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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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13,980 Ratings

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Ratings: 13,980
Reviews: 3,504
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,466
Gots: 4,060 | FT: 211
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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4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served into a glass stein. Big thanks to Geneseohawk for this one!

Appearance- This beer is completely opaque and dark. I can see some carbonation columns at the side of the glass. The head grew to about two fingers and appears really frothy, color of milk chocolate. The retention is good, not really any lace.

Smell- The head is full of milk chocolate. There are distinct coffee notes and a little bit of cream. It smells very good!

Taste- There are lots of roasted malt that mingles with cooked oatmeal. The milk chocolate comes through huge mid-drink and into the finish. There is also molasses that adds to the sweet profile. There is just a little bit of spicy hop and some coffee in there.

Mouth feel- This one is a nice full body. It is very creamy for having these complex, roasted notes. The oatmeal in here does a very nice job of smoothing this out.

Overall- This is a very interesting stout with fantastic flavors. The coffee and chocolate notes are well done. Definitely sip this one slowly and let it warm.

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

Brewed 10/22/11
Sampled 11/12/11
Poured into a tulip, next time.... a coffee mug.

Up to the light, very little of anything other than black is detected. A Brazilian tan head forms and sticks, period. Only agitating the beer causes it to drop, and even then a sheet of lace is left behind. It's really a welcome sight.

Smoke and black coffee bean dominate the aroma. Dark roasty flavors and astringency definitely overpower any sweetness. If I take a quick vague whiff of the beer, I hate to say it reminds me of coffee/smoker breath. Leafy hop flavors begin to sneak they're way in as it warms, 60 IBU's will do that.

This definitely is the coffee lovers beer. Maybe just a dash of caramel and vanilla accent the assertive coffee flavor. Just the scarcest amount of chocolatey sweetness is evident in the finish, as well as a dash of astringency. One thing that certainly doesn't make it's presence known is alcohol. It's simply non-existent start to finish.

The mild but ample carbonation and overall smoothness of the feel is very good. I've had more viscous Imperial Stouts, but this one almost does match the consistency of a cup of joe.

The coffee lover will dig this beer. If you aren't such, I think you may find the complexity and overall character a bit of a let down for such a popular stout. For me, the coffee just dominates the other flavors a bit too much.

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4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

So excited to get a growler of this from Joe Canal's in Lawrenceville, NJ! Totes awesome.

Appearance: Jet black with a finger of fluffy foam the color of good chocolate mousse

Aroma: amazing bittersweet mocha aroma...I almost literally feel like I'm smelling/drinking a delicious mocha, but with more toffee/caramel malt depth to it

Taste: you know how coffee beans smell so amazing and as good as coffee is it will never taste as good as it smells? yeah that's not a problem here. amazing roasty coffee character, tons of bittersweet chocolate flavor, and lots of nice bitterness to round it out. far from cloyingly sweet...the sweetness is actually pretty minimal given a beer this big, but it's just enough to round the whole thing out.

Mouthfeel: silky and delightful, full and chewy but refreshing

Overall: wow, what a wonderful imperial stout, and amazingly easy to drink given the ABV and bitterness. an amazing dessert beer that I feel privileged to try. will definitely try to brew the published clone recipe of this sometime down the road

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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