Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout
16,857 Ratings
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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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of tmm313
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Super dark brown with light tan, creamy head that quickly dissipates. Good lacing for the style.

Smell: Big coffee with bittersweet chocolate. Dark fruits and slight booze come out as it warms.

Taste: Wow. Dark Roast coffee and decadent dark chocolate. Caramel makes an intro midway, swiftly joined by nice roasted malts, a touch of hops and a wave of milk chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with crisp carbonation. Not as thick as I thought it was going to be, but still pretty smooth. Slightly dry finish with light lingering bitterness.

Overall: One of the best cups of coffee I've ever had. No joke. The flavors are simple, yet luxurious. Nothing is overbearing, but in wonderful balance. I love this beer. This will be a go-to for many years to come.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 12/12/12...poured into snifter.

Appearance - deep and dark black with a thin tan head that dissipated quickly into a light layer of foam. Very much like coffee with the crema on top.

Smell was predominantly coffee, a slight hint of alcohol, and some chocolate on the bittersweet/baker's chocolate side. A hint of vanilla.

Taste of dark roasted, but rather generic, coffee very nicely melded with a chocolate flavor that was sweeter than expected from the aroma - not quite milk chocolate, but not intensely bitter or harsh. Nicely balanced malts with some hints of caramel. Did get an extra hit of bitter on the finish but it was not objectionable. More or less what I would expect from black coffee mixed with slightly sweet hot chocolate. Very nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel was silky smooth, no burn from the alcohol, very slightly astringent. Very low carbonation as expected for the style. Big fan of the smoothness oats add to a stout, and this was no exception.

Overall a truly outstanding brew. Smooth and delicious with an almost decadent feel about it - something to be experienced and savored. My only tiny "disappointment" was the coffee flavor being somewhat generic "plain old coffee" but that is hardly a real issue with this wonderful brew.

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5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let me start by saying I am for sure an IPA/DIPA guy, but this beer knocks any DIPA or IPA I have ever had out of the water. In fact, it turned me into an advocate of stouts.

Dark brown/black pour. Mocha colored head. Smells of coffee and chocolate-caramel.

Tastes the way it smells. Absolutely mind blowing taste of sweet chocolatey coffee. The alcohol is almost completely masked by this dessert-esqe beverage. I received this in a trade, and immediately made a FT ISO thread to get more sent to me ASAP.

I don't care who you are or what you like, you will love FBS

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4/5  rDev -11.3%

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

A - Pours a dark brown/black color with barely any head.

S - roasty/coffee/dark chocolate

T - Not overly complicated. Coffee with a hint of chocolate. Has a pure stout flavor. It is not bitter, with a clean finish and little aftertaste.

M - Didn't notice much carbonation. Smooth, lightweight feel.

0 - Easy to drink. I'd get it again if I felt like drinking a stout. Smells and tastes like coffee with little alcohol taste and a smooth and clean without a lingering aftertaste, which is nice.

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4.32/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Adapted from Pintley notes written 10/24/2011.
Pours black, like, coffee black, with a thin head. Just wisps of lacing. Coffee grinds dominate the nose. Totally smells like freshly ground coffee. I've got no problem with that. Notes of dark cocoa and charred toast to a lesser extent.

First few sips are while the beer is probably somewhat overchilled, certainly below 50 deg. F. As expected, a solid coffee note comes to the forefront, black coffee (as opposed to coffee with cream or milk). Equally solid bitterness as the advertised 60 IBUs show up, but it seems "just right," and it's more of a coffee-like rather than hop-like bitterness. As the brew warms, more flavor notes can be picked out: cocoa powder and a touch of sweetness. Hardly any discernible alcohol note. The smooth mouthfeel of an oatmeal stout complements the flavor very well; the carbonation is spot-on. While I recall previous releases being almost silky, the 2013 release doesn't quite get there, the carbonation being more prickly.

If you're craving an assertive, coffee-forward stout, then look no further. Founders Breakfast Stout remains the king of coffee stouts in my book.

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4/5  rDev -11.3%

Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 16,857 ratings
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