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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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14,093 Ratings

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Ratings: 14,093
Reviews: 3,527
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,502
Gots: 4,161 | 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: 14,093 | Reviews: 3,527
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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%

Photo of SLeffler27
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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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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3/5  rDev -33.6%

Photo of Lawl3ss
4.13/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Lightly chilled 12 oz. stubby poured into a tulip pint. Bottling date 11.19.11.

Look- Lives up to the hype so far. Completely opaque with brilliant ruby cordial glints around the edges. Starts off with two-and-a-half fingers of dense chocolate milk colored head that leaves lace almost as opaque as the beer, despite settling fairly quickly. If it's half as hearty as it looks, this is going to be a treat.

Smell- Not as bold as I figured it would be, but rich nonetheless and tastefully done. Big dose of mocha and fresh ground espresso beans, obviously, along with a solid showing of caramel and a hint of granola-like toasty/roasty grains, but nothing I wasn't expecting. Smells fairly sweet.

Taste- Tastes like I like my coffee, you'd hardly know it was beer. Dark, bitter chocolate and you guessed it... black coffee. The bitterness is just like... black coffee. It's also got a hint of London-style sticky sweetness and touches of lighter roasted oats and barley. Aftertaste is once again coffee, this time coupled with a pinch of peat and a light alcohol burn. There's a bit of woody something buried in there somewhere, but I can't really put my finger on where it pokes its nose out. There are touches of intrigue here and there, but for the most part its like a bullet train of flavor - powerful but one-dimensional. In other words, you know where it ends up as soon as you step on.

Mouthfeel- Mmm-mm. Full and thick, almost sludgy. Light to moderate carbonation. Mild warming on the back end. It really drinks like that uber-caffeinated stuff that you get out of the bottom of the coffee pot after it's been on "warm" all day... well, that's my thing and so is this. Hearty. One's probably enough, but that's as it should be.

Overall- These guys really know what they were going for, and did it. It might be sacrilege, but I was hoping for something a bit more complex. It's a big beer, and well balanced, but in the end it's about what you would expect when you consider the ingredients. Double up the well-above-standard recipe, throw in some coffee and cocoa, and voila! I'm big into stouts, but this had little of the complex spicy, woody, and dark fruit character I've seen in some of my favorites. Well worth the $10 I dropped on the four-pack, but not what the hype would lead you to think. As a stand-alone beer, it’s great, but you wouldn’t want more than one or two, and it kills the palate. I don't really see it going with food. I might pick it up once in a while, but it's not going to make my go-to list in the near future.

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4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big pint pour.

Deep brown-black with a humble light brown head. Starting to lace.

Black coffee with sugar, roasted grains, dark bittersweet cocoa powder, and grassy hops. The coffee is major with a vanilla undertone.

Hugely coffee; black and with two sugars. Great roastiness. Bitter like spent grounds. Grassy/leafy hop in the outro. Some alkaline cocoa and even a spritz of orange rind oil. Stellar.

Great body. Medium, but satisfying. Carb is held up a little more than I'd like. Alcohol is not boasting, nor quiet.

A wonderful coffee stout. A little one-note, but fantastically executed. Must try.

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beer pours a dark black with just a bit of brown foamy head.

Beer smells extremely strong of roasted coffee. Very nice.

Beer tastes strongly of bitter dark chocolate. On the backend, the coffee really opens up and makes for a nice finish.

Moutfeel is just right. A bit thick, but very drinkable.

Nice roasty, bitter stout.

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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  rDev -11.5%

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4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64 oz growler from Ale Yeah, around $19 with tax. Poured into a pint glass.

a- pours a jet black, with less than half an inch of head that quickly separates into a thing ring around the glass. leaves little to no lacing behind.

s- strong cofffee/espresso with a roasted character, very bitter chocolate.

t- and it tastes just like that bitter chocolate i smelled, but way more intense. the coffee definitely comes through very strongly mixed with some burnt malt. it finishes with some hoppiness at the end.

m- medium body and carbonation that contribute to making this a very smooth and creamy stout. both dry and sweet at the same time and leaves you wanting more.

o- i've had this in 4-packs before for around $10 and it tastes just as good. i think i made a small mistake paying $19 for a 64 oz growler, but not one i regret by any means. i'll take this beer any day - on tap, from a growler, bottled, or out of a boot. it's delicious.

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4/5  rDev -11.5%

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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