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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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world-class

12,929 Ratings
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Ratings: 12,929
Reviews: 3,315
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,263
Gots: 3,225 | FT: 198
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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5/5  rDev +10.6%

Grebdioz, Dec 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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bhir, Dec 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

gorby10826, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

HumphreyLee, Dec 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

jujigatame, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of MDDMD
4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-brown black color with a smallish tan head and decent lacing

S-coffee and chocolate with hints of bitterness

T-rich chocolate and coffee flavor with malty sweetness and nice bitterness in the finish

F-creamy and rich with full body and light carbonation

O-an awesome IS with great flavor and balance

MDDMD, Dec 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

reyolb, Dec 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

greid, Dec 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

jpd7374, Dec 26, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Shilt, Dec 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

zapahoppa, Dec 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

Balvenie, Dec 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

CummingsK21, Dec 25, 2011
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4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Founders breakfast stout have had on tap and bottle
Not much of a difference, tap was crisper.

A very dark, tan compact head nice lace
S lovely coffee and chocolate
T chocolate and coffee dance across my tongue, perfect balance no alchohol burn
M velvety smooth
O my favorite beer right now, both on tap and in a bottle.  Possibly the finest brew made in america today.

Fermenticusrex, Dec 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

robinsmv, Dec 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

mweso2000, Dec 25, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into a tulip with about a finger of caramel colored foam, gradually reducing to a lingering lacy froth on the edges of my glass

S: the usual suspects on a stout... The roasty, alcohol, vanilla notes, but then of course... COFFEE.

T: what a great coffee stout. This is done right. Perfect coffee bitterness, just the right amount of roasted malt and a good alcohol balance. It hits bitter like coffee, warms quickly and then you get all of that flavor, like from your favorite beans. As it leaves, you get a brighter tang and that ale aftertaste.

M: smooth, with perhaps a bit more carbonation than it needs... What I'd give to try this on nitro...

You have a dilemma. Drink it fresh and get all of the coffee, or let it age and get the improved mouth feel. A couple of months doesn't do much to help a coffee stout in my opinion, but I've experienced near complete beer transformation after a year on a coffee stout, so I'll be trying that with a couple of bottles this year.

Overall, this is a winter classic for me now, and I don't imagine missing it. Recommended.

TapeDeck, Dec 25, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into tulip at near room temp. Thanks to Hmmm for this one!

A - Nice dark brown but not quite black, syrupy pour with a finger of tan head that quickly dies off.

S - Coffee through and through, with dark chocolate, bread, burnt toast and slightly too much heat in the nose.

T - Roasted coffee beans segue well into dark chocolate notes with some dark fruit. Earthy/spicy hope are noticeable but kept in check by caramel malt and bready body.

M - My favorite part of the beer: Oatmeal gives it a nice heft and slight syrup stickiness, but it finishes fairly clean and leaves traces of coffee, bittersweet chocolate & alcohol heat.

O - Glad I finally got to try this one, I purposely reviewed this one in the morning & it lived up to its name. The coffee is strong with this one and I got a bit of a caffeine buzz. Big but not overdone and it all comes together well.

afrokaze, Dec 24, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours black with a brown thin layer of foam that retreats to the edges of the glass

S-a sweet toffee-like smell. Hints of coffee and oatmeal are also detectable.

T-the oatmeal flavor is evident, but then the coffee dominates the finish

M-smooth. The oatmeal presents a maltiness, but it coats evenly

O-very well balanced stout with good flavor. Not too overbearing in any aspect.

Jammies, Dec 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

michaellcoates, Dec 24, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

BucsNBucks, Dec 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

AaronBurr, Dec 24, 2011
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 12,929 ratings.