies the strong rush of flavor, this beer brings you some kick. It's perfect a treat for that morning when you're snowed in. Founder's Breakfast Stout is magical when you discover one hiding in your fridge for those times.

I think it's about $4-ish in 12 oz bottles at Ryan & Casey's in G-field. A four-pack can also be had. At 8.3%, it's higher alcohol than many stouts, so enjoy it as a treat for those times when you feel you deserve it.

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