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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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13,981 Ratings

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Ratings: 13,981
Reviews: 3,504
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,468
Gots: 4,061 | FT: 211
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: marburg on 07-26-2003

Brewed with flaked oats, bitter and sweetened imported chocolates, Sumatra and Kona coffee.

60 IBU
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4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/22/11

A- Pitch black with a reddish glow around the edges when held up to direct light. Billowy brown sugar head that dissipates to a thin covering, leaving spotty lacing behind.

N- Tangy roasted coffee grounds with undertones of chocolatey malt. Subtle fruitiness and some metallic character as well.

T- Rich chocolatey malt with a soft roastiness and mild grassy hop bitterness for balance. Ground coffee bean flavor is present, but in the background. I really need to get a fresh bottle of this. I love the light fruitiness that the yeast contributes to the beer. It blends really well with the acidity of the coffee. Finish is long and dry with cocoa powder, grassy hops, roasty grain husks, and tangy coffee grounds. Just a hint of fruity esters in the aftertaste.

M- Full bodied, chewy, moderate carbonation, with a long dry, tangy, fruity finish.

O- I would love to try this beer fresh. With some age, it's got a nice complexity between the chocolate malt, roasted grains, tangy coffee grounds, and fruity esters. Everything comes together in a complimentary way. Definitely worth seeking out.

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4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

10/14/11 bottled date

Appearance - Black, with small dark brown head that receded after 15 seconds.

Smell - Intense chocolate smell (similar to premium dark chocolate). Not picking up any of the coffee smell--probably due to the bottled date.

Taste - Chocolate throughout-drinks exceptionally smooth. Also, pick up on the oats & the slightest bit of vanilla. Alcohol and IBU's were only noticeable after the beer warmed a bit. Had this beer with my Easter breakfast-the beer stole the show.

Mouthfeel - Full, well carbonated.

Overall - Excellent chocolate stout. Looking forward to the 3 bottles remaining to the 4 pack.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -6%

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3.78/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured inky black with a thin layer of tan head. The aroma was predominantly coffee and chocolate, as to be expected. The flavor was predominantly coffee, though the chocolate and oatmeal were present as well. The finish was coffee and chocolate as well. The mouthfeel was very nice on this one...very full. My only complaint is that the roastiness is kind of overdone here. Still, it won’t stop me from drinking another one.

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4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16oz Pint Glass

A-A thick opaque black. Pours w/ a great mahogany head that held for a long time... excellent lacing
S- Great Smell! Strong smell of chocolate and coffee.Think this would of been great for breakfast, but I had to have it midafternoon

T- Coffee is the 1st thing that hits me, then hints of chocolate. Hazelnut coffee is what I taste... Nice!

M- Nice Body, Excellent for a 8% Stout!
O- Really love this one, look forward to hunting down more varieties of this one(namely KBS)

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 02/12

Poured vigorously into a 16oz tall glass that yielded a rapidly disappearing head of about a finger nail width.

The beer is quite cold and so aromas are quite difficult to find. Wisps of coffee, burnt chocolate and lots of nose. I don't smell alcohol at all.

Taste is creamy smooth. It is not sweet chocolate, but the chocolate is there. The coffee is not overpowering which I expected after reading several other reviews. The coffee balances well the chocolate. The finish is all bittering hops.

Mouthfeel is perfect. I like the thinkness of it. It is a malty thick.

Overall, I like this beer better than its cousin KBS. I realize that will have me stoned on this site, but the KBS was thin and overly oaky while this balances more flavors with the malty thickness I expect from a big stout. Delicious. I would buy this again.

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 13,981 ratings.