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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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11,718 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,718
Reviews: 3,216
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,153
Gots: 2,536 | FT: 154
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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4/5  rDev -11.5%

XmnwildX12, Nov 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

cody4prez, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of ThirstyMavros
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

ThirstyMavros, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of JimmyCop
5/5  rDev +10.6%

JimmyCop, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of Tonmeister
4.14/5  rDev -8.4%

Bottle Served in Snifter

Appearance: very dark, black, no light goes through the glass. Surprisingly has a thin brownish head, but that may be due to how it was poured.

Aroma: dark roasted malts, sweet chocolate, sweet dark roasted coffee. It has a balanced aroma you get both the bitterness of the malt and the spices and the sweetness of the coffee and the chocolate. The biggest aroma would have to be the dark chocolate.

Taste: bitter on the front end and the complexity of the beer changes in the middle leaving you with a sweet wet finish. The chocolate definitely cuts through towards the end. The spices are the first thing to hit the palate. It's not really bitter but its not really sweet. I can't taste the alcohol at all.

Mouthfeel: Its moderate for a stout. It's not really thick, which is what I expected, but it still is syrupy. leaves a sweet wet finish.

Overall: This is a great Imperial stout. Definitely not what I expected, I guess I had a pre conceived notion on how this beer would taste. Honestly, It's nothing special. It goes down fairly smooth and it doesn't have a chocolate/coffee explosion, but it does have a unique taste. I would definitely buy this again. I will take some time to drink it again and re-review it since my sinus aren't up to par, this re-view may be a little biased since I cant taste the full effect.

Tonmeister, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of PaulBian8
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

PaulBian8, Nov 27, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

dcall384, Nov 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

OnryAndMean, Nov 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -17%

JohnnyK, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of Mises85
4.71/5  rDev +4.2%

Served in a snifter about 55 degrees.

Appearance and Aroma: Pure black with 1.5 inch head. Initially spicy at first but develops into light cocoa, dark roast/espresso coffee, malt, dark chocolate.

Taste: I thought it was going to have a big hop backbone but the taste was all espresso and dark chocolate. Touch of roastiness. Some malt but not too much.

Mouthfeel: medium to thick. The mouthfeel was excellent and very balanced.

This beer is definitely in my top 5 easily. Not #1. That goes to Bigfoot. But definitely one of the best imperial/oatmeal stouts I have ever had.

Mises85, Nov 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -17%

krh, Nov 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

hattrick95, Nov 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

StevanTheVegan, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of laituegonflable
3.4/5  rDev -24.8%

Pours a dark brown colour. Head is beige - bordering on ochre - and whispy. Lace is a bit thin. Looks OK.

Smells like coffee. Intense, burnt, spicy espresso, but more so, with a big kick to the gonads to get you up and about. Spicy, rich, earthy. Not much else though. More would make this a huge winner.

Taste is kind of similar. Big choco-malt flavour upfront and on the back as well. Touch of espresso as well, but more meek and feeble. Roasty, a bit spicy, kind of vegetative more than anything though. Like a coffee beer but underroasted.

Smooth body, has a bite on the back from the bitterness though.

Not hugely enamoured of this. It kind of sleepwalks a little through the coffee bear territory without ever enlivening the senses.

laituegonflable, Nov 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

BRClemons, Nov 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

jacobbocce72, Nov 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

PrimScrewhead, Nov 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

tgatort, Nov 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

toomuchhops, Nov 26, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

grze, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of EliotTruelove
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%

Very lovely.

Appearance: Although it pours thick like a stout it seems to look as if it sits in the glass a bit more liquidy and thin than other stouts. Not a criticism, just an observation.

Smell: Steel is what I initially thought of, followed by a strong coffe smell and hints of other chocolate stouts i know and love. I have a clogged nose however so I cant judge this category too well.

Taste: This beer seems to be hit or near miss for me. Sometimes i'll love it and other times I'll only like it. Tonight was one of the latter nights. It was good, but perhaps my tongue wasnt in the mood for a stout tonight and it skewed my perception. Tonight was great, but nothing to brag about; whereas other times ive had it I sing its praises from the rooftops. I wonder why that is, why the differing quality between bottles and batches. It has Coffee, Dark Chocolate, and a distinct grain flavor to it.

Mouthfeel: very positive, always balanced from the tip of the tongue, into the middle, then down the backof the tongue into the throat. Not predominant in any one area, very balanced throughout.

Overall: This is a beer i come back to often, and im always surprised at the differing ways i feel about it. Sometimes its "meh" and other times its "legendary". The legendary times make me endure the "meh" times and keep me coming back for more.

EliotTruelove, Nov 26, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

AmandaRae, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of admiral
4.23/5  rDev -6.4%

a beautiful beer - best stout I have ever had

aroma: malty-mineral-chocolate goodness with slight coffee

taste: started off strong coffee with milk chocolate then as it warmed up it turned around to become strong milk chocolate with coffee with a strong cocoa presence complimented by some slight wine sweetness (all with a dash of spice). in a word - delicious

full of chocolate goodness - a great way to start the day if having for breakfast

admiral, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of TheosTheories
4.76/5  rDev +5.3%

A- pitch black, no light comes through, nice tan brown creamy head, doesn't last long

S- wow, lots of coffee! Smells great! I'm getting fresh roasted coffee, bitter dark chocolate, some dark fruits and vanilla in there, and a nice toastiness.

T- follows the nose, big coffee! I'm getting the bitter dark chocolate up front, dark fruits, plumbs mostly, in the middle, and finishes with a nice roasted coffee. Little vanilla in the back as well.

M- smooth and creamy.

O- overall one of my favorite stouts, very complex, and easy to drink. I wouldn't mind this brew in the mornings with that amazing coffee flavor.

TheosTheories, Nov 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

BrianScott, Nov 26, 2013
Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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