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Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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4.51/5
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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / 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:
#89
Reviews:
3,864
Ratings:
16,790
pDev:
9.09%
Bros Score:
4.75
 
 
Wants:
1,890
Gots:
6,415
Trade:
236
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 16,790 |  Reviews: 3,864
Photo of jamescain
4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When pouring this beer you can see how thick it is. Imperial stouts pour slowly and have the appearance of being very thick. As soon as you take the first sip you can feel what you see. It has a very dark color, even when held up to the light it is very dark. It creates a thing ring of head around the top that is brown in color.

The first thing you smell is the roasted malts. My problem was probably the glass I drank it from. It was not a proper glass for smelling the aroma of the beer.

The beer is very creamy and thick but very smooth. the flavor consist dark chocolate and espresso and tons of roasted malts. It is bitter for a stout, which I like but not everyone will like. There is the distinct aftertaste of alcohol; but what do you expect from a beer that is over 8%; however, it is still well hidden while tasting the beer.

This beer is not as filling as a more familiar stout, such as Guinness, and is not as creamy. There is still a nice pinch of carbonation, which adds a refreshing quality to the beer.

Overall the beer is a very good representation of an Imperial stout and for the price it is definitely recommended.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to pint glass

A: Black. A jolly pour yields a half a finger khaki head. Thin layer of foam remains. Lots of lacing.

S: Coffee beans dominates the fragrance. Choclatey malts. The coffee bean fragrance overpowers any other scents.

T: Sweet chocolate malts, toffee, coffee beans, and oats. Very interesting.

M: Medium to full bodied. Nicely carbonated. A merry beer.

D: I could probably drink a few of these, but the profound coffee flavor might get overwhelming at some point.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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Photo of Mitchster
4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

8.3% ABV. 25 IBU.

Pours out to a tenaciously thick pitch black, forming a large very dark brown frothed milk head with superior retention and solid sticky sheets of lacing. Wonderful looking brew. The aroma is absolutely intense...rich with tons of coffee (like a cold Frappucino), real chocolate, deeply roasted malts, black walnut, burnt marshmallows, chalk, limestone...very intense. The mouthfeel is silken smooth with a very dense body and rich finish. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The taste is really an impressive echo of the aroma, however it begins with some abundant herbal hops which display themselves more towards the middle with a green, oily flourish. There is a distinct touch of alcohol and metal in the middle as well, and a strong chalkiness in the finish.

The metal and alcohol twang kinda hurts it's otherwise excellent profile...this is a huge beer and I celebrate Founder's willingness to push the envelope and craft such amazing brews. These guys just blow me away with their excellence, and this is no exception. One hell of a beer...this is an entire meal in a bottle. Try it!

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Photo of leif86
4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black as night. Thin light brown head. Leaves a thin lacing.

S: Roasty. Coffee. A litttle malty.

T: More coffee but not as strong as you'd expect. Baker's chocolate. Lingering bitterness at the end. A little nutty as well.

M: Slight fizz at the beginning but still a little creamy.

D: More please. Delectable. My only regret is that I didn't have it for breakfast. I could drink this at anytime.

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Photo of ToggleEyes
4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The first thing I do whenever I open a bottle up is smell it. Wow was this coffee or beer, rather espresso or beer? Poured out a thick almost syrupy stream of black and burnt copper. I was laughing a bit as I poured, not knowing what I was getting into. I slowly filled my glass trying to get a head. I managed to get a 1 finger but it quickly disapated. the espresso aroma is a little overwellming but I could still smell malt, burnt carmel, and molasses. Mouthfeel is smooth and thick with mild carbonation. The taste is definitely coffee and bakers dark chocolate. Has a small bit of Alchol burn right after it goes down. What I liked the most was the aftertaste. It just stayed there tempting me to have another sip. Thats what I did for close to an hour, was sip. A very unique; in the tradition of Founders, good stout.

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Photo of sasquatch53
4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rabi
4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of camp0474
4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a thick black with a dark tan head.

S: Strong smells of toasted malt and coffee. Faint smells of oats and chocolate. Complex to the nose, this has to be good.

T: Coffee hits strong then toasted malts reappear. More coffee flavor than I could detect from the smell...Tasty! Flavor of bitter chocolate mix in with the coffee.

M/D: Thick, rich, and smooth texture. Lots of fine carbonation. Coffee makes the finish a bit dry as you would expect. But very drinkable.

Had this after my first KBS, I see where the greatness begins. Solid beer, having this again for sure.

