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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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12,952 Ratings

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Ratings: 12,952
Reviews: 3,317
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,263
Gots: 3,239 | FT: 200
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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4.25/5  rDev -6%

stunna, Oct 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

1993Heel, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of ToasterChef
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle dated 10/3/12, poured into a goblet.

Intensely dark brown liquid with a decent brown foam head. Excellent lacing.

Lots of coffee aromas give a roasted quality to the beer. The is also an undercurrent of sweetness from the chocolate.

As I taste the initial coffee flavors aren't as strong as the aroma, but after I swallow, coffee bitterness lingers on, as well as the taste of roasted whole coffee beans. Chocolate flavors are mellow and not overly sweet. It is incredibly tasty.

The beer is very smooth and easy drinking (but so much darker and more flavorful than any major brand that uses those two phrases as selling points). The alcohol is completely hidden. It isn't all that sticky, and though a coat is left behind in my mouth that is fairly flavorful, I have no desire to counter the beer with a glass of water as I sometimes want to do with other imperial stouts.

This is a really great coffee stout. The addition of chocolate makes it even better. I'll admit that I couldn't discern any of contributions the oatmeal made, but that's ok. I don't need to know what it contributes to enjoy it. This beer is highly recommended.

ToasterChef, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of Lifsabch
5/5  rDev +10.6%

Lifsabch, Oct 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

shigg85, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of Kunstman
4.25/5  rDev -6%

Kunstman, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a stubby, 12-ounce bottle into a Relic Brewing Belgian snifter glass.

A: Pours jet-black with a thin ring of dark, coffee-colored foam that leaves some nice sheets of tan lacing on the glass. Deep, rich and inviting looking.

S: The aroma of fresh-brewed coffee, flaked rye and bittersweet cocoa can be smelled from a slight distance from the glass. The nose is filled with a sweet, herbal and roasty malt character backed with some spicy, floral notes.

T: Deep, roasted bittersweet chocolate malts and wet, boozy tobacco leaf hits the palate first, producing initial sweet malts that segue from tangy rye, sweet, grainy oatmeal and chocolate cake donuts to the transition into herbal, boozy, licorice flavors that round out the palate. The finish is warming, bittersweet and roasted like a strong cup o' joe that's been hopped to high heaven. Really enjoyable, fresh, roasted and balanced, yet full-force flavors here.

M: Velvety smooth malts with just the right amount of bitter hop resins to counter the sweetness and deviate from the boozy feel. This is right where you want your Imperial Stouts to be.

O: A very impressive, flavorful and balanced imperial stout clocking in at a lofty 8.3% ABV. I know it's been said et naseum, but this beer could truly replace the customary hot beverage in a beer geek's breakfast. The roasted coffee, sweet oatmeal and satisfying bittersweet chocolate flavors play so nicely together with the spicy, bitter hop resins and inherent booziness of the style. I'm sometimes critical of over-hyped beers, but it's just not the case here; an extraordinary stout.

Gambrinus1184, Oct 17, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

stephensinner, Oct 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

abeerdude, Oct 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -17%

jaybags, Oct 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

mcmeekin91, Oct 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

bzach, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of troysoy2
3.65/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at D's.

Thick black, with light tan head, not a ton of retention, but decent splotchy lacing.

Smells of bitter dark chocolate and espresso.

Surprisingly, a lighter mouthfeel. Nicely carbonated to liven up the bitter chocolate and coffee notes. Barely a hint of alcohol on the finish. A good coffee/chocolate stout, but the style doesn't necessarily afford for tons of complexity, in my opinion. Good, but not my cup of tea -- er, coffee. I was slightly disappointed by the mouthfeel, in particular.

troysoy2, Oct 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

gonemicrophishing, Oct 16, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle (side by side tasting with 2012 kbs)

Appearance - Everything an imperial stout should be: pitch black, 1 finger tan head (which dissipates very fast, and opaque. Some alcohol lacing, but not a lot.

Aroma - Chocolate and coffee up front. Pretty much dominates the beer. Roasted malts make their presence known, but dark chocolate and coffee take over. there is almost a slight vanilla aroma as well

Taste - coffee nips this one in the bud. starts off with the coffee flavor and quickly turns into dark chocolate; just like the aroma. roasted malts lend a hand in the overall balance of the beer, which has the slightest of hops present. No alcohol present at all

Mouthfeel - right on point. creamy as can be, little carbonation, heavy on he palate. really completes the beer. the oats call for a creamy imperial stout

Overall - solid imperial stout. for being a chocolate, coffee, oatmeal beer, this really brings all of those to the table. the oats with the creaminess, the coffee up front, and he dark chocolate that rounds out the beer. such a solid beer and cant be beat for a winter seasonal

ABisonEgo, Oct 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

ELECTRONICAnonymous, Oct 16, 2012
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4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a mug.

The best Stout I've had and my go to!

A - Deep black

S - To be honest in my mug I don't get the breathing I'd prefer but definitely smell the oatmeal & coffee notes, not as much of the chocolate in the smell.

T - Taste very smooth with characters of vanilla, coffee, chocolate a great balance

M - Very smooth and slippery w/ some carbonation lingering on the tongue

O - As I said, the best Stout I've had to date, can't wait to try the KBS & CBS

NarrowG8, Oct 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

kduf, Oct 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

CoryJHarber, Oct 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

bbadger, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of toodles808
4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 Batch... Picked up a few four zingers from total wine... This is one of my favorite seasonal releases, looking forward to making a dent in there 2012 batch.

A- Dark, Brown Thick... kaki/tan thin layer head that dissipates quickly.

S- Coffee, Espresso, Deep dark chocolate notes. hints of oatmeal and syrup sweetness in the far background.

T- Exactly what i remember. Deep coffee and espresso w/ dark chocolate notes infused. mighty fine stout. Deep intense flavor, no alc bite to speak of.

M -Smooth medium/heavy bodied. moderate carbonation... Carpet of refreshing silk on the tongue. outstanding

O- An outstanding stout, Founders definitely puts some excellent beers out... As the name implies I absolutely could drink this for breakfast, but im afraid coffee will need to suffice. The thing that i love with this beer is the mouth feel and deep intense flavor that works hand in hand.

Also compared this side by side to a bottle from last years batch that I aged a year over... Bitterness slightly dropped and sweetness shined through. An outstanding beer to cellar, will def be doing that exercise again.

toodles808, Oct 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

bobarc, Oct 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

luisfrancisco, Oct 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

JC88, Oct 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Twifiter, Oct 15, 2012
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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