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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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100
world-class

11,516 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 11,516
Reviews: 3,204
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,106
Gots: 2,469 | FT: 152
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with flaked oats, bitter and sweetened imported chocolates, Sumatra and Kona coffee.
60 IBU
Released on Sept. 1, 2010.

(Beer added by: marburg on 07-26-2003)
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Bmonster

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +10.6%

Phenomenal beer. This is about as good as a stout gets, which says a helluva lot. Excellent mix of dark malts, coffee, chocolate flavors, with no one quality overwhelming the overall taste.

08-21-2014 15:42:37 | More by Bmonster
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.71/5  rDev +4.2%

355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£4):
Black with a thin, light brown lacing that covers the surface & holds until I start drinking.

Strong with oatmeal & chocolate, some coffee & some milky notes plus a little sweetness. Good roasted notes & bitterness feature, offset with some sugar. Despite the strength the alcohol is masked by the chocolate & dark malts.

Strong chocolate, subtly sweet with light bitterness & strong coffee, some oatmeal too. There is some espresso like flavours & lots of cocoa with roasted malts & darker fruits, sugar & vanilla. Complex & great tasting.

Full bodied & smooth, the alcohol content is almost completely hidden with only the slightly warming feel giving an indication as to the strength of this one. Strong sweetness with the occasional bit of bitterness; frighteningly easy to drink too.

An exceptional beer from Founders, definitely the best I've tried from them and up there with the best I've tried from any brewery for that matter. Excellent stuff from the start & one I'll be picking up the next time I spot it anywhere.

08-06-2014 15:46:15 | More by flyingpig
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doktorhops

Australia

4.6/5  rDev +1.8%

This is a big one: Founders Breakfast Stout. I've been told about it, heard rumours, news reports on CCN/BBC and Chinese whispers about the greatness of this beer, so much so that I was shocked to see it sitting quietly on a shelf in The Archive next door cellars... I had to have it and review it immediately, and here faithful reader(s) we are *sniff*.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into the sacred Chimay chalice, sorry the simple nonic pint was too lowly to behold this brew.

A: Black as Satan's publicist (hey Satan is an equal opportunity lord of terror) this brew presents with a Texas tea coloured body (that's oil son!) and no head, just a ring of tan lace around the edge, mmm.

S: Cant really smell anything apart from that Kona coffee bean, this literally has the aroma of a cold press coffee, delicious but one-dimensional (sorry Founders). I even agitated the hell out of it with anecdotes about my day, but nothing/nada/zip - just Kona cold press coffee.

T: Holy shit this beer rocks. The taste is like the richest coffee flavour my tongue has ever accounted. There are notes of roast chicory, dark chocolate and earthy/herbal hops impart a bitter finish. Damn this is tasty. Something about it keeps me sipping on it, it's difficult to put down. There is some smokiness in there as well. Maybe a hint of prune... I can't stop sipping!

M: First thought that springs to mind is "Man my tongue is totally coated in sticky coffee goodness". Heavy bodied and smooth, Marvin Gaye smooth. The viscosity is one of the most remarkable parts of this brew - it's soooo chewy and sticky, like a coffee Stout flavoured honey.

D: Wait I'm not done praising this beer yet; it gets better as it gets warmer, more flavours come out of the wood works - hints of brandy with some rich toffee too. That is truly a sign of a great beer: it gets better as it gets warmer. Which is why the English drink their beers at room temperature. I think I've found it - the best Stout ever. Period.

Food match: They call it a breakfast Stout but I think it is more a dessert Stout, our an after-dinner cigar Stout. Or even a screw-eating-just-main-line-it-into-my-arm-with-an-IV Stout, and if that's a mouth-full so is this brew.

05-01-2014 08:48:48 | More by doktorhops
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OMills

Michigan

4.59/5  rDev +1.5%

A- Pitch black with light brown head. Good head retention and nice lacing. This is a good looking beer.

S- Coffee aroma is strong upfront. Chocolate are there in the background, with brown sugar or molasses faintly there. Smells great!

T- Follows the nose. Very strong coffee notes at first and chocolate follows. Nice and roasty taste, although I find it to lean more towards the bitter side i feel as if it use a bit more sweetness. Overall it's fantastic.

M- Light carbonation with decent amount of body. Almost perfect here.

O- This beer is phenominal. Id say if the body was a bit more heavy and just somewhat sweeter this would be perfect. The strong coffee taste is amazing with the chocolate playing as a supporting role. I find this an almost impeccable beer. I highly recommend.

