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Founders Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout

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13,748 Ratings

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Ratings: 13,748
Reviews: 3,450
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,394
Gots: 3,858 | 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:
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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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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

Pours out completely black with a dark tan head that retains well and leaves excellent lacing. Smell is predominantly of coffee with some light chocolate aromas coming through as well. Taste is of coffee and chocolate as well. Starts out more roasty, then leads to a bit of chocolate in the middle and ends up with a roasty finish. Very smooth on the tongue, full bodied, but not cloying, carbonation is just a bit on the higher side. Drinkability is awesome, I love this beer and will be thoroughly enjoying the rest of them.

Photo of Jmamay22
4.17/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My first from Founders and I'm excited to try it.

Breakfast Stout pours out a dark black devoid of light. A mocha colored head grows from the darkness as I pour it into my glass and eventually settles to a whisper of a collar.

Smells both bitter and sweet. Baking chocolate, roasted malts, espresso beans, and burnt sugar.

My initial impression is, Wow! lots of coffee. The feel is thinner than expected, but smooth and milky. Intensely roasted bitterness, but underneath runs a sweet chocolate malt flavor. I was hoping for greater depth, complexity and a more full feel.

Very drinkable as the alcohol is nowhere is the scent or taste, but found in the growing warmth of my chest. I would enjoy this quite a bit post breakfast.

Photo of tapman
4.37/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black opaqueness, a dark roast espresso head barely makes an appearance. Instead an espresso mist graces the surface. Lacing is adequate.

Aroma is that of fresh ground Italian roast coffee, dark baker's chocolate, alcohol, and a small degree of astringency. When it warms caramel and burnt sugar (like atop a creme brulee).

Taste is espresso coffee, dark chocolate, chocolate malts, light and dark roasted barley, a medium degree of crystal malts, and chocolate milk (some lactose?) make up the malt and adjunct flavors (if there were any adjuncts). Hops are perhaps English and American if I'm guessing correctly. Possibly related to Golding and a Cascade-English hybrid, though I'm hardly an expert, just guessing.

Mouthfeel is thick yet velvety in its dexterity. Its also just light enough to be considered creamy. The only thing I'mmissing is any kind of carbonation, seriously its kinda flat. After reading other reviews I'm suspicious if I just had a bad batch...

Not a session at all for me. My four pack lasted two months, but each one was savored and thoroughly enjoyed. Very good with vanilla ice cream. Still, pretty big for repeat drinking.

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4/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.65/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. 11-19-12 bottle date.

A: Thick dark black with a very thin mocha head. Legs leave something to be desired.

N: Coffee, cocoa, oatmeal and peas? Caramel and vanilla notes. Very smooth and integrated.

T: Balanced with both the bite of hops and some malt. Slightly metallic.

M: Oily and slightly slick. Medium mouthfeel.

O: A good beer with some flaws. Not a fan of the series, though I can see why people like it. Would drink again.

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -6%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of beerphan
4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle -> goblet
no date

Pours black with a small head that left quickly. Dotted sporadic lacing.

Nose: Rich chocolate milk and coffee grounds. A deep rich scent. Also, some dark fruit scents emerge with time.

Taste: Coffee and dark sweet chocolate, with full roastiness and a semi-dry oatey bitter finish that lingers and lingers. Alcohol is warming but never more than a sidenote with all the big flavors present, totally leaving any indication of the booze in the dust.

Mouth: Thick, sticky and creamy. Leaves the mouth feeling dry and roasted for some time.

Dangerously drinkable especially if you start in the morning as the name suggest! Drink them slowly so the flavors can escape.

note: # 100.

Photo of MMAJYK
4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black with 2" of milk chocolatey head; very fluffy and pillowy. The lacing is very thick down the sides of my large snifter. The perfect glass to welcome the expected outstanding beer in. I have had a lot of stouts but this one looks exceptional the way it threw up the nice head.

S- Very sweet from the malts. Chocolate malt, coffee malt, light black patent. Very creamy, caramel like, roasty, smoky, and a nice scent of brown sugar spiced oatmeal. The alcohol warms you if inhaled deeply, but well hidden if you are not digging so deep. This is one of the most amazing, welcoming smells I have ever witnessed in a beer.

T- Following closely to the nose with all the same malts. The smoke is a little more pronounced in the taste and is quite welcome to add to the balance of the sweetness. Very milky and creamy, like coffee that has been sweetened and a splash of creamer thrown in. The coffee lingers around in the end adding to the complexity. No alcohol to speak of in the taste; super well hidden for sure.

M- Thick and creamy like a bowl of oatmeal. The carbonation is quite high for the style, but I like it just fine.

D- Off of the charts for me. This is one amazing beer. I seriously could drink this beer all day on a cold, winter day. However, I think you would not make it very long with the punch this baby hits you with. Absolutely AMAZING!

To be fair, I matched this beer with dinner this evening; breakfast food. It consisted of: Biscuits and Gravy (an old Southern thing), scrambled cheese eggs, sausage, and bacon. Whether or whether not it was the food making this beer taste so damn good, I don't know, but I will say the pairing was PERFECT and I recommend it to anyone on a cold fall or winter evening.

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4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

09/23/10- Had a 12 oz bottle of this at home. This is one beer I will buy year and year.
A: Black with a VERY thin red hue; there is a nice one-finger dark tan head.
S: Boozey and bourbony with a strong fresh wood characteristic (interesting because I don't think this is aged on wood) and nice mellow espresso, dark chocolate, caramel banana, oats, raisins... nice.
T: Nice roast with mild coffee and sticky dark chocolate covered bananas over lingering cream oats. Caramel milkiness with fresh grapfruit hops. Nice oatmeal stout/hops/alcohol balance.
M: Very creamy, nicely thick with a cleansing at the end.
D: Good.

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4.25/5  rDev -6%

Photo of divineaudio
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz dated bottle into a tulip glass.

pours a thick, greasy black. looks like used motor oil, absolutely no light getting through this beer! a one finger brown head forms quick and settles to a ring around the glass with some nice, densely spotted lacing.

nose of dark chocolate, molasses and espresso with a bit of alcohol presence. taste follows nose, but adds big roasted malt character and brown sugar. malts are perfectly balanced with hop bitterness that lingers on the back of the tongue. alcohol is hidden pretty well.

mouthfeel is especially smooth and creamy considering how thick and rich this beer is. carbonation is mild but adequate, just the way i like it.

another amazing beer from founder's. very, very drinkable, especially so considering the richness and higher abv. you won't need very many of these, but it's so good that you can't have just one.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Darkness snifter.

Bottle Date: 09/24/10

A- Pours a ½ finger brown head that dissipates quickly to a bubbly ring around the glass, pitch black color, opaque, well carbonated, splotchy lacing.
S- The aroma is fantastic, big espresso coffee aroma, roasted malts, oats, some cocoa and chocolate come out in the background.
T- Wow, big coffee flavor, oat presence, really roasty, the carbonation is not really apparent in the taste, some cocoa notes, bitter as well.
M- Medium/Big Mouth feel, coats the palate, bitter aftertaste.
O- This is a solid beer from Founders, love the roasty notes, and the big coffee presence, perfect winter beer.

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -6%

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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