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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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13,361 Ratings

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Ratings: 13,361
Reviews: 3,357
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,310
Gots: 3,480 | 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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black with a quickly dissolving brown head that leaves a nice tan lacing ring around the glass.

S - Coffee, roasted malts, slight metallic, spiced bread, walnuts, dirt and earth, alcohol, blood, figs and other dried fruits

T - Big zesty coffee front with lively acidity that gives way to mellow chocolate and dark roasted malts. The flavor leaves a good bitter which gives way to a nutty finish that smacks of spiced bread with some slight herbal tones. Alcohol is present but by not means overwhelming.

M - Great carbonation for the style and a nice coating mouthfeel without too much stickiness.

O - A great ICS! Do seek it out, and I'm hoping to one day be lucky enough to snag the revered KBS or CBS.

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4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler served at fridge temp.

A- Pitch black body with a dark brown head. Really tiny bown bubbles.

S- Rich, coffee with sweet chocolate undertones, the kind of aroma you would expect in a chocolate, coffee oatmeal stout lol. The aroma is deep though...very, very rich coffee with slight caramel and toffee with a touch of a roasted quality.

T- Dark chocolate takes a front seat. It's a bitter dark chocolate with perhaps some bitterness comming from the hops. Roasted coffee does come through but the bitterness makes it seem more like espresso. Some hop flavor does manage to shine through as well. There is a bit of a grassy hop flavor hidden in there.

M- Perfection. Full bodied with perfect carbonation. So smooth but finishes perfectly bitter from the combo of coffee and hops. Velvety, very smooth, and extremely drinkable for almost 9% alcohol.

O- Really well crafted beer. Very drinkable and all of the flavors are so well balanced. As it warms everything really comes through. Just plain awesome, I've had this beer for both breakfast and dessert and it has never disappointed. Really great on a cold night as well.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite stouts!

Dark and seductive! Pitch black with a coffee and cream colored head. The head fades after a little time.

Smells like rich coffee and dark chocolate followed by a little fruitiness. Smokey and sweet

If a mocha milkshake had a baby with beer, this would be it. I would easily pass chocolate cake up for this anytime. So rich, bitter and sweet. Hops are present and compliment the coffee flavor nicely.

One of the nicest mouth feels in a beer I've had! So silky an perfect carbonation.

Such an awesome stout. Rich and delicious!

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3/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance is no more remarkable than any other Imperial Stout I've experienced: jet mahogany with an exuberant, oatmeal colored head that quickly fades to a thin blanket of lace. There is certainly coffee in the nose and while it is the defining aspect, alongside it there is a pronounced alcohol note and an aroma somewhat reminiscent of old books: must and wood and wet rot. Taste follows logically - upfront booze and coffee ballasted by roasted and chocolate malts. Unfortunately, it's monochromatic and hampered by a too-prominent alcohol profile. It finishes with an alternative and, ultimately, unwelcome facet of the coffee - bright and acidic and maybe even possessive of an espresso-like grit. With regards to the style, the feel seems thin, lacking the heft to ably support it.
Overall, it's a nice, but particularly unexciting, beer. Unfortunately acidic and boozy, lacking the depth of character I've come to believe an Imperial Stout can embody. Nonetheless, you should try it. I honestly feel like you should. All these people can't be wrong can they? My perfectly average 3 rating does'nt nullify the fact that this is a really important beer, a benchmark even, to a significant population. Its just that it strikes me as particularly uneventful.

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 13,361 ratings.