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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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13,733 Ratings

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Ratings: 13,733
Reviews: 3,448
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,394
Gots: 3,846 | FT: 201
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:
Beer added by: marburg on 07-26-2003

Brewed with flaked oats, bitter and sweetened imported chocolates, Sumatra and Kona coffee.
60 IBU
Released on Sept. 1, 2010.
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma--roast, coffee, small hint of chocolate.

Taste--in concert with aroma, with chocolate much more detectable. So delicious.

Mouthfeel--thick and hearty. Very cliche to say, but really, REALLY has almost light milkshake texture.

Overall--This is a pleasure to review, because I have nothing but superlatives for this beer. Seriously, I was not a stout fan at all until, after hearing so many rage about the Founders (almost to an ad nauseum degree), I bought myself a four pack, sat down with a pour, and just savored every single drink. I've branched out to stouts since, and love them now, and owe it all to this one. Truly delicious. This beer is a champ.

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4.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into snifter

Appearance – Pours a deep-deep brown, if not black, color with little to no light seeping through the brew. There was a thin brown had that formed and lasted about 1 min before fading to give some nice lacing.

Smell – Sweet chocolate is heavy in the nose. This mixes in with a bit of roasted coffee and an ever so slight bit of vanilla toward the middle of the taste. While the chocolate is there throughout, it changes it aroma ever so slightly as it mixed with other aromas. Initially in the nose it is of sweet chocolate, but toward the end it becomes more bitter cocoa with an ever so slight boozy finish. Very nice.

Taste –At first a bit of roasted bitter coffee and dark chocolate are detected. A nice oatmeal backbone then starts to mix with a little bit of sweet vanilla. This seems to sweeten the dark chocolate/cocoa flavor bringing it more to the realm of a sweet chocolate flavor. The bitter is not lost, however, and at the end of the taste sweet and bitter chocolate seem to mingle with a light alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel – If there is any disappointing point to this beer, it would be that the mouthfeel (which really isn’t disappointing) which doesn’t live up to the taste, aroma, or look. It’s creamy but could actually use an ever so slight boost in creaminess; a little more tongue clinging smooth. The carbonation seems an ever so bit too much also. It is a nice feel overall, but in comparison to its other attributes (taste, smell and look) it is a bit weak.

Overall – This is a very nice beer to sit back with and sip. The complexity of aroma and flavor are truly astounding, both of which transition very nicely.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz stubby Founders style brown bottle with a very interesting and catchy label with maybe the best and most talked about names for a stout in the world. Poured into a nonic style imperial pint glass.

A - black as a moonless night. Small hints of brown find their way on the bottom edges in the light. An even darker brown syrupy molasses like effect in the head from the body slipping back down
the glass. I've noticed that every dark founders beer is able to accomplish this due to the thickness they provide. The tan head is fluffy and does indeed appear cinnamon in color. Amazing retention and lasted the entire time. Produces some fine lace with plenty of stickiness.

S - rich and hearty aroma. Roasted black coffee beans. Bitter dark chocolate with a sweet cocoa/expresso character along with a touch of vanilla present but deep within.

T - wow. is a word to describe it. Roasted malts. Dark chocolate provide some bitterness with hearty oats within. Sweetness of vanilla, faint cream, and roasted cocoa all are down deep. Bold coffee flavors are roasty and rock every inch of the mouth. Finish is a rich and smooth roastiness that lingers around in a very nice manner.

M - full bodied and thick as hell. The thickness makes for a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is present, but the body and flavor are too damn good to notice any at all.

O - a true world class stout. I've yet to have the KBS or CBS, so as of now this is the best stout I've ever had. Founders brew with so much class and quality and this dandy of a brew speaks for itself. I loved everything it had to offer. I've long awaited the Breakfast Stout from Founders and nothing disappointed. It deserves the hype it gets and if anything is underrated. Overall, Breakfast Stout is out of this world.

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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

A thick, creamy, dark chestnut head reaches half an inch before quickly dropping out. The stout is black with dark brown highlights and leaves a film on the Dogfish Head snifter while rings of fine lace mark progress.

The aroma of roasted malt borders on a burnt quality with baker’s chocolate immediately following. This one is a bit earthy and all in all akin to an oatmeal stout. Coffee aromas come out with warmth and, unfortunately, so does a soapy aroma.

The flavor profile initially follows the nose then leans towards coffee and chocolate. Overall, the balance between sweet and bitter is intact until the long finish emphasizes bitterness.

This offering from Founders is creamy smooth again, similar to an oatmeal stout, with full body, light carbonation and no hint of alcohol.

A fine beer with stew or chili, however, it is best at cooler temperatures and not suitable as a sipping beer.

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 13,733 ratings.