Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The coffee lover’s consummate beer. Brewed with an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and imported chocolates, and two types of coffee, this stout has an intense fresh-roasted java nose topped with a frothy, cinnamon-colored head that goes forever.

60 IBU

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#138
Reviews:
3,973
Ratings:
17,330
pDev:
9.09%
 
 
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1,963
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6,797
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Photo of Luckydog91
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of duppenkamp
3/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of PMakowski
4.32/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12 Oz bottle poured into glass
Look - very dark almost black as expected. Medium foam head slowly fades, some excellent glass lacing
Smell - Mocha, lots of chocolate and coffee. A bit of caramel and grain.
Taste - Very bitter chocolate and hops. Creamy coffee and oats. Slight metallic flavor like cherries. It has a full profile, I personally don't think it goes down easy because it is filling. Carbonation is medium. A bit of alcohol warmth. I would like even more coffee flavor.

Overall, it's very good, bold flavor stout. It really is a great morning brew and i would like to try it a few more times to get a consistent idea of what it is. Grade is an A

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Photo of Lip
4.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ju53o8nyg9
4.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JPadilla
4.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biointen
4.34/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of locoformavs
4.02/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BSW
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of click2exit
4.83/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RichGrabs
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jangoon24
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChadDaniel
4.63/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of the best American stouts. Not too bitter or heavy.

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Photo of Mickt465
4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RaymondMillbrae
3.91/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ok, so let me start-off with a preface. My wifey brings home a lot of, free, dark chocolates...which we always end up giving away.

Now back to the review.

I always drink my stouts a little cooler than room temperature. I do this because I love the head, and because I get the best aromas off the head this way.

First-off...the color was spectacular. The oats gave it a super full body/richness, which also made it super thick and dark.

I grabbed a 350-lumen flashlight, and I could FAINTLY see a dark tan around the very edges of the glass. With a regular flashlight, I could not see any light at all.

Awesome! I love my stouts super dark and full-bodied.

The head was also thick. (I tilt the glass 45° and fill it half way. Then I straighten the glass and slam the rest of the bottle/can into the glass for a nice head).

The bubbles were super small and tight. And it also left a super nice lace.

Mind you, this is a smidgen cooler than room temps. I’m guessing at around 65° F.

As for the smell...it was also great. But sadly (like I started with my preface), I dislike dark chocolate. And the smell was very prevalent with dark chocolate.

The taste was fantastic. I loved that it was not overly bitter at all. As a matter of fact, it was creamy and smooth.

But that dark chocolate taste was extremely prevalent...which I did not like.

Mind you, this is just me. If you like the dark chocolate smell and taste, this might be for you.

But it wasn’t for me.

May I also add that it had a high 8.3. ABV. But both me and my wifey did not feel that it was that high at all.

We both agreed that it felt less than Founders regular porter (my favorite), which is only 6.5 ABV.

So the ABV on our 4-pack was weaker than marked.

Weird.

Anyhoo...it was a bit expensive at $11.00 (BevMo) for only 4 bottles.

I guess it had extra ingredients. But I could not get past the dark chocolate taste.

I’m looking around for a clone recipe of this, and I’ll substitute the dark chocolate with cocoa nibs (or maybe caramel), and it’ll probably rock.

But that’s just me.

Great oat stout otherwise.

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Photo of Imac1712
4.78/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of COBEERHUNTER
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gillandell
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite stout at the moment. Absolutely beautiful

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Photo of mholdefer
4.07/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Buckeye55
4.52/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gregula
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best stouts around.

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Photo of Namwobius
4.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DarkSideOfTheMoon
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like chocolate milk (full fat!) into the pint glass. Thin, light-brown head. Smells like a mocha espresso from a coffee shop. Taste is dark chocolate, espresso beans, some vanilla and toffee. Goes down easy - too easy. This one is a treat.

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Photo of Brownie_jones
4/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shantzak
4.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 17,330 ratings