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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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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of HabiMendes
4.54/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Super dark, with a creamy, partially retained neck. The aroma brings toasted coffee notes, chocolate, licorice, and a slight acidic idea. The body is viscous, bringing the elements of the taste and a persistent bitterness stemming from roasted barley/malt. The alcohol is present, warm, and hop bitterness, although present, is completely dominated by the toasty character of this beer. Great beer indeed - despite my skepticism.

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -6%

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet black color with a 1.5 finger thick tan head. Head leaves plenty of lacing and doesn't dissipate until about half way through. It seems like every time I go for a sip and put the glass back down a bit of the head comes back. Nose has a lot of chocolate and coffee in it, as well as a hint of grain. Taste is similar, but with more coffee than chocolate. Hints of oatmeal and grain and smoked malt. Just a bit of alcohol in the finish. Good amount of bitterness to it. Mouthfeel is actually quite thin for a stout, but I like it. About average carbonation. Overall, this is a great stout. I think it's a bit ridiculous to rate this at 100. BA seems to have a big Founders bias. It's very very good, but to say it's perfect is crazy. I'd love to get my hands on KBS. I hear it's a completely different beast.

Re-review 10/19/2014

Pours jet black with a frothy 2 finger head. Just a bit of lacing around the glass. Nose is very roasty. A lot of coffee and chocolate. Taste follows the nose for the most part, but I get some dark fruits in there too. Alcohol covered up very nicely and a good bitterness from, what I'm assuming, is a combination of hops and coffee. I also noticed a weird metallic taste as well. The oatmeal really gives this beer a nice smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation is pretty low but fits the style well. Overall, I still think this is a great stout, but is it a 100? Probably not. Also, I'm not sure how much the coffee and chocolate actually add to the taste. I've had plenty of imperial stouts that didn't have coffee or chocolate added but had just as much flavor.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -6%

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4.25/5  rDev -6%

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter. Jet black, no light gets through, with a medium dark brown head that dissipates pretty quickly. Smell is coffee, chocolate, and some dark fruits or bourbon. Taste is a little underwhelming considering the hype; it's a solid imperial stout but I was expecting more. Coffee and chocolate abound, with a full body.

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of CMUbrew
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle dated 09/04/12 poured into a Founders snifter

A: Pours midnight black, with a finger's worth of dark brown head from an aggressive pour. Head is quick to fade to traces of bubbles and foam. No light is getting through the oil black body.

S: Even after eight months, coffee is still the biggest player in the nose. Roasted coffee is noticed first and is followed by rich dark malts and a bready malt toastiness. Bitter chocolate is there too.

T: In a word: delicious. Breakfast blend coffee is evident, although it has toned down with age. Bitter, dark, and sweet chocolate flavors combine with heavy malt flavors and toasted bread. A bitterness I believe I can still attribute to hops is just barely perceiveable. Lingering roast and dark chocolate flavors in the aftertaste. If it was not for the slight warming feeling, I would not know there was alcohol in here. It is indeed the beer I would want to have with breakfast, given a choice.

M: Fairly viscous, slightly oily-slick, and creamy smooth. Exactly how you want a stout of this ABV to feel.

O: Just fantastic. Comparing this older bottle to my experience with it fresh, I can assuredly say the coffee has toned down some, thus allowing the chocolate to play a bigger role. I would guess between six and twelve months is when this beer is in great balance. My preference would have to go to an aged breakfast stout. Set a few bottles of this aside if you can resist the temptation to drink it all right away!

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -6%

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4.25/5  rDev -6%

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

A - Pours a very dark black, but just a little brown can be visualized against light. Trace carbonation can be seen and a decent amount of floaties (these I have not seen in the past). One finger of tan head.

S - Nice nose with prominent chocolate and coffee, with hints of roasted malt and caramel as well.

T - Great coffee hit, with bitter chocolate breaking through.

M - Thick, "chewy" and full bodied. Traces of carbonation slithering up the side of the goblet.

O - Really a great Imperial Stout. I find this a faithful go to, it never lets me down and always lives up to expectation. Founders pulls through as usual.

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4/5  rDev -11.5%

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4/5  rDev -11.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 13,980 ratings.