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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

11,755 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 11,755
Reviews: 3,217
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,163
Gots: 2,555 | FT: 157
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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Photo of Deanosaurus
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I've been hunting for coffee beers and this was recommended to me by the guy at Friar Tuck's. I bought a 6 pack and have been enjoying it all week long.

- Appearance (4.25/5)
Nice dark color. Nothing really pops out of it on the edge or head, although the head does have a unique texture to it. As far as color during pouring or around the edge though it doesn't have much, it's just plain dark. I like that.

- Smell (4.5/5)
Strong coffee scent that isn't reflected in the taste which was sort of disappointing, but it was nice none the less. Maybe it's a subconscious connection between coffee and warmth but the smell did make me feel warm.

- Taste (4.25/5)
Like liquid chocolate; dark chocolate, but not bitter. The was a mild coffee undertone, but as I said it was not reflective of the smell. Of course that is how coffee tends to be on its own, does NOT taste like it smells. Good malty finish though. The chocolate stays with you for a while but that nice because whatever they used to make that flavor is high quality.

- Mouthfeel (4.75/5)
Super thick and yet smooth at the same time. It actually does feel as though I ate a piece of chocolate by the end of it, which typically makes me want water.

- Overall
This beer is what the label says, "Breakfast Stout". For some reason it would just taste better in the morning with some bacon or sausage or one of those Jimmy Dean skillet breakfasts with potatoes and peppers and onions and eggs. Founders found good accompaniment.

Deanosaurus, Nov 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

striker2160, Nov 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

truesolution, Nov 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

jaycar06, Nov 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

BFCarr, Nov 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

toddicus13, Nov 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Jakethesnake503, Nov 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

stooge, Nov 01, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -50.2%

beer4colin, Nov 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

WTKeene, Nov 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

FlyingKelly, Nov 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Shoney_35, Nov 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

mrn1ceguy, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of Ginfur
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Ginfur, Nov 01, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

MisterWatt, Nov 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

DevinK, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of Benish
4.24/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: the beer looked insanely thick as I was pouring. Pitch black in color - can't really expand on that. A short brown head built up while pouring but it wasn't anything crazy thick or large.

Smell: smelled the bottle and it was instantly coffee. I mean straight up coffee and no chocolate. When smelling from the glass, the roasted coffee is still intense but also picked up some sweet chocolate. For some reason, the aroma reminds me of those coffee beans coated in chocolate that you eat . Eating those, you get the woodsy bitterness of the coffee bean but than the chocolate blends in as you chew it.

Taste: the bold coffee flavor instantly comes in; you might have to like coffee to appreciate this. I myself enjoy good coffee and I have to say I'm really enjoying this. I pick up bitterness from both coffee and chocolate. The bitter coffee is more up front but there is also that subtle earthy bitterness that leans toward unsweetened baking chocolate. I cannot emphasize enough, this beer is all coffee and well....beer. I do however wish there is a bit more depth in the beer. It taste pretty much the same from start to finish.

Mouthfeel: creamy, thick, full bodied.

Overall: the best non-barrel aged coffee stout I've had. I seriously would love drinking this in the morning. It's really like drinking a fantastic cup of coffee!

Benish, Nov 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

IPA1978, Nov 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

kayakandbeer, Nov 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

Bierczpoutine, Nov 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

earlholman, Oct 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

Dolfan907, Oct 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

geodonnokepyo, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of beerforpresident
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

So glad to get the chance to try this one. I have heard so many great things.

It lived up to the hype. Slight hints of chocolate. Well, lots of chocolate actually. Coffee, and the oatmeal balances it all very nicely.

Very good beer. I will have to pick another couple 4-packs up.

12oz into tumbler

beerforpresident, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Solid black with a tan head, fading into a broad lacing pattern.

S - Roast malts and booze, and coffee overtones. Subtle hints of dark fruit and sweeter malt elements of burnt caramel. Also, a dash of tobacco and ash.

T - The coffee comes in first, but is coupled with chocolate nibs and roasted grains. The middle gets more bitter, as the hint of ash comes into the taste from heavily roasted grains, closing with a bitter thread that lingers. It is the bitterness of coffee, though, over a more standard hop finish, added to a roasted note that holds for a minute or more.

M - Silky smooth, with a certain weight, but not cloying or heavy. Easy to drink if it isn't gulped, this is a mighty sipper that rewards the time it is given.

O - This is among the best stouts in the business. It has a wide range of elements that work together to create a very drinkable beer. The alcohol is not so much hidden away as incorporated to make a more harmonious whole. The best thing is the incredible accessibility of this beer, in contrast to some of the other high water marks of the imperial stout. It is one to buy whenever it is in stores, and to be sure you keep enough to scratch the stout itch whenever it might arise.

Tsar_Riga, Oct 31, 2013
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,755 ratings.