Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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13,393 Ratings

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Ratings: 13,393
Reviews: 3,363
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,320
Gots: 3,507 | 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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Photo of TheDinger
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had to travel to Asheville to score this, as Founders is not sold here in SC. And let me say, it was worth the trip. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Beautiful jet black with a bold 2 finger tan head that stuck around for a bit with good lacing. Smell is huge coffee, roasted malts, figs, toffee and perhaps some chocolate. Taste follows the nose, but what was surprising was the balance and complex taste. Starts off coffee and then the chocolate hits with the hops and malts. Sweet but bold on the finish and just difficult to put down. Excellent sipping beer on a cold night. Breakfast Stout is the perfect name for this. Feel is thick and creamy with good carbonation. Silky and pleasant on the tongue. Overall- Top notch for the style and my favorite to date. Complex and full with excellet taste and smell. Huge coffee and mocca with perfect balance. Founders knocked this out of the park. Letting another bottle age in the cellar and we will see what happens. A must try

Photo of MikeDATL
4/5  rDev -11.5%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of henskejk
4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap

A - Very dark near black color, with a light brown head

S - A lot of coffee in the smell, with a hint of other roasted malts.

T - also a very strong coffee flavor, and a sweet maltiness

M - thick but not syrupy, pleasantly carbonated

O - a very enjoyable beer, enjoyable enough that i felt the need to order a second glass. would definitely recommend this beer and was glad that I had the opportunity to try it on tap in Mass.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of otto251068
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Westmalle chalice. 08/15/11 printed on the bottle neck making this beer four and a half months old.

Appearance: It pours an extremely dark brown, bordering black, but when held up to the light the chestnut brown color becomes more evident. The head takes some coaxing (a very hard pour) to make itself present, but a half finger's worth of head is a nice reward. The head itself is a nice light brown, dark tan color. The bubbles are very densely packed with a few larger bubbles hovering in the middle. It fades quickly to a ring that hugs the glass and a few splotches.

Smell: Sharp, freshly brewed coffee. By sharp I mean lively, full, energetic, active, or any other word opposite of "dull." This beer's coffee aroma completely takes over. Simply stunning. As it warms some bittersweet chocolate comes out.

Taste: Tastes just like it smells. The coffee is obviously very present. The coffee flavor is similar to a very dark roast. Again, the coffee flavor is very lively, bold, not flat at all. The bittersweet chocolate is there as well, making itself more present as the drink warms. There is a bit of bitterness at the end (similar to a cup of coffee), and then a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Big body, medium carbonation. The consistency is very pleasant. Silky smooth and carbonation level compliments it nicely. The carbonation really jumps starts these flavors. Coffee flavors are great, but are quickly gone after the swallow.

Overall: Very easily drinkable. The coffee flavor is huge, but it's hard to take my time drinking this one. The faint, bitter chocolate provides a great balance. There is so much to love about this beer. World class.

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4/5  rDev -11.5%

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4/5  rDev -11.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -17%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

appearance; pours an opaque, black motor oil with a brown head. Dissipation is fairly rapid, leaving just enough of a surface film to leave rings of sparce lacing.

smell; definite notes of dark roasted coffee beans and cocoa oils. Very powerful but some resiny hop aromas are powerful enough to hold up against the other ingredients as well. Very nice balance.

taste; upfront bitter burnt coffee beans blend nicely with citrus rind hops. The balance is so very delicate and works nicely to hold back any cloying qualities of the rich chocolate and malt. Coffee flavors are most dominant and the oily, roasted goodness remains on the palate long after drinking with dark chocolate and milk chocolate left on the breath.

mouthfeel; heavy bodied but smooth. Somewhat of an acrid puckering coats the mouth and toungue. Considering the big flavors and high alcohol, this is a surprisingly easy drink, with a very crisp, refreshing, and dry finish that begs to be enjoyed further.

overall; this is a wonderful drink and is worth the price it demands. I'll definately grab this one again, very pleased!

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of xpdrinker
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, bottled 11/18/11, trade extra courtesy of Trystero (thanks!).

A - black, with finger thick khaki head that settles into what looks like a bubbling pancake that's ready to flip.

S - Coffee, coffee, and more coffee. Smells like fresh-ground, dark roasted beans. High quality coffee, too - the "Don't f'ing 'Jimmy' me, Jules!" kind.

T - High quality, fresh brewed coffee up front and hangs around. Alcohol is noticeable on the finish. A tart sweetness I can't quite place, but not unenjoyable.Hops play a quick game of Whack-a-Mole, popping in and out. There's a nice sweetness somewhere in there but it's buried by the coffee and alcohol.

M - Light-medium body balanced with medium carbonation. Tingly, tacky finish.

O - Finally got to pop my FBS cherry and glad I did, although with all that coffee presence it's the wrong stout for drinking after midnight like I did. Saving the rest of my bottles for weekend breakfast/brunch hours. Would like to see how this one cellars.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -6%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of bosox941827
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found this ON-TAP at the new Tyler's in Raleigh - first try of this one and feel lucky to have found it on tap. Poured into a tulip glass.
A - Dark as night with a great half-inch coffee-colored head that hung around forever.
S - Well that's just awesome; roasty malts, a hint of coffee (though not much chocolate) and a decent amount of sweetness as well (perhaps that's the chocolate?).
T - Just so smooth...sweetness from the malts and a bit of bitter chocolate up front. Bitterness from the coffee and hops comes in mid-palate and dries things out a bit. Not a hint of alcohol in the flavor, though you do feel it after just a few sips. Battle between wanting to drink this quickly and savor each and every sip.
M - Very smooth with light carbonation; *almost* as if it was poured on nitrogen.
So glad I found this and wasn't disappointed, this is a fantastic stout and a fantastic beer. Thanks Tyler's!

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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