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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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13,714 Ratings

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Ratings: 13,714
Reviews: 3,442
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,391
Gots: 3,831 | FT: 199
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:
Beer added by: marburg on 07-26-2003

Brewed with flaked oats, bitter and sweetened imported chocolates, Sumatra and Kona coffee.
60 IBU
Released on Sept. 1, 2010.
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3.75/5  rDev -17%

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4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well beer for breakfast, what more does one need in life? No more need for syrups, pancakes, egg dipped bread, or bacon (okay well maybe the last one is still a required thing).

It pours very smooth and looks like a strong, European style black coffee. It has a nutty brown head on it with a real nice, even lacing that sticks around.

The chocolate, caramel malt really comes thru when you sniff it, and smells more like a traditional stout than what you are about to drink.

Drinking--glory. It tastes at first of what it looks like, strong black coffee, but with a bitter, dry coffee taste. It really enlightens the tastes buds and gets them excited for the beer as it sits. The sweet malts start to come through, with a more creamy, darker fruit taste. At the tail end there is a nice hint of espresso there, that really caps off the full rotation of coffee, bitter, sweet, then strong roasted bean flavor.

This beer is a special one, a full meal in a glass. Delicious, smooth, and one to be savored over a long time.

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4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle dated 12/8/11

A- Pours a dark black with a very thin brownish head that leaves brown lacing on the sides. Not translucent at all, can see some tiny carbonation bubbles but not much rising along the sides of the glass.

S- Nice pleasant, sweet aromatic smell of espresso, chocolate, malts.

T- Nice creamy espresso taste mixed with some sweet chocolate and maybe a hint of caramel. Nice sweet aftertaste.

M- A little bit on the heavy side, but not the heaviest stout I've had. Alcohol very well hidden, incredibly smooth. Not too much carbonation.

O- Founders makes some fantastic stouts. The breakfast stout is definitely up there with some of the best stouts in terms of smell and taste. Definitely worth the money in purchasing a 4-pack. Highly recommended, wish it was available year round.

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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2.93/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is what broke my heavy beer streak. It was just too much for me. Sipping bear to be sure, but one I'll never sip again if I'm paying. However, it was distinctive enough to warrant trying in some different form, like on tap, or, again, on someone else's tab. Mmm, coffee. Like a triple strength brew: Not necessary. Be ready to chew this one and be done. It's an unpleasant meal in a bottle. I gave this one away and didn't bother finishing the 6-er.

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4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Brewdog tulip glass.

Dark black with a tan head that initially makes a finger but soon thins to a small pond.

On the nose - chocolate, coffee, burnt/roasted malt and cereals.

On the palate again all about roastiness especially cocoa and coffee a little molasses, hop and nutiness in the background but really all about the first few flavours I listed !

Mouthfeel was absolutely BANG ON - medium bodied and a silky finish making you crave for more and open another bottle (although I resisted !)

Overall a fantastic world class imperial stout and one I would have EVERY time above almost all others. Have had on tap in the US before, but I think I enjoyed this bottle at home even more as I had only had it in the fridge for an hour or so and the flavours jumped out more so this way.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from growler into a DFH signature glass. Growler filled today at Capital Ale House in Harrisonburg, VA.

A - Pours a thick nearly black color with a dense two finger tan head. The head is retained at one finger for the duration. It leaves a beautiful tiered lacing on the wall of the glass.

S - There is a very powerful blend of smells led by bitter dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Maybe a touch of vanilla, but toasty, roasty, chocolate dominates and it smells delicious.

T - Starts off a bit sweet, with milk chocolate with some toasted malts. The finish is like bitter coffee and dark chocolate, and shows the 60 IBU. Leaves coffee on my breath following a smooth finish. I can't get enough of the flavor. Each sip really comes full circle from sweet, to bitter, to smooth, and then gone. No alchohol is present at all.

M - Very rich and creamy with a smooth velvety carbonation. Leaves a nice coating on the tongue after it goes down. Phenomenal mouthfeel.

O - I have had this beer several times in bottle form, but I jumped at the chance to bring home a growler. It didn't hurt that it was"growler day" so $5 off made this a steal at $12. The flavors are nearly perfect with the chocolate and coffee coming to life more and more as it warms. The feel is one of the best I have ever had in a stout and isn't diminished at all by the end of the growler pours. A truly great Imperial Stout that I pick up regularly when it is in season or I see it on draft.

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4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a near black with a very very thin outer ring of brown head, ok lacing.

S - Roasted coffee & chocolate, lots of vanilla and maybe some caramel malt. Simple sounding but amazing smell.

T - Lots of roasty coffee flavors up front, sweet chocolate follows. A nice rather bitter/alcoholic finish. There may be some dark fruits as well. The roasted bitter flavors and sweet chocolate dominate.

M - Fullish bodied, a bit of a sipper with the bite at the finish especially. Appropriately carbonated.

O - The perfect beer for this time of day (30 minutes after waking up). A nice morning brew or winter brew, love the FBS.

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3.75/5  rDev -17%

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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