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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

11,336 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 11,336
Reviews: 3,194
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,062
Gots: 2,395 | FT: 156
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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DerrickW

Georgia

5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-03-2013 16:11:57 | More by DerrickW
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AlexChillton

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

11-03-2013 07:45:32 | More by AlexChillton
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artoolemomo

Oregon

4.24/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours up about a finger's worth of head which doesn't seem to have much retention. The head is a medium to dark beige while the body is an opaque, dark chocolate black.

Nose- Very heavy on the coffee. I hope the flavor profile doesn't reflect it too much but there are lots of roasted malt notes here. They don't hide the chocolate and the small amount of fudge but it pretty much obscures any other aromas.

Taste- Plenty of coffee but it is much more seductive and accessible than that of the nose. Some chocolate but this really is a breakfast stout- even more than KBS which I like better. This is a coffee drinker's delight and one that I enjoy as well. The dry finish makes for a very neat and clean flavor profile. Some chocolate and oatmeal but coffee really is the star of the show. A bit simplistic but still pretty good because coffee used is very well rounded to the extent that it's almost exquisite. The chocolate, while not very explicit, helps to smooth it so that it has none of those woody or sour notes you get with some coffee stouts. I wish I could say more but this is just a really good beer that doesn't muck it up with a lot of complexity. Presence, balance, and integration- it's got all of those but complexity? Not so much.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light carbonation. Somewhat of a dry finish.

Drinkability- Very deceptive despite its lack of nuance. Rich but smooth coffee. I think I could dump this on ice and a coffee drinker wouldn't know the difference. The 2.50 to 3 bucks it usually goes for seems like a bargain. What I paid for it, is not.

Overall- Really good beer that is almost great. A little too simplistic for my tastes. This is not to say that the coffee used isn't complex, just that other notes aren't prominent enough. Definitely worth a try but you probably already know that. Not as amazing as advertised and I won't be going through the trouble to get this again. I would drink it all the time if it were easily accessible and around 3 bucks a bottle. But I'm on the West Coast and that ain't happening. And I'm okay with that.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 05:43:57 | More by artoolemomo
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boardrrc

Yukon (Canada)

4/5  rDev -11.5%

11-03-2013 02:24:09 | More by boardrrc
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edhizdeid

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

11-03-2013 02:02:03 | More by edhizdeid
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WVUbrew

West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

11-03-2013 01:34:22 | More by WVUbrew
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afinepilsner

Iowa

4.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz brown bottle

Founders Breakfast Stout is pitch black in color even when held to a light. It has a brown head with decent retention and lacing. The smell is mostly coffee and chocolate with a good dose of maltiness. This beer tastes amazing! It has good coffee and chocolate flavors with a good balance of sweetness and bitterness. It has a full bodied silky smooth mouthfeel and long finish. This is a very we'll made beer and one of the best stouts I have ever tasted.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 00:38:36 | More by afinepilsner
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BrandonOakes

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-03-2013 00:13:30 | More by BrandonOakes
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Eric908

South Dakota

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

11-02-2013 22:59:30 | More by Eric908
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cujim

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

11-02-2013 21:43:34 | More by cujim
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Tayloraphilips

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

11-02-2013 21:29:58 | More by Tayloraphilips
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Desmodoc

Georgia

5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-02-2013 21:26:17 | More by Desmodoc
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steevbr

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

11-02-2013 20:59:37 | More by steevbr
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Bamaboy1975

Virginia

5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-02-2013 19:46:49 | More by Bamaboy1975
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WallyJaz

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

11-02-2013 19:42:29 | More by WallyJaz
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Deanosaurus

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I've been hunting for coffee beers and this was recommended to me by the guy at Friar Tuck's. I bought a 6 pack and have been enjoying it all week long.

- Appearance (4.25/5)
Nice dark color. Nothing really pops out of it on the edge or head, although the head does have a unique texture to it. As far as color during pouring or around the edge though it doesn't have much, it's just plain dark. I like that.

- Smell (4.5/5)
Strong coffee scent that isn't reflected in the taste which was sort of disappointing, but it was nice none the less. Maybe it's a subconscious connection between coffee and warmth but the smell did make me feel warm.

- Taste (4.25/5)
Like liquid chocolate; dark chocolate, but not bitter. The was a mild coffee undertone, but as I said it was not reflective of the smell. Of course that is how coffee tends to be on its own, does NOT taste like it smells. Good malty finish though. The chocolate stays with you for a while but that nice because whatever they used to make that flavor is high quality.

- Mouthfeel (4.75/5)
Super thick and yet smooth at the same time. It actually does feel as though I ate a piece of chocolate by the end of it, which typically makes me want water.

- Overall
This beer is what the label says, "Breakfast Stout". For some reason it would just taste better in the morning with some bacon or sausage or one of those Jimmy Dean skillet breakfasts with potatoes and peppers and onions and eggs. Founders found good accompaniment.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 19:35:44 | More by Deanosaurus
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striker2160

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

11-02-2013 18:10:54 | More by striker2160
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truesolution

Texas

4/5  rDev -11.5%

11-02-2013 16:20:35 | More by truesolution
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jaycar06

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

11-02-2013 15:27:17 | More by jaycar06
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BFCarr

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -11.5%

11-02-2013 01:29:08 | More by BFCarr
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toddicus13

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

11-02-2013 01:12:21 | More by toddicus13
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Jakethesnake503

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

11-02-2013 01:07:00 | More by Jakethesnake503
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stooge

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

11-01-2013 21:59:14 | More by stooge
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beer4colin

Massachusetts

2.25/5  rDev -50.2%

11-01-2013 20:51:40 | More by beer4colin
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WTKeene

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

11-01-2013 20:10:40 | More by WTKeene
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,336 ratings.