Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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99
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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
Ratings:
16,532
Reviews:
3,811
Avg:
4.47
pDev:
9.17%
 
 
Wants:
1,865
Gots:
6,237
For Trade:
237
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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Breakfast has been burnt! This stout has a complexion of char and an ink-black coloured body. If you squint hard enough you can see little white flakes of bubbles fluttering up to the top where they contribute to a thick frothing of foam. At rest, this head has a light cappuccino stain but swirling awakens an intimidatingly deep, rustic brown colour and nearly doubles it in size.

The aroma does indeed bring one to the breakfast table; the smell, unmistakably, is coffee. Freshly ground beans served pipping hot. And they are complimented by a dab of chocolate truffle, a hint of rye bread, and what must be a boatload of roasted (nearly burnt) malts. It's both breakfast and dessert. It jolts your head back, flaring up the nostrils, while at the same time eases the neck and narrows the eyelids.

The flavours are simple but they are abundant; in order: coffee, roasted malts, coffee, roasted malts. Oh, and then coffee. Sure, I could be more creative - it doesn't take much imagination to equate this with all kinds of rich, decadent, tasty desserts (crème brûlée or dark chocolate truffles) - but I think "Double Chocolate Coffee Oatmeal Stout" is a flavour in and of itself.

You'd might think somewhere between the 8.3% alcohol, the boatload of coffee beans and the heavily roasted malts, that something along the way might become a tad obnoxious, a tad astringent, or, let's face it, a tad too much ... but no. No, no and not at all. This beer defines the term "creamy smooth" and let's on but a hint of its actual strength.

So far as I'm concerned the two authorities on stouts in America - and the world, for that matter - are pretty much 50 miles in a straight line apart, in Kalamazoo (Bells) and Grand Rapids, Michigan (Founders). This brewery was certainly not the first to add coffee to their Imperial Stout. Regardless, it was - and is still - one of the best to do so.

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
4.47 out of 5 based on 16,532 ratings.
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