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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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13,712 Ratings

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Ratings: 13,712
Reviews: 3,442
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,390
Gots: 3,830 | FT: 199
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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4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amazing beer. It pours a dark, dark motor oil color. The aroma in this thing is insane! Chocolate and coffee abound in the nose with a touch of licorice and/or vanilla.

Flavorwise, it's exactly what you would expect. Lots of coffee, dark malts, chocolatey aftertaste. The only thing I have against this beer is the finish. It's a bit too syrupy/cloying. Because of it, this is a sipping beer for sure.

Overall, however, a great beer!

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.98/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Sweet cold coffee, nothing bitter here. Chocolate, grains and oatmeal, alcohol.

Appearance: Pitch black (of course). Dark brown head, one of the darkest that I've ever seen. It took a pour high above the glass to develop a large head. This is clearly going to be a very sweet brew. Good retention and lots of lacing. Lots of large bubbles remain after most of the head dissipates.

Taste: Mild, sweet coffee, lactose as in a milk stout, mild anise, oats and grains, chocolate, some bitter piney hops mixed in with the alcohol?

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Mildly syrupy. Just a bit of drying from the coffee flavor. Very little carbonation. A little chalky.

Overall: Delicious, but just a tad too sweet for me. Definitely not anywhere near a classic example of a stout, but I guess that's why they call it a Double Chocolate Coffee Oatmeal Stout. The lactose flavors were a bit unexpected, but not a bad thing.

Notes: Bottled on 11/30/2011, tasted on 1/20/2012.

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4.82/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into Budweiser chalice.
A-pours black as night and slowly. leaving nice tan head and lacing on glass. Lacing stayed for entire time of drinking. attributed to by the 8.3%abv.
S-roasty is understatement. Hugh notes of coffee and roasted barley. secondary notes of fruit and sweetness.
T-Yum! Roasted barley, caramel, sweet fruittness not cloying however. Finishes with a nice dry bitter note. The dark bitter chocolates come through in the end with no amount of sweetness.
M-slick on the tongue, smooth going down. slight ting from the alcohol but very slight. leaves mouth watering and wanting another sip.

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.22/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown, nearly black. Head was only 1 finger despite an aggressive pour, but lacing was perfect.

S: Rich, toasted malts, coffee, and dried fruit (raisins or dates).

T: Strong, toasted malt up front, slightly acrid, but not in a bad way. Almost no malty sweetness, but acidity is strong -- somewhere between Colombian coffee and tart fruit (currants?). Diacetyl is faint, but pleasant. Hops spice and bitterness is minimal. There was a slightly unpleasant amine note in the finish.

M: Smooth, creamy, with just the right amount of carbonation.

O: I followed Todd Alström's advice (to drink at breakfast, and let it slowly warm as you drink it). It's quite good, but I have had better (the strong tartness and amine finish kept it from making my favorites list). I'd never say "no" to this one, but all other things being equal, there are other stouts I'd choose first (see my reviews page, if interested).

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2.5/5  rDev -44.7%

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4/5  rDev -11.5%

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Thanks to kiddwhiz for hooking this brew up!

Pours deep black with a creamy two finger tan head with tremendous retention and lacing!

Strong chocolate and creamy vanilla flavors with a pleasant coffee aroma. Strong alcohol flavor but not overpowering and is well balanced. Coffee is much more prevalent than in the aroma. Finishes with a hint of resin and bitter but quite pleasing.

Great carbonation and mouthfeel, excellent balance.

Very easy to drink and tough to put down. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-12-2011 02:19:41

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

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4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours an oily black with about half an inch of frothy looking head, the color of which is exactly like espresso. Pretty wispy lacing.

S - Big coffee. Like a morning brew ought to smell like.

T - Warm chocolate and java fight for superiority. First the coffee, then surprisingly sweet, not to bitter chocolate, then coffee again. Creamy oatmeal texture throughout. Simply amazing.

M - Creamy, and it had me smacking my lips a lot. Definitely has some presence.

O - If I could, I would drink this whenever I could or maybe even continuously without stopping. The best stout I have ever had. End of story.

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4/5  rDev -11.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 13,712 ratings.