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:
#87
Reviews:
3,891
Ratings:
16,907
pDev:
9.09%
Bros Score:
4.75
 
 
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Ratings: 16,907 |  Reviews: 3,891
Photo of uu1
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JesseSC
3.74/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JuiceMan818
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mfe56
4.52/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thehyperduck
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355 mL bottle from an LCBO 4-pack; best before July 8 2018 and served barely chilled. First 'had' in 2015, though I've re-sampled it roughly a half-dozen times since then. Needless to say, It's long overdue for a review.

This jet black stout comes equipped with a quarter-inch of frothy, tan-coloured head that fades away within 90 seconds; the only significant remnants are a tight, creamy collar and some foamy patches of bubbles floating upon the surface. Smells quite rich and rather sweet - I'm getting subtle notes of prune and date underneath a torrent of roasted malt goodness. Dark chocolate, treacle and toffee are more prominent than notes of earthy coffee grounds; there are also minor aspects of ethanol, vanilla, coffee cake and herbal licorice.

Seriously yummy stuff - there's an array of competing flavours, but that's fine by me because they melt together perfectly. Flavours of dark chocolate, cocoa powder and oatmeal sweetness come through at first, along with some molasses and caramelized malts. This is followed closely by fruity hints of fig and date - an important inclusion, because we all know that fruit is a vital component of any balanced breakfast. The coffee grounds start to kick in towards the back end, offering up an earthy bitterness as well as a pleasant roasted quality that will bring a smile to the face of any coffee addict. Coffee and chocolate both linger into the aftertaste, almost completely masking the alcohol content. If I didn't need to drive to work in the morning, I think I would actually be tempted to substitute this for my usual 8 AM java. In the vicinity of full-bodied, with light carbonation that meekly nudges the surfaces of the palate, to little effect - feels silky-smooth and soft in the mouth. I can't think of any other imperial stouts I've tried that went down the hatch with such sublime ease.

Final Grade: 4.38, a superlative A grade. Founders Breakfast Stout lives up to its hype. This is an excellent imperial stout with deep, complex, well-integrated flavour combinations - yet it's also one that I could drink on the regular. Ontario BAs should probably buy this one in bulk while it's still available - there really aren't any genuinely comparable alternatives (domestic or otherwise) at the LCBO right now.

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Photo of chitownfanatic21
4.24/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is my jam, definitely a solid beer, and can be drank anytime of the year.

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Photo of Heftklammer
4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of soco89ziegler
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smw7778
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer has a dark thick look with a frothy Carmel colored head. It smells and tastes like a bold rich coffee with sweet sugar undertones. The feels like drinking a cold sweet coffee with a touch of mocha. Over all one of mt top five all time beers. If you love coffee as I do and love beer this is the perfect beverage.

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Photo of TeachChefs
4.67/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of amsett10
4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TGcpb
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of gbiello
3.81/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful coffee head that dissipates quickly. Nice roasty mocha notes. Awesome creamy mouthfeel, but a touch burnt on the taste. Yada yada yada, so I can get credit for a review.

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Photo of Bumblebee
4.67/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of suejoeb
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of weird_al_1106
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GoatmanBrewsMD
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TagForKeeps
3.76/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Look: Not quite a Guinness dark, but certainly reminiscent of dark chocolate with a tannish head that lingers evenly over the surface.

Smell: For such a complex flavor the smell is very light. Some sharp sweet tones with a very subtle under tone of chocolate and oats.

Taste: This beer is probably my new second favorite under the locally brewed West O CocO stout for its bold and incredibly rich taste alone. The oats, coffee and dark chocolate mix perfectly giving it a balance between sweet and bitter without being over powering. There's even a whisper of hopps in the mix, but for those who dislike IPAs or overly bitter tastes this may not be a good beer to test the waters with. The after taste is, on its own, a unique feature and reminds me of biting into a piece of a Dove dark chocolate bar or taking a sip of Zak Wilde's Death Wish coffee.

Feel: The feel is heavier than your typical milk/cream stouts, but not like chugging a bottle of maple syrup.

Overall: This beer is fantastic and pairs well with a bowl of actual oatmeal or toast; however, light weights be ware of the 8.3% ABV and save this brew for after work. With the balance of sweet and bitter, roasty oats and dark chocolate, with just a touch of hopps and latte, this brew is more than likely not for the beginner stout connoisseur, but can easily become a favorite, and coffee drinkers are sure to love this stout. Another tasty beer from my northern neighbors in Michigan.

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Photo of JKretz
4.15/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MAR2814
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cakutscher4
4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yancyycnay
4.41/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of my favorite stouts! You really cant go wrong if this is on tap anywhere! I often like to try other stouts these days that are not so well known... smaller breweries in general. This is never bad anywhere and anytime!

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Photo of hgbckt
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jrsqc7
3.79/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Opaque, black body with small khaki head. Minimal lacing.

It’s definitely thick, with carbonation that is somewhat aggressive. Flavors are chocolate and chocolate with some espresso notes intermingled. Hops are well hidden, as is, unfortunately, malt.

It is very good, but the lack of notable malts is disappointing; the malt is why I love stouts. Still a good beer overall though.

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Photo of lochraneg
4.27/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 16,907 ratings