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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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11,164 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,164
Reviews: 3,190
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 1,036
Gots: 2,323 | FT: 155
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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 Pellinore1


4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very nearly black, and overwhelms the glass with head. I've had this beer before, and do not remember the carbonation being this intense, so this may be a fluke. This eventually fades to some lacing.

Coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate make for a fantastic smell.

The taste delivers everything promised by the aroma. Coffee is the defining flavor, but deep roasty malts and bittersweet chocolate round it out nicely. The finish is dry, with lingering coffee.

Medium-bodied, with lively carbonation.

Quite drinkable, considering the ABV. I'd gladly follow this with another.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 02:37:22 | More by Pellinore1
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very dark black with about 2 fingers of a rich milk chocolate head that dissipates into a brown layer with some lacing.

S: Rich, sweet chocolate and coffee with some dark roasted malts. Delightful.

T: Sweet, creamy chocolate at first followed by dark roasted coffee. Some bitterness from the coffee, but not much. It leaves a pleasant coffee aftertaste.

M: Rich and creamy--heavy body with some carbonation. The oatmeal creates a very smooth feel.

D: Despite how heavy of a beer it is, it goes down amazingly smooth. Very, very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 02:24:23 | More by n2185
Photo of Zadok


4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First review in quite some time and probably not a better beer around to indoctrinate a 2 year absence.

Have had this on tap at one of my favorite places in KC, Waldo Pizza.

Pours a gorgeous dark chocolate brown, almost black with a whipped frothy dark tan head. A side note, I wouldn't mind scraping off mass portions of the frothy creamy head and eating/drinking them.

Delicious coffee and chocolate aroma with a subtle bitterness and dryness, reminiscent of the coffee/chocolate themselves.

The taste is directly inline with the aromas in that they are full of a smooth coffee bean and dark chocolates, perfectly balanced. And when I say perfectly balanced, I mean Perfect! Mild ABV allows for a couple samplings if desired without ever knowing that there is alcohol present.

Mouth feel is an integral piece of the balance between nose and taste, the creamy richness and frothy whipped topping has a perfect texture throughout the entire pallet.

An absolutely amazing beer and possibly in my top five if not in my top 2. I used to have several other stouts that topped my list but once Founders came to the KC area this bad boy took the throne. Definitely World Class!

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2011 21:20:07 | More by Zadok
Photo of MadCat

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recently purchased, so I assume it was the most recent batch. Can't find a date code on the bottle.

Appearance: Pours black as night with a creamy brown head. Leaves considerable lacing.

Smell: Dark chocolate with a hint of coffee. Smell reminds me of the dark chocolate coffee we had at the coffee shop I used to work at. Beautiful.

Taste: Complex, malty, chocolatey, hints of coffee. Minimal bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thick and velvety, a little bit of carbonation sting

Drinkability: I could drink this all day if it weren't for the fact that it would kill my wallet and I would be drunk as hell.

Overall, absolutely amazing. Not a perfect beer for me, but it is damn close. Well deserving of its spot on the top 100. Looking forward to KBS, and hopefully I can get some CBS.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 02:42:31 | More by MadCat
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle aged about 7 months, poured into a pint glass

A - Opaque black, with a beautiful tan head that leaves lacing around the glass after the first sip!

S - Complete smell of roasted coffee beans, smells just like my home in the morning, some hints of chocolate as well

T - Amazing taste, coffee over powers the chocolate but beautiful flavor with just a bit of bitterness.

M - Thick bodied with almost no carbonation, very oily.

D - Amazing beer, one of the best from Founders, and definitely one of the best Imperial Stouts I have ever had!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 20:35:10 | More by thedoubler55
Photo of inlimbo77


4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle (purchased at Capone's in Norristown, PA) into DFH signature tulip glass. No bottle date listed?

A: poured a deep, DEEP brown/black with a thin tan head that disipated very quickly. nice lacing that sticks around.

S: I took in lots of coffee and chocolate in my first nose blast. really amazing notes.

T: I get all the above (coffee and chocolate) with more. really great. as mentioned in previous, you aren't going to get the hops at all. mostly the flavor notes and malts.

M: chewy delicious winter stout. this coming from an IPA guy.

D: very drinkable stout. the ABV at 8 and change is hidden nicely (as mentioned) but will sneak up on you. would definitely drink more than one.

