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:
#90
Reviews:
3,914
Ratings:
17,022
pDev:
9.09%
Bros Score:
4.75
 
 
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1,911
Gots:
6,588
Trade:
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Founders Breakfast Stout

Appearance: Founders’ famous stout pours black as night with a nice finger of creamy tan head reminiscent of espresso crema. A dark amber is just visible on the edges of the pour. The head has nice retention and the lacing is impressive, as is the carbonation. This is a masterpiece.

Aroma: Heavy hits of coffee are followed immediately by sweet oatmeal and dark toffee. Roasted malts dominate, with no hop presence whatsoever. Disappointingly, there is not much chocolate here, but a pleasant tobacco smell adds to the complexity. The aroma is great, but a bit coffee-centric.

Taste: Coffee, as it did in the aroma, takes over the taste, and brilliantly so. The coffee itself has great complexity between toffee, chocolate, and of course, coffee. The malts compliment these flavors, but add more dark chocolate, dark fruits (particularly figs), and further levels of roastiness. Tobacco and leather also make an appearance at the end of each drink. Of course, oatmeal is noted throughout, imparting a superb creaminess and sweetness. The taste is a brilliant improvement on the aroma, and is a wonderfully complex and unique gem.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is slightly slick, but is balanced by the creamy oatmeal and perfectly adequate carbonation. Somehow, the mouthfeel remains a bit thin for an imperial stout. Still, that is essentially a nitpick. The mouthfeel is a testament of a well-crafted beer, and this one hardly disappoints.

Overall: This beer completely lives up to the hype. Next year it will be essential to pick up a case (or two) of this for winter. The balance is incredible, the drinkability is fantastic, and it always pushes you to drink another. This is also a go-to coffee beer; I could wake up and start my day with one of these, no problem. As such, it could be a great conversion beer for fans of coffee. This is one of the premier stouts of the craft beer world. 18.5/20

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Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 17,022 ratings