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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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11,772 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,772
Reviews: 3,219
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,164
Gots: 2,560 | 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 4balance
4.73/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with much thanks to WesM63 that poured opaque black into Duvel tulip with 1/2 finger of tan bubbly head that immediately reduced to small ring, not much lacing at all, held up to the light and nothing shows.

Intense aroma of dark roasted coffee, chocolate, deep roasted malt and toffee.

Tastes like a strong coffee with dark bittersweet chocolate, milk chocolate, roasted malt, toffee and some cinnamon, tiny bit of hops and the alcohol is mostly hidden.

Mouthfeel is on the high side of medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation, creamy smooth, milky with lingering coffee notes.

Overall this is so delicious, breakfast and/or dessert in a bottle! Definitely recommended.

4balance, May 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

TedSneakman, May 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

CarolinaKev, May 17, 2012
Photo of ChrisM361
5/5  rDev +10.6%

ChrisM361, May 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

ktina88, May 16, 2012
Photo of ONUMello
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle dated 12/1/11 poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a tin tan head that settles quickly to a thin lacing
S: Very bitter- dark coffee and cocoa. Not much else.
T: Dark and bitter, with pure cocoa powder and coffee flavors. A bit of a hops kick and a solid roasted malt backbone. Complex and tasty with a long finish.
M: Medium-bodied with a nice crispness and again a long finish. Given how bitter everything else is, this doesn't make your mouth pucker which I thought it might.
O: A very well-made, enjoyable to drink beer, I just wish the nose were a bit more complex.

ONUMello, May 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

mattg, May 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

grannaniwa, May 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

Tarks, May 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Christov, May 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

MeParra, May 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

goodonezach, May 15, 2012
Photo of BostonHops
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a luscious, borderline black tone with a finger, finger and half of a tan/mocha head; average retention, although some nice walls of lacing are evident.

robust, aromatic nose greets me way before i lean in for my first whiff. bold notes of coffee interplay with a strong chocolate presence, followed by roasted malt. one of those literally mouth-watering aromas.

taste follows the nose, replete with rich coffee and bittersweet chocolate flavors. here is where i pick up on some oatmeal, although it's subdued. slightly bitter finish. to be honest, i was prepared to be disappointed after all the hype that fueled the reputation of the FBS, but this is pretty damn delicious.

full, velvety mouthfeel; moderately carbed. very, very drinkable for an imperial stout.

original review on: 09-23-2010

BostonHops, May 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

MikeConklin, May 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

Huntington228, May 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

cmhs4au, May 12, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -44.7%

Jerriko, May 12, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

KimbarkBrewCrew, May 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

Quackus, May 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

standardcherry, May 11, 2012
Photo of Veristic
3.98/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Breakfast Stout poured into an etched DFH snifter, consumed on 5/8/12. Bottled 12/01/11.

A- Small light tan head, nothing more than a thin sheet. Body is extremely dark brown, practically black. Periodic swirling is required to keep a decent crown going. Spotty lacing.

S- Out the neck, it smells of roasted coffee and chocolate and a little sweet. Once poured, coffee and a little boozy, can't really get any chocolate. Some burnt notes towards the end of the warm glass.

T- Coffee dominates. Some dark roasted grains and a little chocolate. Slightly boozy. Finish is slightly sweet but slowly dries out into a nice roastiness. Coffee and roast linger on the palate, maybe even a slight toastiness. As it warms some more cocoa notes emerge as well as some burnt notes.

M- Medium body. Medium carbonation. Attempts to coat the mouth but not quite as much as I'd like. Not quite as creamy and full as I prefer in the style.

O- I've sat on this bottle for a few months now in hopes that the coffee would mellow and allow the chocolate and other flavors to emerge into a more prominent role. The coffee has mellowed slightly but nothing else has really came forward. I'll crack another one at the 1 year mark. Overall, this is a very tasty coffee stout and probably the most coffee-dominant beer I've yet to try. If I was a big coffee drinker this would probably score a little higher.

Veristic, May 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

jacobalindsey, May 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

zvanwink, May 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

tulipcitybob, May 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Hoptimus_Prime, May 10, 2012
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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