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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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13,433 Ratings

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Ratings: 13,433
Reviews: 3,375
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,325
Gots: 3,552 | FT: 197
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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours jet-black with a medium-sized dark-brown head. Smells of old coffee grinds dominate the nose. Taste is of black coffee, unsweetened dark chocolate and hops. All these sources of bitterness are nicely balanced with the ample amount of roasted malts.

Founders Breakfast Stout is one of the best non-barrel-aged imperial stouts you can buy. Thankfully you don't have to jump though hoops to get one, either.

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep deep brown that is practically black. There is a small burnt toffee head that stands atop the beer but dissipates quickly.

S- Beautiful smelling beer. Loads of layering between the strong hit of coffee that is softened by both the chocolate and sweet oatmeal. The beer smells like breakfast on your birthday and you could only hope it tastes the same.

M-Smart move on the part of founders here. Given the fact that it's a breakfast stout, the body is not as thick as a number of other stouts. This helps the feel to meld with the flavors in a way that's almost like a perfect cup of coffee. I wish I had this for breakfast.

T- Wow. As a disclaimer, in order for one to enjoy this stout fully, he or she must enjoy the taste of coffee on its own. Not coffee with sweetener or milk, but just complex bitter and delicious coffee. This flavor is mixed elegantly with both the chocolate and oatmeal, all while still having a hint of bitter hops and sweet malts indicative of beer. The beer is so complex that each sip is different and wonderful.

O-Breakfast stouts are what founders does best. And when it comes to this style they are the best in the business. Start here.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a large CBS snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown, pretty much black. No head on a cautious pour but decent amounts of lacing.

S: Dark malts, coffee and loads of chocolate.

T: Heaven! Seriously, Lots of coffee and dark bitter chocolate. Lots of chocolate and coffee bite.

M: Medium to full body and medium carbonation.

O: This really is a dark biter chocolate coffee stout. Delicious is an understatement. I buy so much I should buy it by the case. If you enjoy dark chocolate and fairly bitter coffee. Buy this.. NOW. My glass is empty, off to get another.

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2012 Bottle bottled 8/13/12. Picked up in a trade with jfmamj, thanks dude. Poured into a (512) 3rd Anniversary Snifter.

Good smell of roast coffee, good strong nose is apparent as soon as I opened it.

Good thick 2 finger head. Nice retention, very nice appearance. I'm excited for this one.

First sip, mouthfeel is a little thin, not at all what I was expecting. Tastes very one dimensional of coffee, not terrible, just not what I had hoped for in an Imperial Stout, not much malt and not at all sweet. Nose lasts and is very pleasant, although misleading since the taste is just not the same.

This was my first time having anything by Founders, I was excited due to the other reviews, but this beer definitely did not live up to the hype. Hopefully this was just a bad batch or bottle.

EDIT: I had my second bottle this past weekend, about 2 weeks after the first bottle. I feel instantly different about this. The taste is much better than before, still not what I would call a sweet stout, but they are obviously not going for that. Overall my first impression did not do this justice and I am glad I went back for seconds. Damn fine beer.

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 13,433 ratings.