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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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13,737 Ratings

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Ratings: 13,737
Reviews: 3,448
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,395
Gots: 3,850 | 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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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.32/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours solid black with the slightest hints of brown when held to the light. Less than a finger of tan head is produced that has moderate retention and minimal lacing.

S - Lots of coffee and roasted malts, espresso bitterness, dry cocoa and some sweet molasses.

T - Bittersweet cocoa, noticeable dryness, fair amount of coffee notes and the espresso bitterness lingers throughout. Roasted malts and oats are think and faintly smokey, some spice and molasses and even faint tones of anise.

M - Medium body, fairly balanced carbonation and a very dry finish.

O - All in all an excellent stout that I enjoyed very much. Look forward to getting back up north so I can get my hands on it more regularly.

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4/5  rDev -11.5%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of fvernon
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 edition. Poured at 55 degrees into a Deschutes tulip; it came out a viscous cinnamon chocolate with a 1/2 inch of cinnamon butter head that left beautiful lacing on the sides of the glass. Aroma of milk chocolate, pumpernickel, and mocha with a hint of chocolate frosting in the background.

The initial sip is thick - more chocolate, a muted coffee, oatmeal, and hops, and a slight burn of licorice at the end on the exhale. It's a delicious combination (and I'm usually not one for licorice), and the back of my throat has a happy heat to it after a minute of coating through sips. There is something slightly coating in the mouthfeel that isn't quite my thing, but I can't place my finger on what it is about it - maybe it's the licorice finish.

Overall this beer, as many know, is superb and sublime - there are a few chocolate/coffee stouts out there that may be more delicious, but not by much, and none with such a drinkable ABV (I'm looking at you, Mokah!). That is to say, it's a sipper because it wants to be, not because it needs to be.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of stalker5
4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With a good pour into snifter, a thick tan head rose well. Scents of black coffee and oatmeal, slight hits of dark chocolate. Taste lots of coffee flavor in the front, then some oats, smoke and dark chocolatey in the back. Mouthfeel is nice, full body, creamy but could be a little thicker. Overall, really good though, definitely drinkable. Very tasty, creamy, good flavours.

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of LebronJeremy
3.38/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I waited a while to find this because it flies off of the shelves where I live, but I was disappointed.

It pours like motor oil. Completely black and viscous. It left a nice head with good lacing.

It smelled great. Caramel maltiness with a strong coffee overtone.

The first taste was solid. Coffee dominates the palate, but other roasts are present. Then it gets bitter. The bitterness doesn't go away; it just lingers on the back of your tongue. In contrast to every other stout that I've had, it got worse as it got warmer.

The alcohol was relatively present for a beer with only (only?) 8.3 ABV.

If it weren't for the lingering bitterness that left my mouth feeling dirty, this would be a solid brew. But just like every other bitter beer, it gave me a headache and a want for something other than more beer.

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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  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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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of iadler
4.29/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint.

A- Pours a pitch black with a small dark mocha with good retention. Minimal lacing is left behind.

S- Freshly brewed ice coffee, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and some roasted malt.

T- Freshly brewed coffee, milk chocolate covered espresso beans, oatmeal with a large roasted malt presence at the finish.

M- Medium carbonation with a syrupy body that finishes slightly dry.

O- Another excellent stout from a brewery that makes some of the best. Have had this several years, and this year seemed to have the strongest coffee presence IMO.

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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%

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 13,737 ratings.