Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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17,055 Ratings
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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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Mongrel
4.31/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked a four-pack up from the store last week only to find out it was bottled 18 month ago -- 8/2/12. I believe this will be my first "aged" FBS experience.

Really nice concentrated syrupy nose that oozes black licorice, chocolate, cherry and black coffee. Serious dark fruit presence. This one is old enough where there's not much hops left on the nose, instead it's much sweeter than I recall.

Taste has also been transformed a bit, with a healthy amount of sweetness to balance the roasty, bitter coffee and hops. Nice dry notes of black coffee balanced by black cherries and chocolate, also a touch of fennel. This beer still has that x factor -- some sort of bitter umami -- that keeps you coming back for more and more.

Mouthfeel is on the light side for an imperial stout but coats the palate nicely with its sweetness and leaves a dry, almost chalky finish. Nice.

Overall, it's amazing what a year and a half has done to this beer. I sort of miss the big hop bitterness, but the dark fruit sweetness is a nice replacement. Coffee remains either way. I've made an effort to judge this beer based on both the current bottle in front of me and my memory of fresh tastings. It's one of the world's great beers any way you look at it.

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of sanitysgoodbye
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of humuloner22
4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I will preface this by saying, I am not a fanatic of stouts, but this one kind of blew me away. Its got everything you want, but not too much of those things. I have had so called coffee stouts and chocolate stouts that were supposed to be sublime and I thought they just were repugnant. But this one is not that way. I really liked this one. That doesn't mean that I would abandon my IPA's for this, but, every once in a while this one is nice to shake things up.

Appearance: Black as night, no light coming through that I could detect. I poured it with a medium aggressiveness but the head remained pretty much the same about a half an inch or maybe a bit less.

Smell: Not a strong burst of coffee or that nasty licorice but some chocolate and malty notes, sweet but not overly cloying.

Taste: I really enjoyed the flavor profile,that was my favorite part really, It had a bit of that Manhattan Special thing going on, but not as sweet. Chocolate was there but in a mild cocoa form, no syrupy sweet molasses or anise flavors, which I really liked about this one. I could see how you could drink this one for breakfast, but a few of these and by lunch you would be taking a nap.

Overall: This is a very well made stout and one I enjoyed thoroughly. If you like stouts this is one to seek out.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of VanStrokin
4.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into glass from bottle. Very dark. Almost black color. Cant see through it when put up to a light. A nice amount of tan foam on top. Has a smokey smell at first with the chocolate and coffee coming through. The aroma is terrific. Also get the great chocolate/coffee taste. Not a lot of carbonation or bitterness. Goes down nice and smooth. Overall this is a great stout. Will be purchasing it again.

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4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nearly black in color, with an attractive medium-brown head. Aromas and flavors of coffee and chocolate with a light smokiness and a little booze. Beautifully thick and a little creamy on the palate. Leaves a fabulous combination of chocolate and coffee taste coating your mouth. Had this one with breakfast and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of RachelZ
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer has an almost jet black pour with a brown head. There is an aroma of coffee and roasted malt. This beer smells exactly like it tastes with malts, coffee and chocolate. The mouth feel is very smooth and rich. Overall this beer is an excellent stout!!

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -16.9%

Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 17,055 ratings