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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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12,244 Ratings

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Ratings: 12,244
Reviews: 3,266
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,205
Gots: 2,845 | FT: 173
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 JohnnyBarman
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle, shared as part of a tasting - excited to finally try this.

Poured into a snifter. Inky black, viscous looking brew, like deep espresso. Cocoa coloured head, decent retention, lots of lacing. Looks terrific. Enjoyed with a piece of 70% dark chocolate.

I actually just finished a bag of Kona coffee, and I have to say, that is what I smelled, along with dark chocolate and chocolate malt. Very invigorating - would that I could wake up in the morning to a brew like this.

The coffee flavor is very rich and bitter, there's a sweet chocolate malt character, and mild hopped bitterness to the finish, but the bitterness tended to take over the brew. Don't get me wrong, the coffee and chocolate flavors are delightful and work brilliantly with the brew, but I was expecting a bit more depth. Again, I cannot stress this enough - this was a damned tasty brew.

Rich, silky, very smooth, great mouthfeel. A pleasure to sip and ponder.

Glad to finally get a chance to enjoy this. A terrific coffee-infused brew, and certainly would be welcome in my cellar.

JohnnyBarman, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of Hands22
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Hands22, Apr 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

meltroha, Apr 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

NoProblem, Apr 15, 2012
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2/5  rDev -55.8%

oaktree42, Apr 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

JaeTea, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of TheYeagermeister
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A--Coffee brown with a mocha head that goes quickly but leaves a little bit of cling.
S--Nose is strong dark chocolate, toasted almonds, and coffee with a suggestion of lactose.
T--Strong overroasted coffee, charcoal, bitter dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and booze. Predominant coffee makes for a bold and bitter stout flavor. Sweeter and more milky chocolate come through as it warms.
M--Thick and chewy as motor oil. Excellent viscosity.
D--Pretty strong, not one to drink more than one or two.
Overall, this one is delicious and complex, but it does have a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste that docks it a bit for me.

TheYeagermeister, Apr 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

Rich540, Apr 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

BelgianDark86, Apr 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

KevinHenderson, Apr 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

StewartWatson, Apr 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

DanGolfs86, Apr 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Jballn, Apr 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

KCM, Apr 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

TimPell, Apr 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

evavro, Apr 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

Jaldama, Apr 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

cssosprey, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of mscudder
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with a light brown hue and a fair tan head. Beautful stout.

S - The strongest chocolate notes I may have ever gathered from a brew. Some nice coffee notes behind it with just a touch of dark fruits.

T - A slight amount of alcohol they presents itself just slightly. The taste is as expected, sweet chocolate, coffee and some creamy oats. The beer finishes with a bit of bitterness, which personally brings this down from a perfect 5/5.

M - A fine malt backbone with a silky smooth mouthfeel. Not quite syrupy and very far from thin, this is spot on.

O - Ovverall an outstanding brew that deserves every bit of the hype. Fantastic balance and complexity.

mscudder, Apr 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Joeybones3, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of KevinBrewer
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/22/11

A- Pitch black with a reddish glow around the edges when held up to direct light. Billowy brown sugar head that dissipates to a thin covering, leaving spotty lacing behind.

N- Tangy roasted coffee grounds with undertones of chocolatey malt. Subtle fruitiness and some metallic character as well.

T- Rich chocolatey malt with a soft roastiness and mild grassy hop bitterness for balance. Ground coffee bean flavor is present, but in the background. I really need to get a fresh bottle of this. I love the light fruitiness that the yeast contributes to the beer. It blends really well with the acidity of the coffee. Finish is long and dry with cocoa powder, grassy hops, roasty grain husks, and tangy coffee grounds. Just a hint of fruity esters in the aftertaste.

M- Full bodied, chewy, moderate carbonation, with a long dry, tangy, fruity finish.

O- I would love to try this beer fresh. With some age, it's got a nice complexity between the chocolate malt, roasted grains, tangy coffee grounds, and fruity esters. Everything comes together in a complimentary way. Definitely worth seeking out.

KevinBrewer, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of Firkin-Bunghole
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

10/14/11 bottled date

Appearance - Black, with small dark brown head that receded after 15 seconds.

Smell - Intense chocolate smell (similar to premium dark chocolate). Not picking up any of the coffee smell--probably due to the bottled date.

Taste - Chocolate throughout-drinks exceptionally smooth. Also, pick up on the oats & the slightest bit of vanilla. Alcohol and IBU's were only noticeable after the beer warmed a bit. Had this beer with my Easter breakfast-the beer stole the show.

Mouthfeel - Full, well carbonated.

Overall - Excellent chocolate stout. Looking forward to the 3 bottles remaining to the 4 pack.

Firkin-Bunghole, Apr 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

HopJack, Apr 09, 2012
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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