04-04-2014 05:08:31 | More by OMills
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ThePaintedGrey

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +1.3%

12oz. bottle poured into snifter.

A: Abysmal, and I don't mean that in a negative connotation. I mean it in the sense that this brew absolutely resembles the abyss. All semblances of color are shrouded by the blackness. All traces of light devoured. There aren't even highlights along the sides as it's held up to direct sun. This beer is black; I'm talking the depths of the Mariana Trench black. As for the head... admittedly, my pour was pretty weak and it still resulted in about an inch and a half of toasted caramel colored creamy excellence. The retention leaves a little to be desired, but there's currently still a nice creamy cap sitting afloat the blackness and some respectable traces of khaki lacing scattered along the sides of the glass.

S: Gourmet roasted coffee (bordering medium and dark roast) and rich pure cocoa. Coffee tends to dominate here, as it squelches out the cocoa towards the end of the sniff. A simple aroma, but it's oh-so-satisfying. It smells like waking up to a fresh pot of coffee brewing.

T: A bit too chilled, initially... Taste was exclusively pure cocoa and some oaked alcohol. After leaving it untouched for about 20 minutes to warm up, the flavors have finally come out to play. The dark chocolate notes lose their bitter characteristics and begin to resemble semi-sweet chocolate chips. A huge roasted profile resembling some of the finest black coffee ever brewed. Underneath the coffee and cocoa are some real complex notes of molasses, oak barreled booze, and burnt caramel. A little bit of an herbal flash comes through in the finish that doesn't linger, but certainly makes itself apparently. A bit of alcoholic burn in the finish that warms the throat. Aftertaste is bitter roasted coffee. Superb.

M: A huge body! The texture is thick, creamy, and moderately chewy—all thanks to the oatmeal, one would assume. Velvety smooth and is a pure delight on the tongue. 8.3% you say? Strange... I'm not feeling it.

O: FBS' reputation honestly speaks for itself. There's nothing I can say here that hasn't been said a thousand times (or 3,100 times...) before. This is surely stout perfection in a bottle and you'd have your work cut out for you trying to find a better example. Without a doubt a masterpiece and an absolute joy to sip.

03-23-2014 17:04:35 | More by ThePaintedGrey
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Dblaz5

Florida

5/5  rDev +10.6%

08-22-2014 00:46:30 | More by Dblaz5
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D-18V

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

08-22-2014 00:39:16 | More by D-18V
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ottodyer

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

08-21-2014 21:59:34 | More by ottodyer
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wyang11

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

08-21-2014 05:18:47 | More by wyang11
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EPpy

California

4.25/5  rDev -6%

08-21-2014 04:13:30 | More by EPpy
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CReid64

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

08-20-2014 22:07:29 | More by CReid64
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starny

New York

4.96/5  rDev +9.7%

08-20-2014 19:47:42 | More by starny
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Bucephalus123

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

A: Black and opaque. When you hold it up to the light, none gets through.
S: Coffee overall, with chocolate and dark malt.
T: Rich coffee and chocolate. Sweetness at first with a bitter finish.
M: Medium body. I expected it to be thicker, but it complements the taste well.

Overall: One of my faves. Not much more to say about it.

08-20-2014 01:35:13 | More by Bucephalus123
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Hulud

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

08-19-2014 23:36:20 | More by Hulud
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bp4171

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +10.6%

08-19-2014 21:59:25 | More by bp4171
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RickMac456

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev -6%

08-19-2014 21:42:41 | More by RickMac456
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kotzbauerm

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -11.5%

08-19-2014 21:40:12 | More by kotzbauerm
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marycraig

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

08-19-2014 12:31:44 | More by marycraig
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Anubis010

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

08-19-2014 07:05:02 | More by Anubis010
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tdraben

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

08-19-2014 02:49:43 | More by tdraben
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nathanmiller

Texas

4/5  rDev -11.5%

08-18-2014 17:59:26 | More by nathanmiller
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Dietter

Connecticut

4.56/5  rDev +0.9%

08-18-2014 17:48:17 | More by Dietter
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GameOfBeers

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +10.6%

08-18-2014 17:43:00 | More by GameOfBeers
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Shikitohno

Maine

5/5  rDev +10.6%

Delicious, chocolatety and slightly sweet with a bit of coffee flavor.

08-18-2014 03:39:02 | More by Shikitohno
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blee0891

Illinois

3.76/5  rDev -16.8%

08-18-2014 02:23:03 | More by blee0891
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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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