Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout
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:
#89
Reviews:
3,876
Ratings:
16,854
pDev:
9.09%
Bros Score:
4.75
 
 
Wants:
1,898
Gots:
6,453
Trade:
234
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4/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of DougT
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured gently down the middle of a Guinness Stout glass.

Black with 1 finger milk chocolate head of dense foam. Little lace but a nice layer of foam that lasts and lasts.

Smells of malt, roast, coffee, prunes, yeast, and hops. Wonderfully inviting aroma.

Sweet and bitter at the same time. Malt richness and hop bite with some smoke flavors along with coffee, chocolate, and some dark grain bitterness. Complex and very tasty. Aftertaste as good as the front, but where the front is more bitter the back is more balance. Can not detect the alcohol even at over 8%.

Full bodied, but not overpowering, smooth, rich and creamy, but with an effervescent fizz. This is what stout should be.

Inviting, refreshing, interesting and intriguing all at the same time. You want more as soon as you pour the first, but be careful. It may not taste it, but it's still a powerful brew!

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of OneEye78
4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a nice black with little head. The smell is dominated by coffee with a hint of dark chocolate. Very complex taste, with a strong taste of coffee backed by bitter chocolate. This is a very smooth beer, and easy to drink, despite the strong flavor profile. The chocolate seems to add a bit of heft to the consistency, but not as chewy as some. Overall, this is a very enjoyable beer and a good mainstay for the winter months.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Founders snifter.
8.3% ABV, 60 IBUs, Bottled on 11/25/13

A - Inky black in color, Breakfast Stout pours like day old bottom-of-the-pot coffee; quiet but thick and viscous, the only difference is the beer's tall, loose mocha head and all the lace it leaves caked to the snifter!

S - Gritty French-pressed coffee awakens the senses while dark chocolate-covered raisins melt in warm brown sugar-sprinkled oatmeal with vanilla bean ice cream. Smells like breakfast in a glass!

T - Black, heavily roasted coffee strikes bitterness at the heart of the milk chocolate under body while morsels of molasses coated oats, sticky raisins, and notes of burnt brown sugar trail through the background.

M - Bitter, black coffee thins out Breakfast Stout's otherwise viscous body, adding a gritty feel and dryness to the finish but the oats counteract and give the medium-full body a lush smoothness that leaves a lasting impression on the palate.

O - Breakfast Stout awakens the senses with a burst of French-pressed coffee backed by chocolate-covered raisins and warm oatmeal but the beer's viscosity isn't quite as rich as it might smell. The coffee addition works to thin things out with some dry bitterness leaving the beer a bit more drinkable as opposed to a throat-coating, sweet stout, at any rate, minus the bacon and eggs, this is breakfast in a glass.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3/5  rDev -33.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.54/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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

Bottle into snifter

Appearance - Black with a thin and elegant white head that settles to a thin ring around the glass, nice lace.

Smell - Dark rich chocolate, strong coffee, aromatic roasty wood, caramel sweetness.

Taste - Very much in the order of the nose. Starts with a balanced and flavorful burst of rich dark chocolate bitterness. The bitterness keeps its presence while leading into more of a strong dark coffee roast. The end begins with smoky wood and caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-Full bodied, medium carbonation, somewhat refreshing but more so satisfying, smooth.

Overall - Fantastic beer. This beer is such a spectacular ride through a progression of flavors and characteristics that are mind blowing and most of all satisfying to the last drop.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 16,854 ratings
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