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Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout
16,774 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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Ratings: 16,774 |  Reviews: 3,860
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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

I have to admit that I've drunk enough breakfast stout in a bottle to float a good size boat but never reviewed it. Thanks to One Stop for having this on draft. It's mid September and the temperature is in the 90's. Perfect ipa weather but breakfast stout is on draft and I've never had it on draft and couldn't turn it down. This is by far my favorite stout.

Poured into a tulip glass. Dark as night with a creamy dark beige head. Nice lacing. Looks like it should. Perfect.

Smell is chocolate and strong coffee. Maybe a little malt but the coffee and chocolate dominate.

The taste will bring a tear to the eye of a stout lover. Coffee to start followed by chocolate and malt. Lingering coffee aftertaste. Love the bitterness from the dark chocolate and dark coffee. This is the taste that all other stouts strive for. .

Mouthfeel is perfect. The oatmeal base makes this super smooth and full bodied. All stouts should be this smooth. Perfect.

Overall the quintessential stout. So far there is no other stout that comes close. Prairie Bomb is close but the mouthfeel doesn't compare. After a fall or winter hike this is the ultimate beer. Mid September and 90 degrees it's still great.

Like most stouts, the beer improves as it warms. That is exponentially true of Breakfast Stout.

At One Stop they added a little Crown Royal Vanilla to a sample. Unbelievable.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -11.3%

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4/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't notice the date on the bottle.

A: Tough to tell--I'm drinking it out of a coffee cup--but there is some decent, dark head even in the cup.

S: Coffee is the most prominent smell. Sweet roasted malt follows, but coffee dominates. Maybe a hint of chocolate.

T: Coffee, dark fruit (that, at the end, has an almost sour hint), sharp roast that compliments the coffee. A hint of booze on the end.

M: Thick and smooth. Nice.

O: A solid coffee stout, but the coffee is a bit more prominent than I would prefer.

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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%

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Anxiously looking forward to trying this beer after hearing & reading so much about it:

A: Excellent appearance, dark brown/black color. Exactly what you'd want from an Imperial Stout

S: Great smells - lots of dark, rich chocolate, roasted coffee

T: Again, excellent. Huge dark chocolate & coffee flavor, as expected by the aromas. Very nice. I'm not a coffee drinker or fan, so, personally, I'd have preferred less coffee, but still delicious.

M: Absolutely perfect!!! I can't imagine a creamier, smoother stout could exist

O: It lived up to all the acclaim and then some. I'm glad I bought a 4 pack and that it's available where I live. I'll be buying this often.

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4/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Strangebrew321. 2011 vintage, about one year old.

Pours straight black with a nice layer of brown head that recedes to thin lacing.

Aroma is tons of roasted coffee, a touch of alcohol on the nose.

Taste is nicely balanced, more of the freshly roasted coffee with some caramel sweetness and a touch of vanilla.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth.

Overall this is a solid beer, very deserving of it's reputation.

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3.23/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pour is dark and head is rich.

Smells of mocha, coffee and a roastiness.

There is a large contrast in drinking this cold to letting it come up to temperature. Colder, the flavors blend well of chocolate, malts, hint of coffee and a fine sweetness. The warmer is gets, the black coffee dominates and becomes rather distracting as the cocoa fades.

Very thin feel on the tongue. Appearance would suggest otherwise.

I've had this in the bottle and I am disappointed. So I see this on-tap and figured it would be better---not. Extreme hype and a waste of money. Earlier years may have been great, I don't know. If I wanted this coffee experience (and I love coffee presence in a stout) I'd go to the fine people at MacDonalds.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 16,774 ratings
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