Overall, a GREAT stout. I really enjoyed this one and was happy to stumble across it this past weekend. Tastes match the high ratings.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 02:33:36 | More by inlimbo77
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4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured a bit cold, inky black color but minimal head, probably better if poured warmer.

S - Excellent, dark chocolate and light roasted coffee. Not much note of hops or malts, just that great coffee aroma.

T - Wow, just perfect coffee and dark chocolate, along with a smooth vanilla. Some toffee. Smooth as can be, hops come in at the end to make it crisp. This is my idea of the perfect stout.

M - Could be little thicker but carbonation is perfect and "chewiness" is there.

D - As easy to drink as any stout I've sampled, the booze is masked nicely but gives some warmth. I could drink multiple bottles no problem, great for the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 23:46:24 | More by chilly460
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New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Pours a deep black with a one finger tan head. Nice lacing. Some light is allowed through the edges, casting a ruby-brown color.

S - Rich dark chocolate and deep dark roasted coffee. A creamy milkyness is also present. Roasted malts and a bit of oatmeal are there too, and brown sugar. The coffee aroma is like a hot fresh cup, like burying your head in a bag, or like walking by the bulk coffee beans in the grocery store.

T - Lots of dark chocolate and intense roast. Dark roasted coffee that is one of the best roasts I've had. Chocolate lingers for ages in a really great way. Coffee is also present, weaker at first but growing as you reach the finish. Coffee and chocolate are perfect companions in this beer and play off one another brilliantly, with the bitter coffee offset by the slightly sweet dark chocolate.

M - Creamy and medium-heavy bodied with little carbonation. Just right for an Imperial Stout. Thick enough that you know it is there but not cloying or sticky. Neither dry nor wet, it is just right. There is a bit of a warming effect as well that is just divine.

D - So easy and pleasant to drink. . Very smooth and drinkable, Overall a wonderful example of a specialized imperial stout, based around particular flavors. Founders aimed for a specific "Breakfast-like" flavor profile and absolutely aced it. That said, it simultaneously aces all the requirements of being a great Imperial Stout (something a beer like Choklat simply doesn't do).

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 22:56:28 | More by greenmonstah
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5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Duvel Tulip
Two weeks aged

A: Aggressive pour, big one finger light brown head. Very dark brown almost black can not see through. Great sticky lacing.
S: Huge coffee/espresso, Roasted Malt, Dark Chocolate, , Sweet Milk Chocolate, touch of vanilla.
T: Taste as the smell suggests. Roasted, chocolate, slightly sweet. Light bitterness to balance this out in the end.
M: Smooth, creamy fantastic. Lingering bitterness
D/O: This is super drinkable. The 8% plus ABV is very well hidden. Can't put it down. This was fantastic especially when fresh.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 23:57:02 | More by jmich24
Photo of harrymel


4.22/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for Czoch75 for this one!
Poured from 12oz to NB Globe. 55F.
Bottled 08/27/10

A: Small, mocha head recedes within the minute and subsequently leave small film of lighter, albeit still light mocha sheeting across surface. Deep, timeless black. Only when tilted 60 degrees can I even sense the passage of light through this one, and when it does, it looks like coffee (brownish translucent). Scattered bubble lacing.

S: And now I understand why they named it breakfast stout! Thick, luxurious coffee spearheads the nose only to be accented with notes of dark cocoa beans, burnt sugar, molasses, caramel, dates and even a slight touch of licorice.

T: Again, coffee dominates this beer. As I regain attention to the matter at hand, I begin to taste the cocoa, and it is bitter cocoa, have no mistake. I can feel the heat of the ABV on this as well. The hops take a backseat, but the kind of a polite child: reserved, but ever present with a kick of bitterness to remind you we are still no there yet!

M: Viscous like a filtered Turkish coffee, this beer resonates in the mouth and fills the palate with a velvety structure to negotiate during the sentence of enclosure.

D: Very drinkable, I feel like I ham happy to say I got a good size bundle of this beer to help me share and also age. I imagine the coffee will recede in the beer over a year and will help engage the malts here. Good stuff, if you can, get your hands on it!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 06:14:27 | More by harrymel
Photo of SFLpunk


4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to forgetfu for this bonus! 12oz pry-top brown glass bottle. Neck stamped **/05/09 (can't read the first numbers).

