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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout
16,767 Ratings
Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast 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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4.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into snifter

A- Dark Black and thick like oil. Two finger tan mocha head. Nice retention and lacing.

S- Rich full roasted coffee and dark chocolate.

T- Phenomenal coffee flavors mingling with dark chocolate bitterness which sweetens up with milk chocolate, molasses, and toasted oats. Absolutely delicious!

M- BIG TIME stout characteristics! Full bodied, smooth as silk, and chewy like an oatmeal stout.

O- Out of this world Stout! Founder’s puts out sold brews and this one takes the forefront and can compete with anyone. One of my all time favorite beers!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Breakfast Stout opens to a heavily ashy aroma, full of black malt, ash, tobacco, fresh-ground oily coffee, cocoa, and roasted pecans. These are countered by a runnel of heavy cream and toffee, mixed with blackstrap molasses. Dark fruit esters, including prune, date, and black cherry, add nuance to the sugars. An earthy base of blackened toast crust, yeasty wheat dough, and heavy brown breads keeps everything grounded. Only a slight touch of pine resin and grapefruit rind from the hops. As a whole, this is a fantastic aroma, offering almost everything that could be desired in a stout, lacking perhaps only a barrel-aged bourbon overtone. Not that it really needs the latter, however; there’s already more aroma in the bottle than seems possible, and it practically oozes from the open mouth.

On the tongue, the beer starts out with a double shot of fresh ground oily espresso and baker’s cocoa, quickly followed by tobacco ash, black malt, blackened toast crust, and deeply roasted pecans. The dark fruit esters from the nose are still present, but less noticeable against the black onslaught, but there are touches of molasses, toffee, heavy cream, and vanilla bean to add a bit of texture and sweetness. Thick black breads and rising wheat dough add further texture, joined by a few lighter grains as well, including Grape Nuts cereal and fresh wheat, the latter providing a nice fresh counterpoint to the blackness. Only faint touches of pine resin and grapefruit rind from the hops; they’re mostly here to add bitterness, not flavor. The flavors are strong enough that they continue largely unabated in subsequent mouthfuls, though the ash and black coffee ground notes are slightly larger, and the sugars slightly smaller. The ashy notes grow as the beer is held on the tongue, and largely dominate the aftertaste, though some of the lighter grain notes and small bits of sugar do stay around to help counter things, and at least the ash lingers on the tongue for a very long time. Mouthfeel is an oily medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a fantastic stout, and offers almost everything one could expect and hope for. Only a bit of barrel aging, or perhaps a larger cream and toffee presence, could improve the flavor, and a slightly more viscous mouthfeel would be nice. These are, however, picky notes, and should be largely disregarded; the beer is excellent as-is. Well worth trying.

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Pours dark chocalate, nearly black, good cascading, very little head.

Smells wonderful, chocalate and coffee notes are immediate

Great chocalate and coffee blend where the two flavors battle it out to a draw
Hard to believe this is an 8% beer as the alcohol melds with the other flavors to be nearly undetectable. Sweet chocalate after taste lingers on the pallet

Great mouth feel, not too thick, just right amount of sturdiness

I've had other coffee flavored beers and was always underwhelmed, this one gets everything right, its just flat out delicious.

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

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 16,767 ratings
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