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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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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

phunkydrummer, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.9/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bible black liquid with a sculptured head.
Lots O' lacing on the glass
The nose is a harbinger of things to come-- everything that's claimed on the label is in the nose!

Flavor is strong up front but in the particular batch I'm enjoying-- is thin maybe even meager-- the flavor is there, I can't miss the hints of coffee, toasted malt, hops galore, maybe some raisin, toasted oats. But somehow I sense there's something missing-- the flavor is just not as "round", as "weighty" as "heavy" as I expected.

The mouthfeel follows the same pattern. It's got a nice clean finish with the bitterness of hops closing the show, but I can "taste through the curtain"-- I'm reading the label over-- maybe this batch is the weight watchers brew... so what's all the hoopla about?

Overall this is a wonderful stout with all the atrributes I like-- I assure you I'm going to continue to tank this stuff-- maybe the four pack I bought got short-sheeted...

gueuzeonhigh, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of LarryAppleton
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

LarryAppleton, Dec 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

andthevolcano, Dec 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

jroberge1981, Dec 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

badboy7113, Dec 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -17%

BlakeL, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of Winston_Smith
4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Been waiting for this one. Bottled 9/07/12.

Appearance: Great darkness. My ultra-bright LED lamp can't make it through this one. Very little head that thins out pretty well.

Smell: Most intense coffee I've ever gotten from a beer aroma.

Taste: Mostly coffee, some chocolate, and a lot of malt. Quite an intense flavor. Hell yeah!

Mouthfeel: Just about perfect. Carbonation and thickness are excellent.

Overall: This is a stout! This beer gets lots of hype, and it's not bullshit. It has great flavor. Every sip is to be savored. The high ABV is gravy on these biscuits. A real treat.

Winston_Smith, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of Ego
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

saw this on tap for growlage @ joe canals here in jersey, $16.99 to fill 4oz ? hell yeah!

on an easy pour this easily grows to 2 fingers of deep cocoa head, this beer is like a box of chocolates, dark ones, the carbonation seems to toil working up towards the head, unlike some darker than black beers you can see the carbonation (well, some of it), the beer leaves nearly perfect sheets of lacing down the glass as well as graph lines marking the ups and down of the beer market pursuant to this tasting, really spot on here

deep roasty coffee tones, some burnt offerings in here that will delight the starbucks in you (or if you live in brooklyn, Gorilla coffee -word!), anyhoo... big and sweet malts with the oat tones that smooth it out (which really separates this from a lot of brews). The oats add a dry/bready note to the mix, the nose is really nice!

taste etc...
the nose is but a tease, all the flavors detected in the nose explode in the mouth, it is thick enough, the carbonation is married perfectly, the alcohol just lets you know it is there... man this is tasty, you get the deep and dark coffee burnt taste (not smoky or ash-y), the flavor really stays with you for some time but yet ... you want more. This drinks way too easy for the ABV so watch (or don't, heh). This is worth savoring. Everything is in balance here and this is saying alot considering there is BIG flavors all around.
balance of roast, burnt, bitter, malts... and then it finishes with all those notes hanging on in ... balance, very well crafted beer.

rated highly for a reason, worth seeking out. The imp stout/coffee lover in you should gravitate ... HERE.

Ego, Dec 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

jraaaaanger, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of zrbeer1579
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black with a milky brown half finger head

Aroma: Dark bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, and a little nutmeg

Taste: Coffee, dark chocolate, roasted and burnt malt, vanilla, and some oatmeal. It is also sweet but just right amount.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy, and very smooth. Carbonation is just below median. There is a milk chocolate-coffee bitterness that lingers a bit. It's quite enjoyable; almost made me feel like a kid eating a chocolate bar.

Overall: This is an exceptional stout. It is rich and flavorful.

zrbeer1579, Dec 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

speak72, Dec 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

mrbojangles31, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of ColdOneKev
4.95/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Jet black pour creates a dark tan head. Poured into brandy snifter for swirling enjoyment.

S - Coffee, chocolate, roastiness.

T - Follows the nose, roastiness, fresh coffee, not a trace of bitterness. Lingering cocoa.

M - Smoothest stout there is. Full bodied but not sticky.

O - Love everything about this brew. I look forward to this release every year. Freshest one I've ever had. Only about two weeks since bottling.

ColdOneKev, Dec 30, 2012
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4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

THE beer I have long wanted to try but never had the chance, living outside Founders market. Finally took the splurge with aide of a gift card to make an online purchase and picked some of this up. Stoked to finally try it....hope I am not let down!

Pours black with a slight mocha head that recedes to the edges. Aroma is awesome; rich, sweet, and roasty. The chocolate and sugars from the oats give it a nice sweetness,some great dark roast coffee beans and roasted barley offer some great roastiness. A touch of unoffensive alcohol is there too. I will add that as it warms up the coffee really comes alive. Flavor is everything I hoped it would be. Huge dark roasted coffee, chocolate that starts off on the bitter end of the spectrum but quickly transitions into sweeter chocolate alongside the sugars from the oats, on top of a nice roasted malt foundation and with a nice slightly bitter char finish. Beautiful. A medium bodied, silky mouthfeel. Overall, loved it and I was not let down one bit. Everything I hoped it would be and totally worth all the hype/love it gets.

denver10, Dec 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours thick nice finger head, smells like a strong coffee slightly sweet, nice glass lacing .

taste, thick nice carbonation, long lingering flavor slightly foamy, coffee light chocolate almost slightly nutty, good cold better just below room temp overall one of the best stouts ive had.

Jonny41, Dec 29, 2012
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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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