Pours a deadly silent thick, oily black with hardly any bubbles at all.

Nose is chock full o nuts with roasted coffee grounds, bittersweet baker's chocolate, dusty cocoa powder, black-strap molasses, and charred wood.

Palate is full-bodied and bitter. There's some residual sugar in there, but it's hidden very well by the roasted/burnt malts and aggressive bittering hops. Flavors are of black coffee, bitter dark chocolate, toasted oak chips, chocolate sauce, burnt malt, and cocoa nibs. Very little carbonation. Finish is long and drying.

Notes: A lot more bitter than I remembered this being. A damn fine beer. I personally like a little more sweetness to sneak through, but this is really well made. Still very bitter at over a year old.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 05:45:47 | More by SFLpunk
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4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into DFH snifter, color is a dark brown/mocha with a small finger thick, dark tan head that leaves some nice lacing.

S: The nose is excellent, very aromatic with huge coffee bean scents, smells exactly like a coffee coolatta. Following the coffee beans is the nice, bold hints of chocolate, smell is very delicious.

T: As expected from the nose, the taste of coffee and chocolate is present. However, I am getting more of the chocolate up front which is then followed by the coffee beans, unlike the smell. There is a very faint presence of alcohol and bitters here as well. This is all finished with a smoky/roasted flavor that sticks around the palate for quite some time.

M: Full bodied, very smooth and thick on the palate.

D: This is a very good beer, the coffee and chocolates notes, compliment each other quite well. Although it is not as "big" as most Imperial Stouts, it's better than most. Honestly the only IS better IMO is KtG. Excellent offering from Founders!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 00:19:24 | More by mavbrew
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4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Double chocolate coffee oatmeal stout" boasts the Norman Rockwell-esque label of this 12 ounce bottle of Founders Breakfast Stout (dated 08/12/10). This was poured into an oversized wine glass. The pour yields half a finger of brown head that quickly disappears. Traces of sticky lace appear down the sides of the glass. The brew is nearly black.

Breakfast Stout is one aromatic beer. Even before the glass is in close proximity to the nose, strong aromas waft in all directions. Up close I can distinctly identify all of ingredients listed on the label. First there's a very literal scent of strong coffee. Some stouts imply coffee in their aroma; Breakfast Stout really smells like it. The coffee aroma is attached to the strong scent of dark baker's chocolate. There is an oatmeal stout quality that is detectable as well as a strong alcohol presence. This stout is truly awesome on the nose.

The flavor follows the scent, but with a different balance. Alcohol is pretty far forward in the mix, bringing a little bit of heat. The oats provide a nice thick malt base. Rich sweet chocolate floats around the mouth. Coffee is more subtle, but certainly present. There is a bitter hop finish (this is 60 IBU after all) but the oily hops are felt more than they are tasted. For the most part the bitterness is well-covered by the sweetness of chocolate and alcohol.

In the mouth, Breakfast Stout has a heavier body and a thick and velvety alcoholic texture with little carbonation to lighten the load. The 8.3% alcohol is not so much hidden as it is shown up by all of the distinctly intense flavors of this beer. In the midst of it all you still get the impression that you're drinking a boozy stout (there's definitely a little fire breathing going on). Thankfully this brew is malty enough to compensate for all of the alcohol in the mouth.

As far as the drinkability is concerned, this is a sipper; but boy is it an easy drinking sipper. It tastes like it's a little bigger than 8.3% ABV, but it doesn't seem too boozy to reasonably handle. I probably wouldn't drink two of them back to back, due simply to the flavor intensity and alcohol content. However, if you have superhuman alcohol tolerance this is not only a fantastic stout, but a pretty good value to boot.

I happened to grab a four-pack of these bad boys. A couple of bottles will no doubt be going into the cellar for an extended stay. I anticipate this turning into a mocha espresso after the hops disappear and the alcohol mellows. I'll report back in a year.


The Two-Schlitz Scale™: (see my profile for an explanation)
I give two Schlitz for Breakfast Stout, and two more for lunch.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 04:22:49 | More by weizenbob
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4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, almost black colored beer poured into brandy snifter.

Left a about half inch head of thick tan foam.

Strong smell of roasted malts, coffee.

