Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I am SO excited to be drinking this beer. You don't understand… we could get this beer with ease when we lived in Indiana. Now that we are in Arizona, we can't get ANYTHING from Founders. They don't distribute here. Not. Fair. But never fear… thanks to a recent obsession with RateBeer, I have started some pretty serious beer trading. I traded for this beer, actually with a guy in Fishers, Indiana and he sent us two cans of 3BEANS, 2 bottles of this, and 2 bottles of Alpha King. That is also on our list. Oh, and he sent us two bottles of the Founders Imperial Stout.

I have to blame Dakine for my obsession with RateBeer. He said it was good… and he was right. I have since traded with a guy in Chicago, a guy in Virginia, and a guy in the Russian River Valley. He is actually sending us all of the beers on the list from the Valley. I am even working on a trade with my buddy Jake back home. I'm hooked!

It's time to start drinking… I can remember what this beer tastes like, but I haven't had it in a couple of years now. I can't wait to smell this, let alone drink it. Let's drink!

In the Glass: It is darker than I remember. It poured somewhat thick, and I could smell it before I was finished pouring. We are both really excited about this beer. I blame Founders for NOT shipping to the west coast. The beer also produced a nice dark tan head, while thin, still leaves me excited to drink. If you have never had the Founders Breakfast Stout… do yourself a favor. Get a bottle. It's worth every penny and always good to the last drop.

Nose: It smells like an imperial stout. It has a little copper note to it, but that is because of how cold it is. I just grabbed this from the fridge, so I am going to let it sit for a little bit before I drink it. I will probably drink half now, and half later. I like letting beers like this get to room temperature for the full enjoyment of the flavor. They call it Breakfast Stout, but they could easily call this Dessert Stout. This truly is a meal in a glass!

Flavor: This is the moment we have all been waiting for… at least the moment I have been waiting for. It is as good as I remember! It seems a little hotter than I remember, but that is probably because of how cold it is. It has an incredible mouthfeel and aftertaste, but we will get there. If you have ever had an imperial stout before, those are the same flavors that rush the palate. Then, as you swallow, a little dryness kicks in, and you get the soft subtle Irish stout flavor that we have all come to expect from a Guinness. Not the best beer in the world, but one that deserves our attention.

Mouthfeel: I have been on a stout kick lately. It's getting warmer, so I should be moving away from those… but I like the mouthfeel and the aftertaste of a good thick stout. This stout is just that… thick. It is easy to drink, but the beer coats the tongue with a nice layer of awesome! Every time I swallow I am getting those same flavors, and while I want to drink more, I want to savor this as long as I can! Very few bubbles here.

Aftertaste: I swallows my first drink 5 minutes ago, and the aftertaste is still there. It becomes increasingly dryer as you continue to swallow, but the aftertaste might be the best part of this beer. I don't usually care for Guinness, at least chilled Guinness, but the aftertaste is similar. Not as boring as Guinness, but the same drying sensation that I am experiencing with this.

Founders is a great brewing company, and I miss them. In the trade that I am working with Jake, he is going to send me some Founders beers. One that he is sending I have never heard of… so I am excited for that. I didn't request any more Breakfast Stout, as we already have one more bottle in the fridge. There is only so much time to drink beer! This bottle came a long way, but tastes as good as I remember. Maybe we will make pancakes and bacon the next time we drink this… a TRUE breakfast beer! Bottoms up, people.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. A small layer of creamy brown foam on top, with the beer itself a dark brown to black color.

Smell is very mild, just a hint of coffee and chocolate.

Taste is delicious, a combination of chocolate, coffee, and just a hint of oats. It is sweet but without being cloying. Apparently this beer contains 60 IBUs but I did not notice much bitterness, very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is excellent, a small bit of carbonation helps balance the sweetness. Ridiculously drinkable.

Overall, just an outstanding beer.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours piano black into a pint glass, generating a fairly thick and durable beige head. The little bottle is adorned with a nice painting of a toddler eating a spoonful of might be a bowl of oatmeal. Smell is rich, roasted, chocolatey, with a coffee note and some acidity in the background. Tastes complex but well into what is expected from a stout. Darkly roasted coffee beans and some smokiness are noticeable in the aftertaste. The body is full, almost oily. This is a very special brew. A real treat!

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured on tap at The Village Tavern in Geneseo, NY.

Pours dark black, with a small mocha colored head. Very thick lacing.

Smells like roasted coffee beans and roasted malt.

Tastes incredible. Strong, bitter, slightly astringent coffee, sweet chocolate (cocoa powder and brownie batter are what I get), and oats. Making this a coffee oatmeal imperial stout was genius- the oats give this an incredibly smooth, velvety, silky mouthfeel. Absolutely amazing. Low carbonation.

One of the best for sure. Look forward to it yearly.

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Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 17,012 ratings