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: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Availability: Sep - Dec

Brewed with flaked oats, bitter and sweetened imported chocolates, Sumatra and Kona coffee.

60 IBU

Added by marburg on 07-26-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#129
Reviews:
3,945
Ratings:
17,184
pDev:
9.09%
 
 
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Ratings: 17,184 |  Reviews: 3,945
Photo of Blueribbon666
4.57/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours thick jet black into dimpled mug. Cocoa brown colored quarter inch bubbly head that dissipates quickly. Smells of cocoa, dark chocolate, coffee and a malty oat presence. Mouthfeel and taste are a wonderful combination of coffee and good cocoa with hardly any notice of the 8.3% abv within' which is not to say that it's watery by any means. The mouth is very well balanced and full without being too much, but again not watery with a good clean spicy finish. This has become one of my favorite stouts, just wish they'd put it in a 6-pack like the porter and dirty bastard, 4 is never enough.

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Photo of SirSketch
4.57/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got this one in at the local liquor store. Picked up the last two, but I hope they get more.

A - One of the darkest beer I've seen for sure. Small ring of brown head.

S - Perfect. Freshly ground coffee grains, rich dark chocolate, some herbal hops underneath. Enormous and oh-so good.

T - Pure tastes of chocolate and coffee. Oatmeal and brown sugar come through. Slightly bitter that balances amazingly.

M/D - Very full bodied and feels awesome when held in your mouth. Really good beer.

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Photo of association330
4.57/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich, opaque black with a thick, fluffy, mocha head. This is how a proper stout should look, to be sure.

S - Incredible waves of bitter chocolate, toffee, burnt sugar, oatmeal, coffee, and a slight alcoholic twang. This is truly one of the best beers I've ever laid my nose to, but the taste?

T - Equally impressive, though it starts and finishes very sweet, with rich flavors of cherry, chocolate, coffee, oatmeal and molasses. Alcoholic presence and overall flavor increase as the beer warms, so enjoy this one slowly for sure. The taste of bitter, roasted coffee grounds lingers.

M - Thick, oily, viscous and wonderful.

D - Half a point for alcohol content and half a point for sweetness. This is a fabulous brew, but it's best when consumed in heavy moderation.

To be honest, this is a dessert beer for me due to its very sweet and chocolatey profile, but it's certainly a new favorite of mine. Highly recommended, if you can locate it.

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Photo of Upgrayedd
4.57/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This four pack is from the 2007 batch, so I'm going to cellar a couple bottles and see how it ages. This is quite possible the thickest beer I have ever poured. I wonder if it has something to do with a high final gravity and the oatmeal content? I brewed a Wee Heavy that had a FG of 1.022, but it did not have the silky smoothness and high viscosity of the Breakfast Stout. Of course it was a deep dark brown like what you'd expect. The taste was not as bold as I had prepped myself for. It had a really subtle roastiness and burnt toffee flavor. The term "liquid leather" comes to mind, but in a good way. I couldn't detect any hop bitterness or flavor, but that is to be expected with so many roasted grains.

In comparison to Imperial Stouts like Expedition Stout and Old Rasputin, this does not have that "kick you in the ass" boldness. But what it lacks in boldness it makes up for in roasted goodness.

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Photo of NickySop
4.57/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cooler4life
4.57/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 Edition

A: Pitch black with little a thick layer of creamy mocha head. Some carbonation can be seen around the edges. Lacing and retention appear to be moderate.

S: Bitter chocolate wafers, dark fruits, roasted barley, coffee, vanilla. As the beer warms the nose intensifies.

T: Near perfection. The sheer complexity offers something different from each sip. Chocolate, maple syrup, vanilla wafers, toasted nuts. Toward the very end, freshly ground sumatra coffee beans and condensed milk interplay.

M: Delicate carbonation wakes me from my peaceful slumber. A year of aging has enhanced the viscosity and thick residue it leaves in your mouth. For the 8% ABV, the warming undertones are as subtle as whispers from Zion.

O: The delicate levels of sweetness and bitterness, of hops and malt, this beer strikes a balance of angelic proportions. World Class.

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Photo of Uconnbrewskies
4.57/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of celticfutblclub
4.57/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a hill farmstead snifter

A - jet black thick body no light getting through this one. nice brown coffee colored head that has good lacing but leaves a bit to be desired in terms of retention.

S - first whiff is like putting your head in a bag of coffee huge roasted coffee notes here. second sniff leads in chocolate and a hint of alcohol.

T - nice little hop bite hits right up front with (again) massive roasted coffee taste and a more pronounced chocolate taste.

M - full bodied with a good booze feel on the back of the tongue. some hop pucker is there as well.

O - this is the real deal. top notch stuff.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark, opaque brown with a dark tan head.
The aroma is loaded with dark chocolate, a hint of coffee and vanilla and some char.
On my tongue, the chocolate flavors lead the way, deep and dark, followed by a rather sweet middle and a slightly acidic roast coffee finish. A nice lingering bitter with a bit of nuttiness in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is medium-thick and fairly smooth.
Outstanding.

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Photo of boogerisu
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BranfordBound
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got to try this beer after a year of waiting, thanks BucketBoy!

Pours black. Yup, black. Very viscous as it comes out, and it leaves a thick one finger head of tan bubbles. Lots of spotty lacing.

Smells like a coffee shop and a chocolate factory had sex. Gorgeous and effusive coffee aromas combined with espresso beans dance in my snifter and mingle with dark chocolate. Slight roastiness to it and I catch some hops when warm.

Mmmm. This is great stuff. Like the nose, potent espresso mixes with a deliciously sweet and smooth chocolate. Bordering dark chocolate but not too dark. Finishes with a nice bitter hop note that gets edged out by the roastiness. Exceptional stuff here.

Nice and smooth, thick. Honestly, I was expecting much heavier than what the 8.3% ABV would lead me to guess. Fairly medium bodied.

Drinkable? Duh. If I had the money and if it was distributed to CT I'd buy a case every year.

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Photo of alcohline_trip
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Messy10
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of mwa114
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kgammell1
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OMFG. I'm kinda drunk right now but this was crazy good. Chocolate, coffee and deliciousness. Had it with a fudge brownie and I almost jizzed my mom pants.

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Photo of mwpatter77
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of RAlmeida77
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of hipHOPSanonymous
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jayiz
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of HopHead_
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Wolvesinthetaproom
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beefbucket
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mscudder
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with a light brown hue and a fair tan head. Beautful stout.

S - The strongest chocolate notes I may have ever gathered from a brew. Some nice coffee notes behind it with just a touch of dark fruits.

T - A slight amount of alcohol they presents itself just slightly. The taste is as expected, sweet chocolate, coffee and some creamy oats. The beer finishes with a bit of bitterness, which personally brings this down from a perfect 5/5.

M - A fine malt backbone with a silky smooth mouthfeel. Not quite syrupy and very far from thin, this is spot on.

O - Ovverall an outstanding brew that deserves every bit of the hype. Fantastic balance and complexity.

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Photo of Bluepitt1010
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rowold27
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%

Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 17,184 ratings