Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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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:
#87
Reviews:
3,891
Ratings:
16,906
pDev:
9.09%
Bros Score:
4.75
 
 
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Photo of zknight
4.14/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sunnovgoat
4.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of dextr24
4.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pirateclem
4.11/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of scream
3.83/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1st time on this one and may feel differently w a 2nd btl. Bought it and Sumatra Mtn at the same time. I find this lacking in flavor and mouthfeel compared to the Sumatra.

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Photo of Dr_Gonzo
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tall clear glass. Has a dark reddish brown color, almost the appearance of cola. Thick fluffy tan head on top about the size of a thumb.

I smell a strong scent of roasted coffee beans, toffee, molasses, vanilla, dark chocolate, and oats.

The taste has a strong espresso composition. Oddly I taste black olives but it's welcoming. Along with that, there are notes of molasses, vanilla, raisins, prunes, roasted nuts, and dark chocolate. Altogether pretty bitter, but excellent. Feel delicately creamy.

A great treat.

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Photo of Dirk_Chappelle
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Shy_Traveler45
3.84/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of edc20
4.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Extremely thick and dark stout. Low carbonation and viscous mouthfeel. Coffee and chocolatey taste is strong. Calorie count is not bad for something with this ABV (approx. 250 kcal) and the caffeine content is supposedly 5-10% of a cup of coffee. A bit pricey but definitely a great stout for a treat.

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Photo of cub7
4.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Cthokiebird
4.92/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of hankf44
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brothermers3
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Ameier19
3.86/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Morningopiate36
3.96/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

I love this beer. Looks, smells awesome. Tastes great, just the right amount of sweetness and coffee. The warmer this beer is the better. Probably my favorite stout, I’m reserving a 5 ratings for when I try kbs though.

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Photo of Clemente285
3.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of folkstar
4.11/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of umichfan
4.13/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ahypercube
4.62/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

It seem quite silly, in my opinion, to drink this beer cold. I had one at fridge temp yesterday and I was profoundly disappointed. I have basically been saving the experience of trying this beer for later in my life since two years ago. Trying it for a second time now at room temperature and it is considerably more complex and balanced, but idk, just not blown away. I think I'd like KBS or CBS much more.

L: Incredibly dark. Just a trace of reddish cola color can be noted at the edges of the body when held to light, but it's as dark as espresso. A thin film of cappuccino foam lingers on top, and leaves sticky waves of lacing on the glass.

S: Roast coffee, espresso, black olives, dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, toffee, prunes, raisins, vanilla, milk, oatmeal, cloves, and coffee. The coffee don't quit. It's a fantastic aroma, but if you wish to appreciate it, I hope you like coffee.

T: Salty as hell. Oddly enough, there is just an edge of oatmeal flavor right before the anticipatedly huge coffee note, which dances around the vanilla, dark chocolate, molasses, toffee, dried fruit, and black olives, all the way to the finish. It ends in almost entirely plain charcoal with a touch of unsweetened chocolate and coffee acidity. Alcohol is difficult to make out in all of that. If it was flat, you could easily mistake it for a mildly sweetened cold brew. Btw, when cold, the only detectable flavors are the chocolate, coffee and olives.

F: Super drinkable. Nice thickness. To my taste, it could be just a smidge thicker and more syrupy, but that's probably exactly how KBS is.

O: This brew reminds me very much of my first ever Russian Imperial Stout, Old Rasputin by North Coast. A touch less salty and with much more coffee flavor, it is also a delectable offering, but not one that I see as superior at all. If anything, I think I prefer Old Rasputin. In my honest opinion, BCBS, Narwhal, Victory at Sea, and even Founders' own porter all blow this out of the water. I'm still eager to try the barrel-aged editions, but thus far, I don't see what all the hype is about.

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Photo of BBW
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My favorite stout to keep on hand. Strong coffee aroma and thick, rich taste.

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Photo of JdubsNY
4.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great coffee flavored stout with notes of chocolate and oates. For me, this one really blurs the line between drinking coffee too late and beer too early.

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Photo of shauun176
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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