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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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12,958 Ratings

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Ratings: 12,958
Reviews: 3,317
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,264
Gots: 3,240 | FT: 200
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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Photo of Jammies
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
Photo of Cdunk11
4.95/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pitch black with very faint brown head that recedes quickly

S- Chocolate and coffee dominate the smell, primarily coffee

T- Smooth, very dominant in coffee with chocolate definitely there. Faint vanilla at the end but primarily coffee, smooth. Masks the alcohol extremely well.

M- Very much like you would expect from a stout, no carbonation, smooth, goes down very easily.

O- One of the best beers I have ever had, period. I personally do not even drink coffee, but have heard a lot about this beer and decided to give it a try. You can literally drink this beer with breakfast in the morning, the alcohol is extremely well hidden. Far and away the best stout I have ever had, and very accessible and reasonably priced, which makes it that much better.

Cdunk11, Dec 24, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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

lwburns15, Dec 24, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

groetman, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

SolarMikey, Dec 24, 2011
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4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a fantastic beer!

Pours used motor oil black with a brown head. literally, I put a flashlight against the glass and couldn't see it through the beer!

Smells like a hershey bar! pure chocolate.

Taste is AMAZING! Sweet, malty, chocolatey, coffe...VERY robust! Perfect bitter finish, balanced perfectly with the flavor of the beer.

Mouthfeel is great! silky smooth.

Very drinkable, especially when you consider the ABV. I think I'll have another!

This is the best beer I've tried in a long time. It's a must-have! If you like stout, you need to give this a try!

tfp4268, Dec 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

jk3, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

brotherloco, Dec 23, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

ShemRahBoo, Dec 23, 2011
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2/5  rDev -55.8%

weakness33, Dec 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

Yesdog, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of dankster
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to jamie for this bottle.

A- black as night with small tan head and sticky lace

S- roasted coffee and nuts. dark malts and small hops noted

T- coffee and toffee with the creamy thick goodness of oatmeal. roasted malts coat nicely

M- thick and chewy like drinking breakfest

O- WOW the best double stout i have ever had. I am not a huge stout fan by any means but this one is just great.

dankster, Dec 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

jharkins07, Dec 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

Innocentexile, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of vande
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in Sept I believe...

a - black as sin with a quickly disappearing dirty top, leaving only the off-brown colored lace behind

s - chocolate, coffee grounds, chocolate...hmmmm.

t - An integration of chocolate/coffee [coffee upfront and right away, with chocolate sprinkled amongst]... Sweet darkness.

M - medium bodied, somewhat smooth drinking beer

o - Breakfast, lunch or dinner - this beer is most definitely a winner!

vande, Dec 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite readily available, relatively inexpensive beer. For 10 bucks for a 4 pack, you don't get much better. There are better beers out there, but hard to find a better beer for the price and availability if you are a fan of this style. I usually keep some around my house.

A- Dark, black, with a thin brown head that lingers and leaves some lacing

S- Good coffee, dark chocolate, mocha

T- Very coffee forward, but unlike many coffee forward stouts, it tastes like good coffee, like an etheopian harrar. The chocolate has a dark chocolate flavor, but it does not have the bitterness of some dark chocolates. Just the right amount of bitterness

m- smooth. Very coffee forward, but leaves a nice sweetness in the mouth for quite a while after the beer is gone

o- for 10 bucks for a 4 pack, it is pretty close to a perfect beer, which is why it gets all 5's. There are better in the class, but none that I have had at the value and accessibility

StoryOfTheGhost, Dec 23, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Lost Abbey snifter

Pours black with a light brown, thick head that quickly retreats to a ring.

Huge nose of dark roasted coffee, mixed with chocolate.

Coffee carries over from the nose and is very dominant. Dark chocolate and a slightly nutty flavor is also present. The coffee mingles with hops at the end to provide a light bitterness.

Body is thick, syrupy, and full. Carbonation is just a bit on the lighter side.

I'm really glad to have gotten to try this beer. It is easily the most coffee forward stout I have tried, and it seems like I shouldn't have had it at 7pm because I'll be up all night!

fatmcb1, Dec 23, 2011
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4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This black stout is topped with a frothy, cappuccino, brown-colored head.  The head dissipates to leave a rim of thin head around the glass.

S:  intense fresh-roasted coffee and slight burnt wood

T: a smokey peat flavor firsts hits the palate, then the roasted flavors come with a nice chocolately, intense coffee punch. A slight hoppiness is detectable at the end.

M: rich, smooth and creamy. Full body , but not too heavy.

Overall, an excellent stout!

KMcG, Dec 23, 2011
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4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Blackhole black. A 2 cm head off the pour, quickly receding to a sparse cappuccino-color coating. Light lacing.

S: Dark chocolate espresso, like a Ben and Jerry's ice cream flavor or a $7 special latte from Starbucks, but the great thing about this is that it's beer! Some oakey backlighting, which ties it all together, and cuts the sweetness a bit.

T: Roasted, toasted, burnt goodness. Strong black coffee notes lead, which are rounded off by dark, bitter chocolate tinges. Some subdued anise and tobacco hints add great complexity. Finishes with some excellent toasted malt flavors and some light hop offerings that cut the sweetness even more. Wonderfully well-balanced.

M: Nothing's lacking here. Chewy, syrupy, and perfect for the style. Nop carbonation. Very dry finish.

Heavenisbeer, Dec 23, 2011
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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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