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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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11,881 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,881
Reviews: 3,228
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,172
Gots: 2,625 | FT: 166
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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3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

chooch5, Dec 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

msmith97, Dec 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

ripweblo, Dec 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

AntiZach, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of biegaman
4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Breakfast has been burnt! This stout has a complexion of char and an ink-black coloured body. If you squint hard enough you can see little white flakes of bubbles fluttering up to the top where they contribute to a thick frothing of foam. At rest, this head has a light cappuccino stain but swirling awakens an intimidatingly deep, rustic brown colour and nearly doubles it in size.

The aroma does indeed bring one to the breakfast table; the smell, unmistakably, is coffee. Freshly ground beans served pipping hot. And they are complimented by a dab of chocolate truffle, a hint of rye bread, and what must be a boatload of roasted (nearly burnt) malts. It's both breakfast and dessert. It jolts your head back, flaring up the nostrils, while at the same time eases the neck and narrows the eyelids.

The flavours are simple but they are abundant; in order: coffee, roasted malts, coffee, roasted malts. Oh, and then coffee. Sure, I could be more creative - it doesn't take much imagination to equate this with all kinds of rich, decadent, tasty desserts (crème brûlée or dark chocolate truffles) - but I think "Double Chocolate Coffee Oatmeal Stout" is a flavour in and of itself.

You'd might think somewhere between the 8.3% alcohol, the boatload of coffee beans and the heavily roasted malts, that something along the way might become a tad obnoxious, a tad astringent, or, let's face it, a tad too much ... but no. No, no and not at all. This beer defines the term "creamy smooth" and let's on but a hint of its actual strength.

So far as I'm concerned the two authorities on stouts in America - and the world, for that matter - are pretty much 50 miles in a straight line apart, in Kalamazoo (Bells) and Grand Rapids, Michigan (Founders). This brewery was certainly not the first to add coffee to their Imperial Stout. Regardless, it was - and is still - one of the best to do so.

biegaman, Dec 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Tonerelia, Dec 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -17%

chicagobeer, Dec 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

J_Barrett, Dec 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

JVB, Dec 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

21Maestro8, Dec 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

acashk, Dec 13, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

MightiestBeard, Dec 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Lagerquestrian, Dec 13, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

ChooChooBacca, Dec 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

appetiteforparis, Dec 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

maltlikker, Dec 12, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

StevenSpringer, Dec 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

berlinabb, Dec 12, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

jlivings757, Dec 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Chris_Panos, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of Joshpu
4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle to a snifter.

A: Poured black with a finger of tan head, dissipated quickly.

S: Rich dark chocolate and coffee, roasted malts, oatmeal.

T: Big dark chocolate, coffee, tobacco and oatmeal on the end. Bitter finish.

M: Medium to full bodied. Somewhat thick. Not a lot of carbonation. A little creamy. Easily drinkable beer.

Overall a great beer. Lots of dark chocolate and coffee. Blended and balanced well. What I like about this stout is that it leaves you wanting more. There are a lot of great tasting stouts out there, but this beer's drinkability is exceptional.

Joshpu, Dec 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -28.1%

leadahmer, Dec 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

beerasaurusrex, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of cjgiant
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with thin edge head, no real lacing.

Smell is complex, mocha coffee chocolate is most often noted, but on different sniffs I noted more coffee at times, more chocolate at times, and a smokey cigarette smell at others. When tasting, the nose is ever present, and that's when I notice the smokiness the most.

The taste itself is not as impressive as the nose, in my opinion. Roasted malt reigns, mocha in nature at heart. The bitterness that is there is a coffee bitterness, and the mouthfeel is a coating of roasted coffee feel.

The average rating gives away the quality of the beer. The taste for me wasn't overly special if detached from the smell, which is not something one should necessarily deconstruct, they say. The taste reminds me of an old-time coffee house, complete with a cigarette smoke background.

cjgiant, Dec 12, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

sarahski, Dec 12, 2013
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,881 ratings.