2009 Beers in Review-Best Beer #1

18 12 2009

Here we are, folks! The moment we have all be waiting for! The number one beer of the year.

But first, a rundown of our beers for the year.

10. La Dragonne Apres Ski Ale
9. Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale
8. Schneider Aventinus
7. Grimbergen Double
6. The Bruery Orchard White
5. Oskar Blues 10-FIDY
4. Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA
3. Dogfish Head Midas Touch Golden Elixir
2. Founders Centennial IPA

Number 1 after the jump. And please share your favorite beers in the comments below.

Founders Breakfast Stout- Founders Brewing Company Grand

Photo Caption: Legalbeer.com

Rapids, MI

Imperial Stout

Rate Beer Score: 100 Points

Yesterday, I shared my undying love for Founders Brewery.

And last week, I mentioned that, lately, I have been really enjoying imperial stouts. So it should come to no big surprise that my favorite beer of the year is Founders imperial stout.

Traditionally, brewers have used all sorts of adjuncts to improve the taste and mouth feel of their beers; milk, oatmeal, chocolate, coffee. Seeing that, founders thought to add all those adjuncts together to make their breakfast stout. Blending flaked oatmeal, a variety of bitter and sweet chocolate, sumatran and kona coffees, this beer is like breakfast in a bottle. And it is delicious!

This beer pours heavy and black. It moves with a laziness and slowness of me without my morning coffee. It is heavy and dense. It is almost like a beer milk shake. The head is thick and creamy with a cinnamon tan hue.

The first thing one smells is the coffee, warm and rich. Followed by the smokiness of the malts and a light hint of hops. The mouthfeel is smooth and chewy this is due to the addition of dextrose from the oatmeal and lactose from the milk chocolate. Next, one get deep, complex and rich earthy tones from the chocolate. Some chocolate stouts are teases when it comes to the chocolate. There is a nice booziness to this beer’s mid palate without being too hot. This stout lives up to its promise. Finally, there are some lovely coffee bitter notes.

I love this beer. It is the Founders winter seasonal so one has to run fast to get it before it is all gone. It will run you about $15 for a four pack. And so it will cost you. But it is oh so worth it.

My first thought was to pair this with a chocolate mousse. But then I realized that might be overkill. So I recommend this with either a vanilla mousse or a creme brulee. Or add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to make a breakfast stout float!

I really hope you like this beer a lot. And I hope you enjoyed my top ten list. Go out there and find some of these beers and enjoy them. And please share in the comments below your favorite beers of the year!




One response

14 01 2010
Sarah C.

I wish it was vegan, it sounds delicious.

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