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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: 1,504
Gots: 4,162 | 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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4.29/5  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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4.07/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a new belgium globe. Pours a deep dark black with one finger of mocha colored head, which leaves a nice lacing as it dissipates. The aroma has a nice combination of coffee, roasted malts, and chocolate. The coffee really stands out the most though. The taste has a nice blend of the coffee and chocolate notes, and finishes with the malts at the end. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with a decent amount of carbonation, and slightly on the thin side.

Overall, a quality beer from Founders, but not quite the world-beater I was hoping for.

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4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours black as night, very thick looking, with a thin mocha head that quickly faded, great lacing.

S- Big notes of dark chocolate and roasted coffee, the smell is so powerful and delicious.

T- The flavor is absolutely incredible, fistfuls of roasted coffee, rich dark chocolate, good amounts of spice and warming alcohol, has a nice astringency on the finish that goes along with the coffee, a bit of malt sweetness and well-hidden hop bitterness as well.

M- Full bodied, rich, creamy feel, very thick.

O- My heart! This is easily one of the best stouts I've ever tasted, absolutely delicious.

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4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours jet black with a finger of tan head that had little retention but left some nice lacing. There is a strong aroma of roasted malt and coffee. The taste backs up the nose. Roasted malt, coffee and throw in some semi-sweet chocolate to make this offering nearly perfect. The lingering roasted bitterness in the finish is the perfect end to an outstanding beer experience.

My favorite style is stout and this is my favorite stout. I cannot imagine a better beer than this.


Update: On Christmas Day 2014 I had a side-by-side between a fresh version and a 2013 variant.

The 2013 was smoother and creamier but I preferred the intense flavors of the freshie.

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4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had in the bottle before, wanted to see how it fares fresh on tap.

A-Black as night with a tan oily intimidating head that laces the glass.

S-Dark roasted coffee, chocolate is evident, and so much more.

T-Heavy dark chocolately heavy malt taste. Long satisfying non bitter, yet hoppy finish. Hops carry the significant malt character really nicely.

M-Thick, yet smooth. Little carbonation. Really enjoyable.

D-Way too high.

O-An outstanding beer. Probably the top stout I've ever had. At over 8% ABV, this is the bomb. Great flavor and mouthfeel.

On 10/25/12: Evaluated a fresh one (8/15/12 or maybe it's 9/15 the first number is tough to read) with one in the cellar (11/14/11) since last year.

A-The newer beer has a little more head, otherwise they look the same. No difference in head retention or lacing.

S-2011:tons of chocolate with a surprising amount of coffee aroma still present
2012: weaker aroma, much less chocolate with more of the coffee in the nose
I prefer chocolate so I like the aroma of the year old beer better.

T-2012: A bit green in the taste, not how I remembered last year's version.
2011: A lot more chocolate and coffee in the taste, tastes a lot like how I remember it tasting last year (i.e. it has not faded as much as I'd expect-especially the coffee taste). The big difference is it has gotten a little sweeter.
This batch from 2012 seems to be missing quite a bit from last year. It is much earthier tasting (coffee from a different location?). There is also a bit of a meaty roasted beef taste. Strange.

M:2012: This is where I think the biggest difference lies from how 2011 tasted fresh as well as today. The body is quite a bit weaker.
2011: The body and taste has now transformed a bit from a big stout to more of a dubbel where the malt is not only chocolately but also you get some hints of fermented fruit (rum raisin) which was not present fresh. A little cloying but still very drinkable. Starting to take on the moutfeel characteristics of a RIS. Carbonation is comparable for both versions. Alcohol is non-existant for both years.

O-I definitely think this year's first batch of FBS isn't as good as any FBS I had last year. If I was scoring this year's it would be much lower. The taste has too much of a green earthy coffee taste and the body is thin. Anyway, the year old FBS still is quite outstanding. I wondered how it would hold up and it has much better than I expected. I suspect it wouldn't do well for that much longer. But I would trade the rest of the FBS I bought for last year's. I wonder if subsequent batches from this year are tasting the same.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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

A - Dark brown - black, thin 1/2 finger light brown head, light spotty lacing.

S - Wonderful waves of coffee beans, cocoa, light hops, oatmeal and vanilla.

T - Tons of coffee beans, dark chocolate, bitter hops & roasty malts compete for the middle, with a noticeable amount of alcohol, vanilla and oat finishes it out perfectly.

M - Full bodied, heavy, chewy from the oats.

O - Finally got to try this famous beer, such an amazing work of art! Delicious!

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4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours as black as 40 weight motor oil, with a thin tan head that dissipated rather quickly. Left excellent lacing throughout the glass.

Smell - This was the only part about the beer I rated under a 4.5, of course it was a 4, which is still pretty high. Smelled of roasted coffee, coffee beans, etc. I think the coffee smell really overpowered anything else.

Taste - Impressive. A coffee sensation up front, but you can certainly pick up on chocolate in the middle and finish of the drink. Extremely well balanced between the coffee and chocolate. The 8.3 ABV is totally masked.

Mouthfeel - Nice, thick brew. Excellent coating, leaves nothing to be desired

Overall - This is likely one of the best beers I have ever had. To be able to overcome my prejudice against coffee is impressive enough, but the overwhelming manner in which is did so was Jordan-esque. Wouldn't recommend this for a hot day/climate, but when the weather is cold and your crew is looking for a strong beer at a good price, this is an incredible beer. I loved it!

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from 4-pack, dated 11/13/2011, poured into GL snifter.

Thin, tan head, minimal lacing, black, opaque elixir.

Well balanced coffee, chocolate, toffee notes.

Nice bitter start washes from front to back of tongue; sweet chocolate balanced by coffee and burnt malt notes. A bit of vanilla aftertaste. Nice.

Highly carbonated, not excessively oily or slick, medium body.

This is a go-to stout. Tasty, complex with alcohol well hidden.
Founders scores again.

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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