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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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13,948 Ratings

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Ratings: 13,948
Reviews: 3,496
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,452
Gots: 4,026 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dated 9/17/12. Almost a year old.

A: Pours a dark brown. Good sized and dense medium brown head. Head fades lowly, leaving small walls of lacing here and there. Great head retention.

S: Heavy, heavenly coffee beans and chocolate. Grainy oatmeal and a bit of char. Great aroma even after a year. Bet it's divine fresh.

T: Lots of coffee up front with quite a bit of chocolate backing it up. Coffee is a little subdued, again probably due to the age. Chocolate is strong and melds wonderfully, giving this a great mocha flavor. Oatmeal kicks in with a creamy sort of sweet graininess. Finish is all bittersweet chocolate and coffee beans with a hint of oatmeal.

M: Medium body but viscous and creamy. Smooth. Nice.

O: Great breakfast stout. One of the very best in fact. Strong coffee and chocolate flavors, they pretty much stand alone. Oatmeal serves to smooth it all out and give it a nice creamy flavor and mouthfeel. Easy drinking. Great beer, will have to pick up a fresh one sometime.

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4.62/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Deep oily Ebony colour with a tanned head that retains well and laces the glass.

S - Very pronounced vanilla, coffee and cocoa, with hints of beef extract. Chocolate ice cream comes to mind

T - Well this is a very nicely put together brew. Vanilla and cocoa tend to domiate the flavours with small hints of coffee and a little beef gravy flavours.

M - Full body with minimal carbonation. Very smooth almost silky

O - A fantastic stout that is hard to fault. Its silky smooth charachter is very impressive.

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4/5  rDev -11.5%

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4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from November 2012, poured into a Goose Island mini-pint glass today 7/29/2013- making it about 8 months old. I've also had multiples of this vintage over the past 8 months so while this review is based on this bottle, I'll be drawing from other previous experiences too. I don't know why I haven't reviewed this beer sooner.

This beer pours a silky dark cola brown, nearly black body that is more or less opaque. It comes with a large 1.5cm mocha head that dissipates slowly over the course of a few minutes into a thick mocha collar. The lacing here has been sporadic, nothing too special. It's pretty much a typical big stout in appearance. [4.25]

Smelling the nose throughout makes me smile. I still smell a lot of dark cold-pressed coffee aromas along with hints of chocolate, toffee and roast malts. It smells sweet yet bitter. It is a very powerful nose that yells out "breakfast". [4.25]

The beer itself is delicious. So creamy, full-bodied, smooth and easy drinking to go along with a delicious flavour profile of black coffee bitterness, dark chocolate bitter sweetness, faint roasted marshmallows and nuts along with a slight mild smokiness that isn't too overwhelming. Its so incredibly easy to drink and the flavour profile is very pleasing and balanced with the bitterness and roasty sweetness. Goes down very well, no booziness at all. The aftertaste is a faint smoky coffee and chocolate combination. [4.5, 4.5]

I'm so glad this is a shelf turd for at least 3-4 months of the year. It is incredibly delicious, smooth and goes down so well. This is one of the best imperial stouts out there, no question about it. Its too bad it doesn't come in six packs, but I'll take it in whatever form it comes in. Highly recommend to anyone who likes stouts.. and those who don't- this might just convert you. [4.5]

Final score: 4.44

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4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Darkness, with brown ridges in the light. The hop oils dance nicely when pouring, but the head was non-existent after a few seconds.

Coffee notes mixed with a peppery nose. Then comes the smooth sweetness of the chocolate, which strikes a perfect balance to the opening bitter.

The coffee bean first hits, and then between the total transition to a chocolate sweetness a slight dried berry influence is present.

Smooth, as an oatmeal stout tends to be. The carbonation is present, but subdued by the thick coating of the mouth. You can roll the flavor in your mouth, after you swallow, like cigar smoke.

Chocolate, coffee, and oatmeal make for a daunting amount of extra ingredients in one beer, but they come together for a simply enjoyable taste. The bourbon barrel variant is more rare, but I find the coffee notes in this the winning flavor.

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 13,948 ratings.