Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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Breakfast StoutBreakfast Stout

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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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Photo of SheepNutz
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a deep jet black color with three fingers of dark tan head. Great lacing. The smell is all coffee baby. Rich roasted malt and lots of coffee, I'm buzzin' already! The taste is about the same, all about the coffee. Some caramel and molasses sweetness up front, but lots of fresh ground espresso bean flavor takes over. The mouthfeel is fairly heavy and it's pretty smooth. The drinkability is good for an 8% brew too. An awesome brew!

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.67/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black with a deep tan head. Head quickly disappears after the pour but leaves streaks of lace on the glass.
Aroma of chocolate, oatmeal, coffee and roasted nuts.
Flavors of milk chocolate, very dry roasted coffee, a hint of honey and oatmeal. Incredibly rich and deep flavors.
Mouthfeel is very lush and full-bodied. Definitive roasted coffee in the middle and finishes with a burst of bitterness.
Drinkability is high and at 8.5 ABV tough to call a session brew but it tastes so could and goes down so easily it could be. Richness makes it a very filling but great beer.

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Photo of clvand0
4.77/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

What a cool name and idea. A breakfast beer. Described as a double chocolate, coffee, oatmeal stout. I'm intrigued. Pours a very dark color with a small tan head that quickly disappears and lots of lacing on the glass. The aroma was big and filled with expresso and chocolate - dark malts. The flavor was not at all what I was expecting. The first thing that hits you is a very strong dark coffee flavor, as this is the predominant thing. Next there is a bitter coffee and dark roasted malts. Incredibly smooth and creamy mouthfeel. If I liked coffee a little more, I would drink this one all night long ... or at least until I passed out, because it's got some alcohol in it. Great beer!

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Photo of Wildman
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is now available in a four pak for people outside of Southern Michigan to enjoy. This beer poured pitch black with no light getting through this one. If formed a nice dark tan bubbly head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. A heavy aroma of coffee, chocolate (or mocha coffee if you will), malts and some smokiness. The flavor was of malt, and very heavy on coffee, particularly a burnt aspect of it. Not as much chocolate comes through in the flavor. A slightly creamy body with a bit of a burnt finish. A heavy beer that leans towards an imperial style and gives Java Stout a run for it's money.

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Photo of Loki
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 64oz growler.

Appearance: Completely opaque, solid mass of blackness that builds a healthly cocoa colored head. The head is a bit unique in that from the side it looks like layered bubbles, yet from the top it is smooth for just a few depressions and looks like a brown sponge.

Smell: Rich coffee, creamy smooth chocolate, rich malts, and hints of smoke. Smells like a fancy coffee house iced latte with something extra. I could wake up to this every morning.

Taste: Coffee, bitter chocolate, and roasted malt. At first I thought it tasted like a cold cafe mocha coffee, without the cold coffee taste; but it almost exactly like chocolate covered expresso beans. Simply fanstastic. It makes me long for a cup of good, fresh java.

Mouthfeel: creamy and cold beginning with a slightly bitter finish. Maintains a refreshing wetness and finishes increadibly smooth. I was amazed that my mouth felt this wet with some of the coffee and chocolate bitterness.

Drinkability: Fantastic, impressive, somewhat unique. I could have this at anytime of the day and may try it tomorrow with breakfast!

Thanks granger10 for the wonderful beer!

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Photo of granger10
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy crap this was one incredible coffee stout brewed by Founder's! This beer poured a super dark black color with a really dark tan head that was frothy in texture. Lots of lacing. Smell has an intense roasted coffee note to it, like opening a package of Starbucks whole bean coffee. The flavor on this baby was really, really intense. I you like coffee, you'll love this! Even though roasted coffee was the main flavor there was good balance here. I noticed some malts and some cream flavor and maybe some bittersweet chocolate in the finish. This wasn't a beer one could drink a whole lot of, even though I did have quite a few, because of the intensity and alcohol content (I don't know what it is but it must be somewhat high). This is the most flavorful coffee stout I have had as of yet, and I don't think it could get much better than this. Better than Bell's Java Stout IMO.
original rating: 4.85 (all 5's except drinkability was a 4)

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After having this about a gazillion times at the brewery and going through 5 four packs of this since it's been released in bottles I have realized that this is my beer and only straight 5's will justify my love for this beer. I love the roasty flavors mixed with the rich coffee experience then milky chocolate, bitter chocolate, creaminess and smoothness in a thick body. I thought that maybe I would get sick of it but it appears I need it more and more the more I drink it. Just an amazing beer and one that I can get nearly all the time at the brewery. Thanks Founders.

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