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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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14,095 Ratings

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Ratings: 14,095
Reviews: 3,527
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,508
Gots: 4,166 | FT: 218
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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Ratings: 14,095 | Reviews: 3,527
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

Bottled 10/22/2011
Written from notes taken Nov. 2011

A: Pours an opaque black with some browning on the edges when held to light. Gives about ½ fingers width of dark mocha colored head which dissipates down quickly to an outer ring. Leaves slight spotty lacing.

S: Strong bold roast black coffee aroma, some floral hops, a relatively subtle bakers chocolate scent, a hint of dark fruits (maybe cherry), and an astringent component that I can’t particularly place. There are a decent amount of subtleties in the scent but far and away its mainly about the coffee aroma and boy is it strong and delicious.

T: At first sip there is more of a dark fruit presence than I anticipated, along with a strong coffee flavor and some hop bitterness on the back end. The dark chocolate flavor comes out strong too. There is a significant sweetness that balances out well with the strong coffee and bitter character. The black bold roast coffee on the backend is quite delicious and lingers for a while after each sip. As I drink it, the dark fruits and sweetness die down to leave the dominating flavors of black coffee and dark chocolate. A well balanced and relatively complex palate profile that makes for a beer that’s quite good.

M/D: Pretty heavily carbonated (too much for my liking) and a little hot going down, but it has a nice slick mouth feel and full body. The alcohol is noticeable but doesn’t interfere with the flavor profile. Even with the heat and relatively heavy carbonation it still remains pretty easy to drink and I could certainly have more than 1. This beer is fresh out of the brewery, less than 2 weeks. I’m going to sit on a couple bottles and see if it takes off the heat and smooths it out.

O: Overall a great beer with a wonderful aroma and good strong flavor profile. Its not my favorite stout, but its certainly one of the better ones I’ve had. I definitely recommend.

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4.92/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very strong and rich tasting beer. While it is a strong stout it is also very easy to drink and while I haven't tried it yet; I'm sure this would go well with some eggs and bacon in the morning.

It has the perfect blend of chocolate and coffee taste without being overwhelming. Highly recommended.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4/5  rDev -11.5%

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

I can't say enough about this beer! After gaining a respect and love for Stouts, this is going to be, probably my fave of all time. It has a flavor beyond compare and will be like a first love for me!
As a lover of Stouts, whenever I want something different and unique, I come back to this beer.
A DEFINITE beer to come back to time and time again. Living in Michigan, it's such a sad day to see this beer go off of tap and no longer see it in bottles in the cooler. Till next year!!!

Photo of muskiesman
4.89/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From my notes tapped at cloverleaf tavern

A- Opaque dark black oily thick with very generous foamy mocha colored head faded with excellent lacework

A- Huge chocolate and coffee atht wakes you right up and readys you. Roasted malt galore heavy dark bread and cocoa.

T- Follows the nose enormous helping of chocolate and roasted malts and dark breads. Very robust flavor and body. Expresso and coffe bitters and Cocoa followed by a sweet dark fruits and the smoothness of the oat. Sweetness comes in with molasses and chocolate finishes Extremely complex without over doing one component. Layers go on and on.

M- Rich, chewy gooey almost smooth and full bodied from the first touch! Almost chewy malted flavor. Sugars apparent almost lactose richness that does not linger to much so it begs you for another take of malty goodness.

Overall was really impress with this stout, it deserves all the high praise it gets! This beer keeps developing as it goes. Take your time and fully enjoy this one.

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4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a nice dark mocha colored head that leaves quickly but leaves a nice ring of lacing. Coffee smell hits you in the face this is like a cold cup of coffee, the funny thing is I dont like coffee (hot drink) but I love the flavor and smell besides the coffee there is a little chocolate but its very hard to pick up and a slight sweetness form the malt. The taste is great nice punch of coffee like in the nose but the chocolate comes through a lot more and a nice sweetness from the malt to balance out the roasted coffee flavor. It coats my mouth very well but not as viscous as other beers in this style, very little carbonation but again that is very similar to others in this style. Overall this is a great coffee beer if you don't like coffee flavor you will hate this beer. When this beer comes out I always buy at least 2-3 four packs of this every year. Lastly I don't not recommend cellaring this beer the coffee tends to fade pretty quickly after 1 year IMO.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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1/5  rDev -77.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of peensteen
4.22/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown, near black colour, ring of tan head, little lace left. Smell is of roasted coffee beans, chocolate, roasty malts, burnt oat, some bittersweet hoppy notes, some milky chocolate as well. Taste has lots of coffee up front, bittersweet and milk chocolate, mild bitterness, burnt malt, light alcohol heat, chocolate fudge cake flavours, coffee grinds in the finish. Med carb, full body, chalky points, solid overall weight. This was a superb drink, nice balance of coffee and roast, excellent stuff here.

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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3.97/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a syrupy dark brown with a nice amount of brown fluffy head which quickly died down

S - toasted oats, chocolate, coffee

T - a lot more coffee taste than there was smell. nice hints of chocolate, slight earthy bitterness

M - rich and creamy, very nice mouthfeel, very smooth

O - i'd been hearing about this beer for years as one of the best stouts and it IS pretty damn good. i wish it had a slightly more complex hop taste rather than just acting as bitterness

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4/5  rDev -11.5%

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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