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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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13,326 Ratings

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Ratings: 13,326
Reviews: 3,349
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,305
Gots: 3,450 | FT: 196
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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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my tulip from a 12oz bottle with a bottling date of 10/10/12

A-Poured a deep black color that formed a 1/2 inch dark tan/mocha head that receded rather quickly. pretty think. No real lacing that forms right away.

S-mostly coffee, dark chocolate, roasted chocolate, so much going on here I can't really get it all. My sense of smell is so bad, but this beer just has my nose buzzing.

T-My favorite part of this beer. Great chocolate/coffee flavor. Very well balanced. One not too overwhelming.

M-Nice mouthfeel. Wouldn't mind it being a little thicker, but I'm being picky here.

O- I just love this beer. For me its all about the flavor. Not the prettiest imperial stout to look at, but the smell is great and then you taste it just makes me say "wow". I can drink this beer all the time, even though I don't. Very well balanced with the chocolate and the coffee in harmony with each other.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Founders Breakfast Stout

Appearance: Founders’ famous stout pours black as night with a nice finger of creamy tan head reminiscent of espresso crema. A dark amber is just visible on the edges of the pour. The head has nice retention and the lacing is impressive, as is the carbonation. This is a masterpiece.

Aroma: Heavy hits of coffee are followed immediately by sweet oatmeal and dark toffee. Roasted malts dominate, with no hop presence whatsoever. Disappointingly, there is not much chocolate here, but a pleasant tobacco smell adds to the complexity. The aroma is great, but a bit coffee-centric.

Taste: Coffee, as it did in the aroma, takes over the taste, and brilliantly so. The coffee itself has great complexity between toffee, chocolate, and of course, coffee. The malts compliment these flavors, but add more dark chocolate, dark fruits (particularly figs), and further levels of roastiness. Tobacco and leather also make an appearance at the end of each drink. Of course, oatmeal is noted throughout, imparting a superb creaminess and sweetness. The taste is a brilliant improvement on the aroma, and is a wonderfully complex and unique gem.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is slightly slick, but is balanced by the creamy oatmeal and perfectly adequate carbonation. Somehow, the mouthfeel remains a bit thin for an imperial stout. Still, that is essentially a nitpick. The mouthfeel is a testament of a well-crafted beer, and this one hardly disappoints.

Overall: This beer completely lives up to the hype. Next year it will be essential to pick up a case (or two) of this for winter. The balance is incredible, the drinkability is fantastic, and it always pushes you to drink another. This is also a go-to coffee beer; I could wake up and start my day with one of these, no problem. As such, it could be a great conversion beer for fans of coffee. This is one of the premier stouts of the craft beer world. 18.5/20

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 13,326 ratings.