Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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16,941 Ratings
Breakfast StoutBreakfast Stout

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.11/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Bobloblawlawblog11
4.67/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JasonA
4.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note, Ive had this sitting quite a while.

Not ready to rate the pour. I think "lots of head" is an over statement. Give me a minute for this to calm down so I can pour the rest of it.
5 minutes later ...
Gosh, this head is dark and thick
10 minutes later. Whole bottle is poured, but I have a solid 4 fingers of foam. Not head, foam. Boy is this beer dark. Not sure ive seen a liquid darker than this.

Roasted coffee. I dont smell any hops, not really any malt.

Like a nice roasted coffee bean flavor. Almost like a cold, alcoholic coffee. Very rich, feels heavy and syrupy at the end. In a good way though. ABV is hidden VERY well. I cant tell there is alcohol, though its yummy. The 8.3 is not noticed one bit.

Awesome. Sits almost syrupy. Yummy, not full on sweet. Long lasting flavor. Reminds me of Saturday morning coffee at breakfest.

I definately want more of this. I could drink maybe 4 of these, any more my face would probably fall off, though in a good way.

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Photo of FrankK
4.08/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Served on-tap at TND

Pours a jet black with a tan head of frothy delight.

A front of chocolate and roasted coffee and malt in the nose with a hop note intertwined.

A subtle mixture of roasted malts, thick but not too thick, a creamy feel that is extended with a good carbonation - more than a typical stout.

Dry coffee roast in the finish. A delightful beer.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of stercomm
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, like most folks love this beer

A - Pours a dark coffee, chocolate color, big bold brown frothy 3 finger head that leaves a strong lacing along the sides of the glass.

S - Feel like I'm in a coffee shop that sits next to a chocolate factory, very strong ground coffee bean sent, get some chocolate and some hints of malt

T - Roasted coffee, chocolate, toasted malts, nicely balanced beer.

M - Medium creamy body, mild carbonation

D - What can I say that hasn't been said, a great beer

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4.76/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -27.9%

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of BrewThru_29
4.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Black. Thin film of a head that dissipates quickly. No lace.

Smell: Amazing. Coffee, chocolate, lots of coffee. Maybe a little vanilla?

Taste: Follows the nose. Sweet chocolate up front transitions into a slightly bitter coffee taste. Outstanding.

Mouth feel: Smooth, thick, creamy.

Overall: I'm just starting to get into stouts, but this is really good. Prob the best I've had.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of 911CROFT
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle into an oversized tulip. Paid £4.00 for a single bottle.

Pours an opaque, black, oily body, that audibly glugs from the bottle, revealing slight glimmers of ruby as it catches the light. A dense, one-finger in height, dark tan coloured, creamy head fades quickly to a thin cap and sturdy collar, leaving behind light, soapy lace.

The nose is dominated by freshly ground, dark roasted espresso beans. Underneath, a robust mixture of dark roasted malts, milk and dark chocolate, hints of oats and traces of creamy vanilla are prominent, but play only supporting roles in comparison to the coffee. Taste roughly follows suit, leading with intense, full-bodied, dark roasted coffee profiles upfront, sweetened slightly by milk chocolate and light oatmeal impressions. Around the mid-palate, roasted barley, darker bittersweet chocolate and hints of vaguely fruity malt follow, before coffee builds once again towards the finish. In the mouth, a medium to full-body and appropriately low levels of fine carbonation give a luxuriously rich and slick feel, with the addition of oatmeal noticeably assisting a wonderfully silky-smooth, creamy texture. Towards the end, suggestions of earthy, woody hops are swallowed by plenty of bittersweet dark chocolate, espresso beans and dark roasted malts to finish dry on the palate, with only a hint of alcohol warmth.

Overall this is a fantastic beer. Undoubtedly the majority of the flavour is dominated by that of the coffee and chocolate it is brewed with, but, both additions are incredibly well-balanced and neither one is allowed to step too far above the other. The roasted malt profile underneath may not be hugely complex, but it's dark, rich and robust enough to provide a fantastic background for the two main elements to shine. Recommended.

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Photo of TheBrewsky
4.39/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz, bought in MI in March so probably the most recent batch. $3.99 for a single, whoa.

Pours a very thick sludgy dark brown, like motor oil. For all of the times I've said a stout was totally opaque black, I repent -- you could tell this was on another level of darkness as it left the bottle. Except for a tiny ring, no head at all.

Smells of rich, not-bitter coffee, hickory smoke, grass, double chocolate brownies. No off smells, no alcohol.

Mmm, dark chocolate coffee! Taste is exceptionally smooth, nice balance of roast / bitterness / medium sweetness. Serious dark chocolate and coffee here, to the point that you might be able to pass this one off as coffee if it went flat and you microwaved it... now I understand the name.

Soft, heavy mouthfeel. Just like how I put milk in my coffee, I'd like to take the edge off this finish, it is just a little too bitter.

Tasty, especially as a coffee lover, although by the end it was too much. Still, an entirely pleasant and welcome example of the style.

Note: I couldn't resist and tried pouring some vanilla soy milk into the last few sips... didn't really achieve the desired effect, sadly.

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4/5  rDev -11.3%

Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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