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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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12,989 Ratings

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Ratings: 12,989
Reviews: 3,318
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,265
Gots: 3,257 | 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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Photo of oldp0rt
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

oldp0rt, Sep 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

pmhenry, Sep 29, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -39.2%

Kpitevl, Sep 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

glitchedmind, Sep 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

colbyguy, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of Powderhornphil
4.21/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours black with a light milk chocolate head. Not a lot of lacing, but a nice looking beer.

Chocolates, roast, some sweetness and of course coffee.

Tastes like iced coffee with dark chocolates. Lots of sweetness. Just well balanced sweet and bitterness. No alcohol is detected. Dangerously drinkable. Chocolate really shines as it warms.

Has a nice slick oatmeal mouthfeel.

One of my favorites. A world class stout you don't have to wait in line or truck-chase for? Yes please.

Powderhornphil, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of bdn72
5/5  rDev +10.6%

bdn72, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of RWACKO
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

RWACKO, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of codyhaskell
4/5  rDev -11.5%

codyhaskell, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of deathpulse42
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review! :) Hello to everyone in the Beeradvocate community!

Appearance (4.5) - Dark as the night sky. Good one-and-a-half to two-finger head. Decent lacing.

Smell (5.0) - Amazing. Dark chocolate and roasted coffee.

Taste (4.5) - Very pleasant. I get the dark chocolate first and then the coffee. The high ABV is nearly undetectable. To be honest, I would like there to be a liiiittle more alcohol "bite" at the end. But really, it's exceptional all around. TRY IT!

Mouthfeel (4.5) - Excellent. Medium heaviness. I would like it to be a bit heavier though. Its mouthfeel is TOO similar to, well...simply coffee and dark chocolate.

Overall (4.5) - This is a great beer and an equally great stout. As a college student, I am, of course, always cognizant of price and the value that I get for said price. I paid $11 for a 4-pack of this beer at a local liquor store, and I would gladly buy another 4-pack again for that price. Also, I think that the lower-than-expected heaviness of this beer would make it a good introductory stout for those wishing to expand their palate. You could even kill two birds with one stone and introduce someone wanting to try darker beers who happens to be a chocolate lover!

deathpulse42, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of Riverared
5/5  rDev +10.6%

Riverared, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of fmccormi
4.03/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; bottling date of August 15, 2012 printed in yellow ink on the neck of the bottle (“BOTTLED 08/15/12”)

Appearance (3.5): Pours with one finger of mocha-brown head, a nice mix of fine and coarse bubbles—pretty tight head. The body is pitch black, unsurprisingly, and the lacing is very modest but spotty.

Smell (4.0): The coffee and chocolate are there all right, but the malt richness behind them comes off kind of like cola and rootbeer syrup (not cloying like that, though)—more like iced coffee with some sweetener. It’s nice that the coffee and chocolate scents are definitely discernible though, which is good—unsweetened chocolate and cold coffee.

Taste (4.0): The coffee is much more well-defined here, and is more pronounced and bitter when the beer’s cooler; as it warms, it smooths over and blends with the chocolate flavor, which feels less and less bitter as it warms, and the oats make for a smooth body that ties them together. 60 IBUs? The hops are surprisingly underrepresented here. No trace of the alcohol whatsoever, a very smooth blend.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Silky smooth, tingles lightly just at the end but is very smooth in between. The body is surprisingly light, but definitely on the heavy side of medium—I was expecting something thicker, but am not disappointed by this. The bitterness helps it finish almost dry, but it’s really just smooth all over.

Overall (4.0): Four all around sounds about right. Very well rounded, well-put together stout. It’s not as heavy as I was expecting, maybe not as fragrant, and definitely not as much chocolate as I was expecting, but it’s incredibly smooth as it warms and in the end is a very easy drinker. Very nice beer.

fmccormi, Sep 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

bigorange, Sep 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

smonice, Sep 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

jrcrimmings, Sep 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

meaghan2k, Sep 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Erikp666, Sep 27, 2012
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2/5  rDev -55.8%

PatrickMDunleavy, Sep 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

InspectorBob, Sep 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Robeerto89, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of JamesMN
4.03/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 9/07/12

Appearance: Completely opaque black. Gave it a vigorous pour but only a very thin film of light brown head appeared. Regenerates nicely though.

Aroma: Heavy on the chocolate syrup with hints of the coffee and oatmeal mentioned on the bottle.

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate that lasts from beginning to end on your palate. A bit of black coffee that blends well with the chocolate. Very little sweetness at all in this. The 60 IBUs from the hops are no where to be found, but the bitterness from the chocolate and coffee additions really lingers. Not quite as robust as I was expecting. It's as if there is an element missing that would really take this to a whole new level. No hint of alcohol at all in the taste but then again 8.3% isn't that high.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy. Upper end of medium bodied and easy to drink. A little thinner than I was expecting.

Final Thoughts: I'm a little disappointed in this one but it is definitely a good beer. It basically drinks like cold black coffee which is thinner and less robust than I was thought it would be. I will be cellaring a few bottles so it will be interesting to see how it ages. Definitely pick this one up if you are a fan of chocolate/coffee stouts.

JamesMN, Sep 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

Horbar, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of Bigredbeerdrinker
4.73/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First craft beer I tried after a friend turned me on. Been waiting for almost a year and FINALLY got my hands on a case and a half. So I will make this my first beer review.

The pour produced a small tan head and is as dark as the shady side of batmans ass. Smell was more chocolate than coffee although there's plenty of roasted scents hitting the nose. The taste on the other hand is all coffee all the way! This was the first stout I had tried as well and would recommend it to ANYONE who likes beer in the slightest. But if you don't like coffee you won't like this. Probably the best beer I've had thus far. Good job founders on this one along with most of your other beers.

Bigredbeerdrinker, Sep 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

BrewBear, Sep 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Roland45s, Sep 26, 2012
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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