Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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13,381 Ratings

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Ratings: 13,381
Reviews: 3,361
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,316
Gots: 3,499 | FT: 197
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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3.68/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark black. Nice tan head.

Strong chocolate smell.

Taste is coffee dominated, but it has a sharp bite that lingers. It's a bitter taste imo, and for me, this is why it does not deserve a higher rating. I think there is room to improve.

All our palates are different, and for me, this one is good but not outstanding.

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4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith 12 oz. nonic.

Appearance: As black and opaque as it could be, with a head and retention that won't quit: a dark mocha-color with even darker bubbles in the mix, and big sheets of lacing on the glass. There's not a lot of dissipation here in the least, and it's one of the best-looking versions of an Imperial Stout I've ever seen.

Smell: The first thing that hits the nose is chocolate, and a lot of it, a good amalgam of bitter and sweet chocolate, and a lot of chocolate malt type aromas too, even to the point of what you'd find in, well, a chocolate malt at a good, privately owned ice cream shop. Then the coffee creeps in as it warms, from the black acrid aroma of coffee just into a mug from the pot, to the aroma of a coffee with three creams and three sugars: the balance here is always pretty astounding. And as it warms you can get some of the grain and oats mixing with everything, and whatever hops that are here aren't really in the aroma. Some tar and char comes through when it warms also. With each drop of temperature new combinations start to form.

Taste: What's wild about this beer is the layers that keep changing as the temperature changes. Initially the chocolate and coffee combination works wonders, with a lot of nice char and acridity mixing together with the heavy sense of chocolate, and it becomes less sweet (not that it's all that sweet to begin with, but it's there and present) as it warms. On the back-end there's some nice char and berry and dark fruit flavors that come through also. And the finish is char, acrid coffee, and lingering bitter chocolate, with some flutter of sweetness around for good measure.

Mouthfeel: Beautifully thick all around, with a sense of both creaminess and a velvet-like softness to round everything out. It's certainly a heavy-bodied beer, but there's enough carbonation to get the creaminess out of it so it becomes coating instead of cloying.

Drinkability: I'm thinking of keeping one around for a year or two to see if the char and roasted back-end quality dissipates to a sweeter brew, but I'm not sure I can wait that long, to be honest. I paid $11.99 for the 4-pack, and thankfully, this was the last one. Had there been more, I would've bought them, I mean. And if there had been none, I wouldn't have been too thrilled. So it worked out. This is my first chance finally reviewing it in the bottle, since I haven't found it in a long time and finally recently stumbled upon it, and it seems like nothing has changed. An intense, balanced, beautifully crafted Imperial Stout from one of my favorite breweries. It'll always be a staple for me if I can ever find it enough to make it one.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My good buddy Christian gave me two 4 packs of this for Christmas and i'm super pumped for it.

A: The darkest of black, completely impenetrable. Dense tan head which good retention and excellent lacing.

S: Freshly brewed dark roast coffee dominates the nose with notes of dark and sweet chocolate. Slight oats and a touch of alcohol as well.

T: Dark roast coffee dominates up front followed by the sweet and bitter chocolates. Slight oats towards the end with the coffee and chocolates blending together for the finish. Deliciously roasty and bitter. The high alcohol is also well hidden as well.

M: Smooth as silk, creamy, and thick. Feels like a stout. Very dirnkable.

Overall: This beer is well deserving of the hype. The boys and girls at Founders really know what they're doing.

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4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip

Look: Pours pitch black with a 1 1/2 finger foamy coffee colored head that slowly fades to a thick ring with creamy swirl on top. Lacing sticks all over the sides of the glass. Beautiful.

Smell: Huge coffee & espresso notes, chocolate, sweet creamy vanilla, roasted malts, slight burning wood notes.

Taste / Mouthfeel: Chocolate covered coffee beans followed by espresso, dark chocolate, slight vanilla and charred wood. Extremely smooth, with creamy almost silky mouthfeel. Slight bitterness in the finish. As it warms coffee notes and smokiness become even more pronounced. Alcohol is well hidden, almost non existent.

Overall: Amazing, a coffee lovers dream. This is by far one of the best imperial stouts I've had to date. Very complex and smooth, I will definitely be seeking more of these out.

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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