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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Ratings: 16,984 |  Reviews: 3,907
Photo of scootsmal
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very tasty beer. Picked this up at my local Bev Center purely because of its hype. Im not much of a stout person, but this is very good. The initial sniff off the bottle wasnt all that amazing, but once poured into a glass it came alive. Powerful notes of chocolate and coffee, and it tastes just as good as it smells. Definitely not a drink to have more than 1 or 2 at a time, but worth the hype, its a tasty drink.

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4/5  rDev -11.3%

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of emyers
4.62/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Coffee stouts have always been my favorite style, and Founders Breakfast Stout is quite frankly on another level than all the others I've had. I will note that you really have to let this beer warm up - if you drink it straight out of the fridge you won't get the full experience.

A - Dark brown with tan lacing, minimal head.

S - A delicious mix of coffee and dark chocolate. The coffee is definitely assertive and stands out as the dominant player, but the chocolate complements it perfectly. The two most common issues I have with coffee beers is either not enough coffee or not enough other components to back up the coffee. Not the case here.

T - Once again, like espresso beans dipped in dark chocolate. Truly phenomenal. You get that in-your-face coffee flavor, but it's backed up by rich dark chocolate and a hint of caramel. There's a nice bitterness (likely from the coffee and chocolate, it's not quite the same as hop bitterness) that works perfectly with the flavors of the beer. No alcohol heat.

F - Medium to full, very nice silkiness. Coats the tongue nicely.

O - Truly a world-class example of a coffee stout. It has an addictive quality that makes it almost impossible to put down once you start drinking it. I've had dreams about drinking this beer - It's that good.

What really makes this stand out above other quality coffee stouts is that the base beer is great even without the coffee - when aged at least a year the coffee fades out and the chocolate takes center stage, leaving an imperial chocolate stout that is still a phenomenal beer.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of ChrisPratz
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very dark, espresso black coloring to about an inch of milk chocolate colored head. This dissipates slowly to a very nice veil of head that lingers for awhile but doesn't cling much on the way down.

S: Some coffee notes and dark chocolate aromas up front, make way to a nice roasted malt air with hints of lighter milk chocolate as well. Very very nice.

T: Roasted malt and smokyness up front, leads to a mild espresso flavor with alot of dark chocolate mixed in. Theres also some hops bitterness midway thru the palette but its barely noticeable. No burn or alcohol bite at all.

M: Very nice carbonation level for the style, def an oatmeal stout with a nice chewy/creaminess ud expect.

O: Very nice stout right here. Nice roasted malts and chocolate flavorings all the way thru and even with an 8% ABV, its not noticeable. Very well down Founders!

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of KC9LDB
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled 11/19/11
Mild carbonation after a year age in the cellar. Poured very dark very rich, thick. Really nice looking.
Smells like coffee with creamer with some nice cocoa.
Taste is just outstanding slight bitterness but a fresh coffee taste. I think that the bitterness is coming from the bittersweet cocoa tones i got in the smell. No alcohol burn at all.
Mouthfeel is just right, perfect richness. Creamy you can feel that this beer is loaded with flavor.
All in all, so worth the wait. Really seemed to bring alot of qualities out. I would age this one again for just a year.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of nUgZ
4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap at the Mellow Mushroom.

A: Pours a very dark brown color with a 1 finger head and very nice lacing.

S: There are aromas of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. Smells tasty!

T: The taste is very much like the smell. Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and some hops come through as well.

M: Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Easier to drink than some Imperial Stouts.

O: I really like this offering from Founders. It is a very tasty, easy to drink, non-barrel aged stout. If it was a little thicker it would be almost perfect.

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3/5  rDev -33.5%

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 16,984 ratings