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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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13,991 Ratings

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Ratings: 13,991
Reviews: 3,506
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,470
Gots: 4,069 | FT: 210
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my RR tuplip

Appearance: Pours dark brown/almost black. Thick and inky. Beautiful tan head.

Smell: Rich chocolate and coffee. Slight leathery tobacco, not strong though. Sweet malts.

Taste: Coffee up front. Sweet chocolate mid with a hoppy back end. I love how the subtle hop taste, I think it ties it all together. Tobacco aftertaste in my mouth. Very complex.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, standard carbonation

Overall: This thing is so complex. I honestly like it served room temperature opposed to chilled. A staple for stouts, can't believe it took me so long to review it. If you want an benchmark for an American Stout, look no further.

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4.84/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours nice and dark into a pint glass with a thin brown head and some amber around the edges. Not a lot of bubbles, as expected.

Notes of coffee, oatmeal, and some caramel/toffee. Very well blended with none overpowering.

Taste is heavenly. Oats give way to the coffee with some pleasant sweetness in the front and middle and warmth and a hint of bitterness on the end. Lots of dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is nice and chewy.

A truly outstanding beer.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this for the first time 3 years ago. Braced for a letdown after all the "hype". Not so much! It was awesome then and has been a fave since. Finally doin a review.
appearance: The darkest brown. Full mocha head. Almost impenetrable. Just gorgeous.
smell: Full, roasty, coffee, just the right amount of charred edge. Quite dry. Complex and close to perfection.
taste: All that the nose offers and dialed in perfectly. Balanced, complex, it has it all.
overall: This is a go to beer, one that I could enjoy everyday. Drinking for 3 years, probably have 4 or 5 cases drained over that time. Tried it aged and still awesome - even with the coffee waned still a superior brew. Pick your superlative. It's a hall of famer.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The beer pours a pitch black body with a tan one-finger head. Sticky lacing is apparent and very attractive.

Smell: Freshly brewed coffee is noticed early and followed by a sweet milk chocolate aroma. It is not quite as complex as I remembered but the coffee bean aroma permeates the room.

Taste: This is a well balanced Imperial Stout. The initial sip is pure coffee. This fades nicely into a sweet chocolate taste complemented with oatmeal notes. There is an acidic touch with some hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. In fact, I cannot remember the last time I had a beer with an ABV over 8% in which the alcohol was so well hidden.

Mouth feel: Rich, creamy, and smooth are all good adjectives to describe this brew. It is not the heaviest stout out there but it is definitely full bodied.

Overall: The strong coffee taste and subtle oatmeal notes make it easy to understand why this is called a "breakfast" stout. It is not my favorite brew within the style but it is certainly up there.

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 13,991 ratings.