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Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout
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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast 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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Ratings: 16,697 |  Reviews: 3,847
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3.5/5  rDev -22.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of Tonmeister
4.16/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Served in Snifter

Appearance: very dark, black, no light goes through the glass. Surprisingly has a thin brownish head, but that may be due to how it was poured.

Aroma: dark roasted malts, sweet chocolate, sweet dark roasted coffee. It has a balanced aroma you get both the bitterness of the malt and the spices and the sweetness of the coffee and the chocolate. The biggest aroma would have to be the dark chocolate.

Taste: bitter on the front end and the complexity of the beer changes in the middle leaving you with a sweet wet finish. The chocolate definitely cuts through towards the end. The spices are the first thing to hit the palate. It's not really bitter but its not really sweet. I can't taste the alcohol at all.

Mouthfeel: Its moderate for a stout. It's not really thick, which is what I expected, but it still is syrupy. leaves a sweet wet finish.

Overall: This is a great Imperial stout. Definitely not what I expected, I guess I had a pre conceived notion on how this beer would taste. Honestly, It's nothing special. It goes down fairly smooth and it doesn't have a chocolate/coffee explosion, but it does have a unique taste. I would definitely buy this again. I will take some time to drink it again and re-review it since my sinus aren't up to par, this re-view may be a little biased since I cant taste the full effect.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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3.99/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.71/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served in a snifter about 55 degrees.

Appearance and Aroma: Pure black with 1.5 inch head. Initially spicy at first but develops into light cocoa, dark roast/espresso coffee, malt, dark chocolate.

Taste: I thought it was going to have a big hop backbone but the taste was all espresso and dark chocolate. Touch of roastiness. Some malt but not too much.

Mouthfeel: medium to thick. The mouthfeel was excellent and very balanced.

This beer is definitely in my top 5 easily. Not #1. That goes to Bigfoot. But definitely one of the best imperial/oatmeal stouts I have ever had.

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3.75/5  rDev -16.9%

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4/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.41/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown colour. Head is beige - bordering on ochre - and whispy. Lace is a bit thin. Looks OK.

Smells like coffee. Intense, burnt, spicy espresso, but more so, with a big kick to the gonads to get you up and about. Spicy, rich, earthy. Not much else though. More would make this a huge winner.

Taste is kind of similar. Big choco-malt flavour upfront and on the back as well. Touch of espresso as well, but more meek and feeble. Roasty, a bit spicy, kind of vegetative more than anything though. Like a coffee beer but underroasted.

Smooth body, has a bite on the back from the bitterness though.

Not hugely enamoured of this. It kind of sleepwalks a little through the coffee bear territory without ever enlivening the senses.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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4.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very lovely.

Appearance: Although it pours thick like a stout it seems to look as if it sits in the glass a bit more liquidy and thin than other stouts. Not a criticism, just an observation.

Smell: Steel is what I initially thought of, followed by a strong coffe smell and hints of other chocolate stouts i know and love. I have a clogged nose however so I cant judge this category too well.

Taste: This beer seems to be hit or near miss for me. Sometimes i'll love it and other times I'll only like it. Tonight was one of the latter nights. It was good, but perhaps my tongue wasnt in the mood for a stout tonight and it skewed my perception. Tonight was great, but nothing to brag about; whereas other times ive had it I sing its praises from the rooftops. I wonder why that is, why the differing quality between bottles and batches. It has Coffee, Dark Chocolate, and a distinct grain flavor to it.

Mouthfeel: very positive, always balanced from the tip of the tongue, into the middle, then down the backof the tongue into the throat. Not predominant in any one area, very balanced throughout.

Overall: This is a beer i come back to often, and im always surprised at the differing ways i feel about it. Sometimes its "meh" and other times its "legendary". The legendary times make me endure the "meh" times and keep me coming back for more.

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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4.19/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a beautiful beer - best stout I have ever had

aroma: malty-mineral-chocolate goodness with slight coffee

taste: started off strong coffee with milk chocolate then as it warmed up it turned around to become strong milk chocolate with coffee with a strong cocoa presence complimented by some slight wine sweetness (all with a dash of spice). in a word - delicious

full of chocolate goodness - a great way to start the day if having for breakfast

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 16,697 ratings
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