Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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Breakfast StoutBreakfast Stout

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American 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: 17,126 |  Reviews: 3,933
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4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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3.5/5  rDev -22.4%

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4.67/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great colour and finish. Coffee is not overwhelming. Smell is vey soft of coffee. The taste going down is very smooth with no overwhelming a finish of coffee. Not much head and the colour is a nice dark brown. Get some if you can. You will know why it is hard to get ahold of.

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4/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.54/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a big one: Founders Breakfast Stout. I've been told about it, heard rumours, news reports on CCN/BBC and Chinese whispers about the greatness of this beer, so much so that I was shocked to see it sitting quietly on a shelf in The Archive next door cellars... I had to have it and review it immediately, and here faithful reader(s) we are *sniff*.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into the sacred Chimay chalice, sorry the simple nonic pint was too lowly to behold this brew.

A: Black as Satan's publicist (hey Satan is an equal opportunity lord of terror) this brew presents with a Texas tea coloured body (that's oil son!) and no head, just a ring of tan lace around the edge, mmm.

S: Cant really smell anything apart from that Kona coffee bean, this literally has the aroma of a cold press coffee, delicious but one-dimensional (sorry Founders). I even agitated the hell out of it with anecdotes about my day, but nothing/nada/zip - just Kona cold press coffee.

T: Holy shit this beer rocks. The taste is like the richest coffee flavour my tongue has ever encountered. There are notes of roast chicory, dark chocolate and earthy/herbal hops impart a bitter finish. Damn this is tasty. Something about it keeps me sipping on it, it's difficult to put down. There is some smokiness in there as well. Maybe a hint of prune... I can't stop sipping!

M: First thought that springs to mind is "Man my tongue is totally coated in sticky coffee goodness". Heavy bodied and smooth, Marvin Gaye smooth. The viscosity is one of the most remarkable parts of this brew - it's soooo chewy and sticky, like a coffee Stout flavoured honey.

D: Wait I'm not done praising this beer yet; it gets better as it gets warmer, more flavours come out of the wood works - hints of brandy with some rich toffee too. That is truly a sign of a great beer: it gets better as it gets warmer. Which is why the English drink their beers at room temperature. I think I've found it - the best Stout ever. Period.

Food match: They call it a breakfast Stout but I think it is more a dessert Stout, our an after-dinner cigar Stout. Or even a screw-eating-just-main-line-it-into-my-arm-with-an-IV Stout, and if that's a mouth-full so is this brew.

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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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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Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 17,126 ratings