Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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17,085 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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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev -11.3%

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3/5  rDev -33.5%

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

Very rich but not overpowering. A Perfect brew to sip. The flavor is a very complex very little bitterness. It doesn't get much better than this in the style

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4/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.2/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

If you can't beat the best...drink the best! FBS is a classic! Coffee, oatmeal, vanilla mixed together in both aroma and taste puts FBS in the upper echelon of stouts!

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4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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4.82/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Happy to be reviewing this after enjoying many of these since drinking my first a few months ago.

Poured into a standard pint glass, nothing too different from other stouts here. I get a good amount of head and a standard dark brown black color. Still looks exciting. Smell is mainly of very good coffee. Taste follows the smell, and you get very tasty coffee right away. I get a perfect blend of a bit of hops, toasted malt and a hint of chocolate too. The most harmonious blend of tastes I've ever had in a stout. They blend perfectly. Mouthfeel is great. Not too thick or syrupy, but has substance. A solid dark beer. Drinkability is just right for an imperial stout. It's a big beer that I could drink all day.

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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4.41/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Double chocolate coffee oatmeal stout" boasts the Norman Rockwell-esque label of this 12 ounce bottle of Founders Breakfast Stout (dated 08/12/10). This was poured into an oversized wine glass. The pour yields half a finger of brown head that quickly disappears. Traces of sticky lace appear down the sides of the glass. The brew is nearly black.

Breakfast Stout is one aromatic beer. Even before the glass is in close proximity to the nose, strong aromas waft in all directions. Up close I can distinctly identify all of ingredients listed on the label. First there's a very literal scent of strong coffee. Some stouts imply coffee in their aroma; Breakfast Stout really smells like it. The coffee aroma is attached to the strong scent of dark baker's chocolate. There is an oatmeal stout quality that is detectable as well as a strong alcohol presence. This stout is truly awesome on the nose.

The flavor follows the scent, but with a different balance. Alcohol is pretty far forward in the mix, bringing a little bit of heat. The oats provide a nice thick malt base. Rich sweet chocolate floats around the mouth. Coffee is more subtle, but certainly present. There is a bitter hop finish (this is 60 IBU after all) but the oily hops are felt more than they are tasted. For the most part the bitterness is well-covered by the sweetness of chocolate and alcohol.

In the mouth, Breakfast Stout has a heavier body and a thick and velvety alcoholic texture with little carbonation to lighten the load. The 8.3% alcohol is not so much hidden as it is shown up by all of the distinctly intense flavors of this beer. In the midst of it all you still get the impression that you're drinking a boozy stout (there's definitely a little fire breathing going on). Thankfully this brew is malty enough to compensate for all of the alcohol in the mouth.

As far as the drinkability is concerned, this is a sipper; but boy is it an easy drinking sipper. It tastes like it's a little bigger than 8.3% ABV, but it doesn't seem too boozy to reasonably handle. I probably wouldn't drink two of them back to back, due simply to the flavor intensity and alcohol content. However, if you have superhuman alcohol tolerance this is not only a fantastic stout, but a pretty good value to boot.

I happened to grab a four-pack of these bad boys. A couple of bottles will no doubt be going into the cellar for an extended stay. I anticipate this turning into a mocha espresso after the hops disappear and the alcohol mellows. I'll report back in a year.


The Two-Schlitz Scale™: (see my profile for an explanation)
I give two Schlitz for Breakfast Stout, and two more for lunch.

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4/5  rDev -11.3%

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4/5  rDev -11.3%

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Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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