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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: 1,501
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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look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottles brought back from St. Louis for me by A. Much thanks.
Bottled 12/14/2011.
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

Founders' Breakfast Stout is an intensely coffee-forward double stout that is, in my opinion, unbalanced and overrated. The coffee aroma and taste overwhelms most of what else the beer tries to offer. Further, the coffee isn't a particularly good flavor, anyway, at least compared to what freshly brewed coffee can offer. While I'm glad I was able to finally try this beer, it's clearly not something I think highly of relative to many others. I will probably not seek this out again.

The pour produces a 1cm tall head of dark tan to light brown foam, mostly composed of small bubbles, though there are a few large, yielding a very dense appearance. Head fades over a minute or two to a thin ring around the glass with a very fine membrane of bubbles atop the body. Leaves some excellent lacing, which is renewed and augmented with each swirl. Body is an impenetrable dark brown or black, with the slightest highlight of lighter brown when held to the lights. I can't make out anything going on inside the beer, so no idea what carbonation is like. An excellent looking beer.

The dominant aroma is coffee, and not particularly good, fresh coffee, but day-old, stale coffee and coffee grounds. I'm kind of amazed that Founders got Sumatra coffee to come across as mediocre. The other major scent is heavily roasted malt, bordering on char or ash. As I pointed out to a friend, "kind of like someone stuck a burnt-out cigarette in your beer." I do not find this a particularly enjoyable-smelling beer, and think those of you who can "smell the oats" or other such nonsense, are imaging things. This isn't the aroma of a stout, it's more the aroma of a bad, old cup of coffee. Very little complexity or depth even.

Taste fairs better than aroma, with coffee notes hitting the front of the tongue, then progressing to some chocolate and roasted malt notes mixed in with the coffee flavors. Ends with continued bitterness, cacoa nibs, coffee, and ethanol. Lingering aftertaste of some bitterness and roasted malt. Again, I don't think the addition of the coffee improved this beer at all: the flavor isn't all that good (again, has an old coffee flavor, which is basically expected because by now the beer contains old coffee), it has depth that is masked by the coffee, and really misses out on other things that stouts can be (a bit of cream flavor, perhaps a bit spicy, etc).

Medium to medium-heavy bodied with a bit of wateriness around the edges. Somewhat surprising, really, given the ethanol and probably malt content of this beer. Carbonation is modest, producing a pleasing, initially crisp, then smooth feel as the beer lingers on the palate. Ethanol is felt in the nosrils and back of palate. Finish is semi-dry.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark pour with a very thin cinnamon colored head. Never really seem to get a decent head or lacing from this beer. Anyways, the aroma is just blasting from the glass. It's mostly chocolate and alcohol, with some oatmeal. Smells really nice. Just from the smell you can imagine the creaminess you're about to experience. Tastes like hot cocoa mixed with an oatmeal stout. Delicious. Very smooth and creamy. There is a presence of alcohol, but it seems more present when it's colder. I'm also getting a bitter touch from the hops in the middle, and the aftertaste is a smooth coffee flavor that lingers for a minute. Nice full, creamy body. Low carbonation. You can drink this beer warm or cold. Definitely a must try from Founders.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 11/26/11. Experienced on 1/31/12. Poured semi-aggressively into Samuel Adams pint glass.

A: Poured motor oil black with some weight behind it. Produced a dense, acorn-colored head at about 1cm in thickness. Laces the glass with a delicate white sheet of foam.

S: This one threw me off a little. Was expecting a big blast of chocolate and coffee to assualt my olfactory nerve, but instead got a very subtle aroma of burnt toast and yeast.

T: Dark, bitter chocolate upfront, followed by earthy, piney hops in the middle, and finishes with the sharpness of a deep, dark espresso. Slight heat warms the belly with each sip.

M: Smooth and velvety. Perfect carbonation allows this brew to feel lighter than it actually is while maintaining it's viscosity.

O: IMO, this brew is very one-dimensional and lacks complexity. I'm not disappointed with this brew by any means, it just didn't meet my expectations. However, if your looking for a stout that drinks like a fine espresso, this is definitely it. I could see myself having a few of these for breakfast in place of my morning coffee. Actually....

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

This is definitely one of my favorite beers and is worth the wait every year! It pours black with about one finger or dark tan head. The lacing is wonderful.

The aroma is strong strong coffee with a little touch of chocolate sweetness.

The mouth feel is nice. It is medium bodied with very low carbonation. I always expect a much more full body from the aromas.

Taste is where this beer could improve just a little. Just like the aroma, you get a lot of coffee! The oatmeal gives it a very pleasant smoothness that almost completely hides the alcohol. I really got no chocolate on my palate though. It has a nice bitterness to it, but I would attribute that more to coffee bitterness than chocolate.

Overall, this is one of my favorite seasonal stouts. If this were a year round brew, I would always have a stash!

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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