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Photo of Bennybgood7
4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark with a 2 finger mocha head (hard pour). Foamy lining layers the glass. The nose is muted malt and hops. The taste is full flavored coffee with notes of dark chocolate. Very pronounce flavor and a creamy mouthfeel. Very good stout, heavy on coffee flavor - Sumatra roast comes to mind. Very tasty nightcap.

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Photo of cantal
4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SDRedDevil
4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dandandan79
4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is a smooth beer. nothing overpowering. so tasty.

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Photo of Zavi
4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of -DF-
4.24/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oddlandf
4.24/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chiefbender
4.24/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rossracing
4.24/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zbyler
4.24/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Thick and Dark as night with a nice tan head at the top.

S- Smells like a fresh brewed cup o' joe! Also detected a hint of oatmeal and some chocolate as well.

T- Coffee, coffee, and more coffee up front. Definitely some oatmeal and hints of chocolate leading into a subtle bitterness at the end. I tasted a slight alcohol bite on the end as well but nothing crazy. Has a nice sweetness to it. Thick but not as thick as I expected from seeing the pitch black color.

M- Thick, viscous, but smooth as butter. Goes down easy and the flavors leave you longing for the next sip. Coffee flavor lingers for a while for sure.

O- Not a huge coffee drinker but I enjoy it from time to time. I was very impressed by the way founders pulled this one off. The 8% ABV is hidden quite well. Gotta hand it to them because I almost feel more awake after drinking it. Definitely not something I could drink more than 1 of in a sitting but a nice treat on a cold weekend.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.24/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out pitch black with very thin head. Oddly enough, this smells like a Waffle House (in the best ay possible): coffee, slightly overdone toast, starchy stuff on the flat griddle, cigarette ash. I get a little bit of chocolate in there as well. Flavors of caramel and roasted malts and coffee are the strongest up front. Chocolate plays very much a supporting role. Slight roasty bitterness is apparent, but the 60 ibus go unnoticed. I don't pick up any hop flavor, really. Kind of sweet for me. Carbonation is great in this: smooth yet lively. I could take this a little more viscous, however. This is a good stout, but nothing mindblowing. A bit too sweet for my liking overall.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.24/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle of FBS was very fresh (it's only been available for a few weeks). FBS is a very strong coffee stout. This is a full-on beer with strong burnt malt and bitter coffee flavours.

A: Black colour and a lovely big brown 1 cm head that fades to nice lacing. 4

S: Roasty malt and strong coffee. Amazing. Maybe a little smoke. 5

T: Malty with some sharp burnt flavours. There are also strong coffee flavours and bitterness... strong bitterness for a stout. The finish is dry with a little charcoal. 4

M: Foamy. 4

O: 4

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Photo of StPaulWeiner
4.24/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Bmmaher
4.24/5  rDev -6%

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.24/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with nice tan head.
S: Coffee and chocolate, but not overwhelming
T: Big coffee and chocolate. Perfectly balanced between sweet and bitter. Smooth, easy drinking and very delicious. Truly top notch.
F: Coats my mouth fairly well and very smooth.
O: It's delicious, easy to find, and reasonable priced. A staple every single year I look forward to.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.24/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a vigorous pour yields a meager ruddy brown head sitting atop a murky near-black body. Mahogany and garnet shine through when up to the light. The head fizzled away, leaving some decent lacing down the glass.

Aroma is purely blissful. Rich coffee beans mixed with freshly brewed coffee and rich bittersweet cocoa. Dark chocolate and pepper mix with vanilla and caramel. A bit of roasted malt to remind that this is beer.

Taste is solidly roasted malt with roasted coffee. Some heavy bitter coffee and twangy hop bittering follows the sweet coffee opening. Caramel and a bit of pepper stay through the finish, intermingling with the pine hops that become more powerful as it warms. A solidly roasty, coffee, oatmealy and pleasantly bitter brew. Maybe a bit high on the bitter, and a touch less chocolate than I was hoping for, but all in all a solid brew.

Mouthfeel is a touch thin given the flavor profiles. Carbonation as well is just a touch thin, yielding a slightly watery and slightly slick brew. smooth and fairly easy to drink.

Definitely a solid brew. the aroma is purely incredible. I wish the taste and mouth followed as closely to the aroma. Not bad, an interesting mix of bitter coffee and roasted cocoa. A bit more sweet to mellow out the bitter coffee, and a touch more carbonation and this one would be perfect. Definitely worth trying... and I'm going to have to get my hands on some more.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.24/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to a small brown head. It is black in color. It smells like a cup of black coffee. There is some chocolate to round it out. Intense coffee taste. A little more than I was expecting, but I guess that is why it is rated so high, for the intense flavors. I prefer a little more subtle flavor. I love the smell.

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 16,790 ratings
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