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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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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.61/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - oil black with a beautiful almost two fingers of a great thick brown head. This is what you want your stout to look like.

S - chocolate up front with espresso. Deep dark rotated notes as well. Great on the nose.

T - different flavors roll across palate. Chocolate bitterness and coffee are up front. In the middle you get the nice oatmeal. At end it ends with the great bitterness with a certain level of sweetness in there as well.

M - full body, great smooth texture. Coasts the mouth and flavor and feel linger.

O - phenomenal. Have been on a stout kick lately and this is the best since KBS I've had of late.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A nice complex beer just in at one of my local favorite places. Initially took a leap of faith but I can see it becoming part of my stable of regulars. A nose of coffee and chocolate, two of my favorite non-beer items. Good off white head that dissipated slowly. Hope this one stays on the menu.

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4/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought Several 4 packs wherever I could find them. Have 8 beers left but will continue to purchase this amazing Breakfast beer. Served at 50-55 degrees in a snifter. 2013 bottling.

A - Amazing dark as night appearance with carbonation(more than i like) that builds a dark brown lacy foam head.

S - The coffee is overpowering and makes this beer smell delightful. Like any breakfast stout, bring on the coffee. Chocolate is also present in the background

T - Rich coffee that stands out in front with chocolatey bitterness on each sip. Flavors and coffee were really brought out as the end of my glass reached closer to 60.

M - A little too much carbonation for me when it comes to stouts but some aging may do this one some good. Even thought the carbonation is "low" it still seems a little too much for my taste. Would love to compare this to KBS and see what some barrel aging can do for this wonderful beer.

O - One of my favorite breakfast stouts to date, will be looking for this on draft at Itap locally. Founders can do no wrong. An amazing beer from an amazing brewery.

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.24/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Generally: So, this a cellared 2012 BS, procured from Bayview Liquors here in Southie, where Rick is doing a fine job curating craft beers. I've been drinking this year's BS and have been smitten from one glass to the next. While I still see stars with the 2012, they are ever so slightly less scintillating. I can't say a word about how this 4 pack was cellared, so my critique has to avoid specifics, but this is not nearly as sexy as the fresh Breakfast Stouts I have been drinking.

The Pour: Black beauty with exceptionally fine (champagne fine) carbonation, and a nice cacao colored head. Looks positively scrumptious.

Face in the glass: Chocolate and coffee. Bright and well hopped, but it's all sweet roasty malts up front.

Temperature: Perfect at 50 degrees, but it warms well.

With Regard to Taste: Rather than concentrating with the time in the cellar, this 2012 tastes less bright and assertive than the 2013s I've been drinking. It's still delicious, but I've enjoyed the beer fresh a lot more than this older beer. It is not bottle conditioned, so there's that. I don't think it should be, per se, but I was hoping time would effect some interesting changes; not the case here.

Epitoma: Drink the Breakfast Stout fresh! Fresh, it is Top 5 best stouts I have ever had--never cloying, with lots of depth and malt to burn.

Note: Blue cheese and a cheddar burger. Smoked bluefish.

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 16,693 ratings
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