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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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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -11.3%

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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4/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.24/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: the beer looked insanely thick as I was pouring. Pitch black in color - can't really expand on that. A short brown head built up while pouring but it wasn't anything crazy thick or large.

Smell: smelled the bottle and it was instantly coffee. I mean straight up coffee and no chocolate. When smelling from the glass, the roasted coffee is still intense but also picked up some sweet chocolate. For some reason, the aroma reminds me of those coffee beans coated in chocolate that you eat . Eating those, you get the woodsy bitterness of the coffee bean but than the chocolate blends in as you chew it.

Taste: the bold coffee flavor instantly comes in; you might have to like coffee to appreciate this. I myself enjoy good coffee and I have to say I'm really enjoying this. I pick up bitterness from both coffee and chocolate. The bitter coffee is more up front but there is also that subtle earthy bitterness that leans toward unsweetened baking chocolate. I cannot emphasize enough, this beer is all coffee and well....beer. I do however wish there is a bit more depth in the beer. It taste pretty much the same from start to finish.

Mouthfeel: creamy, thick, full bodied.

Overall: the best non-barrel aged coffee stout I've had. I seriously would love drinking this in the morning. It's really like drinking a fantastic cup of coffee!

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -11.3%

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown/ black color with a light brown head. Head dissipated but is still lingering around. Smells of dark and bitter chocolate and coffee. There is also an oaty, vanilla like aroma as well. Taste follows the nose. It is like drinking hot chocolate and coffee at the same time while eating a bowl of oatmeal. Mouthfeel is exceptional; super smooth and creamy, full bodied, and a little sticky. Well balanced with little bit of hop spiciness. This is definitely one of the better imperial stouts on the market.

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4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

So glad to get the chance to try this one. I have heard so many great things.

It lived up to the hype. Slight hints of chocolate. Well, lots of chocolate actually. Coffee, and the oatmeal balances it all very nicely.

Very good beer. I will have to pick another couple 4-packs up.

12oz into tumbler

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4.69/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Solid black with a tan head, fading into a broad lacing pattern.

S - Roast malts and booze, and coffee overtones. Subtle hints of dark fruit and sweeter malt elements of burnt caramel. Also, a dash of tobacco and ash.

T - The coffee comes in first, but is coupled with chocolate nibs and roasted grains. The middle gets more bitter, as the hint of ash comes into the taste from heavily roasted grains, closing with a bitter thread that lingers. It is the bitterness of coffee, though, over a more standard hop finish, added to a roasted note that holds for a minute or more.

M - Silky smooth, with a certain weight, but not cloying or heavy. Easy to drink if it isn't gulped, this is a mighty sipper that rewards the time it is given.

O - This is among the best stouts in the business. It has a wide range of elements that work together to create a very drinkable beer. The alcohol is not so much hidden away as incorporated to make a more harmonious whole. The best thing is the incredible accessibility of this beer, in contrast to some of the other high water marks of the imperial stout. It is one to buy whenever it is in stores, and to be sure you keep enough to scratch the stout itch whenever it might arise.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 9/13. Pours burnt motor oil black with a nice tall tan head with excellent lacing. The nose is of roast with chocolate and coffee notes. Full bodied with a creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Roast malt flavor is exceptionally well balanced with coffee coupled with dark chocolate and a sweet undertone. The coffee is quite detectable, but not overpowering such as Bell’s Java Stout. Hops are only detectable on the finish as a bitter compliment to the roast and coffee. Well carbonated. In short, Heaven in a Bottle. I bought 4 cases and will do some aging / cellaring evaluations. Needless to say, this is my favorite beer!

6 months age - The coffee has mellowed and the flavor profile is much more chocolate
oriented. Some yeast has flocculated. Still magnificent.

9 months age - The coffee continues to fade and the roast is more noticeable against the chocolate. Most noticeable is the diminished head and lacing - only a finger and a half with poor lace retention.

12 months age - Lacing is, again, excellent, while the head is not as full as when fresh. The flavor profile is approaching a blend of coffee, roast and chocolate.

9/13 vs. 9/14.

Approximately 80% loss of head volume. Approximately 55% loss in retention time. Very severe loss in lacing.

The nose is much more intense in the 2013, especially in regards to alcohol notes. This is surprising, I would have expected the 2014 to be more intense. It suggests that aging produces enhanced aroma from chemical decay.

The body is heavier in the 2014 and has much more texture. The 2013 is heavy medium and smooth, the 2014 is full and creamy. Oddly, as they warm to room temperature (66 degrees), the 2013 almost becomes as viscous.

The 2013 flavor profile is more blended, less intense, less complex and has a flavor of being "off" a slight bit. The 2014 is rich with quite discernible coffee and chocolate aspects. Carbonation levels are identical. The 2013 has no distinct roast notes.

My conclusions, it's better at 4 months of age rather than at 15 months.

The final installment 0.5 years (2015) vs. 2.5 years (2013). I shall refer to them as aged and fresh.

Appearance - Identical head volume and retention. World class lacing fresh vs. poor for aged.

Aroma - Vastly superior nose for the fresh - rich coffee, chocolate and roast. Very little aroma when aged, just light chocolate and a very subtle stale note.

Mouthfeel - Dramatic difference in mouthfeel with fresh being full bodied and creamy with a finely bubbled prickly finish. Aged produces a medium body that is smooth with hints of creaminess and a slightly lower level of carbonation resulting in a finish that hints at being prickly.

Taste - Again the clear winner is fresh. Aging has reduced the coffee aspect precipitously to a mere hint while fresh is robust and complete with that coffee bite. Roast influence is also greatly diminished from aging by roughly 60 - 75%. Aging shifts the flavor profile towards chocolate, but not very sweet nor bakers bitter. Honestly, 2.5 year old FBS is better than many fresh stouts I've had; however, the result is inferior by a wide margin when compared to fresh. Aging 2.5 years has produced a subtle stale cardboard note that lurks underneath and comes forward in the finish and also allows alcohol to become briefly uncovered. Bear in mind that "fresh" in this case has been aged 6 months and honestly is not as good as it was when less than 30 days old.

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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 16,697 ratings
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