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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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13,980 Ratings

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Ratings: 13,980
Reviews: 3,504
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,466
Gots: 4,060 | FT: 211
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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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.02/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Bigredbeerdrinker
4.7/5  rDev +4%
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.

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4.29/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was a 12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

It pours dark with great clarity and a thick head with frothy bubbles. It smells a tad hoppy and nothing but roasted malts and a tad boozey. It has a very pleasing taste initially and a great mouth feel. I get roasted malts, coffee, and a slight sweet taste maybe toffee. I love the mouth feel when I take a big pull off of this one. I typically rate beers lower on mouthfeel but this is one that delivers. Beer is not just for lunch anymore people. Great carbonation. Big body. I love this beer and I have to credit jtd1969 for this one. I would highly recommend.

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4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Truthfully - this is the most I've looked forward to a beer in a long time. Here we go.

A: Looks very heavy. Dark head. Deep brown, black, no light getting through. The bottle is a bit sticky - docking slightly for that.
S: Coffee, chocolate, roast. Maybe a bit of tobacco also.
T: Same as the nose, the coffee is far more dominant than the chocolate, and the roast and tobacco are more forward. Just a little bit of residual sweetness at the end, this beer seems well attenuated. A bit of alcohol going down, but barely there. This is very good, and full of flavor, but not too heavy either. I would have liked a little more sweetness, to balance the roast and coffee.
M: The mouthfeel is - medium. Was expecting a bit more for an imperial stout. This doesn't bother me a lot, just not what I was expecting. It makes it drinkable, but slightly lower in body than I expect for an imperial stout.
O: A very nice imperial stout, with strong coffee flavors, very interesting aroma, and I like the tobacco contribution. A bit more mouthfeel, added by residual sugars, would have bumped it up a bit for me.

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4.37/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

FBS pours a deep black color with dark, dark brown shining around the edges with very little light able to shine through it. The head is creamy and a nice shade of tan. Low carbonation in the beer required a more direct pour to get a nice, thick head. The smell is absolutely incredible and complex, filled with so many amazing things: coffee, espresso, cocoa beans, mocha, toasted oats, malts, grains - it's absolutely wonderful. The taste is even better. Upon the first sip, the thing that hits you right away is the mocha and chocolate flavors. Sometime around the middle, the coffee beans really start to pull through, along with the toasted grains and malts. The ending finishes with an incredible oatmeal flavor.

The wonderful thing about this beer is that the flavor profile changes so much as it warms up. The coffee beans turn more and more into espresso, the mocha flavor heads from sweet to bittersweet, and the oatmeal becomes more prominent. At 8.3% ABV, the alcohol is masked pretty well, but provides a nice, warming feeling that meshes well with everything else. The body is is pretty big, although maybe a bit thinner than I'd like for being a 8.3% ABV, coffee-centric brew.

Seriously, this is a TOP NOTCH brew. A wonderful compilation of incredible flavors that is constantly changing. I recommend drinking this beer over the course of 40-50 minutes to let it really warm up and develop right in front of your palette. Absolutely wonderful.

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 13,980 ratings.