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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4.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours of black with a handsome mocha colored head. Dark and milk chocolate, slight coffee flavor, a hint of espresso, vanilla and roasted malt. Medium bodied with a creamy feel. Some bitterness on the end. It's pretty good but not exactly bursting with coffee flavor.

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

Ba Review #249
Served On: 1/9/2013
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 8.3%
Date/ Code: 9/17/12

Ran into a whole case of this yesterday at North York Beverage in York, PA ($72.99). There were only a few cases left. I still can't believe they had any at all.

Look: An aggressive pour formed a 1-finger of dirty tan head comprised of random sized bubbles. It was a very black and viscous brew. Some sticky head lacing formed but the head dissipated quickly. Alcohol legs were definitely present.

Smell: Strong roasted coffee and rich dark unsweetened chocolate. Some lactose or vanilla sweetness seemed to be lingering around. A hoppy herbal quality also came through in the nose suggesting the 60 IBU’s.

Taste: First up was a coffee bitterness that was quickly overtaken by a sweet chocolate creaminess. The middle had the coffee, chocolate and oatmeal components blending together with unbelievable balance. Things seemed to fade quickly towards the end with a slightly bitter finish and sweet notes returning for the aftertaste. The 8.3% ABV was completely hidden with no dryness whatsoever. The mouth-feel was creamy, but a little thinner than the color and body suggested. Very drinkable with extreme balance.

This was a very enjoyable Stout that offered some unique qualities. I guess I’ll be forced to join all the hype on this one.

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

Appearance: Dark with a slight lacing on after the pour. Poured into a snifter. Thin lacing stuck on the sides and slowly snuck down the glass.

Smell: Yep, this is perfect. Strong coffee aroma but the chocolate, oatmeal, toffee, and caramel accents are there. Bursts out of the bottle, but is not overpowering. Everything that the smell brings is exactly replicated in the taste. Like I said before, perfection.

Taste: Once again, perfection. The coffee flavors burst through which magnificently yields to the malty oatmeal and chocolate flavors. There is no break between transition of flavors in this beer. This beer is so complex and layered it isn't funny. 8.3 abv?? If I tasted this beer without knowing the abv I would say around 4%. Simply wonderful. It is almost ridiculous that a beer this masterful has been so widely available this year. Thank you Founders, this is a true and unbridled masterpiece.

Mouthfeel: What more do you want from me? This beer is perfect! Smooth caramel coating sticks on the palette. Chewy texture that refuses to leave long after drinking this beer. The flavor simply refuses to leave your tongue.

Overall: This beer can only be appreciated by those who truly appreciate beer. If you do not like this beer, go buy a 30 rack of yellow garbage fizzy beer and have a solid night. In my opinion, this is the best beer so widely available. Are there better beers then this? Yeah probably, but not many. And for any beers better then this you are going to pay $20+ for a bomber. I have not seen a beer more widely available then Founders Breakfast Stout that can hold a candle to this beer. Just go buy this beer now, and continue to buy it while its there. Oh yeah, this beer is perfection.

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

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

Absolutly fantastic! Smells of coffee but taste of chocolate with an after taste of a nice outmeal stout. fantastic beer all around and is for sure a must try.

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a dark black, with a very minimal tan head. Carbonation is light. Leaves some beautiful lacing on the glass. You can tell as it pours out that it is going to be a very chewy and viscous beer.

S- The smell was chocolaty and delicious but not very powerful. Coffee notes also come through.

T- The taste is absolutely delicious. Strong coffee and chocolate flavors are prominent. The sweetness is well balanced with hops. I don't like beers that are overly sweet, but this was not a problem with the breakfast stout. Alcohol is also well covered with combination of sweet flavors and hops.

M- This is a full bodied beer that has a heavy, creamy mouthfeel. Probably one of the more viscous stouts that I have ever had.

O- This is a great stout for anyone who likes the style and is not afraid of a flavorful, full bodied beer. I loved it and is something that I will have to pick up again.

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Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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