Strong coffee, oatmeal, and rich malty flavor. Slight bitter aftertaste.

Looks and feels think, but is smooth and is one of my favorite beers to have in the fridge at all times.

One of my favorite beers, Founders never disappoints.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 01:59:36 | More by redsand22
Photo of BeerLover99


4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: black as night body, oatmeal 1 finger head,
stunning lacing

S: bitter chocolate, roasted coffee,
hint of vanilla, smoked

T: oats, chocolate, hint of roasted nuts, mild boozy,

M: heavy body, smooth/chewy mouth

O: Divine Imperial Stout, sip it with ease!
warms your spirit (fair alcohol warmth wraps
your body like a blanket) on a frigid day
in the Great Lakes. I love this style and Founders
nails it. This will become an annual treat for me.


Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 22:38:55 | More by BeerLover99
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4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a nice black w/ a nice foamy head and sticky lacing. Strong coffee aroma, overpowering in a good way. Tastes like coffee, simple. Lots of chocolate and vanilla in the mix. Slightly hoppy and roasty, very sweet. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy, very smooth. Drinkability is good, but the sweetness can take its' toll.

Great dessert beer or just a beer to savor. Outstanding beer from Founders, extrememly enjoyable. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 17:35:48 | More by BB1313
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4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours black w/ a tan head. Not especially viscous by the looks of it.
S: a delicious almost peety smell to it. Almost smoky, but just right. Nice deep malt aroma.
T: big dark malt taste that matches the look and smell wonderfully. No surprise with how it turns out. Oats are there giving it an earthy like tase along with chocolate malts.
M: Body is light as is the case w/ stouts. Goes down smooth w/ good carbination.
D: this is a slow drinker, only because you want to savor it. Not putting two of these back to back but wonderful on a cold winter day

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2011 00:08:24 | More by onefmatt
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4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Extremely dark brown/black color. Only the faintest ruby highlights at the very bottom. A creamy brown/tan head was present and it has very strong retention and superb lacing. The head settled to a smooth film across the top after starting about 2-fingers thick.

Smell - What a wonderful smell of deep, dark, roasted and burnt coffee. It's like I stuck my head into a bag of freshly ground coffee beans. Some sweet chocolate notes are present and nice, but the coffee is the star of the show here. Not detecting any alcohol in the nose, which is nice.

Taste - A rich, dry, burnt coffee flavor jumps out at me with the first sip. Followed by a touch of bitterness. The chocolate is once again a role player that fits in nicely. A subtle alcohol burn right at the back of the throat. Feels great.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full mouthfeel that really coated the palate. Left a nice, inviting warm burn at the back of the throat. It was nicely dry and remarkably smooth for this strong a coffee flavor. I really like it.

Drinkability - I wish I had picked up a couple more bottles of this. What a super brew. Very well made. Very easily drinkable. Perfect for late night, cold weather warming. The alcohol is practically non-existent, so drinking this is a breeze. I could sip on this all night.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 20:38:14 | More by Shrews629
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District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one beer that I'm rating better out of the bottle than on tap. This bottle is about 6 months old, for me that time has cut out a little of the raw coffee that you get in a fresh keg, and I like that.

Pours a great silky smooth but thick black with some great lacing.

Smells awesome with huge espresso notes, chocolate/fudge, charred malt, confection sugar, black licorice and more. An outstanding aroma that is so well designed.

The taste follows suit and has a beautiful chocolate covered espresso bean thing about it, like the candy choclate coating and bean melted and put in a glass, yet with a nice clean filtered water taste and some hop esters, plus a charred smoky malt character as well. Nice.

Mouth is great. The drinkability is great too. Founders does great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 02:22:28 | More by Dreadnaught33
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4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark color with a small tan head that quickly disappears and lots of lacing on the glass.

The aroma was big and filled with expresso and chocolate - dark malts.

The flavor was not at all what I was expecting. The first thing that hits you is a very strong dark coffee flavor, as this is the predominant thing. Next there is a bitter coffee and dark roasted malts.

Incredibly smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

4 packs do not last long enough and it's even better on tap

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2011 19:47:00 | More by tobin
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New York

4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Thick pitch black with an equally thick creamy tan head. 4 finger head. Not an aggressive pour at all, it just foamed up as if I poured it straight down.

