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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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13,954 Ratings

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Ratings: 13,954
Reviews: 3,497
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,455
Gots: 4,028 | FT: 209
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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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.52/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Inky color, quickly dissipating milk choco head. A roll in the glass shows that the beer has some serious legs.

Nose is burned malt, coffee, and some dark chocolate.

Taste is basically the same. Lots of bitterness- black coffee, burned malt. A little unpleasant truth be told- just too much for me. A bit thick in terms of MF, which suits the style.

Seeing the 98 and 100 lingering atop the reviews page for this beer makes it a little bit daunting for me to be completly honest and not pad my opinion. That said, this is just too much of a roasty bomb for me, way too excessive with the roast sourced bitterness/astringency. Meh.

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -11.5%

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Extremely dark (almost black) with a tan head. Not a very thick head and dissipates pretty quickly in my snifter. The smell is of bitter-sweet chocolate and coffee. Taste is all rich bitter-sweet chocolate with perfect bitter finish that blends well. This is like a liquid form of the cooking chocolate my mom kept around the house 30 years ago when I was a kid. Good carbonation and fun to swirl and sip. This is a complex brew that seems to get better and better as you drink it. I suppose more complexity comes out as it warms up. This brew is perfect for sitting around a campfire and talking with friends or family. Overall this stuff is fantastic and I understand what the hype is about now. Will definitely buy again.

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4.62/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had to travel to Asheville to score this, as Founders is not sold here in SC. And let me say, it was worth the trip. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Beautiful jet black with a bold 2 finger tan head that stuck around for a bit with good lacing. Smell is huge coffee, roasted malts, figs, toffee and perhaps some chocolate. Taste follows the nose, but what was surprising was the balance and complex taste. Starts off coffee and then the chocolate hits with the hops and malts. Sweet but bold on the finish and just difficult to put down. Excellent sipping beer on a cold night. Breakfast Stout is the perfect name for this. Feel is thick and creamy with good carbonation. Silky and pleasant on the tongue. Overall- Top notch for the style and my favorite to date. Complex and full with excellet taste and smell. Huge coffee and mocca with perfect balance. Founders knocked this out of the park. Letting another bottle age in the cellar and we will see what happens. A must try

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4/5  rDev -11.5%

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4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap

A - Very dark near black color, with a light brown head

S - A lot of coffee in the smell, with a hint of other roasted malts.

T - also a very strong coffee flavor, and a sweet maltiness

M - thick but not syrupy, pleasantly carbonated

O - a very enjoyable beer, enjoyable enough that i felt the need to order a second glass. would definitely recommend this beer and was glad that I had the opportunity to try it on tap in Mass.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.36/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Westmalle chalice. 08/15/11 printed on the bottle neck making this beer four and a half months old.

Appearance: It pours an extremely dark brown, bordering black, but when held up to the light the chestnut brown color becomes more evident. The head takes some coaxing (a very hard pour) to make itself present, but a half finger's worth of head is a nice reward. The head itself is a nice light brown, dark tan color. The bubbles are very densely packed with a few larger bubbles hovering in the middle. It fades quickly to a ring that hugs the glass and a few splotches.

Smell: Sharp, freshly brewed coffee. By sharp I mean lively, full, energetic, active, or any other word opposite of "dull." This beer's coffee aroma completely takes over. Simply stunning. As it warms some bittersweet chocolate comes out.

Taste: Tastes just like it smells. The coffee is obviously very present. The coffee flavor is similar to a very dark roast. Again, the coffee flavor is very lively, bold, not flat at all. The bittersweet chocolate is there as well, making itself more present as the drink warms. There is a bit of bitterness at the end (similar to a cup of coffee), and then a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Big body, medium carbonation. The consistency is very pleasant. Silky smooth and carbonation level compliments it nicely. The carbonation really jumps starts these flavors. Coffee flavors are great, but are quickly gone after the swallow.

Overall: Very easily drinkable. The coffee flavor is huge, but it's hard to take my time drinking this one. The faint, bitter chocolate provides a great balance. There is so much to love about this beer. World class.

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 13,954 ratings.