S - First thing I smell is coffee and a lot of it. Smells like the raw bean. Chocolate comes up behind it. Lacing is amazing. It coats the glass with the same color bubbles as the head. You can't see through the glass anywhere.

T - The taste of the head is pure roasted malts. Doesn't taste like the aroma as the head usually does. The beer itself tastes similar to the head with roasted malts being the base, rich bitter dark chocolate follows it up nicely. Coffee blends with the chocolate well. Can't taste oatmeal, but the smoothness shows it's there.

M - Thick, smooth, perfect carbonation, sticks to the inside of your mouth leaving a nice coffee aftertaste. Finish is creamy and slightly sweet.

D - Extremely drinkable. Alcohol isn't noticeable. This beer is too thick to have that come through. Not a beer you could pound a few back, but so smooth you don't care.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 21:45:54 | More by GarrettMD
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3.38/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Perfectly opaque, not a real high head even with a down the middle pour but I don't put much into that, nice beige color

Smell- Even as this beer warms up I can't get past the spent coffee grounds smell, and not fresh coffee grounds, more like the next morning when you go to make another pot and the grounds from yesterday are still there. I can barely detect some oat/chocolate behind it but the coffee grounds are just too much. As it warms I think there's some toffee coming out too

Taste- As this beer warms up I am warming up to it, even though I started around 50 degrees it still needed to get warmer to get anything but the coffee grounds out of it. Now the oats, some cocoa and just a small bit of the lactose are coming out. The lactose sweetness is interestingly laid over the coffee bitterness for some very nice complex flavors but again, you have to really search to get past the initial old grounds taste which hurts this beer. This beer does have amazingly complex flavors but it really needs to be about room temp (64 degrees in here in the winter) to get them to come out.

Mouthfeel- Nice long, lingering finish, the coffee tannins are hanging with me almost like a good dry red wine would leave an astringent feel on your cheeks and tongue

Drinkability- High alcohol so take your time, you should want to with all of the different things to think about. Again, if you don't like tannin (like old coffee or tea) you may not like the astringent quality of this beer but it's something that I typically enjoy though don't necessarily look for it in a beer

I had really high hopes for this beer as it was rated so high by BA but I don't know that it is worth the high price tag. I appreciate all the fine ingredients but the fatal flaw is the coffee tones even though I am an avid coffee guy... I think a slower darker more oily roast of the coffee beans would help and perhaps lose the Sumatra which I have never liked much.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 01:21:44 | More by gps2388
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New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a balloon glass. Aggressive pour produces a nice mocha head on an opaque beer that is beautiful... just like me.

Smell hits you right away: super strong roasted coffee notes. Some cocoa and oats in there too, but the coffee grind scent dominates... just like the Patriots.

Mouthfeel is a bit warming and bitter at first, but if you let this one come up in temp, it is fun to spend some time with... just like you.

Only had one bottle but I wish I had a sixer, because this is a unique and phenomenal beer. One of my favorite stouts by far. Perfect for the cold winter months... just like sex.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 01:09:07 | More by ElGallo
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4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of FBS at Yankee Spirits in Swansea, MA.

Appearance is an opaque black color with a one finger mocha head. Smell is a mix of oats, coffee, caramel, chocolate. Its taste has similar characteristics and is sweet. Perhaps similar to consuming some oatmeal drizzled with chocolate syrup and some coffee. MF is medium. Drinkability is way too easy on a beer with this ABV, do remember to sip. It is a very enjoyable beer after all.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 02:04:15 | More by mltobin
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4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: black. entirely opaque. i actually see my reflection in the glass when holding this beer up. beautiful dark mocha creamy head.

S: you know when you grab the spent coffee grounds from the maker when you are all done in the morning? literally smelled exactly like that when I opened the bottle. but seriously, rich, rich, rich roasted coffee. picking up on some of the lactose as well. it smells thick.

T: first sip starts and finishes with acidic coffee. lingers thick roast on the palate. coats your entire mouth. lactose reminds me of the last sip of milk after eating a bowl of cheerios. cant taste the alcohol in a solid 8.3% abv? im impressed.

M: smooth and suede. creamy carbonation that is spot on for the style. big full-bodied beer on point.

D: see how many reviews this beer has. go buy a bottle dummy.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 23:59:17 | More by Jimmys
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,164 ratings.